HCSO takes on Human Trafficking

The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Interdiction Unit (CIU) is placing its emphasis on Human Trafficking. The HCSO CIU is a four member team, Sgt. Wanda Hainley, Deputies Nicolas Todd, Richard Krasinskas and Troy Urbanowski. In 2017, Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden applied for a grant with the Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services, […]

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.

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 […]

Joseph Culliver Park ravaged by fire

Vandals strike in a most unusual place and cause a very large blow to a small community park. Joseph Culliver Park, located on W Lincoln Avenue, just under one acre in size which housed a playground for children. This park had a set of swings, a rocking horse, a skate board rail, a U-shaped monkey […]

Unmet Needs Coalition/United Way of Hendry & Glades receive grant

LABELLE – The Hendry/Glades Unmet Needs Coalition and United Way of Hendry and Glades have received a grant from the American Red Cross which has allocated $500,000 for repairing and/or rebuilding Irma-damaged homes in Hendry and Glades Counties. The Unmet Needs Coalition has already identified the homes that have been damaged by Irma and how […]

HCSO provided one extra, special shopping experience

On Saturday afternoon, Dec. 22, Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden reached out to make a little boy’s dream come true. Joey Flores Jr., dressed for the part along with his handcuffs, his holstered orange toy gun and sunglasses, and dreaming of being a police officer, was ready for his shopping experience. After answering a plea […]

LaBelle High Schools Students and Athletes of the Month

The Student Athletes of the month are Marlusous Mitchell and Joe Vidaurri.   The Students of the month are Jessica Dickey and Brandon Sanchez

Hendry County EDC welcomes new executive director

The Hendry County Economic Development Council (EDC) Board of Directors and staff welcomed their new Executive Director, Keitha Daniels to the organization in October 2018. Daniels, who succeeds previous Executive Director Brent Kettler, will lead the EDC’s efforts in support of economic development through small business growth, talent development, and asset and community development. Ms. […]

LaBelle Pollinator Garden 4-H Club receives donation for landscaping

The LaBelle Pollinator Garden 4-H Club led by Ms. Margaret England received $1,000 from the Garden Club of LaBelle to renovate the landscaping in the front of the Dallas B Townsend Agricultural Center. The Garden Club of LaBelle meets at the center the 4th Monday of the month. The landscape renovation will include a sprinkler […]