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Popular Downtown Hardware Store Announces Plans to Close in May

A downtown Lake Wales fixture since 1976, Cliff's True Value Hardware will be closing the end of May. Owner Larry Tonjes announced plans in a letter posted Nov. 16 on Facebook.... — Updated 11/21/2019

Lake Wales Announces 2020 Citizen's Police Academy and VOICE Academy Schedule

The Lake Wales Police Department is accepting applications for their upcoming 2020 Citizen's Police Academy and VOICE Academy. The Citizen's Police Academy provides the citizens of... — Updated 11/21/2019

Museum Buildings Closed Nov. 26-30 for Termite Treatment

The Lake Wales History Museum will be closed Nov.26 - 30, 2019 for a major termite treatment of historic buildings on the museum campus. The treatment will include tenting all... — Updated 11/21/2019

Polk Furniture Store Looking for New Owner

If you are are in the market for buying an existing business with plenty of goodwill and lots of potential look no further than Steve Seisel's Polk Furniture Store. A bargain at... — Updated 11/21/2019

Meet Florida Highwayman Artist Al Black at Pop-Up Event and Sale Nov. 21

Tilted Tiara events is hosting a Florida Highwaymen Pop-up Art Event and Sale Thursday, Nov. 21 in the Rhodesbilt Arcade in historic downtown Lake Wales. The one-day-only event,... — Updated 11/21/2019

Four Polk Colleges Training Cybersecurity Experts and Analysts

As the nation struggles to train enough cybersecurity experts and analysts to fill a shortage that has grown by 50% since 2015, four Polk County colleges are offering courses and... — Updated 11/21/2019

Estate Planning Fundamentals

Plan for a long life and keep these vital documents up-to-date for your protection and the sake of those you love. The underlying goal of proper estate planning is to ensure the... — Updated 11/21/2019

TrophyCatch Partner Bartow Ford Drives Conservation Forward

Honk if you love bass fishing! Bartow Ford is investing in Florida bass conservation by partnering with FWC's TrophyCatch angler recognition program. The company has provided a... — Updated 11/21/2019

Undefeated Highlanders Take On Tampa Jesuit in 5A Regional Final Friday at Legion Field

And then there were eight. Of the eight teams remaining with the prospect of being crowned the FHSAA 5A State High School Football champion our own Lake Wales team is very much in... — Updated 11/21/2019

Water Management District Offers Holiday Water Saving Tips

The Southwest Florida Water Management District is offering six easy ways to prepare for your holiday meals and parties without running up your water bill. During the holidays,... — Updated 11/21/2019

GFWC Woman's Club of Lake Wales Honors Veterans Through Service and Community Awareness

As everyone was preparing to honor Veterans for Veteran's Day, the GFWC Woman's Club of Lake Wales was gearing up to carry on their traditions and dedication to serving the... — Updated 11/21/2019

United Way of Central Florida COO Penny Borgia to Retire in March

United Way of Central Florida President and CEO Christina Criser Jackson has announced the upcoming retirement of Chief Operating Officer Penny Borgia in March 2020. "I cannot... — Updated 11/21/2019

Having Hope at Home Runs Nov. 8-24 at Lake Wales Little Theatre

The Lake Wales Little Theatre's first Season 42 production, Having Hope at Home, opens Friday, Nov. 8 and runs for three weekends. Having Hope at Home is described as a light... — Updated 11/21/2019

Florida Transportation History Featured at Museum Speaker Series Nov. 21

The Lake Wales History Museum 2019-20 Speaker Series kicks off Thursday, Nov. 21 with a presentation by Steve Noll about Florida Transportation History: Planes, Trains and... — Updated 11/21/2019

Bok Tower Gardens Announces Holiday Events Schedule

Experience a holiday tradition that connects the entire family to nature and reignites the creative spirit at Holidays at Bok Tower Gardens. Nature's seasonal beauty provides the... — Updated 11/21/2019

Living Out Loud Society Hosting Poet Nov. 21

The Living Out Loud Poet's and Writer's Society Nov. 21 gathering will feature Kenneth J Cody, the author of six anthologies of prose style poetry about living and coping with... — Updated 11/21/2019

History Museum Offers Bus Tour Dec. 7

The Lake Wales History Museum is offering a bus tour to explore the community's history from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 7. The new, air-conditioned History Bus will take riders... — Updated 11/21/2019

A Word from Commissioner Curtis Gibson

Since I became a Lake Wales City Commissioner in May of 2017 I have always fought for the little people. This summer of 2019 I came up with a concept that would give lower paid... — Updated 11/21/2019

Polk Avenue Developing Students into Confident, Effective Leaders

Reading, writing, math and other academic subjects are important, but Principal Gail Quam wants to make sure students also leave Polk Avenue Elementary with leadership skills.... — Updated 11/21/2019

Polk State Wins Florida College System Chancellor's Best Practice Award for First Year Experience and Guided Pathways

For the second consecutive year, Polk State College received a Chancellor's Best Practice Award from the Florida College System – this time for its First Year Experience and... — Updated 11/21/2019

John Anthony Hodurski, 1944-2019

John Anthony Hodurski, 75, of Lake Wales passed away Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. He was born November 6, 1944 in Nyack, NY to the late Bruno and Etoile A. (Knoebel) Hodurski. He has been a resident of the area for 4 years coming from... — Updated 11/21/2019

Susan Stiles, 1943-2019

Susan A. Stiles of Lake Wales ended her battle with brain cancer and joined our Father in Heaven Sunday morning, Nov. 3, 2019 at the age of 76. Born Sept. 2, 1943 in South Haven,... — Updated 11/21/2019

Alquin Klaphake, 1932-2019

Alquin H. Klaphake, 87, of Lake Wales, Florida passed away Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 at Somers Hospice House in Sebring. He was born October 22, 1932 in Alexandria, MN to the late George and Agnes Klaphake. He has been a resident... — Updated 11/21/2019

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