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Articles from the April 24, 2024 edition

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  • Young Accused of Defrauding Partners in City-Funded Business Incubator

    Robert Connors|Updated Apr 30, 2024

    An affidavit released by Lake Wales Police and the District State Attorney’s office Monday afternoon contains new details in the case that has resulted in the arrest of Charles Young, CEO of BizLinc, a city-funded business incubator in Lake Wales. Young was arrested on two felony counts by Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputies at a Lithia residence on Saturday, to be transferred to Polk to face the charges. Young was a partner in Florida Development Corporation. FDC rec...

  • BizLinc, Florida Development Corp Financial Officer Arrested, Charged With Grand Theft, Fraud

    News Staff Report|Updated Apr 29, 2024

    Charles Young, the chief financial officer of the BizLinc business incubator in Lake Wales, has been arrested at a residence in Lithia in Hillsborough County on an active Polk County warrant, Lake Wales News has confirmed through multiple sources. Available online information shows that Young has been charged with grand theft of $100,000 or more, and a second count of obtaining property by fraud, grand theft, $50,000. After his arrest on Saturday morning, he was transferred...

  • Aggressive Driving Leaves Davenport Man Dead, Investigators Say

    News Staff Reports|Updated Apr 28, 2024

    Speed and reckless driving were the reported cause of a fatal crash that left a Davenport man dead and Scenic Highway blocked for several hours early Saturday. According to Polk Sheriff's investigators, 50-year-old Edgar Peneloza was driving a black 2005 Toyota Tundra southbound near Hickory Hammock Road in the Lake of the Hills community when his vehicle struck the rear end of a silver 2020 Honda Civic. The driver of the Civic, who was not identified by investigators, lost...

  • Mardi Gras Awards $20,000 to Area Non-Profits

    Special to the News|Updated Apr 28, 2024

    Eleven local non-profit organizations benefitted from grants distributed recently by the Lake Wales Mardi Gras Committee. Several dozen representatives and community members gathered at the Lake Wales Arts Center for the annual check presentation. The Lake Wales Mardi Gras Committee and Lake Wales Mardi Gras President Joshua Curchy presented a total of $20,000 from proceeds raised in the 2024 Mardi Gras event. The Mardi Gras celebration, now planning for its 41st year, draws t...

  • Sara Ann Morey, 1947-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    Sara Ann Morey, a beloved member of the Frostproof community and a cherished mother, daughter, and friend, passed away at her home on Friday, April 19th, 2024. She was born on December 31, 1947 to the late Richard and Gladys Riley. Sara was a remarkable woman who touched the lives of many with her kindness, compassion and love. A lifelong resident of the area, she was a proud member of the United Methodist Church of Frostproof and volunteer for the Frostproof Historical Museum...

  • Slaton Seeking Manager's Job in New Smyrna Beach

    Robert Connors|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    Lake Wales City Manager James Slaton is on a short list of finalists under consideration to serve as city manager of New Smyrna Beach. Two Lake Wales city commissioners reached by Lake Wales News were unaware, and withheld comment. Slaton, 46, has managed the city for almost four years after the prior city manager, Ken Fields, was forced to resign by unhappy commissioners. Slaton was offered the job in October 2020 after having served as an interim manager for over five months...

  • Fort Meade Seeking New Logo, Image for City

    Special to the News|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    Fort Meade's traditional seal, a crest featuring a fort, citrus fruits and a horse-drawn street car may soon be a thing of the past. The Fort Meade city commission has created the "Mayor's Blue Ribbon Committee for New Signage and City Logo" to design new signage for the north and south entryways on Highway 17, along with a city logo. The new media assets are expected to be a part of the city's larger efforts to rebrand itself to attract more residents, businesses, and...

  • "Donate Life Month" Highlighted by Tax Collector Joe Tedder

    Ashleigh Mills, Special to the News|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    Mattie Joyner is one Polk County high school senior with a bright future; she will attend Florida Gulf Coast University to study history next fall to become a college professor one day. The gift of organ donation is invaluable for families like the Joyners. Ultimately, her health and success are thanks to a liver transplant she had as a toddler. The Office of the Joe G. Tedder, Tax Collector for Polk County (TCPC), is celebrating stories like Mattie's throughout Donate Life Mo...

  • Lake Wales Airport Hosted Florida Secretary of Commerce, Regional Planning Council Tour

    Special to the News|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    Lake Wales Municipal Airport was among stops on a multi-county tour hosted by the Central Florida Regional Planning Council for Florida's Secretary of Commerce Alex Kelly. The multi-county tour was conducted in partnership with cities, counties, and economic development partners over two days on April 8th and 9th. The visit aimed to showcase rural communities, aviation, and the work of the many economic development agencies in the region. Lake Wales City Manager James Slaton...

  • Mary Ann Mangrum, 1944-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    Mary Ann Mangrum, Age 79, of Bartow, FL, passed away at home on April 20, 2024. She was born on July 30, 1944, in Elizabethton, TN. Mary Ann was a homemaker and a member of Resurrection Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her parents Earl and Sarah Fletcher and niece Mariann Midkiff. She is survived by her husband of 60 years Bob Mangrum; daughter Heather Frey (Ted) of Bartow, FL; grandchildren, Taylor Akins (Dalton) of Lake Wales, FL, Cole Frey (Vallon) of...

  • Daniel Lee, 1955-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Apr 22, 2024

    Daniel Lee of Lake Wales passed away Thursday, April 18, 2024 at AdventHealth Davenport. He was born October 14, 1955 in Lake Wales to the late Gerald Lee and Sara Vest; he was a lifelong resident of the area. Daniel was a retired truck driver and of the Baptist faith. He was very good at playing the guitar. He enjoyed drawing and feeding the squirrels. Daniel was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald Lee and Sara Vest; and brother, Mike Lee. He is survived by his sister,...