Chapman hands in his resignation

CLEWISTON — Charles Chapman, county manager in Hendry County since 2013, has presented his letter of resignation and gave 60 days’ notice to the county commissioners. He accepted an offer and signed a contract on Wednesday, Oct. 3, to become the new city manager in Naples, Fla., effective the first Monday in December, and will […]

Airglades on track for construction to start in 2019

CLEWISTON — The Hendry County Board will learn from staff at one of its October meetings about a proposed contract for the project development and environmental (PD&E) study on Airglades International Airport’s planned new cargo facilities outside Clewiston. The Florida Department of Transportation is financing the preliminary engineering and design of AIA’s Perishable Air Cargo […]

Community Clean-Up planned in North and South LaBelle

Hendry County will be hosting free Community Clean-Up events in North and South LaBelle over the next month. Residents can drive up to the location and dispose of their waste with assistance from county employees. These clean-up events are held to help the community clean up their yards and homes of unwanted debris and waste. […]

Hendry ditches old, goes with new health insurance provider

The Hendry County Board voted unanimously at its regular meeting in Clewiston on Aug. 14 to contract with a new health insurance carrier, which could result in a nearly unheard-of savings to county taxpayers of up to $86,000, possibly even more, in the first year. Deputy County Administrator Jennifer Davis, who’s been working on the […]

Hendry County Community Traffic Safety Team Meeting

At the Hendry County Community Traffic Safety Team Meeting safety concerns considering traffic within the county are discussed. It is open to the public and they welcome people to attend the meeting to discuss their ideas, frustrations or remarks. The meeting opens by discussing the four E’s. Education, for example safe routes to school, and […]

County keeps maximum tax rate at 2017-18 level

Hendry County commissioners unanimously approved a Truth in Millage (TRIM) notification to taxpayers setting the maximum county property tax rate for fiscal 2018-19 at the same level as last year, 8.4909. However, they’ve already instructed their staff to find budget cuts so that they may instead adopt what’s called the “rollback” millage rate — which […]

Emergency Management holds training

Saturday July 28 was the Hendry County CERT training where Hendry County Emergency Management officials conducted training sessions for volunteers. Volunteers will help assist local citizens in case of any emergency event. Richard Lehmkuhl is the new Hendry County Emergency Management Director. “The basic structure of the Hendry County Emergency Management falls under Incident Command […]

Hendry officials to state: Infrastructure is No. 1

Hendry and Glades counties are included in Gov. Rick Scott’s 12 Counties Initiative, meant to address the challenges of economic development in a dozen of the state’s most rural, least developed counties and build on the strengths that exist in each. This week, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and officials from several other state […]

Harris seeks re-election to Hendry County Commission

Darrell Harris has announced that he will seek re-election as Hendry County Commissioner for District 2. Mr. Harris’ wife was born in LaBelle and is retired from LaBelle Elementary School. Mr. and Mrs. Harris have four sons who attended LaBelle schools and three of them currently reside and work in Hendry County. The couple has […]

Hendry leaders take reins at Florida counties convention

Hendry County commissioners and key staff members attended the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Annual Conference June 26-29 in Orlando, where Hendry representatives assumed several leadership roles in the association. Commissioner Karson Turner was sworn in as president of the association on June 28. His duties as president over the next year will include representing […]