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Articles from the March 23, 2022 edition

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  • Edward Bok's Vision For Lake Wales Grew Beyond HIs Gardens and Tower

    Brian Ackley, Special to the News|Updated Apr 3, 2022

    When Edward Bok visited the site of his carillon tower on Jan. 11, 1927, more than two years before its dedication and opening, progress at the site left him with a smile. "He was greatly pleased with the growth that the large live oaks have made. He was equally pleased with the large palms. Mr. Bok hardly thought it possible for the Sanctuary to look so fine during mid-winter," read a report received in the Massachusetts offices of the Olmsted Brothers, the world renowned...

  • Lake Wales History is Central to Future Success, Business Leaders Learn

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Mar 25, 2022

    Some 100 guests and supporters of the Lake Wales Main Street gathered Monday morning for a 90-minute session and left filled with not only lunch but inspiration. City planner Ed McMahon visited Lake Wales from his home in Maryland to tout the assets and potential of the city, which is facing unprecedented growth. McMahon is a Senior Resident Fellow at the Urban Land Institute in Washington, DC. "People in small towns don't like change," McMahon told the assembly, including...

  • Polk Announces Annual Student Art Contest

    Jeremy Maready, Special to the News|Updated Mar 23, 2022

    It's time to raid your art supply closet – the 19th Annual Water Conservation Art Contest is open for entries. The contest is open to all Polk County students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The winners will be featured in the 2023 Polk County Utilities Water Conservation Calendar. Students are encouraged to create an artistic representation that centers on the theme of water conservation. Suggested subjects can include the water cycle, saving water, reclaimed water, sto...

  • Five City Candidates Discussed Issues At Monday Forum

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Mar 21, 2022

    More than 70 guests gathered Monday evening at the Lake Wales Woman's Club to hear all five candidates for election to two city posts discuss issues and answer questions. Speaking from the stage all five candidates received polite applause following most of their answers, but there were also moments of division. All five candidates were asked the same questions. Mayoral candidates Curtis Gibson, Jack Hilligoss and Tammy James generally agreed on most issues, including that...

  • Local Resident J. Lawton Lilly Assigned to 7th Fleet in Pacific

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Mar 20, 2022

    Local Resident J. Lawton Lilly has completed his initial training assignments and has been assigned to the Navy's Seventh Fleet in the Pacific. He shipped out 3/16/22 as a US Navy Sailor to the Yokosuka, Japan Naval base outside of Tokyo. Lilly has been assigned to the USS Howard, a guided-missile Destroyer supporting Carrier Strike Group Five, consisting of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, supported by the guided missile cruisers USS Antietam, USS Chancellorsville and...

  • Mahalak Auto Group Sponsors Florida Farm Show

    Tom Paulson, City Editor|Updated Mar 20, 2022

    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 educational opportunities. The annual show also serves as a networking opportunity for Florida's farmers and ranchers. The Low Payment Kings which include three Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealers in Polk County are inviting farmers and ranchers to join them at their Florida Farm Show booth to see the...

  • A Disservice to Students, Parents, Community

    News Editorial Board|Updated Mar 19, 2022

    Lake Wales has been blessed by the creation of the Lake Wales Charter Schools system nearly two decades ago. Now representing seven schools educating students in grades 1 through 12, the system has received nationwide attention for its innovative methods. Competition between schools for the attention of parents and students has been a positive. The mere existence of the quasi-independent district was likely motivation for improvements at Polk County School System's McLaughlin...

  • Commissioners Hilligoss, Williams Kill Resolution Supporting Charter School System

    Tom Paulson, City Editor|Updated Mar 19, 2022

    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 city commission Tuesday night by Deputy Mayor Robin Gibson offered a welcome to the incoming Superintendent Dr. Wayne V. Rodolfich, who was chosen after a nearly year-long process. Commissioners Jack Hilligoss and Daniel Williams voted down the resolution, which failed on a 2-2 vote in the absence of...

  • Middle School Girls Learn to be Fearless at Weekend Camp

    Chevon Baccus, Special to the News|Updated Mar 18, 2022

    Nearly two dozen middle school girls from Lake Wales and the surrounding area spent the weekend March 11-13 at camp learning about female empowerment and being encouraged to be "fearless" and to never stop reaching to achieve their goals. Rotary on the Ridge and the Lincoln Community Development Corp. partnered to host the first ever Camp Fearless at Lake Aurora Christian Camp. The girls participated in adventure activities, such as a zipline, giant swing and the gaga ball...

  • City's Horticulture Department Kicks up the Charm for Lake Wales

    Eric Marshall, Special to the News|Updated Mar 18, 2022

    Some 300 Florida native plants and 1,052 Florida friendly plants have been planted in select areas by the City of Lake Wales Horticulture Department, and more are on the way, part of the city's new emphasis on reclaiming its original status as "a City in a Garden." New plants are now gracing various parts of the city including the Stuart Avenue and Scenic Highway parking lot, downtown Linear Park and the Lake Wales Family YMCA. "We're kicking up the charm in the city," Lake...

  • Walk-in-the-Water Stocked With Prize-Winning Tagged Bass

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Mar 16, 2022

    Lake Walk-in-the-Water has been revealed to contain a tagged bass, one of several Florida lakes to have received a trophy bass bearing a special pink tag. The tag and documentation will earn one lucky fisherman an entry into a state-wide contest sponsored by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Lake George, Newnans Lake, and Lake Talquin also host one of the tagged fish, with two other lakes to be revealed later in the contest, which runs through...