Moore Haven football team seeking donations for safety equipment Moore Haven Athletic Director and head football coach Max Manin is asking for help to pay for safety equipment for the football team, which is coming off a historic undefeated regular season in 2017. “The average helmet that is up to necessary safety codes is anywhere from $300-400,” said Manin. “Again, that would be […]

Is your boat prepared for a hurricane?

GAINESVILLE — When a hurricane is on the horizon, boat owners need to do more than batten down the hatches to get ready, according to an expert with the University of Florida. Hurricane season started June 1, but boaters in the sunshine state can take steps now to make sure their vessels don’t end up […]

Know when to swim it, shore it or dodge it

GLADES/HENDRY — The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties reminds residents and visitors to safely enjoy Florida’s waters this summer. Florida’s 9,000 miles of freshwater and saltwater shorelines offer opportunities to have fun and stay cool, but it is important to know when to swim, stick to the shore or avoid naturally […]

S-127 Lock on Lake Okeechobee reopens for Navigation

Repairs completed ahead of schedule on north shore boat lock Click the map to see a larger version. OKEECHOBEE — For boaters navigating to and from Lake Okeechobee, the S-127 navigation lock at Buckhead Ridge in Glades County has reopened to navigation. The lock was closed on Aug. 13 to allow staff from the South […]

Reflections from the Pulpit: When people aren’t heard for the wrong reasons; and what to listen for

Somehow I was involved with a discussion on oil consumption when on vacation one year and where I disagreed with the people around me. I don’t remember all of the details, but I remember someone asking me “Where are you from?” I replied that it doesn’t matter where I am from, the points I was […]

Sugar farmers push back on attacks from media

Farmers around Lake Okeechobee are attempting to push back against attacks from politicians and media outlets around South Florida. After toxic algae blooms began to take over waterways in South Florida, some politicians running for election began to single out one scapegoat, ‘Big Sugar.’ During a campaign event in Fort Myers in early July, Republican […]

‘Strike Out Hunger’ event in Port St. Lucie

PORT ST. LUCIE — The Treasure Coast Food Bank’s (TCFB) “Strike Out Hunger” Night will take place from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie as the St. Lucie Mets take on the Tampa Bay Yankees. The St. Lucie Mets players will be wearing custom “Strike Out […]

‘Art in the Park’ contest underway for next year

MOORE HAVEN — The Glades County Public Library, the Library Advisory Board and Friends of the Library are sponsoring an “Around the Lake” student art contest during these last four months of 2018. This contest is open to all the students living around Lake Okeechobee. The subject matter should deal with each student’s answer to […]

Letter to the Editor: Amendment 6 key for crime victims

As a proud member of law enforcement for more than 25 years, it is my job to make sure that justice is properly executed across our state. Ensuring a fair trial for all Floridians accused of a crime is integral to our society. However, a large population of citizens are continuously overlooked by the Florida […]

Gatorama hosts annual Hatching Festival

PALMDALE — Gatorama will host the 15th annual “Alligator Hatching Festival” daily Aug. 18 through Sept. 3 at the animal park at 10665 U.S. 27, Palmdale. It is the time of year that chirping, grunting and snapping baby alligators emerge from their shells to meet the world! “This is a great opportunity for parents to […]