Guest Commentary: Glades community seeks solutions, not finger-pointing

In recent weeks, Congressman Brian Mast has made political statements regarding the discharges from Lake Okeechobee, urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop them. What’s revealing about these statements is that his concerns about the water quality in Stuart weren’t expressed prior to the discharges, when the local health department’s warnings were closing […]

A new digital article profiling the history of the rock mining industry in Palm Beach County, entitled “County History Unearthed in Shellrock Pits,” can be viewed at The article was written by Bob Davidsson, Editor/webmaster of Origins & history of the Palm Beaches.

Deadline for free disaster legal services hotline

More than 2,000 Floridians have received advice and referrals on Hurricane Irma legal issues ORLANDO — Hurricane Irma survivors who need legal assistance but cannot afford an attorney have one more week to contact a toll-free hotline and request help. Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma should call 866-550-2929 before June 15 to receive a referral […]

Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is June 1-7

The 2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott, begins Friday, June 1, and extends through Thursday, June 7, 2018. During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax. However, the sales tax holiday does not […]

Letter to the Editor: Steps being taken in Palm Beach County to improve school safety

As our hearts still ache for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School community, the School District of Palm Beach County continues to study the details from the Parkland tragedy to identify opportunities to improve the safety of our campuses. As educators, we know the importance of safety and security in our schools. Students can’t focus […]

Letter to the Editor from Rev. Galen Hahn

Dear friends in Belle Glade, South Bay and Moore Haven My name is Galen Hahn. I am a retired minister of the United Church of Christ. In the 1960s, I served as a chaplain in migrant camps in Frederick and Thurmont, Md. I have written a small book about that ministry and would like to […]

Cities south of Lake O are big winners in EPA brownfields grant program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced grants to 144 communities nationwide, including five in Florida, at a news conference in Atlanta on Wednesday, April 25. The projects being financed are part of the Brownfields Redevelopment Program, which will give these cities and regional agencies money to conduct environmental assessments and cleanups in locally designated areas. […]

LORE Alliance spearheading tourism push ‘On the Town’ episode premiere party well-attended

BELLE GLADE — A large crowd of regional luminaries and ordinary people whose local livelihoods are the stars of a new South Florida PBS “On the Town” episode gathered at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center on Wednesday evening, March 28, to preview the latest installment of the show, which highlights many of the Glades’ […]

LORE to host “Is Homeownership for Me?” workshop

BELLE GLADE — LORE (Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance will host “Is Homeownership for Me?” housing workshop on Thursday, April 12 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Belle Glade Library Civic Center, 725 NW 4th St. in Belle Glade. Participants will gain a basic understanding of renting vs buying, local programs available to homebuyers […]

Gove Elementary School News

Gove’s Garden Goes Green BELLE GLADE — Gove Elementary School’s Garden Club decided last fall to roll up their sleeves and create a Pizza Garden. It included many of the ingredients you would find in a pizza, such as tomatoes, green peppers, oregano and basil. We are fortunate to have a devoted, hardworking volunteer, Florencio […]