LHS cheerleaders raise thousands with bake sale

During the day, before the Julian Keen, Jr. candlelight vigil on June 17, 2020, the LHS cheerleaders held a bake sale at Barron Park. They raised $3790.35 to go towards the Julian Keen Memorial Scholarship. “We would like to thank everyone who dropped off baked goods for the girls to sell and everyone for their […]

Murdered officer’s legacy of kindness continues to unify

There were anxious rumors of possible protests, but love prevailed as thousands of people, both young and old and in-between, from every walk of life imaginable, gathered together in honor of murdered FWC Officer Julian Keen, Jr. at the candlelight vigil in Barron Park on June 18, 2020. Law Enforcement officers and first responders, from […]


Our community experienced a devastating loss in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 14, 2020. Officer Julian Keen, a well-known and much loved, bright, shining light in Hendry County, was shot and killed while responding to help during a hit and run while off-duty. He was just 30 years old, but even though his […]

Off-duty FWC Officer shot and killed

LaBelle, FL- Sunday, June 14, 2020 near the Handy at Nobles Road and CR-78 deputies arrived on scene to find 30 year old, Julian Keen, Jr., Florida Wildlife Conservation (FWC)Officer, fatality shot. Three suspects are in custody and are being questioned at this time. The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit is leading the investigation […]

Panther disorder gets a name; some wild cats euthanized

Just after Christmas, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists finally gave a name to the apparent neurological disorder first observed in Florida panthers on an couple of remote-camera videos taken back in 2018. The malady has been named “feline leukomyelopathy,” and is evidenced, according to the FWC, by tissue changes in the brain and […]