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New Owner Wants City to Drop Foreclosure, Waive Fines on Seminole Hotel

Henry Kebabjian wants to redevelop the historic Seminole Hotel in downtown Lake Wales, but his timing may be a little off. Kebabjian bought the three-story hotel Aug. 19 at a... — Updated 9/17/2020


Commissioners Appoint Chaplain, Continue Pre-Meeting Invocations

Lake Wales City commissioners by a 4-1 vote Sept. 9 approved an invocation policy that appoints an official chaplain and develops a list of volunteers from local congregations to... — Updated 9/16/2020


City Agrees to Invest in Public Housing

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was updated by Executive Editor Chevon Baccus after the Sept. 16 CRA meeting. City commissioners agreed to invest $460,000 to help finance a proposed... — Updated 9/17/2020


City Explores Small Increase in Development Impact Fees, First in 10 Years

For the first time in almost a decade, Lake Wales is proposing a small increase in its development impact fees. City commissioners have approved a first reading of a new fee... — Updated 9/16/2020


Legacy Leads in Local Real Estate Sales for Five Years Running

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams," says Dolores Vogel, Legacy Real Estate Center broker and owner. "So, DREAM BIG, we do!" The worldwide... — Updated 9/16/2020


New Books at Lake Wales Public Library - Week of Sept. 14

The Lake Wales Public Library, with the assistance of, has revived a tradition that existed in our local weekly newspaper for many years, the publication of a... — Updated 9/16/2020


Commissioner Gibson Announces Re-Election Bid on His 36th Birthday

Marking the occasion of his 36th birthday, Lake Wales City Commissioner Curtis Gibson on Sept. 11 announced the start of his re-election campaign. Gibson plans to qualify for the... — Updated 9/16/2020


New Leader at Circle of Friends Answered God's Call to Serve

Crystal Higbee gave up a good job as a surgical tech to answer a special calling to become president of Circle of Friends Ministry. Higbee admits like in the story of Jonah and the... — Updated 9/17/2020


AAUW Art in Schools Reaches 15-year Anniversary

COVID-19 did not deter volunteers from the American Association of University Women from delivering nearly 100 framed prints of famous fine art paintings to area schools for public... — Updated 9/16/2020


Rotary on the Ridge Names Mike Baccus 2019-2020 Rotarian of the Year

Rotary on the Ridge named Mike Baccus as its 2019-2020 Rotarian of the Year. Delayed due to the COVID-19 virus, the presentation was made Sept. 14 as the club began meeting back in... — Updated 9/16/2020


America Needs to Pray

Dr. Virgil Ullom from Babson Park presented this at the Sept. 9 Lake Wales City Commission meeting. I am grateful for a government that listens to the citizens. I am grateful for... — Updated 9/16/2020


Be Encouraged

Whether it is the half-anniversary of when the pandemic shutdowns began in full in Lake Wales, the 19th anniversary of September 11th, or listening to the rhetoric with being less... — Updated 9/16/2020


Nancy Elizabeth "Liz" Hunt, 1957-2020

Nancy Elizabeth "Liz" Hunt, 63, of Lake Wales passed away Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 at Orlando Regional Medical Center. She was born March 21, 1957 in Lake Wales to Ellis and Nancy... — Updated 9/16/2020


Marjorie Jane Chandley, 1928-2020

Marjorie Jane Chandley of Atlanta, GA, age 91, passed from this life surrounded by loving family on Sunday, March 1, 2020. Marjorie, daughter of Edgar Reason Chandley and Myra... — Updated 9/17/2020


Felipe Garcia, 1994-2020

Felipe Garcia, age 26, passed away Sept. 5, 2020. Born July 22, 1994 in Eustis, FL, to Carina Fernandez. He was a factory worker in the agriculture industry. He will be remembered... — Updated 9/16/2020


Alphonso "Hit" Ballard, 1957-2020

Alphonso " HIT " Ballard, 63, of Lake Wales, died Sept. 13 at The Groves Center Nursing Home in Lake Wales. He was born Jan. 27, 1957 in Lake Wales. He was preceded in death last... — Updated 9/16/2020


Marion Wagner, 1924-2020

Marion Wagner, 96, of Lake Wales passed away Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 at her daughter's residence in Winter Haven. She was born July 14, 1924 in New London, CT to the late Rocco and... — Updated 9/16/2020

Jack Hatten Sr., 1947-2020

Jackie D. “Jack” Hatten, Sr., 73, of Lake Wales passed away Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 at his residence. He was born July 27, 1947 in Wheeling, WV to the late Effie Hatten. He moved to Lake Wales from West Virginia 30 years ago.... — Updated 9/16/2020

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