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 By Tom Paulson    News

CRA Agrees to Purchase Building After Receiving Incorrect Information

A confusing staff report may have led to city commissioners, sitting as the board of the Lake Wales Community Development Agency, paying more than intended for a small parcel of... — Updated 5/15/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Second High School Proposed for Lake Wales

A second public high school for Lake Wales moved a large step closer to reality last week after Polk County Schools Superintendent Frederick Heid proposed that McLaughlin Middle... — Updated 5/10/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News 

Barney Moore, Inspirational Community Leader, Dead at 61

Well-known Lake Wales community leader Barney Moore passed away early Friday at AdventHealth Lake Wales Medical Center. Moore, 61, inspired many citizens to greater efforts on... — Updated 5/8/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News 

City Hires New Deputy City Manager

The City of Lake Wales has hired Joanna Abernathy to fill the vacant position of deputy city manager. Abernathy will be overseeing various municipal operations while assisting City... — Updated 5/4/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    Sports 

University, High School Student Sports Reporters Sought

Area college and high school students with a penchant for sports have an opportunity to earn some career creds by providing coverage of their favorite local teams, according to... — Updated 5/2/2022

 

School Board Trustee Arrested

Marcus Kirby, an associate pastor at HighPoint Church and a trustee of the Lake Wales Charter School Board, is facing felony charges after admitting he stole an estimated $23,690... — Updated 5/1/2022

 
 By Wendy Dwyer    News

Lake Wales Heritage Earns Recognition from Dyer Kia and Chevrolet

Architect Frederick Law Olmsted may be best known for designing New York City's Central Park, but his many creative accomplishments also included the Biltmore Estate in North... — Updated 4/20/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Heart-Trained Missionaries Helping Change Lives Around the Globe

Voluntarily suffering hardships may seem an unlikely choice for most people, but for hundreds of young students at the local Heart program it's been a pathway to self-discovery and... — Updated 4/14/2022

 

Lake Wales Podiatrist Offers Focused Diabetes Care

Lake Wales area residents dealing with foot ailments due to the effects of diabetes should know that it is a serious health problem that demands treatment, according to Dr. Prerna... — Updated 4/14/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

New Magnolias Planted Along Lakeshore Boulevard

Volunteers and supporters gathered Saturday morning in Lake Wailes Park to mark the dedication of 34 young Magnolia trees which were planted on Friday, April 8 along Lakeshore... — Updated 4/14/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Lake Wales Heritage to Plant New Magnolias

More than 40 young magnolia trees will once again grace the length of Lakeshore Boulevard's western stretch when work is completed this week on the replacement of the missing trees from the historic Olmsted landscape. The original... — Updated 4/14/2022

 

Anonymous Video Attacks Mayoral Candidate

An anonymous YouTube post surfaced Saturday attacking mayoral candidate Curtis Gibson with a video his campaign manager said he'd created more than a decade ago, when he was an... — Updated 4/6/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Elections Health Precautions May Affect You on April 5

Municipal elections will be held April 5, and Polk County Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards has some important tips to keep in mind as workers and voters employ safe practices... — Updated 3/28/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales to Receive $800,000 From Federal Budget to Boost Connected Plan

Converting downtown streets into a shady pedestrian oasis through the Lake Wales Connected plan got a financial boost as the City of Lake Wales has received a Federal grant.... — Updated 3/24/2022

 
 By Jeremy Maready    Schools

Polk Announces Annual Student Art Contest

It's time to raid your art supply closet – the 19th Annual Water Conservation Art Contest is open for entries. The contest is open to all Polk County students from kindergarten th... — Updated 3/23/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    Business

Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Dealer to Host Live Nationwide Broadcast

Lake Wales Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram (CDJR) will host a live, nationwide television broadcast on National AgDay, March 22. The dealership was selected by the Certified Agriculture... — Updated 3/21/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    Business

Mahalak Auto Group Sponsors Florida Farm Show

The Florida Farm Show is Florida's largest agricultural trade show. The show features live music, over 200 local vendors, heavy equipment retailers, great food, family fun and... — Updated 3/20/2022

 

A Disservice to Students, Parents, Community

Lake Wales has been blessed by the creation of the Lake Wales Charter Schools system nearly two decades ago. Now representing seven schools educating students in grades 1 through... — Updated 3/19/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Commissioners Hilligoss, Williams Kill Resolution Supporting Charter School System

Given an opportunity to help heal the community after a divisive search for a new charter school superintendent, two city commissioners said "no." A resolution presented to the... — Updated 3/19/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Commission Workshop Hears Multiple Housing Development Project Proposals

Several new large-scale residential developments took shape in presentations heard by the Lake Wales City Commission during their Wednesday workshop, at which only three... — Updated 3/19/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

CRA Adds Central Avenue Bicycle Track to Connected Plans

The re-imagining of downtown Lake Wales and the application of the Connected plan is now inspiring some significant proposed changes to Central Avenue between Scenic Highway and... — Updated 3/14/2022

 
 By Joy Johnson    Ridge Life

Polk Healthcare Plan Now Includes Behavioral Health Coverage

Behavioral health services are easier to access for Polk HealthCare Plan members seeking treatment now that it is a covered benefit. The addition, which was approved by the... — Updated 3/10/2022

 

Check Your Irrigation Timer When You 'Spring Forward' for Daylight Saving Time

Saturday night is when we will turn our clocks ahead one hour. The time change is also a good time to make sure irrigation system timers are set correctly to ensure that the... — Updated 3/8/2022

 
 By Eric Marshall    News

City Initiates Land Use Study to Guide Future Development in Lake Wales

Keeping ahead of the numerous development proposals is a concern for city leaders and residents alike as some ten thousand new dwelling are at various stages of the lengthy... — Updated 3/3/2022

 

Avian Influenza Confirmed in Wild Birds in Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has been notified by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory of confirmed cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza... — Updated 2/23/2022

 

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