FWC provides advice for safely living with alligators year-round

Alligators become more active during warm weather months, and it’s not uncommon to see them throughout the state. Most interactions consist of seeing alligators at a distance. However, if you have a concern about a specific alligator, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) urges you to call their toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at […]

Being a Skywarn spotter is not for everyone

(But during a storm, they help everybody) From a young age, humans become fascinated by the sky with its big bright yellow blob and endless clouds in which you can see everything your imagination tells you is there. Then, usually soon after our first storm scares us inside, most of us find more important things […]

‘Water farming’ helps reduce flow to St. Lucie

They call it “water farming.” Caulkins Citrus Co., once home to orange groves, is the site of a public-private partnership to reduce harmful freshwater flows to the St. Lucie Estuary. The 3,200-acre site is adjacent to the C-44 Canal just east of Indiantown. Water from the canal is pumped into bermed reservoirs on the property, […]

Floridians advised to watch out for panthers

While two new litters of three Florida panther kittens each have been reported so far in 2018, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), mortality among the endangered species also grew, with three deaths during the past two months pushing the toll to 18 for the year. The latest casualties were discovered […]

Reflections from the Pulpit: A miracle unlike the others? An inward call from God

One member of a congregation I served was a person who accepted a very literal belief of scriptures — with one exception. Miracles did not phase him; they happened just as they were printed in the Bible and to be taken word for word. He was a hunter in his spare time and from a […]

Saw palmetto berry harvest now requires state permit

As of Tuesday, July 17, anyone harvesting saw palmetto berries in Florida was being required to have a “Native Plant Harvesting Permit” issued through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), its Division of Plant Industry has announced. Extract derived from the saw palmetto plant’s berries has been the subject of research as […]

New chief agricultural scientist chosen for SW Florida

Kelly Morgan is a more reliable water source than rain is. You don’t know when or if you’ll get water from the sky, but what Kelly can teach you makes every drop you have go farther. His focus on the farmer as customer is what has made Kelly so successful as the state’s best management […]

Tellus Products sustains environment and local economy

Tellus Products LLC is a new, Belle Glade-based company that manufactures packaging and food-service products using recycled fiber from the sugar milling process. Aside from producing ecologically friendly products, the company brings additional economic activity to the Glades area. “Siting our new company, Tellus, right here in Belle Glade was so natural for us, because […]

Zeta Phi Beta ends year with Sisterhood Tea

The Iota Omicron Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. recently concluded their extremely busy year of service to the community with a Sisterhood Tea. The Chantilly Tea served as a way to bring the chapter together to celebrate and reflect on the year’s many accomplishments, as well as prepare for the upcoming year […]

Boost Mobile preparing for Back to School Bash

BELLE GLADE — Amin Mohamad owner of Boost Mobile of Belle Glade is preparing for the 2018 Boost Mobile fifth annual Back to School Bash. With the help of his staff and Kevin Brown they are expecting another huge successful event. Over 700 BACKPACKS and thousands of mixed SCHOOL SUPPLIES will be given away on […]