Golden Apple Teacher of the Year: Aarika Deerey

The Hendry County School District’s Golden Apple Teacher of the Year, Aarika Deerey, admits that school was always a challenge for her. “But I had many people by my side to help me succeed,” she says. Her family moved to LaBelle, from Louisiana, when she was in fourth grade. “My fourth-grade teacher played a huge […]

2019 Swamp Cabbage Queen and Princess Pageant

The 52nd Annual Swamp Cabbage Queen and Princess Pageant was held at the LaBelle High School Auditorium this past Saturday night, February 2. The audience was packed with excited friends, family, and even some royalty from past pageants. Seated front and center were the judges: Lori Jennings, Jennifer Dubasak, Justine Prince, Pam Brown, and Lara […]

Four Chaplains ceremony planned

Every year, Americans nationwide remember Four Chaplains Day with memorial services. On Sunday, Feb 10 the American Legion Post 130, VFW 10100 and the Masonic Lodge 379 in LaBelle will present a commemorative patriotic and faith based service at 2 p.m. at the Carlson United Methodist Church, 310 Campbell Street.. Please join us in supporting […]

BOCC declines to tinker with solid waste contract

CLEWISTON — Commissioners flinched when Public Works Director Shane Parker reported this month it’d cost almost $1 million to get toters for all unincorporated Hendry County residents’ garbage and recyclables. So they took no action Jan. 8 but agreed they’ll have to before the end of their contract with hauler Waste Connections Inc. in a […]

LaBelle Elementary’s November and December Student’s of the month

LaBelle Elementary’s Student of the Month for November – Left to right. First Row: Aisik Gomez-Escobedo, Riley Munoz, and Abdel Nicolas. Second Row: Janely Hernandez, Jesus Arreguin, Scarlet Alonso-Cruz, Emmelyn Williams, and Aleksi Raya. Third Row: Kimberly Escobedo, Marcos Diaz, Arely Reyes, and Crystal Garcia. Fourth Row: Kaven Thompson, Fernando Ortiz, Ashley Miranda, Jocelyne Gomez, […]

Upthegrove Elementary’s December Students month

Upthegrove Elementry Pre-K-2nd Graders: Pre-K: Parker Smith and Jimmy Enriquez. K: Ruben Villeda, Brian Trejo, Jonah Seibel and Jorden Meiser. 1st: Raven Burkett, Yahairi Garcia-Santamaria, Ally Kemp, Izaac Gonzalez and Brandon Gutierrez. 4th: Olivia Vasquez. 2nd: Emma Pringle, Sophia Arrieta, KC Adams, Ben Austin and Leslie Aguilar. Upthegrove Elementry 3rd-5th Graders: 5th: Jacklyn Agama Juarez, […]

LaBelle Native opens Public Relations/Communications Company

Story Media Group to  provide local options for growing and expanding businesses. LaBelle – LaBelle native Bianca Ross, opens Story Media Group, based in LaBelle, FL. Story Media Group will provide businesses with a local option for their public relations, digital marketing and communication needs. Story Media Group is a full-service public relations consulting agency […]

Girls Weightlifting is wrapping up season with lifters heading to state

LaBelle Cowgirls had the opportunity to host both 1A District 15 Regionals and 1A Region 8 competition this year. The Cowgirls did not disappoint! At the District competition held on Thursday, January 17 the Cowgirls outlifted everyone in their District to finish as back to back 1A District 15 Champions! They had four individual District […]

LMS Robotics Team moves on to regionals for the second year in a row

The Techno Waffles is one of two teams at LaBelle Middle School (LMS) and together with the Pyro Pancakes, competed against 26 other teams on Saturday, January 12. There are three areas of competition and the top scorers would move on to Plant City for the regional event. The three areas of competition are Core […]

LDRC’s First Annual RV Games

Plenty of this season’s snow birds flocked to the LaBelle Downtown Revitalization Corporation’s (LDRC) First Annual RV Games. The Games kicked off with a tricky Euchre tournament, and moved on to Petanque, Pickleball, Cornhole, and the last battle of the day, Poker. Teams battled each other throughout the day for the title of RV Resort […]