Friday, April 29, 2016

Paula Martin Dies At 61

Paula Lynn Martin, age 61, of LaBelle, passed away April 27, 2016 in LaBelle. She was born Aug. 14, 1954 in Castine, Maine to the late Llewellyn and the late Barbara (Rice) Eaton. Survivors include her husband of thirty-two years: Christopher John Martin,

Children: Andrea (Marvin) Martin, Richard (Janette) Martin, Victoria Martin, Danielle (Keith) Grossman and Tanya (Arthur) Canales; brothers & sisters: Michael (Christine) Eaton, Norman (Judith) Eaton, Rosemary (Almont) Haskell, Luanne (Jeffery) Moore and Virgil (Kim) Eaton, eight grandchild and special friends: Brenda Adams and Samantha Hawkins.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Lynette Eaton.

The Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, LaBelle with Father Dave Baugh officiating. Interment will follow in Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle. Visitation will be Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Winn-Dixie Upgrades - Grand Re-Opening Thursday

LABELLE, FL. -- With a fresh coat of white paint and red and white striped awning on the outside, new checkout counters, freshly finished flooring and a rearranged floor plan, Winn-Dixie on Main Street LaBelle is completing a remodel of its LaBelle store in response to requests from customers for an improved shopping experience.

As part of the grand opening ceremony and to officially re-introduce the community to the new and approved store, a ribbon cutting took place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 28 at the store located at 906 S. Main St. in LaBelle hosted by store manager Norbert Colon. 

Southeastern Grocers, LLC. CEO and President Ian Mcleod (photo below) attended the re-opening along with other company representatives from around the state. Mcleod, originally from Scotland has been associated with turning around groceries around the world including Australia and Canada and took over the Southeastern Grocers head position about a year ago.

Shoppers will immediately notice the enhancements throughout the new and improved store, including:
- New fa├žade signage and a fresh, contemporary color palate and modern store signage inside
- Newly updated farm-fresh produce department set on ice daily for improved quality and freshness
- Improved deli and bakery featuring 50 bakery products baked fresh in store
- Expanded wine department including more than 500 varieties of wine
- Updated floral department with a fresh, new look and a wide variety of new products arriving daily
- Continued commitment to fresh quality and outstanding service

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. is a subsidiary of Southeastern Grocers, which also owns BI-LO, and Harveys, and is the second-largest supermarket chain in the Southeast based on store count. Founded in 1925, Winn-Dixie employs more than 40,000 associates who serve customers in more than 500 grocery stores, 145 liquor stores and 390 in-store pharmacies throughout the five southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Link to photos and video of grand opening

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Roger Obodich Dies At 69 - Former Labelle Coach

Roger R. Obodich, 69, died Thursday, April 21, 2016 in Fort Myers. He was born in Barberton, Ohio on December 7, 1946 and had been a resident of Fort Myers since 1957.

He graduated from Fort Myers Senior High School, class of 1964 and Florida State University in 1969 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Management. While at Florida State, he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Seminole Boosters, a member of USMC Platoon Leaders School and an avid Florida State Seminole fan. After graduation from Florida State, he served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.

He was a teacher and coach at LaBelle High School and a Lee County Deputy Sheriff. In 1978, he began his career in the construction industry working for several large residential builders all over the U.S. until 2004, when he started Roger R. Obodich, Inc. and Market Street Properties, developing land, marketing property and General Construction during his career. He loved the outdoors at his hunting club in Alabama, and fishing in Southwest Florida.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah, her children: Bryan Miller of Fort Myers and Keista Ransom (husband, Wayne) of Tampa and grandchildren: Tiessa Hulsinger (husband, Caleb) of Fort Myers, Kwasi and Zaden Ransom. Also surviving are his two canine buddies, Jake and Bailey and many lifelong friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Ethel Obodich.

Memorial ceremonies will be conducted at 11:00 AM Saturday, April 30, 2016 in the chapel of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33907, 239-936-0555, followed by military honors conducted by the V.F.W. Immediately following cemetery services, a reception will be held in the Colonial Family Center of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution to the Humane Society of Southwest Florida or a charity of your choice will be welcomed.

Monday, April 25, 2016

CenturyLink Increases Internet "Fee" 100% Again This Year

CenturyLink Doubles "Fee" Without Notice To Customers
Notice your bill from CenturyLink higher this month compared to last month? CenturyLink has doubled what they call the "Broadband Cost Recovery Fee" from $1.99 to $3.99 for all it's customers. With at least five million broadband customers, CenturyLink just gained an additional $10,000,000 income without any notice to customers about the fee increase.

The company also doubled the fee last in April 2015 from 99 cents to $1.99, again without telling customers in advance or explaining afterward why it's raised.

CenturyLink is well known for what are commonly called "junk fees," added on to bills but not disclosed in advertising. Most people did not seem to notice their April 2016 internet bill went up one dollar.

CenturyLink in the past has said in defense, "Internet cost recovery is a new monthly recurring charge which is applied to all consumer and business HSI lines in service. It helps cover the costs associated with building and maintaining the internet network."

Most customers would think that building and maintaining the internet network is part of their job and should not be subject to a hidden add-on fee that is not disclosed to customers in advertising.

But, the company easily gets away with it and seems to not be violating any laws unless one might call the low rates shown in ads false advertising because the rates promised are not what the customer is billed for later.

Family Fun Day At Moore Haven City Park April 30

MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- At the Moore Haven City Park, 299 Riverside Drive from 10 am to 3 pm join county agencies for games, prizes, and check in with various organizations there to answer questions you or your family may have about any disaster, emergency or services offered in Glades County.

Exhibits and Activities Including: Emergency Management, Sheriff’s Office, Department of Health, Fire Department, FDEM’s Professor Tinkermeister, Home Depot, Florida Forest Service, National Weather Service – Miami, Department of Environmental Protection, IFAS, Area Agency on Aging (SHINE), Moore Haven Mosquito Control, Dr. B Good Clown, Free Car Seat Fitting, Free Fire Extinguisher Class, Florida Community Health Center- Blood Pressure and Glucose Check, Florida Fish and Wildlife, American Red Cross, FDOT

Free raffle at the top of every hour. Must be present to win. Bounce House sponsored by Kiwanis Builders Club at West Glades School.