Health screenings coming to Hendry County

LABELLE – Residents living in and around the LaBelle, Florida can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening.  Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church will host this community event on 2/27/2019. The site is located at 355 S. Bridge Street […]

Essays explain ‘what the Glades means to me’

CLEWISTON — High school students in ‘the Glades were invited by Glades Lives Matter to compete for scholarships by writing essays with the theme: “I am the Glades, and what the Glades means to me.” The contest was open to students at Glades Central High School, Pahokee High School and Clewiston High School. Fifty-five essays […]

Green Paradise Eco Farm grows sustainable crops

CLEWISTON — Surrounded by wild passion fruits, juicy mandarin oranges, teardrop-shaped tomatoes, bright yellow sweet peppers and leafy greens in every hue you can imagine, is a lovely permaculture farm in Hendry County. Paradise Eco Farm, in the Pioneer Plantation community of Clewiston, is run by the farm’s manager, Roselyn Romaguera, and her family. She […]

County declines to tinker with solid waste contract

CLEWISTON — Commissioners flinched when Public Works Director Shane Parker reported this month it’d cost almost $1 million to get toters for all unincorporated Hendry County residents’ garbage and recyclables. So they took no action Jan. 8 but agreed they’ll have to before the end of their contract with hauler Waste Connections Inc. in a […]

Flroida B. Thomas Library presents Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Comes to Life

CLEWISTON — Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Comes to Life on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 5 p.m. at the Florida B. Thomas Library, 1010 J Harlem Academy Ave. Ersula Knox-Odom, in costume and in character, portrays Dr. Bethune. Dr. Bethune was the founder of the Bethune-Cookman University, civil rights activist, “New Deal” government official, and served […]

4-H seeks support for scholarships

LABELLE — The “Male Celebrity” cake auction will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at the LaBelle Rodeo Grounds at 6 p.m. Please come out and give your support to raise money for the Pro Steadman 4-H Scholarship Fund. There will be a silent cake auction along with a live cake auction. This scholarship awards […]

Hendry board OKs tourism ads in 4-1 vote

CLEWISTON — Hendry County commissioners voted 4-1 to sign a one-year advertising contract with local firm Everglades Marketing Jan. 8 after they’d held back on it in December and requested more information. Commissioner Karson Turner this time was the one voting no as the board OK’d the Tourism Development Council’s (TDC) recommended expenditure of $12,995 […]

ESE manual update draws praise in county

CLEWISTON — Hendry County School Board members approved an update Jan. 15 of their Exceptional Student Education Special Policies and Procedures (SP&P) document that will be effective for the current school year through 2020-21. The 135-page document lays out state ESE requirements, adds some district policies and states that together, they all are adopted by […]

Boil water notice lifted for areas of Port LaBelle

LABELLE  – (January 25, 2019) The boil water notice in effect for Country Village and the Florida SouthWestern State College campus in Port LaBelle has been lifted. Bacteriological tests run on the water returned with passing results. Residents may discontinue boiling their water. Residents with question or concerns are asked to call 863-675-5376.

Future land uses changed for acreage near Airglades

CLEWISTON — Hendry County commissioners approved comprehensive plan future land use map amendments for two huge properties near Airglades Airport after conducting public hearings on the petitions Jan. 8. Both requests were for a change from agriculture to multi-use development. The first tract is just over 904 acres and is owned by the Joe Marlin […]