Unmet Needs Coalition/United Way of Hendry & Glades receive grant

LABELLE – The Hendry/Glades Unmet Needs Coalition and United Way of Hendry and Glades have received a grant from the American Red Cross which has allocated $500,000 for repairing and/or rebuilding Irma-damaged homes in Hendry and Glades Counties. The Unmet Needs Coalition has already identified the homes that have been damaged by Irma and how […]

Tower, Forest Service troops are Florida’s sentinels and protectors

PALMDALE — The Florida Forest Service’s fire observation tower dominating the scrubby, pine-and-palm-dotted landscape of central Glades County was built decades ago as one of the first early warning systems designed to detect and assist in suppressing natural disasters. But it’s still a crucial tool today for protecting lives and property against wildfires. Although many […]

SFWMD terminates option on U.S. Sugar holdings

Former Governor Charlie Crist’s “River of Grass” dream ended quietly last week when the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board terminated the state’s option on 153,209 acres of U.S. Sugar’s holdings. Without this action, the option agreement would have expired Oct. 11, 2020. At the Dec. 13 meeting of the SFWMD Governing Board, Brian […]

HCSO provided one extra, special shopping experience

On Saturday afternoon, Dec. 22, Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden reached out to make a little boy’s dream come true. Joey Flores Jr., dressed for the part along with his handcuffs, his holstered orange toy gun and sunglasses, and dreaming of being a police officer, was ready for his shopping experience. After answering a plea […]

Hendry County EDC welcomes new executive director

The Hendry County Economic Development Council (EDC) Board of Directors and staff welcomed their new Executive Director, Keitha Daniels to the organization in October 2018. Daniels, who succeeds previous Executive Director Brent Kettler, will lead the EDC’s efforts in support of economic development through small business growth, talent development, and asset and community development. Ms. […]

LaBelle Pollinator Garden 4-H Club receives donation for landscaping

The LaBelle Pollinator Garden 4-H Club led by Ms. Margaret England received $1,000 from the Garden Club of LaBelle to renovate the landscaping in the front of the Dallas B Townsend Agricultural Center. The Garden Club of LaBelle meets at the center the 4th Monday of the month. The landscape renovation will include a sprinkler […]

The Hogger arrives in LaBelle

LaBelle resident and author, “Bob” Kyle, will be hosting a book signing featuring his new fiction novel, THE HOGGER. Born into a railroad family in the mountains of West Virginia, Daniel Edwin James decides from an early age to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a railroader. Living at the crest of Cranberry Grade […]

Hendry moves toward forging new setup for public safety in 2019

LaBELLE — The Hendry County Board of Commissioners unanimously accepted an improvised plan recommended Dec. 11 by County Administrator Jennifer Davis and Emergency Medical Services/Fire Chief Adrian Damms to patch together a fifth Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulance and crew for the county. It sparked a wide-ranging discussion that’s high-priority in the minds of many […]

Donated Bicycles

Commissioner Darrel Harris (right) assisted Zay Louis (left) from Waste Connection in distributing bicycles to children in the LaBelle community. The bicycles were generously donated by Waste Connections, Inc. Thank you to Waste Connections for giving back to the community.

County presses HRMC on issues

LaBELLE — Discussion of Hendry Regional Medical Center’s patient-transport issues got so long and involved at county commissioners’ meeting Dec. 11 that the board chairman couldn’t remember at the end if a motion had been made on the issue. But the staff recommendation that they negotiate a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the hospital eventually […]