Habitat for Humanity comes to Glades

County OKs program, which has first sponsor for a home There had been talk that Habitat for Humanity wanted to expand into Glades County, and it became actual news this week when a partnership with Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity was on the county board agenda for commissioners’ consideration at their meeting Tuesday. Interim county […]

It’s hurricane season; do you have an evacuation plan?

Last year, millions of Floridians spent many hours in their cars, stuck in traffic as they evacuated in advance of Hurricane Irma. Preparing an evacuation plan now may help you save time and money later this summer if an evacuation is ordered. Don’t wait till a storm is forecast to start getting ready. Take action […]

Buck Island Ranch in Highlands wins Audubon prize

ORLANDO — On Wednesday, June 20, Audubon Florida announced Buck Island Ranch as the recipient of the 2018 “Sustainable Rancher of the Year” award. A 10,500-acre cattle ranch, Buck Island is part of Archbold Biological Station located in Highlands County. Audubon’s Charles Lee presented the award at the Florida Cattlemen’s Association’s annual convention at the […]

S-193 lock scheduled to close to boat traffic on June 25-26

SFWMD staff will be performing work on the lock’s manatee protection system  The S-193 navigation lock at Taylor Creek is scheduled to be closed to boat traffic entering and leaving Lake Okeechobee on June 25 and 26. Staff from the South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) Okeechobee Field Station will be making upgrades to the lock’s […]

Your Battle is Our Battle Fundraiser drawing set for June 20

The second annual Your Battle is Our Battle Fundraiser will help a local resident get through a difficult time in their life. November 2017 was the first fundraiser for the Hendry and Glades Communities. One hundred percent of the money raised during the 2017 fundraiser went to Thomas Arnold of Moore Haven. The Your Battle […]

Gatorama hatched new ideas after Irma, is hiring

After Hurricane Irma blew through the region last fall, its impacts at Gatorama forced the wildlife park on U.S. 27 in Glades County to shut down for nearly two months. But the original Old Florida roadside attraction has bounced back nicely for its 61st year in business, to the point where Gatorama is in hiring […]

Deadline for free disaster legal services hotline

More than 2,000 Floridians have received advice and referrals on Hurricane Irma legal issues ORLANDO — Hurricane Irma survivors who need legal assistance but cannot afford an attorney have one more week to contact a toll-free hotline and request help. Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma should call 866-550-2929 before June 15 to receive a referral […]

Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is June 1-7

The 2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott, begins Friday, June 1, and extends through Thursday, June 7, 2018. During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax. However, the sales tax holiday does not […]

Guardians ad Litem ‘speak for the child’

The State of Florida Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program is a network of professional staff and community advocates, partnering to provide a strong voice in court and positive systemic change on behalf of Florida’s abused and neglected children. There are currently GAL Programs in all 20 judicial circuits in Florida. The program’s mission is simple […]

Letter to the Editor from Rev. Galen Hahn

Dear friends in Belle Glade, South Bay and Moore Haven My name is Galen Hahn. I am a retired minister of the United Church of Christ. In the 1960s, I served as a chaplain in migrant camps in Frederick and Thurmont, Md. I have written a small book about that ministry and would like to […]