Friday, July 19, 2019

Democrats Travel To Convention At Disney October 11

LABELLE, FL. -- Joe Thomas, Chairman of the Hendry County Democratic Executive Committee, announced that over and above DEC officers coupled with the automatic inclusion of Democratic elected Hendry County officials there may be thirty-seven rank and file registered Democrats attending the 2019 Florida Democratic State Convention at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando on the weekend of October 11 - 13 to represent Hendry County. 

Any registered Democrat living in Hendry County is eligible to become a delegate and should submit a form no later than July 31 to local DEC officials for consideration as an elected delegate and also let those DEC members authorized to appoint delegates of willingness to accept an appointment. All regular delegates to the 2019 Florida Democrats State Convention must submit a filing fee of $60 at the time of election or appointment with the exception of student delegates whose fee is $25.

Delegate forms are available at and can be filled out online, printed,and submitted to Hendry County DEC chairman, Joe Thomas, vice-chair Dorothy Johnson, state committeewoman Sofia I. Rodriguez, or state committeeman Ramon S. Rodriguez by July 31. Hendry County 

Democrats interested in becoming a delegate who are not computer savvy should leave a message at (863)234-8890 or email for a pre-printed delegate form.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Obituaries - Lara, Spears, Prisk, Billie

Lorena Munoz Lara, age 28, of Clewiston, passed away July 14, 2019 in South Bay.
She was born July 29, 1990 in Palm Beach County, FL, to Daniel and Leticia (Morales) Munoz. She worked as a parts manager for Florida Crystals Sugar Corporation. She was a loving mother, daughter, sister and aunt who will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved her.
She leaves behind her children; Jose Antonio and Emilio Leonardo Lara, her parents; Daniel Munoz and Leticia Morales Mejia, sister; Denise Munoz, brothers; Daniel Munoz, Jr, and Eric Munoz, and many extended family members.
Visitation will be Friday from 12 pm - 8 pm at The Jesus Church, Clewiston, FL.
Cremation arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.
Harry Lee Spears, age 67, of Clewiston, passed away July 13, 2019 in West Palm Beach.
He was born Mar. 1, 1952 in Knoxville, TN, to Albert Lee and Anna R (Dye) Spears. Harry proudly served for 21 years in the United States Navy, obtaining the rank of Radioman 3rd Class. He was a dispatcher for the City of Clewiston Police Department for 29 years.
He was a loving brother, uncle, and friend to many and will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
Harry leaves fond memories with his siblings; Gail Wiseman, Kathy Spears, Tommy Spears, Jerry Spears, and Michael Spears along with all of their families.
Celebration of Harry's life was held Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Akin-Davis Funeral Home where visitation was held Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 6-8 p.m. Burial with Military Honors will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery.
Brenda (Pudder) Prisk, age 59, of Clewiston, passed at home July 13, 2019 in Clewiston.
Brenda was born July 15, 1959 in Elkins, WV, to Thelma Pudder and the late Doyle (Hoot) Pudder. She grew up in Englishtown, NJ with her three brothers, David (Laura), Philip, Kevin (Vivian) and sister, Melissa (Bryan). She spent the last fifteen years of her life in Clewiston, FL.
Brenda leaves behind her husband of thirty years: Patrick, mother in law: Carol Prisk,
three daughters: Ashley (Proctor), Sarah and Jenna (P.J.), four granddaughters Kathrine Ellen, Dakota Lea, Lily Rose and Grace Mae and grand dog, Bear, who will greatly miss their Nanny.
A celebration of life will be held Friday, July 19, 2019, 11:00 am at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle. Interment will follow at Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clewiston. Visitation will be Friday for 1 hour prior to the service at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle, FL.
In lieu of flowers, Brenda's Grands would greatly love donations to help them to continue and expand their Nanny's flower bed. Please contact Ashley Prisk for more information.
Brannon T. Billie, age 27, of Wesley Chapel, passed away July 10, 2019 in Lutz.
She was born Apr. 27, 1992 in Fort Myers, FL, to Lyle V. Billie and Rebecca Billie.
Our Lavender Princess is survived by her husband Johnathan Konrad, her parents Rebecca Billie, James Williams, Sr., Jason Melton I, Lyle V. Billie. Also, by her siblings Tony Billie, Josie Balentine, Jason Melton II, Anazette Billie, Anissa Billie, James Williams Jr. Shakur Williams, Kourtnee Williams, Lyle Billie Jr. She was also the proud granddaughter of Mitchell Cypress and Patsy Billie.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm at First Baptist Church-Big Cypress, with Rev. Salaw Hummingbird officiating. Visitation was Sunday one hour prior to service at First Baptist Church-Big Cypress. Interment was Sunday, July 14, 2019 in Big Cypress Cemetery, Big Cypress Reservation.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Obituaries - Dennis Perkins, Wallace Nickell

Dennis A Perkins, age 72, of LaBelle, passed away July 11, 2019 in Lehigh Acres.

He was born Aug. 23, 1946 in Jesup, GA, to Junior and Rebha Louise (Knowles) Perkins. Dennis worked for many years as heavy equipment operator and alligator trapper. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. He enjoyed cooking swamp cabbage for the Swamp Cabbage Festival every February, he enjoyed being out in the woods, spending time with family and close friends. He was a member of First Baptist Church of LaBelle, Dana-Howard-Weekley American Legion Post # 130 for many years.

Dennis leaves behind fond memories with his children; Chad E., Dennis Austin and Reba B Perkins, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild on the way. He also leaves behind two sisters; Brenda Beer and Debra Coddington.

Celebration of Dennis' life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2019 in First Baptist Church of LaBelle. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church. Burial with military honors being conducted by the Dana-Howard-Weekley American Legion Post #130 will be in Fort Denaud Cemetery.

Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Wallace Harold Nickell, age 78, of LaBelle, passed away July 10, 2019 in Lehigh Acres.

He was born Dec. 14, 1940 in Hazard, KY, to the late Elmo and Kathleen (Couch) Nickell

He was a Veteran of the US Army

Survivors include his wife: Wanda Sue (Spuhler) Nickell

one son: Donald Nickell

one daughter: Beth Hamm

one brother: James Nickell

8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren

Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Dr. Phillip Williams Named New Professor At SWFREC

New Vegetable Horticulturist Named
LABELLE, FL. -- Dr. Phillip Williams of Clemson University has been named assistant professor of vegetable horticulture at SWFREC in Immokalee.  Dr. Williams currently works as program coordinator at the Edisto Research and Education Center in Blackville, South Carolina.  

He earned his Ph.D. in plant and environmental sciences and his B.A. in biology (plant biology concentration) from Clemson.  He received his master’s of agriculture (agronomy and soils) from Auburn University in Alabama.  

Dr. Williams grew up on a 1,000-acre row crop family farm in South Carolina, which gained him experience in everything from machinery operation and maintenance to budgeting and agronomic practices.  His candidate interview seminar was titled “Sustainability Managing Crops Using Technology and Cultural Practices without Yield or Quality Reductions.”  

Dr. Williams will begin at SWFREC August 1.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

37 Cattle Die In Truck Crash

CLEWISTON, FL. -- Paul Waynevan, Sickle, 59 of Wauchula, driving  a commercial motor vehicle at 11:51 a.m. Wednesday, was hauling ninety-five cattle traveling north on County Road 833 (Sam Jones Trail) approximately 200 feet north of Zipper Grove Road.

He stated that as he entered a curve in the road, the cattle shifted left forcing the truck to steer right, and in an unsuccessful attempt to maintain control of the truck it traveled off the roadway, through a ditch, then proceeded to overturn on the northeast shoulder facing north.

Thirty-seven of the cattle died.

The crash remains under investigation.