Johnson’s journey celebrated in Pahokee

Public works chief climbed ladder for 30 years PAHOKEE — After graduating from Pahokee High School in 1988, Alvin Johnson hired on with the city to be a maintenance worker and, a few years later after having cut a lot of grass, set himself a much higher goal. On Oct. 9, he listened to lavish […]

Glades public transit service being improved

Palm Tran service for the Glades areas of western Palm Beach County is undergoing changes intended to make the public bus transportation service more flexible, timely and convenient for residents. Earlier this fall, according to Palm Tran Public Relations Manager Joe Harrington, the Belle Glade/Pahokee bus route No. 47 was merged with Route 48, serving […]

Familiar worries shared at Glades Initiative’s table talks

BELLE GLADE — Karis Engle, president of the Glades Initiative Inc. health services agency for far western Palm Beach County, was very pleased with her agency, staff and clients’ participation in On the Table roundtable talks conducted across Southeast Florida Oct. 23-24. They intended to host several people of various ethnicities for the issues discussions […]

Lake O regional judicial circuit, legislative election results

These are results, as reported unofficially on Election Night by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Elections (floridaelectionwatch.gov), in state judicial circuit, state legislative and U.S. House races in the region around Lake Okeechobee: 20th Judicial Circuit state attorney Republican Amira Fox received 403,609 votes (100 percent) for this position. Joseph Hoffman was a […]

St. Mary parish denied shrine designation

PAHOKEE — “To those of you who had requested me to seek St. Mary in Pahokee designated as an official ‘Shrine’ to Our Lady of Bethlehem, unfortunately it has been rejected by the Diocese of Palm Beach.” So stated a post on the Facebook page of former St. Mary Catholic Church Pastor John Mericantante last […]

Work under way to get concert boat shipshape

PAHOKEE — Cosmetic renovations are under way on the historic floating arts center docked at the Pahokee Marina, in preparation for the envisioned instruction of young musical instrumentalists aboard it that is the Point Counterpoint II’s main purpose in being here. American Wind Symphony Orchestra (AWSO) conductor Robert Boudreau, owner of the vessel built for […]

Rescued German shepherd in young family’s care

BELLE GLADE — An injured German shepherd was rescued from drowning here last week, thanks to a sharp-eyed Farm Credit employee who glimpsed the dog clinging to a canal bank while he was driving home from his job in Okeechobee. Ben Morris called his wife and raced home to get her, then got a hand […]

The score for ‘Winds Over the Glades’ will go like this

PAHOKEE — When Robert Boudreau arranged with the encouragement of local officials and investors to bring his historic “floating arts center” to the marina here this summer, the intent of everyone involved was to give the old vessel a new life as a centerpiece of Glades culture. The Point Counterpoint II, which is the ship’s […]

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 […]