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City Moving Forward with $55 Million Budget

Lake Wales City Commissioners will hold their second and final public hearing Sept. 24 to adopt a $55 million budget for 2019-20, with a slightly lower property tax rate.... — Updated 9/12/2019

Sheriff Encourages More Good Guys to Carry Guns, Fight Bad Guys

"See something or hear something, say something." That's the advice Polk Sheriff Grady Judd gave Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce members at a breakfast Thursday, Sept. 12 as the... — Updated 9/13/2019

Watch for Bears - More Active in the Fall

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding people to help prevent conflicts with bears by securing garbage and other items that might attract these... — Updated 9/12/2019

Primed for the Future

If you've been keeping an eye on economic trends lately, you may have noticed that Florida has been shining bright on the national and international stage. Our state's profile has... — Updated 9/12/2019

Polk State Corporate College Earns International Certification for Quality and Efficiency

Polk State Corporate College recently achieved international ISO 9001 certification that recognizes the quality of its programming and efficiency in providing services to its... — Updated 9/12/2019

Arts Center Classes Begin Sept. 16

The Lake Wales Arts Council is launching its 2019 Fall Semester education classes beginning Sept. 16. A variety of returning favorites and some new programs are scheduled for kids... — Updated 9/12/2019

Kayak Fishing Grows in Popularity

Kayak fishing is a growing sport and it's easy to see why. Kayaks are nimble, less expensive than most motorized boats and provide access to places even the best casts from land... — Updated 9/12/2019

Woman's Club of Lake Wales Leads the Way in Conservation Efforts

There's an old truth about hurricanes: they take out the trees that gardeners don't have the heart to cut down. Like wildfires, they clear the land of deadwood. They fell trees... — Updated 9/12/2019 Full story

New VP Raising Funds for Florida Poly

When Kathleen "Kathy" Bowman became chief development officer of the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, the school's development team... — Updated 9/12/2019

LWLT Children's Production If the Shoe Fits Runs Sept. 13-22

More than 50 local youth will take to the stage Sept. 13-22 for the Lake Wales Little Theatre production of "If the Shoe Fits." Audrey Kelley Fritz is directing the play, an... — Updated 9/13/2019

LW FilmSociety to Show Body Painting: The Living Canvas

The new Lake Wales Film Society at Melange will host its inaugural event with two pre-premier screenings of "Body Painting: The Living Canvas," a documentary film by Karyn Finley... — Updated 9/12/2019

Annabelle Pritchett, 1933-2019

Annabelle Pritchett, 86, of Lake Wales passed away Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at her residence. She was born April 12, 1933 in Dalton, GA to the late Roy and Lucille (Peeples) Hammontree and she has been a resident of this area... — Updated 9/12/2019

Peter Wayland

Born Peter Stepanovs in Latvia, he ultimately immigrated to California after surviving through the trials of WWII Germany and by the grace of sponsorship from the Catholic Church;... — Updated 9/12/2019

Yolanda Ortiz, 1959-2019

Yolanda Ortiz, 60, of Lake Wales passed away Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 at her residence. She was born July 27, 1959 in Chicago, IL to the late Carlos and Rosa (Pagan) Ortiz. She has... — Updated 9/12/2019

Jeanette Eve Sands, 1926-2019

Jeanette Eve Sands, 92, of Babson Park passed away Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 at her residence. She was born December 24, 1926 in Newberry, SC to the late Clarence E. and Maggie... — Updated 9/12/2019

Lucille Faye Floyd, 1930-2019

Lucille Faye Floyd, 88, was born December 23, 1930 to the late Thomas Guy and Laura Imel. She died September 13, 2019 in the comfort of her home. She was employed for 30 years as a secretary for Fisher and Floyd Roofing. She was... — Updated 9/13/2019

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