Burn Ban in Effect for Hendry County

A burn ban is now in effect for unregulated fires for all of Hendry County as dry weather conditions impact the area. An unregulated fire means any outdoor fire, other than a cook fire, which is not permitted by a governmental agency. Outdoor fires include, but are not limited to, bonfires, campfires or burning of […]

Hendry OKs sale of Airglades Airport

The Hendry County Board has approved the eventual sale of Airglades Airport to AIA, giving the commissioners’ official OK to a revised purchase and sale agreement under its consent agenda items on Tuesday, Feb. 27. AIA, which stands for Airglades International Airport, is a limited-liability corporation formed by aviation industry leader Fred Ford (through his […]

Hendry meeting dissects post-Irma response

Hendry County staff members presented a comprehensive, 21-page report about the county’s Hurricane Irma response during a special meeting that lasted almost two hours Monday evening at Clewiston City Hall, with representatives of all local elected bodies present. County Administrator Charles Chapman presented the report, saying, “We’re not going to read you a bedtime story […]

Agency helping keep Crossroads clinics operating

The president of the Central Florida Behavioral Health Network (CFBH) presented an update to Hendry County commissioners last week about its work with the Crossroads Behavioral Health Center, which took over providing mental-health services after the Hendry-Glades Mental Health Center shut down just over three years ago. Linda McKinnon, president and chief executive officer of […]

Hendry BOCC Appoints New Chairman

Newly appointed Chairman, Commissioner Mitchel Wills, led the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners meeting and heard from speakers from Goodwheels, Abuse Counseling and Treatment Inc, and the Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board and reflected on the past year before talking about plans for Hendry County’s future development in 2018 at the Board of County […]

News from HC Tax Collector worth giving thanks

As he opened the Hendry County Board’s regular meeting the week before Thanksgiving, Chairman Michael Swindle didn’t know beforehand how grateful he’d be to hear from County Tax Collector Pat Langford first, before getting down to the night’s business. Mr. Langford appeared to deliver, in person, an upbeat end-of-the-year report to the county commissioners that […]

County calls for study of voting change

Hendry County commissioners listened to a report Tuesday from County Attorney Mark Lapp on preparations for the voter-mandated move to change the method of commissioners’ election from single-member districts to an at-large system, in which each commissioner on the Hendry County Board would be elected by a countywide vote. The board had hired a Tallahassee […]

Hendry County BOCC passes budget, millage;

The only person to speak at Hendry County’s final budget hearing Tuesday, Oct. 3, was Sheriff Steve Whidden, who rose to ask, “I was just wondering if the commission had given any further thought to the two deputies I requested.” Vice Chairman Darrell Harris told him, “Not unless it’s in the numbers that they balanced […]

BOCC sets tentative millage rate; discusses Irma reaction

At Tuesday night’s county commission meeting, the board set the tentative 2017-18 millage rate and budget. Much of the rest of the meeting was taken up in Hurricane Irma-related issues. The commission voted to place the tentative millage rate at 8.4909, with a roll back rate of 8.2645. That’s the rate that would be required […]

Commissioners recognized by Counties Association

Hendry County was well represented by their Board of County Commissioners during the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) annual conference June 26-30 in West Palm Beach, being one of only eight counties having all Commissioners in attendance. The County Administrator and other staff members were also present at the conference to discuss issues facing the […]