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Articles from the January 12, 2022 edition

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  • US 27 Closure to Impact Traffic This Weekend

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Jan 18, 2022

    The impending 54-hour closure of US 27 is expected to snarl traffic throughout the city for an entire weekend, but Florida Department of Transportation planners are taking steps to try to mitigate the resultant traffic snarls. Among them are extra police officers posted at key intersections and an extensive web of signage to guide drivers on nearly a dozen different routes. Described by some as "Traffic-geddon," the normally smooth flow of traffic around the Lake Wales area...

  • Net Metering Bills Are An Affront To Florida Freedoms

    News Editorial Board, LakeWalesNews.Net|Updated Jan 18, 2022

    The energy demands of the Sunshine State are rising apace of our booming population. New homes, schools, and businesses need electricity in plenty. The problem for Florida is that generating most of that electricity requires vast amounts of water to cool the generators. Water is in increasingly short supply. Enter a solution: solar electric energy. Power from solar panels is used in ever larger percentages across the state and requires no water for cooling. Rooftop solar has c...

  • Six Candidates Remain in Charter School Superintendent Search

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Jan 18, 2022

    Six candidates for superintendent of Lake Wales Charter Schools are still under consideration following the latest meeting of the ten-member search committee, according to consultant Dr. Bill Vogel of the Florida Association of School Boards. The remaining candidates each received expressions of interest from at least five members of the committee, Vogel said, while two of the eight still under consideration were dropped in the continuation of a slow winnowing of the original...

  • Big Bass Are Getting Active on Area Lakes

    Charlie Wynperle, Fishing Expert|Updated Jan 15, 2022

    The latest reports from area lakes are solid evidence that it's time to break out the tackle and head out. On Lake Walk-in-the-Water, specks being caught in the grass and around the lily pads on jigs. Bass are moving up into shallow water, and getting ready to spawn. Try throwing a "Boy howdy" top-water lure in the morning around isolated cover, switching over to a black blue Senko later in the day. On Lake Hatchineha you should try drifting with minnows out in the middle of...

  • Marta Schaff Curtis, 1943-2021

    Updated Jan 11, 2022

    Marta Schaff Curtis, the wife of Captain James A Curtis (USN retired) passed away on December 26, 2021 at Sunrise of Jacksonville. Marta was the daughter of Harold and Ester Schaaf and sister of Homer David Schaaf. She was a 1960 graduate of Lake Wales High School, a member of the high school band and several other clubs. Marta went on to earn a degree in speech pathology from the University of Florida and was a member of the United Methodist Church. Marta is survived by; her...

  • Barbara Cox Reeves, 1926-2022

    Updated Jan 9, 2022

    Barbara Cox Reeves passed away on Friday, January 7, 2022. She was born on July 9, 1926 in Homerville, Georgia to Sherman and Clayra Nesbit Cox. The family moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 1936. Barbara graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, Florida, Stetson University in Deland, Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and from the University of Florida with a master's degree. In 1948, Barbara married Walter L. Reeves. They lived in Jacksonville where...

  • Alexander "Sandy" Rybinski, 1941-2021

    Updated Jan 7, 2022

    Sandy Rybinski of Frostproof passed away Friday December 17, 2021 at AdventHealth of Lake Wales.. He was born August 15,1941 in Blue Island, IL to the late Edmond and Angeline Rybinski. He moved to Frostproof in 1966 with his newborn son and wife Pamela to open and operate Sandy's Marrket, which he purchased from his godmother Mildred Zale. In the following decades, Sandy and Pam operated many businesses in Frostproof, most notable was the Rio Grande Bar, which entertained...

  • A New Certification Came Naturally to Stephanie Edwards

    Kyra Love Harriage, News Staff Reporter|Updated Jan 6, 2022

    Whether working on large projects like the Park Avenue Connector Trail or coordinating the usage of the city's recreation facilities, Stephanie Edwards is the one the city can count on. Edwards has also been tasked with overseeing the city's acquisition and rehabilitation of the YMCA, including setting up free swim access for residents. Edwards serves as the busy Support Services and Recreation Manager for the City of Lake Wales Parks and Recreation Department, so she meets...