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 By Tom Paulson    News

CRA Agrees to Purchase Building After Receiving Incorrect Information

A confusing staff report may have led to city commissioners, sitting as the board of the Lake Wales Community Development Agency, paying more than intended for a small parcel of... — Updated 5/15/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Thousands of New Apartments Contemplated for Chalet Suzanne Road

Lake Wales City Commissioners will consider the possible development of potentially 4,000 apartments on a sprawling tract of land north of Chalet Suzanne Road Tuesday at Tuesday's... — Updated 5/15/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    Business 

Free Keith Urban Guitar and Tickets Offered by Lake Wales CDJR

Do you like country music? Maybe you're a Keith Urban fan? Or maybe you're just feeling a bit lucky and could use some extra cash? If so, here's a great opportunity: The "Low Paymen... — Updated 5/14/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    Ridge Life 

Local Actor Sees His Feature Film Premier In Lake Wales

After five years of rising success in the film and television industry, Lake Wales actor and screenwriter Jeff Herman will undoubtedly be there in person Monday night for the... — Updated 5/7/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    Sports 

University, High School Student Sports Reporters Sought

Area college and high school students with a penchant for sports have an opportunity to earn some career creds by providing coverage of their favorite local teams, according to... — Updated 5/2/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

"Olmsted Day" Offers a Fun Lake-side Festival April 30

A celebration of parks, trees, and all things "Olmsted" will draw families to Lake Wailes Park on Saturday, April 30. The all-day event will include food vendors, bands, games for... — Updated 5/1/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

New Magnolias Planted Along Lakeshore Boulevard

Volunteers and supporters gathered Saturday morning in Lake Wailes Park to mark the dedication of 34 young Magnolia trees which were planted on Friday, April 8 along Lakeshore... — Updated 4/14/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Lake Wales Heritage to Plant New Magnolias

More than 40 young magnolia trees will once again grace the length of Lakeshore Boulevard's western stretch when work is completed this week on the replacement of the missing trees from the historic Olmsted landscape. The original... — Updated 4/14/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Portion of Third Street to Close Permanently Wednesday

A portion of Third Street between Park Avenue and Crystal Avenue will be permanently closed to vehicular traffic on Wednesday, April 6 in order to become a segment of a new pedestri... — Updated 4/12/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Elections Health Precautions May Affect You on April 5

Municipal elections will be held April 5, and Polk County Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards has some important tips to keep in mind as workers and voters employ safe practices... — Updated 3/28/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    Business

Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Dealer to Host Live Nationwide Broadcast

Lake Wales Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram (CDJR) will host a live, nationwide television broadcast on National AgDay, March 22. The dealership was selected by the Certified Agriculture... — Updated 3/21/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    Business

Mahalak Auto Group Sponsors Florida Farm Show

The Florida Farm Show is Florida's largest agricultural trade show. The show features live music, over 200 local vendors, heavy equipment retailers, great food, family fun and... — Updated 3/20/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Commissioners Hilligoss, Williams Kill Resolution Supporting Charter School System

Given an opportunity to help heal the community after a divisive search for a new charter school superintendent, two city commissioners said "no." A resolution presented to the... — Updated 3/19/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

City Commission Chooses 30-year Bonds Over Bank Financing

With some $4 million in interest payments riding on the decision, three city commissioners gave direction to staff at Wednesday's workshop to pursue a 30-year bond rather than... — Updated 3/18/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Commissioner Williams, Not Hilligoss, Apparent Source of Mayor's Ire

A review of city commission meeting videos has revealed that only one commissioner has missed a significant number of meetings. Commissioner Daniel Williams has been absent from 12... — Updated 3/15/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    Business

Lake Wales' Newest Restaurant Holds Grand Opening

Dining choices in Lake Wales have expanded recently, and the official grand opening of one new restaurant drew a happy crowd of diners to celebrate. Wales Pointe, already a popular... — Updated 3/13/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

"Frustrated" Mayor Complains About Absence of Commissioners

A day after a bare three-member quorum at the Community Redevelopment Agency meeting gave city staff direction on the form of a planned $18.5 million dollar bond issue in the... — Updated 3/11/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

CRA Board Approves Sale of Lot for New Lincoln Avenue Restaurant

Private investment in the Lincoln Avenue commercial district, one of the goals of the Lake Wales Connected plan, seems to have begun even before the first spade of dirt is turned.... — Updated 3/10/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Lake Wales Police Respond to Call About Shots Fired

Lake Wales Police are seeking witnesses or information after receiving a call about shots being fired within an apartment complex only two blocks from McLaughlin Middle School. The... — Updated 3/10/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

County Suspends Recycling? Not Here!

Word that Polk County residents won't receive pick-up of their recycling is sweeping social media around the Lake Wales area, but the alarm is unfounded. East Polk residents will... — Updated 3/2/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    Ridge Life

Free Food to be Offered at B Street Center

A number of community volunteers and organizations will host a free food giveaway at the B Street Center, which has been approved to be a Food Distribution site in collaboration... — Updated 2/28/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Scenic Highway and Mountain Lake Intersection Construction Continues

Construction is near the halfway point at Scenic Highway and Mountain Lake Road as contractors work to improve the intersection and add a full traffic signal to replace the... — Updated 2/25/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

City Candidates' Forum Happens Monday Night

Lake Wales voters will have an opportunity to see and hear most of the candidates seeking to represent them in city government on Monday. A forum sponsored by Rotary on the Ridge an... — Updated 2/24/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Six Candidates Qualify for Two Open City Seats

Six candidates have qualified for election to two open seats in the City of Lake Wales government in the April 5 municipal elections. Voters will have an opportunity to choose a... — Updated 2/23/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Local Event One of Hundreds of Concerts, Celebrations for Frederick Law Olmsted Bicentennial

An April 30 event at Lake Wailes Park is more than a local celebration, it's part of a much broader celebration of a famous father-son duo who changed the face of North America.... — Updated 2/14/2022

 

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