Meet HCSO Sgt. Kristy Schott

Kristy Schott was born and raised in New York. At the age of 17, she and her mom moved to Fort Myers. She attended Cypress Lake High School and later graduated in 2002. As soon as she was finished with high school, Sgt. Schott felt a connection to the public service industry. Although she had […]

Inspiring LaBelle – A Wildland Firefighter’s Journey

Elmer Sauceda was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras in 1986. He grew up in a small community amongst his relatives and friends. Life was very different then. When he was nearly 13 years old, tragedy struck Sauceda and his close-knit family. A hurricane barreled through his country leaving a trail of destruction in its path. After […]

Meet Nicki Hunt a member of the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office

Nicki Hunt was born in West Palm Beach, Florida. She grew up in Belle Glade, Florida where she graduated from Glades Day School in 2005. While in high school, Hunt worked as a hostess at Black Gold Steakhouse. She also worked part-time at PNC Bank in the bank’s records department. After graduation, she was promoted […]

Astronaut visits area summer school students

On June 14, Dr. Barbara Mundy, Program Administrator for Federal Programs, organized an event for several LaBelle area summer school students and presented them with a surprise of a lifetime. Astronaut Jose M. Hernandez gave an amazing presentation that both motivated and educated this group of children and their teachers. His inspiring story captivated his […]

Meet Hendry County Deputy Mike Moore

Deputy Mike Moore was raised in Dade County, Florida and the Florida Keys. At the young age of 17, Moore left high school and joined the United States Marine Corps. While enlisted, he spent nearly three years in Combat Arms Artillery. After returning to the United States in January of 1966, Moore was ordered to […]

Local students learn they can follow their dreams

On June 8, while attending migrant summer school at Country Oaks Elementary School, several students enjoyed hearing from George “Gabe” Gabrielle, who works as a Civil Engineer for NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) at the Kennedy Space Center. Students in grades PreK-5 were quite intrigued with the guest speaker and his space-themed presentation. Students […]

Meet Cory Mundy a Certified Evidence Specialist for HCSO

Cory Mundy was born in Atwater, CA at Castle Air Force Base and moved with his family to LaBelle, at the young age of two. He graduated from LaBelle High School in 2006, and then immediately enrolled at Edison Community College. While there he earned his A.A. Degree utilizing the Curtis Scholarship. Mundy used this […]

Living Wax Museum at Country Oaks Elementary

On May 18, history came to life at Country Oaks Elementary School in LaBelle! Fifth grade teachers and students at COES proudly presented a ‘Living Wax Museum’. Guests were invited to attend the event and learn about various historical figures. A Living Wax Museum is similar to a real wax museum; however, the main difference […]

Taylor inducted into Hall of Fame

On April 22, one of Hendry County’s own had the honor of traveling to the NYC Hot Sauce Expo in Brooklyn, New York. Felda resident, Buddy Taylor, learned that he was being inducted into the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Class of 2017. According to, Buddy began his hot sauce company in 1989, and […]

Meet Deputy Blendsoe of the HCSO

Deputy Blendsoe was born and raised in Arcadia, FL. After graduating from Desoto High School he went to work at G. Pierce Wood Memorial Hospital for 10 years as a psychiatric nursing aide. Needing a change, Blendsoe then started working with a security company for two years. In 1986, after realizing that he really enjoyed […]