Clewiston Elementary Schools placed on a brief lockdown

Clewiston Elementary Schools were on a brief lockdown today until deputies apprehended a man who entered Central Elementary School. Deputy Julio Perez was on duty today at Central Elementary when he witnessed a man enter the front door of the school. He then heard Principal Melissa Carter say that the man was not permitted to […]

Sightings of veiled chameleons throughout southern Florida

There have been a lot of sightings of veiled chameleons throughout southern Florida. The veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) is a non-native lizard that has been present and breeding in Florida for about ten years. The species is native to the southwestern coastal regions of Saudi Arabia and western Yemen, where it inhabits mountainous coastal regions, […]

SWFRPC awarded grant to promote agricultural products

On Aug. 10, the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council (SWFRPC) announced that it has been awarded an Economic Adjustment Assistance grant in the amount of $206,545 from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson called Margaret Wuerstle, executive director of the council, to congratulate council staff. The purpose […]

Volunteers needed for 2019 Relay For Life of LaBelle

American Cancer Society’s Signature Fundraising Event Empowers Community to Fight Back Against Cancer and Save Lives The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers to recruit fundraising teams, garner community support, coordinate logistics, plan entertainment and lend a hand to ensure the success of the 2019 Relay For Life of LaBelle. Cancer survivors, caregivers, community leaders […]

Outside drop off mailbox at Post Office vandalized

It has been reported that the blue drop-off mailbox box located outside the LaBelle post office at the corner of Washington Ave and Main Street was vandalized. Post Office personnel also believe that during the July 4 weekend and again around the later part of July individuals had attempted to tamper with the outside mailbox. […]

Basquin, Busin retain School Board seats

Incumbent School Board members Jon Basquin and Stephanie Schneider Busin won re-election by comfortable margins during the Hendry County primary elections on Tuesday, Aug. 28. In the nonpartisan election, for the School Board District 4 seat, Ms. Busin received 873 votes (70 percent) to 374 for Mercedes Perdomo Reese; and for the School Board District […]

Local Surgical Services in Hendry County reduce burden of travel

Clewiston – Traveling long distances can add to the stress and discomfort of surgery. The need to travel to and from a facility outside the community can also cause a burden for family members. Fortunately for Hendry County residents, common surgical procedures are available at Hendry Regional Medical Center. The trusted medical team at Hendry […]

Public asking questions about new palmeto berry rule

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has released answers to a few questions the public has been raising about the recent change in regulations that now requires harvesters of saw palmetto berries to get permits before offering Florida-grown berries for sale. The new regulations took effect July 17: They require, for a landowner […]

Know when to Swim It, Shore It or Dodge It

Hendry/Glades.—The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties reminds residents and visitors to safely enjoy Florida’s waters this summer. Florida’s 9,000 miles of freshwater and salt water shoreline offer opportunities to have fun and stay cool, but it is important to know when to swim, stick to the shore or avoid naturally-occurring living […]

Online threats to Lake Okeechobee communities taken seriously

The sheriff’s offices in Glades, Hendry and Palm Beach counties are investigating veiled threats that have been made online toward some residents of communities along Lake Okeechobee over water pollution issues affecting the coasts. A running cyber-debate over responsibility for algae blooms in the Caloosahatchee River and red tide along Gulf Coast communities in Southwest […]