Saturday, January 30, 2021

Pre-Registration For Wait List For Vaccines

Pre-Register Now for the COVID-19 Vaccine.

Seniors 65 and older and people with health conditions that make them extremely
vulnerable to COVID-19 can now “save their place in line” by pre-registering for the
vaccine in Florida through a new website and phone system.

(WARNING: Note this is an "opt-in" website for counties and not all counties have elected to use the pre-registration site, causing further confusion. Please make comments to this story on your efforts to get registered. - Editor)

Healthcare workers with direct patient contact and long-term care residents and staff
can also pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The new website is For those who do not have Internet access, you can
also pre-register by phone. To find the designated number for your county, visit
the hotline site.

For more information and updates regarding the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida and to be notified when new appointments are available in your area, please submit your email and additional information below at this website for Hendry or Glades county. 

If you have no internet the phone numbers are Hendry 866-201-6745 TTY 833-990-3548; Glades 866-201-6695 TTY 833-476-1524

The following populations of Florida Residents are currently eligible to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine:
Individuals 65 years of age and older
Long-term facility residents and staff
Healthcare personnel with direct patient contact
Individuals deemed to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 by hospital providers

If you would prefer to receive additional information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine in Hendry County by phone, please call:
Toll Free 1-(866)-201-6745 TTY 1-(833)-990-3548

Friday, January 29, 2021

Susan Youngblood Dies At 64

Susan K Youngblood, age 64, of Alva, passed away January 28, 2021 in Alva. She was born June 15, 1956 in Watseka, IL, to the late Kenneth Luther and Dorothy Elaine (Christensen) Bickers. 

Survivors include her husband: Carl Youngblood a son: Joshua Youngblood a daughter: Amanda Sprouse step daughters: Victoria Slinker, Tonia Matthews and Kimberli Youngblood, two brothers: Gary Bickers and Robert Bickers 13 grandchildren & 13 great grandchildren 

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. 

Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Fort Myers.

Lorie Ward Sworn In At Oath Taking Ceremony At Glades County Courthouse


  MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- Constitutional officer, Lorie Ward, Glades Property Appraiser was sworn in this month at the Glades Court House.

Pictured is Glades Property Appraiser Lorie Ward's mother, Joyce Wilson at left with Lorie. Lorie says "It was an honor to have her hold the Bible as I swore my Oath of Office at the January ceremony."

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Crash In Glades Leaves Man in Serious Conditon


MOORE HAVEN, FL. - The FHP reports the following crash details at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday in Glades County:

Vehicle 1, a van was traveling southeast on CR-74 near SR29. Vehicle 2 a truck-tractor was traveling northwest on CR-74. Driver 1, age 22 stated he fell asleep operating Vehicle 1. 

Vehicle 1 traveled left of center and sideswiped Vehicle 2. After the collision, Vehicle 1 overturned several times, coming to a final rest on the travel lanes. Driver 1 is in serious condition

Vehicle 2 came to a final rest on the north side grass shoulder. Driver 2, age 49 had no injuries.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Updated Hours For Clewiston and LaBelle COVID Testing

TESTING for COVID-19 (Drive-Thru)

Health Departments in Hendry & Glades Counties
Open Testing – No Appointments Needed - Free
Testing Adults& Children over 5 yrs (with Parent Consent)

No criteria or restrictions for testing


· Location: Hendry County Health Department
1140 Pratt Blvd. LaBelle, FL 33935
Monday, February 1st -- 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

· Location: Hendry County Health Department
1100 S. Olympia, Clewiston, FL 33440
Monday, February 8th – 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Persons tested will be given instructions on how to receive their test results.

USDA Farm Loan Foreclosures And Debt Collections Suspended

Due to the national public health emergency, USDA today announced the temporary suspension of past-due debt collections and foreclosures for distressed borrowers.

Due to the national public health emergency caused by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the temporary suspension of past-due debt collections and foreclosures for distressed borrowers under the Farm Storage Facility Loan and the Direct Farm Loan programs administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA).

USDA will temporarily suspend non-judicial foreclosures, debt offsets or wage garnishments, and referring foreclosures to the Department of Justice. USDA will work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to stop judicial foreclosures and evictions on accounts that were previously referred to the Department of Justice. Additionally, USDA has extended deadlines for producers to respond to loan servicing actions, including loan deferral consideration for financially distressed and delinquent borrowers. In addition, for the Guaranteed Loan program, flexibilities have been made available to lenders to assist in servicing their customers.

Today’s announcement by USDA expands previous actions undertaken by the Department to lessen financial hardship. According to USDA data, more than 12,000 borrowers—approximately 10% of all borrowers—are eligible for the relief announced today. Overall, FSA lends to more than 129,000 farmers, ranchers and producers.

The temporary suspension is in place until further notice and is expected to continue while the national COVID-19 disaster declaration is in place.

USDA’s Farm Service Agency provides several different loans for producers, which fall under two main categories:

  • Guaranteed loans are made and serviced by commercial lenders, such as banks, the Farm Credit System, credit unions and other non-traditional lenders. FSA guarantees the lender’s loan against loss, up to 95%.
  • Direct loans are made and serviced by FSA using funds from the federal government.

The most common loan types are Farm Ownership, Farm Operating and Farm Storage Facility Loans, with Microloans for each: 

  • Farm Ownership: Helps producers purchase or enlarge a farm or ranch, construct a new or improve an existing farm or ranch building, pay closing costs and pay for soil and water conservation and protection.
  • Farm Operating: Helps producers purchase livestock and equipment and pay for minor real estate repairs and annual operating expenses.
  • Farm Storage Facility Loans are made directly to producers for the construction of cold or dry storage and includes handling equipment and mobile storage such as refrigerated trucks.
  • Microloans: Direct Farm Ownership, Operating Loans and Farm Storage Facility Loans have a shortened application process and reduced paperwork designed to meet the needs of smaller, non-traditional and niche-type operations.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Fog Expected Morning In SW Florida

LABELLE, FL. -- Tonight areas of fog are expected after 1 am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 62. West wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

On Wednesday: Areas of fog before 9 am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. West wind 7 to 10 mph.F

Photo: Foggy morning in Port LaBelle Tuesday morning in a pasture at Oxbow Drive and Birchwood Parkway

LaBelle Obituaries - Julia Riddell, Aged 63; Timothy Howard, Aged 37

Julia D Riddell, age 62, of Fort Denaud, passed away January 25, 2021 in Tampa. She was born Sep. 4, 1958 in Tampa, FL, to the late James W and the late Julia D (Johnson) Keen. 

She owned an Accounting/Bookkeeping business. She was a Christian Woman and belonged to Community Harvest Church. 

She was very loving and enjoyed her large extended family. Being a mother/grandmother was most important to her. 

Survivors include: her husband James A Rickett two daughters: Vanessa and Catherine two brothers: Jimmy and Vince two sisters: Tammy and Gail grandchildren, Michael; Jess; Haley; Ethan; Caitlin; and Dillon Great Grandchild: Audrey 

She was predeceased by her parents, husband Bobby Riddell, and a sister Debbie Howard. 

The family will receive friends on Monday February 1, 2021 from 11AM to 12 PM at the Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church in Felda 

Funeral Service will be at 12PM at the Church. Interment will follow in Felda Cemetery, Felda. 

Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Timothy Derreck Howard, age 37, of LaBelle, passed away January 20, 2021 in North Fort Myers. He was born Apr. 15, 1983 in Fort Myers, FL, to Timothy R. Howard and Elizabeth Ann Fussell. 

Derreck attended LaBelle schools his entire life and graduated from LaBelle High School. While in high school he started and ran his own successful lawn business until years later going to work for his father at Tim's Towing, which had always been one of his dreams. 

He also loved running heavy equipment and was able to do that in the construction industry. Derreck enjoyed hunting and fishing from the time he was a small child. 

He also loved Dan Marino and anything Miami Dolphins! He was able to attend a few of their games and almost never missed a tele-vised game. Anyone who spent time with him knew what a kind and giving man he was. He had a big heart and was always there to help anyone when needed. 

He was predeceased by many people special to him including his loving great grandfather Donald Fussell and great grandmother, Lizzy Fussell whom he had a very special bond with and spent time with almost daily growing up. 

He was also predeceased by his grandmother, Lois Fussell and grandfather, Skeet Hinkle. 

Derreck came from a large and loving family. 

Survivors include his father: Timothy R. Howard (Teresa), mother: Elizabeth Ann Fussell, grandmother: Sara Hinkle; grandfather: Lyoid Fussell and many other special family members. 

A graveside service will be held Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle with Rev. Dennis Edgar officiating. 

Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Port LaBelle Getting New Trees Along Birchwood Parkway

PORT LABELLE, FL. -- The Hendry County Road and Bridge department is replacing oak trees along North Birchwood Parkway in Port LaBelle.

Supervisor Jerry Jones says new trees will be planted along the parkway median to replace damaged and dying trees that have been there for some 30 years or more. Birchwood Parkway is between the Laurel Oak community and Oak Haven, planted with many dozens of mature palms and oak trees.

UPDATE: Eight new oak trees have now been planted while road and bridge workers will water them (photo below).

Birchwood Parkway is one of the few county landscaped highway medians, others being at the entrances to Hendry County on four-lane State Road 80, and signed landscaped entrances to the county on two-lane State Road 29. Birchwood runs many miles long from Hendry County's Helms Road and then north through Glades County's Ranchettes community.

The Birchwood Parkway project took on tasks removing the old trees several weeks ago, checking for underground electric light utility wires along the median and today, digging holes for the new trees (photo above).

Bird Watching Trip February 6 To STA Restricted Area

CLEWISTON, FL. -- Free Bird Watching Driving Trips hosted by Hendry-Glades Audubon to STA 5/6 (SFWMD Stormwater Treatment Area 5/6

Register Today for 2021 trips at link on :

The Leader for Saturday January 30 “Trip to the Restricted Area” will be Brian Garrett, Operations & Maintenance Wildlife Coordinator at South Florida Water Management District and SFWMD Employee of Year.

Saturday February 6 and Monday February 15: David Simpson Professional Birding Guide and one of Florida's top bird listers will lead the trips.

For information contact Margaret England 863-517-0202

Monday, January 25, 2021

Hendry/Glades Health Dept. Receives Limited Doses Of Vaccine


Hendry & Glades Counties — The Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties received a limited allotment of COVID-19 Vaccines and will now accept appointments.  Appointments will be made to correspond to the number of vaccines on hand.

Please visit:  or for the consent form that must be completed to receive the vaccine.

Call the location directly at the number listed below to make your appointment.

Once appointments are filled, future reservations cannot be made. Names cannot be taken for standby/will-call. 

The Health Department will be following the Governor’s Executive Order 20-315.

COVID-19 vaccine shall only be given to the following populations (Must have proper ID):

• Long-term care facility residents and staff;
• Persons 65 years of age and older; and
• Health care personnel with direct patient contact

The Health Department will also be following the State Surgeon General’s Public Health Advisory, which requires every vaccine provider in Florida to ensure every recipient is either a resident of Florida or is a frontline healthcare worker providing services in Florida.


Florida Residency Requirements:

  • Valid Florida Driver License or Florida Identification Card




  • Two of the following items:
    • A deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or residential rental or lease agreement. (Copies of deeds can be found on the County Property Appraiser website)
    • A utility hookup or work order that is not more than 2 months old.
    • A utility bill that is not more than 2 months old.
    • Mail from a bank or other financial institution, including checking, savings, or investment account statements, that is not more than 2 months old.
    • Mail from a government agency that is not more than 2 months old.  (Mail from a government agency can include tax bills showing a Florida address.  Tax bills can be found on the County Property Appraiser website).


Additional dates and times will be announced as COVID-19 vaccines become available. 


·       Location: Hendry County Health Department

1140 Pratt Blvd. LaBelle, FL 33935

(863) 674-4041, Press 00


·       Location: Hendry County Health Department

1100 S. Olympia, Clewiston, FL 33440

(863) 983-1408, Press 00


·       Location: Glades County Health Department

1021 Healthpark Drive, Moore Haven, FL 34471

                        (863) 946-0707, Press 00

Obituaries - Ann Pearce, age 88; Reyes Martinez, age 67

Ann S. Pearce, age 88, of Clewiston, passed away January 20, 2021, in Clewiston. She was born August 14, 1932, in Plant City, Florida, to the late Simon Peter and the late Naomi (Belcher) Slonaker. 

She was married to Robert Irvin Pearce; he preceded her in death on November 2, 1991. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be dearly missed by her entire family. 

Ann leaves behind to mourn her children Robert M. Pearce and wife LJ of Clewiston, Frances Williams and husband Chuck of Tampa, grandchildren Kim Carnes and husband Rob of Tampa, Chris of Clewiston and Morgan of West Palm Beach, many extended family members and friends. 

Ann was also preceded in death by her siblings Phelix Slonaker, Paul Slonaker and Florence Keen. 

Celebration of Ann’s life will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at First United Methodist Church of Clewiston where visitation will be one hour prior to the service, where Pastor Jeff Smith is officiating. 

Burial will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery next to her husband. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston

Reyes C Martinez, age 67, of LaBelle, passed away January 18, 2021 in Naples. She was born Jan. 6, 1954 in San Juan, TX, to the late Guadalupe Carrillo and Maria DeJesus Uribe. 

Survivors include two sons: Ricardo Martinez and Arturo Jose Martinez Jr, one daughter: Maria Martinez five brothers, six sisters, and eight grandchildren 

Funeral services will be held Monday, January 25, 2021 at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle with Pastor Art Garza officiating. 

Interment will be Monday, January 25, 2021 in Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle. Visitation was Monday from 9 to 11 AM at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle, FL.

Info Sought On Hit And Run Injuring 41-Year Old In LaBelle

 LABELLE, FL. --  A 41-year old male pedestrian was westbound in vicinity of the State Road 80 travel lanes, approximately 30 feet west from Ben Moore Drive near Wal-Mart as a vehicle was traveling westbound on State Road 80. 

The right side passenger mirror of the vehicle collided with the man. Vehicle fled the scene. Pedestrian came to final rest on the north grass shoulder of State Road 80. 

Pedestrian was transported to Lehigh Regional Hospital. 

Vehicle make is possibly a Kia, white in color. If anyone has information regarding this crash, please contact *FHP or Crimestoppers.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Second Vaccination Appointments In Hendry And Glades County, Florida

LABELLE, FL. -- For those that received their first shots at FDOH-Hendry and Glades the week of January 4-January 8, 2021:

Second Dose: All individuals who received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine through the Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties’ on January 04-07, 2021 will be contacted by the FDOH – Hendry or Glades staff.

Appointments for 2nd dose will be scheduled the week of February 1-5, 2021.

The week before your second dose is due, you will be contacted with instructions for your follow up vaccination appointment. You do not need to do anything until contacted.

Please do not contact FDOH in Hendy and Glades regarding 2nd dose vaccine appointment as no additional information will be available to the phone operators.

For more information regarding COVID-19, please visit or

Thursday, January 21, 2021

No Drone Zone For Super Bowl LV February 7


Tampa Bay is a “No Drone Zone” During Super Bowl LV


TAMPA, Fla., – Raymond James Stadium in Tampa is a “No Drone Zone” for Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7, 2021. Drones also are prohibited around the Tampa Riverwalk for the NFL Super Bowl Experience during the days leading up to the event,.says the FAA..


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will establish a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) on game day that will prohibit drones within a 30-nautical-mile radius of the stadium up to 18,000 feet in altitude. The TFR will be in place from 5:30 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. EST.


Drones are also prohibited for one nautical mile around Raymond James Stadium on February 7 from 10 a.m. until the TFR for the game takes effect. Further details are available in the drone TFR (PDF).


The FAA will restrict drone flights for roughly two nautical miles around Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park up to an altitude of 2,000 feet from January 29 to February 6 during event hours.


Pilots and drone operators who enter the TFRs without permission could face civil penalties that exceed $30,000 and potential criminal prosecution for flying drones in the TFR. 


Detailed information for general aviation and drone pilots is available on the FAA's Super Bowl LV web page.


Drone pilots should check the FAA’s B4UFly app to determine when and where they may fly.

Road Repairs Next Week On Twin Lakes Roads In Clewiston

CLEWISTON, FL. -- Hendry County Road & Bridge will be conducting road repairs in the Twin Lakes Subdivision on Monday, January 25 and Tuesday, January 26 between the hours of 8am – 4pm.

Motorists should expect intermittent 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.

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

City of LaBelle Gets One More New Convenience Store At Busy Corner

 LABELLE, FL. -- A 7-Eleven store in LaBelle at the busy corner of Cowboy Way between Main and Bridge Street opened today to greet an overload of customers. Parking spaces were at a premium as customers browsed the new convenience store or purchased gas.

A well stocked store on opening day had customers waiting in line at the register while a door sign indicated SNAP cards could not be used to purchase food items yet  Gas prices matched the convenience store across the street, but customers filled the bays at the new 7-Eleven anyway.

Giveaways today included free Big Gulp drinks, facemasks, hand sanitizer, and coupons for free food items, with more free stuff planned in coming days.

The store is giving LaBelle Elementary School a check for $711.00, displaying the giant check at the new store. (photo right)

Florida Keys' Watercolor Kapers by Bob Kranich

“Florida Keys’ Watercolor Kapers”

No Name Key, (Part 12, Excerpt 21)

In this part, Our three main characters, Manuel, Hector, and their new friend, Enrique, are traveling by foot through the Zapata Swamp. They are trying to find their way back to the beaches, but away from Castro’s troops. They are hoping for a rescue.

Hector said, “We’ve been going due west for about two hours.”

“How you know?” Enrique asked.

“I’ve got my reliable compass,” Hector said proudly.

“That’s the one the guy at No Name gave you!” Manuel exclaimed.

“That’s not all he gave me,” as Hector showed them a bottle of chlorine water purification tablets.

“Let’s rest and make machetes with our bayonets,” Hector said.

They cut stout sticks, trimmed them off smooth and bounded the bayonets to the sticks with some cord Hector produced as if by magic.

“We need some water and something to eat,” Manuel said.

“Don’t worry, this Zapata Swamp* is a grazer’s paradise. I see lots of food,” Hector exclaimed.

“How do you know all this? ”Enrique questioned

Hector proudly said, “Oh, I get around! Let’s stay here and leave first thing in the morning. We’ll set up places to sleep.” As for the water, he reached far up a vine and cut a notch. Then he cut it off near the ground and tested the drops coming out of it.

“It’s not milky, it’s ok,” he said. He put it into his canteen. “When it fills we’ll drop a couple of chlorine tablets into each canteen. You do the same to those vines,” he pointed, “Now for some food. I’m going to look around. If you hear a whistle like a bird, whistle back so I can find you.”

Endrique and Manuel cleared three small areas and cut some palm fronds to lie on.

Then they heard a “Wee...da, wee...da.”

They answered back, “Wee...da, wee...da.”

Hector came through the brush and into the camp area. It was getting dark, and they could barely see now.

“Look what I’ve got,” he said as he proudly showed them three eggs.

“Where did you get these?” they asked.

“I saw the bird’s nest empty with five eggs. You don’t take them all. Then she may lay more. We’ll check in the morning. Here,” he showed them his hat full of leaves, flowers and pods.

“The Acacia tree. All of this is edible. We can’t make a fire. I say poke a hole in the bird’s egg shell, slurp it out and chew this other stuff.”

Enrique said, “We had better bed down.”

The morning came with a bang, in fact with a bombardment.

“They must be hitting Giron, the Blue Beach,” Manuel said.

Hector said, “It’s barely light, but let’s pick it up. Make sure you make it look as natural as possible, so they can’t find our camp and our tracks. Here are two chlorine tablets for each canteen. Follow me, I’m going to check the bird’s nest again.”

“Sure enough!” Hector said. A female bird hastily flew out of the nest as he put his hand into it and came out with three eggs.

“Eat up, pick a few more of these leaves and flowers from this tree, and follow me!” Hector commanded.

“We’re going to go slightly south-southwest. We’ve got to swing around the Red Beach at Playa Larga.”

They traveled about four hours. Off in the distance they could hear the explosions and shooting. Then it stopped.

Hector said, “Hold up! It’s a clearing. No it’s a small road. In fact a small dirt road. Let’s see.” He looked at the part of the map the Major had given him. “I started to turn our route to the south-southwest about an hour ago, and according to this map and my compass this is the first road heading into the Zapata Peninsula.”

“We’ll cross it. One by one. I’ll go first, cover me!” Hector moved slowly across. Then he took a position and signaled. The other two came across one at a time.

“You can’t see very far either way,” Manuel noted.

“Just a minute before we go,” Hector exclaimed as he went over and pulled some plantains from a tree-like plant with large leaves. Then he pulled all of the rest off and threw them to the other two guys. “Here’s lunch,” he said.

“Good work, Hector,” Enrique complimented.

“Let’s get going,” Hector motioned ahead. “In a mile at our present course, we should hit a dirt trail. Then four miles farther we should come to the beach road.”

They took turns leading and clearing the way with their makeshift bayonet machetes.

Hector kept on track by constantly looking at his compass and saying, “left some,” “a little right,” or “straight,” as they slowly moved along.

Just as planned they came to the dirt trail. It was a wide trail, passable only by 4-wheel or on foot. Within a couple of hours they started coming to occasional brackish wet spots in the trail and then, sure enough, the beach road. It was a wide dirt road with a hint of crushed coral on it. They stopped and looked both ways.
“What’s that sound? Manuel asked.

“It’s a helicopter,” Enrique said, “Castro’s! I know it by the sound. Quick! Back in the brush. Spread out, and hide behind a tree.”

The helicopter was following the road, looking. They could hear the men in the helicopter hollering. As it went overhead they could see a machine gun hanging out the side.

From the Author:

My second full-length book , Florida Keys’ Watercolor Kapers is composed of 336 pages. There are 12 stories running from 6 pages to as many as 72 pages. It is fully illustrated with 88 watercolors and sketches. The watercolors I made roaming around Key West after I finished my 750 mile hike from Georgia to Key West. (See book or Don Browne’s SouthWest Florida Online News records, A Walk Across Florida.) As you read these stories you will experience Key West, the Keys, and the Caribbean. These stories span the time of the early 1800’s to 1969.

Crash In Hendry County Leaves 1 Adult and Child Dead And 2 Injured

LABELLE FL. -- The Florida Highway Patrol reports a crash without giving names Wednesday evening as follows:

Vehicle 1 was traveling east on State Road 80 at a high rate of speed, west of County Road 78A (Fort Denaud Road) on the outside lane. Vehicle 2 was backing out of a driveway onto eastbound State Road 80, west of County Road 78A. 

The front portion of Vehicle 1 collided with the right rear portion of Vehicle 2. Vehicle 2 overturned ejecting Driver 2 and passenger 1. Vehicle 1 continued traveling east after collision and came to final rest facing east. Vehicle 2 came to final rest overturned, in the area of collision. 

Driver 1, female age 38 of Alva, and Vehicle 2 Passenger 2, female, age 13 were transported to Lee Memorial Hospital. Driver 2 , age 42 of LaBelle and Vehicle 2 Passenger 1, female age 15 were pronounced deceased on scene. 

The crash remains under investigation.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Escaped Prisoner Sought By Hendry Sheriff's Office

LABELLE, FL. -- Hendry County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching the Labelle area for 25 year old Miguel Angel Nunoz, of 2025 Jeronimo Road, LaBelle.

Last night after a transfer to a treatment facility in Lee County under the "Baker Act", and the release of custody of the inmate to the treatment center; the deputy was returning to the transport vehicle and heard someone shout out, he’s running. Both Hendry and Lee County Deputies on scene tried to stop the subject to no avail.

Nunez was taken into custody on January 19, 2021 at approximately 5:15PM on charges for Outstanding Warrants for Burglary to Unoccupied Vehicle, Grand Theft and Violation of Probation. These are not considered VIOLENT CRIMES said the Sheriff's Office.

Later information was received that the subject may have called someone to pick him up. Information received by investigators was that the subject may have returned home.

Investigators are currently searching for the vehicle and do not believe at this time anyone is endangered.

Should you see Nunez please contact law enforcement immediately.

UPDATE: Nunez was found and is custody in LaBelle this afternoon at 2:51 p.m. Nunez was taken into custody from the home of 990 Tropicana, located within the City of LaBelle through interviews and follow up investigations. Nunez surrendered peacefully and without incident.

Nunez was transported to the Hendry County Jail where he is being held under strict observation pending additional charges from Lee County.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

COVID Cases Push Glades County, Fl. Schools To Go Online Tomorrow

MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- Glades County Schools are now going online only starting Wednesday, January 21 until February 1st. 

Superintendent of Schools Alice Barfield wrote a letter to parents today explaining that COVID cases have risen substantially over the last five days, sending home many students and staff members. 

Glades County has three schools with about 1,500 total students. At last report 33 staff and students tested positive creating a situation where many more having contact will have to quarantine.

Dr. Barfields Letter to Parents:

Dear Parents,

First, let me thank you for your support and understanding as we, as a nation and community, respond to the unexpected invasion of COVID-19. While we are in the business of educating, our first priority is the safety of our students and our employees.
The Glades County School District was notified on Monday morning, 1/19/2021, that cases have risen substantially over the past five days causing students and staff members to be sent home as either a positive case or direct contact. As you can imagine, this is something we are taking very seriously and dealing with accordingly. We are asking you to continue to adhere to social
distancing and other health precautions. We are working diligently with the Glades County Health Department to ensure quick and efficient notification of all cases.
Effective January 20th , 2021, we will be switching to an on-line platform (E-Learning) until February 1st , 2021. Although our desire is to remain in school as normal (traditional) with enhanced safety and cleaning procedures, the numbers don’t support that learning style. However, we must be proactive and be prepared during these ever-changing times to continue educating our students if and when circumstances change, as predicted, throughout the year
related to the health and safety of our students and employees.
Thank you for your continued support and positivity as we strive to do what is best for ALL of our students and employees during these challenging times. Meal distribution schedules will be
posted at a later time. If you have questions, please call your child’s school.
Serving you,
Dr. Alice E. Barfield
Superintendent of Schools
Glades County School

Monday, January 18, 2021

Danny Lee Ringo, 39 Accused OF Sexual Assault On Child

LABELLE, FL. -- Hendry County Investigators were contacted by a Children Advocacy Center reporting a sexual abuse that had been committed by 39 year old Danny Lee Ringo.

The victim reported that Ringo had sexually assaulted her approximately five years ago.

With the assistance of all agencies involved, Ringo was arrested and charged with Sexual Assault with victim under 12 years of age.

On November 13, 2020, a warrant for the arrest of Danny Lee Ringo was issued for Sexual Battery, on a Child less than 12 years of age, a Capital Felony.

On Monday, January 18, 2021, Ringo was transported to the Hendry County Jail.. He was arrested in Texas and extradited back to Hendry County where he was booked in to the Hendry County Jail and is currently being held with No Bond.

The Hendry Sheriff's Office said today:

"We want to take this time to say that although many children who have experienced sexual abuse show behavioral and emotional changes, many others do not. Therefore, it is critical to focus not only on detection, but on prevention and communication—by teaching children about body safety and healthy body boundaries, and by encouraging open communication about sexual matters.

"Survivors often experience guilt, shame, and self-blame. Parents can prevent or lessen the chance of sexual abuse by telling their children that if someone tries to touch your body and do things that make you feel ‘funny’, say NO to that person and to tell you right away; teach children that respect does not mean allowing someone to do something that makes them uncomfortable, encourage open communication with your child(ren).

"Childhood sexual abuse has been associated with higher levels of depression, guilt, shame, self-blame, eating disorders, anxiety, dissociative patterns, repression, denial, sexual problems, and relationship problems."

Clewiston Man Arrested In Attempted Homicide Shooting

CLEWISTON, FL. -- On Monday January 11, 2021 at approximately 12:33 am, Hendry County Deputies responded to a caller reporting a shooting in the Twin Lakes area of Clewiston. Upon their arrival they learned the victim’s vehicle had sustained several bullet holes from gunfire.

When Detectives with the General Crimes and Major Crimes Unit responded to the scene it was learned through the investigation that the shooting occurred at the intersection of Twin Lakes Drive and Davidson Road. It was further learned that the shooting stemmed from an earlier incident that occurred in the Lee County.

Detectives learned that 28 year old Samantha Lucio along with 25 year old Manuel Enrique Ortiz responded to the Twin Lake area in search of another subject. They saw the victim sitting in his vehicle at which time Ortiz threatened to shoot up his vehicle if they found “him” riding with the victim. It was later in the evening the victim left his residence and again passed Ortiz, it was at this time the victim saw Ortiz point a gun at him and began firing into the victim’s vehicle.

Detectives with the Major Crimes Unit secured an arrest warrant and placed Ortiz under arrest without incident at approximately 2:20 pm on Thursday January 14, 2021 on charges of Attempted Homicide, Shooting a Deadly Missile into a Vehicle, Use of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony. Ortiz is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $250,000.00 bond.

If anyone has information in connection to these violent crimes or any other violent crimes, we ask you to reach out to Detectives with the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office. Together we can make this a safer Hendry County.

20-Year Old Clewiston Man Arrested In Attempted Murder In Harlem

CLEWISTON, FL. -- On Thursday, January 14, 2021, Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit arrested 20 year old Johon Dy’Quan Willingham of Clewiston, Florida and charges of Attempted Homicide without Premeditation, Use of a Firearm during a Felony and Cruely toward a Child.

On Friday December 4, 2020 at approximately 3:33 pm, Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a call of “shots fired” in the area of 2100 10th Street in the Harlem Community. As Deputies arrived on scene, they were made aware of a gunshot victim being treated at Hendry Regional Medical Center. The crime scene was cordoned off with Crime Scene Tape and Detectives with the Major Crimes Unit and General Crimes Unit responded along with the Crime Scene Unit.

This area is heavily traveled during this time of the day and furthermore is a main route for school bus travel transporting young children home from school.

Through the investigation detectives determined the victim was traveling northbound on 10th Street with two other adult occupants and one infant occupant, when they were flagged down by a group of five to six young adult males. The victim pulled over in front of the True Vine Church located at 2100 10th Street in the Harlem Community. The front seat passenger exited the vehicle to talk with the group of young males. A fight had ensued between the front seat passenger and the group of young adults. The victim exited the driver seat and attempted to break up the fight. It was at this time Willingham pulled out a handgun and began to fire shots at the victim striking him twice.

It was learned through the investigation that the victim was running towards his vehicle at the time he was being shot at where the vehicle had his infant nephew in the rear seat. It was further learned that a school bus carrying twenty-eight (28) elementary children was stopped due to the incident happening in front of the bus. As the suspect was shooting at the victim, it placed the infant in the rear seat of the vehicle along with the bus driver and the twenty-eight (28) juvenile passengers in direct line of fire.

Willingham is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail with No Bond.

If anyone has any additional information regarding this shooting you may contact investigators as 863-674-5600.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Obituaries - Lorina Scheffler, Aged 62, Abundio Rodriquez, Aged 49

Lorina Perry Scheffler, 62, of Clewiston, Florida passed away on January 13, 2021. Lorina was born in Gainesville, Florida to Muriel Dean and Frances Earl Perry on September 25, 1958. 

She attended Clewiston High School and graduated in 1976. 

Lorina was a homemaker and loved raising her children and spending time with her family. Some of Lorina's favorite things were playing piano on the First Baptist Church praise team, traveling to visit family and friends and helping others. 

Lorina as survived by her husband, Sean Scheffler Sr; her children; Sean Bradley Scheffler Jr, Jeremiah and Sarah Crouch, and Daniel and Sally Hoots. Her grandchildren; Garrett and Devyn Bunting, Madison Crouch, Isaac Crouch, Sean Bradley Scheffler III, and Ashton Scheffler. Her great- grandchildren Kennedi Bunting and Maverick Bunting. Her siblings; Dean and Connie Perry along with their children Michael, Chante', Chelsea, Brooke and Audrey. Chuck and Sharon Rogers and their children Deena and Chris. And Thomas and April Perry with their children Cory, Jerid and Jeneva. 

She was preceded in death by her parents Muriel and Frances Perry. 

Celebration of Life service will be held on January 19, 2021 at The First Baptist Church of Clewiston at 2 pm with a viewing at 1 pm. 

Akin-Davis Funeral Home will be handling the arrangements.

Abundio Rodriguez, age 49, of Moore Haven, passed away January 10, 2021 in Moore Haven. He was born July 11, 1971 in Mexico, to the late Daniel Rodriguez Rojas and Antonia Trinidad Florencio. 

He worked as a Mechanic for US Sugar Corp. 

Survivors include one son: Daniel Rodriguez one daughter: Alina Florez 

Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 PM at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle, FL. 

Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in LaBelle January 19

 LABELLE, FL. -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated in LaBelle, Florida in Hendry County each year, community leaders and citizens join a walking parade up MLK Boulevard Monday morning, marching a mile and a half around the community from Cowboy Way and MLK Blvd. to the Alton "Kid" Jones Park, and then listening to short talks and then moving to the James Singleton Community Center for lunch.

Above: Video of Shywona Williams' recitation of the famous Martin Luther King "I Have A Dream" speech performed at the celebration in the park in 2017.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

"Martin's Journey" On Zoom January 18 At 7 PM


Black History


Zoom presentation 

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"You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right." - Rosa Parks

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Hendry/Glades Obituaries - Billie Gibson, Aged 80 Abundio Rodriquez, Aged 49

Billie Ruth Allen Gibson, 80, of Clewiston, passed away early Friday morning, January 8, 2021 at Palms West Hospital. She was born May 27, 1940 in Fort Myers, Florida the youngest of 7 siblings. 

Billie Ruth grew up in Felda with her parents Hattie Evelyn and Myrton Otis Allen. She was educated in a one room schoolhouse in Felda until being bussed to LaBelle for high school graduating in 1958. She earned a teaching degree at Florida State University where she met and married William Edwards Davies in October 1960. 

After a several years leading elementary classes in Immokalee, Denver, Bayshore and LaBelle, Billie Ruth spent most of her career teaching social studies at LaBelle Middle School. 

In LaBelle she was a member of Church of the Good Shepherd and the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. 

She wed William Gibson in 1987 and moved with him to Clewiston in 2004 to help care for her grandchildren. 

She served as secretary of the Clewiston Garden Club and was a member of St. Martin's Episcopal Church. Billie Ruth had a lifelong love of reading and history. She loved gathering with family and friends to play games and tell stories. Her children were raised with Mom telling stories of historical figures as if they were family members. Each child was assigned a favorite birthday meal of Mom's choosing. Each grandchild shared a favorite musical or literary movie with their Nanny. She was a wonderful and loving Nanny. Her marvelous storytelling will be long remembered, and her ready laugh will not be forgotten. 

Billie Ruth was predeceased by parents Hattie Evelyn Goff and Myrton Otis Allen, brothers Carl Wayne Allen, Jack Douglas Allen, James Edsel Allen, and Myrton Otis Allen, Jr., sisters Daisy Emma Parsons, and Glenda May Allison. 

She is survived by her husband William Ollie Gibson of the home, son William Allen Davies (wife Mistie) in Titusville, FL; daughters Jane Sadette Davies Purcell (husband Darren) of Norman, OK; and Laura Beth Davies Jones (husband Scott) of Clewiston, stepsons Brian Keith Gibson, and William Kevin Gibson, grandchildren Elisabeth Jane Palmer, Ryan Michael Palmer, William Evans Davies, Emma Kaitlin Davies, Bruce Franklyn Jones, Evelyn Kay Jones, and Leslie Nicole Jones, and step-grandchildren Victor William Engel (wife Anne), Frances Renee Rios (husband Rolando), William Kale Gibson, Justin Cade Gibson, Aubrey Nicole Thompson, Dylan Thompson, Robert Edward Purcell, and Ethan Michael Purcell, and many cousins, nieces, nephews. 

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic a Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Akin-Davis Funeral Home.

Abundio Rodriguez, age 49, of Moore Haven, passed away January 10, 2021 in Moore Haven. He was born July 11, 1971 in Mexico, to the late Daniel Rodriguez Rojas and Antonia Trinidad Florencio. 
He worked as a Mechanic for US Sugar Corp. 

Survivors include one son: Daniel Rodriguez one daughter: Alina Florez 

Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 PM at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle, FL.

Clewiston 22-year old Motorcyclist Dies In Crash

CLEWISTON, FL. A 22 year old male from Clewiston was on a motorcycle and traveling west on Pine Lane, west of Cabbage Way at 8:54 a.m. Wednesday, and traveled onto the north shoulder and collided with a culvert, then vaulted and overturned several times. 

Driver was separated from the vehicle and came to final rest on a residential lawn, located on the north side of Pine Lane. 

He was airlifted to Saint Mary's Medical Center and pronounced deceased.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

COVID Testing Resumes In Hendry/Glades County January 14

TESTING for COVID-19 (Drive-Thru)
Health Departments in Hendry & Glades Counties

Open Testing – No Appointments Needed - Free

Testing Adults& Children over 5yrs (with Parent Consent)
No criteria or restrictions for testing

· Location: Hendry County Health Department
1140 Pratt Blvd. LaBelle, FL 33935
Thursday, January 14th -- 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

· Location: Hendry County Health Department
1100 S. Olympia, Clewiston, FL 33440
Friday, January 22nd – 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

· Location: Glades County Health Department
1021 Healthpark Drive, Moore Haven, FL 34471
Monday, January 25th – 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

· Location: Hendry County Health Department
1140 Pratt Blvd. LaBelle, FL 33935
Monday, February 1st -- 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

· Location: Hendry County Health Department
1100 S. Olympia, Clewiston, FL 33440
Monday, February 8th – 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Persons tested will be given instructions on how to receive their test results

COVID Vaccine Availablity Update From Glades County, Fl

MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- Currently there is no vaccine distribution date for this week in Glades County. 

Glades County currently has no vaccines on hand to distribute. Last week 790 individuals were vaccinated at the Glades County Health Department. 

The Department of Health’s phone lines continue to be overwhelmed by the volume of calls they are receiving. Glades County Emergency Management is working with the Health Department on a possible solution to help streamline the registration/appointment process. 

Updates will be posted on the website under the COVID-19 tab and also through a media release when vaccines and appointments become available. 

"Please continue to be patient as we continue to work through the logistics of getting the vaccine distributed. We are in this together and will get through this together," said the department representative.

Monday, January 11, 2021

COVID Vaccine Information For Appointments In Hendry And Glades County, Fl

LABELLE, FL. -- The Hendry/Glades Health Department at present has no more vaccines and will not accept appointments until vaccines arrive and the department makes an official announcement.

The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties currently does not know in advance when they will receive Covid-19 Vaccines. Notification to the community about making appointments will be sent out as soon as vaccine quantities and available staff are confirmed.

The health departments in Hendry and Glades counties had previously been taking names for a “standby/will-call” list for future appointments, however that list has reached its max capacity and they can no longer do that.

The Health Department wants to emphasize that COVID-19 vaccination appointments cannot be made by email, you must call to make the appointment, but only once an announcement is made that they have received vaccine. (When later making a call press "00" after dialing the number to get to a scheduling person.)

The department says clerks do receive calls, but because of the volume of calls, not everyone can get through so please be patient as there have been phone issues intermittently due to the continuous volume of calls. Technicians have been working daily on the issues.

If you cannot get through on the telephone, you may stop by the health department in person in Hendry & Glades Counties. (Only after we send out the announcement). Once appointments are filled,  future appointments cannot be booked.

The health departments can only provide vaccine to those who meet the criteria within the Governor’s Executive order. (Over the age of 65, Frontline Healthcare workers <with proper ID> and those in long-term care facilities). It is unknown when the priority groups will change by order of the Governor and State officials.

Second Doses

When an individual receives the vaccine, they will be given a vaccine card with information. Appointments for the second dose are not being scheduled in advance. The health departments will not call individuals to schedule the second dose.

Individuals will need to contact the health department approximately one week prior to their second dose to schedule the appointment. (The vaccine card will give you the target date for your second dose).

Any county health department or provider that has the same type of vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) can administer the second dose. You do not have to return back to the health department or provider where you received your first vaccine.

While You Are Waiting, And After Getting The Vaccine

Please continue to take precautionary measures to keep you and your family safe. (Cover your face while in public, continue to follow social distancing guidelines, avoid unnecessary travel, stay home if you are sick). 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says building immunity "typically takes a few weeks."

"That means it's possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes Covid-19 just before or just after vaccination and still get sick," the CDC says..

"The vaccine will protect you from getting ill and then ending up hospitalized. But it's possible that you could still carry the virus and be contagious to others. So those who get the vaccine should still be wearing masks and practicing physical distancing."

Saturday, January 09, 2021

LaBelle Assembly of God Expanding Services On Facebook

LABELLE, FL.-- Pastor Clifford Avery says the LaBelle Assembly of God is expanding it's live service on Sunday's at 11 a.m. to also add their Wednesday evening Bible Study at 7:00 pm and Friday morning Community Women’s Bible study at about 11:45 am.

LaBelle Assembly of God Facebook Videos

Consumer Advocate Earl Stewart Offers To Find Best Price For Any New Car Buyer

Consumer advocate Earl Stewart has made an unusual offer to let him find the best price "out the door" for any new car buyer. 

Stewart, the owner of a Palm Beach county new car dealership and weekly host of a consumer advocate radio show and online call in show has long tried to change the auto sales environment and the eliminating misleading advertising and sales tactics used to trick buyers when auto shopping.

One way to avoid trickery, Stewart says to to shop online and get three "out the door" prices from dealers (the price one can write a check for without added extra hidden fees) so consumers can fairly compare pricing without the confusion of advertising and hassles of negotiating prices at a car dealer in person.

Here is Stewart's offer as posted on his blog Earl Stewart On Cars this week:

"I promise you that you’ll get a lower price on your next new car if you buy it online. Many people, especially those born and raised before the “digital revolution” may feel nervous or are incapable of this technological challenge. If you do, I’ll personally walk you through the process. Because I have no idea how many people will take me up on this offer, I must limit it to the first 100 to ask.

Call, email, or text me with the Year, Make, Model, and MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price).
Please furnish me with your zip code and, if there’s a new car dealership that you’d prefer to buy from.
I’ll need your name, email address, and phone number. I promise to keep this information private. I’ll be using a fictious name, email address, and phone number when contacting dealers on your behalf. This will avoid you receiving a deluge of car salesmen hounding you.

If you’re a Costco member, please furnish me with your Costco membership number. The Costco auto buying program is your best source of getting the lowest price. If you’re not a member of Costco, I recommend you buy an annual membership for $60 just for their auto buying program.In less than three days, I’ll advise you of the lowest out-the-door price of the car you told me you wanted to buy. This out-the-door price is the amount you can write a check for, hand it to the salesman, and drive your new car home.

If you don’t know me, you’re probably asking yourself “Why would he go to the time and trouble to do this?” The answer is that I like to help people like you. If you’ll read my blog, you’ll understand.

You might also be saying to yourself, “This guy’s a car dealer and he’s just trying to trick me into buying a new Toyota from him!” You’d be right that I’m a Toyota dealer, but you’re wrong that I’ll try to sell you a car. Read my blog, buy my book (Confessions of a Recovering Car Dealer, available on Amazon… 100% of the proceeds go to the charity, Big Dog Ranch Rescue) or ask anybody that knows me, and you’ll learn the truth.

Finally, you might wonder if the price I find for you is truly the LOWEST. The answer is “not necessarily”. But it’s lower (likely much lower) than the price you would have paid had you not let me obtain the price online. You might be able to obtain an even lower price if you want to invest the time and aggravation in shopping my out-the-door price with even more car dealers. Just remember the definition of my out-the-door price…the price you can write your check out for and drive your car home."

Obituaries - Norman Walker, aged 67; Kimberly Leon, aged 51

Norman Walker Sr. passed away on January 4th, 2021 at the age of 67. 

He was proceeded in death by his wife of 48 years, Lorraine Walker. He is survived by his 4 children, Norm Walker Jr. (Missy), Angel Allen, Jennifer Jarrett (Paul), Kenny Walker (Liv) and 13 beautiful grandchildren. 

Norm was in love with one woman all of his life. He was a devoted husband, Daddy, and Pop Pop. He served the Lord with all of his heart and soul and strength. His goal in life was to help others and bring them to the knowledge of Christ. He was very giving and loving to all those he came in contact with. He will truly be missed and loved forever. We love you Daddy! 

Due to COVID a memorial service will be held at a later time. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Kimberly Dawn Leon, age 51, of Clewiston, passed away January 4, 2021 in Clewiston. She was born Nov. 2, 1969 in Newton County, TX, to the late Peter J and the late Martha Ann (Handy) Syros Jr. 

Survivors include one son: Francisco Leon two daughters: Kaycee Henchey and Elizabeth Campbell one sister: Michelle Grandchildren: Trooper; Gracien Boyfriend, Kenny Edens 

A Memorial Service is pending. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Nicholas Jordan Aguilar, age 26, of Bonita Springs, passed away December 29, 2020 in LaBelle. He was born Dec. 20, 1994 in Lehigh Acres, FL, to Jose Angel and Tammy (Hellard) Aguilar Sr. 

He was an HVAC Technician, and worked in Pool Construction. 

Survivors include one son: JJ Aguilar two daughters: Maya Aguilar and Mila Aguilar parents: Jose Angel and Tammy (Hellard) Aguilar Sr, Significant Other, Leslie Torres 

He was preceded in death by his Predeceased Brother, Jose Angel Aguilar Jr. 

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 7:00 pm at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle.

Kiwanis of LaBelle Kids' Day Postponed This Year

LABELLE, FL. -- To be on the safe side for the community the Kiwanis Club of LaBelle will not host Kid’s Day on January 21st. The Kiwanis has been holding the January event for many years. 

Kiwanis appreciates the support from the community with Kid's Day participation and is looking looking forward to hopefully seeing everyone in October 2021.

Thursday, January 07, 2021

SW Florida Organization Sponsoring Free Online Magic Shows This Month

The Magic of New Beginnings with Celebrity Magician Paul Draper

AAASWFL is inviting older adults and their families to enjoy an interactive online magic show with renowned magician and mentalist Paul Draper as he helps them explore the “Mysteries of the Mind.” Scheduled events will take place over Zoom and require registration in advance.

Editor's Note: The online magic show is very entertaining, having attended several, and lasts for about 30 minutes. Normally it is a small audience of less than a dozen. It can be accessed easily on a smart phone, tablet or computer and although aimed at older adults, children and grandchildren may attend as well.

Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL), a nonprofit serving older adults and adults with disabilities, is determined to offer aid to those battling isolation by providing online social events to the community it serves. 

WHEN: Wednesday, January 13, 2021| 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Registration link: Meeting Registration - Zoom

Saturday, January 30, 2021| 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Registration link: Meeting Registration - Zoom

Hendry Deputy Sheriffs' Shooting Ruled Justifiable By State Attorney

LABELE, FL. -- The State Attorney’s Office has completed the review of the investigation into the
officer involved shooting by the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office and which injured La Travis Williams and Tyrone Reed, Jr. The shooting occurred on May 17, 2020 in LaBelle at a large gathering  of party goers.

The actions of the officers involved in this incident were found to be a legally justifiable use of force.

Javier Gutierrez-Rentas Arrested In Hendry County Armed Robbery

CLEWISTON, FL. -- On December 29, 2020, Hendry County Deputies responded to 6480 Flaghole Road, in the area of Flaghole/Montura Ranch area after receiving a report of an Armed Robbery.

The victim, a 16 year old male, had arranged to meet 24 year old Javier Daniel Gutierrez-Rentas, of Clewiston, to conduct a drug transaction. When Gutierrez-Rentas arrived to meet with the victim, Gutierrez-Rentas exited his vehicle greeting the victim at the driver side window, pointing a handgun at him.

Gutierrez-Rentas forced the victim to surrender his phone, cash and jewelry he had in his possession. He then told the victim to leave the area.

The victim called 911 from a local business in the area to report the armed robbery.

When deputies arrived information was gathered and they were later able to locate the firearm laying in the roadway in Montura Ranch Estates.

Deputies attempted to locate Gutierrez-Rentas with negative results.

At approximately 4:30pm, Montura Ranch Estates Deputy, Deputy Dominguez received information that Gutierrez-Rentas would be at Joey’s Pizza in Flaghole during that time.

At approximately 5:00pm, Deputies were able to locate the suspect and took him into custody and arrested him on charges of Robbery by Sudden Snatching with Firearm, Grand Theft and Possession of Weapon or Ammo by convicted Florida Felon.

Gutierrez-Rentas is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $85,000.00 bond.

Stephen Colbert Commentary On Assault On The Capitol January 6th

 CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert commentary on the January 6, 2021 assault on the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Colbert said, among other caustic comments on the President and some of his Republican followers "“Hey, Republicans who supported this president — especially the ones in the joint session of Congress today — have you had enough? After five years of coddling this president’s fascist rhetoric, guess whose followers want to burn down the Reichstag?”

Colbert's reference to the Reichstag alludes to the 1933 fire of the German Parliament building, four years after Adolf Hitler was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany, and made that fire pivotal in the establishment of Nazi Germany.

Meanwhile, The District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department has issued a $1,000 reward to find persons who made illegal entry to the Capitol on Wednesday. The reward offer with pictures of dozens of those wanted persons is available here: