Monday, November 11, 2019

Ethelene Howard Dies At 82

Ethelene Self Howard, age 82, of LaBelle, passed away November 6, 2019 in LaBelle. She was born on April 9, 1937 in Cullman, Alabama to the late Steven and Ezma Knight Self. She worked as the cafeteria manager for the Hendry County School District for many years. She married Robert W.  "Pee Wee" Howard, he preceded her in death on January 13, 2010.
Ethelene leaves behind her loving son; Steven Wesley Howard, daughter: Diane Shields and her husband Kenneth, grandchildren: Thomas L. Howard and his wife Jessica, Jessica Faith Howard Canaday and her husband Billy; R.B. Seth Howard, Stephanie Chavira and her husband Sergio, Jennifer White, great-grandchildren: Katlyn Canaday, Autumn Canaday, Lilly Canaday, Weston Howard, Macey Howard, Priscilla Vargas, Illiana Villa, Rubi Chavira, Rebecca Howard, Robert Howard, Olivia Howard, Callie White and one great-great grandchild, Aspen Sikes, two sisters; Nona Timmons and Glenda Wehrmann.
Ethelene was preceded in death by her son; Rooster Howard and grandson, Kash Howard.
 Celebration of Ethelene's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at Fort Denaud Cemetery with Steve Spence officiating, visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, November 11, 2019 at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Two Motorcyclists Die In Crash Saturday

LABELLE, Fl. -- Motorcyclists Steve Nunes, Jr., 29 of Saginaw, TX and Fabio A. Ramos, 26 of Cape Coral, Fl were eastbound on Loblolly Bay Rd at Altman Lane in the Muse community of Glades county at 3:45 Saturday.

Nunes was ahead of Ramos when Nunes made an improper U-turn in the direct path of Ramos.

As a result, the front of Ramos' cycle impacted the left side of Nunes cycle.  After impact, Nunes cycle came to final rest within the westbound lane facing west.

Ramos' cycle came to final rest on the north shoulder along the tree line, facing west.

Both drivers were separated from the vehicles and Nunes came to final rest on the eastbound
lane facing south. Ramos came to final rest on the north shoulder facing south.

Both were killed in the accident. Nunes was not wearing a helmet although Ramos was according to the FHP. The crash is under investigation.

Friday, November 08, 2019

Concert Band Opens Season November 10

CAPE CORAL, FL. -- Strike up the band! The Lee County Community Band will begin its 134th season with a lively, fun-filled concert on November 10th at 3:00 pm at the Cape Coral High School Auditorium.

In keeping with tradition for the season’s first concert, Director Richard Bradstreet has selected a program featuring spirited and patriotic American music as well as music by American composers and a tribute to U.S. Military Veterans.

The program will include: energetic marches including “The Thunderer”; “Fiddle-Faddle” which features percussionist John Fenn; “Gershwin Classics”; “Vaudeville Spectacular” and “The Homefront”. The program will also include “The Light Eternal” which recounts the story of four WWII U.S. Army Chaplains who sacrificed their lives.

As always, the concert is free but donations are welcome and greatly appreciated. The band presents concerts each 2nd Sunday from November until April.

Pete Diamond - Panther Corridor Talk November 11

LABELLE, FL. -- Pete Diamond will present a program on FWC’s Gopher Tortoise, Panther Corridor in Ortona, and the Private Landowner Programs Monday night at Dallas Townsend Agricultural Extension located at 1085 Pratt Blvd., LaBelle at 7:00 pm on November 11, 2019. 

This free presentation will be hosted by local Hendry-Glades Audubon Society volunteers.

Pete is a Biological Scientist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Landowner Assistance Program covering Glades, Hendry, Collier, Lee, and Charlotte counties. Since starting with FWC in 2011 Pete has been providing technical assistance to private landowners in the form of natural community assessments, habitat mapping, plant identification, land management plans, and recommendations for improving habitat for wildlife. 

Pete also works closely with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to implement some of their Farm Bill conservation and land management programs. Pete is based out the NRCS’s North Fort Myers field office.

Please, consider bringing “Auction” items to be sold during the meeting. Proceeds will be used for the Hendry-Glades Audubon Purple Martin Nest Box Project for Bo Pelham Park in Clewiston. 

For information about Hendry-Glades Audubon Society trips, membership or activities contact Steve Buczynski or Margaret England 863-517-0202.

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Peggy Sue Murphy Dies At 73

Peggy Sue Murphy, age 73, of Clewiston, passed away November 6, 2019 in West Palm Beach.
She was born Sep. 23, 1946 in Clewiston, FL, to the late William A and Susie Mae (Bryant) Murphy.
She was a Member of Evangel Assembly of God in Clewiston.
She was preceded in death by her parents Susie Mae and William Murphy; three sisters Margie Whitney Beavers, Johnnie M. McDonald, and Rosie Burnsed; two brothers William A. Whitney, and Norman H. Whitney.
Survivors include one son: Jerry Arthur Murphy of Rochester, NY
four brothers: William Truman Murphy of Haines City, FL, Henry Alexander Whitney of Clewiston, FL and George L. Whitney of Interlachen, FL, and Richard A. Murphy of Bradenton, FL.
two sisters: Willene Kelley Brandt of Clewiston, FL and Alice Faye Brandenburg of Clewiston, FL,
Many Nieces & Nephews
Visitation will be on Monday November 11, 2019 from 10 to 11 AM at the Akin-Davis Funeral Home 438 E. Sugarland Hwy. Clewiston.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 11:00 am at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Clewiston with Pastor Tina Kelley officiating.
Interment will be Monday, November 11, 2019 in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clewiston.

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Moore Haven Now Has Full-Time Firefighter/EMTs

MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- On Wednesday November 6, 2019, Glades County Fire Rescue began 24 hour staffing of a fire engine based out of the Glades County Emergency Operations Center in Moore Haven. 

Engine 12 will be staffed with 2 full time, Florida Certified Firefighter/EMT’s. 

In the coming weeks, fire crews will be traveling throughout Glades County to familiarize themselves with each community. Crews will also be visiting local businesses to conduct pre-incident fire planning to assist responding units with mitigating fires and other incidents that may arise. 

 Glades County Fire Rescue will continue to operate as a combination department which means full time crews will continue to work and train with the current Volunteer Firefighters stationed throughout Glades County. 

Residents can expect to see the full time staff at each of the County’s 5 Volunteer Fire Stations on a weekly rotating schedule. They will be helping our Volunteers with apparatus, equipment, and building maintenance while providing coverage for emergency calls.

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Obituaries - Maria Zamarripa, Sofia Hester

Maria Enriquetta Zamarripa, age 88, of Clewiston, passed away November 4, 2019 in Palm Beach Gardens.
She was born Oct. 16, 1931 in Mexico, to the late Telesforo Perez and Maria De La Luz Perez.
Survivors include two sons: Aledio Zamarripa and Jose Luis Zamarripa
and two daughters: Maria Castillo and Sandra Zamarripa,
one brother: Augustine Perez
21 Grandchildren, and 31 Great Grandchildren,
The family will receive friends on Friday November 8, 2019 at the Akin-Davis Funeral Home, 438 E. Sugarland Hwy Clewiston from 12 to 2 PM
Funeral service will be held Friday, November 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Akin-Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Manzano officiating.
Interment will be Friday, November 8, 2019 in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clewiston..
Sofia Miabella Hester, of Moore Haven, passed away November 1, 2019 in Loxahatchee.
Survivors include
Parents: Maria Medrano and James Robert Hester
one Brother: James Hester
two Sisters: Natalie Hester and Angela Cameron
Grandparents: Mary Linda & Juan Puentes
Grandmother: Saundra Armstrong
A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, November 8, 2019 at 11 AM at Saint Margaret's Catholic Church, Clewiston. with Father Jiobani Batista officiating.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Medicare Enrollment Presentation At Clewiston Library

Clewiston, FL – The Medicare Open Enrollment Period is underway through December 7. For many Medicare beneficiaries, this period is their only opportunity to change plans for 2020. Future and current Medicare beneficiaries are invited to a free presentation in Clewiston to prepare for enrollment. 
SHINE will offer a Medicare Open Enrollment presentation at the Clewiston Public Library on Monday, November 18 at 5:00 p.m. The Clewiston Public Library is located at 120 W. Osceola Ave.   The presentation will feature professionally trained counselors of the SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program.  SHINE is a Medicare counseling program offered locally through the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL).

The Medicare open enrollment presentation reviews the basics of Medicare parts A, B, C, and D, with an emphasis on preparing for the open enrollment period and the new online Medicare Plan Finder tool. Participants will learn about their Medicare options and discover how to save on prescription (Part D) expenses.  A counselor will be available to answer questions after the presentation.

SHINE is a program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and is operated locally through AAASWFL. Specially trained SHINE counselors help educate and empower Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to understand their health care options so they can make the best decisions for their individual needs.  The SHINE mission is to provide free and unbiased information about Medicare and Medicaid for beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers.

Additionally, counselors can educate beneficiaries about the benefits of their Medicare programs, like preventive services. SHINE counselors can also assist low-income Medicare beneficiaries in applying for cost saving programs.   As part of the national Senior Medicare Patrol program, SHINE counselors also educate beneficiaries to protect, detect, and report potential errors, fraud, and abuse with their Medicare coverage.

To receive help from SHINE, individuals may call to schedule appointments at designated SHINE counseling sites, attend enrollment events in their local communities, or arrange to speak with a trained SHINE counselor by calling the AAASWFL Elder Helpline 1-866-41-ELDER (1-866-413-5337). For a listing of SHINE counseling sites and enrollment events, please visit

Landowners Conserving Florida Wildlife Habitats

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New FWC program recognizes private landowners for conserving habitat for wildlife

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Landowner Assistance Program has created a program that will recognize landowners who are actively managing and improving their property to benefit wildlife. The FWC developed the Wildlife Habitat Recognition Program to show appreciation for the important contributions to wildlife conservation made by private landowners.

Private landowners play a critical role in wildlife conservation by protecting and restoring rare habitats like the longleaf pine-wiregrass ecosystem, and managing farms, ranches, and forests that provide habitat to many species. While public land protects some species of wildlife, these lands form a fragmented landscape of habitat. Private lands provide critical corridors between publicly managed conservation lands. 

“Private landowners don’t always get the recognition they deserve for managing their land to benefit wildlife,” said Kipp Frohlich, Director of the Division of Habitat and Species Conservation.

In Florida, more than 70% of the land is privately owned. Across the country, more than half of all threatened and endangered species in the United States depend on private lands. 
“While Florida has been proactive in purchasing land for conservation, it has long been recognized that we do not have adequate public lands to protect all biodiversity,” said Frohlich. “Private landowners managing their own land; ranches, forests, wetlands and farms to benefit wildlife is critically important if we are to maintain our state’s diverse wildlife resources. These landowners are vitally important to the conservation of Florida’s wildlife.”
To be recognized by the program, landowners must submit a request for an FWC biologist to evaluate their property to determine if it qualifies. Qualifying properties will have ample food, cover and water opportunities for wildlife. If the property meets these criteria, the landowner will receive a sign to display on the property as well as a certificate of recognition.  

Properties working toward meeting the requirements will be offered a written management plan to guide the landowners in meeting the habitat management standards for the program. Requests for property evaluation can be made online at
FWC LAP biologists work with private landowners to help them manage wildlife and their habitats by providing management recommendations and helping find financial assistance for habitat work. To learn more about managing wildlife on your property, check out our Managing Your Land section online at If you need technical assistance you can also contact the LAP regional biologist at the nearest FWC Regional Office.

Monday, November 04, 2019

Clarence Jackson Dies At 89

Clarence E Jackson, age 89, of Alva, passed away October 31, 2019 in Alva.
He was born May 30, 1930 in Lawrenceburg, IN, to the late Leon C and L Edna (Warner) Jackson.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1949 to July 1969, He served in Vietnam as a Combat Engineer, and Retired with 20 + years of service.
He worked as an Insurance Adjuster, then owned his own Remodeling Company in Indiana.
Survivors include his wife: Klara (Stuhler) Jackson
2 Sons and 3 Sisters,
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Fort Myers.

Millions Available For Tech Scam Victims

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody today issued a Consumer Alert to let victims of several tech support scams know that millions of dollars in restitution is available. A multimillion-dollar claims process is now in place following action taken by the Florida Attorney General’s Office to shut down several companies operating tech support scams. Banc of America Merchant Services provided payment processing for the accused companies. Through an agreement with Banc of America, a claims process is now in place with $7,200,000 available for victims.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Tech support scams are designed to make consumers think they are experiencing a computer problem. Many victims may not even know they are being scammed until months later. My Consumer Protection Division is aggressively pursuing tech support scammers, and victims need to know that restitution is available in many cases. If you or someone you know has experienced a tech support scam, please review the information provided by our office regarding the claims process—you may be eligible for restitution.”

The claims process follows a massive tech support scam investigation by the Attorney General into the following companies; Complete Fix, Compusafe, JSA Sales, GoReadyCalls Marketing, My Direct Customer Care, My Direct Tech, PC Tech Pros, Project Net 123, Protectnet Solutions, Safenet Solutions, Secure IT Digital Solutions, Telcom Experts, US Software Experts, US Software Pros, Webguard 123 and Wizard Tech Solutions.

According to the investigation, as many as 70,000 people nationwide may have fallen victim to scams by these companies. Last month, claims notices went out to potential victims with information about how to obtain restitution.

For more information on the claims process, visit  

Eligible victims are encouraged to submit claim forms as soon as possible. The deadline to file a claim and any supporting documentation is Dec. 17.

The Florida Attorney General’s Office has taken action to stop 13 tech support scams since 2014—representing the most tech support scam cases filed by a single state agency in the country. Attorney General Moody filed the most recent case in March 2019 against American PC Corporation.

Tech support scams typically involve fake pop-up messages or imposter phone calls claiming that a consumer’s computer is infected with malware that poses imminent risk to the computer. Fraudsters will request virtual access to a victim’s computer to supposedly fix the nonexistent problem. These scammers often target seniors.

To avoid tech support scams, consumers should never:

    · Click on any links or call phone numbers provided on pop-up ads or emails;
    · Send money, credit card numbers or any financial information to someone they do not know;
    · Give anyone control of personal computers or electronic devices;
    · Forget that Microsoft and most major computer companies do not display pop-up warnings and ask consumers to call toll-free numbers about viruses or security problems; or
    · Go online without up-to-date security software.

For more information on avoiding tech support scams, click here.

To report a suspected scam, file a complaint by calling the Attorney General’s Office at 1(866) 9NO-SCAM or visiting

Martha Woodward Dies At 84

Martha C. Woodward, age 84, of Moore Haven, passed away October 29, 2019 in Lake Placid.
She was born October 29, 1935 in Stuart, FL, to the late Ruben W. and the late Dorothy M. (Lawrence) Collier.
She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Bobbie L. Woodward, daughters: Cindy Davidson (Tommy), Tierney Pearce (Jimmy), Bonny Rhymes (Timmy), Jill Bryant (Dewayne), Ami Neese (Bud), grandchildren: Bridget, Marcy, Casey, Stacy, Tami, Josh, Chelsey, Brittany, Jason, Jamie, Jenna, Logan, Savannah, Bobby and thirty-five great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 10:00 am at the Ortona Cemetery Pavilion, Moore Haven. Visitation was Thursday one hour prior to service at Ortona Cemetery Pavilion Interment was Thursday, October 31, 2019 in Ortona Cemetery.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Saturday, November 02, 2019

Free Mental Health Services - Hendry/Glades County

LABELLE, FL. -- Services for mental health counseling is available at no cost or under Medicare and Medicaid at several location in the Hendry/Glades area.

Among the free services are Lutheran Services Youth Counseling for children 10-17 (239-278-5400), Impower outpatient psychiatry for children and adults who are uninsured or on Medicaid. (321-639-1224) and Salus Care for substance abuse, psychiatry, and mental health for children 3-17 and adults who are uninsured or on Medicaid (239-275-3222).

ACT handles domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking, and outreach counseling for free to adults (239-939-3112 24 hour hotline).

Free to Children 3-17 and Adults who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse is the Children's Advocacy Center (239-939-2808).

Dr. Victoria Avellaneda offers free services to children 16-18 and adults under a grant from the Red Cross and United Way to Hendry/Glades residents and takes Medicare insurance as well (863-695-2339).

ABA of Southwest Florida offers behavioral therapy in home to children and adults with autism from 1 to 30 taking some insurance companies (239-691-6482).

Obituaries - Durley O'Bannon, Silas Zimmerly, Clarence Jackson, Tony Hicks

Durley Juanita Allen O'Bannon, age 89, of Sandersville, won the Victory over Alzheimer's early Sunday morning, October 27, 2019. She was born Oct. 26, 1930 in Vero Beach, FL. She graduated from Vero Beach High School and married James D. O'Bannon, USAF, So. Dakota, July 4, 1951.
In the early 1960's, Jim felt a call on his life to the ministry of the gospel of Christ, moving their family from Vero Beach to Fort Myers, FL where they pastored the Lehigh Acres Church of God for seven years. Durley loved gardening and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She loved greatly and was greatly loved by all and not an unkind word was ever spoken of her.
She was also hired by Glades Lumber and Wood Treating company as a bookkeeper. She was employed by the company for a total of fifty-years and retired in 2014 at the age of eight-four.
Survivors include four sons: James Michael O'Bannon, Sr. of Punta Gorda, FL, Floyd Joseph O'Bannon (Crychette) of Okeechobee, FL,Timothy Allen O'Bannon (Sharion) of Harrison, GA, and Daniel K. O'Bannon (Renata) of Bradenton, FL, one daughter: Donna L. O'Bannon deMercado (Ken) of Sparta, GA, sister: Betty Jo Williams of Fort Worth , TX, twelve grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.
She is also preceded in death by her parents, Joseph H. Allen and Rosa Reaves-Allen, her husband, James D. "Jim" O'Bannon and sister: Doris Kelly.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 2, 2019, 11:00 am at Church of God-LaBelle, 520 E Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, FL with Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle.
Visitation was Saturday at the Church of God-LaBelle from 10:00 am until the start of the funeral service.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.
Silas Ray Zimmerly, age 78, of LaBelle, passed away October 27, 2019 in LaBelle.
He was born Oct. 22, 1941 in Kidron, OH, to the late Edwin Peter and the late Mary (Bixler) Zimmerly. He lived in LaBelle for the past forty-two years and is a former resident of Apple Creek, OH. Ray retired as Manager of Gerber Groves Water Control District. He worked as a self employed diesel engine mechanic until he moved to Florida. He was a Mennonite and attended Central Church of Christ-LaBelle. Ray was a faithful Christian and loved his family.
Survivors include his wife: Hilda, sons: Ron (Flora) Zimmerly and Michael (Michelle) Zimmerly daughter: Tina (Rene) Hernandez, brothers: Daniel (Donna, deceased) Zimmerly, David (Barbara) Zimmerly and Jim (Carol) Zimmerly, sister: Lillie (Ernest, deceased) Steffen, brother in law: Arthur (Linda, deceased) Berg; thirteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brother and sisters: Ida (Denver) Welty, Bessie (Albert) Harder, Lydia McClintock, Ruth Zimmerly, and Lester (Lou) Zimmerly.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Cremation Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.
Clarence E Jackson, age 89, of Alva, passed away October 31, 2019 in Alva.
He was born May 30, 1930 in Lawrenceburg, IN, to the late Leon C and L Edna (Warner) Jackson.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1949 to July 1969, He served in Vietnam as a Combat Engineer, and Retired with 20 + years of service.
He worked as an Insurance Adjuster, then owned his own Remodeling Company in Indiana.
Survivors include his wife: Klara (Stuhler) Jackson
2 Sons and 3 Sisters,
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Fort Myers.
Tony L Hicks, age 69, of LaBelle, passed away October 29, 2019 in Lehigh Acres.
He was born June 2, 1950 in Athens, TN, to the late Carson and Gladys (Balliew) Hicks
He was a Veteran of the US Army.
He was a Foreman/Supervisor with H&H Land Development.
He loved fishing, gardening and being outdoors.
Survivors include his wife: Barbara (Dockery) Hicks
three sons: Dalles Hicks, Billy Hicks and Bobby Hicks
one daughter: Brittany Hicks
one brother: Curtis Hicks
6 grandchildren
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.