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 By Chevon T. Baccus APR    News 

Deputy Mayor Calls for City Manager to Take Early Retirement

Lake Wales Deputy Mayor Robin Gibson surprised his fellow commissioners at the end of their Tuesday May 19 meeting with a call for City Manager Ken Fields to begin planning for an e... — Updated 5/23/2020

 
 By Chevon T. Baccus APR    News 

City Approves Consulting Contract to Study Possible Recreation Complex

Lake Wales City Commissioners at their May 19 meeting approved hiring a Clearwater consultant to determine the feasibility of building a sports and recreation complex that might... — Updated 5/21/2020

 
 By Chevon T. Baccus APR    News 

Commissioner Requests Additional Lake Wales Bus Stops

When Gus hops on the bus he may have some extra stop options in Lake Wales. Erin Killebrew, director of external affairs with the Citrus Connection, gave city commissioners an... — Updated 5/21/2020

 

McKeon Chiropractic Gives Free Treatment to Local Police Officers

From his service 10 years ago as a police officer Dr. Anthony DeWald still remembers end-of-shift backaches after repeatedly getting in and out of his patrol car wearing a heavy... — Updated 5/20/2020

 

City May OK Feasibility Study for Sports and Recreation Complex

Lake Wales city officials are asking commissioners to green light a study to determine the feasibility of building a sports and recreation complex that might attract tournaments... — Updated 5/18/2020

 

Commissioner Upset with City Manager Push Back on Police Body Cameras

Three months after a Jan. 30 city workshop to discuss body worn cameras for Lake Wales police officers Commissioner Terrye Howell asked City Manager Ken Fields for an update. She... — Updated 5/13/2020

 

City Commissioners Discuss Possible Return to In-Person Public Meetings

Lake Wales City Commissioner Al Goldstein wants a return to in-person commission meetings sooner rather than later. He says while technology is improving he laments the loss of... — Updated 4/30/2020

 

Tips for a Healthy Brain

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was first produced for a presentation to a retired teachers' organization. We thought the content might be helpful to share. Not quite a year and a half... — Updated 4/29/2020

 

Attorney Cassandra Denmark to Become Circuit Judge in January

As a little girl growing up in Lake Wales Cassandra Denmark set her sights on first becoming an attorney and then a judge. That determination resulted in her current successful law... — Updated 4/29/2020

 

City Star Family Restaurant Spreads Happiness with 1,250 Free Meals

Since Latifa Attala opened City Star Family Restaurant 15 months ago her customers have become like family. To show her appreciation to the Lake Wales community Attala and her... — Updated 4/23/2020

 

University of Florida to Honor Lake Wales Attorney Robin Gibson

The University of Florida has announced plans to honor attorney and Lake Wales City Commissioner Robin Gibson for a lifetime of exceptional accomplishments related to his law... — Updated 4/22/2020

 

Huston Treating Police Vehicles with Permasafe Antimicrobial Spray

Lake Wales police officers and the suspects they transport should now be safer thanks to a protective antimicrobial treatment of their 50 vehicles. Huston Cadillac Buick GMC is... — Updated 4/22/2020

 

Scholarship House Offers Polk State Students a Safe, Welcoming Home

Since September Raymond had been living in his car. The music education major at Polk State College said he had two blankets for cold nights, but if he didn't remember to tape his... — Updated 4/22/2020

 

Letter to Our Readers as We Celebrate 1st Anniversary as Your Local News Site

LakeWalesNews.net recently celebrated our one-year anniversary. During our first year we published more than 1,200 stories and about 1,500 photos. This online news site is still a... — Updated 4/15/2020

 

City Accepts Charter Schools Offer of $575K for Old School Site

The Lake Wales City Commission in its role as the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) April 14 agreed to sell the old school property off Seminole Avenue to the Lake Wales Charter... — Updated 4/15/2020

 

Charter School System Offers $575K for Historic School Property

The Lake Wales Charter Schools system is offering to buy the city's old high school property north of Seminole Avenue for $575,000 to turn it into a permanent site for Bok Academy... — Updated 4/9/2020

 

Commissioner Robin Gibson Wins Re-Election with 63 Percent of Vote

Lake Wales voters Tuesday re-elected Commissioner Robin Gibson for another three-year term. Gibson took 63 percent of the vote against challenger Bob Wood. Turnout was not quite 15... — Updated 4/8/2020

 

Easter Week Brings Fond Memories of Passion Play in Lake Wales

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was first published in April 2019. We are re-publishing it on Palm Sunday 2020 as we enter into Easter Week. Easter Week always brings fond memories of... — Updated 4/8/2020

 

Friends and Family Mourn Loss of 22-Year-Old Whose Joy Could Light Up a Room

Friends say when 22-year-old Kaitlyn Kinard smiled the atmosphere grew happier and more positive. "She had such a contagious type of personality - whenever she walked into a room... — Updated 3/26/2020

 

Lake Wales Area Voters Prefer Biden, Trump in March 17 Primary

Lake Wales area voters chose Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Donald Trump as their party candidates for president March 17, with totals that closely mirrored preferences in Polk... — Updated 3/18/2020

 

Lake Wales Groups Cancel Events, Take Precautions Against COVID-19 Virus

In an abundance of caution to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus various organizations in the Lake Wales area are canceling events or taking extra safety measures. As of... — Updated 3/14/2020

 

City Commission Candidate Greg Massey Might Be Ineligible to Run

Greg Massey says he won't withdraw as a candidate for Lake Wales City Commission despite the likelihood he is ineligible to run because he never had his voting rights restored... — Updated 3/11/2020

 

Public Invited to March 16 Lake Wales Candidate Forum, Reception

The four candidates in the April 7 Lake Wales City Commission election will answer questions and meet the public at a forum on Monday, March 16. The candidate forum is being... — Updated 3/11/2020

 

City Commissioner Terrye Howell Re-elected for Another 3 Years

Lake Wales City Commissioner Terrye Howell has been declared re-elected for another 3-year term following the withdrawal of her opponent Greg Massey. Massey submitted a signed... — Updated 3/11/2020

 

Deputy Mayor Gibson Resigns as Charter Schools Counsel to Avoid Ethical Conflict

In addition to his wife Jean, Robin Gibson has two major loves – the Lake Wales Charter Schools system he helped create and historic downtown, which he is committed to help... — Updated 3/4/2020

 

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