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Vol. 88 No. 10

At a Glance

Brick ceremony
American Legion Post 130 and
VFW Post 10100 will install 13
more memorial bricks at Veterans
Park across from the Courthouse.
The ceremony will be at 11 a.m.
Saturday, March 13. The public is
welcome. Blue Star banners will
also be awarded to the families of
service members overseas.

Relay for Life Survivor
Relay for Life's Survivor/Care-
giver Luncheon will be held at the
Dallas B. Townsend Center, 1085
Pratt Blvd. Sunday, March 14, at
12:30 p.m. Guest speaker Bruce
Garrison, Unit Executive Director
for the ACS, will speak about the
American Cancer Societies patient
services. Everyone bring your fa-
vorite dish and join us in Remem-
bering and Celebrating our loved
For more information: contact
Tara Sherrod Event Chair 863-517-

Moving On ceremony
The Honorable Judge Chris-
tine Greider and Hendry County
Drug Court Team invite you to a
Drug Court graduation and lunch
at noon Thursday, March 18. in
Courthroom 3. Please RSVP to Jo-
Ann at 863-675-5225. Lunch and
fellowship will follow the Moving
On ceremony.
See Page 4 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.
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Thursday, March 11, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010

Goldilocks: Lessons for life

Caloosa Belle/Patty Brant
Goldilocks (Amanda Brown of the State Attorney's Office) is "cuffed and stuffed" after Coun-
try Oaks second graders found her guilty of breaking and entering and criminal mischief.
See story on Page 6.

Hopes hang on new EDC director

by Patty Brant
Caloosa Belle
Economic development is a
tricky thing. Hendry County's
new EDC director Roger Harri-
son understands just how tricky it
can be. It's a delicate balance of
not so easy
to quantify.
But when
you get it
right, every-
body wins.
thrives; peo-
ple thrive.
The entire
hums along. Roger
Like the Harrison

rest of the country, Hendry Coun-
ty is trying to figure it all out, and
it's Roger's job to steer the ship.
A Georgia boy, Roger has a
masters degree in public admin-
istration. He worked with Coca
Cola to help restaurants grow and
also wrote grants for municipali-
While on the University of
Georgia public service faculty
for economic development, he
worked with a one-industry town
to help residents diversify.
Diversification that's the key
to sustaining a healthy economy
that will hold its own when one
or another part of the economy
drags. That will help even out the
rough times.
With the vast majority of small

businesses in Hendry County pro-
viding 50-100 jobs, small business
is the backbone of the communi-
ty, Roger said. The government is
the largest employer in the coun-
ty. Industry is all important to the
county because, like all counties,
it can't raise enough in residential
taxes to cover its expenses.
Hendry County has several
important pluses a "trifecta of
transportation" Roger calls it -
good rail, good roads and the
river. It also has good air strips
that enhance the overall business
With a little over a month on
the job, Roger has already seen
the pride Hendry County leaders
take in their cities. He said La-
See EDC Page 2



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by Patty Brant
Caloosa Belle
Even through their tragic loss,
the Forde family is grateful for
the efforts of
many people
who searched
for Ernest J.
An 85-year-
old Alzheim-
er's patient,
Mr. Forde
away from Ernest J. Forde
his home in
Port LaBelle
some time between approximately
10 p.m. Wednesday, March 3 and
about 9 a.m. Thursday when his
son realized he was gone.
See Missing Page 2



Hendry County voters gave
Hendry Regional Medical Cen-
ter the go ahead to build a new
emergency room at the Clewis-
ton facility and to expand ser-
vices in LaBelle.
Voters cast 1,542 ballots for
the referendum, 620 against in
the March 9 voting.


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Caloosa Belle March 11,2010

Continued From Page 1

Belle focuses on the good of all and is the
county's government center. Clewiston has
a good industrial park, great water system,
plenty of electricity a natural economic en-
His perception is that both cities have
good little downtown areas that can be at-
tractive to businesses.
The entire community must "reach deep
and pull together as a cohesive unit, he said.
At the same time, it's Roger's intention to
increase the presence of the EDC and focus
it squarely on encouraging healthy growth.
He plans to work with Edison State Col-
lege and also the Education Center of South-
west Florida, Inc., to create a healthy worker
pool for businesses interested in coming to
Hendry County. Roger said small business
owners, large corporations, the county and
city commissions must all be partners in
that endeavor.
He said the prospect of a rural broad

band grant is good and is very important to
He plans to bring effective project man-
agement to the EDC to make sure Hendry
County is ready for businesses when they're
ready for Hendry County.
People should not forget that a good
economy and community development go
together. Amenities build the kind of qual-
ity of life that attracts good people and busi-
nesses and provides more options for every-
Roger said there must be a strategic plan
for growth, because unbridled growth is
not a good thing for a community. It strips
a community of the very things that people
came there for.
He readily admits he doesn't have all the
answers. "It will take a community effort,"
he said. Change, he said, must come incre-
mentally with emphasis on small business
- and that's everybody's business.

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Hendry County Sheriff's officers coordi-
nated the search which included deputies,
K-9s from both Hendry and Lee County
Sheriff's Offices, a Lee County SO helicop-
ter, along with family, neighbors and com-
munity members.
He was discovered, unresponsive, in the
bushes off Commerce Drive, about 2.5 miles
from his home Friday.
March 6 would have been his 86th birth-
Mr. Forde's daughter, Jewel Owens, said
her father had lived in LaBelle for 23 years.
He was retired from Con Ed in New York
where he began as a laborer in 1947 and
retired as an electrical engineer in 1986. He
served his country during World War II in
the Navy and was a veteran of the battle at
Iwo Jima.
Mr. Forde was a strong member of the
community. He was a member of Our Lady
Queen of Heaven Catholic Church and the
Holy Name Society; had been an active
member of the LaBelle Kiwanis, American
Legion Post 130 and a board member of the
Port LaBelle Community Development Dis-
He had lost his wife, Yvonne, last year
and is survived by four sisters; four children,
brother-in-law, son-in-law; eight grandchil-
dren and eight great-grandchildren.
A Requiem Mass is planned at Our Lady
Queen of Heaven for 10 a.m. today (Thurs-



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March 18
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Church is pleased to host the life-saving
services of Life Line Screening, the na-
tion's largest provider of community-
based preventive screenings. The event is
open to local residents and will be held
on Thursday, March 18. The conditions
for which Life Line Screening screens are
considered "silent killers" because they
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screenings will include:
Carotid Artery Screening painless,
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the arteries."
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is used to estimate the bone density of the
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the most common form of sustained ar-
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March 11, 2010

March 11,2010 Caloosa Belle

Commissioner Chapman recalls the past

year on the county commission

Hendry County Commissioner Tris Chap-
man recently completed his first year on the
board. As part of a commission that has over-
seen varied projects during this past year, the
commissioner wanted to share some of his
thoughts on his initial year.
He said he is most proud that the county
staff and Constitutional officers have been
able to do more with less. With the substan-
tial decrease in property values some ten
percent he noted that the average constitu-
ents' taxes have also decreased. In business
and personally, the economy has forced us
all to conserve including local government.
He also realizes that minimizing taxes has
come at a difficult human price, including
asking employees to share in health insur-
ance costs. He commends employees for
their dedication to good service.
He said he is also proud of grant writers
Ron Zimmerly and Janet Papinaw, who have
stepped up to the important job of finding
alternative revenue sources for necessary
big ticket items.
For instance, the intersection of US 27
and SR 80 the worst intersection in the state
and sixth worst in the nation was not even
on the Department of Transportation's five-
year plan.
After lobbying both the Florida and US
Departments of Transportation, the county
now has $35.2 million ($22 million from
state safety funding and $13 million in fed-
eral assistance) to rebuild that intersection
- this year. SR 80 widening is also being
stepped up.
Commissioners understood that, as an
evacuation route and farm to market road,
improvements to SR 80 were essential, so
they got very vocal and pulled together to
get the action they needed, Commissioner
Chapman said.
He added that the commission has
worked as a team at both the state and na-
tional levels and maintained a good level of
service throughout the county without in-
creasing taxes.
For Commissioner Chapman, the most
controversial subject over the past year has
been what to do about the Clewiston sub of-
fice. The question has been looming for over
four years. Finally, just recently, the board

decided to build a new sub-office.
Commissioner Chapman commends the
Constitutional officers, staff and Judge Sloan,
who he said all pulled together to come to
the decision. The size of the sub-office will
decrease by about half, to 11,000 sq. ft.
Staffs of all the offices there will share a
break area, copy and conference room and
will be able to share the large auditorium at
the health department when needed.
Capital funds could be used along with
the $622,000 insurance settlement from
PKM insurance from the destruction of the
old sub-office during Hurricane Wilma. No
loan would be needed.
The new sub office will be located on
Olympia by the health department in Clewis-
The county plans to sell the old sub- office,
along with the ASCS building and Wayside
Park to help pay for the new construction.
In addition, the commission will save
some $150,000 on rent per year expended
for current space, as well as having kept
taxes down.
Commissioner Chapman said the board
is hoping to come up with a similar plan
for LaBelle's county offices. Currently, the
county rents space at the Courthouse Plaza
on Lee Street.
Commissioner Chapman believes that
the public deserves to have access to county
staff and supported the plan.
Looking to the future, Commissioner
Chapman also looks to the Hendry-LaBelle
Rec Dept. In particular, he is interested in
advancing the proposed LaBelle Sports Park
on Forrey Ave. He commends fellow Com-
missioner Darrell Harris' passion for recre-
ation and youth saying, "Nobody sees all he
He is also pleased with the "great coop-
eration" between the City of LaBelle and the
county on this project.
The opening of the new Emergency Op-
erations Center next month will provide am-
ple state-of-the-art building for emergency
planning and training as well as operations
during an actual emergency.
He also looks forward to a future for Hen-
dry County in the biodesiel fuel field. A first-
of-its-kind grant will usher in new possibili-

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Along with the biodiesel possibilities,
Commissioner Chapman welcomes new
Economic Development Council Director
Roger Harrison, whose job will be to help
build Hendry County's tax base.
Other steps forward the board has taken
over the past year include repaving Keri Road
and an additional eight miles of sidewalks.
Over his first year on the board, the com-
missioners said he has enjoyed the challenge
in spite of today's tough economic environ-
ment and is proud of what the commission-
ers have accomplished as a board, even
though they may not always agree. "Each
brings something different to the board," he
said, "each has a diverse background."
Commissioner Chapman sees the other
new commissioner, Karson Turner from
Clewiston, as an enthusiastic board mem-
ber who brings valuable experience as a
contractor. Veteran commissioners Kevin
McCarthy of Clewiston and Darrell Harris
of LaBelle, he feels, both have extensive his-
tories with the county and its residents that
are vital to the board's work. Commission
Chairman Janet Taylor of Clewiston "has a
passion for people," Commissioner Champ-
man noted.
Their differences strengthen the board,
he feels, and all are good listeners.


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March is Save Your Vision Month. The American
Optometnc Association (AOA) and Family Eye Care join
in Save Your Vision Month to draw attention to the
correlation between eye health and general health.
Many times by conducting a comprehensive eye
examination, optometrists can be the first to see
developing diseases and conditions through the eyes of
their patients.

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This includes access to long distance carriers, Emergency Services, Operator Services, Directory
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Link-Up America is a federally-sponsored program that provides discounted service installation
charges to qualifying low-income customers. It provides a 50 percent discount, up to a maximum
of $30 for new residential installation charges for telephone service. The balance of the installation
charges can be paid, interest free, over a 12 month period. In addition, the monthly service charge
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Public Forum

Speak Out has moved online, where it is
quicker and easier to share your ideas and
converse with others. Go to www.newszap.
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local or state Public Forum. There, you can
create new topics or comment on existing
topics. What follows is a sampling of some
of the discussions currently taking place.
Thanks for participating!

Keeping the elderly safe
It's such a shame about that poor man
who wandered away from home and was
found dead. My heart goes out to the fam-
ily. My elderly mother doesn't need actual
supervision but she does have one of those
bracelets that electronically alerts a compa-
ny when she has an emergency.
They're really a godsend for people who
can't be with their elderly parent all the

Any dog can bite: How you can prevent it

by Pat Dobbins

Even the cutest, cuddliest, fuzziest, sweet-
est puppy can bite. Most people are bitten
by their own dog or a dog of someone they
know. Unfortunately, some
owners actually promote
aggression in their dogs or
allow aggression to go un-
checked. Although media
reports and rumors often
give the impression that
certain breeds of dog are
more likely to bite, there is
little scientific evidence to Patricia
support those claims. Dobbins
Dog bites are a serious
problem. In the U.S. over 800,000 dog bites
are reported annually. Many bite injuries
go untreated. On average, about a dozen
people die each year from dog bite injuries.

Thank You

Successful Poppy Days
And now the Torch and Poppy red we
wear in honor of our dead, fear not that ye
have died for naught; we'll teach the lesson
that ye wrought in Flanders Fields. Moina
On behalf of American Legion Auxiliary
Unit 130, we would like to thank the com-
munity for making our recent "Poppy Days"
very successful. A big thank you to the U-
Save, Winn Dixie and Save-A-Lot super-
markets and Ace Hardware for allowing the
auxiliary volunteers to be at your locations
in LaBelle for the distribution of the veteran-
made handcrafted memorial poppy. All pro-
ceeds are used to aid our veterans and their
families. Thank you all for caring!
For God and County
Diane Davis, Poppy chairman
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 130

Heroic effort
I would like to offer my sincerest appre-
ciation to all those dedicated people who
searched so hard for my friend, Earnest
Ford. You all put out such a terrific effort and
didn't stop until he was found.

Caloosa Belle
Serving LaBelle Since 1922
To Reach Us
Mailing Address: PO. Box 518* LaBelle, FL 33975
Physical Address: 22 Ft. Thompson Ave.
Phone: (863) 675-2541 Fax: (863) 675-1449
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To Submit News
The Caloosa Belle welcomes submissions from its
readers. Opinions, calendar items, story ideas and
photographs are welcome. Call (863) 675-2541 to
reach our newsroom. The deadline for all news items
is 11 a.m. on Monday prior to the following
Thursday's publication.

Earnest's family and friends could not
appreciate your efforts more. We saw your
hearts went out to him and the conditions
you worked so hard under. Again, all your
heartfelt efforts are sincerely appreciated.
Myrtle Johnston

SCF Booth
Perkins Swamp Cabbage Fritters and Ga-
tor Tail Booth would like to say thanks to the
Swamp Cabbage officials for allowing us
the honor to be a part of, and support to,
our home town festival and for the oppor-
tunity to use our knowledge to bring forth a
product that American Natives and our fore-
fathers used. It is still a part of our natural
resources today.
With the pride in a team of 25 plus years
of experience, we are dedicated to guaran-
teeing you wholesome flavor and the high-
est taste in quality that you will find around
South Florida Everglades.
A very special thanks to our friends and
visitors for making it a success.
Dennis Perkins

To Place a Display Ad
Phone: (863) 675-2541
The deadline for all advertising is 4 p.m. on Friday
for the following Thursday's publication
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To Place a Classified Ad
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Phone: 1-800-282-8586
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There are steps we can take to address this
Who's being bitten? The number of
recorded dog bite injuries is significantly
higher in children than adults. The elderly
and home service providers such as mail
carriers, meter readers and cable workers
are also high on the list of frequent dog bite
What can you do? Be a responsible pet
owner. Obey leash laws. Use a leash in pub-
lic to ensure you are able to control your
dog. If you have a fenced yard, make sure
the gates are secure. Dogs are social animals
and spending time with your pet is impor-
tant. Dogs that are frequently left alone have
a greater chance of developing behavioral
problems. Keep your dog healthy. Have your
dog vaccinated against rabies and prevent-
able infectious diseases. Health care is im-
portant because how your dog feels directly
affects how it behaves. Neuter your pet.
Some reports suggest that neutered dogs
may be less likely to bite.
Make sure your pet is socialized as a
puppy so it feels comfortable around people
and other animals. Don't put your dog in a
position where it feels threatened or teased.
Don't get a dog until your child is older,
because so many dog bite injuries happen
to young children. It is recommended that
parents wait to get a dog until children are
older than 4 years of age. Train your dog.
The basic commands "sit," "stay," "no," and
"come" can be fun activities that build obe-
dience and trust between pets and people.
Avoid highly excitable games like wrestling
or tug-of-war.
How can you and your family avoid be-
ing bitten? Be cautious around strange
dogs and treat your own pet with respect.
Because children are the most common
victims of dog bites, parents and caregivers
should: NEVER leave a baby or small child
alone with a dog. Teach children -includ-
ing toddlers -to be careful around pets.
Children must be taught NOT to approach
strange dogs or try to pet dogs by reaching
through fences. Teach children to ask per-
mission from the dog's owner before petting
the dog.
Other tips that may prevent or stop a dog
attack include: Don't run past a dog. Dogs
naturally love to chase and catch things.
Don't give them a reason to become excited
or aggressive. Never disturb a dog that's car-

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Publisher: Tom Byrd

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Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive
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ing for puppies, sleeping or eating. Never
reach through or over a fence to pet a dog.
Dogs can be protective of their territory, and
may see your action as a threat.
If a dog approaches to sniff you, stay still.
In most cases, the dog will go away when it
determines you are not a threat. If you are
threatened by a dog, remain calm. Try not
to scream or yell. If you say anything, speak
calmly and firmly.
Avoid eye contact. Try to stay still until
the dog leaves, or back away slowly until the
dog is out of sight. Don't turn and run. If you
fall or are knocked to the ground, curl into
a ball with your hands over your head and
neck. Protect your face.
What should you do if your dog bites
someone? Even if the bite can be explained
(e.g., someone stepped on your dog's tail),
it's important to take responsibility for your
dog's actions by taking these steps: Restrain
the dog immediately. Separate it from the
scene of the attack. Confine it. Wash wounds
with soap and water. Medical advice should
be sought to evaluate bite wounds and the
risk of rabies or other infections. Provide
important information including your name,
address and information about your dog's
most recent rabies vaccination. If your dog
does not have a current rabies vaccination,
it may be necessary to quarantine it or even
euthanize it for rabies testing.
What if you are bitten? If your own dog
bites you, confine it immediately and call
your vet to check your dog's vaccination
records. Talk with them about your dog's
aggressive action. Your vet can examine
your dog to make sure it's healthy, and may
provide you with information about train-
ing your dog. If someone else's dog bites
you, first seek medical treatment for your
Next, contact authorities and tell them ev-
erything you can about the dog: the owner's
name, if you know the owner and the dog,
the color and size of the dog, and where/
when you encountered the dog. These de-
tails may help animal-control officers locate
the dog in case rabies is of concern. Please
call LaBelle Animal Control (863) 675-3381
or the Clewiston Animal Control (863) 983-
Dogs are wonderful companions. By act-
ing responsibly, owners can help to reduce
dog bite injuries.

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Chamber: Hurray for Hollywood, LaBelle style

If you've ever wanted to be a movie star,
the LaBelle Chamber of Commerce is offer-
ing you your chance! Saturday, March 20,
will be the most glamorous evening of the
year as the chamber puts on the Hollywood
razzle dazzle for its $10,000 giveaway in cash
Come looking like a movie star you
could go home with cash-filled pockets like

It will be the Academy Awards, LaBelle
style, so come dressed as your favorite mov-
ie star.
You never know who you might run into
- Marilyn? The Duke? James Dean? Brando?
Someone may even ask you for your auto-
Tickets for this gala annual event are
$125, available at the chamber or from any
chamber director.

Gulf Citrus gala plans announced

Besides admission to the grandest event
of the season, you and your own co-star will
enjoy a fantastic prime rib dinner served
from 7-8 p.m. at the LaBelle Civic Center.
There will be plenty of action at the silent
auction, a 50/50 contest and a costume con-

test (awards for the best leading man and
leading lady). Open bar.
Who knows? You might even walk out
with your very own Oscar, so have your ac-
ceptance speech prepared. And be ready for
your closeup, dahling!

Tickets are now on sale for the Gulf Cit-
rus Growers Association Country Gala to be
held Saturday, April 10, at 6 p.m. at LaBelle
Civic Center (directly behind City Hall).
Guests will be treated to a steak dinner
prepared by the Hendry County Cattlemen's
Association. There will also be a live auction,
raffles and a $1,000 grand cash prize draw-

Tourist Development

gives away basket
The Hendry County Tourist Development
Council (HCTDC), with help from Michelle
Phillips of Florida Freshwater Frontier (FFF),
manned a booth at the Swamp Cabbage
Festival to disseminate information on tour-
ism to festival-goers.
An added attraction was the gift basket
giveaway courtesy of the HCTDC and the
Harold P Curtis Honey Company.
The lucky winner of the basket filled with
honey and other local products was Nick
Wegscheid. Congratulations to Nick!
For further information on tourism op-
portunities in Hendry County please call 863-
675-5264 or 863-612-4783. For regional tour-
ism information call FFF at 800-467-4540.

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Regular Meeting Scheduled
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Board Meeting Room
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March 22, 2010 at 9:00a.m.
And Will Be Held At
West Glades School
2586 County Road 731
LaBelle, FL 33935

Tickets are $120 per couple/admits two
and can be purchased by calling or stopping
by the Gulf Citrus office located at 255 Main
Street, LaBelle. Phone: (863) 675-2180.
Proceeds from the gala benefit the com-
munity outreach and legislative efforts of the
association on behalf of the citrus industry
in Southwest Florida.
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of economic importance to the sustainable
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On October 28, 1969, Roger and Marsha
1 Alexander started their life together. With
just a few people by their side, and before
S1 ihe justice of the peace they pledged their
j love for each other.

S Despite not having much they began this life
together, working hard for everything they got. Soon
Children came along and the process of raising the first of
four children began. Through the years they showed time and again
how a real marriage was to work.

Each of their children took what they learned of marriage and stored
it away until the day they would stand and get married. Eventually
each one did and started their lives as a married person. On each of
those occasions neither Roger or Marsha ever said a word of their
longing to have a church wedding. Never once would they allow their
children's day to be overshadowed by selfishness.

So, on March 20, 2010 with each of their children present, Roger and
Marsha will get the opportunity to walk a church isle as they once
again pledge their love for each other in a wedding renewal ceremony.
The event will take place at Daniels Road Baptist Church at 5878
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Country Oaks second graders' verdict: Goldilocks guilty

by Patty Brant
Caloosa Belle
It wasn't the trial of the century but it will
have repercussions for many years to come.
Second graders from County Oaks Elemen-
tary will remember their initial contact with
the court system as long as they live.

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County Judge James D. Sloan gives
Country Oaks second graders an idea
of how complicated the law is by show-
ing them volumes of law books.

After all, it's not every day you see Gold-
ilocks hauled away in handcuffs.
But that's exactly what happened last
month in County Judge Jim Sloan's court-
room. Justice was swift as the newly con-
victed felon was stuffed and cuffed and
whisked off to do her time.
Actually, she wasn't really given a specific
sentence. It was just "Guilty" and that was
So, maybe every point of law wasn't fol-
lowed exactly to the letter, but the kids got
the idea.
After studying the branches of American
Government, they were there to get a taste
of how the legal system works.
"It was their first exposure to anything
like this," said teacher Kathy Sloan. "It was
a good experience."
Letters the students wrote to Judge Sloan
reflected their reactions to the special trip.
Many of them were surprised to find out
what happens in the Courthouse, a build-
ing they see every time they come through
They were excited about knowing what
the judge does, along with the jury, and said
they didn't realize how many laws a judge
had to know.
They also found out just what a bailiff is
and that their function is to make sure court

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proceedings stay in order and to keep every-
body safe.
Ms. Sloan, who happens to be Judge
Sloan's wife, said several of her students
have decided they want to be lawyers when
they grow up. One wants to be a bailiff.
The entire proceeding brought home to
them that somebody is in charge and that
people who do wrong can be punished a
concept Ms. Sloan said pleased them.
They also appreciated that Judge Sloan
took the time to answer their questions -
something adults don't always do.
The judge also explained that it's impor-
tant for them to stay in school and issued
a warning: Make sure you go to school or

come back and see him in Truancy Court.
Second graders from Lisa Brookins, Lisa
Williams, Sara Condon, Sue Gonsor, Linda
Maddox and Becca Pratt's classes got the
special kids' eye view of what happens in
the courtroom Feb. 24 and 25.
In addition to Judge Sloan (who played
himself), Amanda Brown of the State At-
torney's Office played Goldilocks, Valencia
N. Poitier of the Public Defenders Office
represented Goldilocks, Assistant State At-
torney Stephanie Bendeck prosecuted the
case, and Court Bailiffs Queenie Bell and Mel
Brant completed the cast of characters.

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Anyone interested in becoming a Guard-
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tact Angela Boykin, Volunteer Supervisor, at

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Aleta Mae Ballard
LABELLE Aleta Ballard went to live with her
family in Heaven March 6, 2010. A life long resi-
dent of Lee County, she was the daughter of the
Reuben and Dora Corbitt also of Alva. She was a
She was preceded in death by her husband Er-
nest Ballard; and two sons, Howard Long, and
Steven Ballard.
She is survived by two daughters, Margaret
Spencer (Tim) of Tennessee, and Debi Dilling
(Jim) of Cape Coral; three sons, Edward Long
(Carolyn), Clyde Ballard (Debbie), and Toby
Ballard (Debbie), all of LaBelle; one sister, Glen-
da Warner (Bob) of North Carolina; 13 grand-
children, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-
Funeral services were 8 p.m. Tuesday, March
9, 2010, at the Akin-Davis Funeral Home in La-
Belle with Pastor Jay Goforth officiating. Visita-
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National Mary Kay director visits area

Mary Kay National Sales Director Sher-
ril Steinman visited LaBelle and Immoka-
lee recently as a guest of Cindy Miller and
Bonnie Keen, both sales directors in her
national area. Sherril, a top trainer in Mary
Kay, worked with consultants from Collier,
Hendry, Glades and Lee counties during her
two days here. She is considered a master
teacher in the area of sales and booking.
Sherril, who lives on a farm in Pigeon,
MI (population 1,200) joined the Mary Kay
sales force on July 4, 1978. In her 32 years
with the company, she has risen to the top,
debuting as the 117th National Sales Di-
rector in May 2001. Sherril's success story
was published in the April 2002 edition
of Woman's Day magazine. She was also
featured in the book "What's Missing" by
author Rena Pederson. Sherril's story was
in the chapter with news anchor Diane
Sawyer and Supreme Court Justice Sandra
As a director, Sherril has driven a career
car since 1979, 15 times as a Cadillac quali-
fier. She has traveled to places such as Ven-

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Mary Kay Nation-
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Sherril Steinman
with Cindy Miller
and Bonnie Keen.

ice, Austria, Ireland, Hawaii and Australia
as a top director, visiting abroad more than
45 times in her career.
Her highest monthly director's check
was $22,000 and she is a Mary Kay Million-

Church Briefs

Pancakes and more
Christ the King Lutheran Church invites
everyone to a pancake breakfast and yard/
book sale, Saturday, March 13, from 8 a.m.-
noon. Free will offering. The church is locat-
ed 4/10 of a mile west of SR 29 at 350 CR 78.

Celebrate 11 years of service
The International Christian Fellowship
wants to congratulate Pastor and Mrs. Sam-
my Co for their faithful service to the church
and community. We will be celebrating 11
years of pastorate with a delicious dinner af-
ter service on Sunday, March 14. Come help
us thank the Cos for their faithfulness to our
community. Service starts at 10:30 a.m. with
Sunday school and worship. Complimen-
tary dinner will immediately follow.

CMUMC begins new service
Jesus said: "Whoever drinks the water I
give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I
give him will become in him a spring of wa-
ter welling up to eternal life."-John 4:14
This community is filled with people who
are spiritually dry and thirsty.
Carlson Memorial United Methodist
Church has a new alternative worship service
starting Sunday evening, March 21, at 7 p.m.
It is called "The Oasis" because it is intended
to provide a place of refreshment to all those
who are "weary and heavy laden" and who
are in need of Christ's "Living Water."

This new service will focus on worship
and prayer so Carlson will grow and be a
lighthouse for Jesus in this community.
The order of worship will consist of
songs of worship accompanied by acousti-
cal instruments, a short devotion and a time
of intercessory prayer. If your heart is in the
same place, please join them and experi-
ence the peace of Christ and the fellowship
of the Holy Spirit.

Cowboy Gospel
Come to hear the Cowboys Gospel at
Felda Community Center March 16 at 7 p.m.
Mary Alice Mott preaching.

Christian Men group to meet
Gathering of Christian Men will meet on
March 15, at 7 p.m. at the Church of God on
Hwy 80. The guest speaker will be Pastor Har-
old Hanks. Great fellowship! Men of all de-
nominations are welcome. Come be a part of
this growing organization. For more informa-
tion please call Mark White at 863-675-1807.

Church to host yard sale
Twenty five plus families will host a gi-
gantic yard sale on Saturday, March 13, at
Christ the King Lutheran Church, Pancake
Breakfast from 8-11 a.m. Free will offerings
will be accepted. The yard sale will be held
from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Everything priced to go.
The church is one half mile west of S.R. 29
at 350 C.R. 78.

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Prepare for SAT/ACT
Free SAT/ACT prep classes will be held at
LHS Saturday mornings from 8:00-11:00 on
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James W Farabee, 51, was arrested
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firearm or weapon. Sgt. Olvera was arresting
officer. He was also charged with possession
of harmful new legend drugs without a pre-
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takes off
The LaBelle Varsity Baseball Team defeat-
ed Dunbar High last week, 8-1, and Evangeli-
cal High, 9-8, to improve its season record
to 5-2.
Freshman pitcher Austin Garcia threw
six strong innings, giving up one run on two
hits. The big hard throwing righty struck
out four Tiger batters while junior Josh Mc-
Cardel pitched the final inning, striking out
the side in order.
Sophomores Bo Meador, Steven Sodrel
and freshman Tyler O'Ferrell collected two
hits a piece for the Cowboys.
Against Evangelical, LaBelle scored three
runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull out
an exciting come-from-behind victory.
The Cowboys were behind 7-0 early in
the game behind the strong hitting of the
Sentinels, but chipped away throughout the
game for the comeback win.
The Cowboys opened the seventh with
singles from junior John Marotti and senior
Angel Alvarez before Bo Meador walked.
Tylor O'Ferrell then hit a ground to second
base where it was misplayed for two Cowo-
by runs to tie the game. Josh McCardel then
hit into a fielder's choice to score Meador
from third for the game winner.
Alvarez, McCardel, Meador and O'Ferrell
all had doubles for the Cowboys. Steven So-
drel pitched the final two innings for LaBelle,
giving up no earned runs for the victory on
the mound.

OSN unveils online

sports directory
The online "LaBelle Sports Network" is
designed to provide extensive visibility for lo-
cal sports action in the LaBelle area. It's fun,
interactive, and it is free to participants of all
ages. LSN provides the opportunity for local
sports teams, organizations and school ath-
letic programs to display their team results
and individual accomplishments for all to
see -and various content each week will be
extracted from the site to be printed in the
Thursday edition.
We are excited to announce the release
of our new online sports directory, a conve-
nient online platform for schools, park and
recreational facilities, sports clubs and acad-
emies, leagues and traveling organizations
to share activity and program details.
If you offer a youth or recreational sport
or activity feel free to contact Renee Hawley
at or
call 888-853-7904 ext. 323 to register your
program. You can also access it by going to, click on your community
tab, click SPORTS on the upper right part
of the page and select LaBelle Sports Net-
work. In the site click on the "directory" tab
in the top menu. Submit your information
by clicking the button on the bottom of the
page. Directory content must be approved
before it appears in online.

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The LaBelle Youth Soccer Association has been building kids since 1995.

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Featured Organization of the Week: La-
Belle Youth Soccer Association, Inc. (LYSA)
Welcome to the LaBelle Youth Soccer As-
sociation, Inc. (LYSA). Our organization was
foundedin 1995 by a group of
citizens.Th. list season
was dur- 1 ing the
summer of 1995
and at- tracted
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ers. The h o t
weath- er of
the sum- \ merand
regular af- ternoon
rains forced LkSA to
move the games to the winter
months between the end of football and the
spring arrival of baseball. The league has
flourished since those humble beginnings
and has become the largest youth sports or-
ganization in western Hendry County. LYSA
currently provides the opportunity for over

400 youth between the ages of 4 and 14 to
play the fun and challenging game of soc-
cer. Our league is co-ed and offers teams in
five different age divisions: Under 6, Under
8, Under 10, Under 12 and Under 15. Our
season typically begins in November and
runs into February/March.
Games are currently played at the new
recreation complex located on Jaycee-Lions
Drive just west of LaBelle Elementary School
and are on Sunday afternoons starting at
1:30 p.m.
Our organization is all-volunteer except
for our trained referees. We are always seek-
ing interested individuals to serve as board
members, coaches and referees.
There are bleachers available for specta-
tors and a concession stand at the complex
serving a variety of food and drinks. Please
come out and watch us play!
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Kevin Lutkenhaus of the LHS Girls Basketball Team photos won the gift certifi-
cate from Forrev's Grill. Presented by Barbara Griaa-Bailev.

Cancer fundraiser
The Universe All-Star Cheer and Dance
will raise both funds and awareness about
Breast Cancer on March 13 at LaBelle Middle
School. Doors open at 7:00 and all proceeds
will go to Lucy's Angels.
Performances will be given by Universe
All-Star Cheer and Dance, as well as other lo-
cal performers for donations. There will be
a $5 charge at the door. Come out and sup-
port the girls and this important cause.

Sign up for Longhorn football
LaBelle Longhorn Football sign ups are
at Davis Pratt Park Saturday, March 13, 10
a.m.-2 p.m. at the Locker Room. Come sign
up early for football. Make sure you have a
spot on your team! For information call Deb-
bie Alexander @ 863-673-4643.

Golfers play to cure cancer
Country Peddler's Relay for Life Team
"MASH" is sponsoring a golf tournament
to benefit LaBelle's Relay for Life 2010. The
tournament will be held at Majestic Golf
Club in Lehigh Acres on Saturday, March 20,
2010. The tournament will feature a scram-
ble format with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. En-
try fee is $45 per person and includes a cart.
There will be lots of great prizes awarded at
the conclusion of the tournament.
You may reserve a spot in the tournament
by calling Lois at 863-517-2377, or you may
sign up to play at Country Peddler Antiques
in LaBelle or at Majestic Golf Club in- Lehigh
If anyone is interested in sponsoring
a hole or donating a prize for our chance
drawings, please call Lois at 863-517-2377.
Come join the fun and help us "MASH

Attention shotgun shooters
First come shooters can get free lessons
on trap and skeet shooting. Call Ed Kuntz
for arrangements 675-6432. Range hours are
Saturday and Wednesday 8 a.m.-noon. Les-
sons will be another time.
Also, come join Caloosa Sports Shooters
($25 per year) and shoot at night on Thurs-
day nights. All trap and skeet rounds of 25
targets are $4 per round.
For more information call Dave Alexan-
der 863-675-0500 or Ed Kuntz 863-675-6432.

Are you ready for tennis?
LaBelle High School is planning its Sec-
ond Annual Tennis Tournament for March
27-28. Singles March 27 at 8 a.m.; doubles
March 28 at 1:30 p.m. Call LHS for further

Check out the Sports Network online.
Go to, click on the LaBelle
homepage, then click on the Sports tab in
the upper right part of the page.

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Poultry at LaBelle Livestock Show

Submitted by Sonja Crawford
The LaBelle Youth Livestock Poultry
Show was held on Monday, February 15th
with Mrs. Valerie Hirvela of Seffner, Florida
serving as the official judge. The show was
sponsored by Chris-Tel Construction.
In the Pee Wee Poultry Division receiv-
ing blue ribbons were Haley Harrell, Justin
Mickelson, Zackery Pearson, Michelle Rego,
and Lane Rutter.
Each exhibit was judged based on the
Danish system; blue, red, or white. Many of
the exhibitors showed more than one poul-
try entry. Alexas Caputo: 4 blue ribbons, 2
red ribbons; Jake Coronado: 3 blue ribbons,
4 red ribbons; Jessica Coronado: 4 blue rib-
bons and 2 red ribbons; Brittney Harrell: 3
blue ribbons, 1 red ribbon; Emily Kostoff:
2 blue ribbons; Dustin Padgett 8 blue rib-
bons; Austin Pearson: 2 blue ribbons; Ney-
del Rego: 1 blue ribbon, 1 red ribbon; Ciara
Rutter: 7 blue ribbons; Dakado Rutter: 5
blue ribbons; and Stephen Woosley: 5 blue
ribbons and 1 red ribbon.
Ciara Rutter captured the Best of Show
trophy for Large Poultry Breeds with her
Golden Campine hen. The Best Opposite
trophy for Large Poultry Breeds was award-
ed to Stephen Woosley with his White Faced
Spanish rooster. In the Small Poultry Breeds
category, the Best of Show trophy was
awarded to Brittney Harrell with her Mottled
Cochin hen with Jake Coronado receiving
the Best Opposite trophy for his Japanese
rooster. Jake Coronado's Rouen received
the Best of Show in the Waterfowl division.
Dustin Padgett was awarded Best of Show

Submitted photo/Sonja Crawford
Stephen Woosley (1st place Senior
Showmanship), Alex Caputo (2nd
place Senior Showmanship), Brittney
Harrell (2nd place Junior Showman-
ship), and Dustin Padgett (1st place
Junior Showmanship).

with his Bronze/Bourbon Red Cross gobbler
as well as Best Opposite for his Bronze Bour-
bon Red Cross hen.
In the Senior Showmanship Division,
Stephen Woosley captured the first place
award with Alexas Caputo winning the
second place trophy. Dustin Padgett was
awarded the first place award in the Junior
Showmanship division with Brittney Harrell
receiving the second place award.
The Poultry exhibitors are either mem-
bers of the Pioneer Small Animal 4-H Club
led by Pat Bosley or the All Kinds of Critters
4-H Club led by Kathy Mickelson.


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ric E. Tolar and Beth Ann
Blankenship were married
Saturday, Feb. 20, at 2:00 p.m.
in Las Vegas, Nevada. Eric is the son
of Eugene and Jane Tolar of Felda,
Fla., and Beth Ann is the daughter of
Robert Blankenship and the late Beth
Blankenship of New Port Richey, Fla.
The bride was escorted down the
terrace steps of the Bellagio Hotel -
in Las Vegas, by her father, Robert
Blankenship. She wore an ivory A-line,
strapless gown adorned with pearls and
a waist length veil. The maid of honor
was Jayme Van Hook, friend of the bride,
Jennifer Davidson, friend of the bride,
Ashley Tolar, sister of the groom, and
Kristina and Brandi Blankenship, sister-
in-laws of the bride. The groomsmen
were best man, Cory Raborn of Labelle,
Steven Campbell of Missouri and Marc
Dominick of Tampa, all longtime friends
of the groom, and Robbie and Brain
Blankenship, brothers of the bride. The
flowers girls were Breana, Brooke, &
Caitlin Blankenship, nieces of the bride,
and Bryce Blankenship, nephew of the
bride. All of the bridesmaids carried a
bouquet of different color roses and wore
black dresses with colored sashes and match- Richey. The groom runs the couples busi-
ingshoes. Thegroomsmenworeblacksuitsand ness (Lenny's Sub Shop) in Tampa, Fla.
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Sign up for
Little Miss LaBelle
Final sign ups for the Little Miss LaBelle
contest will be at the First Baptist Church of
fice on Thursday, March 11, 2010 from 5-6
p.m. Kindergarten ages 5 through 8th grade
are eligible. Registration fee $25. The Little
Miss LaBelle pageant will be April. 17.

Glades offers emergency
Come to an information fair at the
Muse Community Association, Loblolly
Road, March 13 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with Glades
County Emergency Management, Health
Dept., Mental Health Dept., Sheriff's Office
and Red Cross providing information. CPR
sign up, first aid classes for certificates. The
bloodmobile will be on hand as well. Face
painting and fun for the kids! MCA yard sale
7 a.m. ($5 donation for a table) and pancake
breakfast from 7-9 a.m. ($3 donation). Enjoy
hamburgers or hot dogs kids free, dona-
tions are asked from adults, please.
The MCA will use any proceeds to con-
tinue expanding the playground across from
the fire station. Call 863-234-2052 for infor-
H1N1 vaccinations will be available and
hurricane information as well. Take advan-
tage and register for the Special Needs Shel-

Day hike set for
Fisheating Creek
Fisheating Creek day hike on March 13,
to Fort Center Nature Trail sponsored by
Fisheating Creek Sub-Chapter of the Florida
Trails Association. Hike approximately 6
miles round trip (or less). FTA membership
not required. Starts 8 a.m. Bring own food/
water. For more info or directions, call ac-
tivity leaders, Betty Loomis 863-946-3560 or
Clint Pell 863-675-1773.

Drug Free
Hendry Coalition to meet
The Drug Free Hendry Coalition & Tobac-
co-Free Partnership meets on the third Tues-
day of each month. The next meeting will
be held on Tuesday, March 16, at the Carl-
son Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on
310 Campbell Street in LaBelle, beginning at
5 p.m. All residents are encouraged and in-
vited to attend. Please contact Jeni Dyess at
863-674-4041 X143 or Jennifer Dyess@doh. for more information.

Captain Hendry Crafters
The Captain Hendry Crafters and Art-
ists 16th annual Spring Craft Show will be
in Barron Park Saturday, March 13, from 9
a.m.-2:30 p.m. Come enjoy the handmade
country crafts jewelry, woodworking, pho-
tography, solar garden lights, plaster play-
time, embroidery and more.
Featured attractions include the High-
waymen Artists (landscapes of rural Florida)
and live music by Zena Gatch. Barbecue by
Jonesez serving light breakfast and lunch.

For vendor information contact Cobie at
863-517-0369 or Judith at 863-234-9580.

VFW plans events
Thursday, March 11, L&L Band, 4-7 p.m.
$4 supper, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, March 12 Pizza Day, 11:30 a.m.
till gone
Saturday, March 13 Hamburgers 11:30
a.m.-1 p.m. Canteen yard and bake sale
7:30 am. Two Sharps karaoke 5-7 p.m.
Bring a dish.
Sunday, March 14 Turkey shoot 1 p.m.

Are you hearing for a
loved one at home?
If you are caring for a loved one, you are
invited to attend FREE caregiver training and
education classes in Hendry County during
the month of March. The CARE Program,
Caregiver Assistance and Regional Educa-
tion is providing educational classes with
topics including: Exercise and the brain,
Tools for successful caregiving, nutrition and
healthy aging -among many other topics!
PLUS information about services available
to you.
Classes are twice a week for 2 consecu-
tive weeks, with each class lasting 3.5 hours.
Don't miss this opportunity to come together
and learn with other caregivers how to bet-
ter care for your loved one, as well as how
to better care for yourself! Call immediately
in order to get registered for CARE Classes!


I do hereby Proclaim the City of
LaBelle Election will be held on
July 20, 2010, for the offices of
Clerk Commissioner, and
Treasurer Commissioner,
(Deadline for petition method
Noon, April 12, 2010. Qualifying
week Noon, May 10 to Noon,
May 14. The voter registration
books will close at 5:00 p.m. June
21, 2010.

Proclamacion de la election por
Ciudad de LaBelle el dia 20 de
Julio 2010 por oficina secretario
de comisionado, y tesorero de
comisionado. (Fecha limited por
peticion de medio dia el 12, de
abril, 2010,) Tiempo de Calificar
mediodia 10 de mayo, 14 de
mayo, 2010. Los libros de regis-
tracion sierran 21 de junio, 2010 a
las 5:00 p.m.

Paul Puletti
City of LaBelle
Art. IV Sec. 20

Class dates and times: Tuesday & Thursday,
March 9, 11, 16 and 18 from 1-4:30 p.m.
Hosted by First Christian Church of LaBelle,
89 Ford Ave.

Widows to meet
The Widow's Support Group will meet at
Don's Steakhouse, March 18 at 11:30 a.m.
for lunch. All widows welcome.

LHS '40s and '50s reunion
If you graduated from or attended LHS
during the 1940s and '50s please save Sat-
urday, March 13, for a multi-class reunion at
the Dallas B. Townsend Building, 1085 Pratt
Blvd. beginning at 2 p.m. The cost will be
$10 per person. Please bring a salad, vege-
table or dessert. To make reservations or for
more information please call Martha Raye at
863-675-0891 or JoAnne at 863-675-1407.

Quit Smoking Now
Quit Smoking and Quit Chew/Spit To-
bacco today! A Free community health
promotion program to be held at the Hen-
dry Regional Convenient Care Center, 450
South Main Street, LaBelle, through April 7,
Wednesday for five sessions 5:15-6:45 p.m.
For information or to register please call
Nora Duley-Maldonado/Valerie James at the
Hendry County Health Dept. 863-674-4041
ext 128. You may be eligible for nicotine re-
placement therapy, gum, patches, lozenges
while supplies last.

PLEASE BE ADVISED that pursuant to
Chapter 194, Florida Statutes, the 2009
BOARD, will convene its final public, meet-
ingTHURSDAY, M ARCH 18th, 2010, at4:00
P.M. in the County Commission Meeting
Room, Hendry County Courthouse, 25 East
Hickpochee, LaBelle, Florida 33935, for the
purpose of making final decisions based
upon evaluations of the findings and recom-
mendations of the duly appointed Special
Magistrates on petitions duly filed with the
2009 Value Adjustment Board regarding
2009 property tax assessments, exemp-
tions, deferrals, classifications and trans-
fers of homestead assessment difference,
and to certify the 2009 tax roll. The VAB may
consider other items as may be appropriate
or timely.
Anyone who appeals a decision made
threat will need a record of the proceed-
ings and may need to ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made, includ-
ing the testimony and evidence upon which
the appeal is to be based.
Barbara S. Butler, Clerk
Hendry County Value Adjustment Board




$59,000 Beautiful lot $164,900 3/2 Unique $165,000 2/2 on 1
in Caloosa Estates. Fisherman's Paradise acre/ fruit trees +3
Perfect for families on protected harbor, car detached
or retirees with walk- river access, huge garage. Greal
ing and biking oaks, fenced, gated neighborhood

863-675-0898 OFC
NIKKI YEAGER, Broker Assoc. PAUL ROSER, Broker
289/564-2005 cell 289/564-2002 cell

~\ a 180 N Bridge St
HER TA I LaBelle, FL
LAID CO G (863) 675-6788
Donna Kane, Broker; Assoc: Trisha Arnold, Denise Walker,
Beverly Curtis & Wayne Simmons

Custom 5BD/4.5BA pool
home on 3 acs with metal
roof, hardwood, floors,
office, and alarm. Water
heater, cooktop, dryer, pool
heater, whole house genera-
tor are powered by
propane. 2 car garage fin-
ished upstairs complete
with a full bath. Call for
detailed amenities list.
3BR/2.5BA home in Old Fort
Denaud. Split floor plan, for-
,,,Ih,,,,,. ,... I ,,. open
kitchen, 10' 1il;. in-
ground pool, screened
lanai. Detached garage.
20 acres and a one bedroom
cabin in excellent condition.
Great weekend get-a-way
Seller i.... available.
Beautiful 3371 sq ft.
1.1 .I. custom split floor
plan home in Caloosa
Estates. This quality built
i., m ". ,Ih1.h h1 il
features. Call for details.
Immaculate 1.1' .I. CBS
home on 8th Ave. Home fea-

tures many upgrades.
1.1 .. 2 story home on
3.5 +/ac. Dual a/c system
20'x62 pole barn, w/work-
shop. $250,000.
4BR/2.5BA CBS 3 story
home within city limits.
Features include 2 fire-
places, 3rd floor game
room. Great for a growing
family $199,900.
1BD/1BA brick home in city
business zone. Perfect busi-
ness location. $165,000.
5 CBS homes in Laurel Oaks
S/D. 3 and 4 bedroom mod-
els available. Priced from
$145,000 to $240,000.
Immaculate 1.1 .-. CBS
home with new galvalume
roof on 2 +/-acs. $129,900.
2BR/1BA home with New
kitchen cabinets, appli-
ances, and' ,,,I .h111. i .,
screened porch, $79,900.
Imm aculate 1.1' II. I~1.i
w/metal roof. Loaded with
upgrades this home is a
must see. $69,000.
S2/2 Riverfront pool home -

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$22,Oq00Nlan the city
limit Bank
For l As Is.
$42,900 3/2 very clean
home. Forclosure. Make
$49,999 4/2 in
T-nl--- 4 Oaks S/D.
( I I lools
$64,900 New MH on 1/2
ac off SR29
$89,000 3/2 in Moore
Haven Yacht Club 1200
Sq Ft.
$117,000 4/2 Newer
MH on 1/2 Ac, Seller
REDUCED! $119,000 -
3/2 on 2 1/2 Ac Recent
Updates 1436 Sq Ft.
$130,000 Newer 3/2 on
a nicely located 5 ac. par-
cel in Muse.
$375,000 3/2 on 30 Ac
in Muse, Oaks, Creek, &
Great Pasture.
$35,000 Super cute, 2/1
block home w/galvalume
roof. Short Sale
$39,000 iihDmain-
tained ge
2/2 6 LI
$42,000 3/1 Concrete
Block Home. Perfect
starter home or invest-
$56,500 Seller will pay
$2,500 toward repairs or
closing costs. In the city,
corner lot. 3/2
$65,000 Priced
Approved! Concrete
block, 3/2 built in 2005.
Call Today!
$74,000 2/2 in Port
LaBelle, large porch.
$129,000 3/2 Modular,
Make Offer.
$S16_ l 1 3+/-
acreA w mi
$179,900 4/2 in Muse
Country Cabin on 2+ Ac.
$225,000 3/2 in Gated
Riverbend Estates, Seller
says Make Offer.
$299,000 Country home
on 5 Ac. many updates,
newer roof, over 2,000 sq.
ft. & 2 car garage.
Unbelievable Reduced!
$309,000 3/2 Upgrades
adorn CBS Country Pool
Home w/outbuildings,
riding arena, 13 Ac.
$89,900 1/2 Acre
Commercial Lot on Davis
$199,000 Vacant 2 ac.
on SR 80, just west of
$200,000 State Road 80
Corner 1/ Ac, B-l w/bill-
board income.


REDUCED $299,000 -
Short Sale! 2 Steel Bldgs,
over 8000 Sq. Ft. Zoned
PUD on 2+ Ac.
REDUCED $295,000 1
ac on Main St., busy
downtown location
w/older bldg.
$399,000 4.5Ac, 2400
Steel Bldg Industrial,
Possible Lease Option.
$550,000 5 Ac +/-
Industrial. Will split,
Cleared & Filled, Seller
$49,000 3/2 MH in
River Oaks/Ortona, now
$139,900 Over 1 ac. on
the main river, F Denaud
$189,000 Manufac-
tured home on 1 ac.,
$192,500 Old Ft.
Denaud 1 Ac.
$199,000 Hidden
Hammock 1 Ac w/dock.
$395,000 High
Elevation with long views,
5 Ac.
$389,000 3/2 Super CBS
River Home w/pool on
Oxbow w/dock on double
$499,000 Eagle Point
lAc Deep Water &
Protected Harbor w/ Lg
$425,000 3/4 in Ft.
Denaud on 2.6+/- ac with
228 ft. riverfront.
$550,000 Spectacular 7
Ac Pasture w/Oaks, 500
Ft on the River. Great
investment, future land
use 3 units per ac.
$4,900 Moore Haven
Yacht Club lot
$5,900 Port Labelle
L ots, I .. .... .
$7,000 -Ortona home-
site, aOLD lewer
avail ab le.
$8,900 Mobile home
lots, south of town
$13,5 .5 Ac in
MontSO WI In
$39,900 2.2 Ac Rural
Residential Fenced

2 ac with great oaks.
$65,000 4.2 ac. on
Fernwood. Great buy!
Well, septic &pad in
$100,000 2.5 Ac Hwy
27, Clewiston
$125,000 Ft Denaud
Acres, 8 ac. private loca-
$495,000 Development
Potential Platted lots on
16+/- Ac.

Terri Banky Lie. Real Estate Broker
Associates: Shary Weckwerth,
Lisa Andrews, Sandra Alexander
and Roxie Cisneros


Foreclosure Listings Available ... Intracoastal Waterway & Ortona Locks
LaBelle & Lehigh. Callfor details 3BR/2BA WATERFRONT HOM
RENTALS Caloosahachee River frontage $284,9
Dj House $750 /mth WATERFRONT LOT! "------
21 Duplex Apartment $700 /mth direct access to river, Ir i'''I
1/1 Duplex Apartment $600/ mth HOMES
1 Cottage $600 /mth 3BR/2BA HOME Bank Foreclosure
FEATURES OF THE WEEK! Moore Haven $14,900
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LaBelle Marina $133,900 3BRI2BAWELL MAINTAINED fully rul
3BR/2BA TWO STORY home on 28+/- Acres actured home in the city $45,000
J149,900 3BR/2BA HOME! Large Oaks & nicely
Home + dulex (2BRBA & BR/BAlocated in 4BR2 BA H

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$119,900 A-11 u1uI I
3BR/2BA CUSTOM HOME built in 2006 $124,000
3BR/2BA HOME on 25 Acres west of LaBelle
3BR/2BA CBS HOME: 5+/- acres in the country
4BR/2BA MOBILE HOME! 5 +/- Acres, cleared w/
fence & pond $160,000
20+/- Acres zoned A-2 w/ 4 -plex rental unit

barn and IBr/iBa efficiency apart
3BR/2BA HOME on 137+/- Act
Zoned, HwyFrontage $450,000
3BRf2BA POOL HOME on 665+
PRIME ACREAGE! 1329 acres


business to this perrte( %, INi nn
2 +/- ACRES IN I\ '-- -. Hwy 29 possi-
ble commercial -; inu,
multi-family residential lots $85,000
2.09 M ACRES w/large, beautiful oaks $58,520
61 of rime ferile land in Felda, less
than $8,600 /acre.
LOTS AVAILABLE... Please call or Details!
C1 ZONED PROPERTY100 x 295 includes a30 x
60 steel Qunset building ahd shed $100,000
CUSTOM CABINET SHOP! 115 x 300 property
Re-route on HWY business zoned location
excellent visibility A 80 ft frame building

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580 S. Main St. LaBelle, Fl.
863 675-1973
Ifyou are thinking ofbujing or selling, give us a call!
Check us out online at
e-mail: Ali New Vitural Tours!
Greg Miners 11c R.E. Broker Associates Art Fry, Delia Miners,
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* Cozy 2/1 in Port LaBelle.
Completely redone form top to bot-
tom. Have to see! $70,000.
* Lehigh Acres 3/2 2007 CBS home
w/2 car garage, ceramic tile, and spacious
kitchen. $59,900.
* Corporate owned! 3/2 2006 CBS home in
Lehigh Acres near SR 80. Needs minor
repairs. $56,900.
* Corporate owned! 3/2 near schools. Move
in ready condition. $43,000.
* Corporate iUN lEJ2 located near
schools andC tnibwRes a little TLC
* Corporate owned! Located in teh heart of
LehighINND$IW sC MT IsW RAQC shop-
ping. $25,000.
* Corporate owned! 2/2 Handyman special.
Located in Moore Haven. $24,900.
l.1 rt. SOLDIi i .i 1 .ii

tion. $24,900.
* Great investment potential! 1BR/1B home
on a corner lot. Homes needs some work...
but is priced to sell. $17,000.
* Need more li .. .. I' .1 It of
i iii'-ii-I;-i Illl Ill .I h i ll. i I I)+ /-
I, I I i .i [II .... .family room, master
suite w/ office, covered porch, and fencing
for horses. This one is a steal @ only
* Size will surprise you! 2BR/2B home on
10+/- acres is very well kept. Features a
warm comfortable living room w/gas fire-
place, spacious kitchen, front & real covered
porches. $250,000
* Immaculate 4/2 on 9.54 acres. Spacious
living room, family room w/fireplace, large
master suite, lots, lots of more. $154,900.
* Country living at its best! 3/2 on 2.30+/-
acres outside city of LaBelle. Over spacious
kitchen & master bath. New carpet through
out home. $149,900.
* 3/2 manufactured home on 4+/- acres in
Muse. Partially cleared and fenced.
* Relax the rural way! Situated on 1.25 acs in

growing Montura, beautiful new 2006 3/2
manufactured home. SELLER FINANCING
AVAILABLE! $129,900
* Two for the price of one on 1 ac. 3/2 well
maintained manufactured home + a 2/2
manufactured home. $100,000
* Want country living without the long drive
to the city? Get the best of both worlds with
this 3BR/2BA home on 2.29+/- acres on
Case Road. $97,000.
* 4/2 on 10+/- acres in Pioneer Plantation.
With 2,356+/- sq. ft. I 1. ... I- .. .
living room with fireplace. $89,900.
* Immaculate 3/2 located in City of LaBelle
on oversized lot, features woodlike flooring
and carpet, master bath has tiled shower,
overspacious kitchen and much much more.
Priced to sell at $69,900.
* Let's make a deal! 3/2 home features built
in cabinets, large master bath, spacious
kitchen, and plenty of elbow room. Outside
S 1111 .1 1 .l. ,I ,i .I I I I. .I
* 4/2 manufactured home located in
Immokalee near schools and shopping.
* Affordable starter. 3/1.5 on corner lot in
Moore Haven. $50,000.
Call about our vacant land!
* 2.72+/- partially fenced acreage in Muse.
* .29 +/- acre in Belmont S/D. Priced to sell
at only $42,000. Possible seller financ-
* Buy now, build later. Nice city lot in
Belmont subdivision. $35,000.
* Nice 1.25+/- ac. in Montura $8,000.
* 2 Montura lots- $5,500 each
* Call about our Port LaBelle lots!
* Prime 20+/- ac potential commercial par
cel located near West Glades Elem. in Muse
&just minutes away from LaBelle. $3.50 per
sq ft.
* Invest now- build later! Corner lot outside
city limits near town. $100,000.

* Corporate owned! 3/2 2006 CBS home in
move in ready condition located in
Clewiston. $109,900.

* Riverfront Immaculate 3/2 waterway
estate on 1.14+/- acres outside of LaBelle.
Home is 2,425 sq. ft. I I ... .... with over-
spacious kitchen, pantry, screened pool and
a 1,944 sq. ft. workshop with office, bath and
a generator compressor room. $795,000.
* Horse lovers welcome! 4/2.5 on 3.24+/- in
P o I 1I 11. I h p.l. ' II I o h ,.
area, 2 .-i :iri:7 wrap around porch and
more ,i111111
* Corporate owned! Immaculate home
located in city limits of LaBelle. 4/3 with
courtyard style pool, detached office, solid
surface counter tops and much more.
* Corporate owned! 2004 CBS home on
4.98+/- acres located west of LaBelle.
Ceramic tile, fireplace, spacious rooms &
much more. $199,900.
* Corp-rit _-.u:.s PS home on
6.48+/- .. UN R ,,,i completely
fenced. I Tr ACT
* Corporate owned! 3/2 2006 CBS home in
move in ready condition located in
Clewiston. $109,900.
* Corportate owned! 4/2 CBS home on
.50+/- acre in Lehigh Acres. 2 car garage
with over 3,400+/- sq. ft. of living area.
* Corporate owned! 4/2 CBS home on
.95+/- of an acre. Located between
Clewiston and LaBelle. $94,900
* Corporate owned! 3/2 CBS pod
home on .497+/- ace in Lehigh Acres.
Ceramic tile, spacious kitchen,
den/office and lots more. $92,900.

Go To
To see Pictures & Visual Taurs of all
Our I80+/- Listings of Homes, Property
and Commercial/Industrial Sites.

beauty boasting 10,000 +/- Sq. Ft. including front balcony,
screened and open porches, and 2.5 vehicle garage and entry
portico. The design includes two master suites- upstairs and
1 downstairs; three other bedrooms; 4.5 baths and -.-i.,
closets to enchant even a shopaholic! Mom and Dad b I, .11
enjoy the huge kitchen with 2 refrigerators and custom cabi-
nets. 11 + beautiful wooded acres for horses, cows, etc- with
more acreage available! Turn years of-;r fir more space
into years of enjoyment for your family' 950,000

* BUILT IN 2000, this frame duplex has sturdy masonite sid-
ing, an asphalt shingle roof, and two carports- one for each
unit. Each side of the duplex is 2BR/1BA with living, kitchen,
dining, and utility areas. Convenient location on quiet side
Ste iot 1liannn

* VaKY INIL CLrKUU rU PLUUK Z/ZLUNIUU only steps away
from the Port LaBelle Marina & The Port LaBelle Inn &
Restaraunt. With tile in all living areas, carpet in bedrooms,
screened lanai, solid surface counter tops, and much more.
REDUCED! $79.000

* SELLER WILL HOLD TERMS with minimal down!!!!Located
in Harlem community of Clewiston subdivision come take a
look at this decent single wide mobile home ready to be occu-
pied. This 3 bedroom 1 bath home has washer/dryer hook up,
refrigerator, stove & A/C unit. AGAIN, SELLER WILL HOLD

* A GREAT PRICE on 1.25 acre in Montura Ranch Estates!
Current zoning allows for horses and other farm animals.
Community pool, clubhouse and park are only minutes away!
* 1.25+/ .frii ,I I .,
location, ,,I, ,,,. .,, ., i l . i, ,, l , ,, i
males! $7,000
* A GREAT PRICE on 2.5+/- secluded acres in the country!
* 10 +/-ACRES just north of the Lee County Line in Charlotte
County for only $36,900. Zoning allows for 1 unit per 10 acres.
* LOVELY HOMESITE in deed restricted beautiful subdivision.
This 1.00+/- acre homesite has the same benefits of being on
the river, but not paying the river taxes! Boat ramp & boat
dock available for weekend boating and peaceful scenery!
CRLL 863-675-4500
Sherri Denning Licensed Real Estate Broker
Associates: Tony Barnes, Emily A. Bates
Cindi Beer, Paula Bln-. r r.. -r- Bone,
Lisa Cleghorn, Bonnie .. ........ G ..... onzalez,
Paul Meador, Nancy Lot ....i. I, Williams

land4 Investments & Real Estate
700 S. Main Street LaBelle, FL 33935

TWO BUILDABLE LOTS! 200+/- ft on water w/60'
dock & protected boat harbor $499,900 OWNER
3BR/2BA CREEKFRONT HOME w/Beautiful River
Views plus Mother-in-Law apartment $350,000
house, boat ramp, guest house & more $325,000

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Community Briefs

Auxiliary canteen
serves meal
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 130
serves food every Tuesday evening in the
main hall during members only lounge
bingo. 4:30-7 p.m. Sandwich or soup $3.50
each, Lunch plate/dessert $5; desserts $1.
(Menu varies each week). Public welcome;
699 Hickpochee Ave. (SR 80).

Be a safe boater
A one-day Safe Boating Class will be held
Saturday, March 20 or 27 by the USCG Auxil-
iary Flotilla 9-4. Please call (863) 675-4790 for
further information and leave a message.

Ortona pancake breakfast
The Ortona Community Association will
hold its last Pancake Breakfast of the sea-
son on Saturday, March 13, from 7-9 a.m. at
the Ortona Community Association, Ortona
Locks Road (Highway 78A).
The all-you-can-eat breakfast includes
our special recipe pancakes, sausage, juice
and coffee for $4.

Moose celebrate
St. Patrick's Day
The LaBelle Moose Lodge is serving
corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots
and rye bread on Wednesday, March 17,
starting at 4 p.m. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

with them. Members and prospective guests

Cattlemen's Association
Ranch Rodeo
The Hendry County Cattlemen's Asso-
ciation present its first ever "Ranch Rodeo"
Saturday, March 20, at the LaBelle Rodeo
Grounds at 5 p.m. This elite rodeo will fea-
ture real Florida cowboys and cowgirls vying
for the opportunity to compete at the Florida
Cattlemen's Association state finals in Kis-
simmee. The rodeo is benefitting HCCA
Youth Programs and Hendry County 4-H.
Admission is $5 and 10 and under are free!

Let's ride
The third Thursday breakfast/lunch mo-
torcycle ride with Kruisin with Kati and the
gang will be going through the back roads
up to Sarasota to Yoder's Restaurant. Meet-
ing at Big V at 9 a.m., kickstands up at 9:45...
For more info please call 239-246-3045 or

Lost your cows?
Two cows found running loose on the
roadways of LaBelle. If you have lost any
livestock, please contact the Hendry County
Sheriff's Office Ag Unit at 863-674-5600.

Help for Haiti
The Salvation Army is seeking donations

for the people of Haiti. You can contribute in
several ways: Text: "HAITI" to 52000 to give
$10 to The Salvation Army's relief efforts in
Haiti. The $10 will be applied to your bill;
Log on to and
make a donation; or call 1-800-Sal-Army.
You may also drop off your check to your lo-
cal Salvation Army office, 180 N. Main Street.
Write "Haiti earthquake" on the memo line.

Eat with the Legion
Steak by the ounce dinner Saturday,
March 13, from 4-7 p.m. Menu: steak $1
per ounce, baked potato, tossed salad and
garlic toast 50 cents each. Dessert available
$1. Public welcome, 600 Hickpochee Ave.
(SR 80).
Come to a brunch buffet hosted by
American Legion Post 130 Sunday, March
21, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Menu: scrambled
eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, French
toast, roast beef, meatballs, soup, fruit salad,
rolls, condiments, coffee and tea. All you
can eat $7. Public welcome. Located at 699
Hickpochee Ave. (SR 80)

Health, safety fair
Hendry Regional Medical Center in
Clewiston invites everyone to a health and
safety fair Sunday, March 14, from 10 a.m.-4
p.m. (no admittance after 3 p.m.) Exhibits,
food, bounce house and screenings for nu-
merous conditions including anemia, blood
pressure, bone density, cholesterol, diabe-
tes, eye and hearing, HIV and breast exams.

Bring your old eyeglasses to donate to the
Lions Club.

Tax service available
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
program (VITA) provides free and confi-
dential filing of tax returns by IRS certified
Services are targeted to families with chil-
dren earning less than $49,000. Provide the
following: Valid Social Security numbers for
taxpayer, spouse and qualifying children;
All W-2 was and tax statements for 2009;
Photo ID for signers (if filing jointly, both fil-
ers must be present to sign the return); 2008
tax return and other tax information. Come
to the United Way office at 117 Fort Thomp-
son Ave., through April 15. Appointments
required. Dial 2-1-1 or 239-433-3900 to make
an appointment or for information.

Love plants?
The Alva Garden Club will sponsor its an-
nual plant sale Saturday, March 20, from 9
a.m.-1 p.m. at the Alva Museum, 21420 E.
Pearl St., Alva. Also available will be home-
made baked goods, a used book sale and
a strawberry festival. While there, tour the
100-year-old Alva Museum, the historic Alva
Methodist Church and the Reed Home. Pro-
ceeds go for the restoration of the museum.
For information or directions call Nina Rigby
at 239-728-3180

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Carlson Memorial
United Methodist Church
310 Campbell St.
LaBelle, FL 33935
Phone (863) 675-0656
Fax (863) 675-0640
Pastor John Bennett
9:00 a.m. Traditional Service
10:00 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Contemporary Service

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LABELLE Belle Center
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3/20/10, The local
chapter of Beta Sigma
Phi is having a yard sale
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at the Belle Center Pla-
za on SR 80. All pro-
ceeds to benefit the
Beta Sigma Phi LaBelle
High School College
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early and help us sup-
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Sat., March 13th
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Recreation Staff Assistant.
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Thursday, March 18, 2010 no later
than 5:30 pm. Applications, job de-
scriptions & requirements are available
at the Hendry County Personnel de-
partment located at 165 S. Lee St., La-
Belle, FL (863)612-4782 or
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Queen size bed and
brand new lift chair.
SOFA & CHAIR, Leather,
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Japanese Chin AKC, Af-
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Must sell to prevent in-
breeding- 2 registered
Angus bulls Gramatica
Ranch bred. 3/4 broth-
ers calved Sept & Oct
05 $2000 each. 1 com-
posit 7/8 Angus, 1/8
Brahman bred by R.W.
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muscled, easy keeper,
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Charolais $1200. All re-
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LaBelle, 3BR/2BR,
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3 bed, 2 full baths
$20K obo
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Notice of Meeting to Discuss
Responses to RFP 2010-09
Hendry County
Notice is hereby given of a meet-
ing to discuss the responses to
RFP 2010-09 for Jail Inmate Medi-
cal Services. It will be held on
March 12, 2010 at 2:00 PM., in
Conference Room A-118, 165 S.
Lee Street, LaBelle, FL 33935.
If a person decides to appeal any
decision made with respect to any
matter considered at this meeting,
he/she will need a record of the
proceedings, and that, for such
purpose, e/she may need to en-
sure that a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal is to
be based.
348275 CB/CN 3/11/10

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Nobce is hereby given that pursu-
ant to a Writ of Execution, issued
in the Circuit Court of Hendry
County, Florida, on the 17th day
of September, 2008, in the cause
wherein Surf Consultants, Inc., as
successor interest to Direct
Merchant Bank, N.A is plaintiff and
Barbara Freedland is defendant,
being Case number 2008-164CC,
in said Court, I, Steve Whidden,
as Sheriff of Hendry County, Flor-
da, have levied upon all the right,
title and interest of the defendant
Barbara Freedland, in and to the
following described property, to-
2007 Jeep Compass,
Vehicle Number
Title Number 97750198.
And on the 15th day of Apnl, 2010
at the Hendry County Sheriff's Of-
fice, LaBelle, Florida, at the hour
of 11:00am, or as soon thereafter
as possible, I will offer for sale all
the said defendant's, Barbara
Freedland, right, title and interest
in the aforesaid property, at public
auction and will sell the same,
subject to taxes, all pnor iens, en
cumbrances and judgments, if
any, to the highest bidder for
CASH IN HAND, the proceeds to
be applied as far as may be to the
payment of costs and the satisfac-
tion of the above-described execu-
Steve Whidden
Hendry County, Florida
By: Lieutenant Andy Lewis
348294 CN/CB 3/11,18,25;4/1/10

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SADD students work for positive message

by Patty Brant
Caloosa Belle
LaBelle High School students
understand the dangers involved
in using alcohol and other drugs.
Members of SADD, Students Against
Destructive Decisions, help fellow
students see the dangers as well.
With the help of John Varady,
Coordinator for the Heartland Edu-
cational Consortium Alcohol Abuse
Reduction, Jeni Dyess of the Drug
Free Hendry County Coalition and
SADD Advisor Augusta Ross, SADD
students show it's cool to do the
sensible thing.
Senior Candelaria Rodriguez,
president of SADD, said mispercep-
tions are huge risk factors in behav-
ior. In other words: What you don't
know, certainly can hurt you. SADD
students work with a community
coalition to change its focus to the
positive. If students think "everyone
is doing it," they are more inclined
to engage in destructive behaviors.
They believe the truth will make a
huge difference in the lives of many
young people.
For instance, Candy said that 71
percent of youth in Hendry choose
not to drink alcohol; 88 percent say
drinking does not make you look
cool; 85 percent choose not to
smoke cigarettes; and 93 percent say
smoking does not make you look
cool. The students are participating







in a two-year study of social norms,
surveying 30-day use rates for stu-
dents. It's a beginning in a long term
process designed to change attitudes
with regard to drugs and alcohol.
Students are taking their mes-
sage to the Rotary Club, Chamber of
Commerce and other groups to ask
businesses to help with signs.

SADD students cited reasons for
their commitment to the cause. Ju-
nior Jiesha Stephens noted how
embarrassing it can be for a family
member to be drunk. Senior Kim-
berly Paz wants better role models
to combat DUIs. Senior Myra Zamar-
ron wants upperclassmen to be an
example for younger students.

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Notice is hereby given that the Hendry County Tourist Development Council
will hold a regular meeting at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at the
Hendry County Administrative Office Conference Room located at 165 S.
Lee Street, LaBelle, FL. This meeting is open to the public. The meeting
site is accessible by the disabled.
If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect
to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he/she will need a
record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to
ensure that a verbabm record of the proceedings is made, which record in-
cludes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
Hendry County
Tourist Development Council
Karson Turner, Chairman
348344 CB/CN 3/11/10

Proposal No. 2010-11
Sealed Proposals will be received by the Board of County Commissioners of
Hendry County, Florida, at the Administrative Wing, Room A-226 (Clerk's
Office) in the Hendry County Courthouse Complex 25 E Hickpochee Ave.,
LaBelle, Florida, until 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 7, 2010, for "Airglades
1942 Hangar Space." Proposals will be opened on Wednesday, April 7,
2010 at 2 p.m. or shortly thereafter, in the Administrave Wing, outside
Room A-226 (Clerk's Office) in the Hendry County Courthouse Complex, 25
E. Hickpochee Ave. LaBelle, Florida.
A copy of the Specifications and Proposer's Instructions can be obtained
from the office of the Hendry County Purchasing Department, located at
165 S. Lee St., LaBelle, Florida 33935, Post Office Box 2430, LaBelle, Florida
33975, or by calling (863) 675-5220 or (863) 983-1465.
The Board of County Commissioners reserves the right to reject any or all
Proposals, with or without cause and/or accept the Proposal that, in its
judgment, will be in the best interest of the County.
Janet B. Taylor, Chairwoman
Board of County Commssioners
Hendry County, Florida
348343 CB/CN 3/11/10

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4-H Dairy

goats judged

by Sonja Crawford
The LaBelle Youth Livestock Dairy Goat
Show was held on Thursday, Feb. 18. The
official judge for the evening was Ms. Kim
Kemp of Felda. The show was sponsored by
Chris-Tel Construction. Florida Gulf Coast
University sponsored the belt buckles.
The 30 PeeWee exhibitors received blue
ribbons and medallions for their participa-
tion: Madison Alford, Hannah Bechtel, Ja-
cab Bowen, Bryson Crawford, Pablo Dayton,
Joshua Gillen, Pearl Gonzalez, Haley Harrell,
Jason Harrell, Anna Lavender, James Laven-
der, Emily Markussen, Taylor McGill, Emilee
McNeal, Justin Mickelsen, Kaelyn Murray,
Ty Murray, Alisah Obern, Zachary Pearson,
Alyssa Rodriguez, Vivianna Rodriguez, Ka-
tie Rose, Lane Rutter, Logan Sanders, Rylan
Sanders, Kristern Saxon, Ty Saxon, Ken-
dal Sharp, McKenna Smith and Dallen Steel-
Exhibitors were awarded blue or red rib-
bons for each dairy goat entry: Alexas Capu-
to: 1 blue ribbon, 1 Grand Champion rosette;
Brittney Harrell: 2 blue ribbons; Dustin
Padgett: 8 blue ribbons, 1 Grand Champion
rosette, 1 Reserve Champion rosette; Austin
Pearson: 1 blue ribbon; Xavier Pearson: 1
blue ribbon; Ciarra Rutter: 1 blue ribbon; Da-
koda Rutter: 1 blue ribbon; Cassidy Willis:
4 blue ribbons, 1 Grand Champion rosette,
2 Reserve Champion rosettes; and Stephen
Woosley: 10 blue ribbons, 3 Grand Cham-
pion rosettes, 1 Reserve Champion rosette.
The Best of Show trophy was awarded
to Cassidy Willis with her dairy goat named
Thyme. Thyme is a Grade Milker (3 years and
over). Thyme was born on Jan. 17, 2006.
In the Junior Fitting and Grooming divi-
sion; Dustin Padgett captured the first place
award with Xievier Pearson in second place.
In the Junior Showmanship division; Aus-
tin Pearson won the first place award with
Dustin Padgett winning the second place
In the Senior Fitting and Grooming di-
vision; Stephen Woosley took first place
receiving a trophy with Alexas Caputo win-
ning the second place award. In the Senior
Showmanship division; Stephen Woosley
captured the belt buckle with Alexas Caputo
winning second place.
Exhibitors who participated in the La-
Belle Youth Livestock Dairy Goat Show
were members of the Pioneer Dairy Goat
4-H Club under the leadership of Pat Bosley
and the Udder
Fun Dairy Goat
4-H Club led by
Marsha Bechtel.
All exhibitors
did a great job
exhibiting their
critters; thank
you club leaders
and parents.

--, .S. submitted photo
Best Doe
Cassidy Willis
with Thyme.

Caloosa Belle March 11,2010

This Nearly Was Mine

A Journey Through Carlton
Country book review

Everybody's got a family, but not every-
body has a family like Dr. Barbara Carlton.
In fact, it is rare to find generation upon gen-
eration of a family that continually reaches
beyond their present grasp, steps into the
unknown and makes it their own.
This Nearly Was Mine A Journey Through
Carlton Country by Dr. Barbara Carlton and
Barbara Oehlbeck takes the reader along as
the Carlton family history progresses from
Revolutionary times to the Indian Wars of
the 1800s to present day. The Carltons have
lived, died, struggled and thrived through
the generations. Always willing to do what-
ever was deemed necessary to reach their
objective, they built a dynasty layer upon
layer through hard work, dedication, perse-
verance and savvy.
The Carltons have always been foremost
in their communities and their state, so it's
not unusual that a book has been written
about the family. It was almost inevitable.
But this book is unusual in its treatment of
the family as individuals, each using their
own talents to reach their goal goals that
eventually merged into a mosaic that has
helped make Florida what it is today.
Members of this unique Carlton family
have brought their skills and determination
to bear on their individual calling. Their sto-
ries are the stories of so many Florida pio-
neers: determination, vision, just plain grit.
But the Carltons took their success to higher
and higher levels.
Over the decades they've been up and
down; worked their way up; lost it all, then
worked their way back up again.
They've learned lessons, taken hard
knocks, gave as good as they got and kept
the faith.

This Nearly Was Mine A Journey Through
Carlton Country opens the Carlton family's
struggles to all, told in the individual stories
of its members and friends. This beautiful
hard cover work contains pages packed
with full color pictures all the way through.
It is published by Finney Company of Min-
Respected Hardee County historian Sp-
essard Stone, whose books include Hardee
County: It's Heritage and People 2007 pro-
vided his own expertise to the work as well,
ensuring an accurate accounting of the fam-
ily's story.
This book is brimming with memories
of pioneers so close to their lives you can
almost feel and smell Old Florida. It is a ram-
bling overview of the Carlton family in small
increments, intertwined with Florida's histo-
ry, like traveling preacher Rev. James "Boss"
Hendry, who was also a cattleman and
merchant. From earliest days, the Carltons
always had a symbiotic relationship with the
land and civil service, beginning with John
Carlton in 1775, a North Carolina farmer and
judge. For the Carltons its always been about
the land and about family.
The book follows the Carltons through
the years lean, hard, wonderful times.
Memories shed intimate light on the Car-
ton family and friends, and illuminates the
way for anyone with a taste for the collective
history of Floridians through the years.
The 361 pages in This Nearly Was Mine
will take you on a journey through time and
Florida, tracing the roots of one of the state's
premier cattle families, sharing hard work
and good times. It is an extraordinary history
of one family, told with the hearty beauty of
ordinary words.
If you'd like more information about this
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