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This is the eighth installment in the Lake Wales Renaissance series. Lake Wales City Commissioner Robin Gibson serves as Deputy Mayor and Chairman of the city's Community... — Updated 7/1/2020 Full story

City May Take Possession of Historic Seminole Hotel

The City of Lake Wales may take possession of the historic Seminole Hotel, now two and one-half years after it was first condemned as unsafe. The Lake Wales Code Enforcement Board... — Updated 7/1/2020

City Commissioner to Discuss City Manager Search Option at July 1 Workshop

Lake Wales City Commissioners want to talk with representatives of the Florida City and County Management Association (FCCMA) on July 1 before making a final decision on how to... — Updated 7/1/2020

Commissioners May Revitalize Citizen Police Advisory Board

Lake Wales city commissioners are expected to discuss reviving the long-dormant Citizens and Police Community Relations Advisory Committee during its agenda workshop session at 3... — Updated 7/1/2020

Please Support Local Restaurants

During these trying times when businesses are struggling to reinvent themselves to adhere to both Governor decrees and social norms as well as keeping six feet between employees,... — Updated 7/1/2020 Full story

Ford Dealership Gives Away Two Mustangs at its 27th Annual Drive for Excellence Event

Benny Robles Jr. did something June 27 that he had never done before: He gave away two Mustangs. Robles, the President of Bartow Ford, decided to do this at the very last minute... — Updated 7/1/2020

Rotary on the Ridge Toasts New President Trey Heath

Rotary on the Ridge held its first "hybrid" meeting Monday, June 22 to install new President Trey Heath and offer thanks to outgoing President Herb Gillis. About 15 members... — Updated 7/1/2020

Rotary to Auction Donated Sculpture to Support Challenge to Feed One Million

While on a recent trip to Florida, artist/sculptor Ryan Pounds, found himself in the middle of an interesting situation. Staying with family in Central Florida, a conversation... — Updated 7/1/2020

Love Thy Neighbor

In Luke's Gospel (chapter 10) we read about 70 disciples, who had been sent out by Jesus, returning to the Lord sharing what they had experienced. Jesus told them that they should... — Updated 7/1/2020

Sins of Omission

Forgive me Father, for the many times I have not done what You have placed on my heart to do. There were things that I perceived were right to pursue, but out of inconvenience,... — Updated 7/1/2020

Letter to the Editor from Dr. Virgil Ullom

Submissions to the VOICES section represent the opinion of the writer, and not necessarily the views of the publisher. The following was presented at the Lake Wales City Commission June 16 meeting. I am grateful that Pride Week... — Updated 7/1/2020

School to Start in August with Options

The 2020-21 school year will begin in August. Options will be a choice of on-campus, online, or a combination of both. These are the results of a survey taken by a task force... — Updated 7/1/2020

Roger Strickland, 1937-2020

Roger Lee Strickland, 82, of Lake Wales passed away Friday, June 26, 2020 at the Winter Haven Hospital. He was born December 31, 1937 in Flatwoods, KY to the late Joshua and Martha... — Updated 7/1/2020

Richard Blacksmith, 1937-2020

Richard Jay “Dick” Blacksmith, 82, of Lake Wales passed away Saturday, June 27, 2020 at his residence. He was born July 22, 1937 in Novinger, MO to the late Jack and Mary Blacksmith. He moved to Lake Wales from Seattle, WA... — Updated 7/1/2020

Linda Arsenault, 1945-2020

Linda Crosby Arsenault, 74, of Lake Wales passed away Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Good Shepherd Hospice House in Auburndale. She was born November 23, 1945 in Dunedin, FL. She was a... — Updated 7/1/2020

Karl Doll, 1941-2020

Karl H. Doll, 78, of Lake Wales passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Advent Health Lake Wales. He was born December 30, 1941 in Chicago, IL to the late Hubert and Mary Doll. He moved to Lake Wales from Arkansas in 2008. Karl... — Updated 7/1/2020

Thomas Daye Sr., 1958-2020

Thomas Robert Daye, Sr., 61 died June 23, 2020 at Hillcrest Hospital. He was born Aug. 1, 1958 in Lake Wales, FL. He was a Certified Master Auto Technician. Services are at 11 a.m.... — Updated 7/1/2020

Mamie Simmons, 1954-2020

Mamie Simmons, 66 of Lake Wales, died June 30, 2020 at Advent Health Hospital in Lake Wales. She was born Feb. 8, 1954. Services are incomplete. Epps Memorial... — Updated 7/1/2020

Audrey Audette, 1925-2020

Audrey Louise Audette, 94, of Lake Wales passed away Sunday, June 28, 2020 at her residence. She was born August 17, 1925 in Cambridge, MA to the late Cyril and Margaret LeFort.... — Updated 7/1/2020

Norma Winn, 1933-2020

Norma Fern Winn, 86, of Olive Branch, IL and Lake Wales, FL went to her heavenly home on Sunday June 21, 2020 at Forsythe Hospice House in Auburndale, FL. She was born on July 19,... — Updated 7/1/2020

Marjorie Walker, 1927-2020

Marjorie Jean Walker, 93, of Lake Wales passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at the Grove Center. She was born September 3, 1927 in Anderson, IN. She moved here from Indiana in 2011 but was a winter resident of the area for 20... — Updated 7/1/2020

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