Ave Maria launches new brand for the new year

The town of Ave Maria, Florida is ushering in the new year with a brand refresh touting the community as a “Big Kind of Small Town.” Ave Maria Development in conjunction with Denver-based Milesbrand agency, reveals brighter, vibrant colors with messaging consistent with the town’s positive growth – while still recognizing its roots with Southwest […]

Students First – Change is in the air

“Change is in the Air” at Immokalee High School (IHS)! At least that was the theme as motivational speaker and 2007 IHS graduate, Ramces Rouzard, brought his talk show, “The Reflection Show,” to the auditorium stage last week and with it, some very special guests. Orlando radio personality Mimi Steward from WOKB’s Peace on the […]

Congratulations to the IHS Beta team

Submitted photo/Patty Gallegos-Hernandez The Immokalee High School Beta Team attended the Florida Beta state convention on January 18- January 19. The team placed first in Group Talent, Campaign Skit, Scrapbook, Service Hours, Service Learning and Engineering.

A Veteran’s Story: 1SG Armando Barnhart

Armando Barnhart, a disabled veteran who was injured during his deployments, proudly served 21 years and 10 days in the Army, and retired at Fort Huachuca, Arizona at the rank of First Sergeant. He is a humble man, but his story is not only interesting, its inspiring. Growing up in a family of migrant workers […]

Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation grant will boost Immokalee Foundation youth literacy program

The gift of literacy will be shared with many more children in Immokalee thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. The Immokalee Foundation received the grant to support Immokalee Readers and to fund operations for the early literacy intervention program, which serves nearly 700 young readers in Immokalee’s five elementary […]

Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee names Brandon Dowdy Director of Development

With nearly 400 children on its wait-list, Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee is making plans to expand services. Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee (Pathways) is welcoming Brandon Dowdy as Director of Development. In his current role at Pathways, Dowdy will cultivate new relationships to help give the children of Immokalee the best possible […]

Immokalee students breaking cycle of poverty through Guadalupe Center’s college-prep program

By Dawn Montecalvo Special to the Immokalee Bulletin When we first met Ana Abarca, she was an ambitious teenager with aspirations of becoming just the second member of her family to graduate from college. Fast forward a decade and Ana has earned a high school diploma, completed a bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics from Florida […]

Be wary of mailbox theft check washing activity

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of checks being stolen from mailboxes. These checks are then washed with ink-removing chemicals and rewritten to a new payee for large amounts of money. CCSO offers following tips to help prevent becoming a victim of mail theft/check washing: *Bank online. Refrain from mailing checks, cash, gift […]

Governor asks SFWMD board to resign

Following Governor Ron DeSantis’ request that all members of the South Florida Water Management District resign, two board members have agreed to leave the board. Dan O’Keefe and Carlos Diaz have given their letters of resignation. SFWMD Governing Board members are unpaid volunteers. All of those on the board at the time Gov. DeSantis took […]

Composite Released In Golden Gate Estates Suspicious Incident

Deputies are investigating after a teenage girl reported she was approached by a stranger in Golden Gate Estates on Monday morning. The 15-year-old told deputies she was walking to her school bus stop on Wilson Boulevard when a man approached and asked her for “all her stuff.” The man then grabbed her left arm, but […]