Two more SFWMD board members resign

Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ request that all members of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board resign, two board members have agreed to step down. Dan O’Keefe and Carlos Diaz have given their letters of resignation. SFWMD Governing Board members are unpaid volunteers. All of those on the board at the time Gov. DeSantis […]

Statewide tornado drill takes place today at 10 a.m.

A statewide tornado drill will take place Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 10 a.m.

Glades County Road Watch Report for week of Dec. 16

GLADES COUNTY SR 78 from Buckhead Ridge to just west of the Kissimmee River: Maintenance permit project: Crews will be repairing guardrails near the roadway from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, weather permitting. Motorists should use caution as crews work near and on the roadway.

Meet the Firefighter: Senior Forest Ranger Danny Callahan

Senior Ranger Danny Callahan was born in Fort Myers in 1972, and later his family moved to Ragland, Ala. He and his brother and sister attended Ragland High School, where he said his favorite subject was history, but he could definitely have lived without math. His favorite sport was football, and he explained that in […]

Geo prisons’ ‘Continuum of Care’ shows promise

MOORE HAVEN — Once every quarter, neighbors of some of Florida’s prisons get a chance to take a brief glimpse into life behind the walls for their incarcerated fellow citizens, courtesy of one of the three firms that run the state’s seven private facilities. The Geo Group Inc., based in Boca Raton, has had a […]

Gatorama to host CrocFest

PALMDALE — Gatorama will host the International CrocFest this Saturday, Dec. 8, for the first time, and three “superstars of crocodilian conservation” will attend the semiannual fundraising event. It’s also the first time the three will appear together to discuss the state of conservation efforts for the species. The event, which had its start in […]

Know the law before burning yard waste

Often residents desire to burn yard waste but aren’t sure if it is legal to do so. According to the Florida Forest Service, it is legal to burn yard waste without a permit as long as there are no city or county restrictions in effect at the time and you meet certain restrictions: • You […]

Letter to the Editor: Your vote mattered!

When people say voting doesn’t matter, they are absolutely wrong. Every vote matters in Florida. Results tabulated and released on Saturday by Florida’s 67 county Supervisors of Elections showed Nikki Fried leading Matt Caldwell in the race for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture by a margin of only 5,326 or 0.07% of the 8 million votes […]

Winner of the 2018 Halloween Contest

You can’t be Colonel Sanders (Jimmie Hill) without a bucket of chicken.

Lake O regional judicial circuit, legislative election results

These are results, as reported unofficially on Election Night by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Elections (, in state judicial circuit, state legislative and U.S. House races in the region around Lake Okeechobee: 20th Judicial Circuit state attorney Republican Amira Fox received 403,609 votes (100 percent) for this position. Joseph Hoffman was a […]