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U.S. Sugar, Glades cities, sheriffs partner to give families safe trick-or-treat options

CLEWISTON — This Halloween, the people of U.S. Sugar are teaming up with the cities of Moore Haven, LaBelle, Clewiston, Belle Glade and Indiantown as well as local sheriffs’ offices to …
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Halloween Happenings

Upcoming Halloween Happenings for Okeechobee, Glades and Hendry counties.
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Sports

Elks Soccer Shoot winners

The Elks Southeast District Soccer Shoot was held in Clewiston on Saturday, Oct. 24.
The Glades Day cheering squad keeps spirits high during halftime at the Oct. 23 game against Moore Haven.

Football Around the Lake

Football Around the Lake covers Clewiston, Glades Day Gators, Okeechobee and Moore Have.
Oran Singleton’s quick reaction on a field-goal attempt helped the Tigers secure their fifth victory in 2020.

Clewiston Tigers win last-second thriller

Down by two with six seconds left in the game, Clewiston Tigers coach Pete Walker sent out his field goal unit to secure the win.
Police/Fire
On Monday, Oct. 19, Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden swore in six new deputies.
CPD officer finds marijuana, large amount of money, and loaded firearm in a vehicle during traffic stop.
Election

LABELLE — From down-ballot candidates to the presidential ticket, there are a plethora of political advertisements seen along roadsides, in freshly mowed lawns, and on vehicles as Election Day …

Floridians turned out in record numbers for the first day of early voting in Florida on Monday. According to state election officials, more than 350,000 Floridians cast their ballots on Monday, when …
As the Nov. 3 election nears, local organizations are hosting forums so voters can learn more about the candidates.
Human Interest
The Sunshine State has no shortage of spooky tales — ghostly pirates still guarding their treasures, spirits of suicides who haunt the places where they died and old buildings where something “just doesn’t feel right.”
After years of advocacy for change, the Seminole Tribe of Florida Repatriation Committee has received a revised repatriation policy from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
Entertainment

Last weekend of Spookyville to feature expanded hours

Spookyville will now open at 2 p.m. on its last two days, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31.
Costumes are encouraged at the City of Clewiston’s drive-through Halloween event.

Clewiston hosts drive-thru Halloween

The City of Clewiston has partnered with U.S. Sugar to organize a fun, family-friendly and safe Halloween event.
KENANSVILLE — Partin Ranch Corn Maze and Fall Festival in Kenansville offers 22 acres of festivities to help get you into the fall spirit.

Fall fun in Central Florida

Looking for a fun way to celebrate fall and still have plenty of room to social distance? Partin Ranch Corn Maze and Fall Festival in Kenansville offers 22 acres of festivities to help get you into the fall spirit.
Agriculture

Success of ‘green’ harvesting of sugarcane depends on location

If Florida sugar farmers stopped burning the cane fields before harvest, could they stay in business?

UF awarded key federal grants to continue fight against citrus greening

University of Florida researchers hope to discover new methods to help citrus growers fight the deadly citrus greening.
Government
Shane Parker, public works director for Hendry County, introduced the Port LaBelle Utility System
Hendry County Tax Collector Pat Langford presented a check for the 2019-20 excess fees to Hendry County Clerk of Courts Kim Barrineau.
State and federal officials gathered at the S-333 water control structure on the Tamiami Trail on Oct. 21 to celebrate the start of work on the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP), which will increase the capacity to move water from Lake Okeechobee to Everglades National Park (ENP).
CLEWISTON — During the unusually brief Oct. 14 regular meeting of the Hendry Board of County Commissioners, code enforcement was the main topic of discussion. Staff and commissioners discussed …
Business
A relatively new artist, who’s been developing her business officially for just over a year now, has arrived back on scene despite the many challenges 2020 has created for all small, local businesses.
In recognition of National Small Business Week, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) highlight resources available to small businesses in Florida.
Business Insights
The most widely known compound found in marijuana is delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). However, another compound that can be found in marijuana, cannabidiol (CBD), is quickly becoming more and more …
Health
The Alzheimer’s Association Virtual Brain Bus offers programs via Zoom in November.
If you are at a higher risk for getting sick with Listeria — you are pregnant, 65 or older or have a weakened immune system — you should avoid eating deli meats unless they are heated to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
Traffic & Road Work
Road Watch for Hendry County for the week of Oct. 25

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones. As a …

Hendry County Road Watch for week of Oct. 18

Hendry County performs road work on Nobles Avenue

Intermittent lane closures on SR 80

Hendry County contractor to conduct roadwork project on Sonora Avenue

State News
South Florida mole kingsnake

See a Kingsnake? Report it to FWC

Kingsnakes have experienced population declines that biologists can’t explain.

FWC invites public comments for re-accreditation

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement is seeking re-accreditation from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA).
FILE- In this Oct. 26, 2020, file photo, Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections Christina White, right, examines signatures on vote-by-mail ballots with members of the Canvassing Board Judge Raul Cuervo, left, and Judge Betsy Alvarez-Zane, center, at the Miami-Dade County Board of Elections in Doral, Fla. Florida will never experience another election meltdown exactly like the one that made the state an international laughingstock in 2000, when after a five-week recount and court battle George W. Bush edged Al Gore and won the presidency. State leaders eliminated computer punchcard ballots, implemented statewide recount laws and made it easy to cast and process ballots before Election Day. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Florida, butt of election jokes, believes system is ready

Even if the presidential election hinges on a Florida recount like 20 years ago, hanging chads and butterfly ballots won't be around to trip up voters and officials.
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Mayors and ministers from the Glades area gathered Oct. 22 to voice their support for the sugar industry and their opposition to a lawsuit that seeks to end burning of the sugar cane fields in preparation for the harvest.
The elected officials who serve as the Clewiston City consist of the mayor, vice mayor, and city commissioners.
The Big O Teen Anglers had their final tournament of the 2020 season out of Harney Pond on Oct. 24 and 25.
The 15th Year of Bird Watching Driving Trips at STA 5/6 is about to begin. Registration is required through Eventbrite, but you don’t need to print ticket.
The Clewiston Green Thumb Garden Club installed their new officers for the 2020-2021 year.
National & World

Pelosi scolds White House over no response in virus talks

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a scolding assessment of COVID-19 relief talks on Thursday, blaming Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for failing to produce answers to her …

Guest Commentary: ‘Activists’ oppose solution to fix lake discharges

Recently, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began discharging high volumes of water from Lake Okeechobee to Southwest Florida, a process that often disrupts the fragile ecosystem near Fort Myers.

US vetted stars' politics to showcase Trump virus response

Public relations firms hired by the Department of Health and Human Services vetted political views of hundreds of celebrities for a planned $250 million ad blitz …
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