Governor asks SFWMD board to resign

Following Governor Ron DeSantis’ request that all members of the South Florida Water Management District resign, two board members have agreed to leave the board. 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 took […]

McAvoy speaks at Audubon meeting

Gene McAvoy was this month’s guest speaker at the Hendry-Glades Audubon meeting. McAvoy is the County Extension Director for the Hendry County Extension Office. As a Master Naturalist Instructor, and birdwatcher for over 50 years, it is said that McAvoy can identify any and every animal or plant that can be found in South Florida […]

Unmet Needs Coalition/United Way of Hendry & Glades receive grant

LABELLE – The Hendry/Glades Unmet Needs Coalition and United Way of Hendry and Glades have received a grant from the American Red Cross which has allocated $500,000 for repairing and/or rebuilding Irma-damaged homes in Hendry and Glades Counties. The Unmet Needs Coalition has already identified the homes that have been damaged by Irma and how […]

Tower, Forest Service troops are Florida’s sentinels and protectors

PALMDALE — The Florida Forest Service’s fire observation tower dominating the scrubby, pine-and-palm-dotted landscape of central Glades County was built decades ago as one of the first early warning systems designed to detect and assist in suppressing natural disasters. But it’s still a crucial tool today for protecting lives and property against wildfires. Although many […]

SFWMD terminates option on U.S. Sugar holdings

Former Governor Charlie Crist’s “River of Grass” dream ended quietly last week when the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board terminated the state’s option on 153,209 acres of U.S. Sugar’s holdings. Without this action, the option agreement would have expired Oct. 11, 2020. At the Dec. 13 meeting of the SFWMD Governing Board, Brian […]

West Glades School Citizens of the Month for November

KG-2nd Grade: Rhys Roof, Kimberly Trejo, Macy Corbitt, Andrew Reinking, Andrea Madrid, Adrian Perez, John Dupree, Parker Dillman, Sophia Mora, Brianna Salazar, Israel DeSantiago and Colt Meyer. 3rd-5th Grade: Makayla Obenauer-Salazar, Evan Romero, Ayslin Trejo, Marco Villafuerte, Elliot Cruz, Teagan Dobson and Oscar Hernandez. 6th-8th Grade: Bella Alexander, Jack Dillman, Jovan Cuacua, Hanna Yohnke, Enrique […]

Gatorama hosts CrocFest to help save species

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 […]

United Way kicks off 2018-2019 Campaign

The United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee counties kicked off their 2018-2019 Hendry & Glades Campaign on October 25 at Hope Connections in LaBelle. The goal for this year is $334,900. The money raised will be distributed to 28 Partner Agencies and 64 programs right here in Hendry and Glades counties. “United Way […]

‘Clean Earth Day’ 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 […]

Family-Friendly Halloween Events

Looking for a place to bring your kids for Halloween? Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) is hosting family-friendly Halloween events this October. Local families are invited to trick-or-treat and enjoy spooky activities for free at the Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus, Charlotte Campus, Collier Campus, or Hendry/Glades Curtis Center. “The Southwest Florida community looks forward to […]