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Articles from the December 28, 2022 edition

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  • Canopy-stack video

    Skydivers Build Massive Canopy Stacks at Lake Wales Airport

    Special to the News|Updated Jan 13, 2023

    A team of skydivers from a dozen nations cooperated to build canopy stacks of a 54 and 65 persons at Lake Wales Airport this week while descending from well above 10,000 feet. The 65-person stack was the largest achieved since the current world record of 100 canopies was set in 2007, also at Lake Wales Airport. The huge canopy stack, measuring almost 300 feet tall, was detected by radar from 200 miles away. This week the "Freeze Your Buns Off Boogie" is offering acrobatic...

  • EDITORIAL: Limiting Speech at Commission Meetings Is a Bad Idea

    News Editorial Board|Updated Jan 4, 2023

    Stifling Dissent is Not a Solution The essential freedoms that we often take for granted as Americans set us apart from much of the world, where speaking out against a government action or official can bring harsh responses. More than ever, speaking out is needed in Lake Wales. There is no better forum for sharing concerns and ideas about the course of our community than the meetings of the City Commission. Now, under a proposed resolution, Lake Wales citizens may be...

  • Christopher John Ellison, 1974-2022

    Updated Dec 30, 2022

    Christopher John Ellison of Lake Wales passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2022 at AdventHealth Lake Wales. He was born September 28, 1974 in London, Ontario, Canada to John and Margaret Ellison; he moved to Lake Wales from Ruskin this past October. Christopher was a manager for Asplundh Tree Company and was of the Catholic faith. Christopher greatly enjoyed watching documentaries about universal mysteries, aliens, ghosts, the supernatural, and the unexplainable. He would watch...

  • Developer to Build Two New Roads to Serve Hunt Club Projects

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Dec 26, 2022

    An extension of Hamlin Street will be constructed by Hunt Club manager and developer David A. Waronker under an agreement that will see up to $1,597,793.45 credited against the "Multi-Modal Transportation Impact Fees" assessed by the city. Under an agreement approved recently by the Lake Wales City Commission, the street will include underground storm drains, curbs, sidewalks, and street lighting. The city's development codes also call for the planting of street trees in...