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FDOH warns of COVID-19 Testing scams

Now more than ever, residents should rely on trusted sources of information for access to COVID-19 testing, vaccinations ...

COVID-19 cases high in Florida but wave may have peaked

The highly contagious COVID-19 Omicron variant continued to spread in Florida in last week …

Free mobile covid testing provided

The Florida Department of Health in Hendry County has coordinated with StatLab mobile unit to offer FREE testing for COVID-19.
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Community News

LaBelle Gallery & Cultural Center announces Artist of the Month

Lee Green, one of LaBelle Gallery & Cultural Center’s newest and most prolofic painters is Artist of The Month for January.

Pet of the Week

If you need a napping buddy, Mason is your guy. This fella is very laid back and loves a good nap. He also enjoys a little cat nip now and then.

L.E.A.D. partners with Safer Schools Together to Train Law Enforcement and Schools

Law Enforcement Against Drugs & Violence (L.E.A.D.) is a non- profit organization dedicated to bringing communities and …
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Police/Fire

A pickup truck ran off SR 29 near Church Road on Jan. 23 at 10:40 p.m.

IMMOKALEE – A 37-year-old Immokalee man was killed in a hit and run accident on State Road 29, about half a mile north of County Road 29A at 7 a.m. on Jan. 20, according to the Florida Highway …
HCSO is scheduling a CCW Firearm Training class for individuals interested in obtaining a Concealed Weapon Permit
Agriculture
, UF/IFAS Extension and the UF College of Medicine will screen as many as possible for various health conditions...
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is announcing ...
Wildlife & Environment
Recently discovered genetic knowledge of two nuisance western honey bee subspecies will help commercial and hobby beekeepers.
The White House announced the largest ever investment of federal funds for Everglades restoration on Jan. 19.
Business Corner

Publix starts offering paid parental leave

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — The Publix grocery store chain will start offering paid parental leave to employees who are new parents, company officials announced Wednesday.
Irene Castro, owner of Sunday Glo Aesthetics in LaBelle, applies a facial treatment to a client. Castro offers a variety of skincare treatments, including permanent makeup and eyebrow microblading.

Sunday Glo Aesthetics is a new business in LaBelle

There is a new business in town where you can unwind and recharge.
Rabid Raccoon Tattoo owner Mark Weston. The shop is located at 86 W. Hickpochee Ave. in LaBelle.

New tattoo shop offers custom art and hair micropigmentation

A new tattoo shop offers conventional inking and a patented tattoo for realistic hair.
Veterans

LHS students and staff recognized by VFW

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) took time to honor and thank a few LaBelle High School students and staff.

Wreaths Across America honors veterans

LABELLE  -- VFW Post 10100 had a great turnout for Wreaths Across America on Dec. 18 a

Wreaths Across America Radio hosts the last of four roundtable discussions on Veteran Healing

Wreaths Across America Radio focuses on Veteran Healing through sharing
Weather
Over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water.
The National Weather Center issued the following update on Tropical Storm Elsa at 11 a.m. on July 5:
Sports Around The Lake
Okeechobee High School senior Morgan Tucker has been chosen as this week’s Big Lake Athlete of the Week for her performance with the Lady Brahman varsity basketball team.
Bassmasters Fishing Club team fished on Lake O on Dec. 4 and 5.
The Elks South Region Soccer Shoot took place at the Clewiston Youth Development Academy playfield on Saturday, Dec. 4.
Top Trending Stories

HENDRY COUNTY -- A 14-year-old Immokalee boy was killed and a 13-year-old Immokalee boy injured in an all terrain vehicle accident on Sept. 19, just after 10 a.m., according to the Florida Highway …

The 42nd Farm Tour is Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022.
The rumors are true, though the details are scarce.
Schools

Upthegrove Elementary honors Citizens of the Month

Congratulations to the December Citizens of the Month for Upthegrove Elementary School.
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School board recognizes staff members

The Hendry County School District recognized two of its members during the Jan. 11 school board meeting.

Humana Book Drive benefits preschools

A virtual book drive by Humana employees in December 2021 has resulted in 285 books for preschool children in Southwest Florida.

County Oaks Elementary recognizes Leaders of the Month

Country Oaks Elementary congratulates its December Leaders of the Month who have demonstrated Habit 4: Think Win-Win!
Government
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A change in LaBelle's comprehensive plan puts a PUD on hold for now

Discussions continue around a LaBelle parcel of land previously approved for a planned urban development (PUD) ...
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LaBelle revises outdated building code

The LaBelle Board of Commissioners approved in a 4/0 vote an ordinance revising the unsafe building code.
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Barron Park House Gallery asks city for help with property repairs

The Barron Park House Gallery needs repairs according to Gallery Vice President Shary Weckworth.
Health
John M Diaz.  Photo taken 03-15-19.

UF/IFAS & UF College of Medicine offer health screenings for farmworkers

With about 200,000 migrant farmworkers in Florida, UF/IFAS Extension and the UF College of Medicine will screen...

New training initiative in Florida helps fight human trafficking

Attorney General Ashley Moody is enlisting more soldiers and creating new tools in the fight to end human trafficking in Florida.

Healing the mind and the body

Thinking is a product of mental focus that manifests in the body. If you think you are sick, you probably will be. If you think and visualize wellness...
Entertainment

Firehouse Community Theatre presents “Vanities, the Musical”

The Firehouse Community Theatre is pleased to present “Vanities, the Musical!”
MLK March 2022 LaBelle

LaBelle Martin Luther King Day March

A parade commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr., took place on Martin Luther King Blvd. in LaBelle on Jan. 17, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day ...

Black Heritage Princess Pageant accepting applicants and sponsors

 The Black Heritage Princess Pageant is accepting applications and sponsors for its second annual pageant May 14.
Traffic & Road Work
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Taxes to fund road repairs

HCBOCC moves forward with Phillips Road MSBU.

Traffic signal improvements begin at the intersection of SR 80 and W. Cowboy Way

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and an FDOT contractor will be making …

FDOT begins traffic signal improvements at S.R. 80 and West Cowboy Way

FDOTwill begin making improvements to the traffic signal on State Road 80 at West Cowboy Way...

Phillips Road closes for road maintenance Oct. 28

On Thursday, Oct. 28, Phillips Road in LaBelle will be closed from 9 a.m. to noon for road maintenance activities.
Opinion
The fight against human trafficking demands our attention. In well-appointed homes, on farms, in factories and in restaurants in the U.S., thousands of people, even children, work long days cleaning homes, picking crops, making products, washing dishes, busing tables and serving customers.
On Florida Arbor Day (Jan. 21), we pay homage to trees as work horses, not show horses.
Entering the new year, Americans are increasingly divided. They clash not only over differing opinions on COVID-19 risk or abortion, but basic facts like election counts and whether vaccines work. Surveying rising political antagonism, journalist George Packer recently wondered in The Atlantic, “Are we doomed?”
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State News

Researchers: Shark attacks increase after 3 years of decline

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Shark attacks increased around the world in 2021 following three consecutive years of decline, though beach closures in 2020 caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could be making …

Florida seeks to stop the arrival of immigrants to state

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — All Florida government agencies would be prohibited from doing business with transportation companies that bring immigrants who are in the country illegally into the state …

Florida district cancels seminar over race theory concerns

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — School administrators in a central Florida county canceled a seminar for history teachers on the U.S. civil rights movement, in part, because it had not been screened to make …
Nation & World

German caution on arms to Ukraine rooted in history, energy

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s refusal to join other NATO members in providing weapons to Ukraine has annoyed some allies and raised questions about Berlin’s resolve in standing up to Russia. The …

EU continues training Libyan partners despite migrant abuses

BRUSSELS (AP) — A confidential European Union military report calls for continuing a controversial EU program to train and equip Libya’s coast guard and navy despite growing concerns about their …

EXPLAINER: Why Yemen's war has spilled into the Emirates

CAIRO (AP) — Twice in the past week, Yemen’s rebels have launched attacks with missiles and drones on the United Arab Emirates, a major escalation for one of the world’s most protracted …
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