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Seminole Hotel Project Moving Forward as City Reviews Plans

The prospective developers of the historic Seminole Hotel shared conceptual site plans with Lake Wales city officials Tuesday, Aug. 13. South Florida architect Rick Gonzalez... — Updated 8/20/2019

Defenders of Crooked Lake Issue Health Warning After Heavy Rains Cause Sewage Overflows

The Defenders of Crooked Lake are sounding a health and safety alarm since recent record rains have resulted in overflows of both raw and treated sewage. "Please use caution in the... — Updated 8/20/2019

Rumfelt and Truitt Offer Park Avenue Executive Suites, Trendy Coworking Downtown Venue

With a combined 60 years experience 1st Quality/Ramsgate Insurance mogul Tom Rumfelt and INC Inc. entrepreneur Drew Truitt have teamed up to open Park Avenue Executive Suites to... — Updated 8/20/2019

Trendy Area Coworking Venues: A Place to Work, Make Connections and Lower Overhead

THE LODGE, Winter Haven "Right now we have two levels of office space-private office, and there's 10 of those-or you're a general coworker, and you can use any of the common areas... — Updated 8/21/2019

Why Leaders Should Be Using Data to Improve Decision Making

Leaders who use data often lead companies that excel, making it one of the most critical pieces of information for those in the top spots of companies around the world. The "Global... — Updated 8/20/2019

Media Group Hosting Job Fair Aug. 30 in Winter Haven

The Central Florida Media Group will host the Central Florida Job Fair for area job seekers on Friday, Aug. 30 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The job fair will be held at the Winter... — Updated 8/20/2019

Cornerstone Hospice Needs Volunteers in Variety of Helping Roles

Cornerstone Hospice is looking for volunteers who would like to learn how to help others while helping themselves. Cornerstone volunteers may visit patients at home or in a... — Updated 8/20/2019

O'Neill Launches Event App to Promote Small Business, Community Connections

George O'Neill III has traveled the world, but he still has a heart for small cities like Lake Wales where he grew up and played youth soccer. The 25-year-old University of Florida... — Updated 8/20/2019

Moose Lodge Hosting Benefit Aug. 25 for Child with Bone Cancer

Lake Wales Moose Lodge 2391 will be hosting a fundraiser Sunday, Aug. 25 to benefit 12-year-old Ambrey Batson, who is battling a rare form of bone cancer. Ambrey is a 7th grader... — Updated 8/20/2019

NAACP Youth Council Seeking More Members

The Lake Wales NAACP Youth Council is holding a breakfast Saturday, Aug. 31 for current and prospective members. NAACP Branch President Wanda Howard said the Lake Wales Youth... — Updated 8/20/2019

Harvey Starting After-School Haven for Success

Patricia Harvey is creating a Haven for Success, an after-school program that helps children reach their greatest potential. Harvey's new program will serve 20-25 elementary age... — Updated 8/20/2019

Poet's and Writer's Society Meeting Aug. 22

Living Out Loud Poet's and Writer's Society is hosting a wide open poetry and creative writing SLAM. Interested persons should bring original written material or a selection from... — Updated 8/20/2019

Givewell Community Foundation Grants Assist Cornerstone Hospice

Cornerstone Hospice is already putting to good use two grants from the GiveWell Community Foundation. Last spring, Cornerstone received a $5,000 Empower Polk grant from the... — Updated 8/20/2019

New Career Academy Points Students Toward High Paying Jobs in Engineering Technology

Michael Sargent is the only member of his family to graduate from college, so he knows a four-year degree is not the only way to build a successful career. He's literally bustling... — Updated 8/20/2019

Charter System to Train Aspiring Leaders

Leadership has long been a trait Lake Wales Charter Schools have stressed for their students. Now, a new program is aiming to help more quickly develop future leaders among... — Updated 8/20/2019

More Changes Ahead for Charter School Transportation

The start of any new year brings changes – large and small – not only in the schools and classrooms, but to every aspect of the operation of a charter system, including the... — Updated 8/20/2019

Polk Avenue Genius Club More than a Brilliant Idea

You don't have to be the smartest kid in the school to be part of Polk Avenue Elementary School's "Genius Club." Of course, there are plenty of smart youngsters already there ... — Updated 8/20/2019

Hazel Tarbell Crofoot, 1931-2019

Hazel Tarbell Crofoot of Bradenton passed away on August 3, 2019. Born in Kenmore, NY on April 3, 1931, she was the youngest child of Gordon Homer and Hazel Meyer Tarbell. She was... — Updated 8/20/2019

Joyce Annette Rushing, 1946-2019

Joyce Annette Rushing, 73, of Lake Wales, passed away Monday, August 12, 2019 at her residence. She was born March 8, 1946 in Lake Wales to the late Teener and Josie (Warren)... — Updated 8/20/2019

Sharon Swearengin, 1959-2019

Sharon Bedsole Swearengin, 59 of Lake Wales passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the Lake Wales Medical Center. She was born December 8, 1959 in Atmore, AL to the late J.B. and Louise (Maddox) Hastings. She was a social... — Updated 8/20/2019

Arnold Stebbins, 1931-2019

Arnold Melvin Stebbins, 88, of Lake Wales passed on to his eternal home Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019 at Lake Wales Medical Center. He was born June 19, 1931 in Whitesville, NY. He had... — Updated 8/20/2019

Linda Elaine Law, 1924-2019

Linda Elaine Law, 95 of Lake Wales passed Monday, August 19, 2019 at Brandywyne Healthcare in Winter Haven. She was born February 12, 1924 in Caimanera, Cuba to the late George Percival and Lydia (Joseph) Tennant. Early on in... — Updated 8/20/2019

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