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Election
Kristine Petersen was recognized by the City of Clewiston for her years of service as city commissioner and as mayor at the Nov. 21 Clewiston BOC meeting. From l-r: City Manager Randy Martin, Commissioners James Pittman, Hillary Hyslope, new Commissioner Barbara Edmonds, Kristine Petersen, Vice Mayor Greg Thompson and Commissioner Mali Gardner.

Three sworn in at Clewiston BOC, Mayor retires

The City of Clewiston Board of Commissioners made a transformation during the Nov. 21 commission meeting with the retirement …
Stephanie Busin is currently a Hendry County School Board member.

Busin ahead in close school board race

LABELLE – Incumbent Stephanie Busin was ahead in the Hendry County School Board race unofficial results as of Nov. 15.

Hendry County election results

Hendry County Supervisor of Elections is still tabulating the results of Tuesday’s general election as of Friday, Nov. 11, …
Police/Fire

K9s United encourages community support through K9 Corps

K9s United, a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting law enforcement K-9 units with vital equipment and training...

Parking, code violations discussed at Clewiston BOC

Clewiston Police Chief Thomas Lewis promised residents and the Clewiston Board of Commissioners to have patrol officers keep a close eye …

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 (HCSO)...
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LaBelle Assembly of God

The LaBelle Assembly of God located at 139 Fraser Ave. in LaBelle will will not hold...

Hendry County Commissioner Darrell Harris retires post after 22 years

Hendry County Commissioner Darrell Harris was recognized by his fellow commissioners during his final county commission …

Arcadia is Pet of the Week

Arcadia would be most thankful for a family and home of her very own.
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Hurricane News
Disaster Recovery Centers for Hurricane Ian survivors have reopened...
FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers in Florida were closed due to Tropical Storm Nicole.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is closing its Business Recovery Centers in Florida from...
Agriculture
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty have secured over $16 million in new funding...
The crack of whip, echoing as loud as a gunshot across the Florida prairie, is part of Florida’s heritage.
South Florida citrus growers have been hit with a triple whammy after Hurricane Ian paid a visit Sept. 28 …
Business Corner
The FutureMakers Coalition aims to transform Southwest Florida’s workforce by increasing the proportion of working...
Southwest Florida, still dealing with widespread destruction from Hurricane Ian, has become the nation’s most overvalued housing market ...
A vote approving a special exception resolution for food trucks at Barron Park squeaked by during the Oct. 13 LaBelle BOC meeting, …
Veterans

BBB warns veterans about scammers

As a veteran, navigating government programs and benefits is complicated. Scammers know...
Elmira Johnson

LaBelle veteran places in top 10 of Ms. Veteran America®

Elmira Johnson, a LaBelle Navy veteran focused on helping other veterans in Hendry County, rated in the top 10 of the 2022 Ms. Veteran America®  …

Discounts and free meals available for veterans

Veterans Day 2022 is Friday, Nov. 11. These Veterans Day discounts, free meals and other programs are being shared l …
Wildlife & Environment
It may seem to be an unexpected place to find climate change “heroes” - agricultural researchers...
The South Florida Water Management District is moving forward with a project to help clean water in the Caloosahatchee River.
Sports
LaBelle Middle School students Ryan Bowen (left) and Orlando Camacho (right) qualified for the state meet during their first Cross Country meet. [Photo courtesy LMS]
The LaBelle High School Cowboys football team kicked off their home opener with a dominating win on Sept. 5.
LEHIGH ACRES -- Wednesday, June 22 was an evening that LaBelle natives would not soon forget.
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A Holiday Inn is planned in LaBelle on State Road 80, east of Tractor Supply ...

CLEWISTON  -- Lee Brice will headline the 2023 Sugar Festival in Clewiston.
Richard Shuette and his wife Janet have lived in their home in LaBelle for 22 years...
Schools

LaBelle Elementary School Teacher of the Year and Employee of the Year

LaBelle Elementary School is proud  to announce the teacher of the year, Jennifer Kingman and employee of the year, Yaneth Jimenez. ...

United Way supports programs that support the community

LABELLE – United Way information was shared at the Nov. 16 meeting of the Hendry County School.

LHS band getting bigger and better

LaBelle High School (LHS) band students were recognized at the Nov. 16 meeting ...

Upthegrove Elementary honors October Citizens of the Month

Congratulations to the October Citizens of the Month for Upthegrove Elementary School.
Government

Tire recycling facility proposed in LaBelle

LABELLE – A tire recycling business is proposed on a 16-acre property south of E. Lincoln Avenue ...

Four-story hotel proposed in LaBelle

A Holiday Inn is planned in LaBelle on State Road 80, east of Tractor Supply ...

LaBelle to use Enterprise Fleet program for new vehicles

LABELLE – The City of LaBelle plans to use an Enterprise Fleet program to replace old city vehicles.
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LaBelle city offices closed until Monday, Nov. 14

Due to the potential effects of Tropical Storm Nicole, City of LaBelle offices closed at noon Wednesday, Nov. 9, and …
Health

Alzheimer Association’s announces virtual events

The Alzheimer Association will host virtual Brain Bus events and support groups.

Health Department to close for Thanksgiving

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties...

Health officials issue Red Tide Alert

The Florida Department of Health in Collier County (DOH-Collier) has issued a Health Alert for the presence of a red tide bloom...
Entertainment
Lee Brice [Courtesy photo]

Lee Brice to headline 2023 Sugar Festival

CLEWISTON  -- Lee Brice will headline the 2023 Sugar Festival in Clewiston.
The Marshall Tucker Band will perform at the 2023 Clewiston Sugar Festival.

Sugar Festival to feature Marshall Tucker Band

The 2023 Clewiston Sugar Festival  will feature the Marshall Tucker Band.

Correction on FCT December shows

In the November issue of Caloosa Belle Independent, it was printed that the Firehouse Community Theatre would be...
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Opinion
Richard Shuette and his wife Janet have lived in their home in LaBelle for 22 years...
Believers always pray for God’s guidance in what we want to accomplish, but we should also seek...
Humanity generates 2.5 quintillion bytes of data -- enough to max out the storage capacity...
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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 …

Rural Florida county shocked by fentanyl deaths over holiday

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A small, largely rural county west of Florida’s capital saw an unheard-of spike in deadly drug overdoses believed to be caused by fentanyl mixed with other illegal drugs, …
Nation & World

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

The quickly changing coronavirus has spawned yet another super contagious omicron mutant that’s worrying scientists as it gains ground in India and pops up in numerous other countries, including …

Srebrenica women honored for highlighting 1995 massacre

SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — They were the ones who lived in a world in which their husbands, sons, brothers, uncles and nephews were massacred. They were the ones who fought to make sure …
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