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County Declares Emergency Over Garbage Collection Problems

Frustration among Polk County residents in the Lake Wales area spread this week to include the Board of County Commissioners, who have been deluged with complaints from residents... — Updated 11/24/2022

Musical "Advertising" Leads to Wrong Customers

An apparent attempt to draw customers led to the wrong kind of attention for an area man as he found himself following complaints about his loud music. According to Lake Wales... — Updated 11/25/2022

Two Men Injured in Shooting, Police Seeking Help From Public

A late-evening shooting Wednesday at a local apartment complex left two men hospitalized and a suspect or suspects being sought by the Lake Wales Police Department. According to... — Updated 11/17/2022

Surplus Reported as City Finished Fiscal Year

The City of Lake Wales finished the 2021-2022 fiscal year in better-than-expected financial shape, based upon figures included in a year-end budget amendment approved by city... — Updated 11/19/2022

City Street Resurfacing Effort Takes Three-Mile Step Forward

More than three miles of streets around Lake Wales are in for improved surfaces in coming months, part of the city's multi-year street maintenance program. The largest single... — Updated 11/18/2022

Video: Fire Department Warns Turkey Deep Fryers Are A Major Hazard

The Lake Wales Fire Department and the City of Lake Wales want to alert residents to some very important tips regarding "deep frying" turkeys, a popular trend in recent years.... — Updated 11/22/2022

"Evolve at Lake Wales" May Provide New Apartments Near Mall

A pair of proposed apartment developments near Eagle Ridge Mall may add 824 new dwelling units to the city, but in each case developer proposals to reduce required parking created... — Updated 11/24/2022

Contract Awarded, Construction to Begin on Park Avenue Streetscape

The Lake Wales Connected plan took a major step forward this week as the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) voted Tuesday to award a construction contract for the Park... — Updated 11/10/2022

Nicole Passes Over Lake Wales, Limited Impacts Felt

One-time Hurricane Nicole passed over the Lake Wales area this morning, with the broad center of the storm positioned directly over the city at 7:00 am today. Despite gusty winds... — Updated 11/17/2022

Search for Human Remains Unsuccessful So Far

The solution to a missing persons case that has festered for years remains our of sight for investigators after an excavation under the floors of an aging home of Dr. J.A.... — Updated 11/12/2022

Battle of the Lakes is New Trophy Bass Competition

Anglers: Compete in new trophy bass fishing competition, Battle of the Lakes! The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invites you to participate in the Battle... — Updated 11/27/2022

Highlanders Advance to Final Four in State Football Title Hunt

The Lake Wales Highlanders captured the Regional Championship and advanced to the final four in the state Class 3S football playoffs Friday night with an exciting 26-9 victory over... — Updated 11/27/2022

Highlanders Face Title Game Against Tough Zephyrhills Team

UPDATE: Highlanders Advance. See the story here A Friday night Regional Championship game will be the first hosted at Lake Wales' Legion Field in memory, according to long-time... — Updated 11/26/2022

Highlanders Vanquish Vanguard, Will Host Regional Title Game at Legion Field

The Lake Wales Highlanders took another step forward toward their long-denied state football title Friday night as they defeated the Ocala Vanguard Knights 40-0. The Knights had... — Updated 11/24/2022

Lake Wales Highlanders Open State Title Campaign Against Auburndale Friday

The undefeated and top-seeded Lake Wales High School Highlanders football team has drawn a rematch with the eight-seeded Auburndale Bloodhounds in the first round of the Regional... — Updated 11/17/2022

Highlanders Advance in Football Playoffs Despite Sloppy Play

The top-seeded Lake Wales Highlander football team advanced their 2022 playoff hopes Friday night at Legion Field with a decisive 34-10 victory over the eighth-seed Auburndale... — Updated 11/12/2022

Undefeated Lake Wales Highlanders Eye District Title

After tearing through a schedule that was expected to present challenges, the Lake wales Highlanders take on their district foes, the Liberty High School Chargers, tonight in... — Updated 10/21/2022

Valuable Trophy Bass Still Loose in Lake Walk-in-the-Water

A pink-tagged bass still swimming around in Lake Walk-in-the-Water is worth thousands of dollars to some lucky angler. A second tagged bass is loose at Tenoroc, while others swim... — Updated 9/15/2022

Rains Are Producing More Fishing Action

For the best local fishing action head to Lake Walk-in-the-Water, where bank fishermen are catching limits of bluegill and shell crackers from the Indian Lake canals. Lake levels... — Updated 7/5/2022

Low Water Presents Fishing Hazards on Lake Hatchineha

For the best local fishing action head to Lake Walk-in-the-Water, where bluegill and shell crackers may be found in lily pads around the lake. Look for the pads shaking, and drop a... — Updated 6/29/2022

Lake Wales 4th and 5th Graders Meet in Annual "Elementary Turkey Bowl" November 15

Student athletes from four local elementary schools will meet on the gridiron in an afternoon ideal for family fun. Students from Janie Howard Wilson, Hillcrest, Polk Avenue, and... — Updated 11/6/2022

Middle and High School Students Offered Free Extra-Credit Educational Program

A special free learning opportunity is being offered to area Middle and High School students, who will learn and earn a special completion certificate as "Student Naturalists."The... — Updated 11/6/2022

Warner University Unveils New Campus Safety Smartphone App

Last year school shootings rose to the highest number in two decades. but according to the U.S. Department of Education, the most reported crimes on college campuses are... — Updated 10/6/2022

New Program Gives Community Leaders In-Depth Look Inside PCPS

Twenty-seven community leaders will soon begin exploring the complexities of managing one of the largest school districts in the nation. Inside PCPS - a new countywide leadership... — Updated 8/25/2022

Polk Schools Implement New Security, Covid Procedures

In the aftermath of the ongoing surge in school shootings nationwide, Polk County Schools plan to conduct random "screenings" of students during the coming school year, which... — Updated 9/2/2022

Polk State Offers Free Backpacks, School Supplies for K-12 Students

Students heading back to school will get a welcome boost as 700 backpacks full of school supplies are given away to students from kindergarten through college age. The event marks... — Updated 7/28/2022

McLaughlin Students Benefit From Grants, Enthusiasm

The growing enthusiasm of staff, students and parents is lending a boost to McLaughlin Middle School as preparations are made to co-locate a high school on the campus. The results... — Updated 7/16/2022

AdventHealth and Bond Clinic Provide Free Sports Physicals to Polk County Students

AdventHealth clinicians and Bond Clinic in partnership with 10 Polk County high schools provided annual sports physicals to more than 500 pre-registered student athletes to make... — Updated 6/4/2022

McLaughlin School Gathers Input for New High School

Quickly advancing plans to co-locate a new high school on the campus of McLaughlin Middle School, administrators brought some 60 parents, students, teachers, and staff together... — Updated 6/1/2022

Polk State Open Enrollment Begins June 6

Open enrollment for Fall 2022 Semester classes at Polk State College will begin on June 6. Currently enrolled students can register now for fall classes in Passport. Prospective... — Updated 5/24/2022

City Funds Recruitment Effort to Attract New Businesses

A concerted effort to attract new businesses to Lake Wales now includes the hiring of a consulting firms to help market the area to prospective retail and restaurant chains. The... — Updated 10/27/2022

County Clerk Stacy Butterfield Preserves Polk's Original Deed Book

A major step to preserving the history of Polk County was trumpeted during a recent presentation to the Polk County Board of County Commissioners by Stacy Butterfield, Polk County... — Updated 9/9/2022

Layoffs at CSX Intermodal Avoided by Settlement

The efforts of the US Transportation Secretary Marty Walsh and direct intervention by President Joe Biden have succeeded in averting a nationwide strike that would likely have led... — Updated 9/15/2022

Locorrito Expected to Lead Wave of New Restaurant Openings in Lake Wales

A spurt of new restaurant development will soon be offering a wider range of choices for Lake Wales residents. The growing list has risen to seven new food and beverage outlets.... — Updated 10/17/2022

New Dyer Chevrolet Ribbon Cutting Draws a Crowd

More than eighty community and business leaders were in attendance this week as the Dyer family celebrated the grand opening of their second new auto dealership across from the... — Updated 9/6/2022

New Dealership Sign of Growth in Local Business Community

The gradual expansion of the Lake Wales Business Community is receiving another boost as the Dyer Auto Group prepares to open their new Chevrolet dealership on US 27 North across... — Updated 5/14/2022

Free Keith Urban Guitar and Tickets Offered by Lake Wales CDJR

Do you like country music? Maybe you're a Keith Urban fan? Or maybe you're just feeling a bit lucky and could use some extra cash? If so, here's a great opportunity: The "Low... — Updated 5/14/2022

Mahalak Auto Group Sponsors Florida Farm Show

The Florida Farm Show is Florida's largest agricultural trade show. The show features live music, over 200 local vendors, heavy equipment retailers, great food, family fun and... — Updated 3/20/2022

Lake Wales History is Central to Future Success, Business Leaders Learn

Some 100 guests and supporters of the Lake Wales Main Street gathered Monday morning for a 90-minute session and left filled with not only lunch but inspiration. City planner Ed... — Updated 3/25/2022

Lake Wales' Newest Restaurant Holds Grand Opening

Dining choices in Lake Wales have expanded recently, and the official grand opening of one new restaurant drew a happy crowd of diners to celebrate. Wales Pointe, already a popular... — Updated 3/13/2022

Several Polk Environmental Lands Sites Reopen to the Public

Several Polk County Environmental Lands sites have reopened to the public following Hurricane Ian, including Crooked Lake Prairie, Crooked Lake Sandhill, Gator Creek Reserve,... — Updated 10/5/2022

Hurricane Ian Closes All Polk Environmental Lands Closed Effective Monday

In preparation for the approaching storm, all Polk County Environmental Lands sites and Natural Resources Stormwater Treatment Wetlands will be closed Monday, September 26, 2022... — Updated 9/26/2022

Plenty of Floridians Enraptured by Migration's Many Mysteries

As Floridians say goodbye to Swallow-tailed Kites for the year, we get ready to welcome a new wave of visitors on their cross-continental journey. Be on the lookout for a host of... — Updated 8/26/2022

Learn to Attract Florida Wildlife to Your Property

If you are a lover of nature and wildlife, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission would like to invite you to learn how to attract wildlife to your yard by planning... — Updated 8/4/2022

Florida's Butterflies Have Their Special Appeal

There's nothing quite like a bird in flight but Florida's butterflies have their own appeal. Over 190 butterfly species have been recorded in Florida, the most of any state east of... — Updated 8/20/2022

Avoid Overwatering Your Lawn During the Rainy Season

Did you know that over-watering can weaken your lawn's roots, and stimulate the growth of fungus and other lawn diseases? Despite near-daily rains during the summer, many residents... — Updated 6/19/2022

Polk Forever Seeks Artists To Honor, Support Land Preservation in Juried Show

Depictions of the beauty and diversity of Polk's county-managed environmental preserves are the focus of a juried art competition being organized by Polk Forever, a local... — Updated 6/29/2022

Cigarette Waste and Plastic Pollution Threaten Florida's Health, Envirionment

(NAPSI)-It's likely you see one of the most common sources of plastic pollution everyday-on the ground, in parking lots, in gutters or at the beach-cigarette butts. This is not... — Updated 5/25/2022

University of Florida Researchers Use Butterflies as Tools

Researchers from the University of Florida are using butterflies as a way to measure the health of ecosystems in a new effort that may have far-ranging uses. In 2017, a group of... — Updated 5/6/2022

Florida Celebrates the Protected Gopher Tortoise

Florida celebrates a special day for gopher tortoises for very important reasons. The gopher tortoise plays a significant role in many of Florida's ecosystems and deserves our... — Updated 3/31/2022

Polk Forever Provides a Way to Help Slow Runaway Development

The crush of development pressure that has been applied to Lake Wales by the owners of large tracts surrounding the city has raised alarm in many quarters. Ownership of land... — Updated 7/29/2022

Why LakeWalesNews.Net Will Not Endorse in City Races

As the campaigns that will shape the election of a mayor and city commissioner come to a close, some have asked whether our editorial board will endorse any of the five candidates.... — Updated 4/2/2022

A Disservice to Students, Parents, Community

Lake Wales has been blessed by the creation of the Lake Wales Charter Schools system nearly two decades ago. Now representing seven schools educating students in grades 1 through... — Updated 3/19/2022

Solar Energy Takes Hit From Florida Legislature

As Russian tanks roll into Ukraine and global energy supplies are pinched, rising prices are driving home the point that dispersed sources of renewable energy are critical to our... — Updated 3/18/2022

City Investment in Walesbilt Project Justified

Symbols of Success and Failure Long recognized as the dominant symbol of downtown Lake Wales, the eleven-story Walesbilt Hotel is now among the dominant topics of conversation in... — Updated 1/19/2022

Net Metering Bills Are An Affront To Florida Freedoms

The energy demands of the Sunshine State are rising apace of our booming population. New homes, schools, and businesses need electricity in plenty. The problem for Florida is that... — Updated 1/18/2022

Proposal for Partisan School Boards a Bad Idea

Democracy relies upon "the consent of the governed" to function. Consent implies an understanding of the questions of importance to the populace, which in turn requires an educated... — Updated 12/13/2021

Circle of Friends Thanksgiving Celebration Happens Saturday

The Circle of Friends will be celebrating Thanksgiving this Saturday, November 19, beginning at 11:00, and are inviting the entire community to join them in the Historic District... — Updated 11/15/2022

The Ball Brothers to Appear In Lake Wales November 30

Fans of Christian music will have a rare treat as the First Presbyterian Church brings the Ball Brothers to Lake Wales for a single free concert on Wednesday, November 30,... — Updated 10/31/2022

"The Outsider" Skewers Politics and Celebrates Democracy

With election season upon us, Lake Wales Little Theatre is presenting a timeless and hilarious comedy that skewers politics and celebrates democracy. The action takes place in the... — Updated 10/31/2022

Today Only, Regal Eagle Ridge 12 Offers $3 Movies

A one-day only chance to catch some great entertainment for a $3 ticket price happens today, Saturday, September 3 as the Eagle Ridge Mall Regal Cinemas 12 participate in National... — Updated 9/4/2022

Family Fun for the Fourth!

An Independence Day celebration in the best Lake Wales tradition is on tap this week as the City of Lake Wales rolls out a big effort to "bring out the community," according to... — Updated 7/1/2022

"Bloody Murder" Is An Entertaining Romp That Dismembers a Genre

"Bloody Murder" isn't normally anything to laugh about, but when interpreted by a cast of characters in the current production at Lake Wales Little Theatre you'll find yourself... — Updated 4/3/2022

Lake Wales Arts Festival Graces Lake Wailes Park This Weekend

Lovers of beauty and the arts expect a breezy and beautiful weekend for the Lake Wales Arts Festival which opens Saturday morning March 12 in Lake Wailes Park for a two-day show.... — Updated 3/14/2022

Big Mardi Gras Weekend is Here

A zany parade featuring colorful floats, marchers and faux royalty will fill the streets of downtown Lake Wales with thousands of revelers this weekend as the traditional Lake... — Updated 3/7/2022

Aaron Tippin to Headline Lake Wales Concert

The Junior League of Lake Wales is kicking off their organizational efforts with a splash as they host country music star Aaron Tippin, who will headline a musical performance and... — Updated 2/2/2022

Lake Wales Mardi Gras Expected to Draw Tens of Thousands to City

The Carnival season has returned to Lake Wales, and the annual Mardi Gras event is once again expected to draw tens of thousands of spectators and participants to a zany and... — Updated 1/26/2022

30th Annual Polk Senior Games Begin February 25

The 2023 edition of the Polk Senior Games are scheduled for February 25 – March 11. The Games offer a two-week series of athletic and recreational Olympic-style events for men... — Updated 11/10/2022

Auditions This Monday and Tuesday at Lake Wales Theatre

Can two strangers find love at IKEA? Possibly-with a playful ghost involved. We will soon know as a cast of ten actors will perform "Lost (and Found) in Ikea January 13-29 at Lake... — Updated 11/12/2022

Three Ways A Medicare Advantage Fitness Plan Could Help Reduce Your Health Risks

(NAPSI)-Have you heard the saying, "Movement is medicine?" Countless studies have shown that physical activity can help reduce the risks of serious health conditions, such as... — Updated 11/12/2022

"The Outsider" Offers Needed Laughs at the Expense of Politics

Lake Wales Little Theatre is offering an entertaining and timely comedic romp through the American political landscape in its production of "The Outsider," which runs through... — Updated 11/4/2022

Students Can Earn Special Certificate on Lake Wales Patrimony

A special free learning opportunity is being offered to area Middle and High School students, who will learn and earn a special completion certificate as "Student Naturalists."The... — Updated 11/6/2022

Breast Cancer Foundation Receives Dyer Difference Award

There are few diagnoses as frightening as cancer. In addition to the physical and emotional toll battling the cancer takes on patients and their families, there are often other... — Updated 10/27/2022

What You Think You Know About Homebuying Can Hurt You

Buying a home can seem daunting, especially for first-time homebuyers facing record housing prices, tight supply, and rising interest rates. Quite often, misconceptions about... — Updated 10/27/2022

Polk County Clerk Offers New "Do it Yourself" Legal Filing Service

An online "Do it Yourself" (DIY) tool and an in-person DIY Center are now available to Polk County residents, allowing them to simplify injunctions for protection orders, also... — Updated 10/19/2022

Painting Raffle to Benefit AAUW Scholarship Fund

A chance to win "Mediterranean Elegance", an original acrylic, painted and framed by the late artist Jane Fronappel, is being made available for a limited time by the Lake Wales... — Updated 10/19/2022

Help Sought to Landscape City Streets

A civic organization working to re-create a historic landscaping plan in Lake Wales is seeking community help. Lake Wales Heritage is a non-profit group working to re-plant the... — Updated 10/9/2022

Robert Wayne (Bob) Peppel, 1940-2022

Robert Wayne (Bob) Peppel passed away peacefully at home at age 81 in Tallahassee, Florida, on Saturday, November 5, 2022. He was born December 21,1940 in Steubenville, Ohio. He... — Updated 11/25/2022

Harriett Griffin Harris, 1934 - 2022

"Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin" is the song Harriett Griffin Harris would sing to all of her campers every early morning for 30 years. On November 17, 2022 at 5:29 am, Harriett's... — Updated 11/27/2022

Kenneth Roy Rogers, 1949-2022

Kenneth Roy Rogers of Frostproof passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2022, at his residence. He was born May 10, 1949, in Albany, New York; he moved to Frostproof from East Greenbush,... — Updated 11/17/2022

Juan Trinidad Eliserio, 1951-2022

Juan Trinidad Eliserio of Frostproof passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at AdventHealth Lake Wales. He was born May 5, 1951 in Mercedes, Texas to the late Jesus and Josefina... — Updated 11/10/2022

Andrea Garwood Littleton, 1952-2022

Andrea Garwood Littleton of Lake Wales, Florida passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 5, 2022 with her children and husband by her side at the Moffitt Cancer Center in... — Updated 11/10/2022

Robert Alan "Bob" Decker

Robert Alan "Bob" Decker of Winter Haven passed away Saturday, November 5, 2022 at his residence. He was born October 11, 1946 in Elizabeth, New Jersey to the late Stanley and... — Updated 11/10/2022

Beverly Porter, 1945-2022

Beverly went to Heaven with the children she deeply loved by her side, her son, Glenn; daughter, Tracy; and son-in-law, David White. The feeling was mutual. Her children both... — Updated 10/27/2022

Carol Benson Lassiter, 1931-2022

Carol Benson Lassiter passed away Sunday, October 9, 2022 at her residence. Carol was born on January 23, 1931 in High Springs, Florida to Arthur V. and Glendora (Covert) Benson.... — Updated 10/18/2022

Bette B. Ryan, 1934-2022

Bette B. Ryan of Lake Wales passed away Friday, October 7, 2022 at AdventHealth Lake Wales. She was born November 20, 1934. The daughter of Jerry B. Bruce and Lucille R. Bruce of... — Updated 10/10/2022

Travis Michael Wilbanks, 1995-2022

Travis Michael Wilbanks of Lake Wales passed away Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at AdventHealth Lake Wales. He was born March 13, 1995 in Winter Haven. Travis was the manager at... — Updated 10/4/2022

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