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 […]

Therapy horses visit LaBelle Middle School’s ESE class

Jules, an Arabian gelding, and Misty, a miniature paint mare, offer rides and quality interaction with Bonnie Feickert’s students. These wonderful equines are owned by Lark Campisano, of Endless Trails Stables in North Fort Myers.

Student with disabilities finds a niche caring for Caloosa Humane Society animals

An emaciated caramel-colored dog is brought to the lobby of the Caloosa Humane Society Shelter, her ribs protruding and her appetite voracious. All eyes are on the rescue dog as she laps up the dish of food prepared to help fill out her large frame. Outside, an energetic bulldog named “Chubbs” tests the strength of […]

Inspiring LaBelle – One story at a time

Imagine my surprise when walking into Upthegrove Elementary and seeing teachers and students wearing mismatched socks. Literacy week has different events at the school and this was just one of many. Another is community reading where members of the community read to the students from kindergarten to fifth grade. This year’s community members consisted of […]

Inspiring LaBelle – Pursuing her educational dreams

Angela Rivas graduated from LaBelle High School in 1995 and promptly enrolled in Edison College (which is now FSW). Angela had always held a goal of continuing her education and securing a better future for herself and her family. While a student at Edison, Angela became a young mother at the age of nineteen and […]