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.

Man flies from Hawaii to forgive killer

LaBELLE — This is the story of a desire for closure and personal peace so strong that finally finding it — through the unconditional forgiveness and love Jesus preaches through the Bible — drove a man to fly from his home in Hawaii, twice, to LaBelle to read a poem for his mother’s convicted killers. […]

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 […]