TUESDAY 8:00 PM UPDATE - Hurricane Ian Predicted to Strike Lake Wales

TUESDAY 8:00 PM UPDATE: Hurricane Ian has continued to deepen as it moves toward Florida and model trends continue to shift the track toward the east, bringing the center of... — Updated 9/28/2022

WEDNESDAY 5:00 PM UPDATE: IAN CARRIES 140 MPH WINDS AS IT HEADS TOWARD LAKE WALES AFTER LANDFALL

WEDNESDAY 5:00 PM UPDATE: NOAA Doppler radar imagery indicates that the eye of Ian has made landfall on the mainland southwest Florida peninsula just south of Punta Gorda near... — Updated 9/28/2022

Hurricane Shelters Limited in Polk, Here's the List of Locations

There are no shelters designated to open in the Lake Wales area, according to Polk County and Polk School System officials. No explanation has been offered for that situation.... — Updated 9/27/2022

Lake Wales Area Expected to Experience Direct Impact of Hurricane Ian

UPDATE: Hurricane Ian has continued its trek toward Florida, now with 125 MPH winds. Further intensification is expected during the next 24 hours. The storm is now a Category... — Updated 9/28/2022

NO Hurricane Shelters Available Across Southeast Polk County

As Hurricane Ian threatens Florida and the Lake Wales area, Polk County has announced that thirteen shelters will be opened across the county, None are in Lake Wales. The only... — Updated 9/26/2022

Police Arrest Tow-Truck Operator, Charged With Theft of Auto

A vehicle reported as stolen by the owner from near the RaceTrac gas station has been recovered from a Haines City towing yard, leading to the arrest of the tow truck operator.... — Updated 9/15/2022

Lake Wales' Southern Expansion Reaches Blue Lake Area

The steady expansion of city limits is expected to continue at Tuesday's Lake Wales city commission meeting when the board will consider the annexation of 67.73 acres of land... — Updated 9/15/2022

Monday Land Use Meeting CANCELLED

UPDATE: Due to the anticipated arrival of storm-force winds this week, the City of Lake Wales has cancelled the Land Use Study Workshop planned for tonight (Monday). Also cancelled... — Updated 9/27/2022

City Continues Development of Affordable Housing With Private Partners

The Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is celebrating the groundbreaking of two new houses which will soon be built next to one another on A Street in the Northwest... — Updated 9/15/2022

Controversial Small-Lot Development Delayed For Review

On a 3-2 vote, Lake Wales city commissioners almost approved a controversial new subdivision plat that creates 907 new building lots on the near south side before a last minute... — Updated 9/26/2022

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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

Bluegill a Fun Sport Fish

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission want to invite you to just go fish! Here's a great suggestion for that youngster, or even the experienced pro, that will... — Updated 7/1/2022

Low Water Presents Hazards for Fishers, But Catches Being Made

Despite the onset of near-daily rains, the upper Kissimmee chain, including Lake Hatchineha, remains very low. Boaters are urged to use extreme caution to avoid running into... — Updated 6/13/2022

Tropical Weather System Left Little to Raise Fishing Hopes

The passing of the season's first tropical system left precious little rain in area gauges, so water levels in area lakes are continuing to suffer, with some still headed lower.... — Updated 6/8/2022

Low Water Still Affecting Fishing on Area Lakes

Although the summer rains are starting, they have still been spotty and fishing is in a transitional time with low water levels in some area lakes. On Lake Walk-in-Water, bluegill... — Updated 5/30/2022

Fishing Still Active as Rains Begin

The beginning of the wet summer season is upon us, and that means lots of changes in fishing patters. The dry spring has left some lakes very low, which also means that boaters... — Updated 5/24/2022

Bluegill Still Hot Targets, Bass Can be Found

On Lake Walk-in-Water, anglers are still catching bluegill on crickets in the pads and grass. Bass are up shallow morning before the heat and wind picks up, and evening if the... — Updated 5/10/2022

University, High School Student Sports Reporters Sought

Area college and high school students with a penchant for sports have an opportunity to earn some career creds by providing coverage of their favorite local teams, according to... — Updated 5/2/2022

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

Polk State College to Offer New Degree in Human Resources

Polk State College is launching two opportunities for individuals seeking education and training in Human Resources Management – a concentration within the Bachelor of Applied... — Updated 5/25/2022

Polk Announces Annual Student Art Contest

It's time to raid your art supply closet – the 19th Annual Water Conservation Art Contest is open for entries. The contest is open to all Polk County students from kindergarten... — Updated 3/23/2022

Webber Students Dominate Future Business Leaders of America District Competition.

In an amazing display of business acumen, a group of Webber International University students recently swept virtually every top honor in District III Future Business Leaders of... — Updated 2/17/2022

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 9/15/2022

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

Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Dealer to Host Live Nationwide Broadcast

Lake Wales Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram (CDJR) will host a live, nationwide television broadcast on National AgDay, March 22. The dealership was selected by the Certified Agriculture... — Updated 3/21/2022

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

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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

Highlands Hammock Offers "Firefly Tours" Starting March 15

Highlands Hammock State Park has a full lineup of activities and special events for the month of March including nature hikes, "Firefly Nights" tram tours, and a Music in the Park... — Updated 3/14/2022

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

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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

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

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Mardi Gras Party to Open Festivities on February 19th

A festive evening of colorful costumes, dance music, food and fun is in store for guests at a special Mardi Gras themed party hosted by the Lake wales Woman's Club. The party,... — Updated 1/12/2022

Theatre Review: "Ripcord" Offers an Evening of Entertaining Fun

An evening of often hilarious one-upmanship between roommates with a dash of Halloween flair is the basis of plenty of great gags as Lake Wales Little Theater (LWLT) presents... — Updated 1/15/2022

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Lake Wales' Newest Restaurant Expands Dining Choices

Wales Pointe is the city's newest restaurant and is already proving to be yet another bright spot downtown. Located at 207 East Park Avenue across from the well-known town clock,... — Updated 1/21/2022

Seven Rivers Water Festival Happens This Weekend

Polk County's biggest water conservation event, the 7 Rivers Water Festival, will be held this weekend in Winter Haven's Central Park The festival is a free, family-friendly event... — Updated 9/15/2022

Does Freedom of Speech Include Freedom to Film?

A U.S. Appeals Court has reversed a lower court ruling by finding that filming on government property isn't inherently a protected activity. Indie filmmaker Gordy Price shot scenes... — Updated 9/16/2022

Ridge Scenic Highway 39-Mile Yard Sale Happens November 3

A popular and long-running community event returns this year, and organizers are offering plenty of advance notice to those wishing to participate. The 15th annual 39-mile Yard... — Updated 9/2/2022

Polk County Seeks Volunteers to Help Steer Community Redevelopment Programs

Polk County is seeking volunteers interested in housing and neighborhood development who are willing to serve in a volunteer capacity.on the Community Development Citizens Advisory... — Updated 9/3/2022

Area Crafters and Vendors Invited to Participate at Visit Central Florida

Area crafters and vendors looking for a weekday marketing opportunity have an extra chance beginning in early November. Visit Central Florida's Welcome Center in Davenport is... — Updated 8/31/2022

Lake Wales Youth Football Receives Dyer Difference Award and $3,000

The Lake Wales Youth Football League, which sponsors the Lake Wales Steelers teams, has been selected as the recipient of the Dyer Difference Award for August. The Lake Wales... — Updated 8/25/2022

Clear Choice Dermatology Celebrates First Anniversary With Plan for the Future

Growing a Lake Wales medical practice of his own has long been the vision of one area physician, an outcome that has come to fruition for Dr. Ray Knisley, a board-certified... — Updated 8/13/2022

Book Launch Event to Recognize Local Author

A Lake Wales author will be recognized at a special "book launch event" in honor of two recently-released works of historical fiction. "The Florida Saga" shares the surprising... — Updated 7/1/2022

Rotary On The Ridge Doubles Membership, Wins Award

The concept of "community service" is alive and well in Lake Wales, as evidenced by an award presented to one of three local Rotary Clubs this week. Rotary on the Ridge received a... — Updated 6/23/2022

Lake Wales' Carl Hadden Named as Regional Director of Small Business Development Center

TAMPA, Fl. – The Muma College of Business at University of South Florida announced Carl Hadden, MBA, CME, as the new regional director of the Florida SBDC at University of South... — Updated 6/16/2022

Niyom Dowudom, 1940-2022

Niyom Dowudom, age 82, passed away September 1, 2022, at Bartow Regional Medical Center. He was born August 25, 1940, in Bangkok. He was a Machine operator for International Paper... — Updated 9/15/2022

Bernice Marie Howser, 1932-2022

Bernice Marie Howser of Lake Wales passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at her residence. Bernice was born June 26, 1932 in Quincy, Illinois to the late Kenneth and Sadie... — Updated 9/22/2022

Timothy Ulysses Poitras, 1959-2022

Timothy Ulysses Poitras of Babson Park passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2022 at his residence. Timothy was born on July 4, 1959 in Manchester, New Hampshire to the late... — Updated 9/22/2022

Frank J. Wolzanski, 1930-2022

Frank J. Wolzanski passed away in Lake Wales, FL on September 8, 2022 following a long illness. He was born February 3, 1930 in Perth Amboy, NJ the son of the late Frank Joseph... — Updated 9/12/2022

Wayne P. Miller, 1945-2022

Wayne P. Miller of Lake Wales passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Somers Hospice House in Sebring. He was born October 31, 1945 in San Francisco, California to the late... — Updated 9/12/2022

Alice Boyle Duffy, 1929-2022

Alice Boyle Duffy, longtime resident of Hingham, Massachusetts, passed away Thursday, September 8th, from complications following a stroke in Winter Haven, Florida, near where she... — Updated 9/13/2022

Thomas D McKeon, 1950-2022

Thomas D McKeon, D.C., 72, of Reunion, Florida passed away Tuesday morning August 30, 2022, in Orlando, Florida. Tom was born August 26, 1950, and was a devoted chiropractor and... — Updated 9/6/2022

William B. Newton, 1944-2022

William B. Newton ("Bill") of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away last Thursday afternoon, September 1, 2022, at the Scottsdale Honor Health Hospital on 92nd street and Shea after a... — Updated 9/9/2022

Diane Arlene Kastner, 1940-2022

Diane Arlene Kastner of Nalcrest, Florida passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at her residence. She was born March 24, 1940 in Oregon to the late Ralph and Margot Greener; she... — Updated 8/31/2022

Maxine Merrill Gilmore, 1921-2022

Maxine Merrill Gilmore, 101, and formerly of Lake Wales, FL, died in her Whispering Pines, NC home surrounded by love and family on August 6, 2022. Maxine Lura (Merrill) Gilmore... — Updated 8/27/2022

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