Sgt. Janine Spencer’s Story

Army Sgt. Janine Spencer, 2012 – 2018, grew up in LaBelle, and has recently returned to her hometown. She is a budding watercolor artist who loves to paint plein-air along the Caloosahatchee. She has worn combat boots, practiced shooting machine guns, led soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, and throughout it all learned about the meaning […]

Hendry County Holiday Schedule for Independence Day

LaBelle – Hendry County government offices will be closed Thursday, July 4, thru Friday, July 5, in honor of the Independence Day holiday. County offices will resume regular business hours on Monday, July 8. Hendry County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Center will be closed Wednesday, July 3, and will resume regular business hours on Monday, […]

Florida Community Bank becomes Synovus

You may have noticed the recent change of the familiar blue FCB sign, that used to stand on Bridge Street, is now an attention-getting, bright red that reads Synovus. While it seems to have happened abruptly, the name changes were first discussed back in July 2018, when the parent company of Florida Community Bank, one […]

Accord with AIA investors bolsters county’s rights

LABELLE — Several provisions were added to the already voluminous purchase and sale agreement among Hendry County, Airglades International Airport LLC (the investor group making the purchase), the Federal Aviation Administration and the Florida Department of Transportation. County Attorney Mark Lapp gave the county commissioners a concise summary at their June 18 meeting, excerpted here. […]

Airglades execs working to tie up airport deal details by summer’s end

LABELLE — The Hendry County Board of Commissioners learned at its meeting June 18 that Airglades International Airport LLC’s target date is Sept. 30 to have all items on its to-do list out of the way so the parties can set a closing date for the AIA privatization deal. County Attorney Mark Lapp presented the […]

Rubio Names Two Peas Cafe in LaBelle as Senate Small Business of the Week

LABELLE – Two Peas Cafe, at 870 W. Hickpochee Ave. Ste. 500, is owned and operated by two of the best known, most experienced restaurant names in LaBelle. Debbie Burchard Klemmer and Vicki Reynolds “grew up” together in the restaurant business at Flora & Ella’s, forming a strong friendship along the way. It was LaBelle’s […]

Recently at the Rotary

On Tuesday, June 11, the Rotary Club presented Fred Kobie III with their yearly Four-Way Test Award. This award is given out yearly to someone in the community that is not currently a member of Rotary that exemplifies that values of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Fred was chosen based on his activism with organizing Wounded […]

Glades learns Hendry may take over bus operations

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County commissioners listened intently to a presentation by an official with the Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) last week about public transit availability to disabled and low-income county residents. Although Glades County is much smaller in population than neighboring Hendry County, its residents still get thousands of trips each year […]

Martinez graduates from West Point

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Cadet Michael Martinez, son of Mr. Gustavo Martinez and Mrs. Monica Martinez of LaBelle, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday, May 25. Martinez graduated from LaBelle High School in 2015. While at West Point, he concentrated his studies in Mathematical Sciences. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a second […]

In Hendry, Airglades still clearing a few hurdles

CLEWISTON — Airglades International Airport LLC’s development of an additional South Florida hub for import and export just west of Clewiston is nearing takeoff-ready status, with several recent advances in lining up shippers and support services for airport users. A news release from the corporation’s office announced last week: “With the support of the local […]