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Polk County Seeks Citizens to Serve on Panel

Polk County is seeking residents to serve on the Community Development Citizens' Advisory Committee (CAC). The 15-member advisory committee assists the Housing and Neighborhood... — Updated 6/25/2022

Soto Seeks Grant to Support First Street Reconstruction

Efforts to re-imagine the urban core of Lake Wales as an attractive and shady pedestrian oasis filled with new businesses and restaurants continues to draw the support of both the... — Updated 6/26/2022

New Roundabouts, Trails Planned for Buck Moore Corridor

A divided boulevard featuring median plantings, turn lanes, sidewalks, bikeways, and efficient traffic roundabouts may be in the future of Buck Moore Road, depending upon the... — Updated 6/19/2022

Wayne Rodolfich Shares Vision During "Power Lunch"

The future of Lake Wales Charter Schools was described in sparkling terms in a 30-minute presentation by the new superintendent of schools, Dr. Wayne V. Rodolfich at a packed Lake... — Updated 6/23/2022

Lake Wales Police Arrest Construction Site Thieves

A recent spate of thefts from construction sites around Lake Wales has resulted in increased patrols of those areas and at least one "bust" of a couple involved in the crime.... — Updated 6/21/2022

Polk School Board Candidates Will Participate in Lake Wales Forum

The August primary election will be the final chance to vote in some local races, including those for new school board members for four different seats on the seven-member board.... — Updated 6/22/2022

CRA Withdraws Offer for "Clark's Corner," Balks at Environmental Study

Plans to create a "gateway" sign and landscaping on a parcel at the intersection of SR 60 and West Central Avenue are on hold after a preliminary environmental inspection revealed... — Updated 6/26/2022

CRA Moving Forward With Bonds to Fund Connected Plan

Money to fund the extensive Lake Wales Connected plan has not been threatened thus far by rising interest rates, according to a presentation to the city commission sitting as the... — Updated 6/22/2022

Work Underway on SR 60 East of Lake Wales

The Florida Department of Transportation is heavily involved in improvements to area highways, and motorists are advised to use caution through the construction areas, which... — Updated 6/13/2022

New 12" Water Main Expected to Enhance Supply, Fire Protection

New housing development in the Northwest Neighborhood, an area receiving significant upgrades and improvements through the Lake Wales Connected effort, will also get improved an... — Updated 6/13/2022

Low Water Presents Hazards for Fishers, But Catches Being Made

Despite the onset of near-daily rains, the upper Kissimmee chain, including Lake Hatchineha, remains very low. Boaters are urged to use extreme caution to avoid running into... — Updated 6/13/2022

Tropical Weather System Left Little to Raise Fishing Hopes

The passing of the season's first tropical system left precious little rain in area gauges, so water levels in area lakes are continuing to suffer, with some still headed lower.... — Updated 6/8/2022

Low Water Still Affecting Fishing on Area Lakes

Although the summer rains are starting, they have still been spotty and fishing is in a transitional time with low water levels in some area lakes. On Lake Walk-in-Water, bluegill... — Updated 5/30/2022

Fishing Still Active as Rains Begin

The beginning of the wet summer season is upon us, and that means lots of changes in fishing patters. The dry spring has left some lakes very low, which also means that boaters... — Updated 5/24/2022

Bluegill Still Hot Targets, Bass Can be Found

On Lake Walk-in-Water, anglers are still catching bluegill on crickets in the pads and grass. Bass are up shallow morning before the heat and wind picks up, and evening if the... — Updated 5/10/2022

University, High School Student Sports Reporters Sought

Area college and high school students with a penchant for sports have an opportunity to earn some career creds by providing coverage of their favorite local teams, according to... — Updated 5/2/2022

Bluegills and Shellcrackers are Feasting Now

On Lake Walk-in-Water, bluegill action is heating up for those who are using crickets in the lily pads. Throw a Gambler Big EZ or Houdini lure first thing in the morning for bass.... — Updated 5/4/2022

Catfish, Bass and Shell Crackers the Hot Targets Now

On Lake Walk-in-Water, anglers are catching limits of bluegill on crickets in among the lily pads. Bass are pulling back out to the outside edge of vegetation. Throw a watermelon... — Updated 4/25/2022

Shell Crackers Drawing Crowds to Lake Kissimmee

On Lake Walk-in-Water, anglers are catching their limit of shell crackers and bluegill in the lily pads on red worms and crickets. Bass are roaming inside, feeding after the spawn... — Updated 4/19/2022

Highlanders to Induct Five Into Hall of Fame

The second annual Highlander Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 30, and Shelli Jacobs, secretary of the Highlander Booster Club, is excited... — Updated 5/1/2022

AdventHealth and Bond Clinic Provide Free Sports Physicals to Polk County Students

AdventHealth clinicians and Bond Clinic in partnership with 10 Polk County high schools provided annual sports physicals to more than 500 pre-registered student athletes to make... — Updated 6/4/2022

McLaughlin School Gathers Input for New High School

Quickly advancing plans to co-locate a new high school on the campus of McLaughlin Middle School, administrators brought some 60 parents, students, teachers, and staff together... — Updated 6/1/2022

Polk State Open Enrollment Begins June 6

Open enrollment for Fall 2022 Semester classes at Polk State College will begin on June 6. Currently enrolled students can register now for fall classes in Passport. Prospective... — Updated 5/24/2022

Polk State College to Offer New Degree in Human Resources

Polk State College is launching two opportunities for individuals seeking education and training in Human Resources Management – a concentration within the Bachelor of Applied... — Updated 5/25/2022

Polk Announces Annual Student Art Contest

It's time to raid your art supply closet – the 19th Annual Water Conservation Art Contest is open for entries. The contest is open to all Polk County students from kindergarten... — Updated 3/23/2022

Webber Students Dominate Future Business Leaders of America District Competition.

In an amazing display of business acumen, a group of Webber International University students recently swept virtually every top honor in District III Future Business Leaders of... — Updated 2/17/2022

Elections Supervisor Lori Edwards Offering Scholarships

Polk County Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards announced today that the Florida Supervisors of Elections (FSE) will award four $1,200 scholarships to Florida students in 2022.... — Updated 1/21/2022

Three Florida Polytechnic Scientists Ranked Among Globes' Top Two Percent

With innovative research in nanomedicine, energy systems, and rare earth element recovery, three Florida Polytechnic University professors have been listed among the top 2%... — Updated 12/7/2021

Federal Funds Allow Polk State to Forgive Student Debt

Polk State College announced that it is eliminating $1.2 million in student debt to alleviate financial burdens for students brought on by the COVID-19 public health emergency.... — Updated 12/3/2021

New Dealership Sign of Growth in Local Business Community

The gradual expansion of the Lake Wales Business Community is receiving another boost as the Dyer Auto Group prepares to open their new Chevrolet dealership on US 27 North across... — Updated 5/14/2022

Free Keith Urban Guitar and Tickets Offered by Lake Wales CDJR

Do you like country music? Maybe you're a Keith Urban fan? Or maybe you're just feeling a bit lucky and could use some extra cash? If so, here's a great opportunity: The "Low... — Updated 5/14/2022

Mahalak Auto Group Sponsors Florida Farm Show

The Florida Farm Show is Florida's largest agricultural trade show. The show features live music, over 200 local vendors, heavy equipment retailers, great food, family fun and... — Updated 3/20/2022

Lake Wales History is Central to Future Success, Business Leaders Learn

Some 100 guests and supporters of the Lake Wales Main Street gathered Monday morning for a 90-minute session and left filled with not only lunch but inspiration. City planner Ed... — Updated 3/25/2022

Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Dealer to Host Live Nationwide Broadcast

Lake Wales Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram (CDJR) will host a live, nationwide television broadcast on National AgDay, March 22. The dealership was selected by the Certified Agriculture... — Updated 3/21/2022

Lake Wales' Newest Restaurant Holds Grand Opening

Dining choices in Lake Wales have expanded recently, and the official grand opening of one new restaurant drew a happy crowd of diners to celebrate. Wales Pointe, already a popular... — Updated 3/13/2022

Winedown a Great Success for Lake Wales Main Street

A festive February evening and pleasant weather drew hundreds of pedestrians to fill the sidewalks of downtown for the Lake Wales Mainstreet Winedown event. Some two dozen... — Updated 2/11/2022

"Modern Day Tiffanys" Offered at New Downtown Shop

A unique and colorful specialty shop is holding a grand opening Saturday in the Rhodesbilt Arcade on Stuart Avenue downtown when "Modern Day Tiffanys" opens their doors to the... — Updated 2/11/2022

U.S. Screen Corporation Expanding Into Commerce and Technology Park

Business is booming for many local enterprises, no less so for Lake Wales entrepreneur Chad Riedel, who grown his operations beyond the capacity of several facilities since... — Updated 12/22/2021

Avoid Overwatering Your Lawn During the Rainy Season

Did you know that over-watering can weaken your lawn's roots, and stimulate the growth of fungus and other lawn diseases? Despite near-daily rains during the summer, many residents... — Updated 6/19/2022

Polk Forever Seeks Artists To Honor, Support Land Preservation in Juried Show

Depictions of the beauty and diversity of Polk's county-managed environmental preserves are the focus of a juried art competition being organized by Polk Forever, a local... — Updated 6/3/2022

Cigarette Waste and Plastic Pollution Threaten Florida's Health, Envirionment

(NAPSI)-It's likely you see one of the most common sources of plastic pollution everyday-on the ground, in parking lots, in gutters or at the beach-cigarette butts. This is not... — Updated 5/25/2022

University of Florida Researchers Use Butterflies as Tools

Researchers from the University of Florida are using butterflies as a way to measure the health of ecosystems in a new effort that may have far-ranging uses. In 2017, a group of... — Updated 5/6/2022

Florida Celebrates the Protected Gopher Tortoise

Florida celebrates a special day for gopher tortoises for very important reasons. The gopher tortoise plays a significant role in many of Florida's ecosystems and deserves our... — Updated 3/31/2022

Highlands Hammock Offers "Firefly Tours" Starting March 15

Highlands Hammock State Park has a full lineup of activities and special events for the month of March including nature hikes, "Firefly Nights" tram tours, and a Music in the Park... — Updated 3/14/2022

Check Your Irrigation Timer When You 'Spring Forward' for Daylight Saving Time

Saturday night is when we will turn our clocks ahead one hour. The time change is also a good time to make sure irrigation system timers are set correctly to ensure that the... — Updated 3/8/2022

Volunteers Build and Monitor Nest Boxes for Kestrels

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) volunteer program helps Floridians get directly involved with conservation and restoration projects across the state.... — Updated 3/2/2022

Avian Influenza Confirmed in Wild Birds in Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has been notified by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory of confirmed cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza... — Updated 2/23/2022

5,000 young Long Leaf Pines to be Planted in Lake Wales Ridge State Forest

Lake Wales area residents are being offered a hands-on habitat restoration activity which will see the planting of 5,000 young Long Leaf pines at the Lake Wales Ridge State... — Updated 2/5/2022

Polk Forever Provides a Way to Help Slow Runaway Development

The crush of development pressure that has been applied to Lake Wales by the owners of large tracts surrounding the city has raised alarm in many quarters. Ownership of land... — Updated 6/17/2022

Why LakeWalesNews.Net Will Not Endorse in City Races

As the campaigns that will shape the election of a mayor and city commissioner come to a close, some have asked whether our editorial board will endorse any of the five candidates.... — Updated 4/2/2022

A Disservice to Students, Parents, Community

Lake Wales has been blessed by the creation of the Lake Wales Charter Schools system nearly two decades ago. Now representing seven schools educating students in grades 1 through... — Updated 3/19/2022

Solar Energy Takes Hit From Florida Legislature

As Russian tanks roll into Ukraine and global energy supplies are pinched, rising prices are driving home the point that dispersed sources of renewable energy are critical to our... — Updated 3/18/2022

City Investment in Walesbilt Project Justified

Symbols of Success and Failure Long recognized as the dominant symbol of downtown Lake Wales, the eleven-story Walesbilt Hotel is now among the dominant topics of conversation in... — Updated 1/19/2022

Net Metering Bills Are An Affront To Florida Freedoms

The energy demands of the Sunshine State are rising apace of our booming population. New homes, schools, and businesses need electricity in plenty. The problem for Florida is that... — Updated 1/18/2022

Proposal for Partisan School Boards a Bad Idea

Democracy relies upon "the consent of the governed" to function. Consent implies an understanding of the questions of importance to the populace, which in turn requires an educated... — Updated 12/13/2021

"Bloody Murder" Is An Entertaining Romp That Dismembers a Genre

"Bloody Murder" isn't normally anything to laugh about, but when interpreted by a cast of characters in the current production at Lake Wales Little Theatre you'll find yourself... — Updated 4/3/2022

Lake Wales Arts Festival Graces Lake Wailes Park This Weekend

Lovers of beauty and the arts expect a breezy and beautiful weekend for the Lake Wales Arts Festival which opens Saturday morning March 12 in Lake Wailes Park for a two-day show.... — Updated 3/14/2022

Big Mardi Gras Weekend is Here

A zany parade featuring colorful floats, marchers and faux royalty will fill the streets of downtown Lake Wales with thousands of revelers this weekend as the traditional Lake... — Updated 3/7/2022

Aaron Tippin to Headline Lake Wales Concert

The Junior League of Lake Wales is kicking off their organizational efforts with a splash as they host country music star Aaron Tippin, who will headline a musical performance and... — Updated 2/2/2022

Lake Wales Mardi Gras Expected to Draw Tens of Thousands to City

The Carnival season has returned to Lake Wales, and the annual Mardi Gras event is once again expected to draw tens of thousands of spectators and participants to a zany and... — Updated 1/26/2022

Mardi Gras Party to Open Festivities on February 19th

A festive evening of colorful costumes, dance music, food and fun is in store for guests at a special Mardi Gras themed party hosted by the Lake wales Woman's Club. The party,... — Updated 1/12/2022

Theatre Review: "Ripcord" Offers an Evening of Entertaining Fun

An evening of often hilarious one-upmanship between roommates with a dash of Halloween flair is the basis of plenty of great gags as Lake Wales Little Theater (LWLT) presents... — Updated 1/15/2022

Lake Wales' Newest Restaurant Expands Dining Choices

Wales Pointe is the city's newest restaurant and is already proving to be yet another bright spot downtown. Located at 207 East Park Avenue across from the well-known town clock,... — Updated 1/21/2022

"Ripcord" Offers Evening of Entertainment at Lake Wales Little Theatre

Live theatre offers a great alternative to pre-recorded television shows, and that "anything can happen" excitement makes for some surprising moments. The opportunity to take in... — Updated 1/12/2022

Polk Senior Games Offer Fun, Competition

Got a team of seniors who want to win a title? Or perhaps you're just feeling competitive yourself? Why not consider taking part in the Senior Games? The annual games are modeled... — Updated 12/16/2021

Rotary On The Ridge Doubles Membership, Wins Award

The concept of "community service" is alive and well in Lake Wales, as evidenced by an award presented to one of three local Rotary Clubs this week. Rotary on the Ridge received a... — Updated 6/23/2022

Lake Wales' Carl Hadden Named as Regional Director of Small Business Development Center

TAMPA, Fl. – The Muma College of Business at University of South Florida announced Carl Hadden, MBA, CME, as the new regional director of the Florida SBDC at University of South... — Updated 6/16/2022

Museum Seeks Community Support to Protect Collections

Fearing damage due to Florida's summertime temperatures and humidity, the Lake Wales History Museum is reaching out to supporters and potential donors to raise funds to improve the... — Updated 6/4/2022

Answering Parents' Most Common Questions About COVID Vaccines For Kids

(NAPSI)-A dedicated group of moms has deployed across the country to help families with children of all ages figure out how to make important decisions around mitigating the risk... — Updated 5/25/2022

Care Center Invites Public to Join Bike Event Friday

You are invited to join a host of others in an opportunity to get some fresh air and exercise this week. The Lake Wales Care Center is encouraging area residents to take part in... — Updated 5/24/2022

Local Actor Sees His Feature Film Premier In Lake Wales

After five years of rising success in the film and television industry, Lake Wales actor and screenwriter Jeff Herman will undoubtedly be there in person Monday night for the... — Updated 5/7/2022

AdventHealth Lake Wales Achieves Leapfrog Grade "B" in Patient Safety

AdventHealth Lake Wales has achieved a "B" patient safety grade by the prestigious Leapfrog Group. The safety grade is awarded based on a hospital's performance in preventing... — Updated 5/15/2022

Lake Wales Podiatrist Offers Focused Diabetes Care

Lake Wales area residents dealing with foot ailments due to the effects of diabetes should know that it is a serious health problem that demands treatment, according to Dr. Prerna... — Updated 4/14/2022

Faithful Gather in Park For Good Friday Observance

Some 100 persons gathered at noon Friday in Lake Wailes Park to walk "The Way of the Cross," a shared Christian tradition marking the passion of Christ. Cooled by a slight breeze,... — Updated 4/16/2022

Bone Marrow Gives the Gift of Life

Being a hero and helping repair the world may be easier than many people realize. How? Become a blood stem cell or marrow donor, volunteer or a supporter. Every three minutes,... — Updated 3/23/2022

Rodney Wiley Hill, 1942-2022

Franklin, NC - Rodney Wiley Hill passed from this life on June 5, 2022. Born in Lake Wales, Florida, on December 12, 1942, he was the only child of Reason Wiley and Clora Robbins... — Updated 6/13/2022

Patricia "Pat" Schafstall, 1947-2022

Patricia "Pat" Schafstall passed Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at Mercy Hospital, Oklahoma City, OK. She was 74. Pat was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many souls on... — Updated 6/4/2022

Sephia B. Royer, 1938-2022

The beloved Sephia B. Royer passed away peacefully on June 1, 2022 while in hospice care in Melbourne. Born Josephine Tampa Brees on November 2, 1938, her father gave her the... — Updated 6/10/2022

Richard Wagoner Sr., 1931-2022

Richard Wagoner Sr. was born in LaFollet, Tn. on January 29, 1931. His mother Lottie Long Wagoner, father Joshua Wagoner, and son David preceded him in death. Dick graduated from... — Updated 6/7/2022

Nancy M. Booream, 1931-2022

Nancy M. Booream, age 90, passed away Sunday, May 29, 2022, at her home in Babson Park. Born October 6, 1931, in Asheville, NC, she was daughter of the late Marshall F. Meredith... — Updated 6/4/2022

Belinda DuBose Hurst, 1956-2022

Belinda DuBose Hurst of Lake Wales, Florida claimed her eternal reward and went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May 30th, 2022, after a valiant fight against brain cancer. God... — Updated 6/2/2022

Roman T. Hernandez, 1946-2022

Roman T. Hernandez of Lake Wales, Florida passed away on Friday May 27, 2022. He was born in Dilly, Texas on February 9, 1946, to the late Eudelio and Ricarda Hernanadez. He... — Updated 6/2/2022

Robert Stanley Collibee, 1934-2022

Robert Stanley Collibee of Nalcrest, Florida passed away on Friday May 27, 2022, in Lake Wales. He was born on January 29, 1934, in Chelsea, Massachusetts to the late Lawrence and... — Updated 6/2/2022

Ronald Kyle "Ron" Porter, 1955-2022

Ronald Kyle "Ron" Porter passed away Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Lake Wales. Born November 21, 1955, in Ironton, OH, he was the son of the late Ronald Keene Porter and Georgia Lea... — Updated 5/25/2022

James Bohannon,

James Bohannon, age 67, passed away May 25, 2022, at Bartow Regional Medical Center. He was born on July 12, 1954, in Bartow, Florida. He was a Surveyor for the Florida Department... — Updated 5/27/2022

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