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A Free Press Serves as a Watchdog on Government and Politicians

Government is complicated. Elected officials, even those responsible for leading a city such as Lake Wales with its billion-dollar budget, face a multitude of questions and issues.... — Updated 3/1/2024

 

Multiple Questions Raised About $1.2 Million City-Funded Incubator

A "business incubator" operating under a three-year, $1.2 million contract approved by the Lake Wales City Commission appears to be operating in violation of several laws, a... — Updated 2/29/2024

 
 By Robert Connors    News 

Business Incubator Officers Invited to Defend Operations After Critical Report

Business owners lined up at the beginning of the Lake Wales City Commission meeting Tuesday evening to explain to commissioners the various ways they are working to enhance the... — Updated 2/22/2024

 

Some Local Officials Resigning Over New Disclosure Requirements

A new financial disclosure requirement that has caused hundreds of municipal officials across the state to resign their offices is also having impacts in the Lake Wales area. The... — Updated 12/28/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales Envisioned Adopted by City Commission

In a major step toward addressing the challenge presented by an enormous wave of growth, the Lake Wales city commission voted to adopt a resolution in support of the Lake Wales... — Updated 10/23/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

City Commission Rejects Development on 2-2 Vote

A proposal to construct 64 single-family homes on 19.1 acres of land on the north side of Lake Wales was denied in a 2-2 vote in the Lake Wales City Commission. The development... — Updated 9/20/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales Likely to Assume Operations of Recreation Center After Departure of YMCA Group

Citizens accustomed to using the Lake Wales YMCA facility can breathe a bit easier after Lake Wales City Manager James Slaton announced plans for the city to assume operations of... — Updated 8/28/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Large Lake Wales Development Rejected for Failure to Meet City Aspirations

Two large residential developments proposed by the same developer recently met with very different responses from the Lake Wales city commission. After unanimously approving a 930-l... — Updated 6/29/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Fitzgerald Denied Return to Commission Due to Move Outside District

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include citation of a written opinion from City Attorney Chuck Galloway to city commissioners, released to the press today. April 17 -... — Updated 5/25/2023

 

New Community Garden to Green Up Local "Food Desert"

An effort to green a "food desert" in the Northwest Neighborhood of Lake Wales will begin next week with the creation of a community garden on a city-owned lot on Dr. Martin Luther... — Updated 4/6/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

City Commission Gives Attorney "Unsatisfactory" Marks in Annual Review

It was a very unhappy group of Lake Wales City Commissioners who spent more than 45 minutes discussing their generally dismal evaluations of City Attorney Chuck Galloway Wednesday.... — Updated 4/1/2023

 

"Unhappy Hour" Planned by Women's Group to Mark Gender Pay Inequality

The American Association of University Women Lake Wales Branch is inviting the public to gather with them on Friday, March 31st to conduct an "Unhappy Hour" marking the disparity... — Updated 3/27/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

"State of the City" Good, Mayor Hilligoss Reports

An upbeat assessment of activities during the past year and a positive look toward the future was offered by Lake Wales Mayor Jack Hilligoss at the annual "State of the City"... — Updated 3/25/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Commission Candidate Forum Brought Few Surprises

Four city commission candidates facing an April 4 election shared a stage at the Lake Wales Womans Club Auditorium Tuesday evening to compare their positions on a variety of topics... — Updated 3/21/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Governor DeSantis' Delayed Reinstatement of Suspended Commissioner Kris Fitzgerald Raised at City Commission Meeting

The expected reinstatement of suspended City Commissioner Kris Fitzgerald was raised again by Commissioner Terrye Howell, who questioned the lack of action from Governor Ron... — Updated 3/4/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales City Commission Tightens Rules on Public Speaking During Meetings

New requirements will be faced by those wishing to speak during the public access portion of Lake Wales City Commission meetings following action taken Tuesday. On a 3-2 vote the... — Updated 1/13/2023

 

EDITORIAL: Limiting Speech at Commission Meetings Is a Bad Idea

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... — Updated 1/4/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Mayor Orders Police to Clear Commission Chambers After Citizen Protest

A raucous end to Tuesday's city commission meeting resulted in Mayor Jack Hilligoss ordering police to clear the room after an angry crowd of more than 30 mostly older citizens obje... — Updated 1/4/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Former Commissioner Kris Fitzgerald Acquitted of All Charges

Former Lake Wales city commissioner Kris Fitzgerald, who was removed from office after being charged with two felonies, has been found not guilty in a jury trial. Fitzgerald was... — Updated 12/14/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Three City Commissioners Vote Themselves Another Raise

On a split vote, Lake Wales City Commissioners Tuesday evening voted themselves an annual raise of $2,400 intended to pay for the cost of local travel and expenses. City Manager... — Updated 8/4/2022

 

City Earns Black Eye With Fumbled Proclamation

An apparent lack of clear policies and procedures caused an hour-long display of citizen disappointment and anger at the Lake Wales City Commission meeting Tuesday night following... — Updated 6/9/2022

 

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

 

Anonymous Video Attacks Mayoral Candidate

An anonymous YouTube post surfaced Saturday attacking mayoral candidate Curtis Gibson with a video his campaign manager said he'd created more than a decade ago, when he was an... — 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

 

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