Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Kiwanis Aktion Club Charted In LaBelle

LABELLE, FL. -- The AKTION Club was newly Chartered at the Kiwanis Installation Dinner. The AKTION Club is the Kiwanis organization for Adults with special needs, 18 years and older, and there is no upper age limit. 

Many students attended the Kiwanis Installation of Officers for the upcoming year, 2016-'17. Pictured back row: Mary Pringle, Advisor, Tim Holland, LaBelle Kiwanis President, Stewart Ross, 2016-’17 Lt Governor. Middle Row: Josh Goulet, Jessica Browning, VP and Natalie Linares, Assistant Advisor. Front Row: Harley Pringle, Kaitlyn Pringle, Secretary, Steven Brettell, Treasurer, Champage Haughton, President, and Haley Mitchell. absent members; Alyssa Pringle and Jeremy Talbott. 

The club is planning local volunteer projects and appearing in local events. 

For more information or to visit or join the new local club, call or text Mary at 239-872-4778.

Obituaries - William Blankenship, Clinton Drake

William H. Blankenship, age 68, of Clewiston, passed away September 23, 2016 in West Palm Beach. He was born October 1, 1947 in Eglin Air Force Base, FL, to the late William H. and the late Frances Louise (Cochran) Blankenship. He served in the Army where he completed three tours in Vietnam and was a recipient of the Bronze Star for Valor. Bill was in the 525th MI Group.

After his service in the Army, Bill worked as a Correctional Officer for 25 years and as a PBA Representative during his retirement. He was an avid reader with hobbies including fishing, hunting, and telling his best stories, as he never met a stranger. He was a loving husband and PaPa and cherished his time with all of his family and friends.

Survivors include his loving wife Judy Ann (Senac) Blankenship of 34 years, son: Olan S. (Cathy) Loveless, Jr. daughter: Ruby (Jay) Tomlin, Grandchildren: Valarie (Tyler) Lamb, Kayce Loveless; Casey Kinard, Tatum Kinard, Jason Tomlin, Jessica (Randy) Welford, Great-Grandchildren: Brenley, Blake, Brooklyn , Kate, Hunter, Hadley and Jesse. He was preceded in death by his brother Tommy Blankenship.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 29th, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Clewiston with Pastor Jeff Smith Officiating. Interment will take place in Lafayette Memorial Park, Lafayette, LA. Visitation will be held for 1 hour prior to the funeral service at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Clewiston, FL.

Memorial donations can be made to West Palm Beach VA Fisher House, 7305 N Military Trail, West Palm Beach 33410 or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Clinton Travis Drake, age 24, of Clewiston, passed away September 16, 2016.

Clint was born July 15, 1992 in Fort Myers, FL, to William and Kelly (Patterson) Drake. He graduated from Clewiston High School. He enjoyed repairing tractors with his grandfather, playing video games, water skiing, hanging out with friends and spending time with family.

Clint leaves behind his caring parents, one brother; Brandon of Tifton, Georgia, one sister; Darla Drake of Clewiston, Florida; grandmothers; Emily Drake of Clewiston, Florida and Joyce Patterson of Tifton, Georgia, aunts and uncles; John and Diane Drake of Clewiston, Florida, Kevin Patterson of Tifton, Georgia, Bryan Patterson of LaBelle, Florida, Dana Reese of Clewiston, Florida, cousins; Kathleen Tuck, Dawn Drake, Angel Patterson, Lisa Patterson, Jamie Patterson, Justine Patterson, Eugene Rodriguez, and Jason Reese, and many extended family members and close friends.

Clint was preceded in death by both of his grandfathers.

Clint's life was celebrated on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 2 p.m. in Turning Point Church of God in Clewiston, with Pastor Troy Ezell presiding.

Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home – Clewiston

Monday, September 26, 2016

Farce Of Nature At Firehouse Theatre In October

LABELLE, FL. -- The 24th Season at the Firehouse Theatre kicks off with “Farce of Nature" so get ready to laugh out loud and have a great time! 

In this side-splittingly funny southern-fried comedy, you’ll meet the Wilburn family of Mayhew, Arkansas, and spend an outrageously funny day at Reel 'Em Inn…the finest little fishing lodge in the Ozarks. 

Can the lodge be saved from gangsters, love-starved females, jealous husbands, ruthless corporate executives, a cranky senior citizen, a maid packing heat, a jittery man masquerading as a woman, and vicious varmints? 

This side-splittingly funny Jones Hope Wooten comedy is guaranteed to win you over—hook, line, and sinker! 

The play will be directed by Deb Speckin and Cindy Shough. The show will run: October 28, 29, 30 November 3, 4, 5, 6, 2016.

Pictured: Brenda Barnes and Bob Speckin

Dr. Barhoush Presented With Lifetime Achievement Award

BELLE GLADE, FL. -- Dr. Barhoush was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award at his medical clinic in Belle Glade as part of the 7th Annual Golden Baby Shoe Awards. “Without Dr. Barhoush, prenatal medical care would not be available in the Clewiston area. (Dr. Barhoush has partnered with the Florida Department of Health in Hendry & Glades Counties for years to provide prenatal care)

We are proud to recognize him for his longstanding dedication to serving families in the rural areas”, says Cathy Timuta, Executive Director for Healthy Start Southwest Florida.

Dr. Barhoush completed his medical degree at Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt in 1966 and residency in OB/GYN in New York and New Jersey from 1970-73 at St. Clare’s Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Jersey Medical School. He went on to train in GYN Oncology in 1974 at Margaret Hague Hospital in New Jersey. 

He then, established and currently runs a private practice in Belle Glade, Florida. Dr. Barhoush has served as Chief of Staff for 40+ years and serves as Chief of the OB/GYN Department at Lakeside Medical Center. He has been recognized and honored for his service with a Proclamation and 

Recognition from the Commission of the City of South Bay and the 2013 Community Pride Award by the Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce. This year the Palm Beach County Healthcare District honored Dr. Barhoush’s decades of service to the rural community by naming Lakeside Medical Center’s “The Ahmed H. Barhoush, M.D. Birthing Center”. 

Dr. Barhoush and his wife have raised 7 children in the Glades community and are proud grandparents of 10.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Kiwanis Installs New Officers

LABELLE, FL. -- The Kiwanis Club of LaBelle have installed their 2016-2017 officers at a recent dinner and installation of officers ceremony. 

Pictured are the new officers; Darlene Soud-Treasurer, Kim Holland-Secretary, Carole Schroeder-President Elect, Tim Holland-President, and Nikki Yeager, Immediate Past President.