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Community Mourns Loss of Jerry Miller, Popular Leader and Friend

Lake Wales lost a special friend when Jerry Miller passed early in the morning of Feb. 24 after a lengthy battle with cancer. The community and government relations manager with... — Updated 2/26/2020

Incumbent Commissioners Terrye Howell and Robin Gibson Draw Opposition

Both Lake Wales city commission incumbents have drawn opposition for the upcoming municipal election Tuesday, April 7. Gregory Barnard Massey is challenging longtime Commissioner... — Updated 2/26/2020

State Attorney Hosting Free Citizens Academy About Criminal Justice System

State Attorney Brian Haas has opened the application process for the second annual Citizens Academy. The Citizens Academy allows residents in the 10th Judicial Circuit to learn... — Updated 2/26/2020

View Presidential Preference Primary March 17 Sample Ballots Online

Sample ballots for the March 17 Presidential Preference Primary Election are available online at The upcoming election is open to voters registered with the... — Updated 2/26/2020

Commissioners Question Whether City Manager Misled Them to Increase Retirement Contributions

When Lake Wales City Manager Ken Fields asked in February 2019 for a change to his retirement account contributions, City Commissioner Terrye Howell was happy to make the motion to... — Updated 2/19/2020

Commission OKs Negotiating with Charter Schools for Purchase of 1919 School Property for Bok North Academy

Lake Wales city commissioners in their role as the Community Redevelopment Agency authorized the city manager to explore the possible sale of the 1919 school property to the Lake... — Updated 2/19/2020

Split City Pension Board Recommends 5-Year Service Credit Buy-In

In a split 3-2 vote the City of Lake Wales General Employee Pension Board agreed Friday Feb. 14 to recommend to the city commission that they allow employees to buy up to five... — Updated 2/19/2020

Republicans, Democrats Vote March 17 in Presidential Preference Primary

Floridians will have the opportunity to make their choice for Presidential candidates on March 17th, but only members of the Republican or Democrat parties are eligible to cast a... — Updated 2/19/2020

Make 2020 Your Year to See Your Estate Plan with 2020 Clear Vision

Life is full of unexpected happenings. Like all good and bad things, death is also a part of life. Florida residents should acknowledge this reality and plan in advance. It ensures... — Updated 2/26/2020

Don't Miss 49th Arts Festival on Shores of Lake Wailes Feb. 29-March 1

New features and patron events and more than 50 artists from around the world look to make the 49th Annual Citizens Bank & Trust Lake Wales Arts Festival Feb. 29 and March 1... — Updated 2/26/2020

Leaping Pancakes!

Leap Over on Leap Day to the Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Saturday, February 29 for the Lake Wales Kiwanis Club's all-you-can-eat breakfast of pancakes and sausage from 7 to 10... — Updated 2/26/2020

Friends of Library Host Tom Freeman's Florida Book Signing March 16

Renowned Lake Wales artist, Tom Freeman and his companion, Marcia Pennington, have released a new book, Tom Freeman's Florida. Freeman has selected one of his paintings that is... — Updated 2/26/2020

Life of Eleanor Roosevelt Event Feb. 21 to Support AAUW Scholarships

One of America's iconic historical figures speaks to us across the decades when touring actress Jane VanBoskirk presents Across A Barrier of Fear: The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt at... — Updated 2/19/2020

Living Out Loud Feb. 20 Features Graphic Novel Author, Illustrator

The Living Out Loud Poet's and Writer's Society gathering Feb. 20 will feature author and illustrator Grace Engholm reading her latest adult graphic novel accompanied by her own... — Updated 2/20/2020

Skydivers Pay Tribute to Betty Hill at Life Celebration

Twenty world class skydivers dropped onto the golf course at Lake Ashton Saturday Feb. 22, paying tribute to Betty Hill, the former owner of the Florida Skydiving Center at the... — Updated 2/26/2020

Local Woman's Club Celebrates All Things Conservation

The GFWC Woman's Club of Lake Wales will participate in the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) efforts in Conservation. The GFWC Conservation Community Service Program... — Updated 2/26/2020

Preschool Continues Valentine Tradition to Promote Kindness, Good Manners

Twenty-two years ago Heather Eiland watched her 5-year-old daughter Jessica and her pre-school classmates link arms and parade around the school courtyard in their finest outfits.... — Updated 2/19/2020

Breakfast Rotary Hosts 10th Fun-Filled Girls Camp

Lake Wales Breakfast Rotary Club's mission is "to be a service club that focuses on caring for the youth of our community while participating in Rotary's global efforts". Our... — Updated 2/19/2020

Friends of Library Host Patrick Smith's Florida: A Land Remembered March 10

Florida author Patrick Smith's son, Rick, will present a unique multimedia show March 10 honoring his father and the experiences that led him to write his beloved novels.... — Updated 2/26/2020

36th Lake Wales Mardi Gras Feb. 21-22 to be a Colorful Extravaganza

It's not quite New Orleans, but Lake Wales no doubt throws one of the greatest Mardi Gras parties most people will ever attend. Unbound revelry, crazy costumes, colorful floats,... — Updated 2/24/2020

History Museum Hosts Spirited Exhibit About Prohibition

The Lake Wales History Museum opened the major traveling exhibit, Spirited: Prohibition in America on Tuesday, Jan. 28. Organized by the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia,... — Updated 2/19/2020

Free Talk Feb. 20 on Tavern LIfe in Colonial Florida

Dr. Diana Reigelsperger speak Thursday, Feb. 20 about Tavern Life in Colonial Florida - a time when American consumption of alcohol was at an all-time high, and early Temperance... — Updated 2/19/2020

Talk is Cheap

It is most probable that you have heard the phrase, talk is cheap. Perhaps you have even said it yourself. The phrase suggests that it is easier to talk about doing something than... — Updated 2/26/2020

The Fight For Women's Right to Vote

"Don't forget to be a good boy and help Mrs. Catt put the 'rat' in ratification." So were the words of the note that Tennessee Representative Harry Burn's mother had tucked in his... — Updated 2/19/2020

Honoring the Importance of Newspapers

In Law School, one of the first things we learn is why our U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights (the first ten Constitutional Amendments ratified in 1791) is critical to the... — Updated 2/19/2020

Jerry Miller, 1958-2020

Jerry Miller, 61, of Lake Wales passed Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born December 25, 1958 at Lake Wales Hospital to the late... — Updated 2/26/2020

Cathy Heinzen, 1935-2020

Alice K. “Cathy” Heinzen, 85, of Lake Wales passed away Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020 at AdventHealth Lake Wales. She was born February 21, 1935 in New York City, NY to the late Daniel and Edith Sheehan; she came here 13 years ago... — Updated 2/26/2020

William "Bill" Roberts, Jr. 1945-2020

William A. “Bill” Roberts, Jr., 74, of Nalcrest passed away Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at the Winter Haven Hospital.| He was born May 13, 1945 in Patterson, NJ to the late William and Lillian Roberts; he came here from New... — Updated 2/26/2020

Kevin Alexander, 2008-2020

Kevin Alexander, 11, of Lake Wales passed away Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at AdventHealth Orlando. He was born September 5, 2008 in Winter Haven. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and was in the 5th grade at Spook Hill... — Updated 2/26/2020

Wanda Jean Shelton, 1934-2020

Wanda Jean Shelton, 85, of Lake Wales passed away Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at AdventHealth Lake Wales. She was born March 31, 1934 in Tulsa, OK; she moved to Lake Wales 56 years ago from Bartow. She was retired from Lake Wales... — Updated 2/26/2020

Edith Smith Williams, 1936-2020

Edith Smith Williams, 84, of North Chili, NY passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at AdventHealth Lake Wales. She was born Feb. 8, 1936 in Red Creek, NY to the late Ray and Viola... — Updated 2/19/2020

Natali Moreno, 1999-2020

Natali Jane Moreno, 20, of Lake Wales passed away Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 in Lake Wales from injuries from an automotive accident. She was born Aug. 30, 1999 in Sebring to Juan... — Updated 2/19/2020

Dr. Eugene John Landry, 1925-2020

Dr. Eugene John Landry, 94, of Lake Wales passed away Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 at the Palm Gardens of Winter Haven. He was born April 14, 1925 in Dexter, ME to the late Louis and... — Updated 2/19/2020

Vern Harrell, 1930-2020

Vern O. Harrell, 89, of Lake Wales passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 at Water’s Edge. He was born Sept. 7, 1930 of Geneva County, AL to the late Herman and Bertie Harrell; he moved to Lake Wales from Winter Haven in 1962. He... — Updated 2/19/2020

Edith Goodwin-Love, 1943-2020

Edith M. Goodwin-Love, 76, of Lake Wales passed away Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. She was born July 10, 1943 in Pecan Gap, TX to the James Albert and Ada Sue McNutt; she came here from... — Updated 2/19/2020

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