Inspirational youth of Hendry County: Jarrod Willis

A LaBelle teen, Jarrod Willis, received an invitation to attend the 2021 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. The invitation was a result of a youth leadership forum he attended in Atlanta last year. Knowing the trip would be an expensive but worthy experience, this 14-year-old immediately got to work. He quickly formed his plan to […]

Free Bread and baked goods

The Aktion Club of Hendry County supplies free bread and baked goods to various locations around Hendry and Glades counties every week. Here they brought 16 large bags to be distributed through the local school meal program.

Inspirational People of Hendry County: One cup of coffee at a time

Charles Virgil Harris, an eternally optimistic young man who has grown up in Hendry County, known to locals as Charlie, is the owner of Bridge Street Coffee and Tea Co. It’s a popular, little coffee shop in downtown LaBelle that’s normally bustling with activity from both locals and tourists. Often used as a morning meeting […]

Inspiring People of Hendry County Firefighter/Dispatcher: Melissa Franco

A dedicated public servant, Hendry County Firefighter and dispatcher for the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Melissa Franco doesn’t let the hours of dialysis and battling Chronic Kidney Disease- stop her from hardwork. Doctors have told her she will need another kidney because her illness has progressed to End Stage Renal Disease, the last stage of […]

Lazars have made LaBelle their own

LaBelle has been blessed with many hard working, unselfish sons and daughters and adopted sons and daughters, whose lives have enriched us all. Throughout their years in LaBelle, Jeff and Terri Lazar have proven themselves to be bona fide members of that group. Raised in Miami, Jeff is a graduate of the University of Florida. […]

Inspiring LaBelle – Kelly Boone works tirelessly for the community

(Submitted photo) Proud mom and Executive Director of LDRC posts, “This is the Wearable Art from Thistle & Thorn, for Wharf Walk! Hannah was the lucky one to wear it and she rocked it! -beard and all!” Kelly Boone, is a mom of 16 year old twin daughters, Hannah and Haley and dog mom to […]

Inspirational People of LaBelle: Lance Horlacher

You may have seen him down at the local docks, living aboard his boat, the SS Minnow. Lance Horlacher is quite an inspiration to those who know him. He not only voluntarily helps maintain city property by washing the power stations and even the dock itself, he even keeps watch over people in the area […]

Inspirational Victoria Reynolds

Most of LaBelle knows the inspirational, hardworking, Vicki Reynolds, as one of the owners of Two Peas Café and Relay for Life LaBelle’s biggest organizers. When asking her family and friends to describe her, the central theme remained about how astonishingly kind and generous she is and has always been. She is never too far […]

Inspiring LaBelle – Director of the Barron Library, Karen Hildebrand

The Barron Library is a place where individuals can gather to imagine, explore, and maybe most importantly interact. In the words of Robert Putnam, “People may go to the library looking mainly for information, but they find each other there.” In the age of Google, the soothing feel of paper, the glorious smell of old […]

Doug Morgan does Belle’s Ice Cream Bar Brain-Freeze Challenge

If you are competitive you can join the Winter Olympics this year at the Belle’s Ice Cream Bar in LaBelle. They have the Brain-Freeze Challenge; 24 scoops in 30 minutes. If you eat the entire 24 scoops within the time limit you will be rewarded with a prize. Doug Morgan of LaBelle Animal Control took […]