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More than 8 000 New Dwellings Planned in Lake Wales

Plans and proposals for new housing developments in Lake Wales have come in waves during 2021 and show no sign of abating. More than 8,300 new dwellings are now "visible" on the... — Updated 9/22/2021

Millions in Grants Offered to Polk Organizations

A variety of area organizations including those providing support for the impacts of Covid-19 in our communities are now eligible to receive American Rescue Act funds made... — Updated 9/21/2021 Full story


Federal Funds to Aid in Downtown Streetscape

The process of converting barren downtown streets into a shady pedestrian oasis got a financial boost as the City expects to receive a Federal grant. In a presentation to area... — Updated 9/15/2021 Full story

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City Considers Transferring Museum Operations to "Friends" Group

After several years of operations as a purely city-run facility, the Lake Wales History Museum may soon be under the control of a not-for-profit group once again. The Wednesday... — Updated 9/22/2021 Full story

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Chamber to Introduce New CEO at Reception

A September 28 reception has been scheduled to give Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce members an opportunity to meet the new head of the organization's economic development... — Updated 9/15/2021 Full story

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Electric Vehicle Show Comes to Lake Wales September 25

A small fleet of electric vehicles is expected to roll quietly into downtown Lake Wales on September 25, where they will be on display along Market Street in conjunction with the... — Updated 9/22/2021 Full story

AdventHealth Transitions to Normal Operations

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 17, 2021 – The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized across AdventHealth’s Central Florida system remained on a downward slope this week to about 850 as the hospital transitioned back to normal... — Updated 9/17/2021 Full story

Elections Supervisor Lori Edwards Now Hiring Poll Workers for Future Elections

Polk County residents are invited to apply to become election workers during an informational meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 23rd. “These are paid positions working at polling places on Election Day,” explained... — Updated 9/16/2021

Charter Schools Arrange $1M Loan to Restore Old School

A million-dollar second mortgage will fund the renovation of the original 1919 Lake Wales school building into new classroom space under action taken by the Lake Wales Charter... — Updated 9/9/2021 Full story

Lake Wales Charter Schools Superintendent Search Challenged

More than six months after the departure of lauded Lake Wales Charter Schools Superintendent Jesse Jackson, the process of seeking his replacement being conducted by the Board of... — Updated 9/14/2021

Highlanders Face Lakeland Dreadnaughts Tonight

In a much-anticipated showdown between two top Polk County football squads, the Lake Wales Highlanders will host the Lakeland Dreadnaughts this Friday at Legion Field. The big game... — Updated 9/11/2021

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After Loss to Non-Conference Foe Lakeland, Highlanders Prep for Naples Lely

After losing a rain-soaked tilt against the 7-A regional powerhouse Lakeland Dreadnaughts the Lake Wales High School Highlander 11 are focusing on righting the ship when they host... — Updated 9/12/2021 Full story

Fall Fishing Report and Tips

Florida Freshwater Angler Our Purpose: To identify excellent Florida freshwater fishing opportunities and to provide anglers with relevant information that will enhance the... — Updated 9/10/2021 Full story

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Lake Wales Highlanders Off to Hot Start, Face Big Challenges

Highlander Football is back, and local fans are anticipating a return to the playoffs following an impressive regular season opener, After raising the stakes with a solid 26-0 win... — Updated 9/2/2021 Full story

Highlanders Go 2-0 After Thumping of Davenport Ridge Bolts

With a convincing victory at their home opener at Legion Field the Lake Wales Highlander varsity football squad improved their regular season record to 2-0. Both offense and... — Updated 9/10/2021 Full story

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 9/18/2021

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 Full story

LakeWalesNews.Net Now Offers a Free Business Services Directory

As a service to area residents and small businesses, is now offering a free Business Services Directory that will include listings from service-oriented businesses serving area homeowners. “This will be an... — Updated 9/16/2021 Full story

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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 Full story

Lake Wales Acquired by New Day Market Research

Lake Wales will continue to enjoy the presence of a local news source focused on the community thanks to a recent business agreement. It was announced today that New Day Market... — Updated 9/7/2021 Full story

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Endangered Florida Butterfly Comes Back From the Brink of Extinction

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- For the past nine years, volunteers working with the Florida Museum of Natural Historyand the Florida Park Service have trekked diligently through forest... — 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 9/22/2021 Full story

Pulte Homes Crushed Gopher Tortoises for New Houses

Say what you will about Florida (and many of you have), but we’ve sure got some unusual crimes here. A surprising number of them involve reptiles. You have probably heard about... — Updated 9/18/2021 Full story

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

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 9/17/2021 Full story

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 Full story

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 Full story

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 Full story

3 Generations Serve Community through Rotary on the Ridge

Nature or nurture? It's probably both when you look at three generations of women sharing a heart for serving the community. When she turned 18 in July, Jillian Gillis became... — Updated 9/9/2021 Full story

FWC Urges Safe Boating on Labor Day Weekend

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement reminds boaters to exercise caution and practice safe boating during the Labor Day holiday... — Updated 9/9/2021 Full story

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Thinking of Retiring? Think About Your Health Care Options

(NAPSI)-More Americans may be looking to retire before age 65, according to several studies. However, they need to understand their financial needs, both long term and before age... — Updated 9/16/2021 Full story

Polk County Fire Rescue Earns National Recognition Improved Responses to STEMI Heart Attacks

Polk County Fire Rescue has received the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures to... — Updated 9/12/2021 Full story

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A Light For Those Still In The Covid Darkness

(NAPSI)-Whatever happens with the new phase of the pandemic, and the glimmers of normalcy that bring joy and hope to many, the light at the end of the tunnel is difficult to see... — Updated 9/12/2021 Full story

What To Do When Someone Dies

Sometimes death comes without warning. The most common causes are heart attacks, and accidents. But sometimes, people just die without warning-in their sleep. We are going about... — Updated 9/11/2021 Full story

Freddie Robie, 1942-2021

Freddie Robie, 79 of Lake Wales, died at Advent Health Hospital, Lake Wales under Vitas Hospice... — Updated 9/22/2021

James Alton "Pete" Edwards, 1939-2021

James Alton "Pete" Edwards of Lake Wales passed away Friday, September 10, 2021 at Lakeland Regional Hospital. He was born July 1, 1939 in Crestview to the late Walton and Pearl... — Updated 9/16/2021 Full story

Gussie P. Rideau, 1939-2021

Gussie P. Rideau, 72 of Winter Haven, died at Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, Florida. Memorial Services: Saturday, September 18, 2021, 11a.m. at Canaan Land Worship Center Church,... — Updated 9/17/2021

Ricardo Dewayne O'Neal, 1971-2021

Ricardo Dewayne O'Neal, 49 of Lake Wales, died at Advent Health Hospital, Lake... — Updated 9/19/2021

Richard Scott "Ricky" Batson, 1964-2021

Richard Scott “Ricky” Batson of Lake Wales passed away Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at his residence. He was born December 16, 1964 in Haines city to Sterling and Mary Batson.... — Updated 9/16/2021 Full story

Shirlene Viola Hart Shirey Anthony Chott, 1937-2021

Shirlene Viola Hart Shirey Anthony Chott 84, of Sebring, FL, passed away September 8, 2021, in Sebring FL. She was born August 3, 1937 at home near Zolfo Springs, FL, to the late... — Updated 9/15/2021 Full story

Monica Denise Richardson, 1976-2021

Monica Denise Richardson, age 45, of Bartow, FL, died Saturday, September 11, 2021, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. She is survived by One Daughter: Jerrica Lenae' Williams,... — Updated 9/19/2021 Full story

Encarnasion Madrigal, 1976-2021

Encarnasion Madrigal of Lake Wales passed away Thursday, September 9th, 2021 at Advent Health in Lake Wales. He was born August 17, 1976 in Clewiston, Florida. He moved to Lakes... — Updated 9/15/2021 Full story

Jason Allen Crooks, 1973-2021

Jason Allen Crooks of Frostproof passed away Thursday, September 9, 2021 at Advent Health Lake Wales. He was born November 22, 1973 in Fort Worth, Texas. Jason was a train... — Updated 9/16/2021 Full story

Robert Eugene "Bobby" Duncan, Jr., 1943-2021

Robert Eugene "Bobby" Duncan, Jr. of Lakeland passed away Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. He was born December 31, 1943 in Williamson, West... — Updated 9/16/2021 Full story

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