Retired Marine Blazes Trail to Florida Veterans Hall of Fame

Retired U.S. Marine Kathryn "Kat" Gates-Skipper got used to being a female trailblazer throughout her 20-year military career. So it's not surprising she will become the first... — Updated 10/10/2019

Toys for Tots 2019 Polk Campaign Kicks off Oct. 1

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program of Polk County 2019 campaign will get underway on Oct. 1, when individual families or nonprofit groups serving over 25 families... — Updated 10/9/2019

AdventHealth Lake Wales CEO Says Hospital Strives for Exceptionalism, Affordability, Inclusion, Wholeness

Thirty-eight days into AdventHealth's takeover of Lake Wales Medical Center, new Chief Executive Officer Brian Adams shared about the company's mission, vision and values at a... — Updated 10/10/2019

State Attorney Shares Priorities: Violent Crimes and Those Hurting Children and Elderly

State Attorney Brian Haas has a big job, dealing with more than 43,000 criminal cases annually in Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties. He told Lake Wales business leaders Friday... — Updated 10/11/2019

Retired Bok Carillonneur Milford Myhre Named Pioneer of the Year

The Lake Wales History Museum will honor retired Bok Tower carillonneur Milford Myhre as Pioneer of the Year during the 44th Annual Pioneer Days Festival. The celebration will take... — Updated 10/9/2019

Knife-Wielding Shoplifting Suspect Arrested at Lakeland Hotel

Lake Wales Police arrested a 24-year-old Avon Park woman Oct. 10 in connection with a Walmart shoplifting incident 11 days earlier that turned violent with her wielding pepper... — Updated 10/10/2019

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Florida Pickers #2 - Zooming Around Sebring

On a recent trip to Sebring I already knew that the city that hosts the world famous "Twelve Hours of Sebring" races each Spring would be the perfect hunting ground for classic and... — Updated 10/10/2019

7 Local Artists Exhibiting at Melange Downtown

A new exhibit by noted local landscape artist Tom Freeman, his friends and students, opened Friday, Oct. 11 at the Melange Antiques & Art Gallery, 250 E. Park Ave. in historic... — Updated 10/14/2019

Florida Poly to Boost Autonomous Vehicle Research with New Simulation Facility

Florida Polytechnic University will soon have a new simulation facility on campus dedicated to the testing and verification of autonomous vehicle technology in real-time. The... — Updated 10/14/2019

State Seeking Input on Fishing Tournament Economic Impact

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking angler input for an economic study of fishing tournaments. The information provided will be used to better... — Updated 10/9/2019

State Commission Awards Prizes for Bass Catch and Release

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) TrophyCatch program, now in Season 7, has awarded prizes for the catch and release of more than 9,000 largemouth bass... — Updated 10/9/2019

Foundation Gala to Raise Funds for B Street Community Center

The Green & Gold Foundation will host a Black & Gold Gala to raise funds to support the B Street Community Center. The Gala will include an enjoyable evening of dinner and... — Updated 10/9/2019

Library Hosts Noted Chef Oct. 19

Just a few short years ago, restaurants were booming and cooking at home was something one watched on TV, but rarely attempted in real life. Then something shifted. Perhaps it was... — Updated 10/9/2019

Aerospace Center Holding Contest to Design Plane Graphics

The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) in Lakeland is holding a contest to design the graphics and paint scheme for a modified Zenith 750, which will be named the "Spirit of... — Updated 10/14/2019

Howard Named State NAACP Branch President of the Year

Lake Wales NAACP President Wanda Howard was recognized at a recent state NAACP conference as Branch President of the Year. Howard became Branch 5109 president in January 2017, the... — Updated 10/11/2019

Polly Stephens Celebrates 100th Birthday

1919, Woodrow Wilson was the 28th President, prohibition had gone into effect, the United States Congress approves the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, World War I ends,... — Updated 10/9/2019

Youth Leadership Program Opens with Teambuilding Retreat

Twelve area high school juniors kicked off their Youth Leadership Lake Wales year with an opening retreat Sept. 28 at Lake Aurora Christian Camp. This program of the Lake Wales... — Updated 10/9/2019

Woman's Club Kicks Off 10 Cents a Door Game to Benefit Operation Smile

Are you and your friends looking to have a great time for a great cause? Come join the General Federation of Women's Club (GFWC) Woman's Club of Lake Wales every 1st Thursday of... — Updated 10/14/2019

Activist Wynkoop Named Democratic Woman of the Year

After 30 years and countless volunteer hours for candidates and issues, Becky Wynkoop of Lake Wales finally earned recognition Friday Sept. 27 as the 2019 Marlene Duffy Young Polk... — Updated 10/9/2019

WordPlay: Literacy in Action Event Oct. 24 to Benefit Literacy Council

The Lake Wales Literacy Council is celebrating 30 years of service to the community Oct. 24 with a competitive WordPlay: Literacy in Action Dinner. The benefit event begins at 5:30... — Updated 10/14/2019

NAACP to Kick Off Local ACT-SO Youth Program Oct. 14

The Lake Wales NAACP Branch #5109 will host its first meeting Oct. 14 to organize for the national 2020 Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO)... — Updated 10/14/2019

Whitney James Jazz Concert Offers Tribute to the Gershwins

The Lake Wales Arts Council will kick off its 2019-2020 Concert Series with jazz vocalist extraordinaire Whitney James and her all-star jazz band for her tribute to George and Ira... — Updated 10/9/2019

Polk State to Host FallFest Oct. 19

Thousands will trek to Polk State College on Oct. 19 for this year's FallFest, continuing a community tradition that is more than 30 years strong. The Winter Haven Campus will... — Updated 10/9/2019

Enjoy Dinner and Solve a Murder Mystery Oct. 19

"Harold" was killed by a speeding sports car, and about 100 Murder Mystery dinner guests are going to try to figure out "whodunnit." It's all part of fun evening Oct. 19 at the... — Updated 10/9/2019

Big Pioneer Days Event Planned Oct. 26-27

The Lake Wales History Museum is planning a larger than ever 44th Annual Pioneer Days Festival Oct. 26-27 in Lake Wailes Park. Admission and parking are free for the heritage... — Updated 10/14/2019

Lake Wales LIVE Free Music Event Oct. 18

The City of Lake Wales Recreation Department will host the first Lake Wales Live event of the season Friday, Oct. 18. The free event features live music in the park in front of the... — Updated 10/14/2019

Doctor Shares How Adverse Childhood Experiences Have Lasting Health and Economic Impact

Adverse childhood experiences often have a lasting impact, resulting in negative health and economic outcomes throughout adulthood, according to Dr. Lyn Jones, who has worked with... — Updated 10/11/2019

Death Rate Increasing with Fake Pill Epidemic

Nowadays, the drug world is far more dangerous. Addicts now have to be cautious about buying fake pills that look exactly like the ones you get at your local pharmacy. They might... — Updated 10/14/2019

Lance Wilson, 1971-2019

Lance Grady Wilson, 48, of Lake Wales passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 at his residence. He was born September 10, 1971 in Lake Wales. He has been a lifelong resident of the area. He was a banker for CenterState Bank for many... — Updated 10/9/2019

Danny Marshall Winningham, 1966-2019

Danny Marshall Winningham, 53, of Lake Wales passed away Monday, Sept. 30, 2019 at the Miller County Hospital in Colquitt, GA. He was born June 18, 1966 in Jamestown, TN. Danny was... — Updated 10/9/2019

Peter William Kessler, 1938-2019

Peter William Kessler, 81, of Lake Wales passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 at the Lifecare Center in Winter Haven. He was born June 16, 1938 in Cleveland, OH to the late Richard and Carol (Thompson) Kessler. He has been a... — Updated 10/9/2019

Kathleen Ruth Presseisen, 1931-2019

Kathleen Ruth Presseisen, 88, of Lake Wales passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 at Grace Healthcare. She was born July 16, 1931 in Schenectady, NY to the late Percy and Ruth... — Updated 10/9/2019

Peggy LaSalle, 1942-2019

Margaret Mary “Peggy” LaSalle, 77, of Lake Wales passed away Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 at her residence. She was born January 3, 1942 in Queens, NY to the late Frank W. and Mary E. (Gilchrist) Golemme. She has been a resident of... — Updated 10/9/2019

Clara Joan Waddle, 1936-2019

Clara Joan Waddle, 83, of Lake Wales, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 at Lifecare Center in Winter Haven. She was born July 11, 1936 in Lake Wales to the late Maynard and Mary (Smith) Davis. She has been a lifelong resident... — Updated 10/9/2019

Albin Eugene Kendall, 1930-2019

Albin Eugene Kendall, 89, of Apopka passed Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 at the Lake Mary Health & Rehabilitation Center. He was born February 4, 1930 in Sanford, Florida to the late Albin and Stella (Vincent) Kendall. He was preceded... — Updated 10/9/2019

Kimberly Kinsley, 1979-2019

Polk County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Technician Kimberly Kinsley, 40, died Sept. 30 from a sudden illness. A Celebration of Life service with law enforcement honors is... — Updated 10/11/2019

Dr. John Storer, 1921-2019

John Storer, MD, a pioneer in heart and vessel surgery, died peacefully at his home in Lake Wales on Oct. 2. Dr. Storer was born on July 15, 1921 in Pitman, NJ to parents Alexander... — Updated 10/11/2019

Barbara J. Williams, 1968-2019

Barbara J. Williams, 51 of Lake Wales, died Oct. 10 at Advent Health Lake Wales (formerly Lake Wales Medical Center). She was born Feb. 2, 1968. Services are incomplete. Epps Memorial Funeral Home in Lake Wales is in charge of... — Updated 10/11/2019

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