Honoring the Fallen Heroes from LaBelle

LaBelle is the hometown of many selfless and brave American heroes, some who are still with us, yet tragically some have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Two among the fallen are Staff Sergeant Christopher Strickland and Chief Warrant Officer Robert C. Hammett. These men will be honored at the LaBelle Veterans Memorial Park Fallen Heroes Benefit […]

LaBelle Fossil Camp is a blast for the campers

LaBelle Fossil Camp has started its first of four weeks, and it’s already been a blast for everyone who has joined in on this science-based, adventure camp. The day starts with breakfast provided by the Hendry Country School Feeding Program, the campers talk with Captain Scott Perry, long time fossil enthusiast and the camp’s founder, […]

Inspirational People of LaBelle: Lance Horlacher

You may have seen him down at the local docks, living aboard his boat, the SS Minnow. Lance Horlacher is quite an inspiration to those who know him. He not only voluntarily helps maintain city property by washing the power stations and even the dock itself, he even keeps watch over people in the area […]

Sgt. Janine Spencer’s Story

Army Sgt. Janine Spencer, 2012 – 2018, grew up in LaBelle, and has recently returned to her hometown. She is a budding watercolor artist who loves to paint plein-air along the Caloosahatchee. She has worn combat boots, practiced shooting machine guns, led soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, and throughout it all learned about the meaning […]

Florida Community Bank becomes Synovus

You may have noticed the recent change of the familiar blue FCB sign, that used to stand on Bridge Street, is now an attention-getting, bright red that reads Synovus. While it seems to have happened abruptly, the name changes were first discussed back in July 2018, when the parent company of Florida Community Bank, one […]

LaBelle Theater showcases talented local youth

The Firehouse Community Theater’s summer youth program has always put on fun and entertaining shows, but this season the theater is absolutely bursting at the seams with talent. Upon arriving, we were greeted by the most adorable fairies at the door. From then on, Haphazardly Ever After was filled with perfectly timed puns, amazingly accurate […]

City Commission meeting June 13

The LPA meeeting was brief, with a discussion on Public Hearing on proposed Ordinance 2019-10 Temporary Uses: Special variances permit section needs clean up and then will be presented to city in July. The Regular City Commission Meeting began with prayer and flag salute, followed by roll call, revealing that Tommy Smith, David Lyons, Julie […]

Local Rescue continues to be a haven for homeless pets

Animal Rescue Inc., located right here in LaBelle and started by the determined and dedicated Diane Sheppard over 20 years ago, is proud to be able to claim they operate as a 100 percent no kill, non-profit animal shelter. The rescue is run by a small group of volunteers, and operates solely on private donations […]

Thank you for the donation

LaBelle Fossil Camp would like to thank the wonderful ladies of Beta Sigma Phi for sponsoring LaBelle Fossil Camp this year with their generous donation. It’s community support like theirs that helps keep the adventure-based science camp running. This year they will be adding meteorology, micro-plastics testing, and water quality monitoring to their curriculum. If […]

Sydney Roper: Clay Whisperer

Sydney Roper, local artist and owner of Muse Pottery, is a quirky and brilliantly creative clay whisperer. She creates unique pottery that is both functional and artistic, often putting out work that is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. From tea sets to birdhouses, orchid pots to coffee mugs, and everything in between- her technique impeccable and style is […]