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Defeated Commissioner Blames Racism, Says City on "Cusp of Destruction"

Still stinging from his April 6 defeat by just 32 votes, Lake Wales City Commissioner Al Goldstein came out swinging the next morning – citing racism as a primary factor in his... — Updated 4/8/2021

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Polk Eviction Prevention Program Helps those Impacted by COVID-19

Polk County's COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Program is assisting tenants who are unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program, using federally approved funds,... — Updated 4/8/2021

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All Seven City Charter Changes Approved by Wide Margins

Lake Wales voters April 6 approved by wide margins, ranging from 82 to 92 percent, all seven proposed changes to the City Charter. City commissioners appointed a Charter Review... — Updated 4/8/2021

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Drone Helping with Local Crime Fighting

Collaboration between different city departments is a daily occurrence at Lake Wales City Hall. But one of the more unique partnerships help show the good side of Lake Wales and is... — Updated 4/9/2021

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Fitzgerald, Williams Elected to City Commission in Close Vote

Editor's Note: More analysis of the city election will be included in future stories. In the closest races in recent history, Daniel Williams and Kris Fitzgerald won election to... — Updated 4/8/2021

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Remove Food Attractants to Reduce Conflicts with Bears

As spring temperatures warm, bears are becoming more active, increasing opportunities for conflicts with people. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds... — Updated 4/14/2021

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City Offers Online Portal for Contractor Building Permits

The City of Lake Wales now has a Building Division Contractor online portal. This can be accessed through City Website on the Building Division Landing Page ( ht... — Updated 4/8/2021

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It's Dog Bite Prevention Week and Florida is Ranked #2 in Dog Bites

There are an estimated 90 million dogs living in U.S. households. Each year, millions of people are bitten or attacked by dogs, however these incidents can often be prevented. A... — Updated 4/14/2021

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Why Now Is A Great Time To Refinance Your Lake Wales Home

Can you imagine paying over 18% in interest on your home loan? It is true! If you financed a house in 1981, that would be the going rate. That rate seems outrageous today, as a... — Updated 4/8/2021

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Scavenger Hunt Helps Celebrate National Library Week

This week, the Lake Wales Public Library encourages all community members to visit their website to explore and access virtual services and programs. The Lake Wales Public Library... — Updated 4/8/2021

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The Numbers 13 and 14

Many times life here and now is challenging for us and extremely challenging for many others. We can easily feel overwhelmed by our personal and community circumstances when we... — Updated 4/8/2021

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Celebrate Gopher Tortoise Day Year-round with a Tortoise Friendly Yard

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invites you to celebrate Gopher Tortoise Day on April 10. This year, you can celebrate gopher tortoises by making your... — Updated 4/8/2021

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Addicts Consider Short-Term Detox

Addicts and alcoholics will be quick to jump into a detox program in hopes to solve their addiction in 3-7 days. One of the reasons they get stuck on drugs and alcohol is because... — Updated 4/8/2021

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Apply Online for Free 2021-22 Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten

Applications are now being taken online for Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) for the 2021-22 school year. The VPK application process is now being conducted entirely online.... — Updated 4/8/2021

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Chuck Simmons, 1956-2021

Charles A. "Chuck" Simmons, 64, passed away at home on March 31, 2021. He was born in Lake Wales on April 24, 1956 and was a graduate of Lake Wales High School. After a lifetime in... — Updated 4/8/2021

Frankie Farmer, 1973-2021

Walter F. “Frankie” Farmer, Jr., 48, of Babson Park passed away Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Advent Health Lake Wales. He was born April 6, 1973 in Winter Haven to Walter and Peggy Farmer and has been a lifelong resident of... — Updated 4/9/2021

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John Roberts, 1941-2021

John Roberts, 80, of Lake Wales passed away Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at Somers Hospice House. He was born March 26, 1941 in Miami to the late Edward and Naomi Roberts; he moved to... — Updated 4/8/2021

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Robert Beadle, 1927-2021

Robert Earl Beadle, 94, of Lake Wales passed away Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at his residence. He was born March 11, 1927 in Cleveland, OH to the late Albert and Agnes Beadle; he... — Updated 4/8/2021

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Dolores Wigren, 1934-2021

Dolores Maria Wigren, 86, of Leominster, MA and Lake Wales, FL passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 in Lake Wales. Dolores was born on April 30, 1934 in Worcester,... — Updated 4/8/2021

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Bill Hansen, 1937-2021

Ralph William "Bill" Hansen, 84, of Lake Wales passed away Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at Palm Garden in Winter Haven. Bill was born January 31, 1937 in Wauchula to the late Elmer... — Updated 4/8/2021

Linda Brooks, 1948-2021

Linda Brooks, 72, of Lake Wales passed away Friday, April 9, 2021 at Select Specialty Hospital in Edgewood. She was born July 14, 1948 in Paris, KY to the late Elmer and Emma McFarland; she moved to Lake Wales from Kentucky in... — Updated 4/12/2021

Alan Moore, 1951-2021

Charles “Alan” Moore, 70, of Lake Wales passed away Friday, April 2, 2021 at his residence. Alan was born January 20, 1951 in Avon Park to the late Charles and Mary Ann Moore. He was a retired truck driver. Alan was preceded... — Updated 4/8/2021

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Lupita Turner, 1928-2021

Lupita R. Turner, 92, of Lake Wales passed away Friday, April 9, 2021 at Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale. She was born July 24, 1928 in Albuquerque, NM to the late Miguel and... — Updated 4/12/2021

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Margaret Brennan, 1938-2021

Margaret Lucille Brennan passed away at 82 years old on April 10, 2021 surrounded by her family. She was born July 8, 1938 in Ohio, traveled many places and has been a resident of... — Updated 4/12/2021

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