Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Boil Water Notice For Port LaBelle Inn And Vicinity

LABELLE, FL. -- A boil water notice is currently in effect for the Port LaBelle Inn, Port LaBelle Marina, Port LaBelle Villas and Port LaBelle Villas at River Run.

All Port LaBelle water users are advised to bring drinking water to a rolling boil for at least one minute prior to consumption. The notice is necessary due to a break in a water line.

The notice is effective immediately and will be in effect until further notice. Residents with question or concerns are asked to call 863-675-5376.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Death In Crash On US27

CLEWISTON, FL. -- A driver of a 2011 Chrysler 200 was dead Monday afternoon after crashing into a truck on US27 near Airglades Airport at 2:52 p.m.

U.S. 27 (SR-25) travels northbound and southbound, but here U.S. 27 travels east and west as the Chrysler and the 1992 International driven by Cory L. Kitchen, 49 of South Bay, Fl. were traveling east on U.S. 27 in the left lane, east of Airglades Boulevard.

The car was behind the truck and was approaching at a high rate of speed when for reasons unknown, failed to slow. The front of the car collided with the rear of the truck and was lodged into the rear of the truck as the truck was pushed east before coming to a controlled stop.

Kitchen has minor injuries. Identity of the car driver is pending notification of next of kin.

UPDATE: The driver was Jessiely Aponte, 28 of Zepherhills, Fl.

Obituaries - Judson Francis, Rafael Leyva, Connie Flanigan

Judson "Rusty" Ward Francis, age 72, of LaBelle, passed away March 13, 2018 in Fort Myers.

Rusty was born Jan. 16, 1946 in Clewiston, Florida, to Judson V and Mildred (Ward) Francis. He graduated from North Fort Myers High School. He served during Vietnam War in the Army from November 10, 1965 to August 13, 1968. When he got back home he joined the VFW Post 10100, the American Legion Post 130, the LaBelle Moose Lodge, where he was a lifetime member of all three. 

Rusty was a truck driver most of his life after the military. Rusty was a loving father, brother, uncle, and friend. He will be greatly missed by everyone who loved and knew him.

Rusty leaves fond memories with his two sons; Christian Scot Francis of LaBelle and Jonathan Shane and wife Ruby Francis of North Carolina, sisters; Judy McClure of LaBelle and Becky Chastain of Fort Myers, his best friend; Judy Holland of LaBelle. And many, many lifelong friends.

Celebration of Rusty's life will be at 1 PM on March 25, 2018 at the VFW Post 10100, 20 Veteran's Way LaBelle, Florida 33935.

Cremation arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Rafael Leyva, age 99, of Clewiston, passed away March 13, 2018 in Clewiston. He was born Aug. 27, 1918 in Cuba, to the late Valentin and Ines (Arcia) Leyva.

Survivors include his wife: Marta (Chavez) Leyva, four sons: Jose (Esperanza), Valentin ( Lynette), Rafael ( Dana) and Thomas (Dianna), two daughters: Ines Maria Leyva and Maria Leyva, two brothers: Antonio and Orangel, one sister: Ada Leyva, 11 Grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren

Visitation will be Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Clewiston, FL.

Connie Sue Flanigan, age 76, of Moore Haven, passed away March 15, 2018 in Lehigh Acres. She was born Mar. 9, 1942 in Pontiac, MI, to the late Donald and Maxine (Carroll) Bull.

Survivors include a son: William J. Flanigan, a daughter: Kelli Ricker, a brother: Joseph Bull, Grandchildren, Nicholas, Alicia, James; Great-Grandchildren, James, Madelyn

She was owner of a Beauty Shop

Memorial Service is pending.

World Class Barbershop - Get Ready For Spring

World Class Barbershop Of LaBelle, owned by Hugo Vargas, invites area residents and visitors to visit the barber shop located at 216 South Main Street in LaBelle to start out the beginning of Spring this week with an expert trim or haircut.

Among services Hugo and his barbers offer are regular & scissor cuts, flat tops, shaves, and hair styling for all ages.  

World Class Barbershop is open Tuesday through Friday from 8:45 am until 5 pm and Saturday from 7 am until 2 pm. 

Phone: (863) 674-1775

World Class Barbershop is a sponsor of Southwest Florida Online.

Full Moon Hike March 31

The March Fisheating Creek Florida Trail Association Sub-Chapter “Full Moon Hike” (6 miles) will be Saturday March 31.

Carpool at 4 p.m. from Barron Park in LaBelle or meet at the Paradise Lake Trailhead Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area in Palmdale at 4:30 pm.

Wear sturdy close-toed shoes, long pants and hat. Bring insect repellent, water, picnic, snacks, flashlight, and ground cover to sit on during dinner.

The plan is to enjoy Paradise Lake while watching alligators and birds, enjoy a picnic at Fisheating Creek, and watch the sunset and full moon.

After the sun sets at 7:42 p.m., the group will return to the trailhead. On the return trip the open road area will be lite by the full moon.

For the short hike from the undeveloped area to the trailhead flashlights and careful footing will be needed in a few places.

The Paradise Lake Trailhead is located on US 27 just north of where SR 29 intersects. It is only a few yards from this intersection and on the east side of US27 south of Fisheating Creek. 

Contact Deanna Filkins at 863-234-8181 (cell/text) or dkfilkins@aol.com Margaret England mlelighthouse863@gmail.com or863-517-0202 (cell/text)