Governor directs Floridians to ‘limit movements’ Hunting, fishing and hiking still allowed

TALLAHASSEE — In an April 1 press conference, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced an executive order “directing all Floridians to limit movements and personal interactions outside the home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or to conduct essential activities.” “We’re going to be in this for another 30 days,” said the governor. […]

Crisis Schooling, Not Homeschooling

Speaking from current experience, it’s not at all easy to balance work, even remote work, with teaching your children during this viral crisis. I write this as my toddler is climbing on my head, chanting, “Mom, mom, mom, mommy!” She’s had a full morning of helping make sourdough pancakes, planting vegetable seeds for our garden, […]

Toilet Paper Worries!

There are many mind-boggling things in this 21st Century – space travel, global warming, can humans ever get to a point where they don’t see a benefit in killing each other. Life changing, history making issues. Toilet paper should not be in that category. That’s right. Of all the unimaginable things there are in this […]

Hendry County Notified of Positive COVID-19 Case

Hendry County officials have been notified by the Florida Department of Health (DOH) that a resident of Hendry County has tested positive for COVID-19. The safety and wellbeing of Hendry County residents remains the highest priority and Hendry County officials strongly urge residents to continue following the guidance provided by the CDC and DOH in […]

Local Crafters combat supply shortage

Amidst the spreading of COVID-19, many people who need them are running out of masks. Many are using social media to beg for more with the hashtags #GetMePPE and #WeNeedPPE and some businesses and organizations have put out public calls for donations of masks. Instead of waiting for mask shipments that may be weeks off, […]

Update from Hendry County Sodexo Food Service

UPDATE: Parents/Guardians may now pick up meals WITHOUT the child being present. The volunteer staff will have student rosters from each school and they will verify what school the child is in. Once they confirm this, the meals will be handed to the parent/guardian. This process MUST be done on a daily basis. Thank you […]

Department of Revenue extends Property Tax payment due date from March 31 to April 15

Tallahassee, Fla. – On Monday, March 16, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis directed the Department of Revenue (Department) to provide flexibility on tax due dates to assist those adversely affected by COVID-19. Today, Department of Revenue Executive Director Jim Zingale issued an emergency order to extend the final due date for property tax payments for the […]

A Message from the Publisher – This is the time for pioneer spirit

By Katrina Elsken Publisher Caloosa Belle In 1985, I had the honor of interviewing some of LaBelle’s oldest residents for a series of articles on the area’s history. The pioneer founders of this community dealt with many hardships, but they always came together as a community, and found ways to help each other through even […]


WEST PALM BEACH, FL- In the midst of the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, Florida Community Health Centers, Inc. (FCHC) continues to provide high quality and affordable routine healthcare to our community in a safe environment while working to decrease the further spread of this newly prevalent disease.  In an effort to support our patients and […]

Important information from LaBelle High School Administration

Chromebook Pick Up began Monday, March 23rd and goes through Wednesday, March 25th from 11:00 a.m until 6:00 p.m. in the parent pick up loop. Please be sure the student is present at time of pick up and if possible, they need to have their Student ID with them. You will have to sign a […]