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 […]

Hendry offers CERT training this month

Hendry County emergency management officials are conducting Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training sessions this month. They start July 14 and continue on the next two Saturdays, July 21 and July 28, in LaBelle. County Administrator Charles Chapman says that having sufficient numbers of trained CERT volunteers countywide is crucial when it comes to assisting […]

Adult Drug Court services are re-established in Hendry County

LABELLE – Adult Drug Court is being re-established in Hendry County. Effective July 1, 2018, the Center for Progress and Excellence, which is a subdivision of Elite DNA, will provide professional alcohol and drug treatment services for adult drug court participants. In February 2015, Hendry County’s Drug Court Program was discontinued due to the previous […]

Hendry County seeks prices on a line of credit

Before getting down to a serious discussion of needed repairs to county buildings and capital improvement projects that have been waiting for action, Hendry County commissioners disposed of a noncontroversial matter first at a special meeting June 22. In a pair of 4-0 votes, they assented to a change order adding $942 to the overall […]

Cemetery upkeep hits a raw nerve in Hendry

An apology from Hendry County Administrator Charles Chapman for Ridgelawn Cemetery’s shabby appearance on Memorial Day sparked a lively discussion of all the county cemeteries’ maintenance at the June 12 County Board meeting. Before commissioners began dealing with routine business, Mr. Chapman owned up to them for “the failure of keeping up Ridgelawn Cemetery for […]