Helms Road Extension nears completion

LaBelle, Fla. – The Helms Road Extension project, a four-lane highway extending from State Road 80 west of LaBelle to State Road 29 south of LaBelle, is funded 100 percent by FDOT and is nearing completion. The project contractor, AJAX, is currently preparing the base of the final two lanes of roadway for paving. Paving […]

Gatorama hosts CrocFest to help save species

PALMDALE — Gatorama will host the International CrocFest this Saturday, Dec. 8, for the first time, and three “superstars of crocodilian conservation” will attend the semiannual fundraising event. It’s also the first time the three will appear together to discuss the state of conservation efforts for the species. The event, which had its start in […]

Gopher Tortoises considered a threatened species

With more houses being built and more land being developed the Gopher Tortoises are considered to be a threatened species. The gopher tortoise is protected as a State-designated threatened species by Florida’s Endangered and Threatened Species Rule. Gopher tortoises must be relocated before any land clearing or development can take place, property owners must obtain […]

2018 Veterans Park “Makeover” Community Project

Hendry-LaBelle Recreation Director and youngest member of the 2018 Swamp Cabbage Pioneer Family, Ramiro Rodriguez, would like to thank all the business and organizations that made the Veterans Park Project possible. 1. My co-partner from the beginning to the end, Nikki Yeager. 2. Juan Montes Jr. with C&A Tranzports, LLC removing all grass and old […]

Pittman sworn in as Property Appraiser

The swearing for Dena Pittman as the Hendry County Property Appraiser took place on November 20, at 1:00 p.m., in the third floor courtroom. The swearing in was done by Judge Sloan. Pictured are Dena Pittman along with her husband Mike, daughters Megan and Kaci and Mother-n-law Kathy Pittman. “It’s a great feeling to not […]

Country Oaks Elementary’s Leaders of the Month for November!

Submitted photo Grade PreK: Reagan Hurst and Cameron DeLaCruz. Grade K: Kyndall Woods, Jake Franco, Zachary Marroquin, Nevaeh Yzaguirre, Brooke Green and Sofia Hernandez. Grade 1: Arely Ramirez, Benjamin Rothenhoefer, Raphael Cerda, Aliana Ruiz-Leon, Pedro Avendano and Pedro Ramirez. Grade 2: Adimari Perez, Taylor Locklear, Jenny Garcia, Isabella Gutierrez, Aryanna Zamudio, Juan Gonzalez and Camrynn […]

Everglades Boogie skydive event gets OK

CLEWISTON — Skydive Spaceland Clewiston has been granted approval to use parts of Airglades Airport for the staging of its five-day Everglades Boogie skydiving festival during the third week of the new year, ending on Martin Luther King Day. Hendry County Public Works Director R. Shane Parker requested county commissioners’ OK on Nov. 13 of […]

Andrews speaks at Audubon Meeting

The speaker of the night was Lisa Andrews who worked for the National Park service for the last 25 years. She is the outreach and education coordinator of Big Cypress National Preserve for 20 of those 25 years. During her time at Big Cypress she has developed and manages the preserves curriculum-based environmental education program […]

Food Safety Alert-Romaine Lettuce

The CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until we learn more about the outbreak. This investigation is ongoing and the advice will be updated as more information is available. Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should […]

United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Seeking Volunteers

LaBelle  – The United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee is seeking volunteer tax preparers, interpreters, and greeters to help our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites during the 2018 tax season. With the support of trained, IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers, VITA sites provide free tax preparation to individuals and families earning less than $66,000 […]