American Advanced in LaBelle robbed

On Thursday, May 9, 2019 at approximately 5:50 p.m., Hendry County Sheriff’s Office received a call from American Advanced, located at 51 South Lee St., Unit #6, LaBelle, a check cashing and payday loan center, reporting they had just been robbed. The caller went on to say a person entered the store and demanded all […]

Girl Scouts create art to inspire Environmental Conservation

The Girl Scouts of local Troop 1017, led by the dedicated Nicole Hellard, worked for months collecting bottle caps in order to collaborate on an art project, with a theme of conservation, with well-known artist Carlos Gonzales. Ages 7-8, these young ladies each created a flower using what would otherwise be discarded into the landfill. […]

Students heed the Call of the Wild

Last week, 600 local students attended the 12th Annual “Call of the Wild” Earth Week at the Hendry House. Various stations were set up both inside and around the outside of the Hendry House, and were visited by students from West Glades, Upthegrove, and LaBelle Elementary School. Earth Week attendees learned about current and local […]

LaBelle youth represents US at Soccer World Cup

Straight-A-student at Country Oaks Elementary, Dallen Steelman, recently returned from Spain, after being chosen to represent the US, in the 2019 Barca World Cup. Dallen has been playing soccer since he was four years old, according to his proud mother, Pam Steelman. As a toddler, he watched his older sister play soccer, which is probably […]

Upthegrove Elementary Citizens of the Month for March

Upthegrove Elementary Citizens of the Month for February

Resident addresses Commission on rentals

The March 14, 2019 meeting at city hall began with the City of LaBelle Local Planning Agency Meeting where Alexis Crespo, City Planner, went over the information, and answered questions about the following ordinances: Ordinance 2019-06. The motion to approve passes 4-0. Ordinance 2019-02 City Initiated Future Land Use Comprehensive Plan Amendment: The motion passes […]

A Veteran’s Story – Lance Corporal Charles Davis

Charles D. Davis, better known as Charlie to his family and friends, is a Vietnam Combat Veteran who recently sat down with me to talk about his time in the service. From battling severe malaria twice to being pinned under attack in a rice paddy, this man has an amazing story of survival and sacrifice. […]

Artist of the Month at the Barron Park House Gallery

Have you ever been so nervous of beginning something new that you stopped yourself from doing it? Shary Weckwerth, the artist of the month at the Barron Park House Gallery, was in that same boat before she started painting in the 90’s. She has since won many awards and has quite the extensive body of […]

LaBelle Downtown promoters get county’s backing

LaBELLE — The LaBelle Downtown Revitalization Corporation (LDRC) won approval from the Hendry County Board on Tuesday, Feb. 26, of a promotional contract through the Tourism Development Council for $12,000. Perhaps better news to the crowd behind the LDRC’s recent efforts, though, was the feedback and encouragement they heard from County Commissioner Karson Turner. Although […]