6th Orange Blossom Revue Dec. 6-7 on the Shores of Lake Wailes

Thousands of barbecue, craft beer and music lovers will converge on the shores of Lake Wailes this weekend for the 2019 Orange Blossom Revue. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Lake... — Updated 12/5/2019

Public Safety Institute Undergoing Accreditation Assessment

A site-based assessment team from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), will arrive Dec. 2 to examine all aspects of the Polk State... — Updated 12/5/2019

Library to Offer Access to Grant Funding Database

The Lake Wales Public Library is proud to announce a new service focusing on connecting individuals and non-profit organizations with foundations who provide funding opportunities,... — Updated 12/5/2019

Message from Lake Wales Main Street Executive Director

Can you see it? Can you feel it? Something's in the air and although the holidays are fast approaching, I am specifically referring to the Dover Kohl "Lake Wales Connected"... — Updated 12/5/2019

Kathryn's Christian Books is a Family Affair for All Ages

Mission Statement: Lake Wales Care Center is a faith-based community service organization which demonstrates Christ's love by building bridges between people in need and people... — Updated 12/5/2019

Polk Business Groups Host International Trade Symposium

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and the Central Florida Development Council recently hosted the 5th annual international trade symposium Polk Goes Global. Javier Marin, CFDC... — Updated 12/5/2019

Publix Doubles Commitment to Help Alleviate Hunger

Since 2009, Publix has donated more than $2 billion in dairy, deli, meat, produce and fresh-baked goods to people in need. The company is now pledging an additional $2 billion in... — Updated 12/5/2019

Beware of Retirement Sprawl

As we move through our career, we often accumulate a number of different retirement accounts: A traditional IRA here, a rollover IRA there, and two or three scattered 401(k)... — Updated 12/5/2019

CenterPoint Church Christmas Festival Dec. 14

CenterPoint Community Church will hold its annual Christmas Festival from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. The church invites all families in the community to celebrate the... — Updated 12/5/2019

Santa and Mrs. Claus at Visitor Information Center Dec. 7

Jolly old St. Nick and Mrs. Claus will take time out of their busy schedule to pay a visit to Central Florida's Visitor Information Center (CFVIC) in Davenport on Saturday, Dec. 7,... — Updated 12/5/2019

Episcopal Church Christmas Pageant Dec. 15

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd will present its 77th annual Christmas pageant at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. The pageant tells the story of the nativity and features many of... — Updated 12/5/2019

Festival of Wreaths Continues Through Dec. 12

Thirty-two colorful and unique wreaths remain on display at the Polk History Center in Bartow through Dec. 12. Local businesses, individuals and organizations donate them for the... — Updated 12/5/2019

Alligator Tours at Circle B Dec. 13 and 20

Circle B Bar Reserve volunteer guides on Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 will be taking visitors on a personalized tram tour through the marsh to view and learn more about alligators. The... — Updated 12/5/2019

Volunteers Needed for Invasive Plant Removal at Circle B

Volunteers are needed Dec. 11 and 18 to help remove the invasive species Caesar's weed at Circle B Bar Reserve. Bring your favorite pair of gloves, and some water, and plan to... — Updated 12/5/2019

Retiring Dr. James Nelson to be Honored Dec. 8

Dr. James Nelson, who has practiced Family Medicine in Lake Wales for more than three decades, will be honored at a retirement reception to celebrate his contributions to the community. The reception will be held at 2 pm. Sunday,... — Updated 12/5/2019

Bok Tower Gardens Announces Holiday Events Schedule

Experience a holiday tradition that connects the entire family to nature and reignites the creative spirit at Holidays at Bok Tower Gardens. Nature's seasonal beauty provides the... — Updated 12/5/2019

Ritz Theater Hosts Winter Wonderland Dec. 7

The Ritz Theater in Winter Haven will host a Winter Wonderland event Saturday, Dec. 7. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during Carols in the Park and will feature a picture... — Updated 12/5/2019

Lake Wales Chorale Christmas Concert Dec. 6

Under the new direction of Concert Master Bill Doherty, the Lake Wales Chorale will perform their Christmas Concert Friday, Dec. 6 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Tickets are $5... — Updated 12/5/2019

Historic Cemetery Tour Dec. 7 Focuses on Veterans' Graves

The Polk History Center's monthly cemetery tour Dec. 7 coincides with National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and will feature a focus on the veterans of World War II interred at the... — Updated 12/5/2019

Message from Your Commissioner

We as elected officials need to mind our Ps and Qs in order to deliberate action. We need to be knowledgeable on issues that we face and day-to-day challenges in our respective... — Updated 12/5/2019

New 96-Bed Behavioral Health Center to Benefit Polk County

Lakeland Regional Health, with support from the City of Lakeland, is planning to construct a three-building, 96-bed center to better serve the behavioral health inpatient and... — Updated 12/5/2019

As Family Gathers, Watch for Drug or Alcohol Problems

As the holidays approach, keep in mind you will be spending time around family and friends that you might not typically see all year round. Some families will have an amazing time... — Updated 12/5/2019

Area Students Now Can Access Free Library Materials and Resources

Library cards are still a thing. And now, every single student in the Lake Wales Charter Schools and Polk County School system has one. The Polk County Library Cooperative has... — Updated 12/5/2019

Polk Schools Break Ground for New High School in Davenport

Polk County Public Schools broke ground Dec. 4 on a new high school in fast-growing Davenport. The new school, located adjacent to Davenport School of the Arts, is scheduled to... — Updated 12/5/2019

Polk State named Philanthropic Corporation of the Year; Student Also Recognized

Polk State College and the Polk State College Foundation were collectively named the Philanthropic Corporation of the Year during the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)... — Updated 12/5/2019

Foundation Kicks Off Annual Fundraising to Support Charter Schools

The Lake Wales Charter Schools Foundation has kicked off it's 2019-20 giving campaign, committed to improving the educational opportunities for all students in the community,... — Updated 12/5/2019

Polk State to Graduate 550 at Dec. 12 Commencement

More than 550 students with Polk State College's 121st graduating class will walk the stage Thursday, Dec. 12, at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland to receive their diplomas. The... — Updated 12/5/2019

Palmer Reddick, 2000-2019

A loving son, brother, grandson, friend, and thoughtful servant, Palmer Luke Reddick, age 19 of Lake Wales, went home to Jesus unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. He was born... — Updated 12/5/2019

Ruth McEachern, 1943-2019

Ruth Irmgard McEachern, 75, of Lake Wales passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Grace Healthcare. She was born December 21, 1943 in Greifswald, East Germany to the late Otto... — Updated 12/5/2019

Ella Armstead, 1928-2019

Ella Armstead, 91 of Lake Wales, died Nov. 29 at Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale. She was born May 26, 1928 in Waycross, Georgia. Services are incomplete. Epps Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of... — Updated 12/5/2019

Jack Ashley, 1924-2019

Jack went home to the Lord on November 27, 2019. He was born to Howard and Frances Ashley on January 24, 1924, in Tonica, IL. After graduation from Tonica High School, Jack served... — Updated 12/5/2019

Sonya Byrd, 1940-2019

Sonya Crenshaw Byrd, 79, of Lake Wales passed away Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 at AdventHealth. She was born September 30, 1940 in Orlando to the late Horrace and Frances (Jarvis)... — Updated 12/5/2019

Miguelina Andujar, 1942-2019

Miguelina Andujar, 77, of Lake Wales, passed away Friday, Nov/ 29, 2019 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. She was born May 8, 1942 in Comerio, Puerto Rico to the late Bendicto and Marta (Lopez) Gonzalez and she has been a... — Updated 12/5/2019

Bruce Douglass Twaddell, 1951-2019

Bruce Douglass Twaddell, 68, of Lake Wales passed away Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 at AdventHealth Hospital. He was born on March 28, 1951 in Oklahoma City, OK to the late James and June... — Updated 12/5/2019

Ronald "Ronnie" Keel Sr., 1935-2019

Ronald "Ronnie" Keel, Sr.,84, of Lake Wales passed away Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 in Winter Haven. He was born Oct. 11, 1935 in Crestview, FF to the late George L. and Flora (Farrier)... — Updated 12/5/2019

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