City’s millage rate holds steady

The City of LaBelle’s economic picture seems to continue its upward trend, at least as it is reflected in a preview of the city’s 2017-18 taxes. City commissioners set the tentative millage rate for next year at its current rate – 3.6066 – a rate that has held steady since 2015-16. However, work is not […]

4-H stands to lose state funding

The state legislature is holding a special session now, June 7-9, to complete the state’s budget, sorting through Gov. Scott’s proposed cuts. Cuts are targeted at programs the governor feels are of little benefit to citizens. County Extension Director Gene McAvoy noted that he and those in the Cooperative Extension Service throughout the state are […]

LaBelle’s Silver Spurs 4-H Club tames Mustangs

The mustang may be the ultimate American symbol of strength, intelligence, beauty and independence – all qualities people hold in high regard. Qualities taught by 4-H. Julia Shock has been leader of the LaBelle Silver Spurs 4-H Horse Club for nine years, participating in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wild horse adoption through the […]

FSW opens the Curtis Center

Education is the key to success and, in this inland area, for many people higher education means Florida Southwestern State College. Since 1994 when the college first offered a few classes in a remote corner of LaBelle High School, local students have looked at the institution as an entryway to the rest of their lives. […]

Family Eye Care celebrate 35 years in LaBelle

Family businesses in LaBelle are often synonymous with community support. Take Family Eye Care. Since opening the center with wife, Vicki, in 1982, Randy Parrish has tended to LaBelle’s optical needs. Born and raised in Fort Myers, Randy has always had ties to LaBelle, including attending church in Felda, so when he received his degree […]

Hendry Schools earn Farm to School grant

Ask most kids and you’ll find out where food comes from – the store, of course! Not exactly the way their parents and grandparents see it. So, thanks to San Juanita Perez, Hendry County School District Food Service Account Clerk, lots of local children will soon be getting a much clearer idea of where those […]

2017 SCF Pioneer Family; The Harns

Since before the Civil War, the Harn-Mathis Family has intertwined itself into the fabric of the LaBelle and the South Florida area. One member, Ray Harn, says with a smile that they must be related to just about everybody in the area. The road to Florida The SCF Pioneer Family for 2017 originally came to […]

Ford updates BOCC on Airglades Airport

For years the county has aimed at developing Airglades Airport into a formidable economic engine to fuel a new prosperity. Plans for Airglades International Airport (AIA) are finally beginning to come together. At their November commission meeting, the board heard a report from AIA President Fred Ford on just how far plans have progressed. Mr. […]

Celebrating our veterans

As the country nears the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the LaBelle community gathered at Veterans Park to celebrate those who have supported this country so well over the years through the military. VFW 10100 traditionally hosts the Veterans Day activities. According to American Legion Post 130 Commander Matt Kindermann, our veterans […]

Latest FDOT plans for SR 29

LaBelle residents got to study the latest versions of Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) plans for SR 29 through town at a public information workshop Thursday, November 3, at LaBelle Civic Center. That evening the public interacted with FDOT personnel to become familiar with, and to understand, the implications for SR 29 local traffic and […]