Monday February 22, 2021

Imagine not being able to find the ingredients for dishes you like to cook, and getting so frustrated, that you grow them yourself. Ed Brakus did just that. Beginning as a hobby in Texas, it has now become a full-time force and our next-door neighbor in Moore Haven. A 4,000-square-foot facility became the perfect spot for the growing business called Burma Spice. The company has grown to an eight-employee business, selling 250 different spices and seasonings. The business has also won several accolades, including SCORE Business of the Year, and SBA Florida Rural Small Business of the Year. Its client base started out as individual consumers, and now they have large-sized containers for restaurants and manufacturing companies. Burma Spice is currently in talks about more expansion, perhaps in other cities around the lake. Find out more at

St. Columbkille Parish in Fort Myers made a generous donation of a bus to the St. Margaret Parish in Clewiston in the latest act of generosity from the one Parish to the other. The bus, which was donated to Clewiston, was previously used to transport children to afterschool programs and other activities in Lee County. Well THAT Parish now has a newer bus, and the Pastoral Council decided to give the former bus to a Parish in need. That Parish was St. Margaret’s in Clewiston. St. Margaret’s says this and all parishes will remain in their prayers as a way of gratitude for their generosity.

William Nobles of LaBelle was sentenced to five years in federal prison for possession of images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children. Nobles was also sentenced to a 20-year term of supervised release and was ordered to register as a sex offender. According to court documents, the FBI was investigating people that were using the dark web to access and download images and videos depicting the abuse. From February 20, 2015 to March 3, 2015, Nobles accessed the visual images of children, which the 61-year-old admitted to in an interview with law enforcement. His computer, some CDs, and a thumb drive all contained images and videos depicting children being sexually abused. Nobles was found guilty following a bench trial on January 16, 2020.

Your weekly road work report reveals construction projects happening this week in Hendry and Glades County. On State Road 78 from 27 to the Herbert Hoover Bridge, crews will be resurfacing the road, making drainage improvements, installing guard rail, and adding signs and pavement markings and more. There could be some lane closures in the area so be careful. This will likely be going on through the end of the year. In Hendry County, on US 27 from Flaghole Road to Clewiston city limits, crews will be landscaping near the roadway. Then, on SR 80 from Hendry Isles Boulevard to Everhigh Road, crews will be repairing washouts. Roadwork will be performed 8 to 5 Monday through Thursday if the weather holds up.

LaBelle Middle School conducts monthly emergency and active assailant drills. These drills are conducted to ensure everyone knows what to do to stay safe in the event of an actual emergency. The administrators for LMS wanted to put the message out so the parents are not alarmed. You can read the message in its entirety on LaBelle Middle Schools Instagram page @Labelle_Middle_School.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank will be in the area this week: On Wednesday, Feb. 24 the free food pantry will be in Moore Haven and LaBelle from 10 to noon. In Moore Haven, they’ll be on the Chalo Nitka Grounds at 301 10th St., Moore Haven, FL 33471. The LaBelle location is Forrey Drive. If you’re closer to Palm Beach County, The Glades Initiative offers weekly food distribution to anyone in need every Wednesday from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM. Both drivers and walkers will receive food bags on a first-come-first-serve basis. The Glades Initiative, 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade.