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Deputy Mayor Calls for City Manager to Take Early Retirement

Lake Wales Deputy Mayor Robin Gibson surprised his fellow commissioners at the end of their Tuesday May 19 meeting with a call for City Manager Ken Fields to begin planning for an... — Updated 5/23/2020

Polk CARES 2020 Funding - Get Your Documents Ready!

Polk County's Board of County Commissioners has approved a plan that will help residents and small business owners left struggling financially from COVID-19 pandemic layoffs and... — Updated 5/20/2020

City Commissioners Aim for In-Person Meetings Starting June 2

Lake Wales city commissioners are aiming for June 2 to resume having their meetings return to city hall. But that doesn't necessarily mean that every commissioner and city official... — Updated 5/20/2020

City Approves Consulting Contract to Study Possible Recreation Complex

Lake Wales City Commissioners at their May 19 meeting approved hiring a Clearwater consultant to determine the feasibility of building a sports and recreation complex that might... — Updated 5/21/2020

Commissioner Requests Additional Lake Wales Bus Stops

When Gus hops on the bus he may have some extra stop options in Lake Wales. Erin Killebrew, director of external affairs with the Citrus Connection, gave city commissioners an... — Updated 5/21/2020

McKeon Chiropractic Gives Free Treatment to Local Police Officers

From his service 10 years ago as a police officer Dr. Anthony DeWald still remembers end-of-shift backaches after repeatedly getting in and out of his patrol car wearing a heavy... — Updated 5/20/2020

Please Support Local Restaurants

During these trying times when businesses are struggling to reinvent themselves to adhere to both Governor decrees and social norms as well as keeping six feet between employees,... — Updated 5/24/2020

Granny's Kitchen in Downtown Lake Wales is the Real Thing

Creating the menu for Granny's Kitchen, Stephanie (Granny) and husband Bob chose from the many experiences Bob could draw on having owned several successful restaurants featuring... — Updated 5/20/2020

Bok Tower Gardens to Reopen June 1

To provide the community with a beautiful destination for healthy walks and mental well-being, Bok Tower Gardens is reopening to the public on Monday, June 1, with timed entry. A... — Updated 5/20/2020

GFWC Florida Women's Clubs Volunteer Over 1.2 Million Hours in 2019, a 50% Increase over 2018

In the midst of Florida's stay at home order, the clubwomen of GFWC Florida ( used online meeting technology to announce the unprecedented accomplishments of... — Updated 5/24/2020

The Sign Said: If You Ate Today, Thank a Farmer

I am so blessed to live in such a wonderful and diverse state. Not only do we get to boast about being the happiest place on earth because Disney World is not too far down the... — Updated 5/22/2020

A True Friend

There are times when acquaintances in our life provide a timely and caring prayer or action of encouragement that reminds us to keep going, to persevere in where we are or the... — Updated 5/20/2020

Rethinking Some Things

Each week, this segment will offer a word of encouragement from pastors who lead churches in Bartow. This week's message is from the Rev. Jim Hatch, pastor of First Presbyterian... — Updated 5/20/2020

Getting Back to the Basics

Not having lived through a global pandemic, every day may seem fraught with more uncertainty. Here are some pieces of information regarding our present situation that I believe to... — Updated 5/24/2020

Erin "Mrs. Mac" McCallister, 1935-2020

Erin Lee McCallister, "Mrs. Mac", passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale. Mrs. Mac was born April 1, 1935 in Hammond, IN to the late... — Updated 5/20/2020

Dean Kelly, 1945-2020

Dean J. Kelly was born on Aug. 16, 1945 and went to be with his Heavenly Father on May 14, 2020. Dean was a devoted husband for 52 years. June 3rd would have been his 53rd... — Updated 5/21/2020

Dave Rowe, 1930-2020

Dave Jess Rowe, age 89, passed away peacefully at his home in Lakeshore, Florida on May 17, 2020. He was born June 3, 1930 in Pueblo, Colorado to Jess Benjamin Rowe and Constance... — Updated 5/20/2020

John Findley, 1932-2020

John Francis Findley, 88, of Lake Wales passed away Saturday, May 16, 2020 at his residence. He was born February 9, 1932 in Newburgh, NY to the late John Findley and Mary (Green)... — Updated 5/20/2020

Jessie Hargo, 1948-2020

Jessie Lee Hargo, 78, of Lake Wales passed away on May 19, 2020. He was born December 10, 1941. He came to Florida from Arkansas in 1960. He owned and operated Jessie's Paint &... — Updated 5/20/2020

Estelita Dionne Nixon, 1961-2020

Estelita Dionne Nixon, 58 of Lake Wales, died May 20, 2020 at Winter Haven Hospital. She was born Dec. 15, 1961. Services are incompleted. Epps Memorial... — Updated 5/21/2020

Lillie Bagley, 1919-2020

Lillie Bagley, 101, of Lake Wales, died May 21, 2020 at Grace Healthcare in Lake Wales. She was born March 12, 1919. Services are incomplete. Epps Memorial Funeral Home in Lake Wales is handling... — Updated 5/21/2020

Michael McCaskill, 1963-2020

Michael McCaskill, 56 of Lake Wales, died May 22, 2020 at AdventHealth South Hospital in Orlando. He was born Oct. 21, 1963 in Boston, GA. Services are incomplete. Epps Memorial Funeral Home in Lake Wales is handling... — Updated 5/24/2020

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