City Approves $150K in Incentives for Downtown Taproom, Lincoln Ave. Cafe

The Lake Wales City Commission Tuesday, Jan. 14 approved $150,000 in incentives to help a taproom locate downtown and a café open on Lincoln Avenue. Since the two commitments... — Updated 1/15/2020

City Asked to Allocate $100,000 in Incentives to Help Taproom Locate Downtown

Lake Wales Main Street Director Karen Thompson is so excited about the possibility of a tap room breathing life into downtown Lake Wales that she's asking city commissioners to... — Updated 1/14/2020

Police Seeking Witnesses in Death of Pedestrian Hit by Car on U.S. 27 Jan. 3

Lake Wales Police would like to hear from anyone who might have witnessed a fatal accident where a pedestrian was hit by a car shortly after 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3 on U.S. 27 at Lakeside Drive. A 22-year-old Lake Wales woman,... — Updated 1/8/2020

City Likely to Keep Code Board and Use Magistrate for Some Issues

Facing vocal opposition to eliminating the citizen Code Enforcement Board, Lake Wales city commissioners expressed support for a hybrid system where they would keep the board but... — Updated 1/13/2020

Sheriff's Office Next Active Assailant Survival Training Jan. 14

On the heels of the recent church shooting in Texas the Polk County Sheriff's Office is again offering "Surviving and Active Assailant" training for churches, businesses and... — Updated 1/10/2020

Commissioners Want to Seek Proposals for City Attorney Services

City Commissioner Curtis Gibson was in elementary school when Chuck Galloway became the Lake Wales city attorney 26 years ago. Gibson says it's time to at least consider whether... — Updated 1/12/2020

Activities Planned Jan 16-20 to Celebrate Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A variety of activities are planned Jan. 16-20 in Lake Wales to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee... — Updated 1/9/2020

Large Teacher Absence Expected Jan. 13 for Tallahassee Rally

While the Polk County Public Schools anticipate about 1,600 teachers to be absent Monday, Jan. 13 to attend an education rally in Tallahassee, Lake Wales High School Principal... — Updated 1/12/2020

Warning's Over: Texting While Driving Now Will Cost You

The six-month warning period for texting while driving is coming to an end. Law enforcement officers will begin citing violators Jan. 1, with fines of $30 for the first offense.... — Updated 1/8/2020

20 Years in Lake Wales - Yesterday's Treasures a Joy to Behold

Yesterday's Treasures owners Betty and William (Bill) Schermerhorn have collected for over 50 years mostly in New York state, and many of those finds are displayed and for sale at... — Updated 1/9/2020

7 Tips for Talking Money with the Person You Love

Your relationship is about living a happy life together, not dollars and cents. A little financial planning may help you get there. There’s nothing more exciting than tying the... — Updated 1/8/2020

Highlanders' Johnson Named 2019 Buccaneers High School Coach of the Year

Lake Wales Highlanders head coach Tavaris Johnson was voted the 2019 Buccaneers High School Coach of the Year contest from an elite field of weekly winners representing seven... — Updated 1/9/2020

Register by Jan. 11 for Lake Wales Little League

Registration closes Saturday, Jan. 11 for participation in the 2020 Lake Wales Little League. Parents may register in-person from 6-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Jan. 6-10, or... — Updated 1/8/2020

Lake Wales Chorale Spring Semester Starts Jan. 13

People who love singing are invited to join voices for the spring semester of the Lake Wales Chorale. The first session with new director Dana Hofstrom of Warner University begins... — Updated 1/9/2020

Auditions Jan. 13-14 for Next Little Theatre Play - Super Freaks

Auditions for the March Lake Wales Little Theatre production of Super Freaks will be Jan. 13 and 14. Director Lesta Woods is looking to cast three men and three women in this fun... — Updated 1/9/2020

Clearing the Clutter - Take Small Steps

You don't lose fifty pounds in two weeks. You lose them one pound at a time. You don't begin a fitness regiment by running a marathon. You run a mile or two. So don't stare at the... — Updated 1/8/2020

Library Association Plans 10-Day United Kingdom Trip in September 2020

The Lake Wales Library Association is partnering with the renowned travel company, Collette, to present a vacation opportunity in the United Kingdom. This 10-day trip includes... — Updated 1/8/2020

Learn About Gopher Tortoise, Landlord of the Upland, Jan. 9

The Sierra Club is hosting a presentation Jan. 9 about why the Gopher Tortoise is such an important, enigmatic species – landlord of the upland. Polly, the resident Gopher... — Updated 1/8/2020

Circle of Friends Ministry Holding 20-Year Anniversary Reunion Jan. 11

Twenty years ago one determined Lake Wales mother decided children with disabilities deserved better. Mertice Fehringer (now Kelly) didn't like the fact that her daughter Connie... — Updated 1/8/2020

Woman's Club of Lake Wales Supports the Arts

GFWC Woman's Club members are very vocal about many things they are passionate about, so why not art? There are many studies - pro and con - regarding the arts in connection with... — Updated 1/13/2020

IT Manager Sunderland Named 2019 City Employee of the Year

Kevin Sunderland says he was pleasantly surprised to be named City of Lake Wales 2019 Employee of the Year. As manager of information technology he does much of his work behind the... — Updated 1/8/2020

Polk Senior Games Registration Opens Jan. 2

Registration for the 28th Annual Polk Senior Games begins Jan. 2. The Games, scheduled for Feb. 29 to March 16, offer a two-week series of 98 Olympic-style events in 38 athletic... — Updated 1/8/2020

Folk Music Planned for Free Lake Wales LIVE Event Jan. 17

The City of Lake Wales Recreation Department will host Lake Wales Live starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17. The entertainment will be Back Porch Revival Folk Music. The free event... — Updated 1/14/2020

Little Theatre Production of Single Wide: The Musical Opens Jan. 10

The Lake Wales Little Theatre production of Single Wide: The Musical opens Friday, Jan. 10 for a three weekend run. The play is about Katy, a third generation single mother who... — Updated 1/8/2020

King's Brass Free Concert Jan. 22

Tim Zimmerman and the King's Brass will be performing in a free concert Wednesday, Jan. 22 at First Baptist Church of Lake Wales. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. at the church,... — Updated 1/8/2020

Resolve to Get Clean - There's Help

As a New Year approaches a common theme is setting New Year's resolutions for yourself. As an addict I can remember setting goals of trying to do better in life. The one I would... — Updated 1/8/2020

Video PSA Explores Dangers of Vaping

Polk County Public Schools has teamed up with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Department of Health in Polk County to warn students and families about the dangers... — Updated 1/8/2020

Publix Fills 100 Millionth Free Prescription

Publix Pharmacy recently filled its 100 millionth free prescription as part of its free medication program. "We are proud to provide a service that helps our customers afford their... — Updated 1/10/2020

Dual Enrollment Helps High School Students Jump Start College Education

Polk State College serves nearly 3,000 students each year through its dual-enrollment, early-admission, and collegiate high school programs, providing a variety of... — Updated 1/8/2020

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