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Articles from the August 10, 2022 edition

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  • Lake Wales Heritage Advances Plans for Druid Hills Neighborhood

    Tom Paulson, City Editor|Updated Sep 24, 2022

    Ambitious plans to beautify and recognize the unique features of the Druid Hills neighborhood on the east side of Lake Wales were advanced during a four-hour conference held Saturday at Bok Tower Gardens. Among the ideas discussed at the conference was special recognition of the area as the "Historic Olmsted Druid Hills District," including the installation of boundary and historical markers explaining the importance of the area, which would form a portion of an "Olmsted...

  • Early Voting Now Available in Lake Wales

    Rachel Harris, Polk Elections|Updated Aug 25, 2022

    The August 23 "Primary" election will be the "final" election for candidates in four heated Polk School Board races, as well as those seeking judicial slots. Voters are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the issues and cast their ballots early, by mail, or on election day. Those wishing to vote early in southeast Polk may visit the Lake Wales Tourist Club at 205 North 5th Street. That location is between the playground at Crystal Lake Park and the City Tennis Courts on...

  • William David Barker, Jr., 1962-2022

    Updated Aug 11, 2022

    William David Barker, Jr., 60, of Lake Wales, Florida passed Monday, August 8, 2022, at Adventhealth of Lake Wales. He was born May 16, 1962, in Hackettstown, New Jersey to William and Norma (Ball) Barker, Sr., and he has been a resident of this area since 1972 moving here from New Jersey. He was an Appliance Repairman for L&L Appliance and attended Impact Church of Lake Wales. William loved trains, motorcycles and especially VW Beetles. He was preceded in death by Tommy Brand...

  • Janet Crichfield Ward, 1947-2022

    Updated Aug 9, 2022

    Janet Crichfield Ward, 74, of Lake Wales passed away on August 7, 2022, after a long illness. She was born October 17, 1947, in Belle Glade, Florida, to Charles and Bertha Crichfield. She graduated from Belle Glade High School in 1965. After relocating to Lake Wales, she graduated from USF in 1970 where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She went on to attain her master's degree in 1981. Janet became an educator for the Polk County School System where she...

  • Shirley Ann Connors, 1947-2022

    Updated Aug 9, 2022

    Shirley Ann Connors of Lake Wales passed away Sunday, August 7, 2022 at AdventHealth Heart of Florida in Davenport. She was born January 18, 1947 in Lake Wales to the late Carlos and Louise Weeks; and has been a lifelong resident. She was retired from Florida's Natural and enjoyed watching TV. She was a fan of the Miami Dolphins and FSU. Survivors include her son, Neil Watson of Lake Wales; brother, Carson Weeks (Kay) of Winter Haven; two grandchildren and several...

  • Linda Lucille Cope, 1939-2022

    Updated Aug 9, 2022

    Linda Lucille Cope of Babson Park passed away Saturday, August 6, 2022 at The Groves Center. She was born March 1, 1939 in Michigan to the late George and Gertrude Roger; she has been a resident of Babson Park for 40 years, coming from Michigan. She was retired from Jimmy's Restaurant. She loved going to yard sales, shopping and playing bingo. She enjoyed cooking, especially holiday meals. Survivors include her daughter, Debra Butler (Mike) of Frostproof; sons, Gregory Cope...

  • Kathleen Marie Greer, 1946-2022

    Updated Aug 8, 2022

    Kathleen Marie Greer of Winter Haven passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at Winter Haven Hospital. She was born March 26, 1946 in Lake Wales. Kathleen was a retired librarian for the Polk County Historical Library and the Lake Wales Public Library and she was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. She was previously a member of the Business and Professional Women and Columbiettes. Kathleen was a member of the Counsel of Catholic Women and was a Lector and Eucharisto...

  • Joan Frances Nicoletti, 1963-2022

    Updated Aug 5, 2022

    Joan Frances Nicoletti of Frostproof passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at AdventHealth Sebring. She was born October 26, 1963 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the late Gerald and Patricia Kendorski; she moved to Frostproof from her hometown in 2016. Joan was a manager at WAWA and previously worked as a realtor. She loved music and animals and enjoyed spending her time cooking and fishing, especially at the Outer Banks. Joan is survived by her husband of 25 years, Larry...

  • Lake Wales Property Values Jump $67 Million, Surpass $1 Billion

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Aug 5, 2022

    As the City of Lake Wales and Polk County prepare to finalize their annual budgets and set tax rates for the new fiscal year, both are benefitting from a substantial rise in property values. The changes could lead to further reductions in millage rates for property owners. In Polk overall, values have risen to $51,391,150,529, an increase of 17.75 percent, nearly doubling last year's sharp increase of 9.03 percent. That represents a current-year increase of more than $2.2...