Hendry County seeks prices on a line of credit

Before getting down to a serious discussion of needed repairs to county buildings and capital improvement projects that have been waiting for action, Hendry County commissioners disposed of a noncontroversial matter first at a special meeting June 22. In a pair of 4-0 votes, they assented to a change order adding $942 to the overall […]

Cemetery upkeep hits a raw nerve in Hendry

An apology from Hendry County Administrator Charles Chapman for Ridgelawn Cemetery’s shabby appearance on Memorial Day sparked a lively discussion of all the county cemeteries’ maintenance at the June 12 County Board meeting. Before commissioners began dealing with routine business, Mr. Chapman owned up to them for “the failure of keeping up Ridgelawn Cemetery for […]

LaBelle City Commissioners ban medical marijuana dispensaries

The LaBelle City Commission meeting started with the public hearing of James Rebisz who wants to buy the right-of-way adjacent to his property. The commission brought forward and approved a motion to get an appraisal of the right-of-way property. The second point on the agenda was the final public hearing on proposed Ordinance No. 2018-08 […]

Cindy Pearce seeks city commission seat

Cindy Pearce is in the race for LaBelle Treasurer/City Commissioner. Cindy has been assertive in preparing herself for this role by becoming familiar with current city issues. She has taken the initiative to actively participate in city commission meetings for the past 16 months. The foundation has been set to take her engagement with community […]

Construction training program in the works

Hendry County Commissioner Michael Swindle has a day job in education that’s made him a key player as the county has pressed forward with neighboring Glades in trying to get more adult job training set up at the Glades County Regional Training Facility (GCRTF). He’s employed by the Hendry school district as its director of […]

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 […]

Zimmerly hopes to keep seat on commission

After 14 years on the LaBelle City Commission, Hilda Zimmerly has not lost the will and the heart to serve her community. A 41-year resident of LaBelle, she and her family arrived here from Northeastern Ohio, where she taught for four years before leaving the profession to raise her family. When the family relocated here, […]

Hendry board OKs land code changes for Airglades

The Hendry County Board has approved proposed changes in an amendment to the county Code of Ordinances’ sections on airports, zoning districts and dimensional and density regulations, which will limit residential and incompatible land uses in the vicinity of Airglades Airport. Commissioners conducted their second and final public hearing on the amendment Tuesday, May 22. […]

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 […]

Hendry BOCC accepts bid on Port LaBelle sewer rehab

The Hendry County commissioners voted unanimously last Tuesday, May 22, to accept a low bid from National Water Main Cleaning Co. for rehabilitation services on sanitary sewer lines within the Port LaBelle Utility Service area. The county board had postponed a decision at its previous meeting in May on selecting a bidder among the three […]