Your right to refuse to wear a mask ends at others’ six feet of space

Is a requirement to wear a cloth face covering in public spaces an infringement on individual freedom?Some Florida counties and cities have made masks mandatory in public buildings. Others have refrained from passing an ordinance or executive action but encouraged residents to voluntarily wear masks. The reason to wear cloth face coverings is to protect […]

Satellite imagery shows algae potential in lake

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — The intense summer heat has brought with it algal blooms on Lake Okeechobee. Lake area fishermen have noted this is a common occurrence in the summer. As of June 29, the lake level was at 12.36 feet, just slightly higher than the previous week’s level of 12.33 feet. No water from the […]

Hendry County sheriff sets curfew; Clewiston PD opts out

CLEWISTON — On Tuesday, Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden declared an 8 p.m. curfew for eastern Hendry County for Wednesday night, but the City of Clewiston is still evaluating the need for such action. In a social media message posted Tuesday afternoon, June 2, the sheriff said they have learned the Black Lives Matter movement […]

Judge dismisses lawsuit over sugarcane burning

CLEWISTON— A United States district judge has dismissed a lawsuit by three plaintiffs who claimed they were injured by the smoke from sugarcane burning. The court dismissed the complaint for lack of standing and will permit plaintiffs to attempt to re-plead only three of the seven counts. The plaintiffs have until May 22 to refile […]

Lake Okeechobee: How low will it go?

OKEECHOBEE — How low will Lake Okeechobee go this year?On Saturday, May 2, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District increased flows from the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79) to the Caloosahatchee estuary at a seven-day average rate of 650 cubic feet per second (cfs) for the benefit of the estuary. Lake Okeechobee […]

More COVID-19 cases confirmed

Hendry County nursing homes tested for coronavirus Increased COVID-19 testing continues in South Central Florida, and more cases have shown up in Hendry County nursing homes. On April 24, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that 50 state “strike teams” had started traveling the state to test all of the long-term care facilities. Last week, following threats […]

McDonald’s offers free meals to first responders

CLEWISTON – Some “big kids” had big smiles on April 22 when they received free meals from area McDonald’s restaurants. In appreciation for the healthcare workers, police officers, firefighters and paramedics who are committed to public health and safety, McDonald’s is offering free Thank You Meals, between April 22 and Tuesday, May 5, as a […]

McDonald’s offers free meals to first responders, health care workers

CLEWISTON – Some “big kids” had big smiles on April 22 when they received free meals from area McDonald’s restaurants. In appreciation for the healthcare workers, police officers, firefighters and paramedics who are committed to public health and safety, McDonald’s is offering free Thank You Meals, between April 22 and Tuesday, May 5, as a […]

Clewiston man charged with vehicular homicide

CLEWISTON — A Clewiston man has been charged with vehicular homicide in connection to a 2019 accident that claimed the life of Francesca Antoine, 26, of Bradenton. Larry Gerome Willis, 23, of Clewiston has been charged with vehicular homicide and driving while license suspended. According to the Florida Highway Patrol investigator Cpl. Justin Close’s report, […]

Governor directs Floridians to ‘limit movements’ Hunting, fishing and hiking still allowed

TALLAHASSEE — In an April 1 press conference, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced an executive order “directing all Floridians to limit movements and personal interactions outside the home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or to conduct essential activities.” “We’re going to be in this for another 30 days,” said the governor. […]