Growing up Florida friendly

A new illustrated children’s book that explains the nine principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) — aims to help grade school students learn how they can garden at home with yards that not only thrive, they also help protect Florida’s waterways. The book is titled “Growing Up Florida-Friendly. In the book, characters Flory, Russell and Harriett […]

Watson has been a first responder for over 25 years

MOORE HAVEN — Lisa Watson had a somewhat scary personal reason for getting involved in the public safety field originally, but now that she’s fulfilled her purpose and learned a lot in the bargain, saving people’s lives is something that makes her happy. She’s been a Glades County resident since she was 13 years old, […]

Celebrate National Avocado Day held annually on July 31

From putting avocados on toast, adding them to scrambled eggs, smashing them up for delicious guacamole, and even making milkshakes with them, avocados are a unique and versatile food. These interesting fruits are certainly fun to eat, but they’re also nutritious. A native fruit from Mexico, Guatemala, and Central America, avocados are a good source […]

Hendry County “Back the Blue” rally held

LaBelle – Around 75 people came together to hold a “Back the Blue” rally at the Hendry County Courthouse on the morning of Saturday, July 25. Wearing shirts with a thin blue line, a symbol of support for law enforcement, and holding hand made signs, the group cheered in support of police officers. Sheriff Steve […]

Are newspapers dying? Not ours!

By Joe SmythChairman, INI Board of TrusteesAn article in Sunday’s New York Times put yet another nail in the coffin of local newspapers. In speculating about what the future will be in 2022 (that’s only two years from now), David Leonhardt writes: “Local newspapers will be one casualty. They were already struggling, because Google, Facebook […]

“Back the Blue” rally planned for Hendry County

Local, long-time LaBelle resident, Roger Alexander has been thinking about finding a way for the community to show their appreciation for law enforcement, since watching current events take off around the country. He pondered the best way to not only show support, but to eventually work to bring the community together for a conversation about […]

Needs increase for local mothers and infants during pandemic

The Health Department’s Healthy Start program has seen an extreme increase in needs for mothers and infants, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Locally, they have distributed over 111,400 free diapers in the last 3 months. The need for diapers continues to increase. When the LaBelle Kiwanis heard about it, they jumped in to help, “We […]

Guest Commentary – SB 712: A Watered-Down Bill that Will Not Fix our Water Quality Issues

Governor DeSantis just signed into law SB 712 – the self-proclaimed “Clean Waterways Act” – an ambitious misnomer for a bill that claims to be the solution to our mounting water quality issues, but falls far short of that mark. This bill has been praised by its supporters as one of the most environmentally progressive […]

Clewiston-born film student creates viral video

CLEWISTON — Keianna Summers is passionate about using her voice to impact the community. She says finding your voice gives people so much empowerment. She recently produced a film, titled “Protect Our Women. Free Our Men. Love Our Skin.”, that has gone viral on social media. “I love showing others my journey, and how you […]

Feeling cooped up in quarantine? UF releases new guide to raising backyard chickens

By Samantha MurraySpecial to the Caloosa Belle In the early days of the pandemic, as bare grocery store shelves prompted concerns about the food supply, many became interested in producing more of their food at home. Some flocked to local agricultural feed stores in search of baby chicks that would grow up to produce eggs […]