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Bennett Reflects on Years of Change

It was a relaxed Mark Bennett who shared his thoughts about the many changes both ahead and behind in Lake Wales and Polk County recently. Bennett is stepping down as director of... — Updated 2/2/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Millions Could Flow to Lake Wales CRA if Expansion Plans Are Realized

In a step that could have enormous financial significance for decades to come, the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency board has received a Finding of Necessity (FON) report f... — Updated 2/1/2023

 
 By Brian Bruchey    News 

Frostproof Woman Struck, Killed by Truck on US 27

A Frostproof woman died after being struck by a pickup truck on US 27 near the Camp Inn Resort early Tuesday morning. The location is north of Frostproof, and about three miles sout... — Updated 1/31/2023

 
 By Mianne Nelson    News

South Lake Wales, Crooked Lake Park Residents Invited to Special Meeting on Sewer System Upgrades

Polk County Utilities (PCU) will host a Crooked Lake Park neighborhood community meeting to discuss the future of the wastewater collection and treatment system that serves that are... — Updated 1/27/2023

 
 By Kyle Kennedy    Schools

Polk County Schools Offers New Tutoring Program

Polk County Public Schools (PCPS) and Varsity Tutors have launched a new online tutoring partnership that brings live instruction and lessons to 40,000 students across the district.... — Updated 1/24/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Major Manufacturing Plant Proposed for Hunt Bros. Road

UPDATE: A proposal to increase the intensity of industrial use on a large tract in Lake Wales to provide for a major plastic pipe factory will be heard at a meeting of the Planning... — Updated 1/24/2023

 

Registration Open for Polk Senior Games

There's still time to register for those wishing to compete in the annual Polk Senior Games, but that window is closing fast!. The games are an annual two-week series of 33... — Updated 1/23/2023

 

A Stress-free Valentine's Day Wedding? Join Other Couples on the Steps of Historic Courthouse

"One of the most stressful parts of getting married is planning the wedding," according to Polk County Clerk & Comptroller Stacy M. Butterfield. Now Butterfield is offering a wa... — Updated 1/23/2023

 
 By Rachel Harris    Schools

Scholarships Offered By Elections Chief Lori Edwards to Area Students

Four $1,200 scholarships will be offered to Florida students in 2023 by Polk County Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards. Edwards has offered the scholarships each year for a... — Updated 1/21/2023

 

Roundabout Construction Project to Continue Through February

Ongoing construction of a new roundabout will keep the intersection of Old Bartow Lake Wales Road and Rattlesnake Road (County Road 653) closed in Lake Wales through February. The... — Updated 1/20/2023

 

KT'S Sunshine Foundation Brings BBQ and Music to Lake Wailes Park

KT's Sunshine Foundation will host the Southern Sunshine BBQ & Music Festival this weekend in Lake Wailes Park, drawing thousands of fans for the fun, and the purpose. The... — Updated 1/20/2023

 

Central Florida and the Aftermath of Hurricane Ian - How Lake Wales Can Prepare for the 2023 Storm Season

Hurricane Ian is estimated to have caused more than $60 billion in private insured losses in Florida, effectively making it the second-largest disaster loss event on record,... — Updated 1/20/2023

 
 By Wendy Dwyer    Business

Dyer Difference Award Recognizes KT's Sunshine Foundation

Sometimes even pain and disaster can lead to blessings for others. Such was the result of the tragic death of 22 year-old Kaitlyn Kinard. Just as the rest of the world was going... — Updated 1/17/2023

 
 By Jason Geary    Schools

Polk Schools Graduation Rate Falls

Polk County Public Schools’ graduation rate decreased to 78.3 percent in 2021-2022, according to the latest data released today by the Florida Department of Education. District... — Updated 1/15/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales City Commission Tightens Rules on Public Speaking During Meetings

New requirements will be faced by those wishing to speak during the public access portion of Lake Wales City Commission meetings following action taken Tuesday. On a 3-2 vote the... — Updated 1/13/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

New Water Use Standards Adopted by Lake Wales

A new ordinance governing water use and plumbing fixtures will soon be in place in Lake Wales in hopes of reducing future demand on municipal water supplies. Representatives from... — Updated 1/9/2023

 

Polk State Classes Begin, But Enrollment Still Open

Classes have started at Polk State College, but there is still time to enroll for the Spring 2023 Semester. Registration continues for 12-week classes, which will start on February... — Updated 1/9/2023

 

Old Bartow Road Roundabout Closing Extended Until February

A new roundabout project at the intersection of Old Bartow Lake Wales Road and Rattlesnake Road (County Road 653) in Lake Wales will close the intersection for one month starting... — Updated 1/9/2023

 

EDITORIAL: Limiting Speech at Commission Meetings Is a Bad Idea

Stifling Dissent is Not a Solution The essential freedoms that we often take for granted as Americans set us apart from much of the world, where speaking out against a government... — Updated 1/4/2023

 
 By Ilena Luts    Business

All Veterans Center Receives Dyer Difference Award, Grant

Feeding veterans and their families and aiding in preventing suicides is a pretty significant contribution to Polk County residents, and the Dyer family has taken the time to... — Updated 1/1/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Commissioner Fitzgerald Expected to Be Reinstated by Governor DeSantis

A written appeal for re-instatement has been sent to Governor Ron DeSantis by former Lake Wales City Commissioner Kris Fitzgerald, who was found not guilty in October of charges... — Updated 12/30/2022

 

Polk Seeks Volunteers to Direct Lake Access

Polk County commissioners are looking for volunteers who would like to serve on the county's Lake Access Advisory Committee. The Lake Access Advisory Committee studies how to... — Updated 12/27/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    Schools

NBA Great Amar'e Stoudemire Guest at McLaughlin Gym Groundbreaking

Thursday was an exciting day for both students and administrators of Lake Wales' McLaughlin Middle/High School as they broke ground for a new $15 million gymnasium, and welcomed... — Updated 12/21/2022

 

Roundabout Construction Road Closure Extended For Additional Month

A month long extension of a road closure has been added to a roundabout project under construction at the intersection of Old Bartow Lake Wales Road and Rattlesnake Road (County... — Updated 12/15/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Polk Yard Waste Collection Still Not Complete Months After Hurricane Ian

Almost 10 weeks after Hurricane Ian struck Polk County on September 28, large piles of storm debris remain piled along some Polk County roads. Despite complaints, some residents'... — Updated 12/12/2022

 

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