Another FGCU intern at Talkin’ Monkeys launches on safari

CLEWISTON — A Florida Gulf Coast University student who has been interning for some time at the Talkin’ Monkeys Project primate research park near here is going on to bigger (literally) and better (wilder) things far, far away from Southwest Florida. Due to the experience Blake Jacoby earned during many volunteer hours put in under […]

Wills named to toll road task force for Central/SW Florida

LABELLE — Hendry County Commission Chairman Mitchell Wills has been named to represent the county on the new Southwest-Central Florida Connector Task Force. The task force’s mission is to evaluate the Southwest-Central Florida Connector corridor, which extends from Collier County to Polk County. A toll road is planned to be built in the region. The […]

FDOT’s vision for SR 80: Frontage road from Lee into LaBelle

LABELLE — Officials of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) presented an elaborate PowerPoint plan depicting a future configuration plan for State Road 80 from the Lee County line east to West Cowboy Way in LaBelle that includes a new frontage road. Members of the Hendry County Board of Commissioners were receptive to the presentation […]

Hendry getting its first craft brewery in LaBelle

LABELLE — Hendry County is set to see its very first craft brewery open this fall, and the location on the main drag here also will include a restaurant in a new building with roughly 7,200 square feet of space. LaBelle Brewing founder Daniel Peregrin told the Fort Myers News-Press that he is fortunate to […]

Nine homeowners get help from SHIP in Hendry

LABELLE — Glades Roofing, KallKell Builders and LaBelle Construction were the successful bidders on nine of the 10 home rehabilitation projects for which Hendry County sought contractors back in May. Housing and Social Services Manager Sabrina Gadson stood to report to the commissioners on her recommendations. The nine homes will undergo remodeling projects under Florida’s […]

BOCC renews lobbyist firm rewards contract

LABELLE — If it weren’t for Hendry County getting state funding of $1.4 million toward fiscal 2020 budget items, Commissioner Karson Turner said July 16, “I would be telling you we should end this contract” that pays Tallahassee law and lobbying firm Gray-Robinson $60,000 a year. As it transpired, though, the Hendry County Board voted […]

LaBelle Airport concessionaire selected

LABELLE — Besides two routine approvals for ongoing work at the LaBelle Airport that were on its agenda July 16, the Hendry County Board had a more exciting matter to deal with regarding the improvements being made there. The staff report to commissioners said that two responses to the county’s Request for Qualifications for a […]

Community mourns trio of cowboys lost too soon

MOORE HAVEN — A wave of grief has washed over this community and a wide group of local cowboys, cowgirls and their families, friends and acquaintances all during this past week. Anyone who’s on Facebook with friends in this area hasn’t been able to miss the news, and if you drive out U.S. 27 a […]

McAvoy’s future might include return lap in Hendry County

LABELLE — While Hendry County UF/IFAS Extension Director Gene McAvoy is officially ending his duties at the end of July, he does not plan to leave Southwest Florida farmers and growers behind completely. Mr. McAvoy will continue living on the small ranch near LaBelle with his wife, Donna, and — although he’ll no longer officially […]

Hendry’s rising school grades hearten Puletti

LABELLE — Superintendent Paul Puletti sees signs in the state Department of Education’s recent report of school grades that public education in Hendry County is improving. While the district maintained the same overall grade of “C,” one grade school saw its score rise out of failing territory and jumped off the state DOE’s close watch […]

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