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 (floridaelectionwatch.gov), 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 […]

Woman’s Club hosts another successful event

On Oct. 6, the Glades County Woman’s Club (GCWC) hosted its sixth annual fundraising event at the City of Moore Haven Park. Money raised at this event goes toward mammograms, college scholarships and cancer awareness. A record 15 teams competed in the Rib Cook-Off. Teams were judged on presentation and taste. Judges for the event […]

Who has the best Halloween Costumes?

As has been our tradition for several years, the Lake Okeechobee News invites readers to share their Halloween costume photos. The newspaper will post the photos on our Facebook pages for Okeechobee, Moore Haven, Clewiston and Belle Glade/Pahokee. Facebook fans will be encouraged to vote for their favorites by “liking” the photos. The photos from […]

Prevailing Word Christian Center honors pastor

MOORE HAVEN — On Sunday, Oct. 28, Prevailing Word Christian will celebrate Pastor’s Appreciation Day by recognizing, honoring and expressing love to Pastor Mazie Ford for her steadfastness in the calling. The theme this year is The Just Shall Live By Faith and is based upon the scriptures: Romans 1:17 (NLT). This Good News tells […]

Guest Commentary: Views on constitutional amendments

Democracy is hard work. Voters this year must consider a long list of proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution. Amendments that receive support from 60 percent of voters become part of our state’s supreme law. On the 2018 ballot are 12 amendments. There were 13, but the Florida Supreme Court removed Amendment 8 because its […]

Amendments on the ballot

Amendment 5 was placed on the ballot by the Florida Legislature, at the request of Gov. Rick Scott. This amendment would require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature in order to increase taxes or fees. As things stand now, the Legislature can increase taxes, except corporate income tax, through a simple majority vote. If it […]

Glades County, firm aid Michael survivors

MOORE HAVEN — The Glades County Public Safety Department, in coordination with J.J. Taylor Distributing out of Fort Myers, sent tarps, cases of hand sanitizer and bug spray to Panama City for Hurricane Michael survivors. The Glades County Road Department helped Bobby Edwards of J.J. Taylor Distributing load a tractor-trailer full of tarps, and the […]

Know the signs of septic tank failure

Septic systems are underground wastewater treatment structures, commonly used in rural areas without centralized sewer systems. They use a combination of nature and proven technology to treat wastewater from household plumbing produced by bathrooms, kitchen drains and laundry. A typical septic system consists of a septic tank and a drainfield, or soil absorption field. The […]

Septic system maintenance important

Septic tank maintenance is like changing the oil in your car — you don’t want to wait until there is a problem, said Ashley Austin-Neehan of Austin Sewer and Septic in Okeechobee. Onsite septic systems do work, she said. “There is science behind them. But they have to be maintained.” Septic tanks should be pumped […]

Project spruces up Fisheating Creek Outpost

GLADES COUNTY — Employees of Clean Earth of Southern Florida, some of their family members and local volunteers helped clear out a lot of deadwood on the first weekend of autumn at the Fisheating Creek Outpost. “We got more done than we thought we were going to get done, and the trees came down that […]