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O'Neill Launches Event App to Promote Small Business, Community Connections

George O'Neill III has traveled the world, but he still has a heart for small cities like Lake Wales where he grew up and played youth soccer. The 25-year-old University of Florida... — Updated 8/20/2019


New Career Academy Points Students Toward High Paying Jobs in Engineering Technology

Michael Sargent is the only member of his family to graduate from college, so he knows a four-year degree is not the only way to build a successful career. He's literally bustling... — Updated 8/20/2019


Harvey Starting After-School Haven for Success

Patricia Harvey is creating a Haven for Success, an after-school program that helps children reach their greatest potential. Harvey's new program will serve 20-25 elementary age... — Updated 8/20/2019

 By Chevon T. Baccus APR    News 

Seminole Hotel Project Moving Forward as City Reviews Plans

The prospective developers of the historic Seminole Hotel shared conceptual site plans with Lake Wales city officials Tuesday, Aug. 13. South Florida architect Rick Gonzalez produce... — Updated 8/20/2019


Planner Shares Revised "City in a Garden" Vision for Redevelopment

Urban planner Victor Dover was man of the hour Tuesday, receiving applause and high praise after presenting a draft Lake Wales Connected plan for redevelopment of the city's downtow... — Updated 8/14/2019


Commissioners Consider Balanced Budget with Slight Property Tax Reduction

Lake Wales City Commissioners got their first look Tuesday at a proposed balanced budget for 2019-20 that includes a slight reduction in the property tax rate. Finance Director... — Updated 8/14/2019


Commissioner Says City Manager Disrespected, Embarrassed and Humiliated Him

Lake Wales City Commissioner Curtis Gibson blasted City Manager Ken Fields Tuesday for questioning his intelligence, embarrassing, humiliating and disrespecting him. "I'm here to... — Updated 8/7/2019


City Officials Reviewing Core Redevelopment Plan

Lake Wales City officials are reviewing the 100-plus page draft "Neighborhood Plan for the Core of Lake Wales" in preparation for its official presentation Aug. 13 by urban... — Updated 8/7/2019


American Legion Post Looking for New Venue After Leaving Mall

American Legion Post 71 is once again looking for a new home. The post closed its Area 71 Restaurant and Bar at Eagle Ridge Mall in June after six months of operation. Past Commande... — Updated 7/30/2019


Commissioners Explore Big Ideas to Develop Vision for City

When Lake Wales commissioners were asked to envision what would produce a huge city success story by the year 2040, they enthusiastically detailed a bright future. Commissioners... — Updated 7/30/2019


International Flight Simulator Manufacturer to Open Lake Wales Facility

ALSIM, one of the world's premier manufacturers of flight simulators, has announced plans to locate a new North American assembly and support facility at the Lake Wales Commerce... — Updated 8/1/2019


Thieves Take Advantage of Struthers Honey Honor System

UPDATE: The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department arrested a 52-year-old Tampa man Tuesday, July 31, on grand theft charges related to the honey heist July 14. Muhammad Abdallah... — Updated 8/1/2019


Lake Wales Shooter Represents USA in World Rifle Competition

Joseph Farewell started shooting as soon as he was big enough to hold a gun and he began competing about nine years ago. The 28-year-old Lake Wales native is proud to represent the... — Updated 8/1/2019 Full story


Lake Wales Paramotor Group Featured at World's Largest Air Show

Lake Wales is well-represented at the world's largest air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin this week as Eric Farewell and his Aviator PPG team take to the skies to show off their paramoto... — Updated 7/25/2019


B Street Pavilion Dedicated in Memory of Albert Hawkins Jr.

Family and Friends of Albert Hawkins Jr. gathered Saturday, July 20 to honor his memory and dedicate a pavilion in his name. Hawkins died in December 2017 at the age of 79. The pavi... — Updated 7/24/2019


Police Officer Impresses Child with Act of Kindness

An act of kindness by a Lake Wales police officer didn't go unnoticed by a little girl whose family recently was involved in a car crash. The child named Abby took the time to... — Updated 8/1/2019


Former Pro Offers Elite Baseball/Softball Training for Young People

Jonathan White says his baseball career was cut short because he put his career in the hands of others his entire life. He accepted that coaches told him he wasn't a starting... — Updated 7/24/2019


Commissioner Proposes More Money for Lower-Paid Employees

Lake Wales City Commissioner Curtis Gibson may be bucking for a new nickname: Robin Hood. It wasn't exactly robbing the rich to give to the poor, but at the July 16 commission... — Updated 8/1/2019 Full story


Museum Proposes Creating Mimi Hardman Collections & Research Center

Lake Wales pioneer and historic preservationist Mimi Hardman may soon have a city building named in her honor. The Lake Wales History Museum will be seeking donors to help restore... — Updated 8/1/2019 Full story


LW Charter Schools Overcome Obstacles to Maintain and Improve

Overcoming significant challenges of language and poverty, the Lake Wales Charter Schools maintained or improved their 2019 school grades released July 11 by the Florida Department... — Updated 8/1/2019


Woman's Club Traces Origin to 1914 Thimble Party

In 1914 Nellie Stewart gathered 17 Lake Wales women for a "thimble party" and while they chatted and sewed they decided to form a club. Now 105 years later, members of the GFWC... — Updated 7/17/2019 Full story


Patients Report Improved Sight with Dr. Salud's Protocol

Many doctors in their eighth decade would be golfing, traveling or just enjoying retirement. But Dr. Eusebio "Jon" Salud Jr. is spending his later years treating patients with a... — Updated 7/17/2019


City Commissioners Hold Workshop to Discuss Budget Priorities

During their second budget workshop July 9 Lake Wales city commissioners asked questions about staff spending priorities while acknowledging they still need much additional... — Updated 7/11/2019


Dr. Pass Listens, Helps Patients Focus on Good Health

At age 32, Dr Carolyn Pass had the scare of her life. The hard-working physician was hospitalized with congestive heart failure and found herself wondering if she would live to see... — Updated 7/11/2019 Full story


Wound Center Begins New Laser Therapy to Reduce Return Visits

Concerned that too many patients got their wounds healed but ended up coming back for more treatments, the Lake Wales Wound Care Center has added another therapy to its list of... — Updated 7/11/2019


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