Friday, December 14, 2018

'Buzzy' The Drone - Tip For New Drone Owners

Follow Buzzy the Drone!Getting a drone for the holidays? The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) “Buzzy the Drone” will help you learn the do’s and don'ts of being a responsible drone operator and flying your new purchase safely.
Too many times, we at the FAA hear sad stories about what happens when inexperienced flyers take their drone out for its first flight. Sometimes a nasty tree will jump right into your flight path. All too often, the drone gets scared and flies away if you let it out of your sight. And upset neighbors may knock on your door if you fly over their backyard while they’re outside.
Buzzy, a whimsical four-rotor drone, can help you avoid being “that guy or girl.” Buzzy uses simple but effective rhymes to convey important safety tips, such as:
“When Buzzy Goes Out for a Flight, the Number One Rule Is Keep Buzzy in Sight.”
You can follow Buzzy’s adventures on FAA social media such as TwitterInstagram and YouTube.
Buzzy’s messages are the latest in the FAA’s continuing efforts to make sure everyone follows the rules for safe drone operations. You can find details on the Agency’s extensive unmanned aircraft website.
Buzzy and all the other drones say “thanks” in advance for keeping them safe, sound, and above the ground!
The second Buzzy The Drone video on what altitude to fly (not above 400') is here.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Forrey Drive Repaving Completed And Road Opens

LABELLE, FL. -- Forrey Drive from State Road 80 to E. Cowboy Way is now open. 

Southern Striping Solutions, LLC, a Hendry County Road & Bridge contractor, along with its subcontractors, recently completed a roadway project on Forrey Drive which included milling and resurfacing of Forrey Drive from Sate Road 80 to E. Cowboy Way. 

This project began in early September 2018 and is now 99% complete. The contractor will return to finish miscellaneous sodding and final striping in the near future. 

The roadway may be shut down intermittently to accommodate various activities to reach final completion of the project. 

Motorists are asked to PLEASE TRAVEL WITH CAUTION through this area when workers are present. 

For the safety of the motorist and residents of Hendry County, we ask that all be mindful of the posted speed limit on the newly reconstructed roadway.

Hendry County is grateful for the support of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for fully funding the project; without this partnership, the project would have not been possible.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Animal Control Changes In Glades County

MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- Effective tomorrow December 13, 2018 at 8am Glades County Animal Control will no longer be under Public Safety but will be transferred to the Road Department located at 4883 E SR 78 Moore Haven.

To report any animal control issues including: lost dog/cat, animal surrender, paying a fine, dog/cat bite report, request a trap, ask about a previous complaint or any other animal control issues please call Nancy at 863-946-0771 or email

Please change all contact information for animal control to the above.

Obituaries - Margie Nichols, Elidia Cisnero, Martin Waldon

Margie S. Nichols, 94 of LaBelle, passed away December 9, 2018 in LaBelle.

She was born Nov. 28, 1924 in Burlington, NC, to the late Charlie Jackson and Bertie (Andrews) Straughn.

Survivors include one daughter: Dee Snow
3 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild

Pending Memorial Service In North Carolina. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Elidia H. Cisnero, age 84, of LaBelle, passed away December 7, 2018 in LaBelle.

She was born July 7, 1934 in Alamo, TX, to the late Juan and Leocadia (Rubio) Herrera.

Her children include: Felix Gonzalez, Rudy Gonzalez, Sofia Gonzalez, Max Gonzalez- Predeceased, Solia Rodriguez, Pam Ramirez, Margarita Gallegos, Amelia Banda, Ramiro Gonzalez, Humberto Gonzalez, Robert Gonzalez, Alyce Rhodes, and Jose Gonzalez. Many Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren, and Great-Great- Grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday December 15th 2 PM at First Christian Church, LaBelle with Pastor W. T. Maddox Jr. officiating.

Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Martin Keith Waldon, age 30, of Clewiston, passed away December 5, 2018 in Clewiston.

Keith was born May 25, 1988 in Pahokee, FL, to Martin Craig and Connie (Gilliam) Waldon. He worked as a heavy equipment operator. He enjoyed fishing, and spending time with family and friends. He was a loving son, father, brother, grandson and uncle who will be missed by everyone who loved him.

Keith leaves behind his son; Blake Waldon, parents; Connie Scott and her husband Gene, Craig Waldon and his wife Mona, brothers; Ryan Woodard, Aaron Waldon, paternal grandmother; Mavis Waldon, maternal grandfather; Carl Gilliam, nephews; Brody Klebba and Cutter Waldon.

Celebration of Keith's life was held at 12 noon, Tuesday, December 11, 2018 in Belle Glade Church of God, 301 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. E Belle Glade, Florida with Rev. David L. Ferrell officiating, where visitation was one hour before the service. Burial took place in Ridgelawn Cemetery.

Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Ronald Reese Killed In Crash

LABELLE, FL. -- Edward William Cross, 66 of Hendry County was traveling north on SR-29 Monday as Ronald William Reese 54 of Hendry County on a 2006 Honda scooter, was coming to a stop northbound on SR-29 and CR-78 directly in front of Cross' 1997 Dodge pickup truck.

Cross failed to stop causing the front of the truck to collide with the rear of the scooter.

Cross came to a controlled stop on the east shoulder of SR-29. The scooter was pushed to
the east shoulder and Reese was knocked off the scooter and landed on the east shoulder.

Reese died from injuries from the crash.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Leonard Tompkins Dies At 87

Leonard G. Tompkins 84, of Alva, FL passed away December 2, 2018 in Alva.
He was born Aug. 12, 1934 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to the late William Nelson and Mildred Sarah (Shattraw) Tompkins. He was one of 6 children: William, Barbara, Mildred, Leonard, Douglas and Brian.
Leonard was married to his beloved wife Kathleen Mae for 60 years, they had 3 children: Gerald Edward, Jeannette Barbara, and April Theresa.
He has 12 grandchildren: Lance, Tracy, Denise, Cory, Samantha, Jamie, Michael, Stephen, Lee, Tammy, Denica, and Jeffrey; as well as many great and great-great grandchildren.
He was the proud owner of a cabinet business for 35 years and served Lee, Collier, and Charlotte counties.
He was a kind and gentle soul loved by all and will be sorely missed.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Fort Myers.

Helms Road Extension Opens In Spring

LaBelle, Fla. – The Helms Road Extension project, a four-lane highway extending from State Road 80 west of LaBelle to State Road 29 south of LaBelle, is funded 100% by FDOT and is nearing completion.

The project contractor, AJAX, is currently preparing the base of the final 2 lanes of roadway for paving. Paving of these lanes is estimated to commence within the first two weeks of December 2018.

With life safety being the top priority for local officials, the road will not be open to the public until the traffic signals are installed.

Installation of the traffic signals is expected to occur within the first quarter of 2019.

The 10-foot wide multi-use path was completed on November 2, 2018.

Residents with questions, concerns or requests for action regarding roads, ditches or other Hendry County maintenance items, please call (863) 675-5222.

Tai Chi Class Begins January 8

LABELLE, FL. -- The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL) is offering a free health and wellness program, Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention, in LaBelle. The eight-week workshop starts Jan. 8, 2019 and continues through Feb. 28. The class is designed to help older adults manage relieve arthritis pain and stiffness and improve balance and movement.

Class size is limited and advance registration is required. Workshops will be presented on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Hope Connections L.J. Nobles Center (475 E. Cowboy Way, LaBelle, FL 33935).

Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries among seniors. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, one in four seniors fall each year. High fall rates among older adults are the result of physiological changes, including a loss of balance, muscle strength and stability issues. Data from the Florida Department of Health indicates that falls accounted for 2.6% of senior deaths in Southwest Florida in 2016.

“A lot of older adults are afraid of falling and begin to limit their activity because of that fear,” explains Sherry Young, Health & Wellness Coordinator at AAASWFL. “Less activity leads to less independence and in many cases, poorer physical health. Our health and wellness workshops help restore confidence and independence for seniors.”

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention is a basic beginner falls prevention workshop consisting of 12 Tai Chi movements. Funding for Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention is provided through the Older Americans Act title III-D and administrated through the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.

For more information or to register for the eight-week Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Preventionworkshop, call Sherry Young at 866-413-5337 or email

Monday, December 03, 2018

Micheal Martinez At Kiwanis

LABELLE, FL. -- On Tuesday, November 20th, the LaBelle Kiwanis Club was honored to have Michael Martinez as a guest speaker. He graduated from LaBelle High in 2015 and is currently a senior at West Point. He is the youngest of 3 children whose parents immigrated from Mexico. 

He is the first college graduate in his family. He emphasized West Point values of "Duty, Honor, and Country" to very proud LaBelle Kiwanis members. 

 Michael, Army bound and a math major will graduate as 2nd LT. Noting the Academy started in 1802 by President Thomas Jefferson, Michael was nominated for West Point by Senator Marco Rubio. 

Upon graduation, he will have 2 months before reporting to his first assignment in Missouri. His commitment to West Point will be 5 years of military duty. Congratulations to CDT CPT Michael Martinez, 2BN PDO, 1st Regiment.

Hospital Swing Bed Program In Hendry County

Clewiston, FL – When patients recovering from a hospital procedure no longer need acute care but are not quite ready to go home, the Swing Bed Program at Hendry Regional Medical Center allows them to receive extended skilled nursing care without the need to change facilities. This unique program acts as a bridge between the hospital and home, offering peace of mind to both patients and their families and allowing a more comfortable recovery.

Swing Bed is designed for patients covered under Medicare who have been admitted to the hospital for at least three days and are not quite ready to go home. Patients may not be ready to be discharged for a variety of reasons, including not having the healthcare resources at home to take care of themselves.
A Swing Bed doesn’t actually swing physically, but it swings in the way Medicare reimburses for the care provided to the patient. With Swing Bed, the hospital can “swing” a patient’s level of care from acute to skilled rehabilitation. If acute care is needed again, the patient can be “swung” back, meaning there is no need to change facilities.

Under the federally funded Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex Program), Swing Bed services are fully covered by Medicare for the first 20 days. When care is required past the first 20 days, Medicare becomes a co-insurance that pays for a portion of the service.
As part of the Swing Bed Program, patients recovering from an acute condition have access to 24-hour skilled nursing services, including nursing, wound care and physical therapy.
Patients can be admitted to the program for a variety of reasons, especially for extended care following extensive surgery such as a hip replacement or open-heart surgery, neurological disorders such as stroke and generalized weakness due to certain chronic conditions.
A referral from a physician is required for the Swing Bed Program when it is determined that skilled care will be needed. The Swing Bed Coordinator then arranges admission to the program. The program also accepts patients from other facilities so they can recover close to home.
Patients can remain in skilled care as long as there is a documented need for that level of care. Care plans must be developed with a physician at the beginning of the stay that establishes progressive goals of recovery

Brad Cornell At Audubon December 10

LABELLE, FL. -- Brad Cornell will present a program “Wood Storks, Wetlands and Water” at the Hendry-Glades Audubon meeting on Monday December 10 at 7pm, at the Dallas Townsend Agricultural Extension located at 1085 Pratt Blvd LaBelle, FL 33935.

Brad Cornell currently is Southwest Florida Policy Associate for both Audubon of the Western Everglades and Audubon Florida, a joint position he has held since summer, 2005, and for the regional organization since 2001. 

 He works on land use, wetlands, coastal habitats, and Western Everglades restoration issues to protect and recover imperiled species, especially the Florida Panther, nesting shorebirds, Corkscrew’s Wood Storks, and Marco Island’s Burrowing Owls. 

 He has degrees from Oberlin College and the University of Texas at Austin and played trombone for the Naples Philharmonic for ten years prior to joining Audubon. Brad and his wife Martha have two native Floridian children, one in graduate school and one in high school.

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Marvin "Ralph" Harrell Dies At 80

Marvin "Ralph" Harrell, 80 years old 4th generation Floridian. Born on August 21, 1938 in Frostproof, Florida. He was raised in Belle Glade and settled in LaBelle in 1977. He was an avid outdoorsman, he loved hunting and fishing and being outdoors, also he loved to golf. In later years he enjoyed running his birddogs especially his special dog Star. He was a retired chemical and seed salesman.
He is preceded in death by his father and mother; Marvin and Mildred Lyles Harrell. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Bettie (Evans) Harrell, son; Kevin Harrell and his wife Amy of LaBelle, daughter; Saundra Lynn of Okeechobee, grandchildren; Kathryn and Kevin Harrell, Jr, Alicia King of Mount Dora, Dawn Lynn of Wildwood, Jessie Bauerly of Indiana, and 10 great grandchildren.
He was the best father, but even a more wonderful grandfather and will be greatly missed.
The world lost a very fine man on November 27, 2018.
Celebration of Marvin's life was celebrated at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 30, 2018 in Akin-Davis Funeral Home where Mr. Robbie Hull officiated. Burial took place in Fort Denaud Cemetery. Visitation was from 6-8 pm Thursday evening.