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 By Drew Truitt    Business

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

 By Drew Truitt    Sports

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

 By Drew Truitt    Business

Florida Pickers: The Palomino Camaro

On the heels of a sale yesterday of a 1971 VW kit car featured in a previous Florida Pickers column in addition to the sale last week of a rare 1936 Buick Roadmaster I immediately... — Updated 12/26/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Business

Kathryn's Christian Books is a Family Affair for All Ages

Mission Statement: Lake Wales Care Center is a faith-based community service organization which demonstrates Christ's love by building bridges between people in need and people... — Updated 12/11/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Sports

Highlanders Close Out Post-Season With 12-1 Record

With 10 players out with the flu the week of their Regional Final against Tampa Jesuit including star quarterback, Eric Williams, the Lake Wales Highlanders gave it their best... — Updated 11/27/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Business

Polk Furniture Store Looking for New Owner

If you are are in the market for buying an existing business with plenty of goodwill and lots of potential look no further than Steve Seisel's Polk Furniture Store. A bargain at... — Updated 11/27/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Sports

Undefeated Highlanders Take On Tampa Jesuit in 5A Regional Final Friday at Legion Field

And then there were eight. Of the eight teams remaining with the prospect of being crowned the FHSAA 5A State High School Football champion our own Lake Wales team is very much in... — Updated 11/21/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Business

On . . . or off Your Rocker

To rock or not to rock. That is the question. I wish I could say I vividly recall my grandma knitting in her rocking chair as a prominent childhood memory. But I can't. Neither of... — Updated 11/14/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Business

Stop by Junior's Fish Market for Friendly Service and Fresh Seafood

It's likely most everyone around town is familiar with Junior's Fish Market as much for owners Mike and Lisa Montella as the fresh-off-the-boat fish and seafood and prepared meals.... — Updated 11/13/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Business

Florida Pickers: On . . . or Off Your Rocker

To rock or not to rock. That is the question. I wish I could say I vividly recall my grandma knitting in her rocking chair as a prominent childhood memory. But I can't. Neither of... — Updated 11/6/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Business

The Chevrolet Corvette: Love At First Flight

"Corvette" was an old term used to describe small warships that were first used in the 1670s by the French Navy. How it ended up the name for the model destined to become the fifth... — Updated 10/30/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Business

Meet Attorney Tonya Stewart, a Compassionate Advocate

Lake Wales is home to attorney Flora "Tonya" Stewart where she lives with her husband, Sam, and three children ages 3, 8 and 10. But she works here, too, and operates Tonya Stewart... — Updated 10/30/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Business

Florida Pickers #4 -Love Sarasota Style

Mike Hora from Spring Hill says of the Tri-Five ('55, '56, '57) Tbird two-seaters, "Greatest car ever, at least that's what I've specialized in over the last 20 some odd years,"... — Updated 10/25/2019 Full story

 By Drew Truitt    Business

Florida Pickers #3 - Model A Replica for 50th Anniversary and Other Vintage Finds

When Harry Met Henry... Well, not exactly. Because if in 1978 Harry J. Shay had actually met THE Henry Ford things may have turned out differently for Harry and his Model A &... — Updated 10/22/2019 Full story

 By Drew Truitt    Business

Bizz Buzz: The Krafty Kitten

Stop in and be a part of Michele's fun crafting community at the new Krafty Kitten. The shop offers over 10,000 rubber stamps along with dies and the latest in cutting equipment.... — Updated 10/22/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Business

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

 By Drew Truitt    Business

Florida Pickers: Check Out Classic Cars and Other Cool Stuff

Welcome everyone to Florida Pickers (FP)! This is my first submission to appear in this publication as a weekly column. What is FP? Well, let's just say up to now it has been a... — Updated 10/2/2019

 By Drew Truitt    News

Coyote Caught on Video Traumatizing Cat in Lake Wales Neighborhood

Wilena and Courtney Vreeland of the 400 block of East Johnson Avenue knew something was amiss when their cherished pet, "Tyger" didn't show up his morning feeding. Having just... — Updated 9/25/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Business

Trendy Area Coworking Venues: A Place to Work, Make Connections and Lower Overhead

THE LODGE, Winter Haven "Right now we have two levels of office space-private office, and there's 10 of those-or you're a general coworker, and you can use any of the common areas t... — Updated 8/27/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Schools

Above and "Beyond..." An Afternoon Glimpse of The Vanguard School's Summer Camp Program in Action

When I met Roberta "Bobbie" Halfacre, director of The Vanguard School Summer Camp program, she explained it is named "Beyond..." because students, faculty, indeed anyone associated... — Updated 7/17/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Sports

Highlanders Close Out Baseball Season with 21-7 Record

Lake Wales High School's boys baseball team can take it to the bank that closing out Spring 2019 with a won-loss record of 21-7 reflects a season well done. Imagine. Three quarters... — Updated 5/22/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Business

They Go Long at Long's

A familiar face at Long's Dry Cleaners, a virtual Lake Wales landmark, is counter attendant Maria Garcia. Back in 2001 Garcia was walking along Central Avenue when she happened... — Updated 5/22/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Sports

Highlanders Take on Dunedin in Regional Playoff After Defeating Boca Ciega

Our Lake Wales Highlander baseball team, 21-6, is riding a 15-game winning streak into an FHSAA Regional Semifinal test against the Dunedin Falcons this weekend after besting the Bo... — Updated 5/18/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Sports

Pickleball is Not a Pickle, But it is a Ball to Play!

What is Pickleball? "It was started in 1965, in Bainbridge (Island), WA," Ambassador Helene "Pookie" DeCocq states emphatically. "It's just getting to (Florida and) the Midwest.... — Updated 4/16/2019

 By Drew Truitt    News

Aviator PPG Paramotor Evening Event Thrills Crowd at Sun 'n Fun Expo

Of the legion of exhibits, aircraft, and fly-in planes of all shapes, sizes and colors on display at the 45th annual Sun 'n Fun International Fly-IN & Expo ( — Updated 4/9/2019


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