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  • The Orange Blossom Revue Announces Lineup for 10th Annual Concert

    Special to the News|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    The local favorite Orange Blossom Revue is poised to celebrate its 10th anniversary with a jam-packed musical lineup of bands featuring JJ Grey & Mofro, The War and Treaty, Robert Earl Keen, Steep Canyon Rangers and more December 6-7, 2024 in Lake Wales, FL. Held annually amidst the bounty of Spanish moss, palmetto trees, and citrus groves that define the central Florida landscape, the boutique music and arts festival has steadily become a cultural cornerstone that reflects th...

  • Mardi Gras Awards $20,000 to Area Non-Profits

    Special to the News|Updated Apr 28, 2024

    Eleven local non-profit organizations benefitted from grants distributed recently by the Lake Wales Mardi Gras Committee. Several dozen representatives and community members gathered at the Lake Wales Arts Center for the annual check presentation. The Lake Wales Mardi Gras Committee and Lake Wales Mardi Gras President Joshua Curchy presented a total of $20,000 from proceeds raised in the 2024 Mardi Gras event. The Mardi Gras celebration, now planning for its 41st year, draws t...

  • Incumbents Are No-Shows at Commission Election Forum

    Robert Connors, managing Editor|Updated Mar 6, 2024
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    Three challengers seeking two seat on the Lake Wales City Commission held the stage at a Monday evening candidates forum after both incumbents failed to show up for the 90-minute event. The election is four weeks away, slated for Tuesday, April 2. Carol Gillespie, seeking seat 4 on the five-person commission, along with Brandon Alvarado and Crystal Higbee, both seeking seat 2, shared their ideas and responded to questions from the audience at the forum sponsored by the...

  • Five Candidates Will Vie for Two Commission Seats

    News Staff Reports|Updated Feb 28, 2024
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    The final ballot is set for the April 2 City Commission election is set, and all registered voters within the city limits of Lake Wales will have an opportunity to choose two two guide the city through the current wave of growth. Area residents outside the city limits are ineligible. Incumbent commissioner Daniel Williams will face two challengers in Brandon Alvarado and Crystal Higbee in the race for Seat 2 on the commission. Williams was elected in 2001, representing...

  • Christmas Night Parade Happens Saturday, December 9 in Lake Wales

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Dec 11, 2023

    "Toys on Parade" will dazzle children and adults alike this weekend in Lake Wales as the annual Christmas night parade steps off. The parade happens this Saturday at 6:00 and thousands are expected to line First Street and Central Avenue along the roughly one-mile route. The display of creative and colorfully-lighted floats and bands, along with dancers, musicians, and other examples of holiday cheer is following a new route this year due to ongoing construction on Park...

  • Thousands From Across the Nation Expected to Attend Orange Blossom Review in Lake Wales

    Robert Connors, managing Editor|Updated Dec 6, 2023

    Music fans from around the country are expected to gather in Lake Wales Friday and Saturday, December 1 and 2 as a local non-profit hosts the "Orange Blossom Revue." The annual "celebration of music, community, and nature" is returning the city for a ninth year and is expected to draw crowds of music-lovers to the shores of Lake Wailes. The two-day event features a lineup of top musical acts in a wide range of genres ranging from "R&B to country to folk to jazz," according to...

  • Drew Truitt's Passing Left Community Shocked

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Dec 5, 2023

    Hundreds in Lake Wales were left stunned and saddened recently by the sudden passing of Drew Truitt, a community volunteer described by one friend as a "social instigator." Truitt, 67, had celebrated his birthday only days earlier at a meeting of Rotary on the Ridge, which was one of several avenues for his enthusiasm and willingness to help. Truitt had been named Rotarian of the Year in 2018-19 largely due to his contagious enthusiasm for volunteer projects and his...

  • Last Chance to Enter Lake Wales' Christmas Night Parade

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Nov 26, 2023

    The deadline for entering a float in the Lake Wales Christmas night parade is fast approaching, according to members of the sponsoring Rotary on the Ridge. Those interested in being a part of the event have until November 30 to send in their entry forms. The theme of this year's procession is "Toys on Parade," and numerous entries are expected to feature toys, some on a gigantic scale. The parade will follow a modified route through the city this year after lining up at Polk...

  • Saturday's 39-Mile Yard Sale Expected to Draw Thousands

    Casey Gist, News Correspondent|Updated Nov 3, 2023

    Communities along the entire length of the Ridge Scenic Highway will share in one of the area's most popular annual events this Saturday. The 39-Mile Yard Sale has played an important role in promoting tourism in the Central Florida communities along the Ridge Scenic Highway since 2007. Expected to draw thousands of people, it is known for being an outstanding opportunity to find great deals and interesting treasures, or just as an enjoyable family outing. Shoppers come from a...

  • Bill Redmon is Pioneer of the Year

    Anderson Hanna, Lake Wales History Museum|Updated Oct 23, 2023

    Bill Redmon has been selected as the recipient of the prestigious 2023 Pioneer of the Year for the annual Pioneer Days festival, which will take place at Lake Wailes Park on October 29 and 29. Redmon's extraordinary dedication to his community and his outstanding achievements make him a true pioneer in every sense and led to his selection by the board of the Lake Wales History Museum, sponsors of the long-standing and popular festival. Only 50-year residents of the Lake Wales...

  • Rotary Business Networking Event Hosted at Native Imagery

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Sep 25, 2023

    Several dozen Rotarians, area business people, and many of their customers attended a "Ridge Taking Care of Business" networking opportunity Thursday evening at Native Imagery in Lake Wales. Guests were treated to live music by singer and guitarist Mickenzie Peisher, along with a variety of beverages and a very tasty buffet provided by Wales Point Restaurant. The event was organized by members of Rotary on the Ridge, a 44-member group that meets for after-hours connections on...

  • Lake Wales Mardi Gras Dishes Out Grants to Area Charities

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Jun 23, 2023

    Representatives of thirteen area charitable organizations were smiling Thursday evening as they assembled to receive grant awards resulting from the efforts of the Lake Wales Mardi Gras. The event, hosted at Wales Pointe Restaurant, saw the awarding of a total of $26,000 to the groups. The $26,000 raised and donated by the Lake Wales Mardi Gras Committee represents funds raised in donations by sponsors, vendor fees, and sales during the event. The annual charitable donations...

  • Lake Wales Envisioned Process Moving Ahead, Rotarians Told

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Jun 15, 2023

    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 at the Lake Wales Breakfast Rotary Thursday morning. "Most towns are already 100 years old when they decide what they want to be when they grow up," city planner Victor Dover told more than two dozens in attendance, explaining that Lake Wales has a huge head start due to the efforts of the city's...

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

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated May 26, 2023

    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 festival. The Orange Blossom Revue is a two-day event featuring a lineup of top musical acts in a wide range of genres ranging from "R&B to country to folk to jazz," according to festival organizer Rusty Ingley. Ingley and Reid Hardman have been running the concert since its inception. "it was an...

  • "StirringWaters" Offers Social Connections to Those Living With Disabilities

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated May 22, 2023

    Disabilities affect a surprisingly-large percentage of the American population, and too often those physical limitations bring along an unnecessary set of social limitations. The limited ability to enjoy the water, a Florida tradition, is one that can have a solution. A fully and intentionally inclusive water adventure area for those with disabilities, planned for construction at Lake Aurora just east of Lake Wales, is a vision shared by several non-profit groups. Two local...

  • Reverend Thomas C. Seitz, 1952-2023

    News Obituary Service|Updated Mar 4, 2023

    Thomas C. Seitz, Jr. departed this life in the faith and fear of the lord on March 3, 2023. He is survived by Anna, his beloved wife of 44 years; his brothers: Chris, Mark, and Peter; his children: Sarah, Katherine, and Thomas; and his seven grandchildren: Anna, John Thomas, Henry, Benjamin, Francisca, Christopher, and Sophia. Tom was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1978, serving congregations in West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, and Florida, retiring in 2017...

  • Registration Open for Polk Senior Games

    News Staff Reports|Updated Jan 23, 2023

    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 Olympic-style sports and games for men and women 50 years of age and over. The 30th Polk Senior Games begin on Saturday February 25th and end on Saturday March 11. Registration began January 1 and ends February 10. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded in each event and age division. The Games...

  • Robert Wayne (Bob) Peppel, 1940-2022

    Updated Nov 25, 2022

    Robert Wayne (Bob) Peppel passed away peacefully at home at age 81 in Tallahassee, Florida, on Saturday, November 5, 2022. He was born December 21,1940 in Steubenville, Ohio. He lived a long and joyous life, and was well loved by everyone he knew. He was always quick to lend a hand and loved serving others. Bob graduated from Gainesville High School in Gainesville, FL, the University of Florida and was a proud Veteran US Naval Officer. He was a long time resident of Tucker,...

  • School Board Forum Moved to Virtual Event

    Tom Paulson, City Editor|Updated Jul 28, 2022

    A pair of forums offering voters a chance to hear from seven school board candidates has been moved to an online event due to the recent upsurge of Coved cases in Polk County. The event had been scheduled for the James Austin Center in Lake Wales with a capacity of 100 guests. The event will now take place via Zoom, with a link to be posted for interested guests. The August primary election will be the final chance to vote in some local races, including those for new school...

  • Polk School Board Candidates Will Participate in Lake Wales Forum

    Tom Paulson, City Editor|Updated Jul 16, 2022

    The August primary election will be the final chance to vote in some local races, including those for new school board members for four different seats on the seven-member board. A total of nine candidates are seeking spots on the board, which governs more than 100 local schools. The two events will take place on Monday, July 18 and Thursday July 21., The public is encouraged to come hear the candidates discuss the challenges facing public education, and the important role...

  • Rotary On The Ridge Doubles Membership, Wins Award

    Chevon Baccus|Updated Jun 23, 2022

    The concept of "community service" is alive and well in Lake Wales, as evidenced by an award presented to one of three local Rotary Clubs this week. Rotary on the Ridge received a membership award from Rotary District 6890 Governor Deborah Williams after the club doubled its membership in 2021-22, achieving the highest rate of growth among District 6890's 32 clubs. The club, which meets in Lake Wales, grew from 30 to 60 members in the year to end June 30. Williams presented...

  • Richard G. "Dick" Glasgow, 1927-2022

    Whidden-McLean Funeral Home|Updated May 27, 2022

    Richard G. "Dick" Glasgow, 94, of Babson Park, passed away Thursday May 26, 2022 at Spring Lake Rehabilitation Center In Winter Haven. Born August 19, 1927 in Charlotte, NC, the son of Thomas M. & Lucy Gwathmey Glasgow, he was a resident of Babson Park since 1997. He was an Alumnus of Darlington School of Rome, GA and Davidson College and a member of Kappa Alpha Order. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in WW II and a retired Major of the US Army Transportation Corps Reserve....

  • Rotary to Host Speaker Series Focused on Downtown Revitalization

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated May 14, 2022
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    Citizens interested in learning the details and impact of the city-reshaping Lake Wales Connected plan are invited to attend any of four luncheon meetings on the topic beginning Tuesday, May 17. The plan, which is expected to include more than $20 million in infrastructure improvements in the city, will be the focus of four weeks of meetings hosted by the Lake Wales Noon Rotary Club at the Lake Wales Country Club, according to club spokesperson Bob Peppel. The first speaker...

  • "Olmsted Day" Offers a Fun Lake-side Festival April 30

    Tom Paulson, City Editor|Updated May 1, 2022

    A celebration of parks, trees, and all things "Olmsted" will draw families to Lake Wailes Park on Saturday, April 30. The all-day event will include food vendors, bands, games for the kids (and the family), lots of vendors, a beer garden, and plenty of prizes. Part of the nationwide celebration dubbed "Olmsted 200," the festival will include kite-building class and flying contest, a "family feud" styled game with a grand prize of a quad-copter drone, plus races and education...

  • New Magnolias Planted Along Lakeshore Boulevard

    Tom Paulson, City Editor|Updated Apr 14, 2022
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    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 Boulevard. The trees were a gift to the citizens of Lake Wales from Lake Wales Heritage, which is actively re-planting the lost trees of the landscape plan for the city, which was designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted in 1930. Olmsted played a central role in the development of...

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