Friends and Family Mourn Loss of 22-Year-Old Whose Joy Could Light Up a Room

Friends say when 22-year-old Kaitlyn Kinard smiled the atmosphere grew happier and more positive. "She had such a contagious type of personality - whenever she walked into a room... — Updated 3/26/2020

COVID-19 Narch 26 Update from City of Lake Wales

The City of Lake Wales continues to be under a declared State of Emergency by Mayor Fultz. There is no curfew at this time. As Covid-19 updates for Florida's residents continue... — Updated 3/27/2020

March 28 Deadline to Request Vote by Mail for April 7 City Election

The deadline is Saturday, March 28 for Lake Wales registered voters to request a vote by mail ballot for the April 7 municipal election. Voters can request the ballot online at... — Updated 3/25/2020

April 7 City Election Polling Place Moved to Austin Center

The Lake Wales Municipal Election scheduled to take place on Tuesday April 7 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. will go forward with a change. Due to safety concerns related to COVID-19 the... — Updated 3/26/2020

Library Cancels Events, Suspends Bookmobile Services

Due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus, the Lake Wales Public Library will postpone the book signing for Tom Freeman's Florida originally scheduled for March 16. Library staff... — Updated 3/25/2020

Gibson Campaign Encourages Vote by Mail for April 7 City Election

The Robin Gibson Campaign supports the "strong encouragement" by the Lake Wales city clerk for citizens to vote by mail rather than risk social interaction at the polling places.... — Updated 3/25/2020

Centers for Disease Control Issues COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses

This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this... — Updated 3/25/2020

Apply for Emergency Small Business Bridge Loans Online or By Mail

Due to the widespread impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), the application process for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program changed this week. Eligible small... — Updated 3/26/2020

"Kat" Gates-Skipper Inducted into Florida Veterans' Hall of Fame

Kathryn "Kat" Gates-Skipper from Lake Wales, along with 16 fellow Floridians, was inducted Monday, March 9 into The Florida Veterans' Hall of Fame at the Capitol Building in... — Updated 3/25/2020

ElderPoint Ministries Continues Services Despite Economic Downturn

ElderPoint Ministries of Greater Lakeland is a non-profit agency committed to serving nutrition and transportation needs of elderly Polk County residents, with a goal of meeting... — Updated 3/27/2020

Alcohol and the Coronavirus Pandemic

[The following was prepared for oral presentation before the Lake Wales City Commissioners 3/17/20. Due to the Coronavirus restrictions I did not attend.] America's response to the... — Updated 3/25/2020

What If It Was Your Son?

Due to a deadly virus, one with a 100% mortality rate, governments have secured the services of the world's most prominent scientist to find an antidote. Many ideas have been... — Updated 3/26/2020

Treatment Center Warns of Soma Abuse

Many people would find this very surprising but Soma abuse is actually very common and being prescribed by tons of pain management clinics. Be cautious of the effects this... — Updated 3/25/2020

Polk County Schools Issue Plans for Online Learning to Begin March 30

Polk County Public Schools has released its Instructional Continuity Plan, which details how learning will continue for the district's students while schools remain closed through... — Updated 3/25/2020

Polk State Faculty Gets Creative for Online Instruction

As Polk State College moves to an online learning environment for the remainder of the 2020 Spring Semester to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, faculty and staff have partnered... — Updated 3/26/2020

Kaitlyn "KT" Kinard, 1998-2020

Kaitlyn "KT" Marie Kinard, 22, of Babson Park passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020 in Vero Beach, FL. She was born January 9, 1998, in Walterboro, SC to Stephen Todd Kinard and... — Updated 3/25/2020

Edward Kurt Rappold Jr., 1962-2020

Edward Kurt Rappold Jr., 57, of Lake Wales passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at the AdventHealth Lake Wales. He was born September 21, 1962 in Ridley Park, PA; He graduated from... — Updated 3/25/2020

Dave Smith, 1930-2020

Charles David "Dave" Smith, 89, of Lake Wales passed away Monday, March 23, 2020 at AdventHealth Lake Wales. He was born December 11, 1930 in Independence, VA to the late Grant and... — Updated 3/25/2020

Charles Fugate Sr., 1929-2020

Charles Herbert Fugate, Sr., 90, of Lake Wales passed away Thursday, March 26, 2020 at his residence. He was born Oct. 4, 1929 in Weaubleau, MO to the late David and Mamie Fugate.... — Updated 3/27/2020

Jerry Wayne Smith, 1950-2020

Jerry Wayne Smith, 70, of Lake Wales passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at his residence. He was born March 18, 1950 in Coffee County, AL to the late George and Coela Smith; he moved to Lake Wales from Orlando in 1986. Jerry was... — Updated 3/26/2020

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