The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has resumed normal operations at the Ortona Lock on the Okeechobee Waterway, following completion of maintenance and repairs. Completion of the work allows the Corps to resume normal operations as of Sunday, June 17, locking vessels on demand between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last […]

LaBelle Heritage Museum Discovers Silver Dollar

LaBelle – At the annual LaBelle Heritage Museum Potluck Dinner and the installation of incoming officers, Joe Thomas, President of the LaBelle Heritage Museum, explained the story of the silver dollar: “Jackie Ratica, of Special Concrete Design Inc. found the 1912 Barber Half Dollar while working on the museum’s foundation. We found out that apparently […]

Mosquito spraying begins in Hendry

Hendry County officials posted information on the county’s Facebook page announcing that its mosquito control contractor, Clarke, will commence ground spraying for adult mosquitoes. This truck spraying will continue weekly until further notice. The weekly spray schedule is as follows: Monday: Montura Ranch Estates Tuesday: Fort Denaud Acres, North LaBelle, Pioneer Plantation, Hookers Point, and […]

Candidates’ filing deadline is Friday, June 22 for the Primary

This is a corrected version of the story we posted earlier, we regret any confusion our first story may have caused. Anyone who wants to run for a county or special district elective office in Hendry County has until noon Friday, June 22 to complete the paperwork and submit their filing fee to the Hendry […]

Veteran’s Wall coming to LaBelle’s Veteran Park

Several meetings have taken place over the last month regarding the new Veteran’s wall that has been planned for the LaBelle Veteran’s Park. The committees that have overseen the planning and purchase of the wall felt it was important to update the many supporters and sponsors of the timeline for the installation and dedication of […]

Hendry County applying for grant to restore courthouse facade

The Hendry Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution at its meeting last week authorizing staff to submit a grant application for continuing the facade preservation of the Old Hendry County Courthouse and committing the required matching funds. Grants and Special Projects Coordinator Janet Papinaw had asked the board’s consent to the application to the […]

Software company remodels military truck into a mascot for roadshow

A software development firm has taken out-the-box thinking to a new level with its innovative marketing campaign. Meet the ZaiTruck, a converted 18-ton military 6×6 MAN KAT that serves as a larger-than-life mascot for ZaiLab, a software company specializing in contact center software. The ZaiTruck set off from Cape Town, South Africa last year for […]

SR 29S changes still ‘work in progress’

It’s been years since the State of Florida began actively planning the four-laning of SR 29 south of LaBelle. Over the years the highway has had to meet ever-increasing demands and the improvements are intended to accommodate increased traffic flow, especially during the agricultural and tourist seasons; to upgrade safety; and to allow for additional […]

McAvoy receives award from Rutgers University

Gene McAvoy, Hendry County Extension Director traveled to his alma mater Rutgers University recently where he was honored with the Dennis M. Fenton Distinguished Graduate Alumni Award form outstanding achievement in professional and civic endeavors. Established in 2003 this award honors Dennis Fenton, executive vice-president of Amgen Inc., and a strong supporter of graduate education […]

LDRC receives 2018 Main Street America Accreditation

The LaBelle Downtown Revitalization Corporation (LDRC) is proud to announce acceptance into the 2018 Main Street America Accredited Program. Being a Main Street America Accredited community is a mark of distinction that signifies commitment to comprehensive revitalization, community engagement, and rigorous outcome measurement. These are programs or organizations that have a proven track record of […]