Mother-Daughter Team Opens Cottage Under the Oaks

LaBelle residents have a new place to shop, drink coffee, and gather at Cottage Under the Oaks. Nancy Prevatt managing director and Kiley Prevatt creative director worked together to open their boutique. They said their goal is to create an environment to encourage people to be like family, with local vendors, while creating a community. […]

Hendry shifts to watchfulness on code enforcement

CLEWISTON — After digesting a comprehensive update on staff’s recent focus toward putting some teeth into Hendry County code enforcement, a majority of the county commissioners seemed almost ready to go with a different approach after they’d spent an hour talking about it on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at City Hall here. Except that with a […]

Martin Luther King, Jr. March in LaBelle

Despite the chilly weather, LaBelle’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade brought our small community together. After a prayer circle, the parade began lead by Sheriff Steve Whidden driving his patrol vehicle. Citizens followed some with signs, strollers, even riding bikes together, flanked by the Fire Department, travelling north on MLK Boulevard and […]

LaBelle Heritage Museum’s silent movie screening

On Wednesday, January 9, the LaBelle Heritage Museum (LHM) presented a free, public screening of John Ford’s silent motion picture “The Iron Horse” during their monthly meeting, at the Dallas B. Townsend Agricultural Center. The Iron Horse is an American Western directed in 1924 by John Ford, depicted Irish, Italian, Chinese, and African-American immigrants who […]

LMS Atomic Narwhals shine with research project

LaBelle’s youngest FIRST Lego League (FLL) team earned a “Golden Ticket” during the January 12 Qualifying Tournament at Cypress Lake Middle School. FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. They call themselves the Atomic Narwhals and are quick to point out that their favorite FLL Core Value is to have fun! […]

Benefit planned for Shana Rodriguez

In October 2018 Shana Rodriguez was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer. Shana has been a resident of LaBelle since 1982. She is married to LaBelle native, Ruben Rodriguez and has two daughters Bianca and Ariana Rodriguez, both graduates of LaBelle High School. For over three decades, Shana has dedicated herself to helping others. Graduating from […]

Governor asks SFWMD board to resign

Following Governor Ron DeSantis’ request that all members of the South Florida Water Management District resign, two board members have agreed to leave the board. Dan O’Keefe and Carlos Diaz have given their letters of resignation. SFWMD Governing Board members are unpaid volunteers. All of those on the board at the time Gov. DeSantis took […]

LaBelle City Commissioners hear requests for Tiny House Communities in the city

Last Thursday, the LaBelle City Commission meeting was packed full of serious, concerned faces. The subject on everyone’s mind: Would developers, who want to build communities of micro-cottages, or tiny houses, receive the go ahead needed for each of their plans? Many of LaBelle’s residents had shown up to make their voices heard. When asked […]

LDRC’s 7th Annual Smoke Under the Oaks

This past Saturday at the always tantalizing, 7th Annual Smoke Under the Oaks Rib Fest, LaBelle’s best small-town smokers filled Barron Park with the sweet smell of barbecue. There were crowds of smiling faces, anxiously waiting in lines for a chance to feast on the most delicious ribs around. The Judges most definitely had their […]

For Lake O eco-management, fire is healthy

Agencies work closely to coordinate prescribed burns PALMDALE — When asked during a recent conversation at the fire tower station here for any offbeat or funny stories about serving in the Florida Forest Service, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Melissa Yunas recalled one right away. “Danny and I became really good friends…” she started while Senior Ranger […]