Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Enjoy Yourself At the 2018 Swamp Cabbage Festival

LABELLE, FL.-- Here's the schedule of events for the 2018 Swamp Cabbage Festival this week:

Tuesday, February 20th6–9 pm - SCF Street Fest on Fort Thompson
Eli Mosley Band. Vendors and Food available.

Thursday, February 22rd6-10 pm - Old Timers Dinner (Heritage Museum),
LaBelle Civic Center

Friday, February 23rd8 am-8 pm – Barron Park Opens for Vendor Setup
7-10:30 pm – Hendry County Cattlemen’s Rodeo-LaBelle Rodeo Grounds

Saturday, February 24th
Mickey Foster – MC of Entertainment
6:00–7:15 am – Registration for Caloosa Humane Society’s 5K Swamp Stomp
7:30 am - Caloosa Humane Society's 5K Swamp Stomp
8:00 am – Barron Park Opens for Vendors
9:00 am – Park opens to visitors
10:00 am – Parade starts
8:30 am – River Cruise Heritage Museum, Barron Park Riverfront
11:00 am – River Cruise Heritage Museum, Barron Park Riverfront
11:30 am – Opening Prayer & National Anthem
11:45 am – Grand Marshal, Pioneer Family Intro
12:00 pm – Showtime Cloggers
12:30 pm – Roger Jokela
1:15 pm –2018 Queen & Princess Intro / Performances & Parade Awards
1:30 pm – Unforgiven Band
1:30 pm – River Cruise Heritage Museum, Barron Park Riverfront
2:15 pm – Neon Summer
3:00 pm– Joe Mobley
3:30 pm – Chris MacArthur and the Florida Cracker Boys
4:00 pm – River Cruise Heritage Museum, Barron Park Riverfront
4:15 pm – Country Rhythm Cloggers
5:00 pm – Darryl Worley
Park Entertainment ends 6:30 pm
7-10:30 pm – Hendry County Cattlemen’s Rodeo-Rodeo Grounds
9:00 pm-1:00 a.m. – Cattlewomen’s Dance – LaBelle Civic Center

Sunday, February 25th8:30 am – River Cruise Heritage Museum, Barron Park Riverfront
9:00 am – Park opens to visitors
10:00 am – Press On
10:30 am – Roger Jokela
11:00 am – River Cruise Heritage Museum, Barron Park Riverfront
11:15 am – 2018 Queen and Princess Intro & Performances
11:30 am – Ayla Lynn
12:15 pm – Sugar Lime Blue
1:00 pm – Hendry County Cattlemen’s Youth Rodeo
Hendry County Rodeo Grounds
1:00 pm – The Dance Company
1:30 pm – River Cruise Heritage Museum, Barron Park Riverfront
2:00 pm – 64 to Grayson Gospel Band
2:45 pm – Athletic Ambitions
3:15 pm – Tru Country Band
4:00 pm – River Cruise Heritage Museum, Barron Park Riverfront

Park Entertainment ends 4pm

-Courtesy LaBelle Chamber of Commerce

Marijuana Users Get ID Card Streamlining

The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties is committed to ensuring qualified patients have safe, reliable access to low-THC cannabis and medical marijuana. In an effort to better serve patients, the department is streamlining the medical marijuana identification card application process.

The department's Office of Medical Marijuana Use has made changes to the Medical Marijuana Use Registry that eliminate the need for patients to submit a passport-style photograph if they have a Florida issued driver's license or identification card. Instead, when a qualified ordering physician enters a patient into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry, the registry will automatically access the patient's Florida Driver's License or Florida identification card photograph directly from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (HSMV) system. This photo will be populated in the patient's online identification card application. Passport-style photographs will still need to be submitted for those applicants who are not in the HSMV system.

The department has identified photos as being a common area of error in the application process and as a priority issue for streamlining. The approval process for patient identification card applications can be delayed due to the submission of photographs that do not meet the statutory requirements. Currently, the processing time for paper applications is 26 days, and the processing time for online applications is 18 days. This patient-centered upgrade will make the application process more efficient and easier on patients and caregivers.

For more information about the Office of Medical Marijuana Use and the Medical Marijuana Use Registry, visit www.flhealth.gov/ommu

Hendry Democrats Meet At Sunrise Restaurant March 10

CLEWISTON, FL. -- Hendry County Democrats and supporters will meet at Clewiston's Sunrise Restaurant, 842 East Sugarland Hwy, on Saturday, March 10, for a Special Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to meet announced and prospective Democratic candidates for local to district to state-wide and national offices to be decided upon in the 2018 elections. 

Known Democratic candidates with available contact information have already been invited, and all Democratic incumbents and prospective candidates for Hendry County Commission, School Board, and Hospital Authority to 20th Circuit State Attorney and Public Defender and Florida Senate District 28 and House District 80 as well as Governor, Attorney General, Chief Financial Officer, and Commissioner of Agriculture along with Representative for Congressional District 25 and US Senate or their campaign staffs are also welcome.

Everyone planning to attend -- interested voter and candidate alike -- is asked to contact SUNRISE RESTAURANT (863)983-9080 no later than Wednesday, March 7, with names and number attending the HENDRY COUNTY DEMOCRATS Breakfast as a courtesy to let the restaurant know how many guests to anticipate.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Ricky Allen Schuch Dies At 68

Ricky Allen Schuch, age 68, of LaBelle, passed away February 14, 2018 at home.

He was born October 28, 1949 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to David Hugh and the late Carol Anita (Goebel) Schuch. Mr. Schuch was a Security officer for years.

Survivors include his wife: Kristine J. (Schumacher) Schuch, one daughter: Kathleen (Mark) Schuch. Son of David Hugh Schuch, three brothers: Gary (Stephanie) Schuch, Randy (Karen) Schuch and Dean Schuch,. Also Survived by a Grandson: Amando Ramirez III; a Granddaughter: Alexandria Ramirez.

Service will be held at a later date. Cremation Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

What's Happening At The Hendry County Commission

The following is a highlight of the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) regular meeting held on Tuesday, February 13 at Clewiston City Hall.

  • ITB #2018-03- Approve the Bid for LaBelle Construction – The Board approved the request for LaBelle Construction as the lowest bidder for the SHIP rehabilitative projects located at 1109 Carolina Avenue, Clewiston and 446 W. Ventura Avenue, Clewiston. Hendry County will be the primary lien holder for the property located at 1109 Carolina Avenue, Clewiston. Hendry County will be the secondary lien holder for the property located at 446 W. Ventura Avenue, Clewiston.

  • Proclamation – Engineer’s Week – The Board adopted a proclamation declaring February 18-24, 2018 as Engineer’s Week. Hendry County will be participating in Engineer’s Week by highlighting the work done by the Hendry County Engineering Department to help improve the infrastructure in Hendry County. Ms. Sommer Foster, President of the Calusa Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society, was present to emphasize the importance of engineers in society and also discuss what the Florida Engineering Society is doing to promote STEM programs in Florida schools including those in Southwest Florida.

  • Proclamation – Manchu Warriors – The Board adopted a proclamation declaring March 2, 2018 as “Manchu Warrior Day”. Local Veteran Nicholas Cutinha served with the Manchu Warriors of Company C, 4th Battalion, 9th Regiment, 25th Army Infantry Division during the Tet Offensive in Vietnam. The Manchu Warriors fought bravely in defense of liberty during the Battle of Hoc Mon on March 2, 1968, losing 49 Soldiers dead, and 24 Soldier wounded, of the 92 Soldiers of the Unit, in just 8 minutes. Army Specialist 4 Nicholas Cutinha was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for valor under fire when saving the lives of 9 of his Platoon mates before being fatally wounded. Annually, the surviving Manchu Warriors gather in Hendry County to render reverence and gratitude for the sacrifice of their brethren. The Warriors will continue this tradition on March 3, 2018 at the grave site of Nicholas Cutinha in Fort Denaud Cemetery. The ceremony will be open to the public and the all are encouraged to attend to honor the Manchu Warriors. The ceremony will begin at 9am.

  • Ordinance Amendment of Holding Period for Impounded Animals – The Board approved an amendment to the ordinance that will reinstate the previous 5-day holding period for impounded animals.

  • East Recreation Summer Camp 2018 – The Board approved staff to enter an agreement with the YMCA for a 2018 summer camp in the Harlem community. The YMCA held a successful camp in Harlem during the summer of 2018. The Board requested that staff look into the prospect of having Hendry County schoolteachers involved in the summer camp. The Board would also like to see similar programs in the Central County communities such as Montura and Pioneer.

  • Central Florida Behavioral Health (CFBH) Network provided the Board with an update on their contract with Crossroads Behavioral Health Center. Crossroads has made the decision to terminate its contract with CFBH. Crossroads will continue to provide services in Hendry County for Medicaid and Medicare clients.  CFBH would like to maintain a relationship with the County to continue providing behavioral health services to residents of Hendry County

  • Commissioner Turner provided a brief summary of the Commissioners’ trip to Tallahassee last week. The Commissioners’ visited the Capitol to meet with various legislatures and key leaders to discuss Hendry County issues and receive updates on the 2018 legislative session.