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Sebring Man Dies in Collision, US 27 Closed for Hours

A Sebring man was killed on US 27 Monday night after failing to slow for a truck making a U-turn at Harbor Drive. Polk County Deputies and Fire Rescue personnel were dispatched to... — Updated 12/1/2023

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Crooked Lake Park's Sunshine Drive to be Closed for at Least Two Months

Construction of a new sewer main and lift station will require the closure of Sunshine Drive in the Crooked Lake Park neighborhood south of Lake Wales for two months starting Monday... — Updated 12/1/2023

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Time to Organize A Krewe for Mardi Gras

Although it's only early November, hundreds of people from Lake Wales and far beyond are preparing for the area's biggest festival of 2024. The 40th annual Lake Wales Mardi Gras... — Updated 11/27/2023

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There's Still Time to Take Home a Free Pizzano's Pizza!

There's still time for you to be one of our 26 winners who get a free "all-the-works" pizza just by sharing a news story on your social media feed. Yep, you can earn the large... — Updated 11/21/2023


ADS Confirms Plans to Construct New Manufacturing Plant in Lake Wales

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. has officially confirmed that it will build a new, state-of-the-art pipe manufacturing facility in Lake Wales. The company plans to break ground in... — Updated 11/15/2023


Police Arrest Tire Store Employee After Attempt at Credit Card Fraud

Lake Wales Police have arrested a local store employee and charged his with credit card theft after he used customer information to attempt to obtain cash. A customer purchased tire... — Updated 11/9/2023


Warrant Issued for Eloise Murder Suspect, Public Tips Sought

A warrant has been issued for the arrest for 26-year-old Enrique Martinez, who lives in a homeless camp at 2nd Eloise Terrace in Winter Haven, for first degree murder, possession... — Updated 11/9/2023


New Restaurants Coming to Lake Wales

A long-anticipated wave of new restaurants is coming into existence in Lake Wales with the pending openings of three new fast-food outlets. The new restaurants are part of a spate... — Updated 11/8/2023 Readership Continues to Rise

A continuing rise in readership and community reach is evidence of the growing awareness and trust of among residents of the Ridge area. The expansion of readershi... — Updated 10/31/2023


City Fills Vacant Horticulturist Position As Downtown Tree Planting Approaches

As the City of Lake Wales prepares to begin a major tree-planting effort as part of the Lake Wales Connected effort, a long-vacant horticulturist spot has been filled by a... — Updated 10/23/2023


SR 60 West Closed by Fire at Rifle Range Road, Logistics Parkway Area

A fire in a Waste Management refuse truck has caused the closure of SR 60 this morning just east of Rifle Range Road and near Logistics Parkway west of Lake Wales. The flaming... — Updated 10/23/2023

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Susan Coyne, Samantha Bourke Win Week One of News Contest

Winners of the first week of a 13-week contest sponsored by Lake Wales and Pizzano's Pizza and Grinderz have been have announced, and tasty awards await, ideal for that... — Updated 10/11/2023

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Two Winners Each Week from Pizzano's in Our New Contest!

We love contests, and we love prizes, so we're giving two lucky families free dinners from Pizzano's! Best of all, we're doing it EVERY WEEK! Win the large pizza of your choice,... — Updated 10/9/2023


Crash Brings Traffic to a Halt on SR 60

Thursday afternoon travelers on Hesperides Road found themselves caught in a lengthy backup after three vehicles tangled at the intersection of Ninth Street. Emergency responders... — Updated 10/7/2023


Lake Hatchineha Road to be Closed Starting Tuesday

A weeklong sewer extension project in Lake Hamilton will require the closure of a stretch of Lake Hatchineha Road for several days. According to Bill Skelton of the Polk County... — Updated 10/7/2023


A "World Premiere" Screening of "Lake Wales Envisioned" Documentary Will Happen Thursday Night

Community civic leaders and interested citizens are expected to gather Thursday evening to view the premiere screening of what is expected to be an influential documentary film intr... — Updated 10/7/2023


Two Men Arrested by Lake Wales Police After Gun Incident

Two young Lake Wales residents found themselves quickly in the custody of police after one attempted to rob a man near Polk Avenue Elementary school. According to police, the... — Updated 9/30/2023


Suspect in Haines City Violent Assault Captured

A manhunt for a suspect who was seen on video violently assaulting a Haines City woman and two men who came to her defense was successfully concluded when the man was arrested by th... — Updated 9/28/2023

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Police Seek Man Accused of Violent Attack in Haines City

Police are seeking the help of the public in locating 35-year-old Jose Chaidez of Haines City, who is accused of battering his 64-year-old former girlfriend and then severely... — Updated 9/26/2023


Bok Tower Admissions Price to Increase Again

The cost of enjoying a day in the relaxing environment at Bok Tower Gardens may add a bit of unfortunate stress to budgets after the gardens announced that the their admission rates... — Updated 9/26/2023


Fire Department Responds to Mall Emergency From Two Stations

A "commercial fire" alert at Eagle Ridge Mall that went out on a 911 emergency channel gave some folks a start on Sunday afternoon, but happily turned out to be "not much,"... — Updated 9/24/2023


Tampa Woman Arrested by LWPD After Theft of $6000 Necklace

A 37 year old Tampa resident was arrested following quick action by Lake Wales Police officers who responded to a reported robbery. The suspect was charged with stealing a $6,000... — Updated 9/22/2023


Complex Hit and Run Accident Involved 15-year-old Driver

A early morning decision to allow a 15-year-old child to drive his 12-year-old-sister to school resulted in one death, left the young passenger in critical condition, and has law en... — Updated 9/21/2023


First-Degree Murder Charge Brought Against Father Who Killed Son

Stephen Thomas Rodda has been charged with first-degree murder after apparently killing his own 16-year-old son on Monday. Rodda, 37, was booked into the Polk County Jail Monday... — Updated 9/13/2023


Polk Sheriff's Deputy Arrested After High-Speed Chase

A recently-hired deputy sheriff proved himself unworthy of his selection by driving his vehicle at high speed and fleeing to elude fellow deputies early Sunday morning. Jakob Kite,... — Updated 9/6/2023


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