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 […]

LaBelle Heritage Museum presents award winning author Andrew Frank

LaBelle Heritage Museum’s January Special Speaker program featured an award-winning author and teacher, Andrew K. Frank, Ph.D., Allen Morris Associate Professor of History at Florida State University. Dr. Frank is an ethnohistorian who often travels across the country giving lectures on the history of Florida and the American South. He presented a wonderfully energetic and […]

Hendry County investigators looking into suspicious death

Hendry County Investigators are looking into a suspicious death that was reported in the evening hours of Monday, January 29, 2019. Investigators found 66 year old Brenda Hill lying on the floor of her home in LaBelle. Investigators are continuing to following up on all leads. Anyone who has information on this crime is asked […]

A Veteran’s Story: Army Medic Jesse Cuello

Jesse Cuello is one of the kindest and most fascinating people I have had the pleasure of meeting in LaBelle. Always greeting you with a smile and will likely never run out of stories to tell, if you know him you know he is a very busy man here in our little town. You can […]

Future land uses changed for 1,586 acres near Airglades Airport

CLEWISTON — Hendry County commissioners approved comprehensive plan future land use amendments for two huge properties near Airglades Airport after conducting public hearings on the petitions Jan. 8. Both requests were for a change from agriculture to multi-use development. The first tract is just over 904 acres and is owned by the Joe Marlin Hilliard […]

ESE manual update draws praise in Hendry

CLEWISTON — Hendry County School Board members approved an update Jan. 15 of their Exceptional Student Education Special Policies and Procedures (SP&P) document that will be effective for the current school year through 2020-21. The 135-page document lays out state ESE requirements, adds some district policies and states that together, they all are adopted by […]

Hendry County BOCC OKs tourism ads in 4-1 vote

CLEWISTON — Hendry County commissioners voted 4-1 to sign a one-year advertising contract with local firm Everglades Marketing Jan. 8 after they’d held back on it in December and requested more information. Commissioner Karson Turner this time was the one voting no as the board OK’d the Tourism Development Council’s recommended expenditure of $12,995 on […]

Firehouse Theater supports the Local Art Community

Many people write artistic endeavors off as frivolous or unnecessary. They put creativity at the bottom of the list because they tell themselves that they don’t have enough time to do things that don’t really matter. But there might be another perspective to consider. Most times the basic needs like food, shelter, and water can […]

HCSO takes on Human Trafficking

The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Interdiction Unit (CIU) is placing its emphasis on Human Trafficking. The HCSO CIU is a four member team, Sgt. Wanda Hainley, Deputies Nicolas Todd, Richard Krasinskas and Troy Urbanowski. In 2017, Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden applied for a grant with the Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services, […]

2019 Swamp Cabbage Queen and Princess Contestants

Courtesy photo/Lilac Photography First Row – Hailey Prince, Mallory Saxon, Sadie Pellitier and Camryn Nash. Second Row – Emyllee Hull, Trinity Carncross, Carli Spencer, Emmalee Grace and Harleigh Weber. Third Row – 2018 Queen Taylor Randant, Novie Kohutek, Brooke White, Jaiden Hinman and 2018 Princess Ryley Bordeau.