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Mayor Bypasses Commission, Claims Sole Authority to Nominate Charter School Trustee

Despite a recent change to the City Charter requiring more input from city commissioners on appointments, Mayor Eugene Fultz did not involve them and is bringing forth only one... — Updated 4/18/2021


Polk Eviction Prevention Program Helps those Impacted by COVID-19

Polk County's COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Program is assisting tenants who are unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program, using federally approved funds,... — Updated 4/15/2021


Drone Helping with Local Crime Fighting

Collaboration between different city departments is a daily occurrence at Lake Wales City Hall. But one of the more unique partnerships help show the good side of Lake Wales and is... — Updated 4/15/2021


Brush Fire Dangers in Polk Persist

Despite recent thunderstorms, the chances for significant brush fires in Polk County continues. Polk's firefighters were called to 107 brush fires in March, up 65 percent from 65... — Updated 4/15/2021


3 Public Input Workshops Set for City Recreation Master Plan

The public is invited to help create the city's Recreation Master Plan by attending one of three public workshops in the coming weeks. Engineering and planning consulting firm S&ME... — Updated 4/15/2021


Busy May for City's Northwest Business District

May will be a big month in the city's northwest business district. Community Redevelopment Agency Coordinator Darrell Starling called it the "coming out party for economic... — Updated 4/15/2021


Remove Food Attractants to Reduce Conflicts with Bears

As spring temperatures warm, bears are becoming more active, increasing opportunities for conflicts with people. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds... — Updated 4/15/2021


Fire Hydrant Flow Testing May Produce Brown Water

The Water Department will be flow testing all fire hydrants in the City of Lake Wales starting on Tuesday, April 27. Two technicians will be performing the work. It will continue... — Updated 4/15/2021


New City Horticulturist Starts Planting Project by Mural

Lake Wales Main Street's most recent mural project at Scenic Highway and Stuart Avenue called "Slice of Happiness" is about to get a whole lot happier. With a new full-time... — Updated 4/15/2021


Taproom and Coffee House Opens Downtown

The Ranch Taproom and Coffeehouse in downtown Lake Wales officially opened April 16 with enthusiastic crowds and rave social media reviews. Owners Jessica Garrett and her mother,... — Updated 4/20/2021


City Offers Online Portal for Contractor Building Permits

The City of Lake Wales now has a Building Division Contractor online portal. This can be accessed through City Website on the Building Division Landing Page ( ht... — Updated 4/15/2021


Why Now Is A Great Time To Refinance Your Lake Wales Home

Can you imagine paying over 18% in interest on your home loan? It is true! If you financed a house in 1981, that would be the going rate. That rate seems outrageous today, as a... — Updated 4/15/2021


It's Dog Bite Prevention Week and Florida is Ranked #2 in Dog Bites

There are an estimated 90 million dogs living in U.S. households. Each year, millions of people are bitten or attacked by dogs, however these incidents can often be prevented. A... — Updated 4/15/2021


FWC: Manatees are on the Move! Go Slow, Look out Below

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding anyone on the water to slow down and look out for manatees while boating in Florida this spring. As water... — Updated 4/15/2021


Check out Arts Center Studio Experience Passes at the Lake Wales Public Library

The Lake Wales Arts Council and the Lake Wales Library Association have partnered to create a unique program that will allow library patrons to check out passes to utilize the Lake... — Updated 4/15/2021


Carillon Classic 5K Celebrates 10th Anniversary Saturday, May 1

Offering one of the most picturesque race routes in the country, the Carillon Classic 5K presented by AdventHealth returns to Bok Tower Gardens, Saturday, May 1 at 7:30 a.m.... — Updated 4/15/2021


Missing Chihuahua Valdez Returns Home After 9 Months

Sandy Dent never gave up hope, and after more than nine months her missing chihuahua, Valdez, is finally home. Dent regularly checked lost pet sites and posted photos on social... — Updated 4/15/2021


Early Learning Coalition Offers Child Care Assistance

Florida child care now can be more expensive than in-state college tuition, so the Early Learning Coalition of Polk County wants to help. The Coalition says many parents are... — Updated 4/18/2021


Polk History Center's Military Exhibit Expands

After a brief closure, the Military Gallery at the Polk County History Center has reopened with a revitalized look and new displays. Among the artifacts spanning from the Seminole... — Updated 4/15/2021


Acting Principal Shares McLaughlin Success

Dr. Debra Wright-Hudson is on a mission. The acting principal of McLaughlin Middle School & Fine Arts Academy is reaching out to the Lake Wales community to share the good news... — Updated 4/19/2021


Florida First Lady Promoting Resiliency Initiative

Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the launch of a resiliency initiative for Florida schools to emphasize key character development skills including volunteerism, teamwork... — Updated 4/15/2021

Linda Brooks, 1948-2021

Linda Brooks, 72, of Lake Wales passed away Friday, April 9, 2021 at Select Specialty Hospital in Edgewood. She was born July 14, 1948 in Paris, KY to the late Elmer and Emma McFarland; she moved to Lake Wales from Kentucky in... — Updated 4/15/2021


Lupita Turner, 1928-2021

Lupita R. Turner, 92, of Lake Wales passed away Friday, April 9, 2021 at Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale. She was born July 24, 1928 in Albuquerque, NM to the late Miguel and... — Updated 4/15/2021


Margaret Brennan, 1938-2021

Margaret Lucille Brennan passed away at 82 years old on April 10, 2021 surrounded by her family. She was born July 8, 1938 in Ohio, traveled many places and has been a resident of... — Updated 4/15/2021

Ollie Mae Baker, 1935-2021

Ollie Mae Baker, 86, of Lake Wales passed away Monday, April 12, 2021 at Winter Haven Hospital. She was born January 30, 1935 in Lincoln, AL and has been a resident of Polk County for 63 years. Ollie was a retired depalletizer... — Updated 4/15/2021


Margie Lasseter Fulghum, 1936-2021

Margie Lasseter Fulghum, 85, of Maggie Valley, NC passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021 after an extended battle with Alzheimer's Disease. She was born Feb. 21, 1936 in Adel, GA to... — Updated 4/15/2021


Betty Bianchini, 1937-2021

Elizabeth "Betty" Bianchini, 83, of Lake Wales passed away Monday, April 12, 2021 at her residence. She was born June 19, 1937 in Chicago, IL to the late John and Catherine... — Updated 4/15/2021


Edward Robinson, 1931-2021

Edward Reginal Robinson, 90, of Lake Wales, died April 14, 2021 at Advent Health Hospital in Lake Wales. He was born April 9, 1931 in Tampa. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. Graveside... — Updated 4/15/2021

Hal Mack, 1956-2021

Halaria " Hal " Mack, 64, of Lake Wales, died April 16, 2021 in Valdosta, GA. Born Dec. 4, 1956 in Lake Wales. Services are incomplete. Epps Memorial Funeral Home in Lake Wales is handling... — Updated 4/18/2021


Dawn Martinez, 1949-2021

Dawn Irene Martinez, 72, of Lake Wales passed away Saturday, April 17, 2021 at her residence. She was born March 14, 1949 in Cortland, NY; she moved to Lake Wales from New York 48... — Updated 4/20/2021

John Kramer, 1951-2021

John Kramer, 70, of Indian Lake Estates passed away Friday, April 16, 2021 at Advent Health Lake Wales. He was born February 21, 1951 in Brooklyn, NY to the late John and Rosemary Kramer; he moved to Indian Lake Estates in 2005... — Updated 4/20/2021

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