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 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

 By News Staff Reports    News 

Lake Wales Arts Festival Happening This Weekend

Ideal weather conditions and a wide area of beautiful works of art are expected to draw residents and visitors alike to the shores of Lake Wailes this weekend as the 53rd annual... — Updated 2/22/2024


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 is operating in violation of several laws, a five-month-long... — Updated 2/22/2024

 By Diego De Jesus    Fun

Lake Wales Arts Festival Happens February 24 and 25

An annual event that draws thousands of art lovers from Lake Wales and around the state, the 53rd Annual Lake Wales Arts Festival ill be happening Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 24 and... — Updated 2/22/2024


Lake Wales Crash at 137 MPH Leads to Death, Manslaughter Charges

A Lake Wales woman is in custody after a horrific accident on Saturday morning resulted in the death of a passenger in her vehicle. After what police described as "a very active... — Updated 2/22/2024

 By Robert Connors    News 

Lake Wales Has a Good "Squeeze" Coming

In an effort to help address the need for transportation around the downtown area, City Manager James Slaton and staff have brought another solution forward. The "Squeeze" is an... — Updated 2/17/2024


Children Removed From Alturas Home, Parents Arrested

Polk County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a couple and removed a 7-month-old baby and a 7-year-old child who lived in the home in Alturas. Deputies had responded to a call from... — Updated 2/15/2024


School Board Member Lori Cunningham Faces Ethics Violation Hearing

The Florida Commission on Ethics had found "probable cause that Polk County School Board member and Lake Wales resident Lori Cunningham has created a conflict of interest for her... — Updated 2/14/2024


Junior Achievement Receives Grant to Teach Financial Literacy

McLaughlin Middle/High School in Lake Wales is among the schools that will benefit from an effort by Junior Achievement. The JA of Florida Foundation has received a $70,000 grant... — Updated 2/5/2024


January 30, 1924 Highlander

The January 30, 1924 issue of the Highlander was filled with significant reports, including one claiming that Polk County, with it's sparse population, had been recorded as having... — Updated 2/2/2024

 By Rachel Harris    News

There's Still Time to Update Your Voter Record

Polk County voters who have moved or changed their name are encouraged to update their record with the Elections Office before the March 19th Presidential Preference Primary... — Updated 1/31/2024


Linda Marie Baker, 1962-2024

Linda Marie Baker, 61, of Frostproof, FL, passed away on January 20, 2024. Linda was born March 9, 1962, to the late Robert Felesky and Norma Herzog. She moved to Frostproof from... — Updated 1/29/2024


Leigh Ann Wynn Named Executive Director of AdventHealth Foundation West Florida

AdventHealth Foundation West Florida is delighted to announce the appointment of Leigh Ann Wynn as the new Executive Director for the Polk County region. As a seventh-generation... — Updated 1/24/2024


"Grants for Great Ideas" to Benefit Local Educational Efforts

Teachers and other school-based professionals that work directly with students at a local school are invited to apply for a mini-grant that will fund classroom activities. The GFWC... — Updated 1/23/2024


Valentine's Day Wedding Ceremony Open to 30 Couples

The most romantic day of the year is going to be a bit more so as multiple couples gather to "tie the knot" on the steps of the Polk County History Center, the former Polk County... — Updated 1/18/2024


Polk State College Lake Wales to Host Open House January 25

Polk State College invites prospective students, their families, and community members to an open house at the Polk State JD Alexander Center on January 25 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at... — Updated 1/16/2024


Latest 3D Mammography Unit Added at AdventHealth Lake Wales

A historic decline in breast cancer death rates has been partly attributed to improvements in early detection, Lake Wales area patients seeking the best in care can now rely on loca... — Updated 1/15/2024


Courage Awards presented to Local Couple at "18 Aces to Conquer Cancer" Tournament

Polk County residents Hap and Chris Hazelwood were the recipients of the Courage Award presented at a luncheon following the 11th Annual 18 Aces to Conquer Cancer Golf Tournament... — Updated 1/14/2024

 By Robert Connors    News

Dangerous Weather May Impact Area Tuesday Evening as El Nino Takes Hold

The wild swings of weather seen in central Florida in recent days is expected to continue this week with a dash of severe threats thrown into the mixture, as the long-predicted El... — Updated 1/13/2024

 By Robert Connors    News

Hamlin Street Closed for Day January 9 as Huge Hunt Club Project Underway

UPDATE: Per Polk County officials, "utility construction scheduled to close Hamlin Street in Lake Wales this week has been postponed until Tuesday morning January 9. Work should be... — Updated 1/13/2024


Minister and Coach Arrested on Separate Molestation Charges

Two instances of molestation of children by adult authority figures, a minister and a coach, have resulted in the arrest of two individuals by the Polk County Sheriff's Office. In... — Updated 1/10/2024


Colonel James R. (Jim) Bell, 1938-2023

Colonel James R. (Jim) Bell, 85, of Babson Park, Florida, died on December 12, 2023, after a brief struggle with lymphoma. He was a decorated Air Force fighter pilot and longtime... — Updated 1/9/2024


100 Years Ago: The Highlander of January 2, 1924

The new year of 1924 started out with big news in the community of Lake Wales as voters apparently chose to fund a new county hospital, a b ig achievement for the largely-rural... — Updated 1/3/2024


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


Sammy Ray Bryant, 1933-2024

Sammy Ray Bryant, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died Jan. 31 after complications following surgery and a struggle with dementia. The native Kentuckian and longtime Polk...


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