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Articles from the March 6, 2024 edition

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  • Multi-Agency Human Trafficking Bust Nets 228 Suspects

    Carrie Horstman, Polk County Sheriffs Office|Updated Apr 6, 2024

    During an eight-day-long undercover human trafficking operation, which began on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, the Polk County Sheriff's Office Vice Unit arrested 228 suspects involved in illegal acts related to soliciting prostitutes, offering to commit prostitution, or aiding and abetting prostitutes. Detectives from the Auburndale PD, Davenport PD, Haines City PD, Lakeland PD, Lake Hamilton PD, Lake Wales PD, St. Cloud PD, and Winter Haven Fire Rescue assisted with the...

  • City Anticipates $23 Million Grant to Complete "Connected" Project

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Apr 2, 2024

    A grant application for the "Complete Streets redesign of remaining portions of 1st Street, Central Avenue, and Lincoln Avenue" has been given a high probability of success by a grant consultant working for the City of Lake Wales. The application seeks 100 percent funding for the redesign and reconstruction of most of First Street North, Lincoln Avenue, and single blocks of Central Avenue and A Street. The total project costs included in the application are $22,930,000, which...

  • Gibson Lays Out History, City Position in Walesbilt Lawsuit

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Mar 12, 2024

    Despite a significant ruling in favor of the city, the future of the Walesbilt Hotel still hangs in the balance of an active lawsuit, Deputy Mayor Robin Gibson told the city commission during the boards' regular meeting Tuesday night. The ten-story boom-era hotel, constructed in 1926, is the dominant feature of the city's downtown and has been a topic of discussion by the commission for more than a decade. It has remained vacant since 1996. In a 33-minute presentation at...

  • Low Payment Kings Raised Funds During St Jude Radiothon

    Special to the News|Updated Mar 9, 2024

    If you are one of the many customers who took a test drive or made a service visit to Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram or any of the four other area auto dealerships owned by the "Low Payment Kings" during February, you were part of a larger effort on behalf of St. Jude's Children's Hospital. The Low Payment King dealerships of Polk County, powered by the Mahalak Auto Group, made a donation of $6,274, representing a contribution for every test drive and service visit during...

  • Sandra Kay Lincoln, 1950-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Mar 8, 2024

    Sandra Kay Lincoln of Winter Haven passed away Thursday, March 7, 2024 at Forsythe Hospice House in Auburndale. She was born September 17, 1950 in Lake Wales to the late John and Clara Chambless; she has been a lifelong resident of the area. Sandra was the Office Manager for Dr. Unzueta’s office and was a past member of First Assembly Church. She was a compassionate person who never met a stranger. Sandra was a wonderful mother and best friend. She loved her family and f...

  • GUEST COMMENTARY: Equal Pay for Women Remains an Elusive Goal

    Kristin Vanpraet, Public Policy Officer|Updated Mar 8, 2024

    March 12, 2024 is Equal Pay Day; however, this is no celebration. Despite the Equal Pay Act being introduced more than 60 years ago, gender and racial pay gaps persist. Women bring enormous value to the U.S. economy but due to systemic sexism and decades of discrimination, women are still paid, on average, just 84 cents for every dollar paid to a man. This gap only worsens when we include women working part-time or seasonally-widening to 78 cents. A woman must work an a...

  • Linda Green Robertson, 1947-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Mar 7, 2024

    Linda Green Robertson of Lake Wales passed away Monday, March 4, 2024 at her residence. She was born March 10, 1947 in Lake Wales to the late Jesse and Josie Green; she has been a lifelong resident of the area. Linda was a retired real estate loan officer and was a veteran of the United States Navy. She loved to cook and freeze food, gardening, and painting. Linda loved her family, children, and grandchildren dearly. Linda was preceded in death by her husband, Russell...

  • Leah Morgan Robbins, 1969-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Mar 7, 2024

    Leah Morgan Robbins, a cherished resident of Satellite Beach, FL, passed away on February 25, 2024, surrounded by loved ones after bravely confronting both lung cancer and Vaccine-Induced Thrombocytic Thrombocytopenia (VITT). Born on December 27, 1969, in San Diego, CA, to Glenda and James D. Morgan, Leah's life was marked by her passion for reptiles and her dedication to education. After graduating from Lake Wales High School in 1987, Leah pursued a degree in Elementary...

  • Incumbents Are No-Shows at Commission Election Forum

    Robert Connors, managing Editor|Updated Mar 6, 2024

    Three challengers seeking two seat on the Lake Wales City Commission held the stage at a Monday evening candidates forum after both incumbents failed to show up for the 90-minute event. The election is four weeks away, slated for Tuesday, April 2. Carol Gillespie, seeking seat 4 on the five-person commission, along with Brandon Alvarado and Crystal Higbee, both seeking seat 2, shared their ideas and responded to questions from the audience at the forum sponsored by the...

  • This Week in History: Lake Wales Highlander, March 6, 1924

    News Research Staff|Updated Mar 5, 2024

    The Lake Wales Highlander of 100 years ago reveals much about the history of our community. In 1924 a new Ford truck would cost you $490, a considerable sum at the time. Each week the Lake Wales News will publish a front-page image of the former Lake Wales Highlander from 100 years earlier, tracking the growth of the community a century ago, when Florida was in the midst of a great land price boom and rapid population growth. The Lake Wales Highlander eventually became The...

  • Voters May Call Now to Receive Vote-By-Mail Ballot

    Rachel Harris, Community Service Director, Polk Elections|Updated Mar 5, 2024

    Mail ballots are now available for registered voters who reside in the City of Lake Wales, as well as voters in Davenport, Dundee, and Haines City who would like to vote by mail in the April 2 Municipal Elections. Lake Wales voters will have an opportunity to choose two commissioners from five candidates seeking seats on the city commission. "No stamp is necessary to return the ballot as the return postage is pre-paid," said Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards. Voters can...

  • Despite Talented Cast, Argylle is a Disappointing Film

    Jennifer Nanek, News Film Critic|Updated Mar 4, 2024

    "Argylle" is a spy thriller that boasts a star-studded cast, including Henry Cavill, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Rockwell, and Dua Lipa. Despite its impressive cast, the film falls short in various aspects. This movie, directed by Matthew Vaughn, is based on a book series by author Elly Conway. However, the film is actually an adaptation of the fourth book in the series, which is not yet published. The first book in the series was published before the movie was released. This is...