Gatorama’s own sausage gets USDA approval for labeling

PALMDALE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a label to be affixed to a new product coming soon to local supermarkets — a spicy new sausage that’s a blend of alligator meat and pork. “Well, Hallelujah!” was the reaction from Patty and Allen Register, owners of Gatorama and Crocodile Adventures. They learned last […]

Former Talkin’ Monkeys intern now works in Ugandan jungles

One of Dr. Deb Misotti’s alumni from the Talkin’ Monkeys Project in rural Hendry County is now in Uganda, carrying the education that he received, in part, there into his master’s degree work on primate conservation research. He’s a former volunteer and intern at the sanctuary, who graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University and is […]

New Hendry code enforcement process

LABELLE — Hendry County’s new code enforcement process will be as follows, as resolved by the county board on May 28: The recommended steps: •Hire a special magistrate, and take all code cases to the special magistrate. This will include mowing, unsafe structures, miscellaneous (junk & debris, inoperable vehicles etc.). • The corrections to the […]

Hendry County to establish code enforcement by magistrate

LABELLE — The Hendry County commissioners May 28 decided unanimously to switch over to a special magistrate process rather than the court system to handle its code enforcement burden. County Administrator Jennifer Davis presented a detailed report from Margaret Emblidge, the county’s Planning & Community Development Department chief, and said, “We’re recommending that the county […]

Hendry County hustles to be hurricane-ready

CLEWISTON — The Hendry County commissioners discussed some of the provisions for the looming hurricane season at their meeting May 14, specifically regarding their approximately 40 emergency backup generators located at facilities countywide. A request for proposals had been issued and the submissions opened April 12 as staff took a proactive stance on their upkeep […]

Email hacking ruled out at LaBelle High

LaBELLE — There was some small relief last week for Hendry County school authorities investigating those recent high school senior pranks. At LaBelle High, the email system wasn’t actually hacked, as previously reported here and in several other media outlets. Rather, the bogus memo that went out was the result of some seniors’ ingenious e-wizardry. […]

Lake-area counties look forward to unifying voices

LaBELLE — The commissioners from all five of the Lake Okeechobee-area counties will gather in Okeechobee for a joint workshop/meeting on May 7. County commissioners and staff officials from Glades, Hendry, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach counties will meet at 6 p.m. next Tuesday in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall, 2800 U.S. 441 N., […]

Right spelling of ‘Muse’ now official

MOORE HAVEN — An elementary school teacher here has had his petition to correct the spelling of Muse approved by the U.S. Board of Geographic Names. Anthony Narehood, who teaches at Moore Haven Elementary School, emailed last week to say, “Muse is officially M-U-S-E,” not “Muce” or “Meuce” as it has appeared on some maps […]

Hendry will seek collaboration on public transit

CLEWISTON — Hendry County Commissioner Karson Turner brought up the public transit issue again this month, following up on the county commission’s discussion back in January about continuing to finance the GoodWheels program. “On Jan. 22, we had a presentation by Alan Mandel (executive director), and none of us were receptive to continuing with that […]

Commissioner Swindle announces run for schools chief

CLEWISTON — The audience and his fellow members of the Hendry County Board, meeting Tuesday, April 9, witnessed a bombshell announcement from Commissioner Michael Swindle and expressed its pleasure with a loud ovation. During the commissioners’ comments, Mr. Swindle said, “I want to take this opportunity to make a few statements and wrap it up […]