Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Editorial - Workplace Sexual Harassment

In light of the #MeToo campaign and all the allegations against prominent figures, sexual harassment is on the forefront of headlines across the nation.  Whether it’s a Hollywood executive, an all-star sports figure or eminent politician, the issue of unlawful harassment continues to show its pervasive face across our contemporary world. Unfortunately, sexual harassment in the workplace is very real, and it happens every day.

In its most fundamental definition, sexual harassment is unwelcome behavior that happens to workers because of their sex. It occurs when a person’s submission to or rejection of sexual advances is used as the basis for employment decisions about him or her, or submission to sexual advances is made a condition of his or her employment (quid pro quo harassment). It may also occur when sexual conduct or gender-based hostility is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment (hostile work environment
harassment). Regardless of the intent, sexual harassment in the workplace should never be tolerated.  Fortunately, there are remedies.

As the agency charged with shining a light on discrimination in the State of Florida, the Florida Commission on Human Relations is committed to eradicating all forms of harassment that can impact each and every one of us. The Commission offers trainings to businesses, agencies and individuals, teaching them how to avoid creating or permitting a working environment where sexual harassment exists.

I encourage all employers and employees to become aware of the issue of sexual harassment and carefully address inappropriate behavior. Remember, you do not have to keep it to yourself. If you think you are a victim of sexual harassment, you can file a complaint with the Commission by visiting our website at, or by contacting us directly at (850)488-7082.

By knowing what to do and who to call, business owners, managers and employees can assist the Commission in its goal to shine a light on sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination in the workplace.

Michelle Wilson, Executive Director
Florida Commission on Human Relations

Three Dead In Head On Crash

MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- As of 5:48 am Wednesday, the Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a Ford SUV versus Box Truck head on crash on State Road 29 and Chaparral Avenue in Moore Haven.

Between the two vehicles there were multiple occupants, three of which are confirmed deceased and several transported to three local area hospitals. State Road 29 in this vicinity is currently closed. Glades County Sheriff's Office. and DOT are providing traffic control for Northbount SR-29 at CR 78 and Southbound SR-29 at CR 74.

More detailed information will be provided later today.

Holiday Haircuts At World Class Barbershop

World Class Barbershop Of LaBelle

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 for the holidays for 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 9 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.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

FGCU Nursing Students Travel To LaBelle

LABELLE, FL. -- Eight Florida Gulf Coast University Nursing students completed a semester of "Thursday's in Public Health". They traveled from their Lee County Campus every Thursday to LaBelle where they learned about all aspects of Public Health.

For several months, the students shadowed the departments at FDOH Hendry (School Health, Environmental Health, Preparedness, Migrant Health, Women's Health, Immunizations, Epi, etc.) They also had the opportunity to visit the Shelters in Hendry County immediately after Hurricane Irma. On Thursday, Nov 16th, the students toured the Hendry County Emergency Operations Center.

Pictured: Brenda Barnes from FDOH Hendry/Glades and Brian Newhouse-Emergency Management Director for Hendry County along with the FGCU Nursing Students.

Winter Wonderettes On Stage

The second play of the Firehouse Community Theatre’s 25th anniversary season continues with the musical/comedy The Marvelous Wonderettes - Winter Wonderettes created by Roger Bean.

This production will run for 8 shows December 7th - 17th. This seasonal celebration finds the girls entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. When Santa turns up missing, the girls use their talent and creative ingenuity to save the holiday. Featuring great 60’s versions of holiday classics such as “Santa Clause is Coming to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Run, Rudolph, Run” and many other Christmas favorites.

For tickets and more infomation for all shows call (863) 675-3066 and leave a message. If you would like to choose your seats please visit our web site at

Pictured (left to right) Ashley Curry, Loralei Weber, Jamie Bartley, Brittany Morrison