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 […]

Contracted nuisance alligator trappers sought for southwest Glades County

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program is accepting applications for contracted nuisance alligator trappers in Glades County (southwest of Highway 27). Applicants must pass a criminal history check, have no fish or wildlife law violations, and possess a valid, working email address. To learn more about becoming a contracted […]

Sightings of veiled chameleons throughout southern Florida

There have been a lot of sightings of veiled chameleons throughout southern Florida. The veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) is a non-native lizard that has been present and breeding in Florida for about ten years. The species is native to the southwestern coastal regions of Saudi Arabia and western Yemen, where it inhabits mountainous coastal regions, […]

SWFRPC awarded grant to promote agricultural products

On Aug. 10, the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council (SWFRPC) announced that it has been awarded an Economic Adjustment Assistance grant in the amount of $206,545 from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson called Margaret Wuerstle, executive director of the council, to congratulate council staff. The purpose […]