Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette
The Clewiston Sugar Festival has announced country music star Trace Adkins will headline the 2017 festival, a free, family-friendly event held annually in America’s sweetest town.
Adkins will be joined by other musical guests Tracy Lawrence, Parmalee, Runaway June and JJ McCoy.
The daylong event will be held Saturday, March 18, at Civic Park, on U.S. Hwy 27 in Clewiston. Admission to the event and musical performances is free.
Now in its 31st year, the Clewiston Sugar Festival celebrates the region’s annual sugarcane harvest and the importance of sugarcane in Glades-area communities and Florida’s agricultural industry. The presenting sponsor is U.S. Sugar, a Florida pioneer in the sustainable farming and processing of sugarcane, citrus and sweet corn.
“We’re really excited about this year’s lineup and look forward to celebrating our sugarcane harvest season with the entire community,’’ said Judy Sanchez, senior director of corporate communications and public affairs for U.S. Sugar. “We work hard all year round to bring in top musical talent that all ages can enjoy.’’
A veteran firefighter was suspended after posting a racial slur to his Facebook page.
Lt. Michael D’Angelo, a 20-year veteran, was suspended without pay for the Sept. 23 post.
The department is investigating the incident.
On September 23, 1952, Vice President Candidate, Richard Nixon, gave a speech that was called the “Checkers Speech”. Accused of improprieties relating to a fund established by his backers to reimburse him for his political expenses, Nixon needed to defend himself. His place on the Republican ticket was in jeopardy as well, so he flew to Los Angeles and delivered a half-hour television address. It was in this speech that Nixon stated that regardless of what anyone said, he intended to keep one gift; a black-and-white dog the Nixon children had named “Checkers”, thus giving the speech its famous name.
The “Checkers Speech” was seen, or heard, by about 60 million Americans, the largest television audience at that time, and it led to an outpouring of public support.
Thanks to Checkers, Nixon made the ticket and we celebrate Dogs in Politics Day or better known as National Checkers Day.
A Republican-led House committee has voted to hold in contempt of Congress a former State Department employee who helped set up Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved the contempt resolution on a 19-15 vote along party lines on Thursday. The resolution states that the computer specialist tasked with setting up Clinton’s server did not comply with two subpoenas ordering him to appear before the panel.
Bryan Pagliano’s attorneys said in a letter to the committee that the subpoenas revealed “a naked political agenda” to embarrass Pagliano by forcing him to assert his constitutional rights before the cameras just weeks before the presidential election.
Clinton is the former secretary of state now running as the Democratic nominee for president.
Lee County sheriff’s deputies made a Lehigh Acres girl’s 17th birthday particularly special.
Jessica Romero, who suffers from autism and microcephaly, usually spends her birthdays at home. Her mother sent out a message via social media soliciting birthday cards.
Deputies responded with a card and much more, showing up Tuesday at Romero’s home bearing gifts to help her celebrate.
The gesture left a strong impression with her mother.
Anyone can send their best wishes to Romero by writing to P.O. Box 1964, Lehigh Acres, FL 33970.
Written by Glenn Mollette
President Obama said Tuesday the United States will spend $90 million over the next three years to clear unexploded bombs dropped on Laos during the Vietnam War. A decade ago we began spending $2.5 million a year to $15 million this year. During the Vietnam War America spent nine years bombing Laos with the goal of blocking supplies to Vietnam and fighting communist forces in northern Laos. Our bombing effort left tens of millions of unexploded cluster bombs. These bombs are about the size of a baseball.
During the nine-year bombing we conducted 580,000 missions over Laos and dropped over 270 million cluster bombs on this neutral country. An estimated 80 million of the cluster bombs failed to detonate and thousands have been killed since 1973 when we ended the bombing.
We need to clean our mess up in Laos. This is good news for that tiny country. It’s not so great news for America.
Our war expenditures continue to be bad news for America. $90 million dollars out the window for more International efforts. We have communities all over our country with dilapidated schools, outdated or unsafe water supplies, desperate economies and yet we take from our own people to spend more and more overseas.
KFC gave away 3,000 bottles of sunscreen that it said smelled like fried chicken to drum up buzz for its Extra Crispy chicken.
The stunt is another way for KFC to promote its Extra Crispy fried chicken. In June, it hired always-tan actor George Hamilton to appear in commercials as Colonel Sanders.
KFC, which is owned by Louisville, Kentucky-based Yum Brands Inc., said Monday that it was out of the bottles a few hours after they appeared on its website.