Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Cow Hunters Present Felda Program Oct, 27

FELDA, FL. -- LaBelle Heritage Museum presents it's October Program "Hunting Wild Cows ~ The Big Cypress and the Glades: 1900 - 1965" at the Felda Community Center tomorrow. 

The presentation was postponed because of Hurricane Matthew and has been rescheduled for presentation at the Felda Community Center on the corner of the North Felda Loop Road (CR-830) and North Willis Ranch Road tomorrow evening at 7 o'clock, October 27.
Jim Hull said he expects to start setting up his display for the program at 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon. This should be an excellent program because Jim, Kirby Williams and Ronnie Raulerson are all members of South West Florida pioneer families and all started hunting cows when they were knee high to a grasshopper.

The Felda Community Center will be set up for an audience of 100; so, bring your friends and neighbors and come enjoy a terrific program.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

FBI & U.S. Attorney Ready For Nov. 8 Election Complaints

Tampa, FL - Assistant United States Attorney Robert Mosakowski will lead the efforts of his Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 8, 2016, general elections. He is responsible for overseeing the District’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses, in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington.

Federal law protects against such crimes as intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, impersonating voters, altering vote tallies, stuffing ballot boxes, and marking ballots for voters against their wishes or without their input. It also contains special protections for the rights of voters and provides that they can vote free from acts that intimidate or harass them. Such acts may include questioning, challenging, photographing, or videotaping voters at polling places, under the pretext of uncovering violations of federal voting rights laws. Further, federal law protects the right of voters to mark their own ballot or to be assisted by a person of their choice.

In order to respond to complaints of election fraud or voting rights abuses on November 8, 2016, and to ensure that such complaints are directed to the appropriate authorities, United States Attorney Bentley stated that Mosakowski will be on duty in this District while the polls are open. Public complaints may be reported to him at (813) 274-6129.

In addition, the FBI will have special agents available in each field office and resident agency throughout the country to receive allegations of election fraud and other election abuses on Election Day. Local FBI field offices can be reached by the public at either (813) 253-1000 (Tampa Division) or (904) 248-7000 (Jacksonville Division).

Complaints about possible violations of the federal voting rights laws also may be made directly to the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section in Washington, DC either by phone at 1-800-253-3931 or (202) 307-2767, by fax at (202) 307-3961, by email to, or by complaint form at

United States Attorney Bentley said, “The Department of Justice will act promptly and aggressively to protect the integrity of the electoral process.”

Monday, October 24, 2016

Palmdale Cracker Store Destroyed By Fire

PALMDALE, FL. -- The Palmdale Cracker Store has been destroyed by fire after a blaze started on the second floor. Owner Larry Taylor had reopened the wood frame structure with a store and restaurant in 2015.

The Glades County Sherriff’s Office Dispatch was notified on October 21, 2016 at approximately 8:00 am that flames could be seen from the second story window of the Palmdale Cracker Store. 

Moore Haven Central District was paged out and arrived on scene soon after. It was discovered that the second floor of the building was fully engulfed.

EMS Station 3, Tanker 20, Buckhead Ridge Fire Department, Lake Port Fire Deparmtment, and Ortona Fire Department assisted. Mutual Aid was called with Clewiston Fire Department, LaBelle Fire Department, Felda Fire Department and Lake Placid Fire Department. 

Emergency Management was on scene to assist with responder relief and called in the American Red Cross to assist with a displaced tenant. The State Fire Marshall arrived on scene that afternoon but an official cause of the fire is still undetermined. 

No one was injured during the incident. The structure has been deemed a complete loss.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Fall Harvest Festival October 30

LABELLE, FL. -- On Sunday evening October 30th at 6 p.m. LaBelle Assembly of God is having a community wide Harvest Festival as an alternative to Halloween. This is a no charge event for the children and Adults of our community.

Harvest Fall Festival Carnival
October 30th Sunday 6:00 p.m.
LaBelle Assembly of God
123 Fraser Ave.
Across from the Edward Upthegrove Elementary School.

Free Hot Dogs, games, and lots of candy! Wear your favorite costume or not and enjoy an evening of family fun. Everyone welcome and everyone is a winner. The best games anywhere, 

The people of LaBelle Assembly of God are Sponsored by Disabled American Veterans 144 & T&M Tree Service, Todd Dye president.  This years Festival chairman is Richard Robinson Jr. He is looking for volunteers to run the games, as a labor of love! Everyone Welcome, See you there. For More information Call 675-0900

Friday, October 21, 2016

State Road 29 Four-Lane Project November 3

LABELLE, FL. -- The Florida Department of Transportation is hosting a Public Information Workshop as part of the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study for proposed improvements to State Road (SR) 29 from CR 80A (Cowboy Way) to CR 731 (Whidden Road) in Hendry and Glades Counties, Florida.

FDOT will hold the workshop from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at the LaBelle Civic Center, 481 Highway 80 West (behind City Hall), LaBelle, Florida. The meeting will be in an informal, open house format. You may attend at any time during the open house to view project displays and speak with project team members. We will show a video slide show continuously during the workshop that will describe the project and the study process.

Please note the limits of this PD&E study have been shortened to only include the section of SR 29 from CR 80A (Cowboy Way) to Whidden Road. The study proposes adding two lanes to the existing SR 29 from County Road (CR) 80A (Cowboy Way) to CR 731 (Whidden Road) in Hendry and Glades Counties.

FDOT is sending this notice to all property owners whose property lies, in whole or in part, within 300 feet on either side of the center line of SR 29, Main Street and Bridge Street, from Cowboy Way to US 27 (even though they may not be directly affected). We encourage all interested people to attend and express their views regarding the project and information presented.

FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. People who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Shelly Smith, District One Title VI Coordinator, (863) 519-2671, e-mail at least seven days prior to the workshop.

For more information about the SR 29 study, please contact FDOT project manager Gwen Pipkin at863-519-2375 or e-mail at or visit the project website