"Petrichor" ENCORE

May 18, 2018
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In consideration of the factors that create one’s sense of place, it can be easy to overlook one powerful characteristic:  the smells.  In this week’s encore essay, News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams takes us on an olfactory journey through some of the common and not-so-common scents associated with the Southwest Florida experience including her favorite; a smell named by geologists in the 1960s, and one that Southwest Florida residents have certainly been experiencing in recent days with the return of summer rain storms.

Arborist Talks Tree Prep Heading Into Hurricane Season

May 14, 2018
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Hurricane season officially begins June 1. Though, there are still two weeks to go, meteorologists have been keeping an eye on the Gulf. And, recent rains have reminded many of last year's destruction, which left some Florida homeowners fearful of their own yards — after trees caused so much property damage during Hurricane Irma.

Amy Bennett Williams

Southwest Florida’s recent bout of dry windy weather has left vegetation and many creek beds dry and created dangerous drought conditions for fire crews as they continue battling several wildfires still burning in the Big Cypress National Preserve.  However, a reprieve could be on the way as weather forecasters are calling for widespread showers and thunderstorms beginning next week.  In anticipation of the return of our subtropical summer rainy season, this week’s encore essay from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams has her pondering the great variety of rainstorms in our region a

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The Hendry County School Board voted last month to participate in a newly-created Florida program which allows trained employees to carry concealed weapons in schools.

Colin McCann

In recent decades, Southwest Florida has experienced rapid growth and development. As the area has continued to grow, so has the local music scene.