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Articles from the March 15, 2023 edition

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  • Final City Commission Candidate Forum Planned for March 28

    Special to the News|Updated Mar 29, 2023

    Lake Wales voters will get a final opportunity to hear the position of four candidates seeking terms on the city commission in the April 4 election. The Lake Wales History Museum will host the forum on Tuesday, March 28, beginning at 5:30 PM. Seat 5 candidates, including incumbent Robin Gibson and challenger Danielle Pride Gibson will be joined by Seat 3 candidates Michelle Threatt and Keith Thompson, who are competing for a three-year term on the seat being vacated by Terrye...

  • Monday "Envisioned" Events to Shape Future of Lake Wales

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Mar 21, 2023

    A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shape the future livability of Lake Wales begins Monday at Bok Tower Gardens as a high-powered team of planners bring their national reputations. talents, and insights to bear on the city. The project, designated "Lake Wales Envisioned," will consider the future of a large area around the city and include topics ranging from parks, recreation, and conservation to future sites for commercial, residential, and industrial uses. Transportation...

  • Commission Candidate Forum Brought Few Surprises

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Mar 21, 2023

    Four city commission candidates facing an April 4 election shared a stage at the Lake Wales Womans Club Auditorium Tuesday evening to compare their positions on a variety of topics raised by audience questions. Few major differences were apparent on subjects ranging from public transportation to electric car chargers. The candidates responded to five questions submitted in advance by the two organizations, followed by others submitted by the audience. Surprisingly, none of the...

  • Harry Gilbert Waters, 1941-2023

    News Obituary Service|Updated Mar 20, 2023

    Harry Gilbert Waters of Lake Wales passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at The Groves Center. He was born February 12, 1941 in Lake Wales to the late Clifford and Margaret Waters; he was a lifelong resident of the area. He was a retired mechanic and served in the U.S. National Guard. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, racing cars ad spending his time outdoors. He was an avid Gator's fan. Harry was preceded in death by his sons, Clinton Waters and Samuel Waters; and a brother,...

  • Lake Wales High School Weightlifters Win County Olympics Title

    Special to the News|Updated Mar 16, 2023

    Lake Wales weightlifters won the Olympics-style county title while placing second to Lakeland in the traditional competition. In the Olympic competition, Lake Wales won with 53 points, while Lakeland was second with 48. Ridge Community (30 points), Lake Gibson (27) and Haines City (28) trailed. Individual lifters who played major roles in the team victory for the Highlanders included Sean Major (219) Trent Grotjan (199), Noah Wise (unlimited), Harrison Thrift (129), and...

  • Construction Project to Address Dangerous SR 60 Intersection

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Mar 15, 2023

    An effort to reduce or eliminate fatal crashes at a dangerous intersection east of Lake Wales will see the Florida Department of Transportation closing crossing traffic in favor of U-turns. The intersection includes Boy Scout road, which runs north of SR 60 and serves Lake Kissimmee State Park and the Lakes Rosalie and Kissimmee areas. South of SR 60, Walk-in-the-Water Road serves a growing number of residents, as well as serving as a connector to CR 630. Traffic on the two...

  • Kathryn Fraiser Black, 1931-2021

    News Obituary Service|Updated Mar 15, 2023

    Kathryn Fraiser Black, 91, formerly of Waverly and Lake Wales, passed away Friday, March 10th in Naples. Born March 22, 1931, in Chipley, FL to the late Joe B. and Nella (Mercer) Fraiser, Kathryn moved to Waverly in 1936 from Chipley. She is preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Black in 1990; daughter, Karen Gerard; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Christopher Gerard in 1980 and Teak Black, in 2018. Survivors include her son J. Mark Black and his wife Sue of Naples, and a...

  • Wildfire Threat Continues in Polk, Extreme Caution Urged

    Katelyn Hoverkamp, Polk County Fire Rescue|Updated Mar 13, 2023

    A very dry January and February in the Lake Wales area have led to critically dry conditions, despite a few scattered showers passing over the area. This week humidity levels will once again approach red-flag conditions, making any fire a severe risk. As drought conditions prevail and low humidity persists, Polk County Fire Rescue (PCFR) would like to encourage the public to help prevent accidental bush fires throughout the county. Since January 2023, Polk County Fire Rescue...

  • Lake Wales CDJR to Host Televised Agriculture Event

    Special to the News|Updated Mar 12, 2023

    The Certified Agriculture Dealer (CAD) Program, and their partner RFD-TV, have selected Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram among eight Certified Agriculture Dealer locations as hosts of a March 21 broadcast to help bring a local flavor to the Washington D.C. events scheduled to celebrate National Agriculture Day. "This is AgRally's third year as America's only national springtime agriculture event. From calves dropping everywhere between both coasts, to the season's first...