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 […]

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 […]

LDRC’s 7th Annual Smoke Under the Oaks

This past Saturday at the always tantalizing, 7th Annual Smoke Under the Oaks Rib Fest, LaBelle’s best small-town smokers filled Barron Park with the sweet smell of barbecue. There were crowds of smiling faces, anxiously waiting in lines for a chance to feast on the most delicious ribs around. The Judges most definitely had their […]

McAvoy speaks at Audubon meeting

Gene McAvoy was this month’s guest speaker at the Hendry-Glades Audubon meeting. McAvoy is the County Extension Director for the Hendry County Extension Office. As a Master Naturalist Instructor, and birdwatcher for over 50 years, it is said that McAvoy can identify any and every animal or plant that can be found in South Florida […]

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 […]

Mike Lilley offers New Age Dog Training in LaBelle

Local dog owners, do you have a dog that barks incessantly at the pizza delivery person or anytime the doorbell is rung, or barrels through the door nearly knocking you down, and dragging you at the end of the leash every time you go for a walk? Maybe your canine companion is showing signs of […]

Hopper is Caloosa Belle’s new reporter

A Self Introduction As the newest addition to the Caloosa Belle, I wanted to introduce myself. I was born on MacDill Air Force Base, in Tampa, as the daughter of a Thai-American couple. As an “Air Force brat”, I traveled extensively with my family. From childhood, well into my adult years, you could find me […]