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Naples man killed in head-on crash

COLLIER COUNTY – A 43-year-old Naples man was killed in a head-on crash on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Hendry County Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested on felony or DUI charges by HCSO, CPD, FHP, FWC, DOC, Jan. 16 through Jan. 22.

Hendry County Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges by the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office
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Clewiston Museum to hold annual fundraising dinner

The Clewiston Museum will hold their annual BBQ steak dinner on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Sadie Gaskins of LaBelle named to Harding University Dean’s List

Sadie Gaskins, a senior, studying molecular and cellular biology, is among more than 1,200 Harding University students...

Food truck discussions continue at LaBelle

The City of LaBelle is still tweaking its plans to allow food trucks at Barron Park, with the most recent adjustment being approved …
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Agriculture
University of Florida scientists will use artificial intelligence technology to quantify damage to fruits and vegetables...
Some consumers are experiencing sticker shock at the high price of eggs in the grocery store.
The 2023 LaBelle Youth Livestock & Ag Show begins Feb. 12 continuing through Feb. 17...
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Average gasoline prices in Florida averaged $3.21/g on Jan. 2, 2023, according to GasBuddy's survey of 8,237 stations in Florida.
Why does gasoline cost more in one state than another?
While people flock to the Sunshine State for its tropical weather, Southern hospitality and its famous natural and entertainment attractions, business startups are not one of the …
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George, 63, born in Tampa, Florida was a lifetime resident of Okeechobee since 1967. He enjoyed cars, his 3 dogs (Annie, Marley and Finley) and most importantly his family.His love for all things car …

LABELLE -- Plans to build a new Labelle High School building were discussed at the Hendry County School Board meeting Jan. 17. The building is expected to begin in 2025.
In not so many years past, Congress spent its days legislating and measuring its work’s effects with meaningful oversight.
Wildlife & Environment
FWC and FDLE crack down on those selling venomous and prohibited snakes ...
The LaBelle commission addressed remedying a consent order during its Jan. 12 meeting from the Florida Department of Environmental ...
Eight hundred Florida manatees died in 2022, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
To reduce the number of nonnative species released into the wild, the Exotic Pet Amnesty Program offers a free and legal opportunity for Florida residents to surrender nonnative pets …
Government

Southwest Ag Service, Inc., a land-clearing and excavation service in LaBelle, received approval from the Hendry County Board of ...

The Hendry County BOCC approved in a 5-0 several consent agenda items during its Jan. 24 meeting in LaBelle, including a ...
In honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the Hendry County Clerk of Court Kimberley Barrineau and her entire staff...
Schools

LABELLE -- Plans to build a new Labelle High School building were discussed at the Hendry County School Board meeting Jan. 17. The building is expected to begin in 2025.

Country Oaks Elementary would like to congratulate its Leaders of the Month for the month of December.
LABELLE -- Congratulations to our December Leaders of the Month who have demonstrated Habit 4: Win-Win!
Health

You could be smoke-free in 2023

Attention turns to the annual tradition of making New Year’s resolutions. Will you be smoke-free in 2023?

Area Agency on Aging seeking volunteers to coach balance classes

Chances are you know someone who has fallen or who is afraid of falling.

Indoor air pollution linked to childhood asthma

Should you be worried about indoor air quality?
Entertainment
Grand Funk Railroad will perform at the 2023 Clewiston Sugar Festival. [Courtesy photo]

Grand Funk Railroad to perform at Sugar Festival

CLEWISTON – Clewiston Sugar Festival organizers have good news and bad news for festival fans.

Hendry County puts spotlight on Human Trafficking Awareness

The City of LaBelle has declared the month of January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

'I and You' follows the development of young love under unique circumstances

Young love can bloom in the most unusual places, with the most unlikely characters, particularly when it involves teenagers.
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Opinion
These days, it’s a gamble when flying commercially whether your flight will leave on time...
Being able to make choices is a gift from God. But, unfortunately, it can also be a problem.
Occasionally, we get freeze warnings in January and need to decide how to protect our trees and plants.
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Thousands gather to mark Srebrenica massacre, bury victims

SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Thousands of people converged on the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica Monday to mark the 27th anniversary of Europe’s only acknowledged genocide since the …

New coronavirus mutant raises concerns in India and beyond

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Crocodiles make comeback in Florida

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Say the word crocodile and many people think of Australia, the Amazon or even those National Geographic specials showing huge reptiles ambushing wildebeests crossing …

Early prescription refills permitted under State of Emergency

Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 22-219, expanding the State of Emergency statewide....

Boy dies in hot car parked outside Miami area Jewish center

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A 3-year-old boy died after being left in a car outside a South Florida preschool where both his parents are staff members, police said. The child was one of several …
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