Being a Skywarn spotter is not for everyone

(But during a storm, they help everybody) From a young age, humans become fascinated by the sky with its big bright yellow blob and endless clouds in which you can see everything your imagination tells you is there. Then, usually soon after our first storm scares us inside, most of us find more important things […]

Florida DEP offering grants for algae cleanup

With $3 million in grant money just made available for any necessary algae cleanups by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, officials in Glades and Hendry counties are looking into the possibility that they might be able to use some of that help. The FDEP announced the new grant program on Monday, July 23. Eligible […]

Gladstone Land buys farms

Gladstone Land Corp., a publicly traded real estate investment trust actively buying up farmland across the United States, announced in July that it has acquired five farms in South Florida totaling 5,630 acres for about $37.4 million. According to a July 16 news release from the corporation’s office in McLean, Va., Gladstone then entered into […]

County keeps maximum tax rate at 2017-18 level

HENDRY COUNTY — Hendry County commissioners unanimously approved a Truth in Millage (TRIM) notification to taxpayers setting the maximum county property tax rate for fiscal 2018-19 at the same level as last year, 8.4909. However, they’ve already instructed their staff to find budget cuts so that they may instead adopt what’s called the “rollback” millage […]

LOBA ramping up its social media activity

Amid all the noise being made over algae blooms and nutrient-stifled waterways supposedly originating from Lake Okeechobee, the Lake O Business Alliance has steadily been raising its profile online to counter what LOBA Founder/President Julia du Plooy of Clewiston calls misinformation wrongly aiming blame at the Big Lake’s farming communities. But, rather than redirect the […]

Officials to state: Infrastructure is No. 1

DEO roundtable airs county’s biggest needs for aid Hendry and Glades counties are included in Gov. Rick Scott’s 12 Counties Initiative, meant to address the challenges of economic development in a dozen of the state’s most rural, least developed counties and build on the strengths that exist in each. This week, the Florida Department of […]

Hendry County offers CERT training this month

Hendry County emergency management officials are conducting Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training sessions this month. They start July 14 and continue on the next two Saturdays, July 21 and July 28, in LaBelle. County Administrator Charles Chapman says that having sufficient numbers of trained CERT volunteers countywide is crucial when it comes to assisting […]

Pittman is appointed Hendry appraiser

Deputy filling office faces a Democrat in November On Monday, June 25, Florida Gov. Rick Scott elevated Chief Deputy Hendry County Property Appraiser Dena Pittman to the post of Hendry County property appraiser. Ms. Pittman, 49, a Clewiston resident and a Republican, was appointed to fill the seat of Hendry County property appraiser until Nov. […]

Commission hears city’s finances are solid

CLEWISTON — The Clewiston City Commission heard a very positive report at its July 2 meeting, with the auditor stating that the city’s finances were firmly in the black at the end of fiscal year 2017. Mayor Mali Gardner found the audit results to be great news for the city. “We’ve come through some really […]

Saw palmetto berry harvest now requires state permit

As of Tuesday, July 17, anyone harvesting saw palmetto berries in Florida will be required to have a “Native Plant Harvesting Permit” issued through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), its Division of Plant Industry has announced. Extract derived from the saw palmetto plant’s berries has been the subject of research as […]