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 By Robert Connors    News 
New homes being completed

Lake Wales Housing Land Rush Shows No Sign of Slowing

The rush to develop housing in Lake Wales shows no sign of abating as new proposals continue to come before the Lake Wales City Commission. Tuesday's agenda saw an approval of an... — Updated 10/20/2021

 
 By News Staff    Business 

LakeWalesNews.Net Readership Views Surge to 20,000 Weekly

New features and sections added to LakeWalesNews.Net have driven skyrocketing readership since September 1, reaching well over 80,000 page views during the first month, according to... — Updated 10/20/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    News 
a diagram of the new intersection

SR 60 Overpass Construction "On Schedule"

The massive $45 million project to replace the obsolete bridge over US 27 in Lake Wales is continuing apace, but the comings months will see multiple traffic interruptions, the... — Updated 10/20/2021

 
 By Tom Paulson    News
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Olmsted Streetscapes Get New Life After 90 Years

Wielding spades and smiles, some two dozen volunteers planted 30 young trees along Fourth Street South in Lake Wales Saturday morning, the first of more than 1,000 trees Lake Wales... — Updated 10/20/2021

 
grove growing inside a screen enclosure

Florida Citrus Production Continues to Show Precipitous Drop

In a citrus crop forecast released Tuesday, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried mentioned a startling number for Florida's peak citrus production: 244 million boxes in the 1997-98... — Updated 10/20/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    Schools

Charter Schools Search for Superintendent Described as "Transparent"

Finding a new superintendent for the Lake Wales Charter School System is a painstaking process, with huge focus on finding the ideal candidate, according to Bill Vogel. Vogel, 72,... — Updated 10/20/2021

 
 By Tom Paulson    News
photo of the front of the new ice cream shop

CRA Restaurant Incentive Grant Attracts New Ice Cream Outlet Downtown

Riding on the success of his downtown seafood restaurant, Steve Manwell has big plans to add an ice cream shop just across the street. That idea received a solid boost this week.... — Updated 10/20/2021

 
 By Mike Spotswood    Ridge Life 
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The Magic of Traveling in Italy

Editors Note: Lake Wales resident Mike Spotswood and his wife Irene are avid travelers. Their frequent journeys through Italy have inspired many of their friends to "get off the... — Updated 10/19/2021

 
A photo of Special Olympian Joseph Lunsford and Deputy Chief David Black

Joseph Lunsford of Lake Wales Chosen to Represent Florida at Special Olympics USA

In a special recognition of his efforts, Lake Wales resident Joseph Lunsford will be the recipient of his very own "day" upon the issuance of a Proclamation from the City of Lake... — Updated 10/16/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    Sports

District Title Showdown Happens Friday Night in Lake Wales

In what is likely to be the deciding contest of the 2021 football regular season, the Lake Wales Highlanders will face off against the undefeated Auburndale Bloodhounds Friday... — Updated 10/16/2021

 

Gladys Howell Named Pioneer of the Year

The Lake Wales History Museum will honor Gladys Howell as the 2021 Lake Wales Pioneer of the Year as part of the 45th Annual Pioneer Days Festival at Lake Wailes Park. The recogniti... — Updated 10/13/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    Sports

Highlanders Strike Early To Top Hardee, Move to 5-1

Returning to the form that marked the early games of the season, the Lake Wales Highlanders struck early and often against the Hardee Wildcats, running up a score of 21-0 barely... — Updated 10/13/2021

 

Removing Financial Barriers to Bok Tower Gardens Inspires Innovative Pass Program

"Removing the barriers" and financial impediments for families wishing to visit Bok Tower Gardens was a primary motivation for a program that has proven immensely popular with... — Updated 10/13/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    News

New Traffic Roundabouts, Bike Lanes, Sidewalks May Be Coming to Buck Moore Road

With hundreds of new homes slated for construction along the booming Buck Moore Road, Lake Wales City Commissioners have unanimously approved hiring an engineering firm to conduct... — Updated 10/9/2021

 
 By Tom Paulson    News
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Lake Wales Heritage to Landscape 4th Street October 9th

After more than 90 years, new flowering trees will soon be planted as part of a city-wide landscaping effort. More than two dozen new flowering trees will line several blocks of... — Updated 10/9/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    Sports
Highlander players file past the scoreboard

Highlanders Win First District Game

With their District 7 title hopes still riding high, the Lake Wales Highlanders notched their first important win against a conference rival by defeating Melbourne Eau Gallie 43-27... — Updated 10/8/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    News
a photo of the wide blank building face.

Robin Gibson Plans Major Downtown Building Restoration

As the city prepares to embark on a transformative Lake Wales Connected redesign of the historic Park Avenue that forms the heart of downtown Lake Wales, one city commissioner is... — Updated 10/8/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    Sports
Kids and coaches on Legion Field grass

New Lighted Football Field May Serve Youth Football Leagues

A lighted football field proposed for Washington Park near US 27 is expected to make a big difference to hundreds of young people involved in two Lake Wales youth football leagues.... — Updated 10/6/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    News
an aerial view of the development site

More than 8,000 New Dwellings Planned in Lake Wales

Plans and proposals for new housing developments in Lake Wales have come in waves during 2021 and show no sign of abating. More than 8,300 new dwellings are now "visible" on the... — Updated 10/6/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    Schools

Lake Wales High School Marks Annual Homecoming

The small-town spirit shone through in Lake Wales Thursday as a thousand spectators gathered to watch the annual Homecoming Parade organized by the students of Lake Wales High... — Updated 10/2/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    Sports

Lake Wales Highlanders Open Their Title Campaign

Riding on their 3-1 season record and seeking to repeat as district champs in their new higher classification, the Lake Wales Highlanders football squad will face the Melbourne Eau... — Updated 10/2/2021

 

At Age 97, A Home Rehab is An Unexpected Blessing

Ardella Green has been a resident of Lake Wales since 1942 and at 97 years old, she has gotten to the point in life that climbing up to fix the roof of her aging home on Alabama Str... — Updated 10/1/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    Sports

Highlanders Drop Naples, Win Homecoming Game

After being stymied by the stout defense of the Naples Trojans for most of the first half, the Lake Wales Highlander eleven found the winning formula in the second half, opening... — Updated 9/29/2021

 

Annual "Blessing of the Animals" Takes Place Saturday Morning

The public is invited to bring their loved pets to receive the annual blessing this Saturday at the Church of the Good Shepherd. The service will take place outdoors. It's... — Updated 9/29/2021

 
a happy family peeks from their tent

Water Management District Tightens Camping Rules

The Southwest Florida Water Management District has announced changes to rules governing camping reservations on District lands. These rules went into effect June 23 and will be... — Updated 9/28/2021

 

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