New ambulance services at HRMC

CLEWISTON — Hendry Regional Medical Center (HRMC) has finalized a contract with a new interfacility transport contractor. Rapid Response Medical Transport began transporting HRMC patients on Feb. 8, and continues to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week out of HRMC. Rapid Response is providing transport for patients who require a higher level […]

Annual Sugar Festival kicks off March 15

CLEWISTON — The Sugar Festival celebrates the region’s annual sugarcane harvest and the importance of sugarcane in Glades-area communities and Florida’s agricultural industry. This is a free event. The Sugar Festival kicks off with the Majesty of Rock concert on Friday, March 15, from 7 to 10 p.m., featuring the music of Journey and Styx […]

Mary Ann Martin: Named 2019 Sugar Fest’s honoree

CLEWISTON — Mary Ann Martin has been named the 2019 Sugar Festival honoree and will be feted during the Breakfast at the Chamber this morning, March 13, at 8 a.m. Said the nomination that won her this recognition, from a person who wished to remain anonymous: “Mary Ann’s enthusiasm in promoting our community has been […]

2019 Miss Sugar and court crowned

Melissa Manning was crowned the 2019 Miss Sugar Queen in the Feb. 23 pageant held at the John Boy Auditorium. The 2019 Miss Sugar and her Court pictured left to right: Third runner-up Desiree Rudd, first runner-up Caroline Sweet, 2019 Miss Sugar Melissa Manning, and second runner-up Morgan Sherman.

Adult Drug Court services change

LABELLE — Adult Drug Court, re-established in Hendry County on July 1, 2018, has contracted with TLS Consulting to provide professional alcohol and drug treatment services for participants, the 20th Judicial Circuit’s administrative office has announced. TLS Consulting is experienced with providing substance abuse treatment services; the firm currently provides treatment services for the Lee […]

Hendry Co. Road & Bridge Feb. 27 report

HENDRY COUNTY — The Hendry County Road and Bridge Department recently completed the following projects, according to a Feb. 27 report: • Mowing/slope mowing: Fort Denaud Acres, North LaBelle Subdivision, Alphabet Roads – South LaBelle, LaBelle Airport, Pioneer Subdivision, Forrey Drive, Harlem, 7K Subdivision, Airglades Airport, Clewiston Area and Ladeca Acres. • Grading: Wheeler Road, […]

Library Director Natasha Hayes reports:

• Human Trafficking Informational Session was held Feb. 25 from 6 to 7 p.m. This was well attended as we had 14 adults in attendance. We must remember knowledge is key. • The library held its fifth annual African American Awards of Excellence on Feb. 21. This was a spectacular event. Staff had planned for […]

Costa Rican artist running cross-country for a cause

LaBELLE — A South Florida resident who’s a legal immigrant from Costa Rica started a little jog for a cause in the aid of illegal immigrants last weekend at Miami’s Freedom Tower. His ultimate destination: the Mexican border with the United States, around 1,200 miles away. Solo, an up-and-coming Latino hip-hop musical artist whose parents […]

Clewiston FYI

CLEWISTON — Interim City Manager Wendell Johnson reports: City manager search — The city manager search officially started last week with a visit on Monday by search consultant Colin Baenziger. During the visit, the mayor and each commissioner individually met with Mr. Baenziger to provide information deemed vital to recruitment of the best city manager […]

Hunter safety courses offered Hendry County

HENDRY COUNTY — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering a free hunter safety course in Hendry County on Saturday, March 16, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hunter safety courses are designed to help students become safe, responsible and knowledgeable hunters and learn about conservation. All firearms, ammunition and materials are […]