Farm fresh blueberries grown in Hendry County

LABELLE — Early Saturday morning, the sweet smell of berry blossoms wafted through my neighborhood, beckoning us to follow it and find the source. We happily discovered that just over a mile from my doorstep sits Blueberry Bunch Farm. Florida’s southernmost — and Hendry County’s only — blueberry farm tends to approximately 60,000 blueberry bushes. […]

Earth Day is coming … are you ready?

LABELLE — Post-industrial waste, damaged/unusable materials and/or closed-loop solutions are all ways to work on reducing the waste stream. If you know of a business or organization that is doing any of these things, invite them to be part of the Hendry County Earth Day celebration. “We are just looking for all local companies, organizations […]

The 2020 Census: Count me in!

HENDRY COUNTY — What do Hendry County, fair representation, redistricting and $675 million have in common? The 2020 Census. It’s coming, and taking part is your civic duty. The census is conducted every 10 years by the U.S. Census Bureau, and the results determine congressional representation and federal funding for states and communities like ours. […]

Guardians speak up for local children in need

HENDRY COUNTY — Do you have love for children? Do you ever wonder how you could make a difference in the lives of children who have experienced abuse, been abandoned or suffered neglect? The Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) program is in search of more volunteers. This program is often the only consistency a child may […]

Clewiston students participate in GAAP discussion

CLEWISTON — On Jan. 24, Clewiston Middle School participated in the Gaining Appreciation by Adjusting Perspectives (G.A.A.P.) Discussion. Hendry County Judge Darell Hill acted as the moderator for the round table session that included seven middle school students and three Hendry County Sheriff’s Office staff, and County Commissioner Emma Byrd with an audience of 26 […]

Life without Heartland Honor Band would ‘be flat’

LAKE PLACID — The 23rd Annual Heartland Honor Band Concert was held on Jan. 30, at the Genesis Center in Lake Placid. Providing educational services to the rural school districts of Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, and Okeechobee for more than 20 years, the Heartland Educational Consortium gives selected students, from each of these six […]

Retired firefighter/paramedic continues to save lives

CLEWISTON — The U.S. government has declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2016, there were approximately 42,000 deaths in the U.S. due to opioid overdose. The U.S. is responsible for use of 95% of opioids in the world, but Americans make up […]

Hendry County Sheriff implements new technology

LABELLE — On Feb. 5, Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden, announced the first implementation in the nation, of the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) ACCESS™ Background Check System. Sheriff Whidden will also become the first sheriff in Florida, to implement a NSA-endorsed and cutting-edge Inmate Recognition and Identification System, known as I.R.I.S.™. These innovative technologies will […]

Mock trial: State of Florida takes on Goldilocks

LABELLE — At the Hendry County Courthouse last week, the young, beloved, and presumed innocent, Goldilocks was indicted on charges breaking and entering, theft, and criminal mischief. Papa Bear was brought to the witness stand as he described the what happened to a jury comprised of Upthegrove Elementary Students, during the educational mock trial. Hendry […]

Put the Pedal to the Metal: Mod Lite Sugar Bowl planned

HENDRY COUNTY – The Hendry County Motorsports Park, the southern-most dirt track in the U.S., is ready to kick-off the 2020 race season. Track sponsors, organizers, and racers just finished up at their 2019 Awards Banquet, but without skipping a beat- they’ve already gotten busy with preparations for the Inaugural Mod Lite Sugar Bowl. The […]