Online threats to Lake Okeechobee communities taken seriously

The sheriff’s offices in Glades, Hendry and Palm Beach counties are investigating veiled threats that have been made online toward some residents of communities along Lake Okeechobee over water pollution issues affecting the coasts. A running cyber-debate over responsibility for algae blooms in the Caloosahatchee River and red tide along Gulf Coast communities in Southwest […]

Floridians advised to watch out for panthers

While two new litters of three Florida panther kittens each have been reported so far in 2018, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), mortality among the endangered species also grew, with three deaths during the past two months pushing the toll to 18 for the year. The latest casualties were discovered […]

Hendry, Glades to look into algae cleanup grants

With $3 million in grant money just made available for any necessary algae cleanups by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, officials in Glades and Hendry counties are looking into the possibility that they might be able to use some of that help. The FDEP announced the new grant program on Monday, July 23. Eligible […]

NOAA imagery shows lake algal bloom decreasing

The latest images from space show the blue-green algal bloom on Lake Okeechobee is decreasing. Imagery from July 2 showed signs of cyanobacteria in 90 percent of Lake Okeechobee. Since the satellite images are only available at set intervals, NOAA was unable to get usable photos July 6-13 due to cloud cover. The July 14 […]

Palmdale family injured in SR 29 traffic crash

An Orlando woman died from injuries she suffered in a traffic crash on Tuesday, July 3. A Palmdale family including two children received serious and critical injuries in the accident. A Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) news release stated that at 3:16 p.m., a 2013 BMW X5 SUV operated by Raquel Wright, 40, of Orlando was […]

Saw palmetto berry harvesting requires state permit

As of Tuesday, July 17, anyone harvesting saw palmetto berries in Florida will be required to have a “Native Plant Harvesting Permit” issued through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), its Division of Plant Industry has announced. Extract derived from the saw palmetto plant’s berries has been the subject of research as […]

Man dies in Ortona traffic crash

A Lehigh Acres man died in a single-vehicle traffic crash Wednesday, July 4, on State Road 78 near Chiaha Lane in Ortona. A Florida Highway Patrol news release stated that at 4:34 p.m., a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier operated by Ronald Miller, 36, of Lehigh Acres turned to the left for a curve in the road. […]

Training center progress all behind the scenes

MOORE HAVEN — Glades and Hendry county commissioners and school district officials are coalescing around a more regional approach to get state funding dedicated to establishing new job training programs at the Glades County Regional Training Facility (GCRTF). There weren’t any breakthroughs to announce during their recent joint luncheon meeting at the training center, unfortunately. […]

Medicare Savings Programs can reduce insurance costs for seniors

More than 2 million older Americans are receiving letters from the Social Security Administration about programs that could help pay their health care expenses. Recipients of these letters are likely eligible for Extra Help, a low-income subsidy program for Medicare Part D prescription benefits, or other Medicare Savings Programs. The Area Agency on Aging for […]

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has resumed normal operations at the Ortona Lock on the Okeechobee Waterway, following completion of maintenance and repairs. Completion of the work allows the Corps to resume normal operations as of Sunday, June 17, locking vessels on demand between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last […]