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 […]

IMPOWER providing counseling services

LaBELLE — A nonprofit provider of behavioral and mental health services that’s well-established farther up the Florida peninsula has come to Hendry, Glades and Highlands counties. Its representatives are making the rounds of public meetings to make local elected officials aware of its availability and to help get the word out. But IMPOWER is going […]

Felda to be site of new recycling operation

LaBELLE — Hendry County commissioners conducted a public hearing Tuesday, March 26, before approving a plan to establish a horticultural waste recycling facility near Felda that will produce 30-50 truckloads of topsoil per day being transported to and from the site when it’s in full operation. Action had been deferred from the county board’s Feb. […]

Trump ‘listened,’ made no promises

CANAL POINT — Clewiston Mayor Mali Gardner had taken an extra “Make Lake O Great Again” cap along with just in case she’d get a second to talk with the president on March 29 at Canal Point when he and a host of Florida’s representatives visited a Herbert Hoover Dike project site. She ended up […]

Teacher presses to fix the dissing of ‘Muse’ as ‘Muce’

MOORE HAVEN — To correct an annoying misspelling these days might be no simple matter, it seems — especially if it’s routinely misrendered online by Google Maps and in Bing searches because of errors in federal maps and documents. It so bothered fifth-grade science teacher Anthony Narehood of LaBelle that he decided to find out […]

LaBelle Downtown promoters get county’s backing

LaBELLE — The LaBelle Downtown Revitalization Corporation (LDRC) won approval from the Hendry County Board on Tuesday, Feb. 26, of a promotional contract through the Tourism Development Council for $12,000. Perhaps better news to the crowd behind the LDRC’s recent efforts, though, was the feedback and encouragement they heard from County Commissioner Karson Turner. Although […]

Chiming in on the Hendry courthouse clock

LaBELLE — To the shiny, restored Hendry County Courthouse clock, chimes would be a nice addition, local folks think. Hendry County Administrator Jennifer Davis told commissioners at their recent meeting of a fundraising campaign to add musical chimes to the courthouse clock tower, which has been under renovation. Commissioner Darrell Harris brought up the topic […]

LORE to have premiere Business After Hours Mixer Feb. 28

BELLE GLADE — A heads-up is going out to business owners and entrepreneurs in the greater Lake Okeechobee region, especially the Glades agricultural areas of western Palm Beach and eastern Hendry counties. The Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance of Palm Beach County is having its inaugural “Business after hours” gathering beginning at 5:30 p.m. on […]

More, and new, fun stuff going on at Hendry County Fair

CLEWISTON — The Hendry County Fair & Livestock Show started its six-day run Tuesday with a few extra twists for attendees — added agricultural and floral exhibits, more food vendors, a giant Ferris wheel, a new children’s entertainer and all the familiar carnival attractions. “There’s going to be a lot of new stuff there this […]

BOCC declines to tinker with solid waste contract

CLEWISTON — Commissioners flinched when Public Works Director Shane Parker reported this month it’d cost almost $1 million to get toters for all unincorporated Hendry County residents’ garbage and recyclables. So they took no action Jan. 8 but agreed they’ll have to before the end of their contract with hauler Waste Connections Inc. in a […]