Sgt. Janine Spencer’s Story

Army Sgt. Janine Spencer, 2012 – 2018, grew up in LaBelle, and has recently returned to her hometown. She is a budding watercolor artist who loves to paint plein-air along the Caloosahatchee. She has worn combat boots, practiced shooting machine guns, led soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, and throughout it all learned about the meaning […]

Capt. Jeffrey L. Fornear

Jeffrey L. Fornear, a veteran of the Air Force, active member artist at the Barron Park House Gallery, and also my father, is the reason I moved to LaBelle. He introduced me to this small town by showing me all of the beautiful photos he had taken there, and I immediately fell in love with […]

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. […]

A Veterans Story – MSgt Marlin Elroy Yelton, Jr.

Veteran, Marlin Elroy Yelton, Jr., is an active, lifetime member of the VFW, American Legion, DAV, and Moose Lodge. He chairs a Parkinson’s Support Group at Hope Hospice Center as well dabbling in wood carving, target shooting, wine making, and is even writing a book about toys from his childhood. A man of many interests […]

Four Chaplains ceremony planned

Every year, Americans nationwide remember Four Chaplains Day with memorial services. On Sunday, Feb 10 the American Legion Post 130, VFW 10100 and the Masonic Lodge 379 in LaBelle will present a commemorative patriotic and faith based service at 2 p.m. at the Carlson United Methodist Church, 310 Campbell Street.. Please join us in supporting […]

A Veteran’s Story: Army Medic Jesse Cuello

Jesse Cuello is one of the kindest and most fascinating people I have had the pleasure of meeting in LaBelle. Always greeting you with a smile and will likely never run out of stories to tell, if you know him you know he is a very busy man here in our little town. You can […]

A VETERAN’S STORY – 1st Cav Hhc Adam Hopper

When given the opportunity to write a series that would feature local veterans, I immediately turned to my husband Adam Hopper. He reluctantly agreed to let me write about him. I first met Adam, in Alaska, while I was a rookie firefighter. He was appointed as my supervisor at our local fire station. He was […]

2018 Veterans Park “Makeover” Community Project

Hendry-LaBelle Recreation Director and youngest member of the 2018 Swamp Cabbage Pioneer Family, Ramiro Rodriguez, would like to thank all the business and organizations that made the Veterans Park Project possible. 1. My co-partner from the beginning to the end, Nikki Yeager. 2. Juan Montes Jr. with C&A Tranzports, LLC removing all grass and old […]

Veterans Day Celebration and the story of the Poppy

This wall of names was dedicated on November 11, 2018 in the Veterans Park in LaBelle. Did you know that you should wear the Poppy on the right side and that the RED represents the blood of all those who gave their lives, the BLACK represents the mourning of those who didn’t have their loved […]

Marvin Ruble joins Collier Honor Flight

The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization creating solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. They fly veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves and their friends. Marvin Ruble, a Vietnam Veteran, the Commander of the VFW and the 1st […]