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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, …

HCSO Arrests for Nov 28 to Dec 4

The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office...

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary offers one day boating safety class

The class presenters are trained US Coast Guard Auxiliary Members who facilitate sharing experiences...

Deputy Ifill honored at retirement

Deputy Gerald Ifill retired Nov. 29 after 17 years of dedicated service to the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office.


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Iris Wall is proud to be a Florida Cracker

Iris Wall, 93, of Indiantown, happily shared information about Florida Crackers to participants...

"The Elves and the Shoemaker" now playing at Firehouse Community Theatre

The Firehouse Community Theatre presents the upbeat musical play, "The Elves and the Shoemaker," which premiered Friday, Dec. 2. 

Make the most of your charitable donation

With the holiday giving season underway, many generous Southwest Floridians will look for ways to support...
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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...
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, …

BBB warns veterans about scammers

As a veteran, navigating government programs and benefits is complicated. Scammers know...
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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
The importance of preserving wetlands, mangroves and beaches while building resilient infrastructure ...
On Dec. 1 the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved staff’s recommendation to update ...
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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Below is a list of Holiday Happenings in Hendry County.

When it comes to “Florida Snow,” beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
CLEWISTON  -- Lee Brice will headline the 2023 Sugar Festival in Clewiston.

Collaboratory scholarship application now open

The scholarship application process will close January 11, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. Applicants may apply for multiple scholarships...

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 ...

Is the U.S. ready for a new political party?

Does the United States need a new political party? A group of former Democrats and Republicans think so.

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 …

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 …

Clewiston mayor recognized for service

After serving the City of Clewiston for nearly 10 years as commissioner, vice mayor and mayor, Kristine Petersen stepped down …

After more than 400 farmworkers tested, more health fairs slated

About 200,000 farm laborers live in Florida and usually get little to no health care.

Donate blood in LaBelle

The American Legion Post 130 will be holding a Blood Drive at the American Legion Post 130...

Alzheimer Association’s announces virtual events

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

FCT presents a tribute to Roy Orbison

David K will rock the house with his Roy Orbison tribute along with some Buddy Holly favorites!!

Holiday Happenings to take place in Hendry County

Below is a list of Holiday Happenings in Hendry County.
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Lee Brice to headline 2023 Sugar Festival

CLEWISTON  -- Lee Brice will headline the 2023 Sugar Festival in Clewiston.
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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 …