Hendry County Fair & Livestock Show set for February

CLEWISTON — The Hendry County Fair & Livestock Show will again be a six-day affair for 2019, taking place Tuesday, Feb. 12, through Sunday, Feb. 17 at the fairgrounds, 710 S. Francisco Ave. The Hendry County Fair & Livestock Show celebrates local agriculture with a livestock show and sale, cake auction, petting zoo, exhibits, pageants, […]

Electronics missing in Hendry racetrack burglary

CLEWISTON — The Hendry County Motorsports Park was broken into sometime over the New Year’s holidays — and just before the racetrack’s 2019 season was due to start. Owner and promoter Ken Kinney posted a notice on his personal Facebook page on Wednesday morning, Jan. 2, saying that “I was just notified that my racetrack […]

Clewiston facing some pressing decisions in 2019

CLEWISTON — City commissioners will be dealing with several pressing issues very soon in the new year, including the first necessary task of hiring a new city manager. That person then, with commissioners and staff, will have to consider anticipated shortfalls in the solid waste budget that might require increasing fees, a prospect they put […]

County moves to terminate Good Wheels deal

LaBELLE — Hendry County may end up going into the transportation business itself in 2019, with action taken Tuesday, Dec. 11, to move toward termination of the deal with Good Wheels Inc. that provides for transportation of some disabled and/or disadvantaged county residents. At least, on paper the contract does. Right now, though, Good Wheels […]

County moves to terminate Good Wheels deal

LaBELLE — Hendry County may end up going into the transportation business itself in 2019, with action taken Tuesday, Dec. 11, to move toward termination of the deal with Good Wheels Inc. that provides for transportation of some disabled and/or disadvantaged county residents. At least, on paper the contract does. Right now, though, Good Wheels […]

Clewiston assigns Johnson to find new manager

CLEWISTON — The city commissioners voted unanimously with little discussion to hire their former executive Wendell Johnson as an independent contractor to be interim city manager at their regular meeting Monday evening, Dec. 17. All five had met individually with Mr. Johnson to talk over his terms, their expectations for the position and their plans […]

County code enforcement talks gather momentum

LaBELLE — Hendry County Planning and Development Director Margaret Emblidge and County Attorney Mark Lapp were ready to present a lengthy report to the commissioners late in their meeting Dec. 11 regarding options they’d been seeking to make the code enforcement process work better. The problems are that it’s very involved and time-consuming with all […]

Hendry board votes to withhold TDC grant

LaBELLE — Hendry County commissioners voted 4-1 to hold back on two matching Tourism Development Council grants to local businesses in their meeting Tuesday, Dec. 11, setting the tone early for a few other acts in which they demanded documentation to justify spending public tax dollars. After they first approved the consent agenda at the […]

Petition against spraying to be heard by FWC

CLEWISTON — Advocates of clean water in Florida are jumping on a bandwagon that started rolling late last summer when marine life expert Jim Abernethy of West Palm Beach started a Change.org petition calling for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to cease its spraying of herbicides in freshwater lakes. Mr. Abernethy, who’s won […]

Recycling picture a bit sharper in Clewiston

CLEWISTON — A big pile of questions that have built up about recycling and, especially, why people living here aren’t able to do much of it finally have brought a few answers. Requests for information came from citizens and city commissioners alike during 2018. All five of them, including now former Commissioner Phillip Roland, have […]