LaBelle angler wins tourney with 53 lb. catch

OKEECHOBEE – Boater Gary Milicevic of LaBelle, Florida, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Gator Division tournament on Lake Okeechobee Sunday, September 23, with a two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 53 pounds, 2 ounces. For his win, Milicevic earned $8,374. According to post-tournament reports he caught his fish near Harney Pond, […]

Apes find safe home amid researchers at Hendry facility

CLEWISTON — There exists a wild place near here where the residents, some of humans’ closest relatives in the animal kingdom, are enjoying not merely a sweet life in Hendry County. These primate cousins of ours have found a refuge from hurt. It’s a place resembling their actual home in the world — that range […]

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, […]

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 […]

Gatorama’s Alligator Hatching Festival will start soon

PALMDALE– Gatorama is hosting its 15th annual “Alligator Hatching Festival” daily August 18- Sept 3 at the animal park at 10665 U.S. Highway 27, Palmdale. It is the time of year that chirping, grunting and snapping baby alligators emerge from their shells to meet the world! “This is a great opportunity for parents to teach […]

Felda Resident Blake Crawford competed in youth rodeo

The International Finals Youth Rodeo(IFYR) is an internationally recognized high school rodeo. Known as the world’s richest youth rodeo, it is held annually in Shawnee, Oklahoma and attracts the best youth rodeo athletes in the world. Blake Crawford (18) from Felda, competed in the 26th IFYR. Crawford joined more than 850 of the top high […]

Lost Dog in LaBelle

When cancer hits a family you ask yourself why. You hope it’s a bad nightmare you can wake up from. The next morning it floods your thoughts. Sometimes dealing with this horrible disease gives us different options. Then there are times when the disease is so advanced that it appears without knowing. This happened to […]

Floridians advised to watch out for panthers

While two new litters of three Florida panther kittens each have been reported so far in 2018, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), mortality among the endangered species also grew, with three deaths during the past two months pushing the toll to 18 for the year. The latest casualties were discovered […]

LaBelle Fossil Camp explores sites along the Caloosahatchee River

The annual LaBelle Fossil Camp is for boys and girls from 8 to 14 years old with an interest in fossil hunting. Campers learn about the LaBelle area before the coming of humans, through fossil identification and field fossil hunting experiences. In the lab, next to the Barron library, the campers will learn about the […]

Important alligator safety advice

Alligators become more active during warm weather months, and it’s not uncommon to see them throughout the state. Most interactions consist of seeing alligators at a distance. However, if you have a concern about a specific alligator, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) urges you to call their toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at […]