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 By Robert Connors    News

WEDNESDAY 8:00 AM UPDATE: IAN REACHES CATEGORY FOUR (155 MPH), HEADS TO LAKE WALES AREA

WEDNESDAY 8:00 AM UPDATE: Hurricane Ian has strengthened into a Category Four cyclone with sustained winds of up to 155 MPH and higher gusts. It continues to track toward Lake Wales... — Updated 9/28/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Hurricane Shelters Limited in Polk, Here's the List of Locations

There are no shelters designated to open in the Lake Wales area, according to Polk County and Polk School System officials. No explanation has been offered for that situation.... — Updated 9/27/2022

 
 By Special to the News    News 

All Polk County Public Schools Will Be Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

At the urging of County emergency officials and the National Weather Service, Polk County Public Schools are to activate some schools that will be serving as storm shelters for... — Updated 9/26/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

TUESDAY 8:00 PM UPDATE - Hurricane Ian Predicted to Strike Lake Wales

TUESDAY 8:00 PM UPDATE: Hurricane Ian has continued to deepen as it moves toward Florida and model trends continue to shift the track toward the east, bringing the center of... — Updated 9/28/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News 

Lake Wales Area Expected to Experience Direct Impact of Hurricane Ian

UPDATE: Hurricane Ian has continued its trek toward Florida, now with 125 MPH winds. Further intensification is expected during the next 24 hours. The storm is now a Category Three,... — Updated 9/28/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News 

Monday Land Use Meeting CANCELLED

UPDATE: Due to the anticipated arrival of storm-force winds this week, the City of Lake Wales has cancelled the Land Use Study Workshop planned for tonight (Monday). Also cancelled... — Updated 9/27/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News 

NO Hurricane Shelters Available Across Southeast Polk County

As Hurricane Ian threatens Florida and the Lake Wales area, Polk County has announced that thirteen shelters will be opened across the county, None are in Lake Wales. The only... — Updated 9/26/2022

 

Hurricane Ian Closes All Polk Environmental Lands Closed Effective Monday

In preparation for the approaching storm, all Polk County Environmental Lands sites and Natural Resources Stormwater Treatment Wetlands will be closed Monday, September 26, 2022... — Updated 9/26/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Three New Restaurants Planned For Growing US 27 Corridor

While two independently owned and operated new restaurants are planned for opening on Highway 60, including Locorrito and Brake Burger Garage, and two more are planned to open on... — Updated 9/22/2022

 

Seven Rivers Water Festival Happens This Weekend

Polk County's biggest water conservation event, the 7 Rivers Water Festival, will be held this weekend in Winter Haven's Central Park The festival is a free, family-friendly event w... — Updated 9/15/2022

 

County Clerk Stacy Butterfield Preserves Polk's Original Deed Book

A major step to preserving the history of Polk County was trumpeted during a recent presentation to the Polk County Board of County Commissioners by Stacy Butterfield, Polk County C... — Updated 9/9/2022

 

Thomas D McKeon, 1950-2022

Thomas D McKeon, D.C., 72, of Reunion, Florida passed away Tuesday morning August 30, 2022, in Orlando, Florida. Tom was born August 26, 1950, and was a devoted chiropractor and... — Updated 9/6/2022

 

Polk County Seeks Volunteers to Help Steer Community Redevelopment Programs

Polk County is seeking volunteers interested in housing and neighborhood development who are willing to serve in a volunteer capacity.on the Community Development Citizens Advisory... — Updated 9/3/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Watering Restrictions Remain in Effect

The Southwest Florida Water Management District is sharing a friendly reminder that when it comes to irrigation systems, Polk County residents must follow certain watering schedules... — Updated 9/3/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

New Roundabout Construction to Cause Month-long Road Closure

Another traffic-delaying project is about to impact some motorists in the Lake Wales area. A roundabout project is now under construction at the intersection of Old Bartow-Lake... — Updated 9/2/2022

 

Area Crafters and Vendors Invited to Participate at Visit Central Florida

Area crafters and vendors looking for a weekday marketing opportunity have an extra chance beginning in early November. Visit Central Florida's Welcome Center in Davenport is... — Updated 8/31/2022

 

Lake Wales Youth Football Receives Dyer Difference Award and $3,000

The Lake Wales Youth Football League, which sponsors the Lake Wales Steelers teams, has been selected as the recipient of the Dyer Difference Award for August. The Lake Wales... — Updated 8/25/2022

 
 By Madison Fantozzi    News

Greg Littleton Elected Chair of Polk State Trustees

Lake Wales banker Greg Littleton has been elected to serve as chair of the Polk State College's District Board of Trustees by the trustees at their annual reorganization meeting on... — Updated 8/25/2022

 
 By Jason Geary    Schools

New Program Gives Community Leaders In-Depth Look Inside PCPS

Twenty-seven community leaders will soon begin exploring the complexities of managing one of the largest school districts in the nation. Inside PCPS - a new countywide leadership... — Updated 8/25/2022

 
 By Rachel Harris    News

Early Voting Now Available in Lake Wales

The August 23 "Primary" election will be the "final" election for candidates in four heated Polk School Board races, as well as those seeking judicial slots. Voters are encouraged... — Updated 8/25/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales Police K-9, Violent Felon Killed in Exchange of Gunfire

A convicted felon and a Lake Wales Police Department canine were killed in a shooting in Lake Wales Wednesday morning. Ernest Borders, 57, was killed in the exchange of gunfire... — Updated 8/20/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

18th Anniversary of Hurricane Charley Passes Quietly

Saturday, August 13 marked the 18th anniversary of the most destructive hurricane to strike Lake Wales in recent memory, and thankfully the tropics remain quiet so far. Only a weak... — Updated 8/13/2022

 

Janet Crichfield Ward, 1947-2022

Janet Crichfield Ward, 74, of Lake Wales passed away on August 7, 2022, after a long illness. She was born October 17, 1947, in Belle Glade, Florida, to Charles and Bertha... — Updated 8/9/2022

 

Kathleen Marie Greer, 1946-2022

Kathleen Marie Greer of Winter Haven passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at Winter Haven Hospital. She was born March 26, 1946 in Lake Wales. Kathleen was a retired librarian for... — Updated 8/8/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales Property Values Jump $67 Million, Surpass $1 Billion

As the City of Lake Wales and Polk County prepare to finalize their annual budgets and set tax rates for the new fiscal year, both are benefitting from a substantial rise in... — Updated 8/5/2022

 

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