Hendry County’s new clerk of courts sworn in

LABELLE — The new Hendry County clerk of courts, Kimberley Barrineau, was sworn in to her position by the Honorable Judge Sloan at the courthouse on Friday, Nov. 1. Her title is interim clerk of courts, until her official appointment by the governor. Ms. Barrineau grew up in Hendry County and has lived here all […]

Students get new Skechers for school

HENDRY COUNTY — The Hendry County Democratic Women’s Club recently partnered with the Greater Harvest A.M.E. Church, along with support from Rock Enterprises Inc., SWEAT, and Farm Credit of Florida, to provide 18 students with new shoes, as they start their school year. The shoes, “brand new and the latest styles,” says HCDWC President Laura […]

Caloosahatchee Watershed seeking public’s help

FORT MYERS – On Aug. 5, Calusa Water Keeper, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the protection of the Caloosahatchee River & Estuary in Southwest Florida, launched the second part of its summer campaign to inform both the medical community and the public on the serious health risks associated with the increasingly severe Harmful […]

Back-to-school initiative provides school supplies

CLEWISTON — U.S. Sugar, FPL, Hendry County Public Schools Foundation and the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office have come together to work on a back-to-school initiative, launched by The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County and its Red Apple Supplies (RAS) Program. This is an effort to serve the needs of Title 1 schools, which are […]

Glades County artist is ‘Clay Whisperer’

MUSE — Sydney Roper, local artist and owner of Muse Pottery, is a quirky and brilliantly creative clay whisperer. She creates unique pottery that is both functional and artistic, often putting out work that is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. From tea sets to birdhouses, orchid pots to coffee mugs, and everything in between — her impeccable technique […]

LaBelle youth represents USA at Soccer World Cup

LaBELLE — A straight-A student at Country Oaks Elementary School, Dallen Steelman, recently returned from Spain after being chosen to represent the United States in the 2019 Barca World Cup. Dallen has been playing soccer since he was 4 years old, according to his proud mother, Pam Steelman. As a toddler, he watched his older […]

Pets and their owners escape domestic violence

When survivors of domestic violence start to think about how to escape from their abusive situations, they’re often faced with a difficult decision regarding their beloved pets. Staggering statistics say that 71 percent of pet-owning women entering women’s shelters reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to […]

Local children compete in Future Chef Challenge

  LaBELLE — On Wednesday, March 6, things were really heating up in the LaBelle Elementary School cafeteria for the 2019 Future Chefs National Challenge, presented by the Hendry County Schools Food Service Department. A panel of distinguished judges sat on the stage, watching ravenously, as the kids worked hard to prepare the recipes they […]

HCSD Golden Apple Teacher of the Year

The Hendry County School District’s Golden Apple Teacher of the Year, Aarika Deerey, admits that school was always a challenge for her. “But I had many people by my side to help me succeed,” she says. Her family moved to LaBelle, from Louisiana, when she was in fourth grade. “My fourth-grade teacher played a huge […]

Green Paradise Eco Farm grows sustainable crops

CLEWISTON — Surrounded by wild passion fruits, juicy mandarin oranges, teardrop-shaped tomatoes, bright yellow sweet peppers and leafy greens in every hue you can imagine, is a lovely permaculture farm in Hendry County. Paradise Eco Farm, in the Pioneer Plantation community of Clewiston, is run by the farm’s manager, Roselyn Romaguera, and her family. She […]