Inspiring People of Hendry County Firefighter/Dispatcher: Melissa Franco

A dedicated public servant, Hendry County Firefighter and dispatcher for the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Melissa Franco doesn’t let the hours of dialysis and battling Chronic Kidney Disease- stop her from hardwork. Doctors have told her she will need another kidney because her illness has progressed to End Stage Renal Disease, the last stage of […]

Retired Firefighter/Paramedic continues on a mission

The U.S. government has declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2016, there were approximately 42,000 deaths in the U.S. due to opioid overdose. The U.S. is responsible for use of 95% of opioids in the world, but we make up just 5% […]

Multi-Generational Legacy Planning with Ray Backstrom

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Ray Backstrom, administrator of the “LaBelle Community Forum” a Group on Facebook that aims to foster connections within our community. We discussed our love of the Caloosahatchee, how wonderful LaBelle is, and all things boats. Shortly after meeting him, we found ourselves stranded a mile or so from […]

LaBelle Fire Rescue announces return of Explorers Program

The LaBelle Fire Department held an Open House for their Explorer Program the evening of October 1. The room was filled with eager high school and college students, as Captain Scott Russell and Tina Pegler explained both the benefits and requirements, as well as introduced some of the program’s advisors. The program places emphasis on […]

Sydney Roper: Clay Whisperer

Sydney Roper, local artist and owner of Muse Pottery, is a quirky and brilliantly creative clay whisperer. She creates unique pottery that is both functional and artistic, often putting out work that is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. From tea sets to birdhouses, orchid pots to coffee mugs, and everything in between- her technique impeccable and style is […]