Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Fishing on the Big O

Major league fishing held their season opening tournament on Lake Okeechobee over the weekend, bringing in over 270 boats, and giving out a top prize of $66,500. Another fishing tournament is scheduled to return to Clewiston this weekend on the south end of the state’s largest freshwater lake. The “Big O” will host of Florida Bass Nation Youth Tournaments at Roland and Mary and Martin’s Marina February 12 and 13th. Erin Hitsman of the Hendry County Tourism Development Council says, this will be the second time the Florida Bass Nation College Invitational Championship has been held in Clewiston and funded by the Tourism Development Council.

LaBelle HS Cowboys New Head Coach

LaBelle High School Athletics has officially named Maurice McClain Senior as the Cowboys new head coach. The move comes almost 5 months after athletic Director Chris Siner left in September, and a little over a week since Coach Matt Davidson’s departure on January 31st. McClain served as an assistant coach since 2002. He’s also been the offensive coach and the running back coach. Coach McClain is a 1996 graduate of LaBelle high school and was part of the 1995 team that made it to the playoffs. McClain says it’s an honor to coach at his alma mater. Head coach McClain says, he’s up for the challenge simply because, he’s earned it.

Glades Commissioners Discuss Legal Priorities

Glades County Commissioners voiced concerns that it takes too long to get legal work done.  They point to delays in the land swap with Lykes Brothers for a new fire station north of LaBelle.  Commission Chairman Tim Stanley says it is not all the fault of County Attorney Richard Pringle.  He says the county commission has also caused delays. Commissioner Donna Storter Long says Pringle’s priority is not necessarily the same as Glades County’s collectively. The commission says they need to set clear priorities for their legal counsel. 

The National Weather Service Announces Tornado Drill

The National Weather Service reports, no other country in the world has more tornadoes than the United States. On average, over 1,000 tornadoes are reported in the United States every year, resulting in 68 deaths and over 1,500 injuries. Since 1992, South Florida has averaged ten reported tornadoes per year, and since 1950 a total of 155 tornadoes. Today is Tornado and Thunderstorm Awareness Day, and there will be a tornado drill in our area at 10am. All participants should consider themselves under a Tornado Watch. At 10:00 AM, the National Weather Service will issue a practice Tornado Warning. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the drill by activating their tornado safety plan at 10:00 AM EST. This is especially encouraged at schools, businesses and hospitals. The tornado drill will last until 10:30 AM EST when the test tornado warning will be cancelled.

Clewiston Museum Steak Dinner

The Clewiston Museum is having their annual BBQ steak dinner on Saturday, February 12, 2022. The dinner will be in drive-through format from noon – 1:30 pm. The pickup line will start at the entrance to the museum parking lot on 109 Central Avenue, and then exit out through the rear. Tickets are $100 for two steak dinners! The tickets are on sale now and are available from any board member, in person at the museum, online at, or by calling 863-983-2870.