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Sgt. Christopher (Chris) Norwood was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant overseeing the daily operations of Hendry County East District. Hendry County Sheriff (right) presented Norwood with his badge.

HCSO Sgt. Christopher Norwood promoted to lieutenant

On March 15 Sgt. Christopher (Chris) Norwood was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant overseeing the daily operations of Hendry County East District.
Lt. Bonnie Weaver, left, was recognized by Hendry County Sheriff's Office for 20 years of service. Presenting a plaque to her is Sheriff Steven Whidden.

Lieutenant recognized for 20 years of service

On March 15, Lt. Bonnie Weaver was recognized for her 20 years of dedicated service to the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office.

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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Recipe of the Month: Peruvian Seviche

The Peruvian cook cleans the fish and lets it soak in salt water for 10 minutes...

Clewiston WIC office closure is extended to March 24

WIC Services at the Health Department in Clewiston will be temporarily closed through March 24...

Gator is Pet of the Week

It doesn’t get any cuter than Gator! And those ears. Gator loves kids...
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LAKE ALFRED — While Hurricane Ian lasted just a few days, a University of Florida researcher is looking at longer-term impacts in hopes of finding strategies to improve recovery and provide …
Despite challenges from diseases, land development trends and extreme weather, Florida’s citrus industry...
But Florida may be the next agricultural region for small-scale commercial olive production.
Business Corner
The Area Agency on Aging for SWFL (AAASWFL) is inviting local residents and service providers in Hendry County...
A proposed tire recycling facility along E. Lincoln Ave. and Kendy Blvd. was narrowly approved by the City of LaBelle commission ...
Salon Eight Four is hosting a small business expo Thursday, Feb. 16, from 6 -8 p.m., located at 153 S. Main Street.
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A 27-year-LaBelle man was killed on March 20 at 4:55 a.m. when the car he was driving collided with cows ..

Street racing, street takeovers, and stunt-driving incidents have risen...
Sentencing has been scheduled for March 30, 2023, for Eliceo Hernandez, after he was found guilty of Second Degree Murder ...
Wildlife & Environment
Florida 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders can help save water, help save their parents some money on their water bill ...   They simply have to become …
The Florida Department of Health in Collier County (DOH-Collier) is issuing updates regarding Red Tide...
Thanks to a unanimous Cabinet vote, 21,063 more acres of the Florida Wildlife Corridor gained permanent protection ....
Wading birds are important indicators of ecosystem health in the River of Grass...

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) announced $21 million in available funding for essential programs to enhance mental health crisis services in …

The City of LaBelle will undertake a study to determine if fees and charges for permit applications can be increased ...
The topic of state-approved reading materials in Hendry County schools came up for discussion during the March 7 regular Hendry County School Board meeting.   

Upthegrove Elementary announces their honor roll students for the second quarter...

Country Oaks Elementary Would like to congratulate its Leaders of the Month for the month of February.
Open enrollment at some Hendry County School District schools is temporarily on hold due to buildings being at full capacity ...

Website links organ donors with those in need

Did you know that 22 Americans die each day waiting for organ transplants?

HRMC receives College of American Pathologists accreditation

The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation...
Give Kids a Smile Day provides free dental services at FSW

Give Kids a Smile Day provides free dental services at FSW

The Dental Hygiene program at Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) will …

Annual Plant Sale and Strawberry Shortcake Festival set March 11

Gardeners and strawberry connoisseurs make their way to Alva by car, boat or bicycle to purchase healthy living plants...
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Country artist Eli Mosley will perform at Swamp Cabbage Festival

After highly successful shows throughout the nation from Florida to California and Texas to Wyoming...
LaBelle artist Barb Swift

Local artist paints what she loves

Barb Swift’s vibrant watercolor renderings are the result of years of art experimentation, exploration and skill refinement.
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Lent reminds us of the perfect love that Jesus has for his children. It also reminds us...
AMAC Foundation Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor answers questions about Social Security
Senate Bill 404 aims to exempt autopsy reports on child victims of domestic violence from public disclosure.
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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 …