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Curtis Gibson Not Seeking Re-election to City Commission

Two-term Lake Wales City Commissioner Curtis Gibson announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in April. At the end of their regular meeting Jan. 19, Gibson told his... — Updated 1/19/2021

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Commission Considers Purchase of Police Body Cameras at Jan. 19 Meeting

Two Lake Wales city commissioners are calling for the implementation of a police worn body camera system, but it will take a third to make it happen. Despite having no firm... — Updated 1/19/2021

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Museum's Mimi Hardman Collections and Research Center Dedication Jan. 23

The Lake Wales History Museum will dedicate the new Mimi Hardman Collections and Research Center at the restored 1916 Seaboard Airline Freight Station, one of its iconic buildings... — Updated 1/15/2021

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Fort Fraser Trail Extension Receives Approval

Land donations from Orlando Health and the Sanlan RV & Golf Resort will provide a clear path to an extension of the Fort Fraser Trail. The donations, which were approved for... — Updated 1/15/2021

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City's CRA to Purchase Vacant Lots to Jumpstart Affordable Housing Initiative

The Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency has approved spending $10,000 to purchase two vacant lots on B Street to help jump start a new affordable housing initiative in that... — Updated 1/16/2021

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Mileage Rates - The IRS is Slower Than . . . Who? The IRS

What can your company do to prepare for the 2021 IRS Mileage Rate? Does your company reimburse its employees at the current IRS Mileage Rate? The IRS has just released the... — Updated 1/15/2021

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Free Polk Environmental Lands Calendar a Tribute to Volunteers

Polk County’s annual Environmental Lands Program calendar, which is dedicated to its volunteers and features natural sites throughout the county, is out and available to the... — Updated 1/15/2021

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Library Issues READ Lake Wales 2021 Challenge to Adults

The Lake Wales Public Library invites adults 18 years of age and older to participate in the READ Lake Wales 2021 Challenge. Participants must be a library card holder from the... — Updated 1/15/2021

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New Books at Lake Wales Public Library - Week of Jan. 11

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 1/15/2021

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Water District Asks Homeowners to Skip a Week of Irrigation this Winter

Overwatering in winter can encourage pests and disease, so the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) is reminding residents who irrigate their lawns to skip a week... — Updated 1/15/2021

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Sheriff's Office Offers Concealed Weapons Permit Course Jan. 30

The next Polk County Sheriff's Office Concealed Weapons Permit Course is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 30. If the morning class fills up, a second class will be... — Updated 1/15/2021

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The Woman's Club of Lake Wales to Hold Virtual Bingo Fundraiser Jan. 17

Fundraising is beneficial to our community, our club, and its members. Raising capital for a local project, recognized charity, affiliate organization, or an organization's... — Updated 1/15/2021

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Commissioner Goldstein Garners Endorsements for Re-Election Bid

With no announced opposition to date, Lake Wales City Commissioner Al Goldstein is pulling in some heavyweight endorsements for his re-election campaign. Goldstein was first... — Updated 1/15/2021

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VIP Access to 2021 Arts Festival Comes with Variety of Perks

Fifty years of fine arts excellence will be celebrated Feb. 19-21 at the 2021 Citizens Bank & Trust Lake Wales Arts Festival. With over 50 exhibiting artists, live music, and... — Updated 1/18/2021

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Polk County's Graduation Rate Reaches New Record High Despite Pandemic

(Editor's Note: Lake Wales High School is not included in this report, since it is part of the charter system and not considered a traditional Polk high school. Its graduation rate... — Updated 1/15/2021

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Tips for Parents: Creating an Optimal Remote Learning Experience for your Child: Creating the Space

There are many components that combine to create a successful virtual learning experience for your child. Navigating the change from in-school learning to at-home learning requires... — Updated 1/15/2021

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Luis Hernandez

Luis Antonio Hernandez, 85, of Lake Wales passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021 at Advent Health Lake Wales. He was born May 11, 1935 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico to the late Leoncio and... — Updated 1/15/2021

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Moses Battles Sr., 1950-2021

Moses Battles, Sr., 70, Lake Wales, died Jan. 14, 2021 at Select Specialty Hospital North in Orlando. He was born Feb. 10, 1950. Services are incomplete. Epps Memorial... — Updated 1/15/2021

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William "Bill" Lanoue, 1953-2021

William G. "Bill" Lanoue, 67, of Lake Wales passed away Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 at Advent Health in Kissimmee. He was born July 11, 1953 in New London, CT to the late William and... — Updated 1/19/2021

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Thomas Ricketts, 1924-2021

Thomas Stevens "Tommy" Ricketts, 96, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. Tom was born Aug. 31, 1924 in Charleston, WV, and eventually moved to Tampa where he graduated... — Updated 1/15/2021

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Angel Connelly, 1964-2021

Angela Connelly, 56, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and friends on Jan. 11, 2021 at her home in Woodbine GA. She was born June 13, 1964 to Frank and Lois Meade in... — Updated 1/15/2021

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Ethel Wilkinson, 1938-2021

Ethel Mae Wilkinson, 82, of Lake Wales passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021 at her residence. She was born July 17, 1938 in St. Louis, MO to the late Thomas and Ruby Smith; Ethel came... — Updated 1/15/2021

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Lloyd Harvey Sr., 1942-2021

Lloyd Joseph Hardy, Sr., 78, passed away peacefully at home Jan. 12, 2021 with his family. He worked and retired from Citrus World after 25 years. Lloyd served in the U.S. Navy and... — Updated 1/15/2021

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Alice Walker, 1952-2021

Alice Elizabeth Jones Walker, 68 of Lake Wales, died Jan. 11, 2021 at Advent Health Hospital in Lake Wales. She was born in Babson Park on Dec. 10, 1952. Services are scheduled... — Updated 1/15/2021

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Alice Van Asdale, 1938-2021

Alice Faye Van Asdale, 82, of Lake Wales passed away Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 at Winter Haven Hospital. She was born January 24, 1938 in Canton, OH to the late Edgar and Mabel... — Updated 1/15/2021

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Thomas Cates, 1934-2021

Thomas Eugene Cates, 86, of Lake Wales passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born January 16, 1934 in Augusta,... — Updated 1/15/2021

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