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 By Robert Connors    News 

City "Connected" Plan Receives Million-Dollar Boost

Plans to build sidewalks and plant scores of shade trees to enhance the Northwest Neighborhood, part of the Lake Wales Connected plan, received a major boost last week with the... — Updated 5/17/2022

 

Care Center Invites Public to Join Bike Event Friday

You are invited to join a host of others in an opportunity to get some fresh air and exercise this week. The Lake Wales Care Center is encouraging area residents to take part in the... — Updated 5/17/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

CRA Agrees to Purchase Building After Receiving Incorrect Information

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to include comments from City Manager James Slaton. A confusing staff report may have led to city commissioners, sitting as the board of... — Updated 5/16/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

New Apartments Contemplated for Chalet Suzanne Road

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to include clarifying comments from City Manager James Slaton. Lake Wales City Commissioners will consider the possible development of... — Updated 5/16/2022

 
 By Amber Smith    Ridge Life 

AdventHealth Lake Wales Achieves Leapfrog Grade "B" in Patient Safety

AdventHealth Lake Wales has achieved a "B" patient safety grade by the prestigious Leapfrog Group. The safety grade is awarded based on a hospital's performance in preventing medica... — Updated 5/15/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Church Likely to Appeal Planning Board Density Recommendation

A request by Trinity Baptist Church for a designation of MDR- Medium Density Residential was met by a recommendation for a lower density LDR designation by the Planning and Zoning... — Updated 5/15/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Rotary to Host Speaker Series Focused on Downtown Revitalization

Citizens interested in learning the details and impact of the city-reshaping Lake Wales Connected plan are invited to attend any of four luncheon meetings on the topic beginning... — Updated 5/14/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Neighborhood Shopping Center Proposed for Hunt Bros. Road

The Lake Wales City Commission will vote Tuesday on a proposal that will allow construction of a new "neighborhood" shopping center at the currently-remote corner of Hunt Brothers... — Updated 5/14/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Second High School Proposed for Lake Wales

A second public high school for Lake Wales moved a large step closer to reality last week after Polk County Schools Superintendent Frederick Heid proposed that McLaughlin Middle... — Updated 5/10/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wailes Park to Offer Kayak Rentals

A locker system offering rentals of kayaks and paddle boards will soon be installed in Lake Wales Park, following city commission approval of a pilot program. The rental program... — Updated 5/10/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News 

City Hires New Deputy City Manager

The City of Lake Wales has hired Joanna Abernathy to fill the vacant position of deputy city manager. Abernathy will be overseeing various municipal operations while assisting City... — Updated 5/4/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

City Approves Large Mobile Home Development on 4-1 Vote

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... — Updated 5/2/2022

 

School Board Trustee Arrested

Marcus Kirby, an associate pastor at HighPoint Church and a trustee of the Lake Wales Charter School Board, is facing felony charges after admitting he stole an estimated $23,690... — Updated 5/1/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

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

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... — Updated 5/1/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

City to Install Large Live Oak in Arbor Day Observance

The conception of the Lake Wales Connected plan and the growing awareness of the city's strong connections to the works of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. have combined to make Arbor Day... — Updated 4/29/2022

 
 By Wendy Dwyer    News

Lake Wales Heritage Earns Recognition from Dyer Kia and Chevrolet

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... — Updated 4/20/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Heart-Trained Missionaries Helping Change Lives Around the Globe

Voluntarily suffering hardships may seem an unlikely choice for most people, but for hundreds of young students at the local Heart program it's been a pathway to self-discovery and... — Updated 4/14/2022

 

Lake Wales Podiatrist Offers Focused Diabetes Care

Lake Wales area residents dealing with foot ailments due to the effects of diabetes should know that it is a serious health problem that demands treatment, according to Dr. Prerna... — Updated 4/14/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

New Magnolias Planted Along Lakeshore Boulevard

Volunteers and supporters gathered Saturday morning in Lake Wailes Park to mark the dedication of 34 young Magnolia trees which were planted on Friday, April 8 along Lakeshore... — Updated 4/14/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Portion of Third Street to Close Permanently Wednesday

A portion of Third Street between Park Avenue and Crystal Avenue will be permanently closed to vehicular traffic on Wednesday, April 6 in order to become a segment of a new pedestri... — Updated 4/12/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Hilligoss Wins Mayoral Race, Krueger Elected to City Commission

The unofficial vote tabulation is completed and It is apparent that Jack Hilligoss and Danny Kreuger will fill the mayoral post and that of city commissioner. With the votes tabulat... — Updated 4/12/2022

 
 By Eric Marshall    News

CRA Housing Rehab Program Offers Help to Northwest Neighborhood

The City of Lake Wales and area partners are lending a helping hand to seniors, providing home improvements and repairs The city's Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Legacy... — Updated 4/6/2022

 

Sheriff Denies Any Endorsement in City Elections

Most Lake Wales voters have received a pair of deceptive postcards mailed by two out-of-town political committees that have caused Sheriff Grady Judd to issue a statement denying... — Updated 4/5/2022

 

Campaign Finances Show Questionable Expense, Possible Violation

An apparent impropriety in the mayoral campaign financing of City Commissioner Jack Hilligoss has caused yet another twist in the closing days of the election. A letter from Lake... — Updated 4/4/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Downtown Merchants, Property Owners Hear Presentation on Connected Plan

A vital channel of communication between downtown merchants, the Community Redevelopment Agency and Lake Wales Main Street was opened at a breakfast meeting at the MarketPlace Caf... — Updated 3/31/2022

 

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