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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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You are invited to an Anhingas Zoom presentation by Dr. Jerome A. Jackson, professor emeritus, Florida Gulf Coast University.

Halloween Happenings

Upcoming Halloween Happenings for Okeechobee, Glades and Hendry counties.
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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.
Police/Fire

Fire Prevention Week: Test smoke alarms, practice escape plan

Florida Gulf Coast to Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross urges residents to test their smoke alarms and practice their escape plan as home fires continue during COVID-19.
A beautiful handmade bench has been stolen from the grave of Julian Keen Jr.

Julian Keen’s memorial bench stolen from grave site

Friends and family of Julian Keen are in disbelief after a memorial bench made in his memory was stolen from his grave site in Immokalee. Keen is buried at the Lake Trafford Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Burglar alert issued for Glades County

On Sept. 9, the Glades County Sheriff’s Office reports, Deputy Josh Woods stopped a suspicious vehicle in a residential area within Buckhead Ridge.
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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.
Government
The EVERGLADES – Federal and state officials gathered near the Tamiami Trail on Oct. 21 for the groundbreaking of the first contract in the Central Everglades Planning Project.

Corps breaks ground on Central Everglades Planning Project

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).

Glades puts off supporting planned state toll road

County commissioners were asked to endorse a resolution backing the M-CORES selection of the Southwest Central Florida Corridor — where a new Florida’s Turnpike extension from Polk County to Southwest Florida is planned — but declined to on Oct. 13 and put off further consideration for two weeks.
MOORE HAVEN —  Glades County’s stately courthouse, build in the 1920s, will have a new roof within a few months.

Glades County seeks to loosen development rules

At the Oct. 13 Glades County Board of Commissioners meeting, a public hearing was conducted for transmittal of a Comprehensive Plan amendment to the Future Land Use Element allowing development of up to 12 units per acre of residential uses.
Sports
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.

Teen Anglers host final tournament of the season

The Big O Teen Anglers had their final tournament of the 2020 season out of Harney Pond on Oct. 24 and 25.
The Okeechobee Brahmans were able to take care of business in the second half of their game against PSL.

Football Around the Lake

Football Around the Lake covers Moore Haven, Clewiston, Okeechobee and Belle Glade.
Traffic & Road Work
Glades County Road Watch Report covers the week of Oct. 4.
Road Watch for Glades County for the week of Sept. 20 through the 26. Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense and patience as they travel through work zones.
School News
During the week of Sept. 28 through Oct. 2, the prekindergarten class of Moore Haven Elementary School learned about the colors of the rainbow.
Over the past 15 years, FSW’s Radiologic Technology Program graduates have maintained a 99.7% pass rate for the national certification exam.
Veterans

A Virtual Enrollment Panel for veterans will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 7 p.m. for veterans and military service members.

Each year the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center hosts an event to honor the sacrifices and remarkable determination of those captured as Prisoners of War (POW) and remember those who remain unaccounted for (MIA-Missing in Action).
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?
Three teams of scientists from UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences received nearly $4.5 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture funds to study new ways to manage the invasive insect causing millions of dollars’ worth of damage to Florida’s citrus crops.

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.
Sam Hutton, an associate professor of horticultural sciences at the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center and a tomato breeder, examines tomatoes in his greenhouse.

Tomato juice with UF/IFAS-bred Garden Gem pleases palates

Florida-grown tomatoes — particularly the UF/IFAS-bred Garden Gem — pack a tasty punch for tomato juice, new University of Florida research shows.
Opinion

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.

Artificial intelligence revolution comes to cattle country

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) on ranches and dairy farms represents tremendous potential to benefit the Florida cattle industry.

Business

Governor DeSantis, DEO highlight Florida small business resources

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.
Election
As Glades County early voting begins, turnout already at 19%

Supervisor of Elections (SOE) Aletris Farnam wants all residents to know that the start of early voting on Saturday, Oct. 24, in Glades County coincides with the final day to request the vote-by-mail option.

Voting under way in Florida

Early voting starts next week

State News

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).

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.
Nation & World
Special to the Lake Okeechobee News

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.

County Coalition to meet Friday

On Friday, Oct. 30, the County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, St. Lucie and the Caloosahatchee Estuaries, and the Lake Worth Lagoon” will be meeting for the first time since February of this year.
Top Trending Stories
Football news for Moore Haven Terriers, Glades Day Gators, Okeechobee Brahmans and Clewiston Tigers.
There are two remaining active candidates in the race for Glades County superintendent of schools whose names will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot.
GLADES COUNTY -- A Glades County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) press release stated that just after 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, deputies responded to a reported robbery/carjacking at old Sportsman’s …
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