Words to use, avoid in describing invasive plants and animals

By: Brad Buck Most people want their yard to look good, but they likely don’t know the differences between an “invasive” plant and a “native” one, say University of Florida researchers. That’s why Basil Iannone and several of his UF/IFAS colleagues have come up with seven words to use and five to eschew so we […]

Satellite imagery shows algae potential in lake

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — The intense summer heat has brought with it algal blooms on Lake Okeechobee. Lake area fishermen have noted this is a common occurrence in the summer. As of June 29, the lake level was at 12.36 feet, just slightly higher than the previous week’s level of 12.33 feet. No water from the […]

Body found in Port LaBelle Marina

Early morning on Thursday, July 2, 2020, a body was spotted floating in the water near Port LaBelle Marina docks, in Glades County. Port LaBelle Marina’s manager, Peter Sullivan, called law enforcement to report the body as soon as he noticed the body in the water.  The Glades County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Fish & Wildlife […]

DeSantis blames farm workers for COVID-19 spike

TALLAHASSEE — In a press conference on June 16, Gov. Ron DeSantis pointed to farmworkers as being one of the major causes of increased positive COVID-19 test results the state has seen in June. “When you have workers like that, they’re living in really close confines,” explained Gov. DeSantis. “Sometimes multi-generational. But the real, close […]

Julian Keen’s Memorial Service is today

The FWC Fallen Officer Service for Julian Keen will be held tomorrow, June 22, 11:00 am, at The Venue at Mudge Ranch.  Full honor guard will be in attendance. The Venue at Mudge Ranch 1323 Loblolly Bay Rd SW LaBelle, FL 33935 Everyone is asked to park onsite, once this area is full, there will be […]

Libraries offer virtual adventures

The Clewiston and Barron Libraries have been working to adjust to the current conditions surrounding the pandemic, and have been offering some creative virtual services and events such as a virtual craft and chat, storytime, and a kid’s summer program with a variety of activities and topics. Their 2020 Virtual Summer Program called Imagine Your […]

DAV Chapter 144 hold their annual installation dinner

Our local Disabled American Veterans Chapter 144 recently held their Annual Installation Dinner at the Quart House in LaBelle. The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is a nonprofit charity that provides support for veterans and their families. They are known for helping more than 1 million veterans every year, giving 600,000 rides to medical appointments and […]

Peaceful March for Justice in Hendry

LaBelle – The first of a series of marches being held in Hendry County, the Peaceful March for Justice had nearly 200 participants on Saturday, June 13, 2020. The large group gathered at the corner of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and marched to the Hendry County Courthouse. Calling for an end to racism […]

Off-duty FWC Officer shot and killed

LaBelle, FL- Sunday, June 14, 2020 near the Handy at Nobles Road and CR-78 deputies arrived on scene to find 30 year old, Julian Keen, Jr., Florida Wildlife Conservation (FWC)Officer, fatality shot. Three suspects are in custody and are being questioned at this time. The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit is leading the investigation […]

Craig Frey named new chief Hendry Extension agent

IMMOKALEE — Gene McAvoy was proud on Wednesday, June 3, to introduce Craig Frey, who is more or less his replacement in Hendry County. Mr. McAvoy, who is now the associate director for stakeholder relations with the University of Florida/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee after “retiring” last year, circulated this announcement: […]