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Articles from the April 20, 2022 edition

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  • City Approves Large Mobile Home Development on 4-1 Vote

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated May 2, 2022

    In a 4-1 vote, the Lake Wales city commission this week on first reading a land use and zoning change that will allow development of a 654-lot mobile home park and 143 conventional homes on 208 acres of land east of Scenic Highway on the north side of Lake Wales. The mobile home park feature is the first such development approved within the city limits in several years. Billed as a "resort" mobile home park, the "55 and over" community will feature enhanced amenities,...

  • "Olmsted Day" Offers a Fun Lake-side Festival April 30

    Tom Paulson, City Editor|Updated May 1, 2022

    A celebration of parks, trees, and all things "Olmsted" will draw families to Lake Wailes Park on Saturday, April 30. The all-day event will include food vendors, bands, games for the kids (and the family), lots of vendors, a beer garden, and plenty of prizes. Part of the nationwide celebration dubbed "Olmsted 200," the festival will include kite-building class and flying contest, a "family feud" styled game with a grand prize of a quad-copter drone, plus races and education...

  • Lake Wales Heritage Earns Recognition from Dyer Kia and Chevrolet

    Wendy Dwyer|Updated Apr 20, 2022

    Architect Frederick Law Olmsted may be best known for designing New York City's Central Park, but his many creative accomplishments also included the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, and our own treasure, Bok Tower Gardens. Just before the Great Depression in late 1929, Frederick Law Olmsted and Edward Bok designed a master plan for Lake Wales, with plans to include small parks, plenty of trees, and a lovely place to stroll the downtown area. Nearly a century later, Lake...

  • Armed Robbery of Gate Service Station Reported

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Apr 20, 2022

    An armed robber wearing a hoodie and mask stole an undisclosed amount of money from a cashier at the Gate gas station near the city limits on US 27 north Monday night. Police are seeking the assistance of the public in identifying the suspect pictured in security camera images. The suspect is described as "a black male in his early 20s with a thin build...wearing a red hoodie and a grey face mask carrying a multi-color backpack", according to a police bulletin. It was approxim...

  • Shell Crackers Drawing Crowds to Lake Kissimmee

    Charlie Wynperle, Fishing Expert|Updated Apr 19, 2022

    On Lake Walk-in-Water, anglers are catching their limit of shell crackers and bluegill in the lily pads on red worms and crickets. Bass are roaming inside, feeding after the spawn near the top of the water first thing in the morning. Slow down and use a worm on the outside of the grass line. On Lake Hatchineha, shell crackers are in the pads on the east side of the lake. Fish with a worm or cricket. The water is running in the canals, so anglers are catching bass at the...

  • Janice Ann Weathersby, 1950-2022

    Updated Apr 19, 2022

    Janice Ann Weathersby of Lake Wales, Florida passed away on Saturday April 16, 2022. She was born in Peterborough, Ontario Canada on July 13, 1950, to the late John and Joan Martin. She worked at Bok Tower Gardens and was a talented musician and enjoyed traveling. Janice is preceded in death by her husband Curtis Wayne Weathersby, and her sister Diane Martin. She is survived by her daughter Erin May Weathersby of Hawaii; her son Wayne Weathersby Jr. (Brook) of Lake Wales; her...