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Only One Public Shelter Will Serve Lake Wales & Frostproof Areas This Hurricane Season

Polk County Emergency Management has release the "Polk County Public Shelters" maps for 2023, revealing that there remains only a single shelter to serve the nearly 100,000... — Updated 5/28/2023


Lake Wales Man Dies in US 27 Traffic Crash

An apparent medical incident that left a driver partially incapacitated ended with a fatal rear-end crash on US 27 at Washington Avenue. The Medical Examiners investigation... — Updated 5/28/2023


Two Haines City Men Dead After Driver Reportedly Ran Traffic Light on US 27

Two Haines City men are dead and a third hospitalized following an early morning crash on US Highway 27. Lake Wales Traffic Homicide Investigators determined that a car driven by... — Updated 5/25/2023


Highlander Softball Team Advances to State Championship Game Thursday

The Lake Wales High School Softball team is angling to bring back a second state championship in a single scholastic year after defeating Lemon Bay (Englewood) 5-0 in a semifinal... — Updated 5/25/2023


Police Seek Driver of Cadillac in Crash That Claimed Two Lives

Police are seeking the whereabouts of a Haines City man who reportedly drove at high speed and ran a red light on US 27, resulting in the deaths of his two passengers. Lake Wales... — Updated 5/24/2023


Fire at Quails Bluff Leaves Families Homeless

An early-morning fire that left Lake Wales firefighters battling the blaze until dawn left a gaping hole in a local apartment building, and in the lives of 23 residents of the... — Updated 5/22/2023


Polk County Again Reducing Curbside Waste Service, Threatens Fines for Non-Compliance

Polk County is again reducing yard trash collection, with new guidelines that limit pickup to branches that do not exceed two inches in diameter. In addition to the diameter... — Updated 5/17/2023


Second Fatal Incident in Same Day Takes Life of Orlando Woman

May 13- An argument and poor judgement led to the death of an Orlando woman Saturday night, only some three hours after the traffic death of a Lake Wales man nearby. According to... — Updated 5/15/2023


Lake Wales Man Dies in Wrong-Way Motorcycle Crash on US 27

A Lake Wales man died in a head-on crash on US 27 just before sunset Saturday evening after driving his motorcycle northward in the southbound lanes of the six-lane highway. The... — Updated 5/14/2023

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"Paddle On! Lake Wailes" Happens Saturday, Still Time to Join the Fun

It's not too late to gather your posse of friends to participate in a great event this Saturday to help persons with limited abilities, and have a good time doing it! The... — Updated 5/10/2023


Babson Park Student Wins Tag Art Contest

Babson Park Elementary student Grace Sullins now has the special honor of having her license tag design mounted on the front of Polk County Tax Collector Joe Tedder's truck.... — Updated 5/6/2023


UPDATE: Quadruple Murder Suspect Killed In Police Shootout

May 3, 2023- Quadruple murder suspect Al Joseph Stenson has been killed in a shootout with police after fleeing to a motel in Sanford, Florida, Lake Wales Police have reported.... — Updated 5/4/2023


Large Hail a Threat For Southeast Polk Today

APRIL 26 - A caution from the National Weather Service warns of the likelihood of severe weather today that is expected to include "large to very large hail," along with the... — Updated 4/27/2023


Hail, High Winds Batter Lake Wales Area After Warning

APRIL 27 - A powerful thunderstorm that descended on the Lake Wales area Wednesday night left many residents cleaning up fallen limbs and damp walls and floors. — Updated 4/27/2023

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Saturday "Family Fun" Day to Include Kids' Games, Bands, Beer Garden

A chance to relax in the shade, enjoy food from your favorite food truck, listen to four different bands, and let the kids burn off steam as they learn and play is expected to draw... — Updated 4/26/2023

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Lake Wailes Park Festival Grows Family Fun, Music, Food, and Games

Lake Wailes Park will again host a day of family fun on Saturday, April 29 as the city celebrates the annual Olmsted Day in the Park. This years' event promises to be bigger and... — Updated 4/20/2023


Robin Gibson Wins Re-election, Keith Thompson Wins Seat 3 Race for City Commission

Incumbent Deputy Mayor Robin Gibson easily turned back a challenge from Danielle Pride Gibson for his District 5 seat on the Lake Wales City Commission Tuesday. Michelle Threatt... — Updated 4/12/2023


Lake Wales and Frostproof in Severe Drought, But Storm May Threaten

As lawns wither and trees wilt across the central Florida, weather forecasters are eyeing long-range models showing a significant chance that a rare April tropical or sub-tropical... — Updated 4/8/2023


Highland Park Manor Organizers Call a Second "Town Hall" Meeting

A "town hall" community organizing event is planned to take place Monday at the Mary Norma Campbell Resource Center in Highland Park Manor. The 7:00 pm event is the second meeting... — Updated 4/7/2023


Wildfire Threat Remains High For Polk After River Ranch Fire

A very dry winter in the Lake Wales area that has extended into the spring has led to critically dry conditions and a very high fire risk. Extreme caution is being urged by... — Updated 4/4/2023 Cited as Top Source for Area Information

A surge in readership and community reach is being celebrated as a reflection of the growing awareness and trust of among residents of the Ridge area. The... — Updated 3/29/2023


Bicyclist Dies After Colliding With Truck on Walk-in-the-Water Road

A collision between a work truck and a bicyclist claimed the life of a 90-year-old Lake Wales resident Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Walk-In-the-Water Road and Uncle... — Updated 3/28/2023


Travel Lanes to Shift Again on US 27

Travelers on US 27 should be aware that there will be new traffic shifts on US 27 northbound at the construction site at SR 60. Motorists should expect an outside lane closure on no... — Updated 3/28/2023


Parks Master Plans to be Developed for Seven City Parks

A major effort to develop a master plan to govern the future development of seven parks in the city of Lake Wales is the goal of a new contract Catalyst Design Group. The project... — Updated 3/27/2023


Saturday is Last Day to Request Vote By Mail Ballot for City Elections

Saturday, March 25th is the last day registered voters who reside in Lake Wales can submit a request to receive a ballot by mail for the April 4th Municipal Elections. Four... — Updated 3/22/2023


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