Retired Marine marches 140 miles for Injured Warriors Fund

A U.S. Marine Corps veteran of repeated tours over a period of 16 years in Iraq and Afghanistan was en route through the area on a six-day, 140-mile hike last week to draw attention to the toll of post-traumatic stress disorder on the ranks of former military members. Retired USMC Staff Sgt. Oscar Rauda, 42, […]

Asbed among ‘500 most influential Floridians’

Every year, The Florida Trend 500 sets out to identify the 500 most influential Floridians. In the category Philanthropy/Non-Profits, Greg Asbed was named one of 500 most influential Floridians of 2018. Through his Coalition of Immokalee Workers organization, Mr. Asbed has helped farmworkers win more influence in how they are treated in the fields and […]

World Smile Day

CenterState Bank celebrated World Smile Day on Oct. 5. Pictured are Julisa Mobley, Rosbeli Perez, Lisa Allen, Melinda Brant, Maureen Jordan and Ginnette Nunemaker.

The Trading Post: A LaBelle Memory

LABELLE — Mention the name Trading Post to anyone in LaBelle over the age of 60, or who looks old, and you will hear them say, “I knew it.” That’s because the Trading Post was the Walmart of LaBelle from the late 1930s to the late 1980s. The Trading Post was a longtime fixture on […]

Family-Friendly Halloween Events

Looking for a place to bring your kids for Halloween? Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) is hosting family-friendly Halloween events this October. Local families are invited to trick-or-treat and enjoy spooky activities for free at the Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus, Charlotte Campus, Collier Campus, or Hendry/Glades Curtis Center. “The Southwest Florida community looks forward to […]

Holocaust Survivor to speak at FSW Hendry/Glades Curtis Center

Born in Italy to a Jewish mother and a Roman Catholic father, Holocaust survivor Cesare Frustaci will share his story at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) Hendry/Glades Curtis Center, Building A-114, 1092 E. Cowboy Way, LaBelle. The event is free and open to the public. At just […]

2018 Cycling for Fallen Heroes

Every year since 2007 the Brotherhood Ride cycles through the state of Florida for seven days to honor the Heroes in Florida who died in the line of duty while protecting their communities. The 2018 ride was dedicated to twenty fallen heroes, including two K9s. A group of 35 cyclists covered over 600 miles, averaging […]

Apes find safe home amid researchers at Hendry facility

CLEWISTON — There exists a wild place near here where the residents, some of humans’ closest relatives in the animal kingdom, are enjoying not merely a sweet life in Hendry County. These primate cousins of ours have found a refuge from hurt. It’s a place resembling their actual home in the world — that range […]

Family dedicates bell to Veterans Park

The bell was moved by the Parks and Rec. Dept. from the Lynn’s home to a restoration site in preparation for the dedication at the LaBelle Veterans Park on Veteran’s Day, November 11. The bell pictured is from atop the William S. Mitchell, a dredge operated by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers for […]

Dr. Annette Snapp first speaker for LaBelle Heritage Museum

Dr. Annette Snapp, Charlotte County Historian and no stranger to the LaBelle Heritage Museum (LHM) was the first speaker of 2018/19 season for the museum. Snapp talked about the importance of creating a ‘sense of place, “The heritage of a place is very important, take Saint Augustine for example, people go there for the history. […]