Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Obituaries - Clinard, Williams, Leeming

William Tod Clinard, age 51, of Clewiston, passed away April 15, 2018 in Clewiston.

Tod was born in Pahokee, Florida to the late William Ray Clinard and Anna Postell Clinard on February 10, 1967. He married Yvonne Louise Andress. He owned and operated an used car dealership in Clewiston for many years. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family and had a passion for motorcycles. Tod was a loving and caring son, husband, father, uncle, brother and grandfather who will be greatly missed by his entire family.

Tod leaves behind his loving wife; Yvonne Louise Clinard, mother; Anna Clinard, children; Tiffany Vanderbaan and her husband Kris, Yvette Clinard and Garrett Clinard, a granddaughter; Kaylianne Vanderbaan, youngest sister; Kristi Durance and her husband Kevin, along with his niece and nephew; Kacie Durance and Kody Durance. Tod is preceded in death by his father, Ray Clinard and younger sister; Connie Clinard.

The celebration of Tod's life will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Evangel Assembly of God Church. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. with Memorial service starting at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

John N Williams, Sr, age 79, of Clewiston, passed away April 15, 2018 in his home with his family around him.

John was born in Yulee, Florida on December 27, 1938 to the late Jasper and Ida M. Bennett Williams. He married Martha Joyce Whitehead. He was a diesel mechanic for many years. He and Joyce attended Evangel Assembly of God church in Clewiston for many years.

John leaves behind his wife; Joyce of Clewiston, sons; Jason Williams and his wife Lori, John N. Jr, daughters; Julie LaChance and husband Daniel, Jenette Jenkins and husband Jeff, Jennifer Atkinson and husband David, 12 grandchildren, 39 great grandchildren, one precious great- great grandchild, one brother; J.W. Williams, five sisters; Margaret Folkner, Virginia Taylor, Dora Chapel, Linda Bocciello, and Irma Gilles.

Celebration of John's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018 in Evangel Assembly of God Church. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Nicole Michele Leeming, age 30, of LaBelle, passed away April 10, 2018 in LaBelle.

She was born January 27th 1988 in Fort Myers to father Timothy Leeming and mother Phyllis Leeming.

Nicole was a dedicated hard worker. She was employed at Save-a-Lot since she was 15. She also worked part-time at Shortcakes in LaBelle for her long-time friend Ashley Short. She was also employed at Love's in Moore Haven where she had her special family of friends. She will be missed dearly by all of her co-workers. She was always smiling and had a warm caring heart.

She was a member of the Moose Lodge in LaBelle.

She leaves behind her Dad, Timothy Leeming of Okeechobee, Mom, Phyllis Leeming and Step-Dad, Mike Knotek of LaBelle, Sister, Kristin Leeming (Shane Widden) of Alabama, Maternal Grandmother, Charlotte Harvey of Morriston, Maternal Grandfather, Harold Harvey of Williston, Paternal Grandmother, Nancy Conklin of Palmdale, Paternal Grandfather, the late Gene Conklin. Aunts – Dot Cates, Dianne Davis, and Kim Searcy, all of LaBelle, Uncles – Mike Davis of LaBelle, Eddie Hall of Naples, Shaun Harvey of Williston, Shawn Searcy of LaBelle and Bill Leeming of Sebring, Niece, Daisy Widden and Nephew, Slayd Widden of Alabama, 1st Cousins- Charles Troia (Kimberly Williams) and Travis Searcy of LaBelle, June Hall of Alaska, Zeb Hall of Naples, LeAnn Hall of Punta Gorda and Jessica Harvey of Williston. She had many 2nd cousins.

Funeral Services were held April 14th at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle with Pastor Bill Maddox officiating.

Minority Health Month Highlights Partnerships

The Florida Department of Health is emphasizing health equity—each individual achieving optimal health—during National Minority Health Month. The 2018 Minority Health Month theme is "Partnering for Health Equity,” which provides an opportunity to highlight the partnerships that help reduce disparities in health and health care.

"Current research confirms that there are many factors which contribute to our health,” said Health Officer/Administrator Joe Pepe. “As a result, some people bear a higher burden of disease than others. The Health Department teams in Hendry and Glades, along with our community partners, are working daily on programs to protect, promote and improve the healthiness of our community.”

The conditions in the places where people are born, grow, live, work, play, learn and age have significant impact on the health outcomes of individuals, families and their communities. The department's Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) continues to bridge efforts across Florida to help decrease and eliminate health disparities, accelerate health equity, and build stronger and healthier communities.

The Closing the Gap Grant program is administered by the OMHHE, and these grants are utilized to stimulate the development of community and neighborhood-based organizations to improve disparate health outcomes of racial and ethnic populations and promote disease prevention activities.

As part of the Closing the Gap Grant program, Hebni Nutrition Consultants, Inc. introduced the "Fresh Stop” mobile farmers' market bus in Central Florida. "Fresh Stop” was introduced in 2014 with the goal of reducing diabetes risk in areas that are considered food deserts due to a lack of fresh, nutritional and affordable food options. In addition to offering fresh produce, the "Fresh Stop” also provides healthy cooking and wellness lessons. More than half of residents in Eatonville that attended the wellness lessons had lost weight and reduced their risk of diabetes.

To ensure Floridians in all communities have opportunities to achieve healthier outcomes, the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) Steering Committee has chosen health equity as one of eight priority health areas in the SHIP, which will guide strategic health interventions for the next five years.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

World Class Barbershop Of LaBelle

World Class Barbershop Of LaBelle, owned by Hugo Vargas, invites area residents and visitors to visit the barber shop located at 216 South Main Street in LaBelle to "celebrate" tax day with an expert trim or haircut in April.

Among services Hugo and his barbers offer are regular & scissor cuts, flat tops, shaves, and hair styling for all ages.  

World Class Barbershop is open Tuesday through Friday from 8:45 am until 5 pm and Saturday from 7 am until 2 pm. 

Phone: (863) 674-1775

World Class Barbershop is a sponsor of Southwest Florida Online.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Obituraries - Eddie Massey, Sonny Cisnero

Eddie Lee Massey, Sr., age 68, of Moore Haven, passed away April 9, 2018 in Moore Haven. He was born Aug. 18, 1949 in Somerset, KY, to the late Oscar and Julia (Brown) Massey. He served during Vietnam War in the U.S. Army from 11/30/1968 to 08/31/1970.

He and his wife own Uncle Joe's Fish Camp in Moore Haven, FL.

Survivors include his wife: Cynthia Jean (Smith) Massey, two sons: Eddie Lee Massey Jr. and Scotty Massey, three daughters: Susan Massey, Jennifer Werthman and Melissa Werthman, two brothers: Curtis Massey and Jerry Lawson, three sisters: Glenna Faye Coward, Ann Jones and Louise Manning, 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren

He was predeceased by his brother Cledith "Buddy" Massey and a sister Pauline Holzapfel.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Hatmaker Funeral Home, Lake City, TN. Interment will be Monday, April 16, 2018 in Massey Cemetery, Scott County, TN

Visitation will be Thursday April 12. 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Clewiston, FL.

Sonny J. Cisnero, age 46, of LaBelle, passed away April 8, 2018 in Lehigh Acres. He was born Sep. 20, 1971 in Bryan, OH, to the late Tiodoso and Maria (Barraza) Cisnero, III. He was a semi-truck driver.

Survivors include his son: Sonny Cisnero, Jr and two daughters: Sonnya Cisnero and Shealah B Cisnero, grandson Alyis Cisnero, granddaughter; Aleah Faith Cisnero, mother; Maria Barraza, brothers; Tiodoso Cisnero, IV., Johnny Rios, Johnny Cisnero, sister; Teresa Cisnero Stephens, many aunts, uncles and cousins who loves him dearly.

Sonny was preceded in death by his father; Tiodoso Cisnero, III, and a brother; Esteban Juan Cisnero.

Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Panther Family Back In The Wild Today

panther photo
Photo by Carlton Ward Jr. in partnership with FWC.
A female panther and her two kittens are back in the wild today, after spending months in captivity. On April 10, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) panther team released the panther family on the Picayune Strand State Forest in Collier County. This is the first time the FWC has rescued, rehabilitated and released a family group of panthers.
FWC biologists rescued the adult female panther, known as FP224, in December 2017 after she was struck by a vehicle on Collier Boulevard in Naples. They took her to the Animal Specialty Hospital of Florida in Naples where veterinarians determined she had a broken hind leg. Following a successful surgery to repair the fracture, the FWC panther veterinarian took the panther to White Oak Conservation Foundation for rehabilitation.
In June, FP224 produced a litter of one female and two male kittens, and biologists suspected these kittens were near where their mother was injured. They set up cameras to locate the young panthers, and two of the kittens were photographed and captured immediately thereafter. Unfortunately, biologists were not able to capture the third kitten.
Biologists brought the two male kittens to White Oak Conservation Foundation. They were not immediately returned to their mother so that her leg had time to heal. Last month, the family was reunited in a 1-acre pen to maintain the family bond.
On Monday, veterinarians determined that all three felines were healthy and ready for release.
“Typically, orphaned kittens still dependent on their mothers need to be kept in captivity until they can survive on their own,” said Darrell Land, FWC panther team leader. “However in this case, the mother can continue to raise her kittens, teaching them the required survival and social skills they would not receive in captivity.”
FP224 is not new to the rescue and rehabilitation efforts of the FWC and partners. In 2013, she was struck by a vehicle and had to be rescued. In the years between the two accidents she has produced three litters of kittens, successfully contributing to the Florida panther population.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Surprise! Your Facebook Info Was Most Likely Shared

LABELLE, FL. -- While Facebook prepares to slowly notify 82 million users about possible sharing of personal information unknowingly to third parties in the past several years, it has posted a help page to immediately verify if your account was involved.

Most likely, a Facebook friend of yours indeed did have his information shared along with your information as a friend.

To check you status go to: https://www.facebook.com/help/1873665312923476

Fatality In Port LaBelle Crash

UPDATED 5 p.m. Tuesday

LABELLE, FL. -- At about 4:44 a.m. Tuesday a vehicle crashed into a pole on Eucalyptus Blvd. at Rick's Market in Port LaBelle leaving Nicole Michele Leeming, 30 of LaBelle dead. Foggy weather may have played a part in the deadly crash.

A 2015 Nissan Altima was traveling north on Northeast Eucalyptus Boulevard on the southbound
lane. The FHP says Leeming failed to negotiate a curve and her car traveled onto the left grassy
shoulder. The front of the Nissan collided with a light pole and two sign supports. It came to final
rest on the west shoulder on the parking lot located at 4050 Northeast Eucalyptus Boulevard,
LaBelle Florida 33935, facing west.

The Florida Highway Patrol while investigating had Hendry Sheriff's Deputies closing off the roadway this morning. Florida Power And Light trucks were at the same time repairing the downed concrete power pole.

The FHP says the investigation as to whether alcohol was a factor is pending. She was not wearing a seat belt.

FHP Demonstrates Bicycle And Pedestrian Safety

FORT MYERS, FL. -- On April 10, 2018, the Florida Highway Patrol, held Operation P.E.D.S. (Pedestrian Education and Developing Safety details) on State Road 78 between Old 41 and Pondella Road from 8:00 am til 10:00 am. 

The purpose of this detail was to decrease the amount of injuries and deaths through a series of highly concentrated education and enforcement details in areas prone to pedestrian and bicyclist involved crashes. Troopers passed out educational flyers, installed bicycle lights/reflectors and provided reflective vest, wristbands and other safety material to those in need. 

Troopers also stopped numerous vehicles for not properly stopping before turning right at red traffic signals.

Total Contacts:

· 37 Pedestrian educational encounters
· 14 Bicycle lights installed
· 26 Improper stop warnings to motorist

Monday, April 09, 2018

Zuckerberg Meets With Senator Bill Nelson

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee, issued the following statement after his meeting today with Facebook chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg. The meeting comes just one day before Zuckerberg is scheduled to appear before a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees on Tuesday:

“I just met one-on-one with Mr. Zuckerberg and in no uncertain terms reminded him that Facebook has a responsibility to its users to protect our personal data. Facebook failed us. Not only did they fail to safeguard the personal information of millions of users, they concealed it from us – and this is not the first time the company mishandled user information. Only now are they coming clean and informing those who have had their information compromised and telling us they are going to make things right.

“Meantime, we still don’t know what Cambridge Analytica and other third parties have done with the data they collected. That’s why I’ve asked Chairman Thune to haul Cambridge Analytica in to answer these questions at a separate hearing.  The chairman has given me his assurance he plans to do just that. The bottom line here is: if Facebook can’t fix its privacy problems, then how can Americans trust them to be caretakers of their sensitive information?”

Coalition Meets April 13

Hendry and Glades County residents, representatives of local organizations, churches, businesses and non-profit organizations are invited to participate in Hendry/Glades Unmet Needs Coalition meeting to be held Friday April 13 at 1pm at the. Clewiston Public Library, 120 West Osceola Avenue, Clewiston. 

 The mission of the Hendy/Glades Unmet Needs Coalition is to partner with faith-based organizations, volunteer and social agencies, governmental agencies, community-based organizations, business and individual volunteers who seek to address the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of the individuals and families affected by natural and man-made disasters in Hendry and Glades counties.

Speakers are available upon request to share information and answer question about this coalition of local volunteers and agencies serving Hendry and Glades County residents impacted by Hurricane Irma. 

For information contact Terri Miazaga, HGUNC Coordinator Phone: 561-516-2103 Fax: 863-675-9393 E-mail Mailing address: Hendry/Glades Unmet Needs Coalition c/o LaBelle United Way House 133 N. Bridge Street LaBelle, FL 33935

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Sonny Cisnero Dies In Crash

Sonny Joe Cisnero, 46 of LaBelle was traveling east on County Road 80A (East Cowboy Way) at Carlyle Street in a 2006 Chevy pickup truck when he suffered a medical event at 1:90 P.M. Sunday.

The truck drifted off the road way onto the south shoulder of County Road 80A. The front  struck a concrete drainage culvert located on the right shoulder of County Road 80A. The truck came to final rest in the ditch on the right shoulder of County Road 80A facing south east.

Cisnero was taken to Lehigh Memorial Hospital, said the FHP.

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Imposter DCF Investigator Sought By Law Enforcement

LABELLE, FL.-- Deputies with the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office are asking parents to be aware as it was reported Friday that a female identifying herself as a Department of Children and Families Investigator, attempted to enter the home of a woman, telling the mother she was there to conduct a “home check” and to “check up” on her child due to prior allegations. 

When the mother refused to allow the female into her home and said they would contact law enforcement, she began to back away to her vehicle telling her, “well I have everything I need to close the case” and left the area.

The mother described the vehicle as a 2000-2010 White Volkswagen Beetle with a Black top. Suspect female is described as approximately 5’4”-5’8”, 30-40 years of age, thin build with dark colored hair.

Hendry County Sheriff’s Office followed up with the Department of Children and Families and was told that no one should have been at her house yesterday.

The victim did not recognize the woman and was unable to get a tag number from the vehicle. The suspect female was not able to provide any identification nor was she wearing any clothing that would identify her as a DCF Investigator.

Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden said, “The fact that someone would go to a person’s home, identify themselves as an Investigator and attempt to gain entry is very concerning to us. We are asking if you see or hear anything suspicious to contact the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office immediately”.

If you have any information or know who this female may be, please contact the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office at 863-674-5600.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Gopher Tortoise - Florida's Only Native Turtle

Spring days are a good time to spot a gopher tortoise, as Florida’s only native tortoise becomes more active, foraging for food and searching for a mate.

If you see gopher tortoises or their half-moon shaped burrow entrances, it is best to leave them alone. It’s illegal to disturb or harm gopher tortoises, their burrows or their eggs. 

You can help a gopher tortoise cross a road, by picking it up and placing it on the roadside in the direction it was heading. But only do this if it is safe for you to do so, and don’t put the tortoise in your vehicle! Remember too, the tortoise is a land animal, so never attempt to put it into water.

On April 10, many Floridians plan to celebrate Florida Gopher Tortoise Day and support conservation of this threatened species.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has encouraged Floridians to get involved in Gopher Tortoise Day since 2016 and share awareness of how people can help this species that is found in every county of the state. 

Communities adopting a Gopher Tortoise Day resolution this year include Alachua and Brevard counties, and the cities of Malabar, Melbourne, North Port, Palm Bay, Palm Shores, Rockledge, Sanibel and Tallahassee. In 2017, Gopher Tortoise Day resolutions were adopted by Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Indian River and Sarasota counties, and the cities of Cape Coral, Flagler Beach and Venice.

Anyone, or any group like a neighborhood association, can celebrate Gopher Tortoise Day and help conserve the tortoise. Go to GopherTortoiseDayFL.com for information and activities for April 10 and all year long.

25 Tons Of Sugar Spilled On US27

CLEWISTON, FL. -- The Florida Highway Patrol is on scene of an overturned semi-truck crash on US 27 and Evercane Road in Clewiston. 

The southbound lanes of US 27 and eastbound Evercane Road  were blocked this morning due to the approximately 25 tons of sugarcane being spilt from the overturned trailer. 

There are no reported injuries said the FHP investigators on the scene.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Obituaries - Robert Hegley, Elsie Foster, Andres Herrero

Robert B. Hegley Jr., age 58, of Lehigh Acres, passed away at home.
He was born Aug. 24, 1959 in , PA, to the late Robert B and to Chalys Hegley.
He served in the U. S. Army from 1977 to 1983.
He has been instrumental in the car business in Hendry County for many years.
Survivors include his wife: Dawn (Peace) Hegley
one son: Robert B Hegley 2nd
three daughters: Khari Ford, Caitlyn Ford and Cooper Ford,
mother Chalys Hegley
three brothers: Chris Hegley, Steven Hegley and Lee Hegley,
A Memorial Service is Pending.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.
Elsie Faye Foster, age 89, of LaBelle, FL. passed away March 31, 2018 in LaBelle, FL.
She was born Nov. 28, 1928 in Greensboro, NC, to the late Rupert B. and Elsie (Busick) Bynum.
Survivors include a son: Frank Stephen Foster
a daughter: Faye Suzanne (Roger) Burg
Grandson, Robbie (Nikki);
Granddaughter, Shelby (Kyle);
1 great grandchild
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.
Andres M. Herrero, Sr, passed away March 31, 2018 in Hope Hospice, Lehigh Acres, Florida. Andres was born November 11, 1940 in Havana, Cuba and came to the United States in 1957. He became a US Citizen November 1978. He attended High School and earned a degree in accounting in New York. He moved to Miami in 1968 and later relocated to LaBelle in 2002. He attended the LaBelle Church of God.
Survivors include his wife; Ruby (Deese) Herrero, children; Andres Herrero, Jr (Lisa), Alexander Herrero (Katherine), grandchildren: Shahidy Benito, Alexander Arocha, Brandon Herrero, Elizabeth Herrero, Isabelle Herrero and two great-grandchildren; Emerie and Zulian Benito. nephew, Charles E. Hicks, Jr (Vicki), Earl David Hicks (Karen), nieces; Carma Hicks (Park) and Glenda Brooker (Gordon) along with a host of family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hope Healthcare Services, 1201 Wings Way, Lehigh Acres, Florida 33936.
Funeral services will be held graveside at Fort Denaud Cemetery on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. with Pastor Cliff Gobble officiating.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home – LaBelle.

Freda Herrmann Dies At 80

Freda Margaret Teaster Herrmann
March 9, 1938 – April 3, 2018
Clewiston, Fl. – Freda peacefully separated from this life on an early Spring morning and is now asleep in Christ. A smoky mountain girl at heart, she was always ready to share with pride where she was from and passed those memories and ancestry on to her family through the tradition of story-tellin'. Many of those stories included her experiences working at the Parkway Market in Gatlinburg, and of the life in Elkmont where she lived and worked as a caretaker for Mrs. Townsend, as well as her earlier memories as a child spent in the mountains, and long as she could she went back home to East Tennessee to visit kin and share in homecomings and Decoration Day.
Even though her heart was big for Tennessee she spent the majority of her years here in Florida making it her permanent residence. She was previously employed by the Handy store in Moore Haven and went on to work for Hendry General (Regional) Hospital in Clewiston in the business office including holding the position of business manager for a duration.
Freda was predeceased by her mother, Josie Ownby Teaster, her father Clifford C. Teaster, her brother Clifford C. Teaster, her brother Clyde V. Teaster, and sister Verl Morrison.
She is survived by her son Gary L. Moore (Linda) of Clewiston, FL., granddaughter, Wendy Walker (Robert, Jr.) of Deland, FL., grandson Gary Leon Moore (Kendall) and two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Dylan of Clarksville, TN. Freda is also survived by her brothers Von Teaster (Etheleen), and Rex Teaster (Jean) of Seiverville, TN.
She will be laid to rest at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Clewiston, FL. after a funeral at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2018 at Akin-Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Troy Ezell officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service held at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Monday, April 02, 2018

Looking Back And Forward At Theatre April 6

LABELLE, FL. -- Barbara Dinsmore and Sue Wall rehearse their duet and these two ladies really get into their song while Carolyn White, Cindy Shough and Bill Bower watch the two of them go at each other!

So come on down to the Firehouse Community Theatre where the Firehouse Singers will be presenting a musical review called "Looking Back and Forward" in celebration of the Theatre's 25th Anniversary.

Performances will be April 6-8 and 12-15.

Free Tax Assistance At United Way

LABELLE, FL. --- United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is available at 15 sites in Lee, Hendry, and Charlotte Counties to individuals and families making less than $66,000 per year.

Residents can have their federal tax returns prepared, and e-filed for FREE by any one of United Way VITA program’s 150 IRS certified volunteers. Returns are carefully reviewed and checked for maximum use of earned income, child care and educational tax credits, then filed electronically, making tax refunds available as quickly as from commercial tax preparing companies.

To locate the most convenient VITA site, schedule an appointment today go https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/7z18p1x6/ or simply call United Way 211 by dialing 2-1-1 or 239.433.3900.

If you have access to a computer and would like to file your taxes free of charge, United Way can help with that too! Logon to www.MyFreeTaxes.com. It’s simple, fast, and secure while offering online assistance with the process.

Free Pizza Until 1 PM Today At Little Caesars

LABELLE, FL. -- Today's the day to get a free Hot 'N Ready Lunch Combo at Little Caesars during a one and a half hour promotion.

After promising if a #16-seeded team beat a #1-seeded team in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, they found it actually happened, which lead to today's free treat for everyone.

The University of Mayland-Baltimore County became the first ever #16-seeded team to beat a #1-seeded opponent in the NCAA Tournament.  So, today all get the $5 combo lunch with a drink by stopping in.

Save Lives - Eliminate Distracted Driving

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is urging motorists to eliminate distractions while driving in an effort to reduce distracted driving crashes statewide. The Florida Highway Patrol, a division of the DHSMV, is partnering with the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Police Chiefs Association, Florida Sheriffs Association and AAA – The Auto Club Group to promote April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

There are different types of driver distractions, including: visual (taking eyes off the road), manual (taking hands off the wheel) and cognitive (mind not on driving). Texting is one of the most dangerous driver distractions since it involves visual, manual and cognitive distractions. However, texting is not the only distracted driving behavior; other dangerous driving distractions include putting on makeup, tending to children in the backseat, eating, tuning the radio, checking GPS navigation and even daydreaming.

Preliminarily, in 2017, there were almost 50,000 crashes involving distracted driving in Florida. That means, on average in 2017, there were 958 distracted driving crashes per week. Distracted driving crashes have increased 25 percent since 2013. Last year, these distracted driving crashes accounted for more than 3,000 serious bodily injuries and 200 fatalities.

April had the third highest number of distracted driving crashes in 2017, followed by March and October, respectively. Preliminarily, in 2017, drivers age 20–24 were responsible for the highest number of distracted driving crashes, followed closely by 25–29 year-olds and 15–19 year-olds. Distracted driving crashes involving electronic devices accounted for nine percent of distracted driving crashes for 20-29 year-olds and were highest of any age group.

“When a driver gets behind the wheel of a car they should focus solely on driving,” said DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “Distractions significantly lower a driver’s reaction time to effectively avoid a crash. Always keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and mind on driving toArrive Alive.”

“Distracted driving is extremely risky behavior that not only puts drivers and passengers in danger, but others out on the road as well,” said Colonel Gene S. Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “Focused attention on driving increases your reaction time to dangerous driving situations, helps to prevent crashes and saves lives.”

Walter Lewis Dies In Motorcycle Crash

MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- A motorcyclist died of injuries in a crash Monday night at 10:00 p.m. in Hendry County, Fl.

Walter Lewis, 71 of Moore Haven  was traveling westbound on US 27 just east of SR 80. As his 2008 Honda Goldwing motorcycle entered the right curve, it then entered the south grass median. andoverturned causing the driver to become separated from the motorcycle. The vehicle came to final rest in the grass median.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Walk Across Florida - The Way To Key West

Excerpts From A Walk Across Florida by Bob Kranich

The bridge over Spanish Harbor channel was one-half mile long and composed of 77 spandrel arches. I took a deep breath and went on across. Every time a car came I would jump up on the curb and hold on for dear life. I walked about six miles to the center of this Big Pine Key. There was a small store at the intersection of U.S. No. 1 and State Road 940. During my discussion with the store owner it seemed that he had hiked a lot in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.

    I asked him about the history of Big Pine Key and why it seemed to not be as built up as some of the other keys. He said that there had been little development for so many years because there was no public electricity and water, even though Big Pine Key is the second largest key in the total Florida Keys. Also the schools were non-existent until the late 1920’s…..

Just then a local man in the store who I’m sure was listening in on our conversation said that he would drive me the three miles back  to the Key Deer Refuge…..

This fellow said his name was Jeff and that he had lived on Big Pine Key all of his life. In fact he used to farm pineapples mostly for his own, friends’ and neighbors’ use. When he had a good crop he would sell some to local stores. He told me that there was also a fresh water lake on Big Pine Key. That is because the Key is made of something called oolitic limestone and fresh water can be found in that kind of formation….

Jeff dropped me off at the refuge. I thanked him and went on into the small ranger office there. I talked to the ranger on duty and asked him about the Key deer and the refuge. He showed me where there was a pen out back which had three Key deer recuperating from auto injuries. He said that these were not hurt badly and were going to be released into the refuge some time soon. I took a photo and watched the little deer for some time.

    It is thought that the Key deer are related to the Virginia white-tail deer. They are unique because the Keys is their only habitat. Scientists also speculate that the deer migrated to the Keys across a land bridge from the mainland between 6,000 and 12,000 years ago. This migration would have taken place before the Wisconsin Glacier melted. These deer are less than 3 feet high, and shoulder height is 24 to 28 inches. Does weigh 45 to 65 pounds and bucks 55 to 75 pounds….

On my way back along State Route 940 I saw some Key Deer in the wild grazing along the highway. Not only that, it seemed that both the pine trees and the palms were both very small compared to the trees I had hiked through on the mainland. That together with the very small Key Deer made me feel that I was hiking through the land of Lilliputians….

    I finished the three miles back to U.S. Highway No. 1 and headed west towards Key West. In a little more than a mile I crossed the bridge over North Pine Channel and then a half mile later the bridge over South Pine Channel. These bridges were only about one-tenth and one-fifth of a mile long respectively. I was now on Little Torch Key which was only about one-half mile long. Then I crossed two bridges to get to Ramrod Key, and they were one-tenth of a mile each. Ramrod Key was only about a mile long but to get to Summerland Key I had to walk a bridge over Niles Channel, almost a mile long. Actually eight-tenths of a mile!
 I said to myself, let’s get it over!

About the Author: After getting out of the Army Bob Kranich backpacked from the Georgia border to Key West in a 40 day adventure walk across Florida. His recently published book A Walk Across Florida is available from his website or Amazon.com

Friday, March 30, 2018

Ee-To-Leet-Ke Grill Re-Opens At Casino

IMMOKALEE, FL. -- The Ee-To-Leet-Ke Grill (The Camp) re-opened this afternoon at the Seminole Casino and Hotel in Immokealee.

Closed for some months, it reopened today with a Grand Opening reception for several hundred invited guests.

Served were selections from the menu including steak, shrimp, chicken sliders (photo at left), fish and chips, key lime and chocolate desserts, and various mixed drink specialties.

The restaurant features a theater-style kitchen that allows for transparency as chefs prepare dishes “from scratch” to the table.

The all new EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill has a seating capacity of 202 including a private dining room which is designed to accommodate a variety of special guest events such as engagement and birthday parties.

The EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill menu features contemporary regional cuisines utilizing Prime aged beef, fresh seafood, and an array of locally-sourced produce. The wide-ranging menu offers pastas, house made soups, steaks, seafood and chef specialty items including fajitas, pork osso bucco and braised short rib pot roast. All come with a complimentary basket of warm rolls including the Grill’s handmade Seminole fry bread with an assortment of flavored butters.
Photo: Gordon Ollie Wareham - Facebook

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Obituaries - Delores Pendrey, Vernon Frady

Delores Diana "Diane" Pendrey, age 61, of LaBelle, passed away suddenly March 25, 2018 in Fort Myers.

Diane was born Sep. 5, 1956 in Fort Myers, FL, to Roy Joseph and Marion Barbara (Atkins) Dana. Mrs. Pendrey married Carl Pendrey on February 11, 1995. She was a member of Christ Central Church of LaBelle. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, sister, and friend who will be greatly missed by her entire family and all of her friends.

Diane leaves behind her loving husband of 23 years; Carl Pendrey of LaBelle, Florida, father; Roy J. "Rookie" Dana of LaBelle, Florida sons; Steven Lynn and his wife Caitlin of Cape Coral, Florida, Brandon Lynn and his wife Shonna of LaBelle, Florida, Derick Pendrey and wife Kelci of Tiger, Georgia, James Pendrey of Rabun Gap, Georgia, ten grandchildren, one sister; Donna Woodruff and her husband Dean of Felda, Florida and many extended family members and close family friends.

Celebration of Diane's life was held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Fort Denaud Cemetery, where Pastor Mitchell Wills will officiate. Visitation was one hour before at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Diane Pendrey Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of the family.

Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Vernon C. Frady, age 83, of LaBelle, passed away March 26, 2018 in Lehigh Acres. He was born May 24, 1934 in Belle Glade, FL, to the late Edgar and Annie Mae (Martin) Frady. He served in the U.S. Army & Navy .

Survivors include his wife: Eva (Franz) Frady,
one son: Morris Frady
two daughters: Teresa Frady and Maryann Grice,
Step Daughter Linda
9 Grandchildren and Many Great-Grandchildren
A Memorial Service may be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Kelly Morgan New IFAS Director

IMMOKALEE, FL. -- Dr. Kelly Morgan will be the next director of the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center. Kelly will assume leadership of the center on August 1.

Under the current leadership of Dr. Calvin Arnold, who is retiring, SWFREC has enjoyed a fresh infusion of faculty talent, vastly expanded facilities, and a renewed engagement from producers. Indeed, the very first point Kelly made in laying out his vision for the future was to continue this momentum.

Kelly has been in Immokalee since 2004, but he’s been affiliated with UF since 1993, when he started at the Citrus Research and Education Center, or since the 1970s when he began studies toward the first of his three UF degrees.

Most recently, he ran the Extension agricultural best management practices program. Kelly knows BMPs, he knows producers, he knows FDACS, and he knows how centers run. That should reduce the slope of the learning curve that all new center directors experience.

Elizabeth Cruz Injured in Canal Crash

CLEWISTON, FL. -- Elizabeth Cruz, 62 of Clewiston was traveling south on County Road 833 at 10:05 p.m. Tuesday night and traveled off the roadway onto the west grass shoulder.

The 2010 Toyota Coralla traveled in a southwesterly direction on the shoulder and entered a water-filled canal. The vehicle was totally submerged in the canal. Cruz was extricated from the car by a Hendry County Sheriff's Deputy and the Montura Flaghole Fire Department.

She was transported by Hendry County EMS to Labelle and was subsequently transported by LeeFlight from Labelle to Lee Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Don Davis Dies At 82

Donald Allen Davis, age 82, of LaBelle, passed away March 22, 2018 in Lehigh Acres. He was born in Fountain, FL, on May 25, 1935 to the late Theodore Roosevelt and the late Susie Mozelle (Melvin) Davis.

Don was raised in Panama City, FL and graduated from Bay High School Class of 1955. He joined the United States Army and proudly served his country as a Corporal in the late 1950's. He moved to LaBelle in 1964 and started one of his many businesses and also started serving the local community in civic organizations such as LaBelle Jaycees as President and was one of the founding fathers of Swamp Cabbage Festival. 

He served as President of the Greater Chamber of Commerce. He raised the money himself to build the Chamber of Commerce building which still stands today and was voted Man of the Year in 1992 for his efforts. He also served in the Lions Club and The Rotary Club. He served as County Commissioner for Hendry County for 14 years in the 1970's and 1980's and more recently was elected to serve from 2012-2016.

He started and sold many businesses through his more than 50 years in LaBelle and still owned Don's Steakhouse and Big V Restaurant. Don was instrumental in the growth of the community that he loved so much.

He helped establish the Davis Pratt Park with fellow county commissioner Don Pratt. He was an avid golfer and played in numerous tournaments across the country. He loved to sing and did it anywhere he could find a stage…from Tootsies in Nashville to his own stage in the lounge at the steakhouse.

He thought everyone should work hard and he did all 82 years of his life. He won numerous awards through the years, too many to be displayed in any one place…most of them are just leaned against each other on the floor. He was still a humble man and loved God. He helped many people that none of us will ever know about. He gave generously of his time and money without request of a receipt. According to Don "the man upstairs knows about my giving and he is the only one that counts".

Don or Big V as most people called him is survived by his children: Ricky Thibodeaux, Patsy Bostick (Doug), Teri Gail Armstrong (Stacy), Paula Sue Hall, Kimberly Perkins (Chad) all of LaBelle, sister Carolyn Davis of Panama City, 12 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren, companion Shirley Dooley and the mother of his children Iris Davis as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and very dear friends. He was predeceased in death by his parents, brothers: Carl E. Davis and Daniel Wayne Davis and sister: Peggy Ann Davis and nephew Ward Facer.

Big V will certainly be missed by all who knew him. He gave freely of his advice and you always knew where you stood with him.

Funeral services will be held March 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm at Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church, LaBelle with Pastor Preston Long officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church. Entombment will be in Fort Denaud Cemetery at a later date.

Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Motorcyclist Dies In Crash

FORT MYERS, FL. -- Karina Cruz, 28 of Cape Coral  in a 2011 Chevy Malibu was southbound in the left turn lane on McGregor Boulevard approaching a green traffic control signal at the intersection of Cypress Lake Drive Saturday morning at 6:22 a.m.

William Kerl, 49 of Fort Myers was northbound on a 2008 Harley-Davidson Electra in the inside lane on McGregor Boulevard approaching a green traffic control signal at the intersection of Cypress Lake Drive.

Cruz made a left turn, and entered into the path of the oncoming motorcycle. The passenger side of was struck by the front of the cycle.

The motorcyclist was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Fuccillo Kia - Bringing Customers In For The Huge Kill

Fuccillo Kia "Bumps" Prices By Thousands Of Dollars

CAPE CORAL, FL. -- Beware of sales gimmicks misleading buyers at Fuccillo Kia stores, bringing customers in and taking "huge" money from the less than expert negotiating consumer. 

(Photos: Phony Monroney "Bunp Sticker" At Fuccillo Kia raising prices by $2,995 over MSRP and at right bumping price $9,995 over MSRP)

Without hard bargaining, the average customer will find no "discounts" at Fuccillo Kia of Cape Coral because every single vehicle here has the price artificially raised by three thousand dollars with a "bump" sticker attached to the right of the Monroney sticker and a dealer fee of $795 added to each sale.

Fucillio raises the price of each vehicle by attaching a "Phony Monroney" to the side of the official Monroney sticker, raising selling prices on all Fuccillo vehicles by at least $2,295 plus a $795 "dealer fee" which is not disclosed at all on the sticker. 

The "Monroney" label is required by Federal law in the United States to be displayed on the side rear window of all new automobiles and trucks and includes the listing of official information about the car and the manufacturer's suggested retail price, the MSRP, as well as gas mileage numbers and equipment installed at the factory.

One vehicle's price we found was actually "bumped" up by $9,995. The Fuccillo selling price on all new vehicles is raised by including dealer installed "extras," in Fuccillo's case: the infamous "nitrogen" in tires which according to Consumer Reports saying any benefit is not worth the extra cost (the air we breathe is already about 80% nitrogen/20% oxygen), pin stripes, and door edge guards. In no case are the "extras" worth anywhere near $2,295. 

We asked 5-year veteran Fuccillo senior sales representative Michael L'Herault why nitrogen was used to fill the tires instead of plain air. He didn't have an answer immediately but later said he inquired inside and was told that nitrogen increased gas mileage by "2 miles per gallon." He didn't have an answer for proof or who makes that claim. Tire manufacturers say there is no need for nitrogen in passenger tires.

By raising prices on ALL vehicles $2,295 and adding the $795 dealer fee above the MSRP, it gives the sales manager plenty of room to negotiate without really giving away profit for Fuccillo. While any car dealer is entitled to a profit, consumer advocates say it's unconscionable to bump prices up by thousands with nearly worthless dealer installed extras, and add a $795 dealer fee on every vehicle, all of which is pure profit to the dealer, while sales people do not share in commission on those extra add ons.

As at most car dealerships you can expect huge sales person turnover, as sales people will easily be disillusioned by the 25% commission they get on  the net profit of each sale (sales price minus dealer cost, the "dealer invoice"), but they DON"T get a commission on the $795 dealer fee and dealer installed "extras," only owner Billy Fuccillo gets to put those thousands in his pocket on every sale. Customers also should realize everyone is on commission including the service department, and customers are advised to be extra careful what services are recommended when they come in for maintenance, tires, or repair services.

Can You Really Get Those Low Payments Advertised?

Leasing? Low Payments? Don't expect to get those advertised  low low $189 monthly payments. To get any of those low payments you must have top notch credit scores and pay thousands of dollars down. Fuccillo and all car dealers make more profit on leasing and loan financing and later repairing vehicles than they do selling the car. So prepare before you visit to talk to your bank or credit union before accepting the dealer's finance department offer and you'll most likely save thousands over the next several years.

And bring ear protection to Fuccillo's stores if you're noise sensitive. The Saturday we were there the office was so tremendously noisy it's a wonder anyone can hear conversation there with loud music and dozens of folks talking at once in the room. Maybe that's a sales technique...fatiguing customers to give in to high pressure sales tactics?

Fuccillo Kia of Cape Coral has maintained an "F" rating by the Better Business Bureau continuously for many years. According to the BBB, among the reasons for the failing rating are "complaints filed against business," and "failure to respond" as well as the negative customer reviews.

Advice to all vehicle shoppers; shop carefully at several dealers for an "out the door" price including all dealer fees, document preparation fee, tag fees, dealer installed "extras" which are always grossly overpriced, and pick the lowest price. Use your bank and credit bureau for the best financing, extended warranties are most usually a bad deal, and a huge profit maker for the dealership selling them. An exception may be an extended warranty through the manufacturer, but even so usually an expensive add on.

Principals at Fuccillo are Xavier Villarreal, General Manager and William B. Fuccillo, President/Director.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Lisa Sands - United Way Manager

LABELLE, FL. -- On Tuesday, March 20th, the Kiwanis Club of LaBelle welcomed guest  speaker, Lisa Sands from United Way. She discussed the upcoming event "Swing Into Spring" which is their annual fundraiser/dinner held at Riverbend MotorCoach Resort in LaBelle.

Lisa explained how United Way changes lives for the better. When people invest in United Way, they help people in need. It helps to make families strong, feed the hungry, help children grow and develop to their full potential and help families restore their lives.

All of the money raised stays local. Any gift to United Way goes directly to meet the needs of our local communities in Hendry/Glades making our communities a better place to live and to work.

Lisa coordinated one of many community events,this one at the United Way House in Moore Haven this week including a visit by the Harry Chapin Mobile Food Bank, and displays by a dozen community organizations offering help to local residents.

Tickets are on sale now at United Way and Sponsorships are available. Contact United Way for more details. The LaBelle Kiwanis has been a Sponsor for United Way for many years.

Photo by Helen Mead: LaBelle Kiwanis President, Sue Williams shown here with Lisa Sands, United Way Manager Hendry/Glades.

Easter Sunrise Service In Barron Park April 1

LABELLE, FL. -- This years Community Easter Service will be held on Sunday April 1, 2018 at 7:00 a.m. in Barron Park. The LaBelle Evangelical Minister’s Association sponsors this multi-denominational event each Easter to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This years service will feature the following activities and pastors.
Welcome & Opening Prayer, William Maddox Pastor of First Christian Church
Pledge to American Flag
Congregational Worship Christ Central Worship Team
Solo Pastor Gwen Patrick Griffiths of Greater Harvest A.M.E. Church LaBelle
Old Testament Reading Jorge Rodriguez Pastor of Life Ministries Church
Saint Matthews House Men’s Choir
New Testament Pastor Charles Gobble of LaBelle Church of God
solo Deanna Mixon
Ushers A Gathering of Christian Men
Offering Prayer: Pastor David Mullins of Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church
Special Music Pastor Alonzo Mc Kenzie. New Bethel Baptist Church
Easter Speaker, Pastor Mitchell Wills of Christ Central
Benediction Frank Deerey Jr. Pastor of First Baptist Church

Friday, March 23, 2018

Joseph McLeod Dies At 76

Joseph Marvin McLeod, age 74, of LaBelle, passed away March 16, 2018 in Fort Myers.
He was born March 4, 1944 in Live Oak, FL, to the late Reid Auldy and the late Lena (Jordan) McLeod. He served during Vietnam in the Army.
He is survived by his loving wife: Joyce M. (Pickles) McLeod, son: Keith Joseph McLeod (Brenda), grandchildren, Nikolas Haverkamp, Madison Benton and Timmie Joe Benton
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Shannon McLeod-Benton.
A graveside service was held Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 10:00 am at Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle with Rev. Frank Deerey Jr. officiating.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Obituaries - Marcus Jenkins, Evelyn Greer

Marcus Lee Jenkins, age 77, of LaBelle, passed away March 16, 2018 in Fort Myers.
Marcus was born Aug. 28, 1940 in Clay County, Tennessee, to Hermit and Helen (Phillips) Jenkins. Marcus retired from Western Electric after 34 years. He was a member of Countryside Wesleyan Church in Alva. Marcus married Doris E. Fyffe. He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother who will be dearly missed by everyone who knew and loved Marcus.
Marcus is survived by his loving and caring wife of 57 years; Doris Jenkins of LaBelle, sons; Douglas Jenkins of Columbus, Ohio and Michael Jenkins and his wife Diana of LaBelle, adopted daughter; Selena Waryan and her husband Frank of Minnesota; grandchildren; Thomas Jenkins and wife Liz, Jarod Jenkins and wife Jenn, Mickie and her husband Alexander Carsner; great grandchildren; William Jenkins, Alexis and Thomas Carsner, Ethan Henderson, and Isabella Brainard, brother; Russell Jenkins and sister; Dean Long.
Marcus was preceded in death by his siblings; Roy, Kenneth, Gerald, Jack, Lucille and Emma Jean.
Celebration of Marcus' life will be held at 12:00 noon, Saturday, March 24, 2018 in Akin-Davis Funeral Home LaBelle where Pastor Kevin Barnsdale will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before the service.
Evelyn Gayletona Greer, age 57, of Clewiston, passed away Thursday March 15, 2018.
She was born July 30, 1960 in Clewiston, FL, to Evelyn Yvonne (Hensley) Swindle and the late Calvin G. Swindle, Pre-deceased by a brother Charlie Swindle. Evelyn was a Care giver for the elderly employed by the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
Survivors by her husband: Harold Greer, one son: John Calvin (JC) McIntyre of OH and two daughters: Niki Kelley and Johanna (Jason) Jones, one sister: Sherry (Timmy) Lee all of Clewiston. Grandmother of Austin, Brody and Lucy Gail Jones, Athena McIntyre, Wyatt, Cody, Bailey and Markie Greer, Fur grand Babies' Annabelle and Nate, Aunt of Sharon Rae (Daniel) Paniagua and Tyler Peacock.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 6:00pm at the New Harvest Church, with Pastor Chuck Pelham officiating.
Cremation arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston

David Risner Dies At 81

David J Risner, age 81, of LaBelle, passed away March 23, 2018 in LaBelle.
He was born Feb. 4, 1937 in Wolfe County, KY, to the late George and Myrtle (Craft) Risner.
He served in the U.S. Army. He was a Minister.
Survivors include his wife: Janice (Oditt) Risner
one daughter: Judie Gibson
two brothers: Ronald Risner and Burnice Risner,
one sister: Faye Rudd
1 grandchild
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Looking Forward And Back At Theatre April 6

LABELLE, FL. -- Katie Redmond and Cindy Shough sing while musician John Wall intently reads and plays the music at rehearsals for "Looking Forward and Back," which starts on April 6. 

This production is directed by Nick Fidanza. Putting on a good show for everyone to enjoy is the main objective of the Firehouse Singers. Work is something they are not afraid of - whether it is rehearsing 2 and 3 nights a week, costuming or set preparation. 

 This year's extravaganza celebrates 25 years of entertaining! Performances will be April 6-8 and 12-15. So get your tickets by calling our ticket hotline at (863) 675-3066 or online at firehousecommunitytheatre.com, and come on down and enjoy the show. Tickets are $14 in advance and $16 at the door. 

The Firehouse Community Theatre is located at 241 N. Bridge Street in beautiful downtown LaBelle.

Trump's Alleged Affair With Playmate Of The Year McDougal

National News

Former Playboy model and 1998 playmate of the year Karen McDougal tells about her alleged 10-month affair with Donald Trump in 2006 and 2007 seeing him dozens of times she says, including having unprotected sex with the TV celebrity.

The alleged affair took place she says after the birth of Trump's son Baron. She says she ended the affair. She told Anderson Cooper that she was in love with Trump and that he in return said he was in love with her.

Video: youtube.com/cnn

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Boil Water Notice For Port LaBelle Inn And Vicinity

LABELLE, FL. -- A boil water notice is currently in effect for the Port LaBelle Inn, Port LaBelle Marina, Port LaBelle Villas and Port LaBelle Villas at River Run.

All Port LaBelle water users are advised to bring drinking water to a rolling boil for at least one minute prior to consumption. The notice is necessary due to a break in a water line.

The notice is effective immediately and will be in effect until further notice. Residents with question or concerns are asked to call 863-675-5376.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Death In Crash On US27

CLEWISTON, FL. -- A driver of a 2011 Chrysler 200 was dead Monday afternoon after crashing into a truck on US27 near Airglades Airport at 2:52 p.m.

U.S. 27 (SR-25) travels northbound and southbound, but here U.S. 27 travels east and west as the Chrysler and the 1992 International driven by Cory L. Kitchen, 49 of South Bay, Fl. were traveling east on U.S. 27 in the left lane, east of Airglades Boulevard.

The car was behind the truck and was approaching at a high rate of speed when for reasons unknown, failed to slow. The front of the car collided with the rear of the truck and was lodged into the rear of the truck as the truck was pushed east before coming to a controlled stop.

Kitchen has minor injuries. Identity of the car driver is pending notification of next of kin.

UPDATE: The driver was Jessiely Aponte, 28 of Zepherhills, Fl.