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Articles from the July 13, 2022 edition

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  • Polk State Offers Free Backpacks, School Supplies for K-12 Students

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Jul 28, 2022

    Students heading back to school will get a welcome boost as 700 backpacks full of school supplies are given away to students from kindergarten through college age. The event marks the return of the Polk State College "Start Right" campaign and includes free school supplies, haircuts, food, and more for students and their families ahead of the 2022-2023 Academic Year. The event will begin at 9:00 am on Saturday July 23 at Polk State College's JD Alexander Center, 152 E....

  • School Board Forum Moved to Virtual Event

    Tom Paulson, City Editor|Updated Jul 28, 2022

    A pair of forums offering voters a chance to hear from seven school board candidates has been moved to an online event due to the recent upsurge of Coved cases in Polk County. The event had been scheduled for the James Austin Center in Lake Wales with a capacity of 100 guests. The event will now take place via Zoom, with a link to be posted for interested guests. The August primary election will be the final chance to vote in some local races, including those for new school...

  • New Voter Cards Will Confirm Your Registration

    Rachel Harris, Communications Director, Polk Elections|Updated Jul 16, 2022

    Polk County Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards advises residents to watch for their new Voter Information Cards which have been mailed to more than 450,000 voters. When the new cards arrive, voters should confirm that all the information is correct including: · Name; · Residence Address; · Party Affiliation; and, · Date of Birth "While the new cards are not required to cast a ballot, they provide helpful information to voters, including the location of their polling pla...

  • Lake Wales Resident's $6,000 Water Bill Came as a Shock

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    A struggling Lake Wales man who received a shock $6,025.79 water bill in April is breathing easier now, thanks to the intervention of City Utilities Director Sarah Kirkland. Wildabon Avenue resident Anthony Caraway, 50, is unemployed due to disabling cancer. He had been billed the astronomical figure, many times his normal monthly usage, which was often as little as a thousand gallons a month, giving him the city's lowest rate. Money is a serious issue for Caraway, as he is...

  • Ann Wagner Geils,1928-2022

    Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Ann Wagner Geils, born July 7, 1928, in Summit, New Jersey, passed away at her home in Highland Park, Florida on July 6, 2022, just one day shy of her 94th birthday. She will be remembered by all those who loved her as the matriarch of her family, who loved "her people" fiercely and completely. "Her people" included not only her blood relatives, but also so many others whom she took in as family both physically and emotionally. Her dinner table was the center of family...