Friday, December 13, 2019

Obituaries - John Balliet, Cassie Williams

John Samuel Balliet, Jr, age 75, of LaBelle, passed away December 10, 2019 in LaBelle.
He was born Aug. 2, 1944 in Dade City, FL, to the late John Samuel and Sadie Agnes (Christy) Balliet.
He worked in Agriculture as a Tractor Driver.
Survivors include
four sisters: Gloria Seay, Lottie Prosser, Mary Torres and Betty Miller
Memorial services will be held Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 4:00 pm at First Christian Church, LaBelle with Pastor W. T. Maddox Jr. officiating.
Interment will be in Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle at a later date.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.
Cassie Marline Williams, age 62, of Ortona, Florida went to her heavenly home on December 9, 2019 at her home in Ortona, Florida.
She was born on April 15, 1957 to Marvin and Doris Williams in Fort Myers, Florida.
Cassie is best known for her love for her family, cooking and her love for people. She got to share her love with many people through her catering business Cracker Cookin' and Caterin'. She loved her free time spending it with her family always. From Sunday dinners to vacation, she always surrounded herself with her family. She was a life long member of the Ortona Holiness Church and also attended Oakgrove Holiness Church.
She will always be remembered for her kindness and loving ways, her unwavering faith in God and her voice that was like listening to an angel here on earth. Her greatest joys in life were antiquing with her sister Dorinda, vacationing with her family, spending time with her girls and their families. She was adamant about Sunday dinners all together and singing for the Lord.
She is preceded in death by her parents; Marvin and Doris Williams, two sisters; Jacklynn Danas, and Lonnell Williams, and her grandparents Lonnie and Juanita Williams and Lola Viola Peterson Wooten.
She is survived by her three daughters; Delana Lara and her husband Frank, Angel Kirtland and her husband Mike, Amanda McRoy and her husband Jonathan, two sons; Odie Marney and his wife Resa, and Adam Marney, eight grandchildren, sisters; Dorinda Campos and her husband Sal, Sue Heflin and her husband Hugh, one brother; Barney Kahan and his wife Maureen, special niece; Deona Campos, special nephew; Nathan Campos and his wife Telina, many nieces, nephews, and her cousin; Carol Collins
Celebration of her life will be Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 10:00 am at the Ortona Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home in LaBelle.

Monday, December 09, 2019

Sergio Rodriguez Dies At 91

Sergio M Romero Rodriguez, age 91, of Clewiston, passed away December 2, 2019 in Clewiston.
He was born Nov. 7, 1928 in Matanzas, Cuba to the late Miguel and the late Zoila (Rodriguez) Romero. Mr. Romero Rodriguez married Carmelina Piñeiro; she survives. Sergio worked as a machine operator for many years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who will be dearly missed by his entire family.
Sergio is also survived by his children; Sergio M. Romero Piñeiro and his wife Eva, Miguel S. Romero and his wife Lourdes, Dania Marquez and her husband Dennis, ten grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren, many extended family and family friends.
A gathering of family and friends will be from 10-12 a.m. Monday, December 9, 2019 at Akin-Davis Funeral Home – Clewiston.
Cremation arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Port LaBelle Country Village Boil Water Warning Lifted

LaBelle, Fla. – The boil water notice in effect for the Country Village area in Port LaBelle since last week has been lifted.

Bacteriological tests run on the water returned with passing results. Residents may discontinue boiling their water.

Residents with question or concerns are asked to call 863-675-5376.

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Musical At Church December 15

LABELLE, FL. -- On December 15th at 11:00 a.m.  LaBelle Assembly of God will present the musical, “No Other Name”.  There will be scripture readings and Christmas songs by the congregation and special music to go with the program.  

"No Other Name shows the greatness of our God and all His splendor, yet He left heaven to come humbly for mankind to be born in a stable." said Pastor Averty.  Some of the Songs that will be sung are, Mary Did You Know, What Is Christmas, Born To Die, Oh holy Night. 

Everyone is invited, LaBelle assembly of God is located at 135 Fraser Ave. Next to the “Edward Upthegrove Elementary School”. For more information call 675- 0900 and ask for Kathy.

Pictured left to right Kathy Avery, Julie Wilkins, Debbie Miller, Richard Robinson, Henry Avery,Clifford Avery, and David Miller   

Saturday, December 07, 2019

Fandom Fest At The Library Saturday

FORT MYERS, FL. -- Kids young and old enjoyed the afternoon at the Fort Myers Regional Library during Fandom Fest.

Fandom Fest in the downtown Fort Myers main library Saturday featured live music and entertainment, gaming and climbing experiences, Virtual Reality experience, a Cosplay workshop and fashion show, along with games and crafts, card trading, food trucks, and character photo opportunities.

Photo by Barbara A. Whelan

Thursday, December 05, 2019

9 Vehicles Involved In Glades County Crash

LABELLE, FL. -- The Florida Highway Patrol reports 9 vehicles were involved in a series of collisions and secondary collisions Thursday at 6:41 a,m. in Glades county on CR-74, 1 mile west of CR-731 (Fire Tower Rd). 

In total, there were three commercial motor vehicles and six passenger vehicles involved in the crash. 

The crash investigation is ongoing.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Mildred Ford Dies At 82

Mildred L. Ford passed away Wednesday November 27 in Lake Placid at the age of 82. She was born April 7, 1937 in Moore Haven. She lived in Moore Haven most of her life. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Moore Haven and also worked for Glades Electric as a nights and weekends dispatcher for many years.
She is survived by her son James H. Mitchell (Judy) her daughters Robin Ford Lee (Bruce), Lisa Ford Click (Steve) and sister Elizabeth Devinney. Grandchildren Justin Mitchell, Jesse Mitchell, Casey Mitchell, Darryl Mitchell (Jenny), Jamie Mitchell. Jarrod Lee, Jason Lee (Samantha). Chris Click (Raven), Wil Click (Becky), Zach Click (Frankie) and Josh Click. Great Grandchildren Kenneth Mitchell, Hailey Mitchell, Lauren Mitchell. Conlin Lee, Paisley Lee, Aubrey Hamilton, Hayden Lee, Logan Lee, Creek Lee, King Lee Calderon, Christian Click, Ryder Click, and Jude Click. Nieces Patsy Lucas, Sarah Kellogg, Art Kellogg, Orrie Kellogg, Harry Kellogg, Gary Dotson, Brenda Choban, Alvin Ward Jr., Michael Devinney, Brian Devinney, and Monica Dunn.
Services will be held at the Ortona Cemetery Pavilion on December 7, 2019. Receiving of family and friends 9:15-10:00 am. Service begins at 10:00 am.

Country Village Boil Water Notice - Multiple Days Expected

 LaBelle, Fla. – Due to a water line being hit in Country Village, areas north of Commodore Road in Port LaBelle are currently under a boil water notice.
Areas included in the notice are as follows:
·         Anchor Lane
·         Prow Terrace
·         Mariner Lane
·         Mariner Court
·         Mainstay Street
·         Scooner Drive (north of Commodore Rd.)
The boil water notice is expected to last 2-3 days. Residents will be notified when the notice has been lifted.
Residents with question or concerns are asked to call 863-675-5376.

Monday, December 02, 2019

'Nice Family Christmas' At Firehouse

The Firehouse Theatre presents "A Nice Family Christmas".
It’s Christmas Eve, and a young newspaper reporter on the brink of being fired has been assigned a "last-chance" story about a typical family Christmas – his family’s Christmas. One by one, you will learn each family member’s secrets, problems, and dysfunctions, and when the family finds out that he’s writing an article with some very personal family information, the fruitcake hits the fan!
Get your tickets and have a few laughs.

Please note, this play has some mild adult content.

This play will be presented on Dec. 6th & 7th at 7pm, Dec 8th at 2pm, then Dec. 12th, 13th and 14th at 7pm and Dec. 15th at 2pm. Call the ticket hotline (863) 675-366 or get tickets online at

Back row left to right: Austin Harn, Drea Hahn, Nancy Steuber & Don Koonze
Front row left to right: Jorge McInturff, Lori Shula & Aida Del Valle.

Deomocratic Party Meets January 16

LABELLE, FL. -- The Hendry County Democratic Party's January 16 dinner meeting will be held at LaBelle's Beef O. Brady's Restaurant, 21 South Lee St., at 6:30 p.m. 

 Updated bylaws recently drafted to replace the existing 40-odd year old bylaws will be available for review with information on how to acquire copies prior to them being presented for adoption at the HCDEC's February meeting in Clewiston. 

 This meeting -- following Democratic Party tradition and rules -- is open to the public. 

 All Hendry County Democrats may participate in the discussion, but only elected members of the HCDEC and Democratic office holders from Hendry County will vote on matters to be decided. 

Democrats from other areas may address the meeting if they have made arrangements with the chair prior to the start of the meeting

Richard Raid At Kiwanis December 9

LABELLE, FL. -- Dr. Richard Raid, Associate Center Director and Professor Plant Pathology UF/IFAS Research and Education Center, Belle Glade, FL will present a program on Barn Owl Research in the Everglades Agricultural Area at Dallas Townsend Agricultural Extension located at 1085 Pratt Blvd., LaBelle at 7:00 pm on Monday December 9, 2019. This free program is hosted by Hendry-Glades Audubon Society.

Dr. Raid continues work with the UF Barn Owl Program which utilizes barn owls for sustainable rodent control in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) with the use of owl nesting boxes. These birds provide low‐cost, sustainable rodent control. 

The pests, particularly cotton rats and marsh rabbits, cause up to $30 million in damage each year to the area’s 700,000 acres of sugar cane, rice and vegetable crops. Using the program as an outreach and education program, hundreds of student volunteers assist in the building and installation of owl nesting boxes in the Glades. 

He also works with local area educators to develop school gardens to promote agriculture at the elementary and middle schools. He developed a program to aid growers in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) on management of their vegetable disease programs.