Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas Fun For The Kids

Annual Christmas Night At Barron Park

LABELLE, FL. -- LaBelle is a great town for the kids around Christmas time. A Christmas parade followed by Santa in the Park, a live manager scene with baby Jesus, a goat and donkey, food, and sliding down a snow mountain in 70 degree Florida weather.

Video: Christmas In The Park

Clewiston Marina Thefts Reported

CLEWISTON, FL -- Clewiston Police Chief Don Gutshall reports this week officers responded to a report of thefts and burglaries to fishing vessels in the Marina area. Video has been obtained from a local business and is being reviewed for possible suspect vehicles, said the Chief.

In Clewiston arrests have been made in both reported cases of strong arm robbery in the southeast area of town a couple of weeks ago while Patrol  officers continue to work traffic interdiction and are making a number of street level drug arrests as a result.

A brief synopsis of the weekly activity of the Clewiston Police:
2811  Commercial / Residential Security Checks
1493 Complaints Investigated
54  Criminal Arrests Made
270 Traffic Citations Issued
157 Red Light Camera Violations
6  City Ordinance Violations issued
219  Merchant Escorts Provided
38  Alarms Responded To
13 Traffic Accidents Investigated

Loans For New Small Businesses

Loans For Rural Area Business

LABELLE, FL. -- The Revolving Loan Fund provides loans to new and existing small businesses. A small business is an owner and operator of a business with ten or fewer full-time employees for this program. Loans of $50,000 or less are available to startup and growing small businesses, including agricultural producers that meet the definition of a microenterprise. 

Funding of businesses or small farmers that may not qualify for traditional loans, as well as funding for entrepreneurs with creative and innovative ideas, are prioritized.

As a part of the program, borrowers can also apply for training and technical assistance to boost their development and ongoing success.

Who can apply:
• Individual citizens or individuals who have been legally admitted to the U.S.,
• Those located in a rural area defined as an area of a State not in a city or town that has a population of more than 50,000 inhabitants in the contiguous and adjacent urbanized area.
• A microentrepreneur, or microenterprise as defined is a business entity with not more than 10 full-time equivalent employees that is in need of $50,000 or less in business capital and/or in need of business based technical assistance and training.

What is eligible:
Working capital
Purchase of furniture, fixtures, supplies, inventory or equipment
Debt refinancing
Business acquisitions
Purchase or lease of real estate that is already improved and will be used for the location of the subject business only (construction of any type is strictly prohibited)

How to apply:
To apply for funding, request form:

Hendry-Glades Obituaries

Dorothy Cotton Baldree, age 76, of Clewiston, FL passed away Monday, November 26, 2012, at her home. She was born July 25, 1936 in Baker, FL, and is the daughter of the late William and Clara (Martin) Cotton.

Dorothy moved to Clewiston in the 1950's and was owner of Baldree's Ceramics. She was an award-winning artisian who was exceptionally versed in several mediums. She was known as a generous and kind-hearted person that freely gave of herself to help others. Dorothy, a true original, will be greatly missed by many.

Dorothy is survived by her son Gary (Mary) Brackins of Fairhaven, MA; son Terry (Tina) Brackins of Clewiston; daughter Catherine (Glenn) Smith of Clewiston; grandson, Bradley (Elizabeth) Brackins and great-granddaughter, Alexis Brackins of Gainesville, FL; granddaughter, Arin Brackins of Fairhaven, MA; brothers: Robert "Dub" (Ann) Cotton, John "Dill" Cotton, Troy (Tillie) Cotton all of Clewiston, and Fred Cotton of Milton, FL; sisters: Mary (Devon) Summerlin, Annie Mae (Ken) Royston and Susan (Michael) Greene all of Milton, FL. She also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, A.P. Baldree; her brothers William "Buck" Cotton, Roy "Brother" Cotton, Luther "Buddy" Cotton, James Cotton and Carl Cotton; her sisters Derlie Holley, Irene Cotton, Rachel Cooley and Ellie Hainey.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm at Good Hope Congregational Christian Church, Baker, FL. Interment will be in Good Hope Congregational Church Cemetery, Baker. Visitation will be held Thursday, Nov. 30, 2012 from 5 to 8 pm at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Clewiston, FL.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Homeowner Alert - Water Line Insurance

Complaints Registered For Technology Insurance Co. And HomeServe USA

LABELLE, FL. -- Homeowners around Florida and many other states are receiving personalized letters saying "Response Requested with: 30 Days" and "Status: Pending" from HomeServe USA Repair Management Corp. selling "Water Service Line Coverage."

Better Business Bureaus have received  many complaints about the companies involved while the BBB has issued warnings about the operation of the company and it's principals.

The solicitation letter says they "have found your exterior water line is not covered with" coverage from the company and warns that if a buried underground water lines fails, the owner will be responsible for the cost of repair, explaining the repair could cost thousands of dollars.

"To protect the buried water line" they say to complete and return the enclosed form within 30 days to get $7,000 coverage at $4.99 monthly.

Homeserve USA is a representative of Technology Insurance Company, which in turn is a part of AmTrust Financial.

AmTrust has an F rating with the Better Business Bureau of Northeast Ohio as a result of consumer complaints about their products and service.

HomeServe USA has received 256 complaints according to the Better Business Bureau in Connecticut over the last three years. Complaints logged included 100 about advertising and sales issues, 34 billing and collection issues, 13 about guarantee issues, and 99 complaints about the product or service.

The BBB said they have received complaints "from consumers across the country, concerning this business's direct mail solicitations, specifically that the solicitations' layout may cause consumers to perceive the letters as coming from the consumers' utility companies and not an independent business selling home warranty or insurance coverage" and "also received customer complaints concerning coverage issues, specifically that when a problem occurred, it was not covered by the policy."

In 2012 the State of Kentucky entered into a voluntary compliance agreement with HomeServe after allegations of mailing false, misleading or deceptive representations to 230,000 Kentucky consumers and paid to the state costs of investigations and attorney fees.

The company also entered into similar agreements with the State of Ohio and Georgia.

In Massachusetts a settlement was signed after allegations that HomeServe designed and mailed solicitations and renewal notices to 946,000 National Grid customers, a company they acquired, where customers were given the impression the notices were bills from the utility itself, rather than solicitations for optional repair service contracts.

The settlement also contained allegations that the solicitations gave false impressions about repair costs, as well as whether the repairs are the responsibility of the utility company, the homeowner or the homeowner's insurance company.

Homeserve was assessed $125,000 and agreed to pay $10,000 to cover costs of the Massachusetts investigation.

The sales letter says recipients can call 1-855-456-3137 for questions or to be removed from their mailing list.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hendry-Glades Obituaries

Evelyn Royal, age 87, of Clewiston passed away November 27, 2012 in Clewiston. She was born Aug. 15, 1925 in Green Cove Springs, FL, to the late Main and the late Winnie (Harris) Boree.

Survivors include, daughter, Barbara J. Fricke of Clewiston, FL, brother: Edward Boree, grandson: Shawn Huebner, granddaughters: Marci Fricke and Amanda Fricke, great-grandson: Shane Huebner, great-granddaughter: Harper Elizabeth Hatfield. She was preceded in death by her husband Floyd Royal, son Raymond Huebner and sister Estelle Roberts.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 11:00 am at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Clewiston with Rev. Lindell Selby officiating. Interment will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clewiston.

William Eugene Boyle of Alva passed away November 21, 2012 at age 71. He was born May 18th, 1941 in Mantee County, Florida. He was in the first graduating class of Palmetto High School where he was president of Future Farmers of America and later became the Vice-President of Future Farmers of America for the State of Florida. 

He was a 3rd generation nurseryman and worked with plants all his life. He married Lasa Wood and moved his family to Lee County in 1967 to become a grower in the local gladiolus industry. Later he became a grower for local nursery's while starting his own nursery at the end of Daniels in South Ft Myers. 

Due to the airport being built the nursery was moved to it's new location in 1978 to Alva on N. River Rd where Boyle Nursery is still in operation today and was under the supervision of Gene and his son until his passing. 

He is pre-deceased by his parents- Thelma Louise Lee and Edward Lawrence Boyle, his wife- Melba Hightower Luckey, brother- Pat Boyle. He is survived by his son- David Boyle and his wife Karen of Alva, his brother- Larry Boyle and wife Pam of N. Ft Myers, FL, his brother- Mike Boyle and wife Bernice of Largo, FL, stepdaughter- Kim Maddox and husband Clyde of LaBelle, FL , stepdaughter- Tanya Pidd and husband Dale of Rives Junction, MI, stepson- Carlton Luckey of Rives Junction, MI, 3 granddaughters, 2 grandsons, 5 great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Memorial/Celebration of Life will be on Dec.1st between 2PM - 4PM at the N.River Rd Nursery- 21470 N. River Rd, Alva, FL 33920 (across from Alva Community Center). The Agriculturual World has lost one of it's most informative sons.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Glades County Manager Wendell Taylor Fired

Glades Commission Votes County Manager Out

MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- Commissioners in attendance at Monday's Glades County Commission meeting included Dennis Griffin, Donna Storter, Paul Beck, Russell Echols and Tim Stanley. Commissioner Storter moved to terminate the employment of county manager Wendell Taylor without cause effective immediately. Motion carried 3-2 with Echols and Griffin dissenting.

Complaints had been filed against Taylor, a retired USAF Colonel, by two Glades County employees accusing the county manager of bullying and threatening employees and of using profane language in front of them.

Earl Cline, a maintenance tech filed a grievance in April 2012 saying "G.D. is used almost daily, taking the name of God in vain" and was "obscenely screaming 'F--k Donna'" referring to Commissioner Storter.

911 Coordinator Terri Anascavage complained that Taylor came to her office three times saying "spies were watching"" her. She went to Commissioner Jones, and claimed Taylor then started retaliation and harassment against her.

Commissioner Stanley led discussion at the commission meeting about temporary positioning other employees to cover the vacant county manager position. Stanley felt county employees should receive official written notice of the vacancy with direction for “chain of command”.

County Attorney Pringle suggested until the Board can move via advertised agenda in public meeting to proceed to fill the county manager position, that county business can be handled as it has been in the past during county manager’s absence when on leave by Deputy County Manager Larry Hilton.

In other business, Judge Jack Lundy performed the honors of swearing in newly elected commissioners Dennis Griffin (District 1), Tim Stanley (District 5) and re-elected commissioner Paul Beck (District 3.) A reception with refreshments had been served before the meeting began.

Russell Echols was elected chairman, and Donna Storter was elected vice-chairman.

Commissioner Beck brought to the Board’s attention the many code violations county-wide that were not being attended to, explaining that the current Code Enforcement Officer was only doing it part-time, as he is full-time employed as an EMT with Glades County.

Beck also commented on the problems he encountered with the county’s website when researching code violation reports and that it needed to be more user friendly.

The Board moved to advertise for full-time Code Enforcement Officer as the position was fully funded in the current year’s budget.

Monday, November 26, 2012

VA Offers Home Care Alternative To Nursing Homes

Medical Foster Home Care - An Alternative For Veterans

LABELLE, FL. -- The Veteran's Administration is expanding it's Medical Foster Home program to include more locations. The program allows veterans to live in private homes where a trained caregiver provides 24/7 service for the veteran.

According to the VA, Medical Foster Homes are private homes in which a trained caregiver provides services to one or more individuals. Some, but not all, residents may be Veterans. 

VA inspects and approves all Medical Foster Homes which can serve as an alternative to a nursing home. It may be appropriate for Veterans who require nursing home care but prefer a non-institutional setting with fewer residents.

Medical Foster Homes have a trained caregiver on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This caregiver can help the Veteran carry out activities of daily living (e.g., bathing and getting dressed). VA ensures that the caregiver is well trained to provide VA planned care.

While living in a Medical Foster Home, veterans receive Home Based Primary Care services but veterans will have to pay for the Medical Foster Home themselves or through other insurance. The charge for a Medical Foster Home is about $1,500 to $3,000 each month based on income and the level of care needed. 

The specific cost is agreed upon ahead of time by you and Medical Foster Home caregiver.To be eligible for a Medical Foster Home veterans need to be enrolled in Home Based Primary Care, and a Home needs to be available. 

A VA social worker or case manager can help with eligibility guidelines for Home Based Primary Care and Medical Foster Home care.

In Southwest Florida, a presentation about Medical Foster Homes will be offered at the Dallas B. Townsend Center at 1085 Pratt Boulevard in LaBelle on Wednesday, December 12 at 10:30. The speaker will be Lori Berkland-Jones, Medical Foster Home Coordinator of the Department of Veterans Affairs Health System at the Bay Pines Medical Foster Home Care in St. Petersburg, Fl.

Photo courtesy Veterans Administration

Prices Rise For Gas In Florida

LABELLE, FL. -- Average retail gasoline prices in Florida have risen 4.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.37/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has not moved in the last week to $3.43/g, according to gasoline price website

Prices In Glades and Hendry county remain higher than average as usual at $3.57 in LaBelle on Sunday. And as usual, traveling a few miles outside of town prices declined to $3.49 at the Circle K on SR29 South and $3.46 in Lehigh Acres at Citgo.

Including the change in gas prices in Florida during the past week, prices yesterday were 6.8 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 13.9 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 14.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 11.0 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

Thanksgiving Day 2012 featured the highest ever daily average for the holiday, beating out 2011 by over 10-cents per gallon. The national average may continue to moderate slightly by Christmas say some analysts.

Sex Survey From Florida Health Department Ends

18-24 Year Old Women Asked About Sexual Behavior In Controversial Survey

LABELLE, FL. -- The Florida Department of Health has discontinued sending out a survey asking 4,100 young women 46 questions about their sexual habits. The survey was mistakenly sent to an underage youth, causing the state to rethink the program.

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reported an interview with the Department of Health's public information officer Jessica Hammonds, saying the state spent $45,000 on the sex life survey offering a $10 CVS gift card for women aged 18 to 24 who returned the survey to the state.

The survey was sent to women in September and October with questions like "How did you feel emotionally when you had unprotected sex - were you trying to get pregnant, were you in the 'heat of the moment and just went with the flow,' or did you find the man attractive and 'thought it would be nice to have a baby with him?' Did you feel 'powerless'? Or was it that you 'felt emotionally connected with your partner during sex"?

Other questions asked "Has a sexual partner ever 'told you he would have a baby with someone else if you didn’t get pregnant?' 'Physically forced you to have sex?' 'Hurt you physically because you did not agree to get pregnant?"

DOH Communicatons Director Hammods said the survey was written by the Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong's predecessor.

The DOH's Betsy Wood, R.N. had a part in the survey and told recipients that participation was voluntary and participants in the program could quit when ever they wanted. "Taking part is up to you," she said. She was promoted to the Division Director of Community Health Promotion on November 19.

The Division of Community Health Promotion's program includes the bureaus of Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Child Care Food, Tobacco Free Florida, Family and Community Health and Chronic Disease Prevention.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Flamboyant Hector Camacho Dead At 50

Champion Boxer Dead After Life Support Removed

CLEWISTON, FL. -- Héctor Camacho Matías  died today in Puerto Rico at age 50 after being taken off life support at the request of his mother. A champion boxer, he was popularly known by his nickname "Macho Camacho." 

He was a champion boxer in the lightweight and junior lightweight divisions. Camacho's son, Héctor Camacho Jr., is also a boxer. During his 30-year career, Camacho was known for his flamboyant style.

He was arrested in Clewiston, Florida in February 1988 on charges of possession of cocaine and assault with a deadly weapon after an arrest in front of Clewiston High School. 

Glenn Mickey, Clewiston Chief of Police at the time, said describing the incident after some teens allegedly heckled Camacho, "Hector came over, started an altercation and then pulled out a gun and threatened to kill the juvenile.''

Camacho was traveling with a musical group and signing autographs in Clewiston at the time

In 2005 he was arrested and plead guilty for burglary. In 2011, he was shot at three times by would-be carjackers, but was uninjured. In the fall of 2012, Camacho was awaiting trial in Orlando, Florida on charges of abuse against one of his sons.

On November 20, 2012, he was shot in the jaw and severely injured while sitting in a car outside a bar in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. The driver, a childhood friend, was killed in the shooting. .

Camacho won three New York Golden Gloves beginning in 1978. He won four titles throughout his professional career: Camacho also had fights defeating Panama's Roberto Durán twice, and knocking out Sugar Ray Leonard, sending Leonard into permanent retirement. He also fought against Julio César Chávez, Félix Trinidad, and Oscar de la Hoya.

Who's Arrested For Drugs This Week?

LABELLE, FL. -- Arrests in Hendry County on drug charges this week included:

Lee Edwards Odoms of Clewiston, (photo left) charged with marijuana possession, fleeing LEO at high speed, habitual offender for suspended driver's license November 17th.  Released on $15,500 bond.

Jaima Carol Beckman of LaBelle, charged with three counts of drug possession without a prescription November 18th. In county jail with $5,000 bail set.

Marcos Delacaridad Perez of LaBelle charged with  cocaine possession November 17th. In jail, no bond.

World's Biggest Gator Crosses Florida

Gigantic Art Piece Travels Across Florida To Art Basel

LABELLE, FL. --  Artist Lloyd Goradesky and Historian Cesar A Becerra are creating floating art with steel, tiled mosaic photographs, and a floating barge. Part of the epic art piece, the head of a Florida alligator, is traveling this weekend on a truck from the west coast of Florida and over the Tamiami Trail to Miami, where it will be entered in Art Basel, one of the premier art events in Florida.

The "Gator In The Bay," when completed will symbolize the Florida alligator, in a 230-foot long floating display, designed by the project's creators to float in the waters of Miami's Biscayne Bay.

LaBelle resident and nature photographer Charles Waddy Thompson serves as engineering and metalwork consultant on the project and will be traveling with the Gator as it moves across Florida, photographing the giant art work.

Combining the gator's tail and body made from 102 8'x4' floating mosaic photographs with a head of steel frame construction and a crane to open and close the creature's illuminated mouth, the piece will give the illusion of a giant alligator floating in the bay between Miami and Miami Beach.

The project, says Goradsky and Becerra is designed to bring awareness of Florida's natural surroundings and the protection of the water and health of the environment using the iconic symbols of the Florida alligator.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Minivan Passengers Injured - Driver Flees

Driver And Passengers Flee Glades Crash 

MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- The driver of a 2001 Dodge Caravan minivan fled after a crash Thanksgiving evening after a minivan overturned.

The Dodge minivan was traveling north on Glades CR 731 about 6:15 p.m. and after going around a curve in the road, the driver lost control, and the van left the roadway on the left side and overturned.

When law enforcement arrived on scene, several occupants of the vehicle had already left the scene, with two injured occupants remaining on scene.  One of the injured occupants was found at roadside and was possibly ejected during the crash, and was transported via air to Lee Memorial Hospital with serious

Seriously injured was Carlos Lopez, 18 of Arcadia, Florida. Jose Sergio Lopez, 22 had minor injuries. Both were transported to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Shop Hendry-Glades This Season!

Save Time And Money - Shop Our Community Businesses

LABELLE, FL. -- Save time and shop with our sponsors from among Hendry and Glades local merchants, professionals, and trades people for the best in convenience and service.

Southwest Florida Online has been supported for a decade by generous contributions from the following local companies:

Computer Service:
Gary Peters Computer Services (863) 675-7925

Mowing & Grading:
Pete's Tractor Service (239) 728-6629

Air Conditioning:
Phillip's AC And Heating Services (863) 675-2878

Alden A. Rumfelt, Attorney At Law (863) 673-0251

Armando's Barber Shop (863) 673-2265

Pawn Shop:
Gold And Guns, Inc.  (863) 673-0251

LaBelle Plumbing Corporation (863) 675-1155

Alvarez Tire Shop (863) 946-1370
Ram's Used and New Tires (863) 675-4777

Stratonet Internet Service (888) 382-8503

See local ads and specials on the Sunday Morning News Online News Page

LaBelle Library Collecting Books For Kids

LABELLE, FL. -- The Barron Library is helping the Kiwanis Club of LaBelle with collecting “gently used” or new books for children. The Barron Library has a box where community members can donate books. 

Books for elementary aged kids are in greatest demand, but books for all ages from preschool to middle school are accepted. Books will be collected from now until the end of December and a special event will be scheduled so that free books can be given out to the children in the LaBelle community. 

Containers of peanut butter and Jjelly are also being collected to  help support the local food bank and will be distributed by United Way and Salvation Army.

Donation boxes are at the following locations: Barron Library, The Kiwanis Thrift Store in LaBelle, LaBelle Chamber of Commerce, Center State Bank and Florida Community Bank. For more information, please call the Kiwanis Thrift Store at 863-675-4043.

Photo: Karen Hildebrand and Vickie Parrish from Barron Library

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Free Dinner For Two - Not Necessarily A Good Deal

Alternative Power Systems Claims To Reduce Utility Bills 55%

LABELLE, FL. -- Homeowners around the country are receiving colorful postcards inviting them to a free dinner for two at a local restaurant with an "exciting and fun presentation on reducing your utility bills up to 55%."

But the invitation is really to a sales pitch to buy energy saving radient barrier installations and devices. Hendry county, Florida residents this week were offered free dinners at the Log Cabin Bar B Que Restaurant in LaBelle.

The card invitation says "Call Now!" for "Energy Awareness Month." Alternate Power Systems of Spring Harbor, Michigan is the company advertising the presentation, according to the address on the postcard.

After receiving the free dinner invitation to hear about how to reduce electric bills we suspect many will be enticed to call the toll-free number (877) 635-3733 to "confirm reservations" for your and your spouse as required by the card.

The clue to what's going on in this offer is the statement "Home Owners Only!" Make no doubt about it, this is a sales presentation. 

We've seen several of these companies pass through our area, and a warning is advised to research the company and the service they want to sell before handing over any down payment or signing up for thousands of dollars in services.

Similar free dinners have been held almost yearly by other "power saving" companies including Light Power Solutions LLC a company allegedly controlled by Gary Light of Beldin, Mississippi whose held a presentation at Don's Restaurant in March. An earlier dinner was hosted by Utility Management Association also associated with the Mississippi company.

Both companies have received many complaints over the years about their sales tactics and products. Alternate Power Systems coincidentally has the same Florida corporate agent as Utility Management and Light Power did.

What's The Catch?

These companies are typically selling electric "power saver" boxes, likely an item similar or identical to "Powerworx" an overpriced 6-pound unit that falsely claims to possibly eliminate electric bills. They also will pitch a grossly overpriced aluminum foil attic barrier installation claimed to reduce AC and heating costs.

We checked out the previous company providing the last "free dinner" offer in LaBelle, and checked with a Better Business Bureau. It's revealing. 

Light Power Solutions (LPS) operated with the same sales pitches and energy "saving" products as Utility Management Association UMA), a limited liability corporation that visited our area once before. It's Florida corporate charter was revoked in September 2011. It was based in Tupelo, Mississippi where it started in 1978, and later changed to Beldin, MS. 

Utility Management Association came through town March 25, 2007 with the similar "energy saving" offers to local homeowners coming to their free dinners back then. Their main target audience seemed to be elderly homeowners in small towns.

UMA sold a product called "Utility Shield" which customers have described as a thin aluminum-type reflective sheeting that is installed over attic insulation which the company claims will result in energy savings. The material can be purchased at home stores for a few hundred dollars and installed by homeowners themselves or local contractors for very little.

The company also sold water heater insulation and water saving shower heads.

Dubious History Of A "Power Saving" Company

The BBB opened a file on UMA owned by Gary Light in October of 2003 after numerous consumer complaints. On November 17, 2006 the company's membership in the BBB was revoked by the BBB's Board of Directors due to unauthorized use of the BBB name and/or logo.

Gary Light owns Light Commercial Power LLC, with a home office at 3289 McCullough Ave., Beldin, MS. This outfit operated what appears to be a multi-level sales scheme convincing individuals to become sales "affiliates" for the "Powerworx" electrical power saver box. This is the same gadget the company will offer at it's "free dinner" presentations.

Agents become affiliates after paying a $135 fee, and sell the unit at $1,395 and get a $300 commission. Buyers of the units can also become affiliates and a bonus for each unit he sells then goes to the original seller under a "1-UP" commission setup.

Light Power Solutions LLC, one sponsor of free dinners, was reportedly "hiding" it's real owners, which allegedly was Gary Light, but has been reported by a former sales representative as owned in name only by Mark Beckworth, with an office out of Orange Park, Fl. just outside Jacksonville. 

Published reports also indicate another name connected with the company, Greg Rogers. Reports say company management had to go to Gary Light for decision making. Roger's number has been published as 662-213-9127. Another published Mississippi number connected with this sales scheme seems to be 662-844-5532.

The Florida Secretary of State office showed Light Power Solutions LLC at 1677 Wells Road, Suite A,
Orange Park, Fl. 32073 but the only public information available is the registered agent Corporation Service Company in Tallahassee, Fl. It shows no information at all about the officers or owners, showing only the "member/manager" as "None."

UMA reportedly closed down because of all the complaints about the company's product claims, and customer service problems. And some complaints over allegedly using independent un-licensed workers to install the products. Reportedly the finance company they were selling their contracts to balked as well.

Consumers have reported that their utility bills have risen or remained the same since the Utility Shield product was installed. Notwithstanding a "guarantee" offered by the company, customers say they did not receive a copy of the guarantee when purchasing the product. The BBB received complaints about the company's selling practices, advertising, service, repairs, and warranty issues. The company says the number of complaints is small compared to the number of units sold, but has refused to provide the total number of units sold.

The BBB says UMA company representatives had given "unqualified claims that the product will decrease energy consumption in a home by 25% or more." The BBB was unable to substantiate any energy savings. At the time, the company was advertising on its postcards to prospects "We can reduce your monthly energy bills by 20-50% Guaranteed!" The BBB challenged the usage of promises of "guaranteed" energy savings. The company then changed the advertising to "up to 55% guaranteed." Now LPS say "lower and possibly eliminate...utility bills."

Ironically, UMA told the BBB in response to the complaints against them that "it does not guarantee specific results, and that any incidents involving promises of specific savings occurred as a result of errors, or independent action by sales representatives." 

In December 2006 Utility Management Association signed an agreement with the BBB to cease use of the BBB name and other unauthorized statements in sales representations.

Energy experts say that any energy savings are highly dependent on many variables because all homes are unique, for instance most older homes have openings where heat or cold air can pass through regardless of what insulation or reflective materials might be installed in attics. Newer homes are generally constructed as energy efficient as possible already.

Can You Really Save Energy With Devices?

The Florida Solar Energy Center has an extensive article on attic radiant heat barrier reflection systems for Florida homes and says any savings on energy bills will depend on the energy efficiency of your home now, bearing in mind that any possible savings on electric cooling costs may amount to about 10% as a roof is not the only location heat enters the home. 

The Center also points out that the cost of the reflective barrier including installation costs should be around $2 per foot to make it economically feasible to install a system like this. The aluminum reflecting type must be installed under the roof rafters and not on top of the attic insulation, as some installers incorrectly do. The shiny side is installed facing down. If you pay too much, your payback time may be very long, stretching over many, many years.

The bottom line: enjoy your "free" dinner but be very cautious about any savings claims made by this company's representatives, especially for a "power saver" box. And be on the look out for possible use of un-licensed contractors.

And calculate the cost of attic radiant barrier installation over actual electric bill savings of what the Florida Solar Energy Center says may only be 8 to 12%, not enough to make it worth while unless the installation costs are very low.

And check the history of the company in your state. Past checks show many of these type of companies go out of business fairly quickly once complaints start coming in.

Information Sources To Check Out Before Purchasing Anything:

Florida Solar Energy Center Report - Attic Radiant Barrier Facts
Comments About "Alternate Power Systems" of Michigan
"Power Saver Device" Scams - Reviews of all known power saving device scams
KVAR "Electric Power Saver" - Unit on eBay for under $100 compared to one company's reported $1,395 price for a "Powerworx" unit.
WattzDog Power Saver 1200 - On Amazon with customer reviews - pretty much worthless they say

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Man Dies In Hendry Four-Car Crash

One Vehicle Flees After Multiple Vehicle Crash With Death

LABELLE, FL. -- Sergio Aguilar-Zambrano, 54 died Tuesday morning as the result of a crash on State Road 29, south of LaBelle.

Zambrano, driving a 1992 Olds Cutlass was stopped at a residential driveway located at 5985 State Road 29 facing northwest.

Alfredo Gomez, 27 of Immokalee and another unknown vehicle and driver were traveling north on State Road 29. Roger W. Skoglund, 70 of Fort Myers was traveling south on State Road 29.

The driver of the Olds pulled forward, violating Gomez' right-of-way. The right front portion
of  Gomez' 1998 Chevy Astro struck the left front portion of the Olds, and the Olds rotated clockwise across the southbound lane, entering the path of Skoglund's 2006 Western Star.

The left front portion of Skoglund's vehicle struck the rear portion of the Olds.  The unknown fourth vehicle was unable to stop in time and struck the Olds with its left front portion which came to final rest in the northbound lane on State Road 29, facing southwest.

The Chevy Astro came to final rest in the canal on the west shoulder of the road.  The Western Star came to
final rest in the northbound left turn lane, facing south.

The unidentified vehicle fled the scene and was described as a white van.  A BOLO was broadcast by the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office for the white van which may have front end damage.

Zambrano was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 9:30 a.m.

Gomez was charged with having no proof of insurance at crash and operating a motor vehicle W/O a driver's license. Skoglund was charged with no proof of insurance at crash and operating a vehicle in unsafe condition.

The Florida Highway Patrol requests that any person having knowledge of this crash contact Corporal Jeff Rongish at 239-344-1730 Ext. 1192 or contact CRIMESTOPPERS to remain anonymous.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Seniors Sleep Like Young Adults

Early To Bed, Early To Rise? 
More than half of all retired people aged 65 and over report sleeping at least 7.5 hours per night, and between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7:30 a.m., contrary to commonly held assumptions that most elderly go to bed early and have trouble sleeping through the night, according to a study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh’s Sleep and Chronobiology Center (SCC) and University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR).

This new study, supported by a grant from the National Institute on Aging, was conducted over five years and is among the first to provide empirical self-report data on the timing, quality and duration of sleep, as well as levels of daytime sleepiness in a large sample of retired older adults.

“Our findings suggest that in matters regarding sleep and sleepiness, as in many other aspects of life, most seniors today are doing better than is generally thought,” said Timothy H. Monk, Ph.D., D.Sc., the study’s lead author and professor of psychiatry at UPMC’s Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. 

“The stereotype of most seniors going to bed at 8 p.m., sleeping very lightly and being unduly sleepy during the day may be quite inaccurate, suggesting that 60 really is the new 40.”

Researchers based the study, published in the journal Healthy Aging and Clinical Care in the Elderly, on extensive telephone interviews with nearly 1,200 retired seniors in western Pennsylvania. About 25 percent said they slept less than 6.7 hours per night and experienced problems with nocturnal sleep and daytime sleepiness. The remaining 75 percent reported sleeping more than 6.75 hours, on average.

According to the authors, past studies have highlighted the chronic sleep disruption often experienced by older adults, but few of these prior reviews were supported by strong empirical data and many concentrated on illness, thereby furthering stereotypical beliefs that older adults sleep for shorter periods of time, go to bed and rise very early, and experience daytime sleepiness.

Additional observations include:
-Age-related sleep issues in seniors may depend largely on the health of the individual, rather than on the age of that individual
-Most seniors do not have reliably earlier bedtimes than younger adults and report obtaining at least 7.5 hours of sleep per night
-Daytime sleepiness in seniors often can be associated with medications, illnesses and poor nocturnal sleep, and may not be necessarily associated with age

“The take-away for older adults is that if you can keep yourself healthy and avoid or treat age-related diseases and disorders, then you’ll be able to sleep like a younger adult,” added Dr. Monk. “Although some seniors do have huge sleep problems which need to be understood and treated, the majority of seniors are not reporting significant problems with either nocturnal sleep or daytime sleepiness."

Hendry-Glades Obituaries

Carolyn Louise Finks, age 74, of LaBelle, passed away November 17, 2012 in Lehigh Acres. She was born Mar. 10, 1938 in Miami, FL, to the late Karl and the late Elsie Louise (Volz) Lickteig. Mrs. Finks married Donald Finks 1954. She was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of LaBelle.

Survivors include her loving husband of 58 years: Donald Finks, one son: Glenn (Geri) Finks of LaBelle, FL and three daughters: Bonnie (Scott) Hanshaw, Susan (Bobby) Holland, Jennifer (Cliff) Davis, grandchildren Daren, Kristin, Jared, Joanna, Lori, James, Jimmy; Cole, Mason; great grandchildren, Bruce, Randy, Hayden, Porter and Gracie.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and will be greatly missed by her family.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm in First Baptist Church of LaBelle, LaBelle with Rev. Frank Deerey Jr. officiating.

Eloy F. Ramirez, age 59, of Clewiston passed away November 17, 2012 in Clewiston. He was born Oct. 8, 1953 in Mexico to the late J. Guadalupe and the late Maria Ecrelia (Flores) Ramirez. Mr. Ramirez married Juanita Cuellar.

Survivors include his wife: Juanita Ramirez, three daughters: Cindy James, Ruby Tarter, Daisy Quinn, two brothers: Rudy Ramirez, J. Guadalupe Ramirez, Jr and four sisters: Paula Ramirez, Ecrelia Ramirez, Mirella Ramirez, Betty Ramirez seven grandchildren. He was a maintenance manager for a mobile home park.

Memorial liturgy will be held Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 6:00 pm in Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Clewiston with Father Jiobani Batista officiating.

Burlon Phillips, age 87, of Clewiston passed away November 16, 2012 in Belle Glade. She was born Mar. 15, 1925 in Cullman, AL, to the late Thomas and the late Linnie (Tucker) Lindsey. She married Jack Phillips, he preceded her in death in 1983.

Survivors include three sons: Sherman Phillips, Manuel Phillips, Darrell Phillips and three daughters: Kathy Boswell, Carol Hughes, Lori Michael, one sister: Barbara Smith, thirteen grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother and will be greatly missed by her family.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 10:00 am in Clewiston Church Of God, Clewiston with Pastor Josh Caraway officiating. Interment was Wednesday, November 21, 2012 in Port Mayaca Cemetery, Canal Point.

Franklin "Shorty" Shaw passed away November 15, 2012 at the age of 71 years in Lehigh Acres.
He was born on January 20, 1941 in Brooksville, FL and moved to Alva, FL where he met and married the love of his life, Betty Parsons-Shaw shortly after he moved to Alva. 

He worked for Lehigh Acres Utilities for 25 years. 
He is survived by his loving wife Betty Shaw of 46 wonderful years. Two daughters Debra Woodard and Brenda Shaw both of LaBelle, one son Wayne Shaw of Bushnell, FL. Seven grandchildren, David Woodard, Anthony Woodard, Courtney Woodard, Mallory Phelps, Wyatt Shaw, Alex DeLaCruz, Izzy "PeeWee" DeLaCruz, two great grandchildren, Haley Woodard, Kayden Woodard, sisters Minnie Davis and Annette Terry.

A funeral service was held Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm in Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle with Pastor Norman Walker officiating. Visitation was Sunday one hour before the service.

Gasoline 31 Cents Lower Than Last Month

Florida Prices For Gas Lower This Month

Average retail gasoline prices in Florida have fallen 1.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.32/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.43 per gallon.

Including the change in gas prices in Florida during the past week, prices yesterday were 2.7 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 30.9 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 26.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 6.5 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

"With Thanksgiving just days away, Americans will be hitting major thoroughfares en masse. While gasoline prices have dropped in the last month and a half, the national average will still come close to breaking a record- the highest ever national average for Thanksgiving," said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Who Was Buying And Selling Drugs This Week?

Eight Hendry Arrests For Drugs This Week

LABELLE, FL. -- Hendry County deputies made eight arrests of LaBelle and Clewiston residents this week, charging drug possession, sales, and use.

Jonathan David Stucki, 40 of 110 N. Hickory St., LaBelle was arrested November 11 charged with possession of legend drugs without a prescription, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of cocaine. He was released after posting $7,500 bond.

Photo: Jonathan Stucki

Sharon Grubb, 49 of 499 Marion Av, LaBelle was arrested November 14 charged with possession and distribution of opium, possession and sale of legend drugs, and possession and trafficking in controlled substances without prescription. Bond was set at $93,500.

Vicki Sue Hammet, 53 of 1484 Shawnee, LaBelle was arrested November 14 on multiple charges of cocaine and drug sales and possession. Bond set at $107,000.

James Lee Stephen, 45 of 940 Fordson, LaBelle was arrested November 14 for possession and sale of cocaine and resisting arrest. Bond set at $55,000.

Timothy Grubb 53, of 495 Marion Av, LaBelle was arrested November 14 charged with 13 counts of drug possession and sales. Bond set  at $97,500.

Victor "Worm" Ramos, 34 of 4815 Bishop Circle was arrested for possession of marijuana November 15. Released same day on bond of $1,000.

Jonathan Ravi Bhagwandin, 22 of 260 Yeoman Ave, LaBelle was arrested November 15 for marijuana possession. Released same day on $1,000 bond.

Terrence McCray, 27 of 2303 Kentucky, Clewiston was arrested November 16 for selling marijuana within 1000 feet of a church or school. He remains in jail.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Twinkies and Ding Dongs No Longer As Hostess Closes

America's Classic Bakery Closing Down In Bankruptcy
Hostess Brands Inc., founded in 1930 in Irving, Texas today announced that it is winding down operations and has filed a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court seeking permission to close its business and sell its assets, including its iconic brands and facilities. 

Bakery operations have been suspended at all plants. Delivery of products will continue and Hostess Brands retail stores will remain open for several days in order to sell already-baked products.

It's website announces "Hostess Brands Is Closed" adding "We are sorry to announce that Hostess Brands, Inc. has been forced by a Bakers Union strike to shut down all operations and sell all company assets."

The Board of Directors authorized the wind down of Hostess Brands to preserve and maximize the value of the estate after one of the Company's largest unions, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), initiated a nationwide strike that crippled the Company's ability to produce and deliver products at multiple facilities.

On Nov. 12, Hostess Brands permanently closed three plants as a result of the work stoppage. On Nov. 14, the Company announced it would be forced to liquidate if sufficient employees did not return to work to restore normal operations by 5 p.m., EST p.m., Nov. 15. The Company determined on the night of Nov. 15 that an insufficient number of employees had returned to work to enable the restoration of normal operations.

The BCTGM in September rejected a last, best and final offer from Hostess Brands designed to lower costs so that the Company could attract new financing and emerge from Chapter 11. Hostess Brands then received Court authority on Oct. 3 to unilaterally impose changes to the BCTGM's collective bargaining agreements.

Hostess Brands is unprofitable under its current cost structure, much of which is determined by union wages and pension costs, says the company. The offer to the BCTGM included wage, benefit and work rule concessions but also gave Hostess Brands' 12 unions a 25 percent ownership stake in the company, representation on its Board of Directors and $100 million in reorganized Hostess Brands' debt.

"We deeply regret the necessity of today's decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike," said Gregory F. Rayburn, chief executive officer. "Hostess Brands will move promptly to lay off most of its 18,500-member workforce and focus on selling its assets to the highest bidders."

In addition to dozens of baking and distribution facilities around the country, Hostess Brands will sell its popular brands, including Hostess®, Drakes® and Dolly Madison®, which make iconic cake products such as Twinkies®, CupCakes, Ding Dongs®, Ho Ho's®, Sno Balls® and Donettes®. Bread brands to be sold include Wonder®, Nature's Pride ®, Merita®, Home Pride®, Butternut®, and Beefsteak®, among others.

The wind down means the closure of 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers, approximately 5,500 delivery routes and 570 bakery outlet stores throughout the United States.

The Company said its debtor-in-possession lenders have agreed to allow the Company to continue to have access to the $75 million financing facility put in place at the start of the bankruptcy cases to fund the sale and wind down process, subject to U.S. Bankruptcy Court approval.

For employees whose jobs will be eliminated, additional information can be found at The website also contains information for customers and vendors. Most employees who lose their jobs should be eligible for government-provided unemployment benefits.

Hostess Brands' products have included iconic brands such as Hostess®, Wonder®, Nature's Pride®, Dolly Madison®, Drake's®, Butternut®, Home Pride® and Merita®. Hostess Brands has approximately 18,500 employees and operates 33 bakeries, 553 distribution centers, approximately 5,500 delivery routes and 527 bakery outlet stores throughout the United States.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Lionfish Hunters Wanted In Florida

Venomous Fish A Threat To Florida Waters

The Florida Wildlife Commission's Division of Marine Fisheries Management says Florida waters are in danger of becoming infiltrated with the non-native Lionfish, a venomous fish with dangerous spines, and wants to get rid of them. 

Native to the Indian Ocean and South Pacific, these beautiful yet venomous creatures are spreading through Florida waters like a bad cold, says Alan Pierce of the FWC.

Within their native range, lionfish fit nicely into the natural food web and their populations remain in check. But not in Florida. Florida's native predatory fish are simply not ordering the new and bizarre-looking menu item, leaving little to control the lionfish population.

Initial sightings of lionfish in Florida waters began in the mid-1980s. The rarity of sightings initially made it difficult for biologists to assess the significance of the problem. The species spread slowly, but methodically, infiltrating the Caribbean and waters off the Atlantic Coast and Bermuda. By the 2000s, the story became much clearer, as many countries within the invaded range witnessed dramatic lionfish population increases and were forced to initiate control programs.

All hope that Florida might somehow be spared was eliminated during the past few years as Florida waters witnessed a population explosion along the southeast coast, including the Florida Keys. Today, we are seeing them in places we’ve never seen them before, including the northern areas of the Gulf of Mexico, as their numbers are increasing rapidly.

Marine ecologists are concerned that lionfish will significantly alter the population dynamics of the native marine species, resulting in damage to Florida’s reef systems. Lionfish could also negatively affect recreational and commercial fisheries through direct competition for food and habitat. Anything that hurts fishing and diving will also hurt hotels, restaurants, retail stores and the entire economy of the state.

The FWC recently eliminated the requirement to have a recreational fishing license for lionfish control when using certain types of spears and dip nets. The change, which is in effect through August 2013, also eliminated the default recreational bag limit. With these changes, which are designed to encourage lionfish-control efforts, the only thing that limits your lionfish hunting is your ability to shoot and the size of your cooler.

The FWC notes that lionfish have spines that are venomous and can cause painful wounds if you are not careful when handling the fish. For additional information on lionfish harvesting, handling, informational workshops, derbies and reporting, please visit and click on “Marine Life.”

-Article and photo from Alan Pierce and FWC

LaBelle Schools Get Rotary Checks

LaBelle's Country Oaks Elementary School Principal Robin Jones recently accepted a $650 check from Rotary Club President Lester Baird. 

Each year Rotarians raise funds for local elementary schools by providing spaghetti dinners for students, parents and teachers on the night of their Fall open house. 

The Rotarians also presented John Baker of LaBelle Elementary a $775 check and $650 to Larry Luckey, Jr. of Upthegrove Elementary School.

Are You At Risk For Diabetes?

7th Leading Cause Of Death - 18 Million Have It
November is recognized as American Diabetes Month and today is World Diabetes Day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than 18 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, with diabetes as the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

Diabetes is a disease where the body is unable to produce insulin or when the body does not use insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone that your body needs to convert sugar, starches and other foods into energy. 

Sometimes family history plays a part in whether a person develops diabetes, but other factors such as being over weight or lack of exercise appear to play a role as well. Diet, exercise and new medicines can prevent or delay much of the illness and complications of diabetes.

When a person has diabetes, they also have an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, or blindness. There is no known cure for diabetes, but there is treatment. Some of the signs of diabetes can include excessive thirst, extreme hunger, unusual weight loss, increased tiredness, increased irritability and blurry vision. 

There are two different kinds of diabetes. Type-1 diabetes is when the body fails to produce insulin. People with this type must get daily shots of insulin to survive.Type-2 diabetes is when the body fails to make enough insulin or properly use insulin.

Research studies have found that moderate weight loss and exercise can prevent or delay type-2 diabetes among adults at high-risk of diabetes. The goal is to get active and stay active by doing things you enjoy, from gardening to playing tennis to walking with friends. Try to get moving and make exercise a part of your daily life. 

To learn more about your risk of diabetes, visit

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Florida Men Charged With Snake Crimes

Snake Company Co-Owners Transport Threatened Snakes
Robroy MacInnes, 54, of Fort Myers, Fla., Robert Keszey, 47, of Bushnell, Fla., and Glades Herp Farm Inc., were charged in a two-count indictment today in federal court in Philadelphia.

The indictment charges MacInnes, Keszey and the Florida business they co-own, Glades Herp Farm, with conspiracy to traffic in endangered and threatened reptiles, as well as charging MacInnes and Glades with trafficking in protected timber rattlesnakes in violation of the Lacey Act.

According to the indictment, between 2007 and 2008, the defendants collected protected snakes from the wild in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, purchased protected eastern timber rattlesnakes that had been illegally collected from the wild in violation of New York law, and transported federally threatened eastern indigo snakes from Florida to Pennsylvania. 

The indictment also charges that defendants MacInnes and Glades violated the Lacey Act by purchasing illegal eastern timber rattlesnakes and having the snakes transported to Florida.

The eastern timber rattlesnake is a species of venomous pit viper native to the Eastern United States, and is considered endangered in New Jersey and threatened in New York. It is also illegal to possess an eastern timber rattlesnake without a permit in Pennsylvania. The eastern indigo snake, the longest native North American snake species, is listed as threatened by both Florida and Federal law.
The Lacey Act, one of the oldest statutes in the United States, prohibits interstate trafficking in wildlife known to be illegally obtained. The maximum penalty for conspiring to commit offenses and for violations of the Lacey Act is up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each violation.

Google's New $199 Computer - Best Price Ever

At $199 Everyone Can Afford A New Computer

LABELLE, FL. -- As an early user of Google's Chromebook computers, I've been a supporter of the concept of "cloud" computing for a long time.

As a recipient of one of the original CR-48 Google prototypes two year ago I've became accustomed to the convenience of a quick booting, lightweight no-hassle full-keyboard device. 

Google last month announced a new $249 Samsung Chromebook, breaking the price barrier easily over competitors, and today the $199 Acer C7 Chromebook with a 320 GB diskdrive is available directly from Google Play as well as Best Buy stores and

The Google innovation this time is the inclusion of a hard drive to allow storage on the computer in addition to using Google Drive cloud services including Google Docs, Gmail, Maps, Youtube, and Google+.

According to Google, the Acer C7 Chromebook delivers a hassle-free computing experience with speed, built-in security and the simplicity of automatic updates. The new device features a full-size keyboard, fully clickable trackpad, an extra bright 11.6-inch display and over 3.5 hours of battery life. (That's about half the battery life of previous Chromebooks because of the hard drive in the new Acer model.) 

The new computer is powered by an Intel Core processor, and boots up in 18 seconds, resumes instantly and high-definition videos play smoothly. You can store your files on the Chromebook or in the cloud, with a 320GB hard drive and 100GB of free storage on Google Drive. 

Chromebooks all provide the ability to have separate accounts, so as Google says, "Moms, dads, siblings or even your roommate can all have separate accounts and simply log in to get things done" on one shared computer. 

In the U.K., it’s available on Google Play, Amazon UK, PC World and Currys. Google says it's working hard to bring the Acer Chromebook to more countries soon.

Acer C7 Chromebook: Technical Specifications
Buy Direct Online From Google

Concealed Weapon Class In Hendry

LABELLE, FL. -- Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden will be will holding classes for individuals interested in obtaining a Concealed Weapons Permit. This will be a 4 hour course which consists of both classroom and firearm range instruction.

Classes will be held at the Hendry County Gun Range and taught by Hendry County Sheriff’s Office, State of Florida Certified Firearms Instructors. Students will need to bring their own handguns and at least fifty (50) rounds of ammunition, both eye and ear protection. 

There is a $25 per person fee. You must be at least 21 years of age to participate. Concealed weapons applications are available at the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office or you may pick a packet up the day of the instruction.

All interested citizens should contact Lt. Susan Harrelle at either (863) 674-5604 or by e-mail

Hendry-Glades Obituaries

Claudine Chambers Warren, age 83, of Lake Harbor, passed into the Lord's care on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Kingshouse in LaBelle, FL. 

Beloved wife of Kenneth, her husband of 62 years and devoted mother of Barbara Scruggs (Donnie) of Lake Harbor, FL, Karen Warren of Lake Harbor, FL, Ken Warren (Maria) of Sweetwater, TN and Lee Bailey (Bill) of Centre, AL, Claudine is also survived by six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. 

She was predeceased by her mother, Alma Mackey Saxon, her sister, Iris Chambers and her stepfather, E.R. Mackey, all of Lake Harbor. She owned Claudine's Beauty Shop in South Bay for over thirty years, and then worked at Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative until her retirement. 

At the time of her death she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Belle Glade and prior to that had been a member of the First Baptist Church of South Bay where she played the piano and organ for many years.

Always supportive of her children, she was a past president of the South Bay Elementary School PTA and Cub Scout leader. A talented seamstress, cake decorator, and needlepoint crafter, her greatest joys in life were her family, church, community and serving the Lord.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 followed by a celebration of her life and Homegoing service, Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Clewiston with Rev. Gary Folds officiating. Burial immediately followed at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Clewiston. 

Serving as pallbearers were her sons-in-law and grandsons, Donnie Scruggs, Jr., Bill Bailey, Donnie Scruggs, III, Will Bailey, Jarred Warren and Adam Warren. In her memory, donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Belle Glade or Glades Day School.

Alan Lane Taylor, age 50, of Felda, passed away suddenly November 10, 2012 in Felda. He was born Jan. 19, 1962 in Venice, FL. His parents are the late Joseph Edwin and Janice (Kelley) Taylor. He was a farmer in the Felda area for many years.

Survivors include his mother, Janice Taylor of Felda, one brother: Timmy Taylor and one sister: Cindy Ford, many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, extended family and friends. Alan will be deeply missed by his family who loved and cared for him very much.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11:00 am at Mount Zion Primitive Baptist Church, Felda with Elder Marvin Wingate officiating. Interment will be Friday, November 16, 2012 in Felda Cemetery, Felda. Visitation will be Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle, Florida. There will be a fellowship luncheon provided after the funeral service at the Felda Community Center.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Cocaine Sale Near Port LaBelle School

Smith and Corker Charged with Cocaine Sale
LABELLE, FL. -- On Wednesday, November 7, 2012, Hendry County Narcotics Investigators arrested 43 year old Gwendolyn Louise Corker of 2028 Steamboat Circle, LaBelle, Florida.

She was arrested on 4 counts of Sale of Cocaine and Possession of Cocaine within 1000 feet of the County Oaks elementary school.

Corker is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $195,000 bond.

On November 7, 2012 Marcellous Smith of Manatee Ave., Labelle was charged with two additional counts of Sale of Cocaine and Possession of Cocaine within 1000’ of a school. Smith, who is currently in the Hendry County Jail, is being held on $665,320 bond.

Cooking Oil Stolen From Burger King

Two Arrested In Burger King Bungled Burglary

CLEWISTON, FL. -- In the early morning hours of Monday, November 12, 2012, Hendry County Deputy Michael Brawner was on patrol in the area of Burger King, located on Sugarland Highway in Clewiston city limits. He observed a white Isuzu truck enter the parking lot of Burger King and back up to the dumpster located in the rear of the business. He saw two individuals get out of the vehicle, and open the gate securing the area around the dumpster.

Once inside the area, the two men removed a PVC pipe along with a hose from the rear of the truck. He then heard a loud motor start up. Deputy Brawner and Sgt. Delbert Fair approached the suspects and found that they were removing the used cooking oil stored by Burger King. It was confirmed by managers of Burger King that these two men did not have a contract with the company for the removal of the oil and that no one should be on the premises at that hour.

The suspects were identified as 43 year old Manuel Antonio Rodriguez-Fiallo of 9620 SW Grand Canal Drive, Miami, FL and 36 year old Damian Delgado of 1530 SW 131 Avenue, Miami, Florida.

After detaining both individuals, deputies’ located three 250 gallon containers in the rear of the vehicle all full of used cooking oil with an estimated value of $2,475. Deputies also found a box full of tools to include a hacksaw, bolt cutters, cordless drill and wrenches.

Both Rodriguez-Fiallo and Delgado were arrested and charged with Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, and Grand Theft. Both men are being held in the Hendry County Jail on $12,500 bond each.

LaBelle Community Thanksgiving Service

LaBelle, Florida's 30th Annual Community Thanksgiving Service will be held at Eastside Baptist Church on Highway 80 E. this year on November 20th at 7 p.m.

Many of LaBelle and Hendry County pastors will be taking part in this community wide worship service sponsored by the LaBelle Evangelical Ministerial Association.

Everyone is, invited to this time of joyous singing and a positive Thanksgiving message. Canned goods will be received for the Salvation Army, and a free-will offering will be received f or The LaBelle Evangelical Ministerial Association to help the needy. 

For more information call Pastor Clifford Avery at  863-675-0900 or e-mail Pastor Avery reminds everyone that the Salvation Army really needs bell ringers for this season.

Elmo's "Voice" Caught In Underage Sex Allegation

Sesame Street Celeb Accused Of Underage Sex With 16 Year Old

Kevin Clash, the voice of the character Elmo in the popular children's TV series Sesame Street has been accused of having a homosexual relationship seven years ago with a then 16-year old when Clash was 45.

Clash has denied the accuser was 16 but admitted a relationship with him. Clash is a co-executive producer of Sesame Street and the voice of several of the show's characters. 

He released an autobiography in 2006,  My Life as a Furry Red Monster: What Being Elmo Has Taught Me About Life, Love and Laughing Out Loud.

The Sesame Workshop released a statement about the situation today:

"In June of this year, Sesame Workshop received a communication from a then 23 year old man who alleged that he had a relationship beginning when he was 16 years old with Kevin Clash, a Sesame Workshop puppeteer who performs as Elmo.

"We took the allegation very seriously and took immediate action. We met with the accuser twice and had repeated communications with him. We met with Kevin, who denied the accusation. We also conducted a thorough investigation and found the allegation of underage conduct to be unsubstantiated. Although this was a personal relationship unrelated to the workplace, our investigation did reveal that Kevin exercised poor judgment and violated company policy regarding internet usage and he was disciplined.

"Kevin insists that the allegation of underage conduct is false and defamatory and he is taking actions to protect his reputation. We have granted him a leave of absence to do so.

"Elmo is bigger than any one person and will continue to be an integral part of Sesame Street to engage, educate and inspire children around the world, as it has for 40 years."

Photo courtesy Bill Thompson

ICE Agent Sentenced In Child Porn Case

70 Month Prison Sentence For Former Agent

A former Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Miami Office was sentenced today to serve 70 months in prison for transporting child pornography, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Steinbach of the FBI Miami Field Office and Sheriff Al Lamberti of the Broward County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office.

Anthony Mangione, 52, of Parkland, Fla., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kenneth A. Marra in West Palm Beach, Fla. In addition to his prison term, Mangione was sentenced to serve 20 years of supervised release.

On July 16, 2012, Mangione pleaded guilty to one count of transportation of child pornography in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida. He was indicted on Sept. 27, 2011, by a grand jury in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

According to court documents, between March 2010 and September 2010, Mangione used a computer and other means to transport visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Specifically, according to court documents, Mangione established several AOL email accounts to transport numerous images of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, including transmitting several images to an individual in Delaware.

During the period of time in which he transported child pornography, Mangione served as the Special Agent in Charge for the ICE Miami Office. Mangione was placed on administrative leave by ICE in April 2011 and has since retired.

Hendry-Glades Gas Prices Still Well Above Average

LABELE, FL. -- Average retail gasoline prices in Florida have fallen 5.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.34/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.46/g.

Sunday the lowest price in the Hendry-Glades area was $3.59 on State Road 29 South near LaBelle, and $3.47 in Clewiston at the Diamond Shamrock station.

Including the change in gas prices in Florida during the past week, prices yesterday were 6.2 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 36.9 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 32.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 3.1 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

"The national average has again decreased in the last week, but the decreases are beginning to slow down," said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "Wholesale gasoline prices rose strongly on Friday which could send prices higher in states with the lowest prices."

Two Motorcylists Killed In Glades Crash

Motorcyclist And Passenger Die At Crash Scene Near US 27

MOORE HAVEN, FL. --  An Unidentified motorcyclist and passenger, both from Miami were killed Sunday at 3:22 p.m. on State Road 78 East near U.S. 27.

A 2009 Yamaha Vstar motorcycle was southbound on State Road 78 (East) approaching US 27 as a 2004 Harley Davidson Road King cycle driven by Gabriel Baldomero, 73 of Homestead  was southbound on State Road 78 (East) ahead of it, also approaching US 27.

A 2008 Hyundaiu Sonata driven by Diane Marie Schiell, 61 of North Port was traveling west in the right travel lane of U.S. 27, approaching the intersection of State Road 78.  The first motorcycle failed to decelerate and struck the second motorcycle in the southbound travel lane of State Road 78 (East) causing the second driver to lose control and overturn onto it's right side.  

The first cyclist continued south on State Road 78 and failed to obey the stop sign at the intersection of US 27 and then proceeded into the intersection of US 27 directly into the path of the Hyundai.  The first cycle struck the car's right front causing the motorcycle driver and passenger to be ejected.

Both were pronounced deceased at the crash scene by paramedics with Glades County EMS.  The names have been withheld pending next-of kin notification. Schiell and passenger Wendell Carl Schiell, 61 suffered minor injuries and both were taken to Hendry Regional Medical Center in Clewiston.

An investigation continues into the blood alcohol content of the first motorcyclist. Baldonero suffered minor injuries and was not transported to a medical facility.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Dead Body Found In Clewiston Burnt Car

Mystery Remains On Body Found In Burned Car

CLEWISTON, FL. -- An investigation is underway by the Hendry County Sheriff's Office after an unidentified body was discovered in a car near Hendry County Road 835. Reportedly, the vehicle's license tag does not belong to the vehicle.

A vehicle fire was called into the Sheriff's Office Saturday morning and when emergency personnel arrived on scene they found a body inside. They were unable to identify the person and are awaiting autopsy reports and following up on leads.

As of Sunday, the investigators have not ruled it to be a homicide/suicide/or accidental fire. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Hendry County Sheriffs Office at 674-5600.

Update 11/12/12: The Sheriff's Office identified the vehicle as a 4-door sedan that was found "badly burned and smoldering." The State Fire Marshall was called and investigators are trying to locate the vehicle's owner. The identity of the deceased person found inside the car has not yet been determined and they are awaiting autopsy results to determine the cause of death.

Thank You From Lorie Ward

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Hendry-Glades Obituaries

Esther Lorene Sparling, 79 - Fort Myers went to be with The Lord on November 9, 2012. She was born on August 3, 1933 in Rome, Indiana. She met the love of her life, her husband Wayne, shortly after moving to Florida and was married for 61 years. 

She dedicated her life to walking with The Lord and her caring and loving spirit was felt by those who knew her. She served as a Sunday school teacher for many years and throughout her life, she brought others together and closer to God.

Mrs. Sparling is preceded in Heaven by her daughter Nancy and her sister Dee. She is survived by her husband Wayne, two sons, Steve (Donna) and Ron (Alice), her brother: Darwin (Mimi) and her four precious grandchildren: Kimberly, Ashley, Brian (Jamie) and Matt and many extended family members and friends.

Funeral services will be held Monday, November 12, 2012, 1:00 pm at Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church, LaBelle with Rev. John Bennett officiating. The graveside committal and interment will follow on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, 10:00 a.m. at Lauderdale Memorial Park, Fort Lauderdale. Visitation will be Sunday from 4-6 p.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle, FL.

Road Work Next Week In Hendry County

LABELLE, FL. -- Road work and construction zone in Hendry County, Florida this coming week include:

SR 80: From CR 833 to east of US 27: Construction project --- Work expands two-miles of SR 80 to four lanes from County Road 833 to east of US 27. Crews are relocating utilities on the westbound shoulder. Crews are constructing ponds and building new bridges. No lane closures are expected at this time, but motorists should be aware of construction traffic along the roadway. Drivers should pay attention to traffic signs and barricades throughout the construction project, stay alert, and use caution in the work zone. Estimated completion is spring 2014. The contractor is C.W. Roberts Contracting, Inc.

SR 80/US 27: Interchange improvements: Construction project --- Crews are modifying the intersection with construction of an overpass for SR 80 traffic eastbound to US 27 northbound and for US 27 traffic northbound to SR 80 westbound. The project also realigns US 27. Crews also will widen approximately 3/4 mile of SR 80 to four lanes approaching the intersection, add a traffic signal at the overpass, and install lighting at the interchange. Work currently involves placing fill dirt, installing drainage, and constructing walls for the new overpass. Northbound traffic is shifted to the west onto new temporary lanes. Motorists are advised to be aware of construction vehicles entering and leaving the work zone and to use caution driving in this area. Project completion is expected at the end of 2013. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, Inc.

SR 80: From Birchwood Parkway to Dalton Lane: Construction project --- Work is underway to expand five miles of SR 80 to four lanes from Birchwood Parkway to Dalton Lane. Crews are placing construction signs and erosion control throughout the project. Crews are clearing vegetation on the south side of the right-of-way and construction of the box culvert near Cedarwood parkway is under construction. Motorists should expect some “fog smoke” over the next two weeks while crews burn piles of cleared vegetation. The speed limit from Birchwood Parkway to Cedarwood Parkway is 50 miles per hour. No lane closures are expected at this time, but motorists should be aware of construction traffic along the roadway. Drivers should pay attention to traffic signs and barricades throughout the construction project, stay alert, and use caution in the work zone. Estimated completion is summer 2014. The contractor is C.W. Roberts Contracting, Inc.

SR 29: From State Road 80 to County Road 731 (Whidden Road): Construction project --- Work is underway on this 1.4 mile resurfacing and improvement project. Crews will place new asphalt on SR 29, build sidewalk and replaces signals. In addition, bicycle/pedestrian railing will be installed on the bridge. Guardrail placement, drainage, milling and resurfacing and temporary barrier wall is being installed. Motorists can expect daytime lane closures from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are advised to be aware of construction vehicles entering and leaving the work zone and to use caution driving in this area. Project completion is expected in fall 2012. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, Inc.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Suspect Arrested In Clewiston Shooting

CLEWISTON, FL. -- Clewiston Police Chief Don Gutshall reports this week Officers responded to the scene of a shooting on East Ventura Saturday. Detectives quickly arrived to help process the scene. A suspect was identified, located and arrested. The victim had a minor wound to the hip area.

The Police department reports DUI arrests are up as they "continue to be vigilant and will be planning more organized initiatives to combat drunk driving over the holiday season."

Another grants has been approved and it requires no match and it is intended to be used for a computer and camera database to help maintain crime data and produce quality mug shots and photo lineups.

Detective Julius Taylor is still out and no certain date for his return, and Sgt. Justin Spence has stepped in to help fill the void in CID.

Following is a brief synopsis of the week’s police activity:

933 Commercial / Residential Security Checks
514 Complaints Investigated
91 Traffic Citations Issued
49 Red Light Camera Violations
23 Criminal Arrests Made
68 Merchant Escorts Provided
13 Alarms Responded To
4 Traffic Accidents Investigated

Hendry-Glades Meetings Next Week

LABELLE, FL. -- Fisheating Creek Florida Trail Sub-Chapter will meet Tuesday November 13th at 7 p.m. at the Glades County Historical Society’s Westergaard House located at 270 Avenue L, Moore Haven, FL

Program: “Wild about Fisheating Creek Campground” and information about upcoming events including the November 17 “Big “O” Wimp Walk ”

Directions to Westergaard House: From US27 in Moore Haven, turn at the courthouse. Go 3 blocks to Avenue L, Turn left and go several blocks to brown house with white trim.
For Information Contact: Betty Loomis 863-532-9339 or To Carpool from LaBelle contact Margaret England 863-517-0202.

The Hendry County Tobacco-Free Partnership will conduct a meeting on Thursday, November 15, 2012, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Clewiston High School, Room 211 (Mrs. Elliott’s Room),1501 S. Francisco Street, Clewiston. 

Business will consist of Partnership By-Laws review/revision, Updates from SWAT, Overview of Tobacco Goals, Tobacco Cessation class update and a workshop on the District School Tobacco Policy. For more information please contact Valarie James at 863-674-4041 ext 128.

You Won't Get Caught Avoiding Jury Duty In Hendry

Skipping Out On Hendry County Jury Duty - Easy To Do Without Penalty

LABELLE, FL. -- You don't have to show up for jury duty Hendry County citizens have been finding out for years. The Hendry County, Florida County and Circuit Court jury pool system is broken and authorities don't know how to fix it.

Even County Judge James Sloan says "Jury duty to many people has become a joke, but there is no one laughing." Except maybe those who have found they don't have to show up anymore for Hendry jury duty.

Photo: County Judge James Sloan

Southwest Florida Online has been reporting on low turnout for jury duty since March 2007 when the Clerk's office sent out 450 summonses for jury duty and only 60 people showed up, about 13% of those sent letters in the mail.

The Clerk's office admitted at the time that no follow up was made to find out why people didn't show up although anyone now showing up will be sent letter in a few months summoning them to jury duty again. Once a citizen does show up they are not required to serve on jury duty for another 12 months.

Moving ahead to April 2009 another Southwest Florida Online story reported out of 400 summonses sent out by the Clerk for jury duty only 50 showed up, and all mostly white males and females, with three African-Americans and a smattering of Latinos.

In May, 2010 another story we reported showed only 50 out of 400 were showing up at that time as well.

In October 2011 we again reported on jury duty in a story called "How to Avoid Jury Duty." By this time, people were apparently realizing they could safely ignore summonses mailed to them with no adverse consequences.  Only four percent, four out of one hundred, or one in 25 people were showing up for jury duty in 2011, down from 12 percent, one in eight in 2007.

At that time, Circuit Judge John E. Duryea and County Judge James D. Sloan had written a press release pointing out how tax dollars "are wasted" mailing out thousands of summonses every month only to have most of them ignored.

WINK News from Fort Myers did an investigation this week interviewing Clerk Administrator Christina Jedrykowski and LaBelle's 21-year veteran Judge James Sloan. 

Sloan told reporters "From a cost benefit analysis, it cheaper to send out 1,500 regular summons than it is 200 certified. The downside is we don't know who has gotten them and who hasn't," adding "We're going to have to dip into limited resources and start sending out certified mail because that's the only way I can affirmative prove that has someone received their jury summons and chose to ignore it," said Sloan.

Whether that will happen remains to be seen. Hendry county is unique in having the most number of people skipping jury duty of all the surrounding area counties.

Attorneys say the reason people don't show up is because it's just too easy to get away with a non-appearance. The judges, for political reasons don't want to drag people into court to ask them why they didn't show up. Judges are elected officials and don't want to rock the boat and lose a vote, they say.

Non-appearance can mean a fine of up to $100 and a contempt of court citation.

All of Southwest Florida Online's reporting of Jury Duty Avoidance

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Obama Stays In White House 4 More Years

Romney Loses Home States - Democrats Hold On

President Barack Obama gets four more years in the White House, after winning Tuesday's national election. The victory was called by most news networks shortly after 11 p.m.

Obama had small leads in most of the battleground states including Ohio, said to be the crucial pin to victory.

The President won the popular vote by about 1.4 million and a decisive majority of the Electoral College vote with 308 for Obama and 206 garnered for Romney.

From his home city of Chicago, Obama Tweeted, "We're all in this together. That's how we campaigned, and that' who we are."

The Republican Party became the first party since 1972 to lose both candidates' home states since McGovern and Shriver lost in 1972.  Mitt Romney lost Michigan, his birth state, and Massachusetts, his current state. Running mate Paul Ryan's lost the vote of his native state of Wisconsin.

Ryan did win reelection to his House seat in Wisconsin.

At 12:55 a.m. Wednesday Romney told supporters, “This is a time of great challenges for America and I pray the President is successful in guiding our nation,” And added, “We look to Democrats and Republicans in government at all levels to put the people before politics.”

In Florida, Obama won the votes of the African-Americans, young people and Latinos, segments the Republican party seems to have neglected.

Photo credit: White House

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Hendry County Votes Romney - 'No' To U.S. Sugar?

U.S. Sugar Backed Candidates Lagging, Most Incumbents Stay

LABELLE, FL. -- Hendry County voters, according to the Supervisor of Elections office have chosen Mitt Romney over Barack Obama in results as of 9 p.m Tuesday, but backed an almost Democratic local government.

With voter turnout of 60%, Romney/Ryan received 52% of the county's votes, leaving Obama/Biden with 46%. The Roseanne Barr/Cindy Sheehan ticket gathered 18 votes in Hendry county.

In local county politics,  voters have seemingly have spoken against the interests of Clewiston's U.S. Sugar Corp in the Property Appraiser and County Commission races while keeping most of the incumbent Democrats.

Incumbents came out well ahead of challengers with Clerk of Court Barbara Cox Butler well ahead of Larry Wilcoxson.  And the same lead went for Phillip Pelletier keeping a lead over Kristina A. Kulpa for Property Appraiser.

This race developed into the first Hendry campaign where the challenger was supported by a Political Action Committee backed by U.S. Sugar, spending surprising amounts of money on negative ads against incumbent Pelletier.

Challenger and restaurant owner Don Davis had a modest lead over Tris Chapman, an executive of Southern Gardens, affiliated with U.S. Sugar.

Hendry Sheriff Steve Whidden kept a big lead against Mark A. Chamberlain.and the same for incumbent Tax Collector Peggy S. Hampton leading over Tom Corbitt.

Long-time employee of the Supervisor of Elections office Brenda Hoots had the lead over Kevin Drummond and Rose Raulerson-Mason.

Republican Challenger Paul Puletti took the lead over School Superintendent Richard A. "Rick" Murphy after a fairly quiet campaign for both, neither spending much for advertising.

John Perry had a small lead of 1202 votes over Stephanie Busin's 1187 votes for School Board District 4 in this non-partisan race.

Complete Hendry Results

Glades County Gets Earliest Results

Romney Leads Over Obama And Roseanne Barr In Glades County

MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- The Supervisor of Elections for Glades County, Florida reports the results of early polling as of 8:38 p.m. indicating a big win for Mitt Romney a big lead over Barack Obama. Roseanne Barr and V.P. candidate Cindy Sheehan received 4 votes.

In local county races, incumbents held the lead including Glades Sheriff Stuart Whiddon with a commanding lead over Robert A. "Tony" Wilson. Distrcit 3 County Commissioner Paul Beck had a two to one lead over Cannon Eley.

Lorie Ward running for the Glades Property Appraiser office lead Robin Knight McLean by a three to one margin.

Glades County Complete Results