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Coronavirus Updates

Hendry County's new covid positivity rate at 7.7%

TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s new covid positivity rate is on the rise, according to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH).

New covid positivity in Florida at 3.8%

TALLAHASSEE – For the week of April 1-7, Florida’s new COVID-19 positivity rate was 3.8%.

Hendry County COVID-19 risk continues to decline

COVID-19 risk continued to decline in Hendry and Glades Counties last week.
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Community News

Pan-Florida Challenge Cancer Ride sees record breaking number of riders

The Pan-Florida Challenge is on a mission to prevent and fight cancer, starting in childhood. On March 26 and 27, the organization hosted...

Blue Bonnet is Pet of the Week

This beauty is Blue Bonnet. She is a little bit shy, but all she needs is love. Blue Bonnet is about one year old...

HCSO helps with Special Olympics Torch Run

LABELLE -- Hendry County Sheriff's Office Deputies along with several members of the Hendry and Glades County community and special Olympic participants in Labelle on April 29 for the annual  …
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Police/Fire

LABELLE -- Hendry County Deputies along with emergency response personnel are on scene of a single vehicle rollover ...

The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) has reported a fatal single-vehicle accident on an unnamed dirt road west of Collins Slough Road on May 10.
Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a single-vehicle accident which claimed the life of one person Tuesday morning...
Agriculture
Following the launch of the new Unity Gardens Initiative by Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried ....
Florida citrus growers can learn more about the use of plant-growth regulators (PGRs) and how they can fight against fruit drop...
Wildlife & Environment
This event takes place from April 28 through May 1.
Construction of a reservoir which will store water near the Caloosahatchee River is 273 days behind schedule.
Business Corner

LaBelle Tractor Supply reveals new garden center

Just in time for spring, the Labelle Tractor Supply announced the completion of an exciting upgrade that has completely transformed...

In-home massage services for women available in LaBelle

LABELLE -- Women suffering a tight muscle from overworking the garden or a sore back from hours hunched over a workstation can be conveniently remedied in the comfort of their own homes with a visit …
Flamingo cookies are a popular item for Cookie Kutterz bakery. [Photo courtesy Cookie Kutterz]

LaBelle couple creates a sweet business after retirement

Two retired long-haul truck drivers started a bakery in their Muse kitchen.
Veterans

Support military families in honor of Military Appreciation Month

The American Red Cross provides support to our U.S. military community at every step of their career...

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
Weather
Emergency preparedness officials on Wednesday warned Floridians not to get complacent during the upcoming hurricane season, particularly in coastal areas that haven't …
LABELLE -- Hail damage was reported in LaBelle on April 4. According to  Interactive Hail Maps, there were five reports of on-the-ground jail by trained spotters. At 3:38 p.m. on April 4, …
Sports Around The Lake
LaBelle High School coaches will be hosting the Summer Basketball Camp for students...
Return ‘Em Right launched its program to offshore anglers throughout the Gulf of Mexico.
LABELLE – The East Coast Paragliding Championships, held April 24-29, attracted paragliders from all over the United States ...
Top Trending Stories

For the first time, scientists have grown plants in soil from the moon collected by NASA’s Apollo astronauts.

MIAMI (AP) — One of the three people aboard a small plane died when it crashed onto a bridge near Miami this weekend, police said. The aircraft lost power Saturday shortly after takeoff, coming …
The rumors are true, though the details are scarce.
Schools

Upthegrove Elementary honors Citizens of the Month

Congratulations to the April Citizens of the Month for Upthegrove Elementary School.
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Hendry County School Board approves half-cent sales tax

The Hendry County School Board approved a resolution May 3 for a half-cent sales tax to benefit the school district’s capital expenses in a 4-1 vote.
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LaBelle students honored with All-Florida Academic Team Award

Two LaBelle residents are recipients of the All-Florida Academic Team Award through Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW).

Teacher draws energy, motivation from students

There are many reasons an employee might call out sick, like a cough, fever, cold or allergies.
Government

Meet Enrique Padron

Meet Enrique Padron, the Southwest Florida Director for Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart.
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Hendry County Commission meeting location change

The Board of County Commissioners of Hendry County, Florida, hereby gives notice of a meeting location change. ...
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Despite neighbor objections, county approves biosolids recycling plant

Just when the Hendry County BOCC thought it was settled on approving a biosolids recycling facility …
Health

Dr. Mark Roh joins Lee Health as chief physician executive of oncology services

With more than 35 years of medical leadership experience in cancer care, Dr. Mark Roh was recruited to serve as Lee Health’s new chief physician...

Lee Health continues to advance its innovative robotic program

Lee Health announces a first of its kind robotic surgery in Southwest Florida for minimally-invasive spine...

Hendry and Glades FDOH advizes on meningococcal disease and vaccines

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is responding to an outbreak of meningococcal disease in Florida.
Entertainment
"The Little Shop of Horrors" production at The Fireside Theatre

Firehouse Theatre approaching 30 years of entertaining LaBelle

When a small dinner theater located in the Hendry Isles RV Resort closed in 1993, …

Firehouse Theatre presents ‘Barefoot in the Park’

LABELLE — The Firehouse Theatre will present a romantic comedy by Neil Simon; “Barefoot in the Park.” ...

First Christian Church hosts annual Wild Game Dinner

The First Christian Church Wild Game Dinner is back! Come enjoy a wide variety of items on Saturday, March 26, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Traffic & Road Work
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Notice of road work on Schooner Drive

Please be advised that on Tuesday, April 26, Hendry County’s contractor and their subcontractor will be conducting...

Construction projects on SR 80 from Lee County line to Grandma's Grove RV Resort.

The City of LaBelle announced construction projects on SR 80 from Lee County line to Grandma's Grove RV Resort.

Fort Center Avenue to be closed for road work

Please be advised that on Monday, April 11, Hendry County Road & Bridge will be closing Fort Center Avenue
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Residents bring traffic complaints to LaBelle City Commission

Traffic was the issue during the March 10 LaBelle BOC, focused on a curved stretch of SR 80 which intersects with Martin Luther King Blvd.
Opinion
It’s been more than 40 years since our mother made history.
Jesus once told the parable of the wise and foolish virgins. There were ten virgins, lamps in hand, waiting for the bridegroom to come.
Your classes are finished, your finals are done, and you finally have your diploma in hand — congratulations graduate! Now what?
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State News

Florida bridge plane crash killed 1 on board, police say

MIAMI (AP) — One of the three people aboard a small plane died when it crashed onto a bridge near Miami this weekend, police said. The aircraft lost power Saturday shortly after takeoff, coming …

Daughter recalls murdered mom was obsessed with hitchhiking

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Lena Teinila was an introvert who liked to write poetry and wanted to be a good mother, says her daughter. “I remember her telling me stories about when I was a …

Small plane crashes on bridge near Miami, striking an SUV

MIAMI (AP) — A small plane with three people aboard crashed Saturday on a bridge near Miami, striking an SUV with three occupants, the Federal Aviation Administration reported. The …
Nation & World

Independent probe points to Israeli fire in journalist death

JERUSALEM (AP) — As Israel and the Palestinians wrangle over the investigation into the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, several independent groups have launched their own …

Uyghur county in China has highest prison rate in the world

BEIJING (AP) — Nearly one in 25 people in a county in the Uyghur heartland of China has been sentenced to prison on terrorism-related charges, in what is the highest known imprisonment rate in the …

Pope rallies from knee pain to proclaim 10 new saints

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis created 10 new saints on Sunday, rallying from knee pain that has forced him to use a wheelchair to preside over the first canonization ceremony at the Vatican in over …
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