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 […]

Inspiring LaBelle – Director of the Barron Library, Karen Hildebrand

The Barron Library is a place where individuals can gather to imagine, explore, and maybe most importantly interact. In the words of Robert Putnam, “People may go to the library looking mainly for information, but they find each other there.” In the age of Google, the soothing feel of paper, the glorious smell of old […]

LaBelle High SChool January Students and Student Athletes of the Month

Local Horse Club finds a ride

LaBelle always seems to find a way to come together to support those around us, even if we don’t know them that well. When a local woman wanted to honor her husband’s dying wishes, strangers stepped up to help. The Palmdale Horse Club offers horseback trail rides to riders of any skill level. Many beginners […]

Cruising along the Caloosahatchee

The Caloosahatchee River Excursion: “River Caretakers” began as the M/V River Queen departed smoothly from the LaBelle Wharf, leaving the hustle and bustle of the Swamp Cabbage Festival in the distance. The boat was full of hopeful birdwatching enthusiasts and snow birds, all armed with binoculars and ready for adventure. We first traveled into a […]

A Veteran’s Story: Specialist William Earl Davis

On Presidents’ Day, I had the honor of sitting down for a chat with William Earl Davis, Commander of LaBelle’s American Legion Post 130. Davis joined the Army during Vietnam, against his father’s wishes, at the age of 17. He had felt the call to serve early on, because his father was in the Army. […]

2019 SCF Grand Marshal Dr. Kai-Fu Chow

Retired last year, 2019 Swamp Cabbage Festival Parades Grand Marshal Dr. Kai-Fu Chow began earning the respect and admiration of LaBelle residents when he first arrived here in 1981. He has spent decades caring for the hurts and maladies of people with varied backgrounds. Many local families have histories of hunting, fishing and eking out […]