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SR 60 Overpass Construction "On Schedule"

The massive $45 million project to replace the obsolete bridge over US 27 in Lake Wales is continuing apace, but the comings months will see multiple traffic interruptions, the... — Updated 10/24/2021

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Lake Wales Housing Land Rush Shows No Sign of Slowing

The rush to develop housing in Lake Wales shows no sign of abating as new proposals continue to come before the Lake Wales City Commission. Tuesday's agenda saw an approval of an... — Updated 10/20/2021

Pioneer Days Opens to Big Crowds

Blacksmiths, crafters, and thousands of their admirers turned out for the annual Pioneer Days today in Lake Wales. The event, sponsored by the Lake Wales History Museum, runs... — Updated 10/25/2021

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FAA to Fund Apron Reconstruction at Lake Wales Airport

Thanks to a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, Lake Wales Airport will soon receive a new east apron. The City Commission awarded the project contract to low-bidder... — Updated 10/20/2021

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Florida Citrus Production Continues to Show Precipitous Drop

In a citrus crop forecast released Tuesday, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried mentioned a startling number for Florida's peak citrus production: 244 million boxes in the 1997-98... — Updated 10/20/2021

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CRA Restaurant Incentive Grant Attracts New Ice Cream Outlet Downtown

Riding on the success of his downtown seafood restaurant, Steve Manwell has big plans to add an ice cream shop just across the street. That idea received a solid boost this week.... — Updated 10/20/2021

New Traffic Roundabouts, Bike Lanes, Sidewalks May Be Coming to Buck Moore Road

With hundreds of new homes slated for construction along the booming Buck Moore Road, Lake Wales City Commissioners have unanimously approved hiring an engineering firm to conduct... — Updated 10/9/2021

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City Commission Adds 30-Year Extension to Life of CRA

A 30-year extension of the life of the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) will guarantee a continuing flow of revenue for community improvements, including street and... — Updated 10/13/2021

City Commission Districts to be Re-Drawn

Lake Wales will likely have to tweak the borders of its four voting districts since the 2020 U.S. Census showed the city had grown by about 15 percent in the last decade. The... — Updated 10/9/2021

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Olmsted Streetscapes Get New Life After 90 Years

Wielding spades and smiles, some two dozen volunteers planted 30 young trees along Fourth Street South in Lake Wales Saturday morning, the first of more than 1,000 trees Lake Wales... — Updated 10/20/2021

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Lake Wales Soccer Club Serves Hundreds of Area Youth

Persistence and patience paid off for one dedicated Lake Wales man, and today a request for a sports field for his children benefits hundreds of area youngsters who participate in... — Updated 10/26/2021

District Title Showdown Happens Friday Night in Lake Wales

In what is likely to be the deciding contest of the 2021 football regular season, the Lake Wales Highlanders will face off against the undefeated Auburndale Bloodhounds Friday... — Updated 10/16/2021

Highlanders Fall Short in Important District Game

Hopes for a District 6A-7 championship faded Friday night for the Lake Wales Highlanders football squad lost a defensive battle, falling to the undefeated Auburndale Bloodhounds by... — Updated 10/16/2021

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New Lighted Football Field May Serve Youth Football Leagues

A lighted football field proposed for Washington Park near US 27 is expected to make a big difference to hundreds of young people involved in two Lake Wales youth football leagues.... — Updated 10/6/2021

Highlanders Strike Early To Top Hardee, Move to 5-1

Returning to the form that marked the early games of the season, the Lake Wales Highlanders struck early and often against the Hardee Wildcats, running up a score of 21-0 barely... — Updated 10/13/2021

Bass Fishing? Try the Classic Plastic Worm

The more things change, the more they stay the same! One result from the TrophyCatch Hall of Fame 100 survey not shown above is that the plastic worm caught more HOF bass than any... — Updated 10/10/2021

Lake Wales Highlanders Open Their Title Campaign

Riding on their 3-1 season record and seeking to repeat as district champs in their new higher classification, the Lake Wales Highlanders football squad will face the Melbourne Eau... — Updated 10/2/2021

You Can Help Improve Sports Fishing

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants your help improving data on catch-and-release fishing, especially for redfish, snook and spotted seatrout caught... — Updated 10/4/2021

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Highlanders Win First District Game

With their District 7 title hopes still riding high, the Lake Wales Highlanders notched their first important win against a conference rival by defeating Melbourne Eau Gallie 43-27... — Updated 10/8/2021

Highlanders Drop Naples, Win Homecoming Game

After being stymied by the stout defense of the Naples Trojans for most of the first half, the Lake Wales Highlander eleven found the winning formula in the second half, opening... — Updated 9/29/2021

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Approval Granted for Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at Webber

After a two-year process, Webber International University has been granted approval to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. The University has begun accepting... — Updated 10/22/2021

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Polk State Spring Enrollment Opens

Enrollment for the Spring 2022 Semester at Polk State College will start on Monday, October 25, 2021, with priority registration for students who have completed at least 50 percent... — Updated 10/20/2021

Charter Schools Search for Superintendent Described as "Transparent"

Finding a new superintendent for the Lake Wales Charter School System is a painstaking process, with huge focus on finding the ideal candidate, according to Bill Vogel. Vogel, 72,... — Updated 10/20/2021

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Florida Dept. of Education Finally Submits $2.3B Federal Funds Request

The Florida Department of Education has finally submitted a plan outlining how federal relief funds will be used to help schools recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan is... — Updated 10/8/2021

Polk County Schools "Portrait of a Graduate" Survey Now Open

Students and parents involved in the Polk County Public Schools may wish to offer comments to the School System about the future direction of Polk Public Schools. According to... — Updated 10/4/2021

Lake Wales High School Marks Annual Homecoming

The small-town spirit shone through in Lake Wales Thursday as a thousand spectators gathered to watch the annual Homecoming Parade organized by the students of Lake Wales High... — Updated 10/2/2021

New Surgeon General shakes up school COVID protocols and leaves Constitutional questions unanswered

In a dramatic turnabout involving Florida’s new surgeon general, the state Department of Health has created a new COVID-19 related emergency rule that allows parents to keep kids... — Updated 9/24/2021

Polk State College Names New Board Officers, Trustees

Polk State College’s District Board of Trustees elected Ashley Bell Barnett as Chair and Greg Littleton as Vice-Chair for the 2021-2022 Academic Year on Monday during the... — Updated 10/8/2021

Florida Still Missing Out on Billions for Public Schools; What's the Holdup?

Editor's Note: Florida public schools seem to be purposefully forgotten by state leaders, leaving teachers scrambling to work miracles with scarcely a loaf or fish in sight. This... — Updated 9/24/2021

Getting The Better Of Bullying

(NAPSI)-For many students, learning and school excitement can be stifled by caution and worry about bullying-but it can be alleviated. The Problem Children who are bullied or who... — Updated 9/12/2021

Cheese Shoppe and Deli is Newest Business in Lake Wales

Lovers of Amish cheeses and hearty deli sandwiches will be delighted to learn of Lake Wales' newest business, The Lake Wales Cheese Shoppe and Deli opened for business last week on... — Updated 10/25/2021

Construction Site Theft Becomes Larger Problem in Polk

Building is booming in Polk County and so are construction-related thefts, according to feedback received by the Polk County Building Division. “It really isn’t a surprise to us,” said Building Director Benjamin Dunn.... — Updated 10/20/2021

LakeWalesNews.Net Readership Views Surge to 20,000 Weekly

New features and sections added to LakeWalesNews.Net have driven skyrocketing readership since September 1, reaching well over 80,000 page views during the first month, according... — Updated 10/20/2021

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Lake Wales Loses Mexican Restaurant

A popular lunch spot on Central Avenue has closed, leaving locals hungry for Mexican-style favorites out of luck. Anita's Mexican Restaurant offered a variety of dishes from simple... — Updated 10/13/2021

Lilly and Brown Attorneys Earn Top Reputation

If you can believe the heaps of accolades the firm has received, there is no more preeminent law firm in our area than that of Lilly and Brown, LLP. The duo of personal injury... — Updated 10/3/2021

Chamber's First Friday Coffee Draws Crowd Downtown

Several dozen citizens gathered Friday morning at Kathryn's Christian Books at 205 East Park Avenue for the Chamber of Commerce's First Friday event, which coincided with National... — Updated 10/4/2021

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Ducks Unlimited Receives Dyer Award

When it comes to conservation, restoration, and management of North America's wetlands and waterfowl habitats, there is little that can compare with Ducks Unlimited. The grassroots... — Updated 9/23/2021

Electric Car Show Draws Curious Drivers

Lake Wales electric car enthusiasts shared their stories of success with interested visitors at a special car show Saturday at the MarketPlace in Lake Wales. An all-electric... — Updated 9/25/2021

LakeWalesNews.Net Now Offers a Free Business Services Directory

As a service to area residents and small businesses, LakeWalesNews.net is now offering a free Business Services Directory that will include listings from service-oriented businesses serving area homeowners. “This will be an... — Updated 9/22/2021

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A Dozen Helpful Ways to Help You Build a New Business

(NAPSI)-Now is an excellent time to start or grow a business. While this may seem surprising, there are several reasons and very simple ways to go about it. For one thing,... — Updated 9/12/2021

"Last Forest in Orlando" Bulldozed Despite Court Ruling

Swaths of wetlands and waterways in Florida left unprotected when the Trump administration weakened federal standards in early 2020 are being developed in Florida - despite a... — Updated 10/18/2021

Attracting Wildlife to Our Yards is Easy and Fun

Attracting wildlife to our yards by planning and planting for their needs is simple and satisfying. If we supply adequate food, water and shelter, we can increase the number and... — Updated 10/24/2021

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Climate Change Action Proposed in Legislature

A group of Democratic lawmakers unveiled an energy-efficiency plan this week that would reward farmers for conserving energy, assess energy efficiency in state-funded buildings,... — Updated 10/17/2021

Rodman Opponents Ready to Gamble Again that Florida Will Finally Free the Ocklawaha

Do you play the lottery? I've been known to purchase a ticket or two when the payoff gets enough zeroes. The fact that I am still writing for a living should tell you how good I... — Updated 10/13/2021

Annual Civilian Conservation Corps Festival Happens November 13

Outdoor lovers are invited to attend the 35th Annual Civilian Conservation Corps Festival scheduled for November 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Highlands Hammock State Park.... — Updated 10/10/2021

Fish and Wildlife Commission Offers Live MarineQuest 2021

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Service is inviting you to join them on Thursday, October 14 for their virtual MarineQuest 2021 event. This is a live on-line event that will include... — Updated 10/12/2021

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Piney Point Waste Injection Plan Raises Questions

The plan proposed by Manatee County to treat the estimated 270 million gallons of polluted wastewater from the Piney Point gypsum stack ponds and inject it deep underground has... — Updated 10/2/2021

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FWC Seeks Landowners to Help with Gopher Tortoise Conservation

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking landowners to help with gopher tortoise conservation efforts as part of the agency's Gopher Tortoise... — Updated 9/22/2021

Lakes Education Action Drive Works to Protect Area Water Resources

The Lakes Education Action Drive (LEAD) Board of Directors recently met to select leadership for the upcoming year and consider adoption of their 2021-2022 Fiscal Year Budget.... — Updated 9/22/2021

"Lights Out" Project Aims to Spare Migratory Birds

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Each fall, millions of migratory birds fly over Florida under the cover of night, hightailing it south for the winter. Many never reach their destination.... — Updated 9/25/2021

Pioneer Days Happening October 23 and 24

Lake Wales 45th Annual Pioneer Days festival is expected to draw some 10,000 visitors to Lake Wailes Park over two days later this month, and staff at the Lake Wales History... — Updated 10/13/2021

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"The Last Roundup of the Guacamole Queens" Opens November 5

Ready for some laughs to brighten up your life? Well, Lake Wales Little Theatre is ready for you, offering a three-weekend run of a comedy that seems guaranteed to make you... — Updated 10/14/2021

Auditions Begin Sept. 23 for Next Little Theatre Production

Lake Wales Little Theatre has announced open auditions beginning Thursday, Sept. 23 for its next production, Last Roundup of the Guacamole Queens. Co-directors Chevon and Michael... — Updated 9/17/2021

A Tribute to Johnny Cash September 23

A Thursday, September 23 "Rockin' Main Street" special music event is expected to draw hundreds of evening visitors to downtown Lake Wales. A tribute performance is a ticketed... — Updated 9/15/2021

Free Beatles Tribute Concert in Library Park CANCELLED

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED BY CITY OF LAKE WALES. LakeWalesNews.Net will attempt to update the schedule as details become available. Do you follow a Long and Winding Road? Do you ever need Help? Would you take a ride in a... — Updated 9/17/2021

Lake Wales Little Theatre Offers Annual Children's Performance

"Witches, Britches, Rings and Things" is the fun theme of a two-weekend run of performances by the theatre children at LWLT. It's sure to be a barrel of cuteness that will warm the... — Updated 9/28/2021

Hispanic Women's Voices Celebrated in Virtual Presentation Sept. 16

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month the Lake Wales History Museum will offer a special online presentation "Treasures from Aztlan: Hispanic Women's Voices." Dr. Rebecca... — Updated 9/3/2021

Pioneer Days Festival Oct. 23-24 Offers Expanded Celebration

The Lake Wales History Museum will celebrate the community's history and heritage through the 45th Annual Pioneer Days Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23 & 24. The free... — Updated 9/9/2021

City Plans Free Movie by the Lake Saturday, Sept. 4

The City of Lake Wales Recreation Team is inviting families to a free Lake Night Cinema on Saturday, Sept. 4. Weather permitting, the movie "The Goonies" will be shown beginning at... — Updated 9/7/2021

Free Third Friday Concert Series Resumes Sept. 17 With Aggie Road, Almost There

Do you follow a Long and Winding Road? Do you ever need Help? Would you take a ride in a Yellow Submarine? In short, are you a Beatles fan? If so you won't want to miss the free... — Updated 9/9/2021

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The Magic of Traveling in Italy

Editors Note: Lake Wales resident Mike Spotswood and his wife Irene are avid travelers. Their frequent journeys through Italy have inspired many of their friends to "get off the... — Updated 10/19/2021

Sweet Indoor Cat, Neutered and Declawed, Seeks New Home

Moving means many changes in people's lives and one local resident is being forced to part with a four-year-old neutered, strictly-indoor housecat and all its toys and equipment.... — Updated 10/19/2021

Gladys Howell Named Pioneer of the Year

The Lake Wales History Museum will honor Gladys Howell as the 2021 Lake Wales Pioneer of the Year as part of the 45th Annual Pioneer Days Festival at Lake Wailes Park. The... — Updated 10/13/2021

Removing Financial Barriers to Bok Tower Gardens Inspires Innovative Pass Program

"Removing the barriers" and financial impediments for families wishing to visit Bok Tower Gardens was a primary motivation for a program that has proven immensely popular with... — Updated 10/13/2021

Attorney Kent Lilly Offers Lesson in Value of Role Models

By now a familiar voice to fans at Friday night football games, one local volunteer has made a highly successful career out of childhood inspiration, and a thread of football... — Updated 10/8/2021

Annual "Blessing of the Animals" Takes Place Saturday Morning

The public is invited to bring their loved pets to receive the annual blessing this Saturday at the Church of the Good Shepherd. The service will take place outdoors. It's... — Updated 9/29/2021

Healthcare Heroes Receive Complimentary Admission During October at Bok Tower Gardens

Fueled by the generosity of Wawa, Healthcare Heroes can enjoy the healing power of nature with complimentary admission for themselves and a guest at Bok Tower Gardens from October 1-31. This offer is being extended in gratitude... — Updated 9/30/2021

At Age 97, A Home Rehab is An Unexpected Blessing

Ardella Green has been a resident of Lake Wales since 1942 and at 97 years old, she has gotten to the point in life that climbing up to fix the roof of her aging home on Alabama... — Updated 10/1/2021

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Joseph Lunsford of Lake Wales Chosen to Represent Florida at Special Olympics USA

In a special recognition of his efforts, Lake Wales resident Joseph Lunsford will be the recipient of his very own "day" upon the issuance of a Proclamation from the City of Lake... — Updated 10/16/2021

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Water Management District Tightens Camping Rules

The Southwest Florida Water Management District has announced changes to rules governing camping reservations on District lands. These rules went into effect June 23 and will be... — Updated 9/28/2021

Thomas J. Pepka, 1959-2021

Thomas J. Pepka passed away October 15th, 2021 at his home in Lake Wales, FL. after fighting a valiant battle with chronic heart disease for over twenty years. He was born January... — Updated 10/19/2021

John Warren "Bo" Hutto, 1971-2021

John Warren "Bo" Hutto reached his Heavenly home on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Bo was born in Lake Wales, Florida on April 26, 1971. Bo married his high school sweetheart and the... — Updated 10/19/2021

Greg Harvard, 1968-2021

Greg Harvard of Lake Wales passed away Monday, October 11, 2021, at his residence. He was born October 8, 1968, in Lake Wales to Donald and Maudine Harvard. He moved to back to... — Updated 10/19/2021

Paul Dudley Sheffield, 1938-2021

Paul Dudley Sheffield of Winter Haven passed away Friday, October 15, 2021 at his residence. He was born August 5, 1938 in Winter Haven to the late Charlie and Lesba Sheffield.... — Updated 10/19/2021

Pam Davidson Wyant, 1957-2021

Pam Davidson Wyant, age 64, passed away on October 18, 2021, at Hawthorne Inn in Lakeland from complications of Early Onset Alzheimer's. Pam was born in Bartow, Florida to William... — Updated 10/20/2021

Bruce Curtis Jones, 1968-2021

Bruce Curtis Jones of Lake Wales passed away Monday, October 18, 2021 at his residence. He was born February 16, 1968 in Clearwater to Charlie and Mary Jones; he has been a... — Updated 10/22/2021

Mary Louise (Lou) Dailey, 1938-2021

Mary Louise (Lou) Dailey, 83, passed away on Oct 18, 2021, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. The family will hold a memorial service on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 2 PM EST at... — Updated 10/20/2021

Robert William Langston Willett, 1942-2021

Robert William Langston Willett passed on Oct 16, 2021. His wife and daughter, three brothers and two sisters-in-law were with him. He was a professor at the University of Georgia... — Updated 10/21/2021

Timothy Robert Jones, 1956-2021

Timothy Robert Jones of Fort Meade passed away Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Advent Health Sebring. He was born February 21, 1956 in Aurora, Illinois to Robert and Janet Jones; he... — Updated 10/19/2021

Dominic Paul Hyatt, 1955-2021

Dominic Paul Hyatt of Lake Wales passed away Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at AdventHealth Lake Wales. He was born November 17, 1955 in Monrovia, California to the late Marshall and... — Updated 10/21/2021

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