Coalition to help storm victims

Officials of the newly formed Hendry/Glades Unmet Needs Coalition gave a presentation at the Glades County Board meeting Monday night regarding their 6-week-old 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that’s set up to help local people whose lives were disrupted by Hurricane Irma. Treasurer Margaret England came to the podium, introducing Coordinator Theresa “Terri” Miazga and Yvette Wingate. […]

The Glades/Hendry County Disaster Recovery Group

By Austin Moorhouse Special to the Caloosa Belle FEMA, with the assistance of Glades County Emergency Operations Center and the Hendry County Emergency Operations Center are joining forces to establish a community-based long-term recovery program for our two counties. Long-term recovery is the period following a disaster (in this case Hurricane Irma) when the affected […]

Animal Rescue battles to overcome storm damage

Animal Rescue Inc., is the oldest animal rescue and shelter in LaBelle. For twenty-eight years Diane Sheppard, owner and operator of the the non-profit organization, has run the shelter exclusively on charitable donations. “Twenty-eight years ago when we first moved here, me and my daughters would go down the road and pick up dogs and […]

Irma will impact agriculture in Hendry County for long time

The agriculture community of Hendry County is again proving its resiliency, moving on from the damage left by Hurricane Irma. Already reeling from years of fighting natural and economic factors that could even affect their continued viability, farmers and growers have already rolled up their sleeves and gotten back to work. In addition to dealing […]

Salvation Army serves 2,000 meals in LaBelle

On September 22, The Salvation Army set up a mobile canteen at Seacoast Bank to provide meals for LaBelle residents in need of assistance due to Hurricane Irma. Between September 22 and September 26, they served about 2,000 meals and gave out supplies including tarps, bug spray, flashlights, batteries, diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, pre-charged […]

Public notice of aerial adult mosquito treatments

At the request of Hendry County, the Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services (FDACS) will be conducting aerial adult mosquito control operations over Hookers Point, CR720 Vicinity, Montura Ranch Estates, Flaghole, Pioneer Plantation, LaDeca, Felda, Airport-Sears, South LaBelle, Double J Acres, Ft. Denaud, Ft. Denaud Acres, Northwest Hendry County, Caloosa Estates, North LaBelle, Wheeler […]

Glades and Hendry counties host an appreciation luncheon

On Thursday, September 21, the communities of Glades and Hendry counties hosted an appreciation lunch for the linemen who have been working around the clock to restore electricity to their residents. The luncheon fed over four hundred linemen in the Barron Park in LaBelle. The community really rallied together and produced an enormous feast matched […]

Lake Okeechobee could rise to 17 ft.

As the runoff from rainfall during Hurricane Irma flows south through the Kissimmee River basin, Lake Okeechobee could top 17 ft. according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. On Sept. 7, the lake level was 13.7 ft. On Sept. 14, the lake level was 14.83 ft. By Sunday, Sept. 17, the lake had risen […]

Reflecting on Hurricane Irma

Throughout the aftermath of Irma’s visit to us in LaBelle we have all had a lot of down time on our hands as we’ve waited to see what the next steps we were to take were going to be. Cleaning up debris, restocking essential supplies, visiting friends and neighbors, and trying to stay clean and […]

The Kelly’s gave their all

This past week has definitely been a week to remember in our community. With so much of an upheaval from Hurricane Irma our way of living has been completely disturbed. Many people in town have stepped up to serve those who have been hit the hardest during this time of recovery and restoration. One local […]