Annual Sugar Festival and Antique Automobile Show in Clewiston
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Annual Sugar Festival and Antique Automobile Show in Clewiston
Thursday, April 28, 2011
|9)||$47,000||on||Fort Simmons Ave|
|10)||$165,000||on||Fort Thompson Ave|
|18)||$145,000||on||River Blossom Ln|
|22)||$17,000||on||E Lincoln Ave|
|23)||$39,000||on||E Seminole Ave|
|24)||$25,000||on||E Sunflower Cir|
|25)||$37,000||on||NE Beechwood Cir|
|26)||$21,000||on||S Edgewater Cir|
|27)||$52,000||on||S Edgewater Cir|
|28)||$37,000||on||W Palomar Cir|
|29)||$37,000||on||W State Road 80|
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|31)||$26,000||on|| W Sunflower Cir|
McGill No Stranger To Hendry Law Enforcement
Also arrested the same day was Doneldo McDuffie Mercer, 42 for dealing in stolen property. She had a prior drug/paraphernalia related case in 2006 and the court withheld adjudication at that time.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Fire Departments From LaBelle, Glades, Montura, And Pioneer At Fire Scene
The Department of Forestry's fixed wing aircraft is helping ground units access fire. Due to rough terrain and spotting, the fixed wing pilot is an essential element to seeing wind directions and spotting.
·Dozers are working the rear to the sides of the fire to pinch it off. Glades County is extinguishing firebrands/ spot overs in front of the main fire.
Please avoid the area of 27 & 29, firefighters are trying to quickly and safely fight the fire. There might be smoke on the highway, please use caution. 50 acres are now affected by smoke and fires.
FL Division of Forestry, 3 Dozers & 1 Supervisor, 2 more dozers en route, Forestry fixed-wing, Glades County Fire Rescue, and 5 Brush Trucks (From Ortona, Moore Haven, Lakeport & Glades Fire 1)
President Obama's Long Form Birth Certificate
In 2008, in response to media inquiries, the President’s campaign requested his birth certificate from the state of Hawaii. The state sent the campaign the President’s birth certificate, the same legal documentation provided to all Hawaiians as proof of birth in state, and the campaign immediately posted it on the internet. That birth certificate can be seen here (PDF).
When any citizen born in Hawaii requests their birth certificate, they receive exactly what the President received. In fact, the document posted on the campaign website is what Hawaiians use to get a driver’s license from the state and the document recognized by the Federal Government and the courts for all legal purposes. That’s because it is the birth certificate. This is not and should not be an open question.
The President believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn’t good for the country. It may have been good politics and good TV, but it was bad for the American people and distracting from the many challenges we face as a country. Therefore, the President directed his counsel to review the legal authority for seeking access to the long form certificate and to request on that basis that the Hawaii State Department of Health make an exception to release a copy of his long form birth certificate. They granted that exception in part because of the tremendous volume of requests they had been getting. President Barack Obama's long form birth certificate can be seen here (PDF)
At a time of great consequence for this country – when we should be debating how we win the future, reduce our deficit, deal with high gas prices, and bring stability to the Middle East, Washington, DC, was once again distracted by a fake issue. The President’s hope is that with this step, we can move on to debating the bigger issues that matter to the American people and the future of the country.
Traffic Tied Up For Hour At High School Entrance
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The division says the fire is covering pasture land, heavy palmetto, planted pine & pine over story. Smoke column should be visible for miles for this fire.
Forestry's Helicopter dropped 101 water drops on the fire at 360 gallons per load. The helicopter was used for the long range spotting and structure protection. He is also used for allowing ground units to get closer to the fire safely to establish firelines with the dozers.
The DOF says it will know Tuesday around 2pm if the line holds. 2pm is the time of day where the vegetation is the driest, relative humidity is at its lowest and afternoon winds shift.
Dozers will be pushing down snags (trees on fire) and ensuring dozer firelines are wide enough to contain fire. Brush units will using water to wet down hot spots smoldering inside the containment lines.
(1) Establish safety zones for firefighters
(2) Helicopter on scene for structure protection and long range spotting.
(3) Forestry's fixed wing pilot circling in the air guiding crews safely to fire.
(4) It is too dangerous to build a firebreak directly in front of the fire; rather lines must but built obliquely along the sides or backfires set from an existing line (such as a road) to burn out fuels in the fire's path.
(5) State Wildland Firefighters from FL Division of Forestry
a. 1 Helicopter & fuel truck
b. 8 dozers
c. 1 engine
d. 1 2 overhead- Supervisors
e. Fixed Wing Aircraft "eyes in the sky"
f. Additional crews en route
Monday, April 25, 2011
Clewiston, FL – The City of Clewiston is hosting its 25th Annual Sugar Festival. Festival events will begin Friday, April 29th at 9 am and Saturday, April 30th at 8 am.
This year features the Seminole Tribe of Florida as the title sponsor of the Sugar Festival. Historically, Sugar Festival has been a celebration which takes place at the end of sugarcane harvest each year. The Festival will highlight several Seminole Tribe musical artists including David Billy, Tori Osceola, COWBONE and Shelli Tiger.
Performances also by country Band Ricochet and feature famed country music group Gloriana. Musical performances will be taking place Friday, April 29th and Saturday April 30th. Admission and concerts will be free of charge.
Sugar Festival will also feature the Rotary BBQ, Seminole Chickee Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Seminole Tribe of Florida Entertainers, Alligator Wrestling, Car Show and Rod Run, Arts and Crafts vendors, Sugar Festival Street Dance, 5K run, Tennis and Basketball Championship Games, Gospel Concert, Fishing, Horseshoe and Cornhole Tournaments, Sweet Taste of Sugar Recipe Contest, the Hendry Regional Medical Center Hospital Bed Races and the Sugar Festival Street Dance.
The Raising Cane Rodeo and Dance will take place at the Hendry County Fair and Livestock Show Arena. This free event begins with the Youth Rodeo on Friday, April 29th at 7 pm. Adult Teams compete for title of Raising Cane Rodeo Champion Saturday, April 30th at 7 pm followed by a dance at the fairgrounds.
Country, multi-award winning band Ricochet will open for Sugar Festival's headliner Gloriana. Ricochet will take the Main stage Saturday, April 30th at 3:15 pm.
All concerts will take place on the Main stage at Sugar Festival Field. Located one block off of Highway 27 and behind The Clewiston Inn, Sugar Festival Field seating capacity is several thousand. Seating is based on a first come first serve basis. Reserved seating directly in front of the stage for a limited 100 guests is available for $10 a person.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
More Everglades Areas Open To Alligator Hunting
CLEWISTON, FL. -- The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board is expanding an alligator hunting program in Everglades water-cleansing wetlands, further supporting recreational opportunities on public land.
"Hunting is a favorite South Florida recreational activity, and fortunately it is compatible with our Stormwater Treatment Areas' primary function to improve Everglades water quality," said Tommy Strowd, SFWMD Deputy Executive Director of Operations and Maintenance. "With the treatment areas covering more than 52,000 acres, we continually search for ways to provide public access on District-managed land when it does not impact restoration objectives."
Alligator hunting will now be allowed in Stormwater Treatment Area 2 (STA-2), located in southern Palm Beach County. The hunts will be managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), which has coordinated with the District since 2006 to host hunts in the District's other Everglades STAs.
Similar to the alligator hunts that occur in STAs 1 West, 3/4 and 5 in Palm Beach and Hendry counties, regulations and procedures will be implemented in STA-2 to ensure the security of the District's facilities and the proper administration of the hunt program.
Permits specific to STA-2 will be issued by the FWC as part of the agency's Statewide Alligator Harvest Program. The number of permits issued and the dates and times of the hunts will be determined by the FWC in consultation with District staff. The use of motorized vehicles, including boats, airboats and all-terrain vehicles, will be prohibited. FWC law enforcement officers will be on-site providing hunt area access and management oversight.
STA-2 will also be used to host youth alligator hunts managed by FWC through the Youth Hunting Program of Florida.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
LABELLE, FL. -- Three new disabilities have been added to the list of Vietnam Veteran disabilities recognized as Agent Orange related. The three that are being recognized are ischemic heart disease, Parkinson's disease and B-cell leukemias (such as hairy cell leukemia.) This brings to 15 disabilities that are now recognized.
Veterans have until August 31, 2011 to apply for these new conditions and the effective date of any benefits awarded will be August 31, 2010. If a veteran previously applied for disability compensation for any of the new issues, the effective date could be earlier. Surviving spouses are also entitled to apply for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) if their spouse would have died from any of these conditions.
To qualify for disabilities related to Agent Orange, a veteran generally must have served "in country" in Vietnam meaning they must prove that they actually set foot on land in Vietnam. There have been ongoing court cases involving veterans who served on the ships in the waters off of Vietnam. These veterans are referred to as Blue Water Veterans and are generally Navy veterans.
For more information in Hendry and Glades county contact David Abney, Veterans Service Officer in LaBelle at 863-675-5250 and Jim Harringon in Glades county at (863) 946-1281.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Update May 13, 2011: Bryan Boyle plead no contest at trial before Judge James Sloan and adjudicated guilty on May 12 to a charge of violation of driver's license restrictions and unlawful attachment. He was given a sentence of 30 days in the Hendry County jail and court costs of $253.
Boyle was arrested again August 22, 2011 for violation of drivers license restrictions.
Munson was adjudged guilty August 1, 2011 and sentenced to six months in county jail with credit for three months and tens days served.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Celebrate, Remember, And Fight Back
LABELLE, FL. -- LaBelle's annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life event takes place Saturday afternoon April 16th beginning at 3 P.M. through Sunday morning, giving everyone a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.
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Teams will camp out at the LaBelle High School football field and take turns walking or running around the track Saturday through Sunday morning. And because "cancer never sleeps" each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event.
The Relay "Traditions" common to all Relay For Life events include:
Celebrate - The Survivors & Caregivers Lap - 6 P.M. Saturday Relay starts with a Survivors and Caregivers Lap, an inspirational time when survivors are invited to circle the track together and help everyone celebrate the victories achieved over cancer, and creating a world with more birthdays, like those celebrating on the track.
Remember - The Luminaria Ceremony - 9 P.M. Saturday After dark, honored are people who have been touched by cancer, and remember loved ones lost to the disease during the Luminaria Ceremony. Candles are lit inside bags filled with sand, each one bearing the name of a person touched by cancer. Participants often walk a lap in silence.
Fight Back Through Fundraising In addition to what the fundraising teams do before the Relay, there are fundraising opportunities available onsite. From food, face painters, crafts and more, allowing participants and visitors to support the fight against cancer.
Thanks to :aBelle's Relay participants, a world is created with more birthdays where cancer can't claim another year of anyone's life. LaBelle's Relay For Life chairpersons deserve your thanks for organizing this event. Feel free to email your encouragement, thanks and messages to them:
- Mary Risley - Event Chair
- Tara Sherrod - Team Development Chair
- Callie Walker - Sponsorship Chair
- Phil Pelletier - Survivor/Caregiver Chair
- Gail Pelletier - Mission Education Chair
- Dawn Long - Advocacy Chair
- Gisela Ellsworth - Luminaria Chair
- Jerri Awbrey - Activities/Entertainment Chair
- Preston Long - Logistics Chair
- Patty Brant - Publicity Chair
- Susan Smith - Online Chair
- Nancy Gruber - Accounting/Registration Chair
Friday, April 15, 2011
The New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced the unsealing of an indictment today charging 11 defendants, including the founders of the three largest Internet poker companies doing business in the United States—PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker —with bank fraud, money laundering, and illegal gambling offenses.
The United States also filed a civil money laundering and in rem forfeiture complaint against the Poker Companies, their assets, and the assets of several payment processors for the Poker Companies. In addition, restraining orders were issued against more than 75 bank accounts utilized by the Poker Companies and their payment processors, and five Internet domain names used by the Poker Companies to host their illegal poker games were seized.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharra said: "As charged, these defendants concocted an elaborate criminal fraud scheme, alternately tricking some U.S. banks and effectively bribing others to assure the continued flow of billions in illegal gambling profits. Moreover, as we allege, in their zeal to circumvent the gambling laws, the defendants also engaged in massive money laundering and bank fraud. Foreign firms that choose to operate in the United States are not free to flout the laws they don't like simply because they can't bear to be parted from their profits."
On October 13, 2006, the United States enacted the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, making it a federal crime for gambling businesses to "knowingly accept" most forms of payment "in connection with the participation of another person in unlawful Internet gambling." Despite the passage of UIGEA, the Poker Companies, located offshore, continued operating in the United States. In a press release dated October 16, 2006, Absolute Poker announced that the company would continue its U.S. operations because "the U.S. Congress has no control over" the company's payment transactions.
Because U.S. banks and credit card issuers were largely unwilling to process their payments, the Poker Companies allegedly used fraudulent methods to circumvent federal law and trick these institutions into processing payments on their behalf. Of the billions of dollars in payment transactions that the Poker Companies tricked U.S. banks into processing, approximately one-third or more of the funds went directly to the Poker Companies as revenue through the "rake" charged to players on almost every poker hand played online.
PokerStars, FullTilt Poker, and their payment processors persuaded the principals of a few small, local banks facing financial difficulties to engage in such processing in return for multi-million-dollar investments in the banks.
The indictment and civil complaint seek at least $3 billion in civil money laundering penalties and forfeiture from the Poker Companies and the defendants. The District Court issued an order restraining approximately 76 bank accounts in 14 countries containing the proceeds of the charged offenses. Pursuant to a warrant for arrest in rem issued by the U.S. District Court, the United States also seized five Internet domain names used by the Poker Companies to operate their illegal online businesses in the United States.
He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He was employed as an HVAC Mechanic. Stephen was a resident of LaBelle for the past fifteen years. He was Commander of D.A.V. Chapter #144 and was an active member of American Legion Post#130, both in LaBelle
He was a former resident of Northford, CT. He also was an accomplished country-western musician who released his own recordings and played in his own band, Steve Williams & Shiloh.
Survivors include his children Jeanne Williams of VA, Jason Williams of CT, MaryAnn (Brock Blair) Ivie of OR, Carla (Albert) Compagna of CT, Angela Saporito of FL, Dana (Thomas) Casey of CT, brothers: Harold and Ronald Williams of CT, sisters: Sharon Mauro and Patricia Barbour of CT, grandchildren: Joseph Williams, Samantha Blair, Joshua Blair, Joseph Blair, Olivia Compagna Nicholas Saporito, Abigayle Casey; Deklin Casey and Jenna Casey; and companion, Elodia Messer of LaBelle. He was predeceased by his wife, Carole Williams and granddaughter: Michaela Blair and sister: Sandra Armatino.
The funeral service will be held Thursday, April 14, 2011, 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady Queen Of Heaven Catholic Church in LaBelle, FL with Father Chester Domaszewicz officiating.
She was a U.S. Postal Service Carrier for many years and was also a school teacher. She was a founding member of the First Christian Church of Clewiston and a member of the First Baptist Church of Clewiston. She married Harvey Pridgen and he preceded her in death on October 19, 1975. She then married Leon Bembry who also preceded her in death. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.
She is survived by her two sons: Glenn Pridgen and Douglas Pridgen; seven grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and one great -great grandchild.
Celebration of Gertrude's life was held 10:00 am on Saturday, April 9 in First Baptist Church Of Clewiston, 102 East Ventura Avenue, Clewiston, FL with Dr. Todd Buck, Pastor Craig Sloan and Pastor Carl Paschal officiating. Interment followed in Ortona Cemetery. Visitation was from 6-8 pm on April 8 in Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.
She is survived by her daughter: Patsy Jane Cypress of Big Cypress Reservation, sons: Mitchell Cypress of Big Cypress Reservation, David Cypress of Big Cypress Reservation, Timothy Cypress Billie of Avon Park and Terry Cypress of Big Cypress Reservation, many grandchildren and many great-grandchild. She was predeceased by her son: Donald Cypress and daughters, Dorothy Cypress and Edna Mae Cypress.
The funeral service was held Monday, April 4, 2011, 11:00 at Big Cypress First Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Buster and Rev. Bruce Pratt officiating. Interment followed in Big Cypress Cemetery.
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