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 By Tom Paulson    Schools

Polk State Lake Wales Enrollment Doubles to 1,200 Students

Polk State's Lake Wales campus, located entirely in the two-story JD Alexander Center on Central Avenue, has doubled its student population. Enrollment has grown from 600 to 1,200... — Updated 11/20/2021

 By Tom Paulson    News

Lake Wales Resident Charged with Beating Local Woman

A local woman is in critical condition after being found badly beaten in an apartment early Saturday morning. Lake Wales Police responded to a call of an individual expressing... — Updated 11/20/2021


Polk State Lake Wales Grows to 1,200 Students, Thanks to One Man's Efforts

The inspiration of hard-working parents who wanted their children to have a better life has led their son to "pay it forward" by leading others to higher callings through Polk... — Updated 11/19/2021

 By Tom Paulson    News

Arrest Made in June Robbery and Shooting

In a busy week for the Lake Wales Police Department, detectives have made an arrest in yet another violent crime which occurred on June 4 of this year. Jaheim Romulus, 19, of Frostp... — Updated 11/2/2021

 By Tom Paulson    News

Lake Wales Police Make Arrest in Violent Assault

A suspect has been arrested in a stabbing attack that left a victim in critical condition, according to Lake Wales Police Department Deputy Chief David Black II. The reportedly... — Updated 10/30/2021

 By Robert Connors    News

Human Trafficking Symposium Raises Community Awareness of Invisible Problem

"Human trafficking is modern-day slavery." With these words the One More Child organization describes the silently pervasive problem of human trafficking, which involves both... — Updated 10/28/2021

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


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


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


Lake Wales Man Killed in Collision - US 27 Closed for Almost Five Hours

A fatal crash between a light pickup truck and a Freightliner resulted in an afternoon-long blockage of US 27 in Lake Wales Saturday. Edwin McMillan, 62, of Lake Wales was... — Updated 9/5/2021


Lamar Goff, 1944-2021

Lamar Goff, 76, of Lake Wales passed away Monday, Aug. 23, 2021 at his residence. He was born September 8, 1944 in Lake Wales, to the late Daniel and Margaret Goff. Lamar was a retired Police Officer for the Frostproof Police Depar... — Updated 8/29/2021

 By Brian Ackley    News

Police Body Camera Training Paves Way for Full Rollout in Fall

Members of the Lake Wales Police Department have been pleased with the roll out of eight body-worn cameras already in use, with an additional 24 cameras to come on line later this... — Updated 8/29/2021


Gary Helm, 1947-2021

Gary Larson Helm, 74, of Lake Wales passed away Thursday, July 29, 2021 at Select Special Hospital in Orlando. He was born May 20, 1947 in Lake Wales, to the late Elmer and Lola... — Updated 8/9/2021


Hometown Hero and Former Police Chief Helm Remembered

Retired Lake Wales Police Chief Gary Helm died July 29 after a lengthy illness and hospitalization. He was 74. Many people in Lake Wales remember him as a community hero, who as a... — Updated 7/31/2021


Lake Wales Police Start Body Camera Pilot Implementation

It was a "bumpy start" as Lake Wales rolled out one-fourth of their new police worn body cameras Monday, July 26. Police Chief Chris Velasquez said the department will use the... — Updated 7/29/2021


Police Investigating 48 Vehicle Burglaries in One Night

Lake Wales Police are investigating a rash of 48 vehicle burglaries between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, June 14. The bold burglars in some cases broke windows to gain acces... — Updated 7/17/2021


Police Investigate Shooting that Left Man in Critical Condition

Lake Wales police are investigating a shooting that left a man in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds. Police were called to a home at 426 Domaris Ave. at 9:34 p.m.... — Updated 6/9/2021

 By Brian Ackley    News

Northwest Residents Express Hope for Neighborhood's Future

A recent statistically valid survey of residents in the northwest section neighborhood of Lake Wales revealed 60 percent of respondents say they "feel hopeful about the future of th... — Updated 6/9/2021


Beth Satterwhite, 1960-2021

Elizabeth J. “Beth” Satterwhite, 61, of Lake Wales passed away Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at Advent Health Lake Wales. She was born April 4, 1960 in Winter Park to Jimmie R. and Jimmie Lou Beasley; she moved to Lake Wales in 1989,... — Updated 5/29/2021


Leadership Polk Holds Two-Class Graduation

Polk Vision welcomed 45 program members to accomplished ranks of Leadership Polk Alumni on Friday, May 21, 2021 at the Balmoral Estates. Those with close ties to Lake Wales... — Updated 5/29/2021


Deputy Police Chief Ending 27-Year Career in Law Enforcement

After 27 years with the Lake Wales Police Department, Deputy Chief Troy Schulze is stepping out on faith and making a career change. May 15 will be his last day on the force, as he... — Updated 5/8/2021


City Commission Approves Full Implementation of Police Body Cameras

With no discussion or public comment the Lake Wales City Commission May 4 approved spending $110,350 for the first year implementation of police worn body cameras for all officers... — Updated 5/6/2021

 By Brian Ackley    News

Drone Helping with Local Crime Fighting

Collaboration between different city departments is a daily occurrence at Lake Wales City Hall. But one of the more unique partnerships help show the good side of Lake Wales and is... — Updated 4/15/2021


Defeated Commissioner Blames Racism, Says City on "Cusp of Destruction"

Still stinging from his April 6 defeat by just 32 votes, Lake Wales City Commissioner Al Goldstein came out swinging the next morning – citing racism as a primary factor in his... — Updated 4/8/2021


Investigation Finds No Criminal Wrongdoing by Lake Wales Police Officers

Lake Wales Police Chief Chris Velasquez released an investigative report Friday, March 26 that concluded there was no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by two officers during a Feb.... — Updated 4/1/2021


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