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 By Chevon T. Baccus APR    News 

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

 

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

 
 By Chevon T. Baccus APR    News 

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

 

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

 
 By Chevon T. Baccus APR    News 

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

 

City Adopts Ambitious Community Revitalization Plan

The City of Lake Wales now has an ambitious plan for the redevelopment of its historic downtown and the Northwest business district. City commissioners, in their role as the... — Updated 10/2/2019

 

65 Volunteers Help Restore Parsonage for Homeless College Student Housing

More than 65 volunteers gathered Saturday, Sept. 28 to help renovate a church parsonage to provide a home for homeless students attending Polk State College. A majority of the... — Updated 10/2/2019

 

Deputy Chief's Son Chooses Police Career

Terry Schulze grew up in a "blue home" where he watched his father head out daily to protect and serve the community. Becoming a police officer was a natural choice for the... — Updated 10/2/2019

 

Renovated Parsonage to House Homeless College Students

Rotary Clubs from throughout Polk County are partnering with Heart 4 Winter Haven to renovate a church parsonage to provide a home for homeless students attending Polk State... — Updated 9/29/2019

 

History Museum Curator Delcamp Earns State Professional Award

Lake Wales History Museum Curator Bartholomew Delcamp worked tirelessly for the last three-plus years cataloguing nearly 20,000 items, organizing collections, creating new exhibits... — Updated 9/25/2019

 

Waller Named Toys for Tots 2018 Coordinator of the Year

David Waller, coordinator of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Campaign of Polk County, recently attended the annual Toys for Toys Training Conference in Washington.... — Updated 9/25/2019

 

Cain Growing Sea Scout Program in Lake Wales and Beyond

Most people know about the Boy Scouts, but its water-related affiliate, the Sea Scouts, is far less known. But 20-year-old Ron Cain from Lake Wales is working to change that.... — Updated 9/25/2019

 

High School International Baccalaureate Program is Life Changing for Many Students

Estefany Arenas was born in Mexico and came to Lake Wales at the age of eight. Her family worked in agriculture and had very limited means, and "Things didn't come easy. It was... — Updated 9/25/2019

 

Sheriff Encourages More Good Guys to Carry Guns, Fight Bad Guys

"See something or hear something, say something." That's the advice Polk Sheriff Grady Judd gave Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce members at a breakfast Thursday, Sept. 12 as the most... — Updated 9/17/2019

 

Leadership Lake Wales Kicks Off 24th Year with Class Retreat

Leadership Lake Wales Class 24 kicked off its 10-month program Wednesday, Sept. 18 with a class retreat at Bok Tower. The program is coordinated by the Lake Wales Area Chamber of... — Updated 9/18/2019

 

"Lady Lawyer" Shares Arctic Adventure

Cynthia Crofoot Rignanese is a world traveler extraordinaire, recently completing an arctic adventure that took her to her 109th country and 7th continent. This trip was... — Updated 9/18/2019

 

City Moving Forward with $55 Million Budget

Lake Wales City Commissioners will hold their second and final public hearing Sept. 24 to adopt a $55 million budget for 2019-20, with a slightly lower property tax rate.... — Updated 9/12/2019

 

Rotary Tree Project Hits Snag as Homeowners Want to Protect View of Lake

Lake Wales Breakfast Rotary Club's plans to plant 200 southern live oaks around Lake Wailes lake hit a snag recently when homeowners along Lakeshore Boulevard South complained that... — Updated 8/27/2019

 

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 8/27/2019

 

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 8/27/2019

 

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 8/27/2019

 

Lake Wales Medical Center Offers Job Training Internships for Students with Disabilities

Vincent Harris struggled in high school and took 10 years to earn his bachelor's degree. His own experience makes him even more committed to helping adult students with... — Updated 8/28/2019

 

Path Unclear as Lake Wales Prepares for Hurricane Dorian

In preparation for Hurricane Dorian, Lake Wales Mayor Gene Fultz declared a state of emergency for the city starting at noon Thursday, Aug. 29 and lasting up to seven days. This... — Updated 8/29/2019

 

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

 

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