Thursday, June 21, 2018

Start Of Summer At World Class Barbershop

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 get ready for Summer 2018 with an expert trim, shave or haircut. Today is the first day of Summer and make a visit to the shop to look sharp for your upcoming summer events.

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.

Pastor Robert A. Miller Dies At 66

Pastor Robert A. Miller, age 66, of Lehigh Acres, passed away June 20, 2018 in Lehigh Acres.

Pastor Robert was born May 16, 1952 in Burlington, Iowa to David and Sarah (Heiniger) Miller. He married Janice R. Niuman on September 16, 1978 in Miamisburg, Ohio. He was a pastor for 23 years. Last serving at LaBelle Baptist Temple. 

He was a God-fearing man who loved to tell people about the Lord Jesus Christ and bring people to know the Lord. He also helped his family with their business, Industrial Repair in LaBelle. He was an accomplished welder. He was loved by his entire family and will be dearly missed by not only his immediately family but also his church family.

Pastor Robert is survived by his loving wife of 39 years; Janice Miller of Lehigh Acres, daughter: Sarah Miller of Alva, sons; Frank Miller and wife Julianne of LaBelle, Tim Miller and wife Mitzi of Alva, Tom Miller and wife Katie of Lehigh Acres, Peter Miller of Arcadia. daughter-in-law; Mary Lynn Miller of Lehigh Acres, fourteen grandchildren, one brother; David Miller and wife Barb of Burlington, Iowa, sisters; Ruby Eberhardt and husband Joseph of Sperry, Iowa, Shirley Ernest and husband Jim of Wapello, Iowa, Ellen Moehle and husband Bob of Mediapolis, Iowa, many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Celebration of Pastor Robert's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018 in LaBelle Baptist Temple with Pastor Jimmy Allen officiating. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the church. Interment will be immediately after the celebration in Fort Denaud Cemetery.

Celebration of life arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Altair Military Training Facility Goes Back To Lenders

LABELLE, FL. -- On June 19, 2018, Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden received from the court a Writ of Possession Instanter ordering Sheriff Whidden to seize all of the property named in the writ and turn it over to the new owner and remove any persons on the property known as Altair Training Solutions, a regional training facility with an address of 31101 Nafi Dr., Immokalee.

Altair Training Solutions, Inc., Blue Spoon LLC and Brian W. Jones (photo left) were sued in Hendry Circuit Court for failure to make payments under a $4,375,000 credit line and promissory note for the purchase and operation after the military and law enforcement training facility in southern Hendry County, Fl. could not bring in enough income to pay the loans.

South Florida Ops LLC along with Robert White and R. Laken Mitchell filed the foreclosure suit September 24, 2015 alleging default on payments due. Also joined as defendants were Bryant Construction and Roofing and Guardian Fueling Technologies, both having claims against Altair.

This training facility is the former site of Hendry Correctional Institute. 

Brian Jones at the time, filed papers with the state indicating plans to employ 200 people at the facility. In 2014, Hendry County gave Altair a property tax waiver deal for the promise to create 144 jobs with an average salary of $62,152. That's almost three times the average Hendry worker's paycheck.  Hendry County and it's Economic Development Office has made several tax waiver deals with new companies over the years that also have not panned out as promised.

The lender sued Altair and others in a foreclosure and were awarded the property due to the default in payment of the various loans on the property. The property was sold at auction on May 30. As a result of the sale, the writ was issued to enable the lenders to gain possession of the property.

Due to the size of the facility and the type of training being conducted there, Sheriff Whidden felt that the safest way to do this was to organize an operation and enact the Mutual Aid Agreement, per statute.

ATF seized several firearms that were in violation and a small amount of explosive ordinance was seized by the bomb squad.

Lee County Sheriff's Office, Collier County Sheriff's Office, SW Florida Regional Bomb Squad, Florida Wildlife Commission, ATF and Homeland Security Investigations assisted Hendry County Sheriff's Office with personnel and assets. 

73 law enforcement officers were briefed on the situation and entered the property securing all buildings. Once that was done, the property was turned over to the new owners.

There were no arrests made at this time.

Southwest Florida Online has reported many times on Altair's financial problems and it's proposed plans for the facility. See more Altair and Brian Jones reports

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Walter Harold Greer Dies At 57

Walter Harold Greer, age 57, of Clewiston, passed away June 19, 2018 in Lehigh Acres.
He was born Sep. 7, 1960 in Sebring, FL, to the late Robert Blair and Marie (Eiland) Greer.
Survivors include three sons: Walter Jr, Gary and JC,
two daughters: Niki and Johanna,
7 grandchildren
He was a Heavy Equipment Operator.
The family will receive friends on Friday June 29, 2018 at the Akin-Davis Funeral Home 438 E. Sugarland Hwy. Clewiston, FL from 11 AM to 12 PM
Memorial Service will be held at 12:00 pm at Akin-Davis Funeral Home.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Free Family Movie Summer Starts July 3

LABELLE, FL. -- The 36th Summer Movie Fest will begin Tuesday July 3, with animated movie “Peter Rabbit”

There are showings at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. The movie are completely free thanks to business sponsors.  A snack area for those that would like to buy candy, pop corn the money eared goes to Florida Children’s Ranch.

The family Movie Festival started out as a first summer program in LaBelle 36 years ago. The first five or six years we use 35mm film shipped from Disney pictures. The Festival was so popular that people came from Clewiston and Fort Myers.

 High-quality movies and a combination of air conditioning and the community getting together quickly filled the building at each showing. As time went by they converted projection equipment to DVD and Blu-Ray. 

To offset the cost of all the air-conditioning and videos they asked the businesses of the community to help sponsor the festival each year. Some of the businesses from the beginning years are  Family Eye Care, Nisbet Enterprises McDonald’s and Big V Restaurant.  This year appointed was Julie Wilkins as Festival coordinator.  if you know someone or business that would like to sponsor this event call Julie at 863-673-4529.

July 10th will be Pastor Avery’s all time funniest movie “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken.” Other titles will be released as they are available.

The 36th Summer Movie Fest is located 135 Fraser Avenue, in the LaBelle Assembly of God chapel,  everyone is welcomed. Groups of 25 or over please call. Contact 675-0900 or e-mail