Craig Frey named new chief Hendry Extension agent

IMMOKALEE — Gene McAvoy was proud on Wednesday, June 3, to introduce Craig Frey, who is more or less his replacement in Hendry County. Mr. McAvoy, who is now the associate director for stakeholder relations with the University of Florida/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee after “retiring” last year, circulated this announcement: […]

Voting by mail encouraged around the region

While much of society has been shut down for weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic, county elections supervisors and some of their staff in the Lake O region have kept working behind their closed doors because there are important elections to be conducted this year. Those doors were just this week beginning to be reopened […]

United Way contributes face shields to COVID-19 arsenal

MOORE HAVEN — Some selfless people who work at the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades & Okeechobee Counties found time recently to construct some plastic facial shields. They donated a few dozen to try to help keep those on the front lines of the coronavirus battle protected against the often fatal disease. Lisa Sands, […]

Some local farms selling produce on-site – Prices drop as supply chain retools to meet changing consumer needs

Because of supply-chain disruptions due to the coronavirus crisis, some Florida farmers are bypassing the middlemen out of necessity and selling their fresh produce directly to the public on their farms, reports UF/IFAS Regional Vegetable Extension Agent Emeritus Gene McAvoy. These sales may be key to their staying in business through the pandemic and emerging […]

Community celebrates Airglades groundbreaking

CLEWISTON — “Everybody here — this is not any B.S. — it took a lot of people to get where we are today,” declared Fred Ford in his speech before the Airglades International Airport CEO ceremoniously turned the first dirt Monday morning, March 2, at the site. This act, in concert with four other key […]

Good Wheels exits, MV Transportation takes over

LABELLE — After Good Wheels Inc. suspended its transit services to several Southwest Florida counties including Glades and Hendry last week, regional and county officials moved quickly to put in place an alternative to provide Transportation Disadvantaged (TD) rides. Beginning Monday, Feb. 24, clients who used to depend on Good Wheels for rides to and […]

Panther disorder gets a name; some wild cats euthanized

Just after Christmas, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists finally gave a name to the apparent neurological disorder first observed in Florida panthers on an couple of remote-camera videos taken back in 2018. The malady has been named “feline leukomyelopathy,” and is evidenced, according to the FWC, by tissue changes in the brain and […]

Carlton Ward’s work showcased

WINTER PARK — The 3-year-old conservation photography project “Path of the Panther,” being conducted by National Geographic Explorer Carlton Ward Jr. in Southwest and West-Central Florida, was celebrated during a conference Nov. 18-19 at Full Sail University. A trove of Mr. Ward’s photographs appear with a collection of articles in the current, Winter 2019 edition […]

Glades County looks to restore Harney Pond Overlook

MOORE HAVEN — County commissioners told Glades County staff to move ahead on the idea of replacing the boardwalk at Harney Pond Overlook Park, which was torn down some time ago after recent hurricane damage. Local residents and Northern visitors both recently have been inquiring, County Manager Bob Jones told the board at their meeting […]

Hendry to hire large firm to perform code enforcement

CLEWISTON — Hendry County will contract with Calvin, Giordano, & Associates Inc., a Florida firm with an office in Estero, to perform code enforcement and, in a pinch, building inspection services for the planning and zoning department. Although total costs will be unknown until a contract is drawn up, staff said they found the rates […]