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 By Robert Connors    News 

Lake Wales Envisioned Process Moving Ahead, Rotarians Told

A vision for the long-term future of the Lake Wales region that shifts away from the contemporary development style toward "traditional neighborhoods" was the subject of discussion... — Updated 6/2/2023

 By Ilena Luts    Business 

Dyer Difference Award Goes to Polk State Lake Wales

Going back to school in August is as intimidating for some students as it is exciting for others. Polk State College understands the challenges faced by many families in our area... — Updated 6/2/2023


Charmayne Turner Marston, 1947-2023

Charmayne Turner Marston of Babson Park passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at AdventHealth Lake Wales. She was born July 5, 1947 in Fort Thomas, Kentucky to the late Frank and... — Updated 5/28/2023


Only One Public Shelter Will Serve Lake Wales & Frostproof Areas This Hurricane Season

Polk County Emergency Management has release the "Polk County Public Shelters" maps for 2023, revealing that there remains only a single shelter to serve the nearly 100,000... — Updated 5/28/2023

 By Michael Hogan    Ridge Life 

River Ranch Named Nation's "Best Glamping Spot" in USA Today Readers Poll

Westgate River Ranch, just east of Lake Wales, was named the No. 1 Glamping Spot in the nation in the annual USA Today 10 Best Readers' Choice Awards. The largest dude ranch East... — Updated 5/28/2023


Lake Wales Man Dies in US 27 Traffic Crash

An apparent medical incident that left a driver partially incapacitated ended with a fatal rear-end crash on US 27 at Washington Avenue. The Medical Examiners investigation... — Updated 5/28/2023

 By Robert Connors    Ridge Life 

Annual Orange Blossom Revue Set to Happen in Lake Wales December 1 and 2

An annual "celebration of music, community, and nature" is returning to Lake Wales for a ninth year and is expected to draw crowds of music-lovers to town for the early December... — Updated 5/26/2023


Two Haines City Men Dead After Driver Reportedly Ran Traffic Light on US 27

Two Haines City men are dead and a third hospitalized following an early morning crash on US Highway 27. Lake Wales Traffic Homicide Investigators determined that a car driven by... — Updated 5/25/2023


Arthur R. Falconer, 1943-2023

Arthur R. Falconer, 79, died peacefully at his home in Lake Wales, Florida on May 8, 2023. He was born on October 5, 1943 in East Orange, New Jersey. Art was a teacher at... — Updated 5/24/2023


Polk County Again Reducing Curbside Waste Service, Threatens Fines for Non-Compliance

Polk County is again reducing yard trash collection, with new guidelines that limit pickup to branches that do not exceed two inches in diameter. In addition to the diameter... — Updated 5/17/2023


Second Fatal Incident in Same Day Takes Life of Orlando Woman

May 13- An argument and poor judgement led to the death of an Orlando woman Saturday night, only some three hours after the traffic death of a Lake Wales man nearby. According to... — Updated 5/15/2023


Lake Wales Man Dies in Wrong-Way Motorcycle Crash on US 27

A Lake Wales man died in a head-on crash on US 27 just before sunset Saturday evening after driving his motorcycle northward in the southbound lanes of the six-lane highway. The... — Updated 5/14/2023


Encephalitis Killing Horses in Polk, Poses Serious Threat to Humans

Two horses have died in Polk County's Green Swamp area from Eastern equine encephalitis, a mosquito-transmitted illness. The horses reportedly did not have EEE vaccinations. At... — Updated 5/10/2023


Babson Park Student Wins Tag Art Contest

Babson Park Elementary student Grace Sullins now has the special honor of having her license tag design mounted on the front of Polk County Tax Collector Joe Tedder's truck.... — Updated 5/6/2023


Lake Wales Chrysler's Mahalak Auto Group Raising Funds to "Conquer Cancer"

The 10th Annual "18 Aces to Conquer Cancer" golf event is sponsored by the Mahalak Auto Group, owners of a local auto dealership, to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research and... — Updated 5/5/2023


Darlene Waters Hollinsed, 1953-2023

Darlene Waters Hollinsed, 69, of Lake Wales, Florida passed Friday, April 28, 2023 at her residence. She was born November 13, 1953 in Winter Haven, Florida to the late Jule E.... — Updated 5/5/2023


Polk is Subject to Tornadoes Both Winter and Summer - Here Are Some Safety Tips

Did you know that, according to Florida State University's Climate Center, Florida is the state with the most tornadoes per 10,000 square miles? This means that, while other states... — Updated 5/2/2023


Large Hail a Threat For Southeast Polk Today

APRIL 26 - A caution from the National Weather Service warns of the likelihood of severe weather today that is expected to include "large to very large hail," along with the... — Updated 4/27/2023


Hail, High Winds Batter Lake Wales Area After Warning

APRIL 27 - A powerful thunderstorm that descended on the Lake Wales area Wednesday night left many residents cleaning up fallen limbs and damp walls and floors. — Updated 4/27/2023

 By Christa Jones    News

Lake Clinch Parking to Remain Free, For Now

Problems with parking and litter that has plagued Frostproof's popular Lake Clinch Beach drew plenty of public comments at a Monday workshop. The meeting followed a suggestion that... — Updated 4/26/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

City Commission Approves Correction of Impactful "Scriveners Error"

An overflow crowd was present Tuesday night as Lake Wales City Commissioners approved correction of a "scrivener's error" that many had interpreted as a step toward the approval of... — Updated 4/21/2023

 By Jeff Foley    Ridge Life

Polk HealthCare Plan May Be an Option if Medicaid Coverage Ends

Some low-income Polk County residents may soon find themselves at a healthcare coverage crossroad due to Medicaid changes, and the Polk HealthCare Plan may be able to help those... — Updated 4/21/2023


Summer Lightning Season is Approaching - Know How to Stay Safe

Florida has long been known as the lightning capital of the United States. In 2022, Polk County led the way in central Florida with 285 lightning strikes per square mile. Lightning... — Updated 4/19/2023


"Tweens Invited to "Bad Art Night" to Create Their Own Artworks

A free "Bad Art Night" of creativity, designed for 'tweens 8-15 years old will take place at the Mary Norma Campbell Resource Center in Highland Park Manor on Friday April 21. The... — Updated 4/8/2023


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


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