Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Davis-Pratt Park In LaBelle Closed March 4 - Ant Control

LABELLE, FL. -- Please be advised that Davis-Pratt Park will be closed beginning at 5am on Saturday, March 2 until 7am on Monday, March 4.

The closure is necessary while the park is treated for ant control.

Residents with questions or concerns are asked to call Hendry-LaBelle Recreation at 863-675-5347.

Obituaries - Casimiro Sandoval, Sandra Hare, Thelma Orwig

Casimiro Rosas Sandoval was survived by his son Rey Dean and his wife, Maria Elena Sandoval, daughter, Rosa and her husband Lorenzo Macias, his daughter, Leticia Gonzalez and Eloy Villarreal, his daughter, Peggy Anne and her husband Robert L. Cox, his daughter, Karen D. her husband, Noel Figueroa, his daughter, Debbie D. Sandoval-Cortez and Vicente Cortez, his daughter, Sandra D. and her wife Sophia Sandoval, his son, Sandro D. and his wife, Shanel Sandoval, his daughter, Monica D. and her husband Jose Luis Perez, and his son Kenneth D. and his wife, Lais Sandoval. 

 Also survived by 34 grandchildren and 59 great grandchildren. 

Vistation will be held on Thursday, February 29, 2024, from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, 438 E. Sugarland Hwy. Clewiston, FL 33440. 

Funeral mass will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 12:00 PM at St. Margaret Catholic Church, 208 Deane Duff St. Clewiston FL, 33440. Interment will follow to Ridgelawn Cemetery.

Sandra Peacock Hare, age 83, of Clewiston, FL, passed away on February 23, 2024. Born on November 3, 1940, Sandra was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother. She was known for her hardworking nature and was a mentor to many. Sandra cherished spending time with her loved ones, getting her hair done on Fridays, dining out, and indulging in her love for reading.

Sandra was a graduate of Palm Beach High School, Class of 1958, where she excelled academically and was the Salutatorian. She went on to have a successful career as a broker, owning her own brokerage in Clewiston, as well as managing Hare Lumber & Ready Mix alongside her son, Roy Jr. She also owned the RV Park, Okeechobee Landings.

Sandra was an active member of the Saint Martins Episcopal Church in Clewiston, and extended her role as a prayer warrior beyond the church walls. At home, she continued to live out her faith, regularly reading the Bible and engaging in prayer. Sandra's dedication made her a valued church member and also reflected her deep and personal connection with Jesus Christ, shaping her daily life as a steadfast believer.

In addition, Sandra had a green thumb and a deep love for flowers and orchids. Her home became a haven for various blossoms, showcasing her passion for cultivating and nurturing vibrant plant life. Sandra's love for gardening added a touch of natural beauty to her surroundings, embodying a well-rounded and nurturing spirit.

Sandra is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Hoban, and grandchildren Mathew Hoban, Andrew Hoban, LeLani Hare, Christian Potter, and Justin Potter. She was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy Hare, her son LeRoy Hare Jr, and her son John Potter 11.

Services for Sandra will be held at the Akin Davis Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 5th from 5-7pm for viewing, with the funeral service taking place at the Saint Martins Episcopal Church on Wednesday, March 6th at 11am, followed by food and refreshments.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Saint Martins Episcopal Church at 207 W C Owen Ave, Clewiston, FL 33440.

May Sandra Peacock Hare's memory be a blessing to all who knew her.

Thelma O’Bannon Orwig, 99 passed away peacefully February 22, 2024. Born April 24, 1924 in LaBelle Florida to Edwin Monroe O’Bannon and Lydia Maze.

Thelma remained a lifelong resident of LaBelle and was involved in many community activities and organizations. Thelma graduated from LaBelle High School where she participated in band and sports. She remained close to many of her classmates and looked forward to there yearly class reunions.

She was married to her soulmate, Harry L. Orwig Jr. for over 50 years. They were married in Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church where they both were lifetime members and also served as trustees. 

 Her love of children led her to work in the Hendry county school system for 18 years. After her retirement she spent her time with her family and friends and especially with her grandsons Robert Patrick Middleton III and Jonathan Russell Frank. She loved to travel with her husband Harry and particularly liked vacationing at the beach with her family.

Thelma was very proud of her O’Bannon heritage. She researched her families journey from Ireland to Missouri and other parts of America. She belonged to the Okeechobee chapter of The Daughters of the American Revolution, where she was the families most direct descendent of Thomas O’Bannon MO 3rd Infantry CO.B.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Harry L. Orwig Jr., her son, Robert P. Middleton Jr, parents Edwin Monroe O’Bannon and Lydia Maze, sisters Mary Irene (Wilder), Virgie Anna O’Bannon, Ruby May (Eubanks), brothers Amos Edwin, Virgil Lester, Lloyd Monroe, Phannon and Ralph Monroe. 

She loved reading, gardening, crocheting, quilting, and was an accomplished baker. She loved to feed people. Friends were often greeted at their door with a cake, pie or cookies.

Thelma was a loving wife, mother, aunt, mother-in-law, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother. Thelma was an integral part of her family and she will be dearly missed.
From her daughter Susan Orwig Davidson: While going through her bible I found notes with quotes and thoughts she had written and stuck between the pages. On one particular note she had drawn a big star.

It reads: “Now not Later. I will pass through this world but once. Any good thing therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer it, or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. This is the motto I try to live by 10/22/1965, Thelma O’ Orwig”. Those who know her will attest she did just that.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 4th, 2024 at Carlson Methodist Church 310 Campbell Street in LaBelle Florida. 

Visitation is at 10am, service will be at 11AM with burial following at Ft Denaud cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests you donate to your favorite local or national charity. 

 Arrangements by Akin-Davis funeral home.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

State Parks Annual Photo Scavenger Hunt April 27

Join the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for Florida WildQuest 2024. Florida residents and visitors will use the free and easy-to-use GooseChase app to join a wild adventure to complete scavenger hunt missions and discover some of Florida’s best spots to see wildlife and enjoy the outdoors. This year’s event will take place on Florida’s Wildlife Management Areas across the state April 27–May 5. Qualifying players will be entered in a random drawing to win wilderness-inspired prizes.

Follow these steps to adventure:Find It: Find your closest WMA with the WMA Recreation Finder Map.

Charge Up: Make sure your phone is charged and the GooseChase app is installed. Not all areas have mobile coverage but you’ll be able to take pictures for your scavenger hunt missions and submit them later. Visit FloridaWildQuest.com for instructions on how to join.
Be Safe: Stay on marked roads and trails. Before you enter a trail, be sure it fits your skill level and the distance you’re prepared for.
Pack Smart: It gets hot outside and there are no vending machines in the wilderness. Check the weather before you go. Pack water, sunscreen and snacks!
Snap a Pic: Most WMAs have a kiosk at the main entrance with a welcome sign that includes a map and important reminders for visiting the area. When you see this sign, be sure to take a picture for reference. Grab a guide at the kiosk if one is available.

WildQuest players of all ages will have opportunities to learn about and explore Florida’s extensive WMA system during the event. Registered players can also qualify for a chance to win wilderness-inspired prizes.

Florida has one of the nation’s largest systems of state-managed wildlife lands. The WMA system includes more than 6 million acres managed primarily for wildlife conservation and nature-based public use. WildQuest will engage players with the WMA system while they learn about Florida’s wildlife, habitats and recreation opportunities. The FWC maintains, enhances and restores native natural habitats for the benefit of plant and animal populations as well as for the people of Florida.

Monday, February 26, 2024

CR78 Road Work This Week At Hidden Hammock Curve

LABELLE, FL. -- Please be advised that Tuesday, February 27 through Friday, March 1, Hendry County Road & Bridge will be conducting roadwork on CR78 at Hidden Hammock Curve.

Operations will occur from 7am – 5pm.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane.

Flagmen will be present to direct traffic.

Motorists should expect lane closures and possible delays throughout the duration of the project and allow extra time for their commute.

Motorists and pedestrians should use extra caution when traveling through the work zone.

Please note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change. The Hendry County Engineering Department will notify of any changes.

Residents or motorists with any questions or concerns can contact the Hendry County Engineering Department at 863-675-5222.

Hendry County Arrests This Week

ARREST BLOTTER
02/19/2024 – 02/25/2024

Felony / DUI Arrests

Jonathan Isaiah Villa, 19, LaBelle was arrested on February 19, 2024, by Deputy Sheriff D. Cross for Felony Probation Violation

Alex Eligio Cedillos, 40, LaBelle was arrested on February 19, 2024, by Det. D. Calvo Driggs on charges of Sexual Assault, Use of Two-Way Communication Device to Facilitate a Felony, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and Possession of Child Pornography and Operating a Motor Vehicle without a Valid DL

James Antonio Bonner, 20, Moore Haven was arrested on February 19, 2024, by Deputy Sheriff J. Newbern on charges of Felony Probation Violation

Michael Ray Wilson, 39, Clewiston was arrested on February 19, 2024, by Deputy Sheriff E. Atkinson on charges of Possession of Drug Equipment, Possession of Narcotics in a Specific area, Trafficking in Fentanyl and Felony Probation Violation

Derek Wayne Hall, 33, Clewiston was arrested on February 19, 2024, by Deputy Sheriff E. Atkinson on charges of Possession of Drug Equipment, Possession of Marijuana less than 20 grams, Possession of Controlled Substance without Prescription and Possession of Methamphetamine

Terry Allen Collins, 58, Lehigh Acres, was arrested on February 19, k2024, by Cpl. L. Drew on charges of Felony Probation Violation

Gerardo Naredo Velazquez, 36, LaBelle was arrested on February 20, 2024, by Cpl. L. Drew on charges of Possession of Cocaine and Permitting an Unauthorized Person to Drive

Theron Ulrick Hubbard, 46, Clewiston was arrested on February 20, 2024, by Deputy Sheriff K. Barrientos on charges of Possession of Controlled Substance without Prescription

Ta’jon Jamal Olliff, 19, Clewiston was arrested on February 20, 2024, by Deputy Sheriff D. Coronilla on charges of Possession of Controlled Substance without a Prescription and Fleeing & Eluding Law Enforcement

Marlisha LaShonda Pass, 28, Clewiston was arrested on February 20, 2024, by Deputy Sheriff K. Barrientos on charges of Possession of Controlled Substance without a Prescription

Tyrone Larossie Harris, 30, Clewiston was arrested on February 21, 2024, by Deputy Sheriff D. Cross on charges of Felony out of County Warrant

Leticia Bell Lowrey Hendry, 47, at large, was arrested on February 21, 2024, by Deputy Sheriff J. Keith on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Equipment and Providing Falso ID to Law Enforcement

Antonio Ray Perez, 40 Ft. Myers was arrested on February 21, 2024, by Deputy Sheriff S. Monteiro, Petit Theft, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Equipment

Michael James Gulliford-Green, 30, Seminole was arrested on February 21, 2024, by Deputy Sheriff D. Givans for Felony Probation Violation

Eliseo Ruth, Jr., 36, Ft Myers, was arrested on February 22, 2024, by Deputy Sheriff D. Givans on charges of Felony Failure to Appear

Tasha Kimberly Williams, 34, LaBelle was arrested on February 22, 2024, by Deputy Sheriff J. Goldberg 2 counts of Felony Probation Violation

Jorje Chavarria, 34, LaBelle was arrested on February 23, 2024, by Sgt. D. McNeil on charges of Use of Firearm While Intoxicated, Firing Weapon in Public, Sexual Assault, Aggravated Assault with a Firearm and Use or Display of Firearm During Felony

Nicole Joy Alcantara Martinez, 42, Clewiston was arrested on February 23, 2024, by Deputy Sheriff D. Blanco on 2 counts of Felony Probation Violation, Possession of Controlled Substance without a Prescription, Possession of Drug Equipment and Resist Arrest without Violence

Mindy Lou Phillips, 43, Okeechobee was arrested on February 23, by Deputy Sheriff D. Givans, for Felony Probation Violation