Friday August 5, 2022


Commercial fishermen Lavon Cheryl told Clewiston city commissioners that Lake Okeechobee is being threatened by invasive species and fish. 

Cheryl says he has 30 years of data that show commercial fishermen have helped the lake 

He mentioned tilapia, mayan sickley and tecomus as problem fish for the lake. 

The commission also honored the Florida Babe Ruth state champion softball team from Clewiston. 

The 12 and under team recently competed in the world series in Martin County winning three games and defeating a team from Puerto Rico.  Mayor Kristine Peterson honored them.

councilmember Hillary Hyslope says she has gotten concerns about rising electric bills.

The City of Clewiston and Florida Municipal Power Association continue to encourages all customers to consider changes that could reduce electricity usage.


An 18-foot python is captured by three amateur hunters along US-41 in Collier County.

The python weighed more than 100-pounds and is believed to be one of the biggest pythons caught in Florida.

Slithering through, trying to get to the other side of the road proved to be this Burmese python’s fatal mistake.

Jake Waleri, along with Joshua Laquis and Stephen Gauta, went out looking for the massive snakes Wednesday night after hearing sightings of it for several days. They didn’t expect to find one while driving along US-41 in Collier County.

Guata said they were sweating and fighting the python for a good five to 10 minutes, but managed to Stretch the phyton out, and it measures 17 feet 10 inches long and weighs 104 pounds. Leaving Waleri to wonder if this could be a record breaker. It’s not but it’s pretty close.

That title actually belongs to a python caught by experts with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in June. It was 215-pounds and 18 feet long.

Waleri and Gauta say they are veteran hunters who are home from college for the summer.

“Waleri went on to say that pythons don’t have a lot of natural predators, so it’s up to us to be those natural predators, take them out of the glades before they get this big and can consume everything.

The U.S. Department of the Interior estimates that there are at least one million pythons in the Everglades.

Today marks the start of the 2022 Florida Python Challenge. This might be the only event in the nation to encourage members of the general public to take an online class, then go deep into the Everglades to compete for thousands of dollars in prizes.

Last year, more than 600 people from 25 states registered and caught 223 Burmese pythons.


Parents and students are going to get a pleasant surprise when school gets going here in less than a week.

Their math textbooks, homework, and lessons are going to look a lot different.

The new B.E.S.T standards, pushed by the current administration in Tallahassee, go into effect all over Florida next week.

And for all the parents, students and teachers that have spent the better part of the last decade complaining about Common Core, it is a welcome relief.

As manager of Palm Beach schools’ math and sciences curriculum, it’s Eva Cwynar’s job to be excited about math

But what she likes the most is what these new changes mean for parents. Saying that she think it’s going to be a lot easier for parents to understand the methods coming home.

And the biggest difference is students won’t be forced to answer the math problems in a specific way. They’ll have options. Going on to state that You’re going to use what method works for you. and then explain your thinking process to other students.

The first day of school is Wednesday across our area.