Prayers sent up for Carolinas at Port Mayaca memorial

PORT MAYACA — Three elderly survivors of the Okeechobee Hurricane of 1928 were among the dozens present Friday morning as a memorial ceremony organized by the City of Pahokee recalled the vast human toll of that storm on its 90th anniversary. Prayers were lifted up for all those more than 2,500 souls who perished in […]

Concert boat moors at Pahokee Marina

PAHOKEE — Point Counterpoint II, the world-famous floating concert hall designed by the late master architect Louis Kahn and constructed for the United States’ Bicentennial in 1976, moored at the city marina last week, and plans are being shaped for it to stay there permanently. Formerly homeported in Talinn, Estonia, and having traveled more than […]

City gets another $1 million grant for marina

PAHOKEE — The City Commission met Tuesday night and acknowledged receipt of a new, additional $990,000 state grant for improvements at the Pahokee Marina & Campground park along Lake Okeechobee. Regular viewers of the city’s YouTube channel where the meetings are broadcast missed out on the commissioners’ actions, however, due to a lightning strike sometime […]

Pahokee’s Back-to-School Bash draws hundreds

PAHOKEE — The Palm Beach County School Board’s representative from the Glades, Marcia Andrews (left), visits with Idelvis Lugones of the School Food Service during the Back-to-School Bash at Pahokee Middle Senior High School on Saturday morning, Aug. 4. Ms. Lugones, the coordinator for the free and reduced-cost school lunch program, was working with colleague […]

Boost’s Back-to-School Bash

Above, from left, Shamika Salter, Fabian Crittenden and Tabatha McAllister, Order of the Eastern Star members, were among the many volunteers helping out at the fifth annual Belle Glade Back-to-School Bash put on by Amin Mohamad, owner of Boost Mobile of Belle Glade, outside his store Saturday, Aug. 4. Hundreds of schoolchildren showed up with […]

7 Glades students awarded foundation scholarships

Seven students from the Glades’ two high schools were among 108 local students who received a total of $1.07 million worth of scholarships awarded by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties this year. The foundation announced the beneficiaries of its donors’ largesse on July 24. The $1,069,500 in scholarships awarded by the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Florida DEP offering grants for algae cleanup

With $3 million in grant money just made available for any necessary algae cleanups by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, officials in Glades and Hendry counties are looking into the possibility that they might be able to use some of that help. The FDEP announced the new grant program on Monday, July 23. Eligible […]

City manager’s request for salary jump denied

PAHOKEE — On a 4-1 vote last week following a discussion delayed from their previous meeting, the Pahokee City Commission rejected a request from the city manager to amend his employment contract and give him a $20,000-per-year raise. Vice Mayor Clara Murvin pressed for an up-or-down vote on City Manager Chandler Williamson’s proposal as their […]