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Mural of Oranges, Blossoms and Butterflies Brightens Downtown

Lakeland artist Gillian Fazio specializes in "new age flora and fauna." She completed her largest project this week in downtown Lake Wales, a 3,000-square-foot mural of oranges,... — Updated 11/20/2020

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Commissioners Approve New City Manager's Employment Contract

The Lake Wales City Commission on Nov. 17 formalized its selection of James Slaton as city manager by approving his employment contract. The Commission voted unanimously Oct. 20 to... — Updated 11/18/2020

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Design Team Unveils Market Plaza Redevelopment Concepts

Design team members for the Lake Wales Connected downtown revitalization plan on Nov. 18 unveiled concepts for turning Market Plaza into a community gathering place. About 30... — Updated 11/19/2020

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City Creating Master Plan for Parks, Trails, Open Spaces

City leaders are continuing to cast an eye towards improving the quality of life by approving the creation of a master plan for parks, trails and open spaces in Lake Wales.... — Updated 11/18/2020

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Commissioners Agree to Restrict Public Comments at Meetings

To make their meetings more "orderly and efficient," city commissioners agreed Nov. 17 to place restrictions on who can speak during the "communications and petitions" portion at... — Updated 11/18/2020

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Virtual Open House Nov. 18 for Public Input on Market Plaza Re-Design Concepts

The public is invited to a virtual open house Nov. 18 to provide feedback to the design team on preliminary concepts for Market Plaza. A portion of the Market Plaza re-design will... — Updated 11/18/2020

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City Commissioners Define their Official Duties

City Commissioner Al Goldstein said when he took office in 2019 he was a little unclear about what his official responsibilities entailed. The duties of commissioners were not... — Updated 11/18/2020

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New Books at Lake Wales Public Library - Week of Nov. 9

The Lake Wales Public Library, with the assistance of lakewalesnews.net, has revived a tradition that existed in our local weekly newspaper for many years, the publication of a... — Updated 11/18/2020

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Library Conducts Holiday Food for Fines Amnesty Program

The Lake Wales Public Library will conduct the annual Holiday Food for Fines program through Dec. 31. Food for Fines is an annual fine amnesty program that provides library patrons... — Updated 11/18/2020

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History Museum Transformed Furniture Auction Nov. 14-21 to Benefit Stuart House

Pre-bidding began Nov. 14 for a furniture auction to benefit the historic Stuart House renovation. The auction includes vintage and outdated furniture pieces that local artists and... — Updated 11/18/2020

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Shop Small and Rock and Roll Downtown Nov. 28

Lake Wales Main Street is inviting people to come downtown Saturday, Nov. 28 for music, shopping and dancing after dark. The "Shop Small and Rock and Roll" event will be from 6 to... — Updated 11/19/2020

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15-Year-Old State Swimming Champion Sets Sights on Olympic Gold

An active swimmer since age 5, Mary Leigh Hardman dreams of some day competing in the Olympics. The Lake Wales High School freshman moved closer to her goal last weekend by winning... — Updated 11/18/2020

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Polk County Fire Rescue Praises Spook Hill Elementary Student for 9-1-1 Call

Fortunately for Angela Lopez, her 6-year-old daughter Esperanza knew to call 9-1-1 in an emergency. On Oct. 21 Lopez fell at her Frostproof home and couldn't get up or call for... — Updated 11/18/2020

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Heath Returns to Webber as Tennis Coach

Over a decade since his last year as the Warriors' Head Tennis Coach, Trey Heath has been announced by Director of Athletics Brad Niethammer as Webber International University's... — Updated 11/18/2020

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Polk History Center Hosts Voices and Votes Smithsonian Exhibit

The Polk County History Center is hosting a traveling Smithsonian exhibit - Voices and Votes: Democracy in America - through Dec. 11. Our democracy demands action, reaction,... — Updated 11/18/2020

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Overcoming Discouragement

Today, my grandmother turns 92 years old. Since 1928, she has certainly experienced many changes throughout her life in the United States. I am thankful to God for still having... — Updated 11/19/2020

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Why Are My Prayers Not Answered?

One of the most encouraging things about the Christian life is the knowledge that we serve a God who welcomes, encourages, and answers our prayers. Because of the work of Jesus... — Updated 11/18/2020

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Lord, Open Our Eyes

Lord, open the eyes of your children to the direction of the Democrat Party Lord your Son, our Savior, taught us to pray, "Our Father." You created us, You provide for us, and we... — Updated 11/19/2020

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Barbara Kwasny, 1935-2020

Barbara Lou Kwasny, 85, passed away peacefully on Nov. 6, 2020 surrounded by her family. Born March 1, 1935 to Arthur and Lena Ohime in LaPorte, IN, Barb graduated from Stillwell... — Updated 11/18/2020

Charles "Boo" Goodman, 1998-2020

Charles Robert “Boo” Goodman, III, 22, of Lake Wales passed away Friday, Nov. 6, 2020 in Lake Wales. He was born April 29, 1998 in Kissimmee to Charles and Robin Goodman. Boo was a plumber for Tri Tech. He was a lifelong... — Updated 11/18/2020

Max Blackburn, 1935-2020

Max Eugene Blackburn, 85, of Lake Wales passed away Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 at his residence. He was born January 31, 1935 in Brookfield, MO to the late Rex and Mabel Blackburn; he came here from Missouri in 2003. Max was a retired... — Updated 11/18/2020

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