HCSD anticipates drastic changes

While the Hendry County School District Virtual Meeting was brief, everyone involved agreed that the number one priority was to save jobs. The Superintendent of Hendry County Schools, Paul Puletti, suggested that the members of the school board seriously consider drastically cutting costs for the 2020-2021 school year, during the virtual meeting held on the […]

LaBelle group proves kindness can be viral, too

Doctors, nurses, First Responders, Retail and Grocery store employees, and so many more essential workers people are showing up each day, amid the COVID-19 crisis, risking their safety in order to help others in the community. Of course, while so many unsung heroes are out there, tales of people arguing over the lack of supplies, […]

Teachers drive to show support for their students

The Florida Department of Education has extended the closure of our state’s schools until May 1. But Hendry and Glades schools like Country Oaks Elementary, West Glades School, Eastside, Westside, Central, and Clewiston Middle School found their parking lots filled with vehicles on Tuesday, March 31, as teachers and staff planned drive-by parades through their […]

The Joys of Homeschooling

Speaking from current experience, it’s not at all easy to balance work, even remote work, with teaching your children during this viral crisis. I write this as my toddler is climbing on my head, chanting, “Mom, mom, mom, mommy!” She’s had a full morning of helping make sourdough pancakes, planting vegetable seeds for our garden, […]

Business Corner: Momma Bear’s Homemade Goods: Elderberry Syrup to help fight Cold and Flu?

Owner of Momma Bear’s Homemade Goods, SueEllen Williams, has lived in LaBelle since she was 2 years old. Married to David Williams, she is the mother of three daughters, ages 22, 20, & 3, has two grandchildren, as well. She also makes and sells homemade elderberry juice. “Elderberry is the magic berry with many health […]

Hendry Schools Meal Distribution Plan

Hendry County Sodexo Food Service employees were hard at work Monday, March 23, 2020 preparing bagged breakfasts and lunches for the students of the Hendry County School District. The revised Meal Dis-tribution Plan for Clewiston and LaBelle Schools was for breakfast and lunch to be served to Clewiston and LaBelle school students from 9:00 am […]

Local Crafters combat supply shortage

Amidst the spreading of COVID-19, many people who need them are running out of masks. Many are using social media to beg for more with the hashtags #GetMePPE and #WeNeedPPE and some businesses and organizations have put out public calls for donations of masks. Instead of waiting for mask shipments that may be weeks off, […]

Notice of multiple office closures in Hendry County

In response to the concerns regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), multiple Hendry County Offices have announced closures. The Hendry County Property Appraiser issued the following notice: Effective Monday, March 23, 2020 at 5 p.m., the Hendry County Property Appraiser’s Office will be closed to the public until further notice. • Our LaBelle and Clewiston offices will remain […]

BOCC awards Community Asphalt Corp. county paving bid

On March 10, the Regular Meeting of the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) was held in the City Commission chambers in Clewiston. After saying a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken. Present at the meeting were: Chairman Mitchell Wills, Vice Chair Emma Byrd, Commissioner Daryl Harris, Commissioner Michael Swindle, […]

When Things Get Scary, Look for the Helpers

There is certainly a lot of anxiety and stress these days, as we await updates from the CDC and FDOH regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and scroll though countless stories on social media and read through the news about the lack of food and other supplies available, the greed of others who have hoarded these items, […]