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 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 6/19/2022

 By Tom Paulson    Fun

Aaron Tippin to Headline Lake Wales Concert

The Junior League of Lake Wales is kicking off their organizational efforts with a splash as they host country music star Aaron Tippin, who will headline a musical performance and... — Updated 2/2/2022

 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales Airport Seeing Significant Growth, Improvements

With growth in Lake Wales expected to accelerate in coming years, Lake Wales Airport is staying ahead of the curve, and plans are being laid for further improvements, according to... — Updated 1/9/2022

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FAA to Fund Apron Reconstruction at Lake Wales Airport

Thanks to a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, Lake Wales Airport will soon receive a new east apron. The City Commission awarded the project contract to low-bidder... — Updated 10/28/2021


Howard Frederick Martin, 1944-2021

Howard Frederick Martin of Lake Wales passed away Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Advent Health Lake Wales. He was born November 7, 1944 in Waverly, West Virginia to the late Howard... — Updated 10/25/2021


City to Adopt $68+ Million Annual Budget

Significant growth within the municipal limits of Lake Wales is driving changes in the city’s annual budget, which will see significant investments in improvements to city... — Updated 9/7/2021


Commissioner Gibson Announces Plans to Run for Mayor in 2022

At the end of his last official meeting April 20, City Commissioner Curtis Gibson announced plans to run for Lake Wales mayor in 2022, saying he is "excited for new adventures."... — Updated 4/29/2021


Curtis Gibson Not Seeking Re-election to City Commission

Two-term Lake Wales City Commissioner Curtis Gibson announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in April. At the end of their regular meeting Jan. 19, Gibson told his... — Updated 1/27/2021


A Few Words from City Commissioner Curtis Gibson

I am happy to be a Lake Wales resident and City Commissioner. I was born in Rochester NY, and moved to Lake Wales at the age of 12. I fell in love with Lake Wales less than a year a... — Updated 1/10/2021


How I Got to FLY!

I remember my excitement a few months ago, when I received the call. A mere 16 hours from that call, I was getting to do my First (unlikely my last) paramotoring flight, the purest... — Updated 1/10/2021


Unanimous Commission Names James Slaton as City Manager

Lake Wales City Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday, Oct. 20 to appoint James Slaton as the next city manager. Slaton has been serving as interim city manager since June 2, when... — Updated 10/29/2020


Commissioner Gibson Announces Re-Election Bid on His 36th Birthday

Marking the occasion of his 36th birthday, Lake Wales City Commissioner Curtis Gibson on Sept. 11 announced the start of his re-election campaign. Gibson plans to qualify for the Ap... — Updated 9/16/2020


City Manager Negotiates Amicable Deal to Leave Immediately

Lake Wales City Manager Ken Fields and the city commission agreed Tuesday June 2 to part ways in something akin to an "amicable divorce" but it took a lengthy discussion to reach... — Updated 6/3/2020


Skydivers Pay Tribute to Betty Hill at Life Celebration

Twenty world class skydivers dropped onto the golf course at Lake Ashton Saturday Feb. 22, paying tribute to Betty Hill, the former owner of the Florida Skydiving Center at the Lake... — Updated 2/26/2020


Dorothy Kenney, 1927-2020

Dorothy Elizabeth (Stanley) Kenney, 92, of Lake Wales passed away Tuesday Feb. 18, 2020 at Bon Secours Manor in St Petersburg. She was born April 28, 1927 to the late Arthur Paul and Margaret Elizabeth (Molter) Stanley in Lake... — Updated 2/20/2020


Back from Iraq, Army Capt. Vacha to Read to Children Jan. 29 at YMCA

U.S. Army Reserve Captain Alexander Vacha will soon be returning to his post as the director of the Winter Haven Airport, but first he has an important engagement to keep with a... — Updated 1/28/2020


Commissioners Want to Seek Proposals for City Attorney Services

City Commissioner Curtis Gibson was in elementary school when Chuck Galloway became the Lake Wales city attorney 26 years ago. Gibson says it's time to at least consider whether... — Updated 1/12/2020


Former Skydiving Center, Airport Manager Betty Hill Dead at 66

Betty Hill only jumped once herself, but she brought thousands of skydivers to Lake Wales in the more than two decades she operated the Florida Skydiving Center. Friends, family... — Updated 1/1/2020


Air Filtration Company Bringing 200 Jobs to Lake Wales

A North Carolina company that manufactures air filters, air filtration products and equipment is expected to bring 200 jobs to Lake Wales in early 2020. Pamlico Air will be located... — Updated 1/1/2020


Commissioners Consider Balanced Budget with Slight Property Tax Reduction

Lake Wales City Commissioners got their first look Tuesday at a proposed balanced budget for 2019-20 that includes a slight reduction in the property tax rate. Finance Director... — Updated 8/14/2019


Leadership Lake Wales Graduates 13 from 9-month Program

Thirteen area residents completed their 9-month program June 6 and became graduates of Leadership Lake Wales Class 23. After enjoying a pasta dinner at the American Legion at Eagle... — Updated 8/1/2019


International Flight Simulator Manufacturer to Open Lake Wales Facility

ALSIM, one of the world's premier manufacturers of flight simulators, has announced plans to locate a new North American assembly and support facility at the Lake Wales Commerce... — Updated 8/1/2019


Lake Wales Paramotor Group Featured at World's Largest Air Show

Lake Wales is well-represented at the world's largest air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin this week as Eric Farewell and his Aviator PPG team take to the skies to show off their paramoto... — Updated 7/25/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Schools

Above and "Beyond..." An Afternoon Glimpse of The Vanguard School's Summer Camp Program in Action

When I met Roberta "Bobbie" Halfacre, director of The Vanguard School Summer Camp program, she explained it is named "Beyond..." because students, faculty, indeed anyone associated... — Updated 7/17/2019


City Commissioners Hold Workshop to Discuss Budget Priorities

During their second budget workshop July 9 Lake Wales city commissioners asked questions about staff spending priorities while acknowledging they still need much additional... — Updated 7/11/2019


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