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Articles from the April 5, 2023 edition

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  • Lake Wailes Park Festival Grows Family Fun, Music, Food, and Games

    News Staff Reports|Updated Apr 20, 2023

    Lake Wailes Park will again host a day of family fun on Saturday, April 29 as the city celebrates the annual Olmsted Day in the Park. This years' event promises to be bigger and better than ever as plenty of new features and attractions are being added. Food trucks, lots of games for both kids and adults, live bands, and the added feature of "Beers With Pioneers," a beer-tasting event, will make the day fun for every member of the family. For kids, an inflatable obstacle...

  • Lake Wales and Frostproof in Severe Drought, But Storm May Threaten

    News Staff Reports|Updated Apr 8, 2023

    As lawns wither and trees wilt across the central Florida, weather forecasters are eyeing long-range models showing a significant chance that a rare April tropical or sub-tropical storm could form in the Gulf of Mexico in coming days. According to the Southeast Regional Climate Center (SERCC), drought conditions over most of the Florida peninsula range from severe to extreme, and most areas are recording the driest start to any year in over a century. So far at the...

  • Highland Park Manor Organizers Call a Second "Town Hall" Meeting

    News Staff Reports|Updated Apr 7, 2023

    A "town hall" community organizing event is planned to take place Monday at the Mary Norma Campbell Resource Center in Highland Park Manor. The 7:00 pm event is the second meeting of the community located southeast of Lake Wales. Concern over the lack of transparency by the city of Lake Wales over rezoning of an industrial site to accommodate proposed plastic pipe factory appears to be one of the catalysts for the revival of the neighborhood association. Both Highland Park...

  • Marcus Kirby, former School Trustee, Granted Probation

    Suzie Schottlekotte, News Staff Writer|Updated Apr 6, 2023

    Marcus Kirby, a former associate pastor at HighPoint Church in Lake Wales, has been ordered to serve 10 years' probation and pay $67,491 in restitution to his former employer, the Lake Wales Care Center, after pleading no contest to bilking two of the center's clients whose financial accounts he was overseeing. Kirby, 41, who also was a trustee on the Lake Wales Charter School Board, faced up to 3½ years in prison had he been convicted at trial, according to state...

  • Call Before You Dig Is Good Advice for Residents

    Manuel Solis-Bauza, Special to the News|Updated Apr 5, 2023

    With warmer temperatures and April kicking off the best time of year to plant, spring means more people are heading outdoors to upgrade their landscaping, install a fence and overall improve their home's curb appeal. Given that it's the most active season for home beautification projects, Sunshine 811 encourages homeowners and professional contractors to dig safely, especially as landscaping and fencing combined cause the most damage to underground utility lines – resulting in...

  • Circle of Friends Program Growing to Fill Future Dreams

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Apr 5, 2023

    A local charitable organization that provides a number of programs supporting local families and individuals with developmental disabilities is seeking community support to expand their efforts. Circle of Friends, a fixture of the Lake Wales community for over two decades, is planning to sell its current building on Stuart Avenue to expand their program through the purchase of a much larger facility. The organization is working toward the purchase of the former Westside...

  • Melanie's Seafood Company Offers a Special Dining Experience

    Susan Cihocki, News Restaurant Reviewer|Updated Apr 5, 2023

    A favorite of knowledgeable Lake Wales diners and a popular spot for lunch and dinner remains a bit of a hidden gem to many newcomers. Melanie's Seafood Company offers a rare opportunity to watch their food being prepared in a spotless open kitchen in this intimate spot on Park Avenue in downtown. A varied menu of seafood specialties, along with a few options like a famous 'Cajun burger, assures that every taste is satisfied. Owner Steve Manwell and his wife, Ali opened...

  • Wildfire Threat Remains High For Polk After River Ranch Fire

    News Staff Reports|Updated Apr 4, 2023

    A very dry winter in the Lake Wales area that has extended into the spring has led to critically dry conditions and a very high fire risk. Extreme caution is being urged by authorities when handling any sort of open flame or heat source. A recent fire at the River Ranch hunting tract burned over 1,000 acres and destroyed scores of temporary structures. No one was hurt in the fires, but valuable fire-fighting resources were strained in combatting the blaze. Meager rains in...

  • Movies: "65" Gets a Single Star For Weak Plot, Effects

    Jennifer Nanek, News Film Critic|Updated Apr 3, 2023

    Two survivors of a spacecraft travel through time to land on Earth 65 million years ago when there were dinosaurs just before the theoretical asteroid hits Earth that destroys the dinosaurs. Adam Driver plays Mills, the pilot of a long range spacecraft with all of his passengers in stasis. Ariana Greenblatt plays Koa, a young girl who also survives the crash. The film revolves around the character, Mills, and the young girl. There is a language barrier between her and...