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 […]

Construction training program in the works

Hendry County Commissioner Michael Swindle has a day job in education that’s made him a key player as the county has pressed forward with neighboring Glades in trying to get more adult job training set up at the Glades County Regional Training Facility (GCRTF). He’s employed by the Hendry school district as its director of […]

Hendry board OKs land code changes for Airglades

The Hendry County Board has approved proposed changes in an amendment to the county Code of Ordinances’ sections on airports, zoning districts and dimensional and density regulations, which will limit residential and incompatible land uses in the vicinity of Airglades Airport. Commissioners conducted their second and final public hearing on the amendment Tuesday, May 22. […]

Hendry BOCC accepts bid on Port LaBelle sewer rehab

The Hendry County commissioners voted unanimously last Tuesday, May 22, to accept a low bid from National Water Main Cleaning Co. for rehabilitation services on sanitary sewer lines within the Port LaBelle Utility Service area. The county board had postponed a decision at its previous meeting in May on selecting a bidder among the three […]