Robert Basil Waldron 2020 SCF Pioneer Family

Like so many of his generation, this year’s Swamp Cabbage Festival Pioneer Family patriarch was an all-round jack-of-all-trades, not-afraid-to-get-his-hands-dirty, get-er-done kind of man. They had to be – help wasn’t just a phone call away in those days. Not that folks didn’t help each other out all they could, but each individual took responsibility for […]

Rene Curtis-Pratt 2020 SCF Grand Marshal

Rene Curtis-Pratt is continuing a long line of Swamp Cabbage Festival Grand Marshals whose heart and community spirit sets them apart. From the beginning LaBelle residents have pulled together to build a thriving community they could be proud of – rich fodder for many Grand Marshals. Born into the Curtis family of North Carolina, Rene’s […]

Sparrow & Snail Kite presentation

On Monday February 10 Dr. Paul Gray presented an informative program on “Update and Florida Grasshopper Sparrow and Everglade Snail Kite Recovery Efforts” at Dallas Townsend Agricultural Extension Building. Dr. Paul is a Science Coordinator for Audubon Florida’s Everglades Program. Paul is based out of Lorida, near Sebring, and has been working in Florida for […]

Rally in Tally: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day

LaBelle Kiwanis President and super-mom, Mary Pringle, traveled with her amazing family and staff, to the Development Disabilities Awareness Day Rally in Tallahassee on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. Self-advocates Kaitlyn, Haley, Alyssa, Harley, Steven, Jessica, Jordan, and Tressa Pringle are all members of the Aktion Club, a service club for adults with disabilities. They wore […]

Flappers, Gangsters, & Great Gatsby, Oh My!

It’s going to be the bee’s knees, the monkey’s eyebrows, and the cat’s pajamas! Whether you’re a fella or a flapper, it’s almost time to get all dolled-up and ready to arrive at the LaBelle Civic Center, turned-speakeasy for the night, in your best vintage attire for the LaBelle Heritage Museum’s is Inaugural Gala. As […]

“Butterflies are Free”

The Firehouse Community Theatre Inc presents “Butterflies are Free” by Leonard Gershe. Young Don Baker has been blind since birth and his overprotective mother follows his every move. Don finally moves into his own apartment in Manhattan to pursue his songwriting ambitions. When his mother meets his kooky (and sexy) neighbor who is an actress, […]

Night to Shine comes to Hendry County in February

Clewiston Church is hosting the very first Hendry County, Night to Shine a special event that will take place simultaneously around the world on February 7, 2020. Formed through Tim Tebow Foundation, a Night to Shine is a prom night experience for persons with special needs aged 14 and up. Clewiston’s Night to Shine will […]

2020 Swamp Cabbage Royalty

The 2020 Swamp Cabbage Festival Royality Courts Queen Ryley Bowen 1st runner up: Novie Kohutek 2nd runner up: Amber Barnett Queen Photogenic: Novie Kohutek Queen Most Talent: Ryley Bowen Princess Grace Ryan 1st runner up: Emmalee Grace 2nd runner up: 3rd runner up: Princess Photogenic: Emmalee Grace Princess Most Talented: Grace Ryan Junior Miss Jayla […]

Support Our Troops: LaBelle VFW Adopts “Blue Star Family”

The LaBelle VFW Post and Auxiliary have adopted a group of seven men and three women as their “Blue Star Family”. These brave and dedicated, young F/A-18E Super Hornets are currently stationed aboard the Dwight D. Eisenhower Aircraft Carrier. The VFW Auxiliary hopes to provide this “Blue Star Family” with care packages, to help ensure […]

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Honoring the civil-rights hero

This week, scores of people gathered around the country to honor one of America’s most prolific civil rights heroes, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A man who was committed to social justice, a champion for equal rights, a hero who encouraged community action through non-violent protests. “Nonviolence is absolute commitment to the way of love. […]