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March 18, 2018
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Weather Spotter Training March 31
LABELLE, FL. -- Free Training: Basic/Advanced for SKYWARN®. Trained spotter reports from volunteer weather reporters provide vital “ground truth” to the National Weather Service. They act as eyes and ears in the field for the NWS.

Spotter reports help validate meteorologists issue with timely, accurate, and detailed warnings by confirming hazardous weather detected by NWS radar.

Spotters also provide critical verification information that helps improve future warning service.

To register for free class Saturday March 31, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p,m. contact:

Roberta Thomas
Hendry County Emergency Operations Center
4425 State Road 80 LaBelle, FL 33935

Alden A. Rumfelt, Attorney At Law
135 Riverbend Drive
LaBelle, Fl 33935
Phone (863) 673-0251 email

Clewiston Pawn
Clewiston Pawn, Inc.
202 E. Ventura Avenue
Clewiston, Fl. 33440
(863) 983-7330

Young Pearson Jr. Lawn Service 
Clewiston, Moore Haven, Belle Glade and LaBelle
Licensed Mowing Contractor
416 East Ventura Avenue
Clewiston Fl. 33440
Phone (863) 233-9541

Kiwanis Club Of LaBelle The Kiwanis Club of LaBelle is proud to sponsor three Service Leadership Programs

Website for Kiwanis:

KEY Club                 LaBelle High School- Sponsor, Tracy Nobles

Builder's Club        West Glades School - Sponsor, Doreen Backes

AKTION Club       LaBelle - Sponsor, Martha Stephens

Ram's Used Tires
New & Used Car and Pickup Truck Tires
661 South Bridge Street, LaBelle, Fl. 33935
8-5 Mon-Fri 8-12 Sat
Phone: (863) 675-6777

World Class Barbershop
World Class Barbershop Of LaBelle
Hugo Vargas
216 South Main Street
LaBelle, Florida
(863) 674-1775
Regular & Scissor Cuts-Flat Tops-Shaves-Hair Styling 
Tuesday-Friday. 8:45-5; Saturday 7-2

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  • Bill Neville
  • Commentary by T. W. Bill Neville


Back in my “courting” days the ultimate in being a “neat” guy, “COOL” in today’s vernacular, was to have a car with a “RUMBLE” seat and double date with 3 couples. By the time the “date” was over with 2 couples in the “RUMBLER”, their was not much left to “imagination” to “learn” about your date.

Even “neater” was to have a convertible and get up a “rally” down Market Street, the “main” street in town, on a Saturday

Night. Many of a “lasting” rendeavous were incubated in a convertible’s back seat, not on Market street, biut just outside town on “LOVER’S” LANE!!

Today, a “rendeavous” on “LOVER’S” lane would expose you to at least 30 homes and all of their families since it’s incorporation into the city limits over 50 years ago.

The “rendeavous” then had to relocated and it ended up being in “ The Blue Hole”’, on “Lover’s Leap” in an abandoned limestone quarry, West of the city about 5 miles, just off of U.S. 24.

I remember some wise giuy coming up with a quip that making a “rendeavous” at “Lover’s Leap” was the “BIRTHPLACE” of “ROCK and ROLL” Another satirical ad lib to come out of the “RUMBLER” set was a “play” on the word “Tweezer” when the 2 couples managed to “explore” each other in a “physical” predecessor to today’s “YOGA” manipulative motions. Bragging rights were established when your “buddies” tagged with the “NICK” name “TWEEZER!!

Those were the “DAZE” of “YORE?”, but certainly NOT a BORE!

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The Way Back Machine - News Archives
Look Back To 1999 Or Later Editions Of The Sunday Morning News

LABELLE, FL. --  Looking for a Sunday Morning News internet page from a decage ago? You can find many archived web pages from the past at the "Way Back Machine", a feature of, keeping for posterity webpages from the past.

The Sunday Morning News is archived as far back at February 1999, and includes over 100 weekly editions of the Hendry and Glades area news pages.   Most of the important editions of the Sunday Morning News/Southwest Florida Online pages can be found at the archive.

The "Way Back Machine" can search for any web address, just type it in and see what the web page looked like in the past.*/   - Sunday Morning News "Way Back" Archive from 1999 

Over Three Million Views To LaBelle's Live Video Webcast

LABELLE, FL. -- Don Browne has been publicizing LaBelle and Hendry-Glades county for over 14 years though his Southwest Florida Online web pages featuring news and information about the Hendry-Glades-Lake Okeechobee region. 

A live web camera page has added a new twist to social networking while promoting the Hendry county area. In mid-November 2007 through 2010 the live video cast began to spread the word around the world about Southwest Florida, and the LaBelle/Hendry/Glades county area. In February 2009 a 3-D video camera was added.

A "featured producer" on the former Justin.TV, Don broadcast primarily on the weekends and his broadcast page had 10,000 to 20,000 viewers pass through each hour that he was broadcasting live. In October 2010, over 1,000,000 new viewers visited LaBelle online. 

LaBelle's "lifecasting" video page attracted viewers from all around the world, even a surprise visit from a French man who was climbing Mournt Everest, the world's highest mountain.  A map on the webcast's page showed from where the visitors were coming.

Today, newer technology has arrived for live webcam broadcasting including Google's "Hangouts On The Air" which incorporates live YouTube broadcasting. Don has been making live webcast in recent months with up to 10 simultaneous webcasters broadcasting live on his YouTube channel. One of the test broadcasts from 2012 is a 4 hour long YouTube Live broadcasts with 10 people.
Stories written about LaBelle's live webcast:

USA Today - Article On Live Video Broadcasting mentioning Don Browne

Orlando,(Fl.) Sentinel YouTube Video About Don Browne and Florida's Live Video Bloggers

Indianapolis (In.) Star - Article About Don Browne And Live Video (Iink maybe outdated)

How To Watch Free Streaming Sports and TV channels worldwide

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Watch Don's YouTube Videos

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Hendry - Glades County Real Estate

8 Port LaBelle Quarter-Acre Residential Lots - In sections 1 through 12, excellent location in west Hendry County in largest subdivision in county. Sell or trade. Call (863) 800-0010.

Port LaBelle Banyan Village - Two nice very private lots: Olympia Cir. Unit 12, and Morning Lane Unit 10. Port LaBelle Water lines installed. Newest of Port LaBelle neighborhoods, rural setting, beautiful pine tree lined street setting eight miles east of LaBelle and south of State Road 80. Be the first to build in this great area. Email

Port LaBelle - 9045 W. Justice Cir. one mile south of Labelle middle school, buildable quarter-acre with utilities in quiet private section south of Cowboy Way. Email

Clewiston Harlem - -vacant lot zoned single family , build your home here or buy for investment! Buy your investment lots now while prices are low! Click here for map: 1130 Virginia Ave. Email

For Sale .15 Acre on State Road 80 east of Pioneer between LaBelle and Clewiston. Last of Joe B. Hendry's personal land holdings who held this lot since 1949. Lot is located just north of SR80 across from Everhigh Acres Rd on the Hilliard Canal. SR80 will be four-laned here in the next few years. Email.

See Hendry County Real Estate page for additional real estate details and photos
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StratoNet - Internet access for Hendry county

Internet access for LaBelle and Clewiston by StratoNet. StratoNet, serving Florida since 1992 offers the LaBelle and Clewiston communities a local internet access number. StratoNet has been in the internet business since 1992, and is one of the oldest internet service providers in the state, and now offers LaBelle and Clewiston area internet users a local phone number to access the internet. Rates include unlimited access to a local phone number to access the internet from the LaBelle area. StratoNet has unlimited free technical support for customers and free personal web page space. Call 888-382-8503 or go to for details.

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