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Election
Kristine Petersen was recognized by the City of Clewiston for her years of service as city commissioner and as mayor at the Nov. 21 Clewiston BOC meeting. From l-r: City Manager Randy Martin, Commissioners James Pittman, Hillary Hyslope, new Commissioner Barbara Edmonds, Kristine Petersen, Vice Mayor Greg Thompson and Commissioner Mali Gardner.

Three sworn in at Clewiston BOC, Mayor retires

The City of Clewiston Board of Commissioners made a transformation during the Nov. 21 commission meeting with the retirement …
Stephanie Busin is currently a Hendry County School Board member.

Busin ahead in close school board race

LABELLE – Incumbent Stephanie Busin was ahead in the Hendry County School Board race unofficial results as of Nov. 15.

Hendry County election results

Hendry County Supervisor of Elections is still tabulating the results of Tuesday’s general election as of Friday, Nov. 11, …
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The Santa Express will operate once again on Thursday, Dec. 3. The event is a collaboration of U.S. Sugar and U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots.

Santa Express event is Saturday, Dec. 3

All aboard! It’s time for The Santa Express to once again bring toys and holiday cheer to families across …
A bull and cow were located and captured by HCSO running at large in the area of 6465 CR 78.    Both are black in color; the cow is black and white with an orange fly tag in one ear and a silver metal tag in the other.  The bull is solid black in color with no other markings or tags.

Bull and cow impounded

On Monday, Nov. 28, Hendry County Ag Deputies located and captured one cow and one bull running at large ...
The holiday season is here, and the Christmas tree is up at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Musuem, thanks to the Big Cypress Council office. Come by the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Museum and take your family photos!

It's beginning to look a lot ...

The holiday season is here and  the Christmas tree is up at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Musuem
Police/Fire

Hendry County Arrest Report for Nov. 14 to Nov. 27

The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges by the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office...

K9s United encourages community support through K9 Corps

K9s United, a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting law enforcement K-9 units with vital equipment and training...

Parking, code violations discussed at Clewiston BOC

Clewiston Police Chief Thomas Lewis promised residents and the Clewiston Board of Commissioners to have patrol officers keep a close eye …
Hurricane News

Hurricane Ian debris pickup operations completed

Hendry County’s contracted debris hauler D&J Enterprises has completed all Hurricane Ian related debris pickup...

All SFWMD navigational locks resume operations

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) re-opened most of its navigational locks to public access...

SBA announces temporary closure of Florida Business Recovery Centers

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is closing its Business Recovery Centers in Florida from...
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Sports
CLEWISTON -- The father and son team of Don and Matt Demott caught a winning weight of 26.81 pounds to take home the big check at the Nov. 19 Roland Martin Marine Center Series Qualifier #3.

Father and son team win Roland Martin Marine Center Series qualifier

The top finishers in the Roland Martin Marine Center Series Qualifier #3, presented by HUK on Nov. 19, made the event a family affair. 

Big Bass on the Big O

Tight Splice Charters shared these images from fishing on Lake Okeechobee on Nov. 6. Share your fishing photos! Email photos to okeenews@iniusa.org.
Chauncy Cobb and Levi Campbell awaiting a playcall [Photo by Richard Marion]

Playoff football around the lake this week: Nov. 18

Hurricane Nicole couldn’t stop the Florida high school football playoffs from starting last week.
Entertainment
CLEWISTON  -- Lee Brice will headline the 2023 Sugar Festival in Clewiston.
The 2023 Clewiston Sugar Festival  will feature the Marshall Tucker Band.
BIG CYPRESS SEMINOLE RESERVATION – The Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum will stage its American Indian Arts Celebration (AIAC), Nov. 4-5 ...
Chris Kahl is a Florida folk musician and storyteller, who is also a singer/songwriter who has...
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Santa Express and U.S. Sugar bring Christmas to local families

The Santa Express today brought the joy of the holiday season to local families ...
Human Interest

2022 Miss Latina of the Glades crowned

2022 Miss  Miss Latina of The Glades Jayla Vallejo (right) and Miss Teen Latina of the Glades Maria Martell (left)  were crowned Nov. 6 ...
(Left to right) Jose Sanchez, SES, Margarita (Margie) Ordaz, Research Civil Engineer, U.S. Army Engineers Research and Development Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers U.S. Army, Eva B. Vélez, Chief Ecosystem Branch/Program Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District (red dress) and U.S. Army Col. (P) Antoinette Gant, South Pacific Division commander. (GMIS photo)

Vélez named a Great Minds in STEM Hero

Eva B. Vélez s recently presented her award at the Great Minds in STEM Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Conference ...

Clewiston native trains to be a U.S. Navy gunner's mate

Seaman Recruit Ramsey Witt, native of Clewiston, Florida, is a student at NETC, learning the necessary skills needed to be a gunner’s mate.
Business
On Oct. 18, the Hendry County Economic Development Council (HCEDC) announced the selection of VisionFirst Advisors to evaluate...
Clewiston FYI
Florida drivers are paying less for gas this month, thanks to the one-month Fuel Tax Holiday from October 1, through October 31.
Health
The Alzheimer Association will host virtual Brain Bus events and support groups.
Q: What makes holiday food safety different from everyday meals?
Agriculture

Court rules in favor of U.S. Sugar in acquisition of Imperial Sugar

The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware ruled in favor of U.S. Sugar, allowing the company...

UF/IFAS Assistant Professor Sandoya Miranda leads a lettuce breeding progam

For Germán Sandoya Miranda, a lifelong passion for agriculture began when he was a child playing...
Wildlife & Environment

Termite queen and king are the best parents in the world

Studying the parental behaviors of termites has provided a University of Florida scientist...
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to designate critical habitat for the Florida bonneted bat.

Critical habitat would protect Florida bonneted bat

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on a revised proposal to designate critical habitat for the Florida bonneted bat ...
State News

Early prescription refills permitted under State of Emergency

Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 22-219, expanding the State of Emergency statewide....

Boy dies in hot car parked outside Miami area Jewish center

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A 3-year-old boy died after being left in a car outside a South Florida preschool where both his parents are staff members, police said. The child was one of several …

Rural Florida county shocked by fentanyl deaths over holiday

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A small, largely rural county west of Florida’s capital saw an unheard-of spike in deadly drug overdoses believed to be caused by fentanyl mixed with other illegal drugs, …
Opinion
Thank you to the voters of Hendry County for supporting the half-cent sales tax on Nov. 8.
Our children’s future is one of the most important considerations when making decisions as parents and as a community.
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