Providers: Rethink behavioral health services at group meeting

Rural communities share many disadvantages as well as advantages. The advantages speak for themselves, but the disadvantages are much harder to get a handle on, among the disadvantages are a lack of local services for people struggling with mental and behavioral issues. An ongoing effort to meet those needs seems to be gathering momentum. Monday, […]

HC staff takes on challenge of mental health services

It is arguable that mental health is one of the major problems modern society faces. Humans have excelled in technological and social advances, especially over the past 200 or so years. Still, we don’t seem to be able to get a good handle on our own individual thoughts, feelings and impulses. How we each feel […]

The O’Ferrell Family named 2019 Pioneer Family

It’s been a sweet life for the O’Ferrell Family. Even with the ups and downs that plague everyone, the 2019 Swamp Cabbage Festival Pioneer Family members look back on a history filled with love, community pride and downhome fun. They look forward to the continued blessings of a close family and community. Jesse and Irma […]

2019 SCF Grand Marshal Dr. Kai-Fu Chow

Retired last year, 2019 Swamp Cabbage Festival Parades Grand Marshal Dr. Kai-Fu Chow began earning the respect and admiration of LaBelle residents when he first arrived here in 1981. He has spent decades caring for the hurts and maladies of people with varied backgrounds. Many local families have histories of hunting, fishing and eking out […]

Davis brings local savvy to administrator position

Hendry County’s new county administrator is a lot like most of its residents – intelligent and hardworking, with high ideals, working to keep the best of the past while trying to lay the groundwork for a better future. A county employee since 1999, Jennifer Davis feels she is “in the place God wants me to […]

Kenneth C. Diaz running for HC commission

A thirty-plus year resident, Ken Diaz feels he has a mission to leave Hendry County better than he found it. For him, the way to his goal is to serve as a county commissioner. Running for the District 2 commission seat as a non-partisan, Ken has some very definite ideas about where the county is […]

SR 29 changes in the works

Florida Department of Transportation is responding to complaints and suggestions from Hendry County residents and officials regarding the long-awaited widening of SR 29 south of LaBelle. District 3 County Commissioner Mitch Wills said plans are being changed to better accommodate the intersection at SR 29 and N. Industrial Loop. County Engineer Shane Parker explained the […]

Judge Cupp tapped for circuit seat

Just about four years ago, Gov. Rick Scott chose Scott Cupp to fill Hendry County’s county judge seat when he appointed then-County Judge James D. Sloan to the 20th Circuit Court. Monday, June 4, turned out a lot like that day four years ago. At 7:50 a.m. the Governor called Judge Cupp to inform him […]

Cindy Pearce seeks city commission seat

Cindy Pearce is in the race for LaBelle Treasurer/City Commissioner. Cindy has been assertive in preparing herself for this role by becoming familiar with current city issues. She has taken the initiative to actively participate in city commission meetings for the past 16 months. The foundation has been set to take her engagement with community […]

Zimmerly hopes to keep seat on commission

After 14 years on the LaBelle City Commission, Hilda Zimmerly has not lost the will and the heart to serve her community. A 41-year resident of LaBelle, she and her family arrived here from Northeastern Ohio, where she taught for four years before leaving the profession to raise her family. When the family relocated here, […]