Monday June 29, 2020

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast has been in Hendry County for the past six months.  The agency is greatly in need of adult volunteer mentors to become Big Brothers and Big Sisters to help the youth in our community. The goal is to inspire potential volunteers to learn about Big Brothers Big Sisters and the impact they can have by becoming a Big. There are 50 children waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister in Hendry County. They are hosting a virtual information session, the ‘BIGGEST VIRTUAL INFO SESSION EVER’ on Tuesday July 7, 2020 at two different times, presenting at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30p.m. (see links to register below).



The Harry Chapin Food Bank will be providing free food this week!

June 30

10 a.m. – Noon
Boys and Girls Club of Immokalee
1155 Roberts Ave. W., Immokalee, FL 34142

10 a.m. – Noon
Harns Marsh Middle School, Lehigh Acres
1820 Unice Ave. N., Lehigh Acres, FL 33971

July 1

10 a.m. – Noon
Hendry/LaBelle Rodeo Arena, LaBelle
20 Veterans Way, LaBelle, FL 33935

*No mobile pantries scheduled for July 2-4 due to Fourth of July holiday.

Locomotive No. 148 was built in 1920 by the American Locomotive Company for use on the Florida East Coast Railway. In 1952, the locomotive was sold to U.S. Sugar to haul sugarcane trains from field-to-mill for processing raw sugar. As diesel locomotives became popular, Engine No. 148 was sold by U.S. Sugar into private ownership in the 1960s. The steam engine spent a few years hauling passenger excursions, then it was moved to Monte Vista, Colorado. Thanks to the vision of U.S. Sugar CEO Robert Buker, Jr., the locomotive was re-purchased by U.S. Sugar in 2016, kick starting this restoration. Railroad mechanical contractors along with over two dozen U.S. Sugar employees, completed the restoration of No. 148 in late April. Now called the Sugar Express, the locomotive has been given a boost with an eco-friendly touch. Bob Lawson, general manager of harvesting and railroad operations says originally it was diesel run. Now it has been switched over to recycled vegetable oil. The hope is to use the engine to haul passengers in an effort to teach them about agriculture and the history of the industry.

According to a news source, Moore Haven’s L.J. Sampson Jr has signed a letter of intent to continue his education and play football at Quincy University in Quincy, Ill. Terrier football head coach Brent Burnside said “L.J. has been a three year starter and has garnered a leadership role since I’ve been at Moore Haven as coach.” In 2019 L.J along with wide receiver Javon Jones helped give the Terrier offense a little more balance than the traditional ground attack the team had fielded in years prior. Sampson was recruited to Quincy by a running backs coach, who has a long history with high school football in Southwest Florida. Moore Haven’s offensive coordinator Brad Garrett graduated from Quincy and played quarterback during his time at the school. The Terriers as a whole the last few years have played with a lot of emotion. Players really rode the ups and downs of each game. But Garrett says that L.J. helped provide a calm, cool presence on the sideline in the midst of the emotional ebbs and flows that happen every Friday night on football fields around Lake Okeechobee.