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Articles from the January 24, 2024 edition

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  • West Park Avenue Reopens to Traffic, East Park Closes as Project Advances

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Feb 2, 2024

    While the ribbon-cutting and dedication of the newly reconstructed portions of Park Avenue and First Street remains in the planning stage, the newly-completed stretches of West Park Avenue and North First Street are now open to two-way traffic. The opening comes concurrent with the closure of the eastern portion of Park Avenue, a situation expected to last most of the year as the pavement is removed, utilities upgraded, and new sidewalks and brick streets are installed. Shoppe...

  • Linda Marie Baker, 1962-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Jan 29, 2024

    Linda Marie Baker, 61, of Frostproof, FL, passed away on January 20, 2024. Linda was born March 9, 1962, to the late Robert Felesky and Norma Herzog. She moved to Frostproof from Key West in 2014 and lived in Maryland prior to Key West. Linda met the love of her life Butch (Merritt K.) Baker in FL, and they married July 21, 2012. Linda worked for the Polk County Department of Health. Linda was the administrative assistant for the Tobacco Program. She was instrumental in...

  • January 23, 1924 Highlander

    News Research Staff|Updated Jan 24, 2024

    A murder, a automobile crash on Scenic Highway, and the doings of the Board of Trade were among the topics that made the front page of The Highlander 100 years ago this week. Within the pages of the paper was a broadside explanation of the new rules being proposed to govern the sales of citrus. Those rules eventually led to state laws that required fruit to meet a number of standards. The evolving industry eventually shifted from selling fresh fruit to canned, then to...

  • Leigh Ann Wynn Named Executive Director of AdventHealth Foundation West Florida

    Special to the News|Updated Jan 24, 2024

    AdventHealth Foundation West Florida is delighted to announce the appointment of Leigh Ann Wynn as the new Executive Director for the Polk County region. As a seventh-generation Floridian hailing from Lake Wales, Wynn brings a deep connection to the community and a wealth of experience to her new role. Wynn, born and raised on her family's cattle ranch, embodies the spirit of Central Florida's agricultural roots. Graduating with a bachelor's in public relations and a minor in...

  • Earle F. Sullivan, 1952-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Jan 24, 2024

    Earle F. Sullivan of Prestonsburg, Kentucky passed away Friday, January 19, 2024 Pikeville Kentucky Medical Center. He was born January 31, 1952 in Dayton, Ohio to the late Ottis and Weltha Sillivan. He was a resident of Lake Wales before moving to Kentucky. Earle was a machine operator for the Lakeland Ledger and the Palm Beach Post. He was a fan of football and baseball and enjoyed boating. Earle loved his grandchildren and his dog Scruffy. Earle was preceded in death by...

  • Gladys Guzman Figueroa, 1948-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Jan 24, 2024

    Gladys Guzman Figueroa, 78, of Lakes Wales passed away Thursday, January 18, 2024, at AdventHealth Lake Wales. She was born January 21, 1945, in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, to the late Juan and Leonildes Guzman. Gladys was a seamstress and of the Catholic faith. Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, Juan and Leonildes Guzman. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Jacinto Figueroa; sons, Edwin Figueroa of Lake Wales, Edward Figueroa of Lake Wales, Raynaldo...

  • Frigid Termperatures to be Replaced by Spring-like Warmth

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Jan 22, 2024

    After weeks of rainy weather, accompanied by wild swings in temperature, a more stable near-term outlook is becoming established for Florida and most of the southern United States. A series of Pacific high-pressure systems are expected to replace the parade of arctic air masses that put much of the nation, and central Florida, under below-normal temperatures in recent days. Although we escaped freezing temperatures on the Ridge, residents are ready for a warm-up, and that's wh...

  • Aquaman 2 and the Lost Kingdom: A Surprisingly Enjoyable Dip in Troubled Waters

    Jennifer Nanek, News Film Critic|Updated Jan 20, 2024

    I was a bit delayed watching Aquaman 2 as I was gone over the holidays. I finally got to see it recently. I went into Aquaman 2 expecting a shipwreck, weighed down by the negativity swirling around it. But surprisingly, I found myself bobbing to the surface, entertained and enjoying it. Don't get me wrong, it's not a cinematic masterpiece, but it delivered a fun, albeit uneven, underwater adventure. So this is the last Snyder verse movie. Everybody knew going into this movie...

  • Lake Wales Police Partner With Wallet Card Project to Help Protect Those With Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Troy Schulze|Updated Jan 20, 2024

    Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder may be at special risk as they move about in the community, and the Lake Wales Police Department is reaching out in an effort to encourage individuals with ASD to obtain a free Wallet Card. The Wallet Card Project facilitates effective communication between law enforcement and persons with disabilities to avoid any misunderstandings. In addition to being a valuable resource for residents, the local department will also receive training on...