Friday, July 29, 2011

Florida Black Bear Killing Questioned

FWC Offers Reward For Info
Officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are seeking the public's help in their investigation into the recent death of a Florida black bear.
The bear's carcass was found dumped and wrapped in a tarp last Friday in the Golden Gate Estates area of Collier County. Decomposition had set in, and investigators suspect foul play.
 "This is a disturbing case," said FWC Capt. Jayson Horadam. "Bears are protected under state law. It is illegal to kill or wound bears. The offense is punishable as a felony."

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the FWC's Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922. Callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward if their information leads to an arrest.
The FWC is committed to reducing human-bear conflicts. Access to unsecured garbage encourages bears to remain in neighborhoods, which creates conflicts. For more information about living with black bears visit

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Schall's Computer Service And Repair - LaBelle, Fl


Schall's Computer Service And Repair
Bob Schall, 4007 Sena Lane, LaBelle, Florida 33935
(863) 675-8094  (863) 517-2203

Tell Bob You Saw His Ad On The Sunday Morning News!

Bizarre Spectacle At Warren Jeffs FLDS Trial

Judge Grants Jeffs Right To Represent Himself

The court has allowed Warren Jeffs, accused of sexual crimes on two girls, to represent himself in the San Angelo, Texas courtroom. Jeffs fired his attorney this morning and in a rambling speech asked to have an attorney only for guidance in court procedures.

Jeffs has fired numerous defense attorneys over the course of his legal troubles.

Warren Steed Jeffs, 55, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is accused of having sex with a 14-year old and a 12-year old. He is alleged to be the father of the 14-year old's child, and said to have married up to 70 wives.

The Fundamentalist Mormon sect reportedly has 10,000 members scattered over Utah, Arizona, and Texas, and a worth of tens of millions of dollars.

Hendry-Glades Obituaries

Juanita Irene Collins, age 75, of LaBelle, passed away July 26, 2011 in Lehigh Acres. Juanita was born October 7, 1935 in Middlesboro, KY., the daughter of the late Burl and the late Henrietta (Noe) Collins.

Survivors include her survived by her children: Rocky Wayne Sutton of LaBelle, David Burl Sutton of LaBelle, Deborah Lynn Pelham of Phillips, ME, Timothy Royce Sutton of Arcadia, Cynthia Ann Hull of Augusta, GA and George Michael Wombles of Lehigh Acres, fifteen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Saturday, July 30, 2011 at Fort Denaud Cemetery in LaBelle.  Interment followed in Fort Denaud Cemetery. 

Mary Elizabeth Pilkington Moore, age 87, of Palmdale died Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at Good Shepherd Hospice of Sebring, FL. Mary was born June 20, 1924, in Nashville, TN. She is the daughter of the late William Andrew and Alma (Barron) Pilkington. She was a Homemaker.

She is survived by three sons: William A. Moore (Susan), Rosh E. Moore, and Andrew Moore (Barbara); three daughters: Carolyn Lowe (Dennis Howard), A. Gayle Lambert Gunn (B.K), Judith Donnellan (Jim); one brother: Daniel Pilkington (Jean) of Miami; one sister: Frances Pierce (Don) of Cape Coral, FL and twenty-four grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren; and best friend Esta Douglass.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph F. Moore, Sr.; son: Joseph F. Moore, Jr.; grandson: Jerry Parks, and six siblings.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. 

Viewing will be held at the Akin-Davis Funeral Home on Saturday, July 30, 2011 from 6-9 pm. A Home Going Celebration will be held at the Labelle Church of God on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 3 pm.

Alpha Theodore Farabee died July 26, 2011. Ted was born January 23, 1923, in Arcadia, Florida. He spent his childhood in Rainey Slough near Venus, FL. 

He is one of the few left who attended the one room school house that is still standing at Rainey Slough on Farabee rd. He later attended Labelle High School where he played football. Later he served in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII in the Philippines and the Sea of Japan until the end of the war. At seventeen he went to electrical school in Chicago and then remained in electrical work until he retired from FPL as chief electrician after 36 ½ years, and after retirement worked at Ace Hardware on a part-time basis.

For 58 years Ted served his Lord and his church in various positions including Sunday school superintendent, Sunday school teacher, Pastor's council, and church clerk. He was an active member of the Labelle Church of God, and made it his personal goal to tell everyone he met about the love of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents Samuel Lardner Farabee and Lula Harn Farabee, his brother Noran C. Farabee, his sister Lucille Farabee Clark, and his daughter Judith Farabee Crawford.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mattie Gray Farabee, his children A. T. Farabee Jr., James Wesley Farabee, Thomas Wayne Farabee, and Dale Anthony Farabee.

He has 20 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

At the tender age of 88 ½ years Ted has achieved his great reward. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends, but we look forward to seeing him again in the 'Sweet by and by'. 

Hendry-Glades School Immunizations Required

Vaccinations Required for School Entry by Pat Dobbins


The first day of school is scheduled for August 22, 2011 in Hendry County, Florida. Parents need to make sure their children have received the proper immunizations as required by law.


The Hendry and Glades County Health Departments can provide school vaccinations (free of charge) for children from infants through the age of 18.  


Please be advised that there are changes to the required vaccines for school entry. The new change in the vaccination schedule requires a fourth dose of the polio vaccine within a shorter time period.  This means a child should have an additional polio vaccination six months after their first dose or after they turn four years old.  Studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows the vaccine works better when given on this schedule.


Students must have proof of immunization on a Department of Health form (DOH 680 form). This form has been referred to as a "blue card" because it used to be printed on blue paper, however, the DOH 680 form can be in any color.


Students entering kindergarten are required to have the following vaccinations:

  • (5) DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis): If the 4th DTaP vaccine is administered on or after the fourth birthday, a 5th DTaP isnot required.
  • (5) Polio: If the 4th dose is administered on or after the fourth birthday, a 5th dose is not required.
  • (2) MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  • (3) Hepatitis B
  • (2) Varicella (Chickenpox)


Students entering 7th grade must receive a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) booster.


Immunizations will be provided at the following locations:


Hendry County Health Department:

  • Clewiston - 1100 South Olympia St
    • 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.
  • LaBelle – 1140 Pratt Blvd
    • 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Additionally, The Hendry County Health Department will be available at Middle Schools in LaBelle and Clewiston to provide immunizations for students. (See the schedule below)


Thursday, August 18, Clewiston Middle School – Open House for parents and students - 5pm to 7pm

Friday, August 19, LaBelle Middle School - Open House for parents and 7th and 8th graders - 11am-1pm


The Glades County Health Department will accept walk-ins for immunizations at their office located at 1021 Health Park Drive in Moore Haven Office hours are listed below:


 Glades County Health Department:

  • Moore Haven - 1021 Health Park Drive
    • 8:00am to 4:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
    • 11:30am to 8:00 pm on Wednesdays


If your child has received immunizations at a different location or in other cities or states, it is very important that you take all shot records for your child to your health department or healthcare provider. This will help to avoid delays or unnecessary duplicated immunizations.


If you decide to take your child to a private healthcare provider for their immunizations, please make your appointment soon so that your child will be ready to start school.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Warren Jeffs - Man With 70 Wives On Trial

Fundamentalist Mormon Leader Expecting Followers To Support Him

The jurors at the trial of a polygamist religious leader with as much as 70 wives and 31 daughters, are set to hear opening arguments on allegations of sexual assault against two under-age girls.

Warren Steed Jeffs, 55, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the defendant in a San Angelo, Texas trial this week. He is accused of having sex with a then 14 year old and a 12 year old.

Jeffs, as "Prophet, Seer, and Revelator" teaches that a man must have three wives to get to "highest glory of heaven," and the more wives, the better to reach it. Jeffs took over the cult after his father's death. He then married all but two of his father's 19 wives. His father, the previous cult leader, was said to have 60 children.

The number of wives and children attributed to polygamous marriages is in question due to the extreme secrecy of the sect. Members are said to lie to outsiders to protect their leaders and community as, making it difficult to know precisely what really goes on inside the locked gates of the remote community.

Jeffs was on the FBI's Most Wanted list until captured in 2006. Seven other male members of the sect have been found guilty of sexual offenses, including two who plead guilty.

Wednesday afternoon's hearings are taking up motions by the defense to limit documents to be allowed in evidence at the trial. Evidence collected includes DNA from hundreds of adults and children to establish family lines. The prosecution will have to prove the age of the alleged victims, and their sexual abuse by Jeffs in order to convict him. 

The secretive nature of some prospective witnesses from the polygamous community, and their alleged propensities to lie to protect Jeffs may prove a stumbling block for the prosecution. 

The jury is comprised of 10 women and two men, overseen by Judge Barbara Walther.

Dependable Plumbing & Well Service

LaBelle's Homegrown Plumber - Roger Warren

LABELLE, FL. -- Roger Warren, owner of Dependable Plumbing & Well Service, grew up in LaBelle and is available 24/7 for your plumbing and well service needs.

For Port LaBelle Utility customers, Roger has been approved to install the free toilets under the recent grant project which ends August 15, 2011. His prompt service has won the approval of one Port LaBelle resident after Roger installed two new water-saving toilets under the program.

Licensed and insured, Roger can handle everything to do with residential and commercial plumbing, wells, septic and drain field problems, and pump service needs.

Roger is state certified (Lic. #1428370) and ready to give prompt service for all your plumbing needs. Phone or text him at (863) 234-1340, or his email address is

Hendry-Glades Obituaries

James Rodney Selph Sr. age 68, of LaBelle died Thursday, July 21, 2011 in Lehigh Acres. James was born June 1, 1943 in Miami, son of the late James Marvin Selph and the late Betty (Creel) Selph.

Survivors include his son: James Rodney Selph, Jr , daughters: Theresa Stanforth (Mike) and Margaret Lopez (Fabian) and grandchildren, Trevor Selph, Staci Gaskins, Andrea Stanforth; Michael Stanforth, Christopher Lopez; Nina Lopez; and Amanda Lopez, great-grandchildren: Izzac and Isiah.

Visitation was held Saturday, July 23, 2011 at Akin-Davis Funeral Home In LaBelle. Cremation was at Caloosa Crematory in LaBelle.

Cremation Arrangements by: Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle

Robert "Bob" Rademakers, 66, born in Louisville, KY; a veteran of the U.S.Navy; became a long time resident of Fort Myers for 32 years, suddenly passed away on July 20, 2011.

He is survived by his wife Virginia Rademakers, daughters Christina Rademakers; Monica(Doug) Busbee; Jessica Rademakers; Vanessa(Josh) Griffin; and grandchildren Kristen, Tyler, Justin, Caitlyn, Kelsey, and Eric.

Robert was well known in the community. He had a passion for playing and coaching soccer. The viewing was held at Akin-Davis Funeral Home at 13932 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33905 on Monday, July 25, 2011 from 6pm to 8pm. The funeral service was on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 11am. The burial followed at Lee Memorial Park.

How Confident Are Floridians In Economy?

Interest Increased In Car And Appliance Purchases

The most recent survey by the folks at the University of Florida show more interest in big ticket purchases like cars and major appliances. Seniors are claimed to have improved confidence in future economic conditions. 

Increased optimism about making major purchases played a significant role in consumer confidence rising two points in July to 68, according to a new University of Florida survey.

Four of the five components that make up the index increased or remained unchanged. The biggest improvement was in confidence to purchase big-ticket items such as cars and appliances which rose five points to 77.

"Some of this may have to do with declines in gas prices during the month of June and much of July," said Chris McCarty, director of UF's Survey Research Center in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research. "This leaves more money in people's budgets for other purchases."

The other index components that rose were perceptions of personal finances now compared with a year ago, which increased three points to 57, and expectations of personal finances a year from now, which climbed one point to 75. Expectations of U.S. economic conditions over the next five years remained at 72. The only component to decline was perceptions of U.S. economic conditions over the next year, which fell one point to 59.

McCarty said another reason for the increase was improved confidence among seniors, which rose five points to 66. Last month's overall decline, McCarty said, was due in large part to seniors' uncertainty over potential cuts to Medicare and Social Security. Although the federal government has not yet released its budget plans, the delay in reducing those programs may have led to a slight improvement. 

McCarty also said seniors may have learned that proposed entitlement cuts might not affect those in or near retirement as much as previously thought.

Whether the increasing "confidence" by Floridians will lead to more purchasing is still up in the air.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Florida Gas Prices Rising

 Average retail gasoline prices in Florida have risen 2.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.69/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.69/g, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Florida during the past week, prices yesterday were $1.04/g higher than the same day one year ago and are 17.0 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 9.9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 94.4 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Is Your Phone Hacked? It Can Be!

Phone Hacking - It's Easier Than Most People Realize

LABELLE, FL. -- Could your cell phone be hacked? Experts say it easier than most people believe for an unauthorized person to get into your phone and retrieve messages.

Here's why it is easy to hack a cell phone. Two of the largest cell phone operators, Sprint and AT&T don't require passwords or PIN numbers to access voice mail messages. That's the opening door for someone to listen to your messages.

Hackers just dial a phone number, press * to access that phone's voice messages and if a pass code hasn't been set up, all the messages are freely available. If a PIN has been set up, it's still fairly easy to guess what it is.

When a pin number is set up, people may use easy to remember, or easy to input combinations of four numbers. The most common PINS are 1234 and 0000.  Other most common pass codes picked are 9999, 5555, 1111, 2222 and surprisingly more odd numbers like 1212, 1998, 0852, and 2580. 

Many may just pick the last four numbers of their phone number for their code, making it easy for an unauthorized user to try to get to your messages. 

How To Eliminate The Possibility Of Hacking Your Phone

If you care about someone listening to your phone messages without your permission:

1. Make sure to set up a pass code, especially if you use AT&T or Sprint, and use something that will not be obvious or easy to guess
2. Erase old voice messages. Once erased they are not accessible by anyone
3. Don't tell anyone your code, no matter how much you might trust them.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Space Shuttle Completes Last Flight

At 5:57 a.m. EDT, space shuttle Atlantis landed for the final time at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida after 200 orbits around Earth and a journey of 5,284,862 miles on STS-135.

It was the 25th night landing, the 78th landing at Kennedy and the133rd landing in shuttle history.

Atlantis' main gear touched down at 5:57:00 a.m. followed by the nose gear at 5:57:20 and wheels stop at 5:57:54 a.m. At wheels stop, the mission elapsed time was 12 days, 18 hours, 28 minutes and 50 seconds.

The STS-135 crew consisted of Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, Mission Specialists Sandra Magnus and Rex Walheim. They delivered more than 9,400 pounds of spare parts, spare equipment and other supplies in the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module - including 2,677 pounds of food - that will sustain space station operations for the next year. The 21-foot long, 15-foot diameter Raffaello brought back nearly 5,700 pounds of unneeded materials from the station.

A post-landing news conference at Kennedy is planned for 10 a.m. on NASA TV and The participants will be Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations, Bob Cabana, Kennedy center director, Mike Moses, space shuttle launch integration manager, and Mike Leinbach, space shuttle launch director.

Since STS-1 launched on April 12, 1981, 355 individuals from 16 countries flew 852 times aboard the shuttle. The five shuttles traveled more than 542 million miles and hosted more than 2,000 experiments in the fields of Earth, astronomy, biological and materials sciences. The shuttles docked with two space stations, the Russian Mir and the International Space Station. Shuttles deployed 180 payloads, including satellites, returned 52 from space and retrieved, repaired and redeployed seven spacecraft.

STS-135 was the 33rd and final flight for Atlantis, which spent 307 days in space, orbited Earth 4,848 times and traveled 125,935,769 miles.

A welcome home ceremony for the astronauts will be held Friday, July 22, in Houston. The public is invited to attend the 4 p.m. CDT event at NASA's Hangar 990 at Ellington Field. Gates to Ellington Field will open at 3:30 p.m. The ceremony will be broadcast live on NASA Television.

photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Turning 65? Medicare Program At LaBelle's Townsend Center

Learn About Medicare and Local Community Resources at the Hendry County "Welcome to Medicare" Birthday Party and Information Fair 

Labelle, FL --The Florida Department of Elder Affairs' SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program and the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida are having a party and all boomers turning 65 or beneficiaries new to Medicare are invited! This event is designed to welcome new Medicare beneficiaries to the program and help them understand their benefits.

What: The "Welcome to Medicare" Birthday Party and Information Fair and all its components are free to the public. The event features a presentation about Medicare, community resources from local agencies, light refreshments, health screenings and door prizes.

When: Friday, July 29 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where: Dallas B. Townsend Center, located at 1085 Pratt Blvd. in Labelle

Why: The event will feature professionally trained volunteers of the SHINE program who will provide a Medicare 101 presentation, explaining the basics to Medicare.  SHINE volunteers will also be available to provide counseling on Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans and Part D. 

Following the SHINE Medicare presentation, vendors from many agencies will provide information and resources on healthy lifestyles and provide education on resources available to community members.  There will be free blood pressure screenings provided by the Hendry County Department of Health. 

Door prizes will be awarded at the end of the event, so come early and stay for the entire event!  Join us for birthday cake, refreshments and great information.  For more information about the event, please call 866-413-5337. 

SHINE provides free and unbiased counseling to Medicare beneficiaries and their loved ones on topics such as Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care and prescription assistance.  Seniors and caregivers who are unable to attend the event can call the toll-free Florida Elder Helpline at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337) and ask to speak with a SHINE volunteer counselor.  More information is available at the SHINE website at  

    Palm Beach Teens Invade Belle Glade

    Belle Glade Recap Day #2 from CF Students on Vimeo.

    Church Group Teens Spending Week Helping Belle Glade Citizens

    BELLE GLADE, FL. -- Beginning Monday July 18 more than 350 middle and high school students started a week of their summer vacation in Belle Glade making a positive impact on the community. Students will participate in projects to beautify the city and will participate in other community service projects. There will be a sports camp and Vacation Bible School for the kids in the community. 

    The week will culminate with a city-wide Back to School event in partnership with the City of Belle Glade and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department when they will distribute school supplies. 

    The students are staying at Glades Day School each night.

    Shuttle Scheduled For Final Landing And Double Sonic Booms

    Double Sonic Booms To Be Heard In SW Florida

    LABELLE. FL. -- Sky Watchers in Southwest Florida are getting ready for the last landing of the NASA Space Shuttle. Atlantis will be traveling south to north over much of the southwestern coast of Florida in a northeasterly path, flying over Naple, Lehigh Acres, LaBelle, Sebring, and finally landing at Kennedy Space Center, north of Melbourne and Titusville.

    Along the final flight path of Atlantis, an early morning double sonic boom will be heard by those on the ground, as the shuttle flies faster than the speed of sound overhead, having entered the earth's atmosphere. This will most likely be the last sonic booms to be heard by anyone in populated areas for a great many years. 

    As it's last payload mission, space shuttle Atlantis deployed a small, eight-pound, 5" X 5" X 10" technology demonstration satellite, called PicoSat, from a canister in the shuttle cargo bay. The satellite will relay data back to investigators on the performance of its own solar cells for analysis and possible use on future space hardware.

    PicoSat was the 180th and final payload deployed in space shuttle history.

    The Flight Dynamics Officer in Mission Control has slightly updated the times for Atlantis' two Thursday landing opportunities at Kennedy Space Center: 

    Orbit 200 - Sonic booms to be heard starting in Naples, Fl.
    Deorbit burn - 4:49:04 a.m. EDT
    Landing - 5:56:58 a.m. EDT

    If a second orbit is necessary to land:

    Orbit 201 - Sonic booms to be heard in the Tampa area moving east over Orlando to Melbourne
    Deorbit burn - 6:25:44 a.m. EDT
    Landing - 7:32:55 a.m. EDT

    Hendry-Glades Obituaries

    Raymond E. Courte, Sr., age 85, of LaBelle passed away Thursday, July 14, 2011 at Hope Hospice in Lehigh Acres, FL. Raymond was born September 6, 1925 in Stamford, CT. He is the son of the late Raymond and the late Helen (Yues) Courte.

    He was the owner of R & S Towing & Repair Shop for over 25 years in Hollywood, FL. He lived in LaBelle for over eight years. His biggest love was Nascar races.

    He is survived by his loving wife Debbie (Friedman) Courte and his best pal Hap-Hap; two daughters: Barbara LeBlance and Jean Mallett; two sons: Raymond Courte, Jr and Richard Courte, eleven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by his first wife May Courte; son: John Courte and brother: Hugh Courte.

    Interment was in Hollywood Memorial Gardens North, Hollywood, FL on July 20, 2011. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle

    Helen Josephine Pelley, age 84, of Lake City died Thursday, July 14, 2011 at home in Lake City. She was born September 7, 1926 in New Orleans, LA., daughter of the late Thomas Newton DeCourcy and Ophelia Mary (Olsen) DeCourcy. She was a former, longtime resident of LaBelle and is a member of Eastside Baptist Church in LaBelle.

    She is survived by her sons, Jack Scott Pelley (Rose) of LaBelle and Douglas Wayne Pelley (Cathy) of Lake City, brothers and sisters: Charles, Thomas, Loretta and Clem, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Pelley.

    The Graveside Funeral Service was held Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 10:00 a.m. at Fort Denaud Cemetery with Pastor Don Murray officiating.

    Carolyn Sue Mathews, age 64, of Dade City passed away, July 15, 2011 in Fort Myers, FL. She was born Nov. 18, 1946 in Nashville, GA. She was a resident of Dade City for the past thirty-six years.

    Survivors include her husband: Tom Mathews, children: Todd Mathews (Johali) of Seffner and Joanna Schwend (Jeff) of Dade City, mother: Naomi Sally Walker Parrish of LaBelle, brothers: James Kenneth Parrish (Nan) of Fort Myers, Randall Thomas Parrish, Jr. (Vicki) of LaBelle and Thomas A. Parrish (Rebecca) of Lehigh Acres, grandchildren: Courtney, Mya, Loani, Tyler and Kai and seven nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Randall Thomas Parrish, Sr. of Ft. Myers, FL.

    The viewing will be held Friday, July 22, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held Friday, July 22, 2011, 1:30 p.m. at Mount Zion Primitive Baptist Church in Felda, FL with elder Marvin Wingate officiating. Interment will follow in Felda Cemetery. Arrangements by: Akin-Davis Funeral Home-LaBelle

    Tuesday, July 19, 2011

    LaBelle's Barron Library "Bugged"

    Tuesday Summer Program Featured Bugs This Week

    LABELLE, FL. -- Lots of bugs got into the Barron Library Tuesday morning. And about 100 kids and parents were there to see them.

    Tuesdays at 10:30 through August 20th, the library presents it's annual summer program for kids (and parents). This morning the guests were University of Florida IFAS researchers from Immokalee talking about insects.

    Pan traps were set outside the library overnight, and this morning kids were invited to inspect what was caught, and hear more about Florida insects from the guests.

    Next Tuesday, the Hendry-Glades Health Department will be on hand to talk about drug and tobacco prevention.  Subjects in following weeks include bees with the Curtis Honey Store, making ice cream with Kathy Singleton, writers and writing with Brenda Goodwin, and the Child ID program by the Masonic Lodge.

    (Video: Scenes of the kids and parents at the Barron Library "insect" day)

    Summer Savings In Hendry-Glades

    Patronize Your Local Merchants For Quality And Service
    LABELLE, FL. -- Want to save time and know you will get quality service? Shop our Hendry and Glades local merchants, professionals, and trades people for the best in convenience and service.

    Here's our recommendations from among the sponsors of the Sunday Morning News and Southwest Florida Online!

    Gary Peters Computer Services, phone (863) 675-7925
    Alden A. Rumfelt, Attorney At Law, phone (863) 673-0251
    LaBelle Plumbing Corporation, phone (863) 675-1155
    Dependable Plumbing & Well Service (863) 234-1340
    Pete's Tractor Service, phone (239) 728-6629
    LaBelle Barber Shop, phone (863) 673-2265
    White's Furniture & Appliances, phone (863) 675-0717
    Randy's Garage, Inc., phone (863) 675-1032, (863) 675-7603 (Tires)
    Alvarez Tire Shop, phone (863) 946-1370
    Schall's Computer Service And Repairs, phone (863) 675-8094, (863) 517-2203
    Phillip's AC And Heating Services, phone (863) 675-2878
    Ram's Used and New Tires, phone (863) 675-4777
    Stratonet Internet Service, phone (888) 382-8503
    Sunday Morning News Advertising - Since 1996: phone (863) 800-0010

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    Hendry Democrats Meet At New Restaurant

    LABELLE, FL. -- The Hendry County Democratic Executive Committee will hold its July monthly meeting in LaBelle at A Country Place Restaurant and Bakery, 550 West Hickpochee Avenue (SR 80), on Thursday, July 28, at 6:30 p.m.

    A Country Place, LaBelle's newest restaurant, is located at the site of the now-defunct Flora and Ella's Restaurant.

    Hendry County Democrats alternate their monthly meetings between Clewiston and LaBelle.
    Local Democratic Party Chairman Joe Thomas says the meeting is open to the public, and Democrats registered to vote in Hendry County are welcome to participate in the discussion.

    Items to be discussed at the meeting are committee vacancies at the precinct level, the Florida Democratic Party's push to get Demorats signed up for Vote By Mail, organizing Young Democrats in Hendry County, the upcoming hearings on Florida's decennial redistricting of U S Congressional and Florida Senatorial and House Districts, and the 2011 FDP Convention to be held in Orlando in October.

    Teen In Critical Condition After Glades Crash

    MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- Lynda MIchelle Hise, 16 is in critical condition at Lee Memorial Hospital after a crash on U.S. 27 Monday morning about 10:14 a.m. 

    According to FHP Trooper Travis Parks, her 1993 Ford pickup was northbound on US 27 (SR 25) when the left front and rear tires departed the roadway.   Hise then over corrected and then re-enetered the roadway then lost control and crossed both lanes of northbound US 27. 
    The truck then departed the roadway, and overturned several times before coming final rest on the east grassy shoulder of US 27, upright facing west.  She was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital.

    Monday, July 18, 2011

    Florida Online Romance - Internet Dating Warning

    Online Romance Scams Heating Up in Southwest Florida

    In the old Waylon Jennings song "Looking for Love," the songwriter tells a story about his attempt to find true love; only to discover that he's been looking for love in all the wrong places. This familiar song describes the desire each one of us has to love and be loved, yet unlike the song we don't always end up finding that perfect person we've been dreaming of.

    Unfortunately, looking for love in all the wrong places can often be the case when searching for friendship, romance, love and even marriage on the internet. Every day thousands of people who join dating sites, social networking sites, chat room and instant messaging sites are becoming victims of the "Romance Scam." 

    Sadly, scammers are targeting individuals over the age of 40 who may be emotionally vulnerable due to a recent divorce or death of a spouse, though all age groups are at risk, including the elderly.

    If you or someone you know is involved in online dating, be forewarned: that online contact could be a criminal sitting in a cyber cafe with a well-rehearsed script that's being used on thousands of other innocent victims. These heartless scammers play on the victim's vulnerability by declaring their undying love, sending flowers or gifts and promising a fairy tale life together. 

    They will also use stories of severe life circumstances, family tragedies, injuries to themselves while serving overseas in the military, or other hardships to keep their victims concerned and involved in their schemes. Eventually as the relationship progresses, scammers will ask the victims to send money to help overcome a financial situation they claim to be experiencing. 

    These are all lies intended to take money from unsuspecting victims.

    In another scheme, scammers ask victims to receive funds in the form of a cashier's check, money order, or wire transfer, claiming they are out of the country and unable to cash the instruments or receive the funds directly. The scammers ask victims to redirect the funds to them via a money order or by opening a bank account and providing the love interest the bank account number. 

    Scammers may also ask victims to reship packages instead of redirecting funds. In these examples, victims are instructed to pick up merchandise at a store or shipping outlet then forward the merchandise to an address which is usually out of the country. Most likely the merchandise has been purchased online by the scammer with a stolen or fraudulent credit card.

    Complaints have been received from victims whose online love interests are located in the countries of Nigeria, Ghana, England, Russia and Canada. The all internet users who are considering an online romance to remember that scammers will use whatever personal information you provide to quickly paint themselves as your perfect match. 

    Although these romances can be extremely exciting, apply common sense over your feelings.

    -from the Lee County, Fl. Sheriff's office

    (Can you spot an error in this story?)

    Gas Prices In Florida Still Rising

    When Will Inflating Gas Prices Stop?

    Average retail gasoline prices in Florida have risen 4.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.65/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.67/g, according to gasoline price website

    Including the change in gas prices in Florida during the past week, prices yesterday were $1.05/g higher than the same day one year ago and are 7.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 0.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 94.6 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

    Sunday, July 17, 2011

    Casey Anthony Leaves Jail With $537.68 - What Next?

    Will Released Anthony Stay In Florida Or Did She Fly To Ohio?

    Casey Anthony left Orlando's Orange county jail Sunday morning accompanied by attorney Jose Baez at 12:14 a.m.

    Wearing a pink shirt, hair in a bun, the 25-year old served three years of jail confinement, mostly in "protective custody" away from the general jail population, leaving for the last time in an SUV mystery ride to one of her attorney's offices, the destination from there is up for speculation, although some say a 10-minute drive to Orlando Executive Airport was next. 

    She left jail with $537.68 in her pocket from her jail account, and made a 15-second walk out of the front-door main jail exit, accompanied by Kevlar-clad Orange County special response team deputies, to a waiting dark-colored SUV.

    Her only apparent words spoken during her release were "Thank you" to the assault-weapon carrying deputy escorting her out the door.

    Three journalists were allowed inside the jail at 10 p.m. Saturday night and waited for the release. Three scenarios were given to the reporters in case of any problems in the release from jail. They were instructed to film or photograph but were not allowed to ask her anything or speak to her.

    The SUV transporting Casey, along with a bevy of escort police vehicles, as one theory has it, reportedly ended up in a covered parking garage at co-defense attorney Cheney Mason's office. Another speculation is Casey then was taken on a 10-minute drive to board a private jet bound for Columbus, Ohio.

    Anthony was free at last after an acquittal on murder charges after having served her four-year misdemeanor sentence, minus one year for good behavior and time served, on four guilty sentences for lying to police. She has a prior felony record for stealing and bad check charges.

    The question everyone is asking now is "Where is Casey?" and what will she do next.

    Police activity was seen early Sunday morning at the Orlando Executive Airport, about ten minutes from her attorney's office, as someone looking like Casey boarded a private jet bound for Ohio. Anthony's parents, George and Cindy lived in Ohio before moving to Florida. And George's sister and brother-in-law live in the Youngstown, Ohio area.

    A woman appearing to look like Casey, but now with long hair in a pony tail and wearing a short dress, was photographed running across the Orlando Executive Airport parking lot to a nearby building. If it were Casey, she would have let her down from the bun, and changed from the jeans and pink top she wore at the jail.

    A private twin-jet Lear 45 aircraft owned by a Naples, Florida company, departed from Orlando Executive Airport at 1:04 a.m. Sunday morning arriving in Columbus, Ohio at 2:51 a.m.  The 12-seat jet, operated in the Columbus area by a prominent Florida and Ohio real estate and automobile sales company, had filed a flight plan to depart originally at 10 p.m. Saturday night, but didn't take off until 3 hours later.

    The mystery aircraft arrived in Orlando on Thursday morning, July 14th after a flight from Columbus, and sat at the Orlando ramp until Sunday morning's departure.

    The Lear Jet was still parked at the Port Columbus International Airport Sunday.

    Orlando Executive Airport officials reportedly claimed the plane was taking golfers back north after a Florida vacation.

    Speculation on "Where's Casey?":

    1. At one of her attorney's homes or guest homes in the Orlando area laying low for a few weeks and preparing for a defense in numerous law suits filed or being filed against her
    2. Flown to Ohio by private jet (see above) - from the attorney's office to the airport is a ten minute drive  
    3. Going to Puerto Rico (Jose Baez is Puerto Rican and has contacts there) - no passport needed to enter P.R.
    4. California - If she has an agent or needs one, Hollywood may be a likely place to collect her first fees for an interview, , photos, movie or book deal
    5. South Florida - Miami - The place to "party" and be seen
    6. South Florida - Clewiston - The place to hide out in small-town Florida away from crowds. An "alternative" lifestyle resort is said to be opening in rural Hendry county catering to gay and bisexual clients. Casey is said to be bisexual, according to Jose Baez during her murder trial opening statement. 
    7. In seclusion for therapy for what may now be multiple psychiatric symptoms

    Friday, July 15, 2011

    New Access To Lee-Collier Park

    Corkscrew Watershed Opens Entrance To Bird Rookery Swamp

    Bird watchers and outdoor enthusiasts alike have a new gateway into the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW) management area in Southwest Florida.

    The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has completed an access enhancement to the popular Bird Rookery Swamp, opening a southern entrance point for the public to CREW. The work is part of the District's overall effort to facilitate recreational use of public land.

    The Rookery's Swamp area's new features include:
    ·         Ample parking
    ·         Informational kiosks
    ·         Upgraded access to the existing boardwalk
    ·         Americans with Disabilities Act compliant facilities, including a wheelchair access trail
    Encompassing 7,017 acres, the Bird Rookery Swamp Management Unit is managed by the District in cooperation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The site is a key component in maintaining the hydrological balance of the greater Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed.   
    The District and its partners — representing businesses, environmental groups, landowners and governmental agencies — manage CREW for its numerous benefits to water storage, wildlife preservation and public recreation opportunities. The 60,000-acre watershed spanning Lee and Collier counties includes a majestic 5,000-acre marsh at its headwaters and the famous Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

    The vast majority of Bird Rookery Swamp features forested wetland dominated by bald cypress and red maple trees. There is also a mix of wet flatwoods and dome swamps bordering the western edge and an area of open marsh, dominated by sawgrass and Carolina willow in the center tract. 
    Many threatened and endangered plants and animals call Bird Rookery Swamp home. Florida panthers, black bears, white-tail deer, alligators and a menagerie of birds are just a sampling of Florida's native species utilizing the area.
    Bird Rookery Swamp is also a great place for visitors to experience a glimpse of "Old Florida."  Recreational opportunities such as biking, hiking and nature appreciation are allowed throughout the property.  There is a 1,400-foot boardwalk near the public parking area that connects to a 12-mile loop of tram roads through some of the most beautiful natural habitats found in Southwest Florida.

    HIV Map Of Florida - How Do Counties Compare?

    Map Shows Incidence Of Diagnosed HIV Patients

    The Rollins School of Public Health has published a website with an interactive map showing county by county statistics on prevalence of persons diagnosed with HIV.

    This website provides a high-resolution view of the geography of HIV in the United States, 30 years into the epidemic. It allows users to visually explore the HIV epidemic alongside resources such as HIV testing center locations and National Institutes of Health-Funded HIV Prevention & Vaccine Trials Sites. 

    Glades county had between 24 and 53 individuals, while Hendry had between 54 and 159. Both counties have among the largest percentage per population affected.

    It is noted counties with prisons may have an artificially inflated rate. Both Hendry and Glades had correctional institutions when the latest survey was made.

    The data come from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's national HIV surveillance database that is comprised of HIV surveillance reports from state and local health departments. AIDSVu will be updated on an ongoing basis in conjunction with annual HIV surveillance data releases, as well as new data and additional information as they become available. 

    For an interactive Florida map, go to

    Thursday, July 14, 2011

    18 LaBelle Home Sale Prices

    LABELLE, FL. -- Looking for a home in Southwest Florida? Latest sales prices in the LaBelle area indicate homes are selling from a low of $19,000 in Port LaBelle to $132,000 in Hendry county near the river. 

    From 6/21/2011 to 7/12/2011, there were 18 homes sold in the area for an average price of $50,222. The sales included:

    1)$75,000 onAcorn Cir
    2)$89,000 onBelmont St
    3)$21,000 onBishop Cir
    4)$132,000 onCaloosa Estates Dr
    5)$35,000 onCase Rd
    6)$118,000 onHolley Ave
    7)$30,000 onKara Lynn Ct
    8)$37,000 onKathryn St
    9)$73,000 onPike Ln
    10)$27,000 onTeak Ln
    11)$60,000 onTide Cir
    12)$40,000 onE Lincoln Ave
    13)$23,000 onE Lincoln Ave
    14)$19,000 onN Edgewater Cir
    15)$48,000 onN Edgewater Cir
    16)$27,000 onS Davis St
    17)$24,000 onS Davis St
    18)$26,000 onW Palomar Cir

    Hendry Car Crash- Tree Wins

    Man Hits Tree On Birchwood Parkway Curve

    LABELLE, FL. -- A slight curve on Port LaBelle's Birchwood Parkway apparently took another victim Thursday morning. About 9:30 a.m. a red older model Mazda lost control and hit an oak tree in the median, crushing the car's front end badly.

    Although the roadway is posted at 25 m.p.h. drivers on this stretch of road just north of State Road 80, frequently lose control in the slight curve in the roadway, ending up hitting one of the many palm and oak trees planted in the median.

    This morning's crash left the car with a crushed front end, and resulted in several Hendry county deputies, several units from the fire department, EMS, and the two FHP patrol cars responding.

    The unidentified male driver turned down treatment from EMS and presumably suffered no injuries. The crash is still under investigation and charges may be pending.

    Complaints have been made to the Hendry Road and Bridge department over the years asking for a sign warning of the curve. There have been a dozen or so car vs. tree crashed in this 1/8 mile stretch of road.

    (Video: Car vs. Tree Crash)

    Wednesday, July 13, 2011

    Phone Scam Alert - You May Have Won A Car!

    Chicago Company Calling Consumers With Misleading Statements

    Beware of anyone calling you from a company called Premium Gifting saying you may have won a car or one of the "top four prizes." 

    The company, Premium Gifting LLC., is apparently seeking prospects for other companies selling time-share or vacation offers and wants to get you to a location where they are having a "prize drawing." In reality you will sit through a high pressure sales pitch. 

    They only want married couples, so if you're single they won't "invite" you, a tip-off for a sales presentation for real estate or vacation packages.

    The phone message assures you that they are not telemarketers, that they know you are on the "Do Not Call List" and obviously they wouldn't be calling if they weren't legitimate, they say, and tell you that you have won a prize. 

    They claim you filled out an entry form in the last 12-16 months.

    The phone number they leave on voice mail for you to return is: 1-866-933-6013 ext. 124 and you are to ask for "Shirley."

    The company's website is The owner of the site is unknown, hiding behind a "domain proxy" so you can't determine the site owner. 

    Be alert for anyone calling you who doesn't know your name, and says you've won something.

    Hendry Cold Case Murder Suspect Found In Texas

    Arrest In Murder Case From 9 Years Ago

    On Friday, July 1, 2011, a suspect in the 2002 murder of 30-year old Saul Rico, 29 year old Jose Luis Paniagua was transported from Texas to the Hendry County Sheriff's Office on an outstanding 2002 warrant.. 

    Paniagua was living in Bay City, Texas when he encountered police on June 12, 2011 and was arrested on charges of Public Intoxication in Bay City, Texas.   It was during this time it was discovered that he had an outstanding warrant for 2nd Degree Homicide in the death of Saul Rico.  Texas authorities held Paniagua in custody until his return to LaBelle on July 1, 2011.  

    Paniagua is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail without bond. Arraignment is set before Circuit Judge John Duryea on August 2.

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    FHP Announces 4th Of July Enforcement Results

    8,600 Traffic Tickets Written Over Holiday Weekend

    Col. David Brierton, director of the Florida Highway Patrol, today announced the preliminary results from the Patrol's Independence Day holiday enforcement effort. 

    During the four-day heightened enforcement period, FHP increased the number of troopers patrolling Florida's roadways.Auxiliary troopers augmented FHP's force.

    Troopers issued nearly 8,600 traffic citations and made 90 arrests for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs. They cited
    more than 3,200 drivers for speeding and nearly 1,100 for failure to buckle up. Troopers also investigated more than 900 crashes
    during the holiday period, including 12 crashes that resulted in 13 fatalities. 

    Additionally, troopers assigned to commercial vehicle enforcement conducted 232 safety inspections on trucks.

    Preliminary Enforcement Results: July 1 – July 4, 2011
    Total Citations = 8,541
    DUI Arrests = 90
    Speeding Citations = 3,257
    Safety Belt Citations = 1,060
    Motorist Assists = 2,221

    Aerial Mosquito Spraying Begins Friday

    Attack On Bugs From The Air

    Hendry County will be conducting aerial adult mosquito control operations over the Pioneer, Montura Ranch, Flaghole, and Felda areas on Friday, July 15, 2011.

    The treatments will be performed during evening hours, weather permitting. Saturday July 16th and Sunday July 17th will be make-up days if needed.  The insecticide to treat for adult mosquitoes is approved for application by the Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Florida.  This operation will be conducted by Clarke.

    If you have requested a "NO SPRAY", that will be honored.

    If you have questions concerning this operation, please call Clarke at 800-443-2034 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

    Monday, July 11, 2011

    Florida Gas Prices Climbing Again?

    Gasoline Still Almost Dollar Higher Than Last Year

    Average retail gasoline prices in Florida have risen 11.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.60/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 6.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.63/g, according to gasoline price website

    Including the change in gas prices in Florida during the past week, prices yesterday were 98.6 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 2.4 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 9.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 91.7 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

    Sunday, July 10, 2011

    Hendry-Glades Obituaries

    Julian Francis Boyce, age 83, of Immokalee, FL. passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2011 in Lehigh Acres, FL. Julian was born November 14, 1927 in Hertford, NC. He is the son of the late James Edward and the late Grace C. (Rogerson) Boyce.

    He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He was a member of Perquimans Lodge #106 A.F. & A.M. and was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Immokalee. Julian was a Produce Broker specializing in tomatoes for many years.

    He is survived by his wife: Ferrie L.(Elrod) Boyce; preceded in death by daughter Jamie Boyce, surviving daughters: Julie Gerstein and Nicki Hannoud; son: Stephen Gerstman; brothers: Ed Boyce (Inga) and Gene Boyce (Gloria); Grandchildren: Julian Gerstein, Kyle Pierce, Elliot Pierce, Justin Gerstman and Morgan Pierce; great-grandchild Lilly Pierce.

    The funeral service will be held 11:00 am on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at First Baptist Church Of Immokalee, with Pastor Dennis Norvell officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service.

    Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle

    Kay Rives Phillips, age 72, of Lake Placid, passed away July 9, 2011 in Sebring. She was born Dec. 4, 1938 in Belle Glade to the late Norvin Revere Rives and the late Leona (McTaggart) Rives. Kay grew up in Belle Glade. She also lived in Lehigh Acres for many years. Kay worked for many years as Agriculture Tech III at the University of Florida Research Center in Belle Glade, FL. She was an artist, poet and author.

    Survivors include her daughters: Tammy Phillips, Ft. Myers, Terri (Russ) Oetinger, Okeechobee, Tina (Dan) Herring, Belle Glade and Tanya (Jim) Hammil, Clewiston, brothers: William Roe (Sharon) Rives II, Lake Harbor and Buck Rives, Clewiston, grandchildren, Joseph Warren Spell Jr, Kyle Spell, Timothy Sutterfield Jr., Daniel Herring Jr., Michael Herring, Robert Miller III and Candace (James) Taylor, two great-grandchildren and many loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Jerry Phillips, brother: James Rives and sister: Wanda Jean Rives.

    Funeral services will be Thursday, July 14, 2011, 10:00 am at Lake Harbor Community Methodist Church in Lake Harbor, FL with Rev. Rod Ruby officiating. The graveside committal will follow at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday at Lee Memorial Park, Fort Myers. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 13 from 6-8 p.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home in Clewiston. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 1110 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33870. Please specify in memory of Kay Phillips on check for any donations or call 863-297-1880 for information on how to contribute. 

    Paul James Cardin, age 79, of Clewiston died Saturday, July 9, 2011 at home in Clewiston. Paul was born July 15, 1931 in Englewood, TN. He is the son of the late Stanley and the late Mamie (Bradley) Cardin. He married Ruth Davenport; she preceded him in death on December 10, 2009.

    He retired from Evercane Sugar Refinery in 1993 as a supervisor. He attended Calvary Baptist Church of Clewiston.

    He is survived by his one daughter: Cheryl (Joe) Chevalier Brother of two sisters: Bonnie Graves, Anita Wood and one brother: Tommy Joe Cardin; he also has 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Granddaughter, Jennifer (Jack) Belcher; Grandson, Joe (Valerie) Chevalier, II; Grandson, Dexter (Leighanne) Chevalier; Granddaughter, Danyelle Chevalier; Great Grandson, Jackson Belcher; Great Granddaughter, Madison Ann Belcher; Great Grandson, Joe Chevalier, III; Great Grandson, Dexter Alexander Chevalier, Jr.

    Paul was preceded in death by his brothers; Lee and Bill Cardin and sister Ruth Cardin Mills.

    Funeral Services will be Wednesday 11 am in Calvary Baptist Church, 1075 Davidson Road, Clewiston, Florida where Rev. David McClusky will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services. Interment will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery next to his loving wife, Ruth. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston. 

    Barbara Lois Fulp, 75, went home to her Lord on Tuesday, July 5, 2011at 8:51pm surrounded by the love of her family and friends. Barbara was only 11 days away from her 76th birthday, ending a remarkable life.

    Barbara was born in Winston-Salem, NC on July 16, 1935 to John and Lola Wright. She married Charles Allen Fulp of Winston-Salem, NC on March 13, 1955. Her husband had a career with the US Army and together they lived and traveled around the world. Barbara raised her family in Alexandria, VA and upon her husbands retirement, they relocated to LaBelle, FL for the remainder of her life.

    Barbara loved reading and teaching God's word. She taught many Bible classes and led numerous Bible studies. She loved playing the piano and listening to Christian music. She was a faithful member and volunteer in her church. Barbara was a prayer warrior and spent many hours praying for others. Barbara was a loving wife and dedicated mother to both of her sons and her daughter-in-law. She also had many other "sons" and "daughters" in the Lord. She was a true and loyal friend to many people around the world.

    Barbara is survived by her husband of 56 years, Charles Allen Fulp; her son Keith Allen Fulp of Winston-Salem, NC; her son Steven Charles Fulp and daughter-in-law Camilla Fulp of Lindale, TX; her grandsons Cameron David Fulp and Christian Steven Fulp of Lindale, TX; her God-daughter Elizabeth Witt Samess and husband Daniel Samess; Her sister Mary Mickey and husband Ted Mickey of Winston-Salem, NC; her brother-in-law W. Melvin Fulp and sister-in-law Betty Fulp.

    A memorial service was held on July 11, 2011 at Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church in LaBelle, FL. The family hosted a private grave-side service at Fort Denaud Cemetery in LaBelle, FL. Online condolences can be made to her family at

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to "Fellowship of Prairie Creek" where her son Steven Fulp is the senior pastor. Please note on the memo line of the check "Barbara Fulp/CBN." Mail donations to FPCreek, PO Box 1208, Lindale, TX 75771. These contributions will be collected and forwarded to CBN/Operation Blessing.

    Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle 

    Clinton Anthony Birch was born March 17, 1956, to the late Lena Campbell in Montego Bay, Jamaica West Indies. He was the only child and spent his early years with some schooling in Jamaica.

    He immigrated to New York City, residing in Brooklyn and completed the rest of his schooling at Midwood High and some at New York City Community College. He pursued his passion as an artist and leather craft, creating unique works of art and clothing at his shop, Pyramid Leather in Manhattan and then in Brooklyn, N.Y.C.

    In 1985 he met his life partner, Louisa McLymont. They had one child C'Leena. In 1997 he relocated to LaBelle, Florida and worked for some time in construction with Mr. Wayne Wilkins.

    He became ill in January 2011 and departed this life July 4, 2011. He leaves behind his life partner, Louisa; three daughters, April, Nathale and C;Leena; stepdaughter; Krystle; stepson-in-law, Tyrone; grandchildren, Johnathan, Elijah, Kaleese and Abraham and lots of friends.

    Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle 

    Clyde Harold White, age 73, of Clewiston passed away Monday, July 4, 2011 in Clewiston. He was born January 16, 1938 in Ashburn, Georgia. Harold was a resident of the Glades area for 68 years. He served in the Air Force Reserves as a corpsman. Harold graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors in Accounting and worked for over forty years as a Certified Public Accountant. He also served as a Hendry County Commissioner for eleven years.

    Survivors include his children: Harold Bryant "Hal" White (Michele) of Valrico, Thomas Scott White (Hope) of Clewiston and Suzanne White Martin(Scott) of Clewiston, grandchildren: Michael White, Justin White, Clayton Blair, Chloe White, Jacob Martin, Reed Martin, Hilary Martin and Amelia Martin and brother: Jack White, children and grandchildren of Stuart.

    The family received guests on Thursday, July 7, 2011 from 6-8 p.m. at Evangel Assembly of God in Clewiston. A memorial service was held Friday, July 8, 2011, 11:00 am at Evangel Assembly Of God in Clewiston with Pastor Gary Corley officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dunklin Memorial Church, 3342 S.W. Hosanah Lane Okeechobee, Florida 34974 and please note in memory of Harold White when making donations.

    Free Fatherhood Classes In Hendry-Glades

    Fatherhood Classes


    The Fatherhood Grant with Healthy Families Program of the Hendry County Health Department is coming to a close, however some classes will still be offered through the assistance from United Way.


    The grant allowed them to go out in the community and teach fathers ways to take care of their babies and get them involved in the parenting process. There has been great success with the Fatherhood Classes in the past.


    Babies don't come with instruction booklets, so this grant gave an opportunity for dads to learn how to nurture their babies. Routines are essential for a child's development and parents need to be consistent, predictable and reliable for their babies. The main goal of the class is to give fathers more confidence in their role of caring for their baby. Moms and dads should be equal partners in caring for their baby.


    The classes also teach fathers many hands-on skills and baby-basics, which include holding the baby, diaper changing, burping the baby, comforting the baby when they are upset, as well as many other things that dads may face when their bundle of joy arrives.


    Research has shown that when fathers are involved in a child's development, the children do better in school, have better social skills, and have higher self esteem (Which results in less juvenile delinquency and a decrease in teen pregnancies).


    "Dad's who have completed the program have reported back that they now have a greater confidence in taking care of their baby and realize how important their role is to the healthy development of their child", says Jim Martinson, Fatherhood Facilitator for the Hendry County Health Department.


    If you are interested in this FREE class, or if you have any fatherhood questions, please call Jim Martinson. He will be available to give you information and support. Call the Hendry County Health Department in LaBelle: 863-674-4041, ext.140