Everglades Boogie skydive event gets OK

CLEWISTON — Skydive Spaceland Clewiston has been granted approval to use parts of Airglades Airport for the staging of its five-day Everglades Boogie skydiving festival during the third week of the new year, ending on Martin Luther King Day. Hendry County Public Works Director R. Shane Parker requested county commissioners’ OK on Nov. 13 of […]

Hendry acts to rise affordable housing help

CLEWISTON — Hendry County commissioners, presented with a list last week of proposed sales of various properties the county has acquired, discussed the potential the lots might hold for fulfilling their goal of making more affordable housing available in the area. First, Commissioner Karson Turner asked that the sale of two longer-held lots in Wheeler […]

Hendry and Glades County elections hotly contested

LABELLE — In the elections Tuesday, one Hendry County Board of Commissioners seat was contested, and two candidates squared off for the property appraiser’s office. Two seats were filled on the Glades County Board of Commissioners. At the east end of Hendry, there were seven candidates for Clewiston City Commission, including the three members whose […]

Hendry sends FPL solar plant plan to state

LABELLE — Hendry County’s Board of Commissioners voted Oct. 23 to send on to state regulators Florida Power & Light Co.’s request for permission to build a solar energy facility on 623 agricultural acres along County Road 833, about 3 miles south of State Road 80. FPL is requesting to amend the Hendry County Comprehensive […]

Body found in remote Hendry

HENDRY COUNTY — The body of a deceased white male Caucasian reportedly was found in a remote wildlife area, drawing a response from state and local law enforcement agencies recently. An emailed tip to this newspaper provided a link to the NamUs website, that of the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, where the discovery […]

‘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 […]

Hendry elevates Jennifer Davis to County Administrator

CLEWISTON — While accepting Charles Chapman’s departure as Hendry County administrator collegially and with humor, joking that he essentially was being “fired” before his last day, county commissioners then paid him a high compliment by tentatively elevating his deputy Jennifer Davis into his chair during their meeting here last week. Rather than go forward with […]

Chapman hands in his resignation

CLEWISTON — Charles Chapman, county manager in Hendry County since 2013, has presented his letter of resignation and gave 60 days’ notice to the county commissioners. He accepted an offer and signed a contract on Wednesday, Oct. 3, to become the new city manager in Naples, Fla., effective the first Monday in December, and will […]

Retired Marine marches 140 miles for Injured Warriors Fund

A U.S. Marine Corps veteran of repeated tours over a period of 16 years in Iraq and Afghanistan was en route through the area on a six-day, 140-mile hike last week to draw attention to the toll of post-traumatic stress disorder on the ranks of former military members. Retired USMC Staff Sgt. Oscar Rauda, 42, […]

Airglades on track for construction to start in 2019

CLEWISTON — The Hendry County Board will learn from staff at one of its October meetings about a proposed contract for the project development and environmental (PD&E) study on Airglades International Airport’s planned new cargo facilities outside Clewiston. The Florida Department of Transportation is financing the preliminary engineering and design of AIA’s Perishable Air Cargo […]