Monday, January 22, 2018

Ortona Locks To Be Closed For Maintenance

Notice is given that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is notifying the public, marinas, commercial and recreational vessels traveling the Okeechobee Waterway that Ortona Lock will be closed for maintenance 4 through 16 June 2018. 

This will be the first lock closure along the Okeechobee Waterway in 6 years; maintenance is necessary to repair aging and damaged infrastructure in addition to improving public and vessel safety. 

Repairs will require the lock chamber to be dewatered for crews to perform inspections, replace gate seals and repair Manatee Protection system components. During the closure, barges, floating cranes and divers will be working in the lock entrance, requiring vessel operators in the area to use minimal speed and caution for safety.

Public comments and concerns related to this closure will be accepted until 31 March 2018 and can be mailed to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 525 Ridgelawn Rd., Clewiston, FL 33440 Attn: Gary Hipkins or can be emailed to (please add "Public Comment on Ortona Lock Closure 2018" in subject line).

Saturday, January 20, 2018

World Class Barbershop Of LaBelle

World Class Barbershop Of LaBelle

World Class Barbershop Of LaBelle, owned by Hugo Vargas, invites area residents and visitors to visit the barber shop located at 216 South Main Street in LaBelle to start out 2018 with an expert trim or haircut.

Among services Hugo and his barbers offer are regular & scissor cuts, flat tops, shaves, and hair styling for all ages.  

World Class Barbershop is open Tuesday through Friday from 8:45 am until 5 pm and Saturday from 7 am until 2 pm. 

Phone: (863) 674-1775

World Class Barbershop is a sponsor of Southwest Florida Online.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Wayne Gibson At LaBelle Kiwanis Meeting

The LaBelle Kiwanis January 16th meeting at 5:30 pm had a distinguished speaker, Wayne Gibson.

Wayne presented an interactive Program: "The Super Recruiter Concept”. Wayne Gibson joined the South Burlington Kiwanis Club in 1973. He later switched to the Burlington Club and was president for two years and was awarded for getting the club back to 25 members. 

Wayne moved back to the South Burlington Club and was elected Lt.Gov for the western side of Vermont. He later became president of the South Burlington club. He is now a Florida resident and became an associate member of the Ft Myers Beach Club.

Thursday, January 18, 2018


Howard Wayne Wolfe, age 66, of LaBelle, passed away January 16, 2018 in LaBelle. He was born Feb. 27, 1951 in South Bend, IN, to the late Douglas and Helen (Bell) Wolfe.

Survivors include his wife: Cathy (Holt) Wolfe, 3 daughters: Donna Wolfe, Sheila Rossi, and Sabrina Robertson, Son: Shane O'Brein, 6 (with 1 on the way) Grandchildren

Memorial Service is pending.

Felix Vazquez, age 74, of Clewiston, passed away January 14, 2018 in Clewiston. He was born July 10, 1943 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. He was a landscaper for years.

Survivors include Close Friends, Jose A. (Debbie) Hernandez of Clewiston, FL/ Services will be held Friday, January 19, 2018, 10AM with Miguel Santana officiating. Interment will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clewiston.

Irena Mae Daniels passed away January 13, 2018 in LaBelle, Florida. She was born October 4, 1931 in Nokomis, Florida to the late Irena and Charles Gomez, an old Florida family.

Survivors are her husband of 70 years, James Hampton Daniels, daughters Betty Sue Moreno (Pete), Kathy Gail Daniels and daughter-in-law Linda Daniels, ten grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren

Irena is best remembered as a devoted wife and grandmother. She was an equal partner in her husband's ministry for the Church of God. Together they served the Lord to bring comfort and support to their parishioners. She was the church musician, playing both the piano and organ. In addition, she taught Bible study classes and performed many other duties. Her family remembers her as a selfless mother and wife who loved and cared for them.

She is preceded in death by sons: Don Alan and Rex Earl Daniels, also sisters: Gwen Lippincott and Aliene Benson, brothers: Charles, Frank, TW; and TM Gomez.

Visitation was 10:00 AM to 11:00 at the Alva Church of God, Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Funeral services followed at 11:00 AM with Reverend Dennis Edgar officiating. Interment at the Alva Cemetery.

Kenneth L Hunter, age 30, of LaBelle, passed away January 12, 2018 in LaBelle. He was born Oct. 3, 1987 in Ft. Myers, to Kenneth L and Diane (Puente) Hunter.

Survivors include Parents Kenneth L and Diane (Puente) Hunter, Sister: Maddison Hunter, Fiancee, Jessica Sanford.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 11:00 am at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle with Mitchell Wills officiating. Interment in Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle.

Visitation was Tuesday from 9 to 11 AM at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle, FL.

Old Time Radio Show At LaBelle Theatre

Suspense and Laughter with the Old Time Radio Show
LABELLE, FL. -- The Firehouse Goldies will perform four classic Golden Age Radio programs. First, they will put you in "Suspense" with "That Thing in the Window". Then they will keep you laughing as only "My Friend Irma" can. 

After intermission "The Mysterious Traveler" will have you guessing why there is "No One on the Line". 

Lastly, back by popular demand, Liz Cooper and Iris Atterbury will have you in stitches with their Easter antics in "My Favorite Husband"! 

Get your tickets now for this incredible show. The Firehouse Community Theatre is located in beautiful down town LaBelle at 241 North Bridge St, LaBelle. This show runs February 9th through the 11th and is produced and directed by Deborra Higgins Soja