Arnold to compete at nationals

Miss Florida International Abby Lynn Arnold will be leaving Florida for nationals on Sunday 7/21/2019 She will arrive in Charleston West Virginia on 7/22/2019 for a week long journey for her dream job as Miss International 2019, Abby will be competing in interview, fashion, fitness, evening gown and on stage question, finals will be held […]

Honoring the Fallen Heroes from LaBelle

LaBelle is the hometown of many selfless and brave American heroes, some who are still with us, yet tragically some have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Two among the fallen are Staff Sergeant Christopher Strickland and Chief Warrant Officer Robert C. Hammett. These men will be honored at the LaBelle Veterans Memorial Park Fallen Heroes Benefit […]

Hendry’s rising school grades hearten Puletti

LABELLE — Superintendent Paul Puletti sees signs in the state Department of Education’s recent report of school grades that public education in Hendry County is improving. While the district maintained the same overall grade of “C,” one grade school saw its score rise out of failing territory and jumped off the state DOE’s close watch […]

Hendry County School District earns a “C”

TALLAHASSEE — On July 11, the Florida Department of Education released the district and school grades for 2019. The number of “A” schools in Florida continues to rise with 1,172 schools earning an “A” in 2018-19, compared with 1,043 in 2017-18. The percentage of schools earning an “A” increased to 36 percent, up from 31 […]

Congratulations Anna Gomez

Anna Gomez, pictured with Derek Beck, owner of Beck Construction was the winner of a new air conditioning unit given away by Beck Construction. Beck had a contest during the month of June for anyone who had a service call or liked and shared their Facebook page. Anna had a Beck’s AC tech out to […]

McAvoy leaving after 22 years of service as county Extension Agent

LABELLE — Gene McAvoy is set to retire July 31 after spending 22 years in his position as the Hendry County Extension Service’s director and the regional vegetable Extension agent for Southwest Florida. It’s not just the vast local knowledge he’s assembled during and before that time in agricultural fields that the Extension Service of […]

LaBelle Fossil Camp is a blast for the campers

LaBelle Fossil Camp has started its first of four weeks, and it’s already been a blast for everyone who has joined in on this science-based, adventure camp. The day starts with breakfast provided by the Hendry Country School Feeding Program, the campers talk with Captain Scott Perry, long time fossil enthusiast and the camp’s founder, […]

Researchers look for key to avoid harmful algal blooms

ALVA — Can scientists find a way to prevent harmful algae blooms (HABs)? “We’re looking for a kink in the armor,” Dr. Barry Rosen, of the U.S. Geological Survey, explained Monday as researchers set up an experiment on the Caloosahatchee River. “Once you have an algae bloom, it’s almost too late,” he said. By then, […]

Veterans Park benefit planned

Mark your calendar for the 2020 LaBelle Veterans Memorial Park Benefit for July 20. The benefit will be held at the LaBelle VFW 10100 and will start with a remembrance ceremony at 9:00 a.m. at the LaBelle Veteran’s Memorial Park, located at the intersection of Hwy 80 and SR 29 in the heart of LaBelle […]

Inspirational People of LaBelle: Lance Horlacher

You may have seen him down at the local docks, living aboard his boat, the SS Minnow. Lance Horlacher is quite an inspiration to those who know him. He not only voluntarily helps maintain city property by washing the power stations and even the dock itself, he even keeps watch over people in the area […]