Unanimous Commission Names James Slaton as City Manager

Lake Wales City Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday, Oct. 20 to appoint James Slaton as the next city manager. Slaton has been serving as interim city manager since June 2,... — Updated 10/20/2020

Olmsted Heritage: Unrealized Asset

This is the twelfth installment in the Lake Wales Renaissance series. Lake Wales City Commissioner Robin Gibson serves as Deputy Mayor and Chairman of the city's Community... — Updated 10/7/2020

City Seeking Clergy Volunteers to Give Invocations When Chaplain Unavailable

Clergy or religious leaders in the greater Lake Wales area can now volunteer to give the invocation prior to a city commission meeting. City Clerk Jennifer Nanek is compiling a... — Updated 10/7/2020

Sample Ballots Available Online

Sample ballots for the upcoming General Election are now available online at PolkElections.com. "Voters are encouraged to study their choices in advance and bring their sample... — Updated 10/7/2020

Three Ways to Vote in Nov. 3 General Election

Polk County voters have three easy ways to vote in the Nov. 3 General Election, according to Supervisor of Elections, Lori Edwards. 1. At your Precinct. Polling locations will be... — Updated 10/7/2020

New Books at Lake Wales Public Library - Week of Oct. 5

The Lake Wales Public Library, with the assistance of lakewalesnews.net, has revived a tradition that existed in our local weekly newspaper for many years, the publication of a... — Updated 10/7/2020

Sorority Delivers Educator Boxes for Adopt-A-School Initiative

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is a community conscious, action oriented organization. The Gamma Phi Zeta Chapter of Polk County, through service within the community and the... — Updated 10/7/2020

Heartland for Children's 16th Annual Rudolph Round-Up Toy Drive

The holidays are right around the corner and you can help make incredible holiday memories for over 1,500 local children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect. Heartland for... — Updated 10/7/2020

100-Plus Pound Weight Loss Makes Local Man Florida TOPS "King"

John Clifford is Florida King, but the pandemic postponed his official coronation. The 83-year-old Lake Wales man lost more than 100 pounds through the international Take Off... — Updated 10/9/2020

Remember God

Dr. Virgil Ullom of Babson Park made this presentation at Oct. 6 Lake Wales City Commission meeting. I am here this evening because I believe that what happens in this chamber is... — Updated 10/7/2020

Thomas Freeman, 1925-2020

Thomas (Tom) Ancil Freeman, 94, of Lake Wales passed away on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, at Palm Garden Health and Rehabilitation Center in Winter Haven. He was born in Lawrenceburg,... — Updated 10/7/2020

Terrence Seay, 1979-2020

Terrence Antoine Seay, 41, of Winter Haven died Oct. 4, 2020 at Advent Health South Hospital in Orlando, Florida. He was born Oct. 2, 1979 in Bartow. Visitation will be from 6:30-8... — Updated 10/7/2020

Tammy DeZarn, 1962-2020

Tammy Kay "Tami" DeZarn, 58, of Lake Wales passed away peacefully Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 at Advent Health Lake Wales with her husband by her side. She was born April 1, 1962 in... — Updated 10/7/2020

Savitaben Patel, 1942-2020

Savitaben A. Patel, 78, of Lake Wales passed away Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020 at her residence. She was born September 14, 1942 in Alarsa, India to the late Pursottambhai and Hiraben... — Updated 10/9/2020

Debra Smith Wright, 1953-2020

Debra Smith Wright, a beloved educator and mother, whose legacy is the countless minds she opened and hearts she touched, transitioned on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. She was 67. Born... — Updated 10/21/2020

Margaret Maxwell, 1929-2020

Margaret Mary Maxwell, 91, of Lake Wales passed away Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 her residence. She was born May 19, 1929 in Cimarron, NM to the late Aurelio and Carmelita Martinez;... — Updated 10/12/2020

Anita Farris, 1941-2020

Anita Carol Farris, 78, of Lake Wales passed away Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 in Lake Wales. She was born Nov. 23, 1941 in California to the late Clifford Morrill and Margaret Rodgers. Anita was a retired medical accountant. She... — Updated 10/12/2020

Rodney Krueger, 1935-2020

Rodney Theodore Krueger, 85, passed away at home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. Born on Sept. 1, 1935, in Wayne County, MI to Almer and Marie (Wanemacher)... — Updated 10/15/2020

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