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  • Community Mourns Former Bok Carillonneur William DeTurk

    Cassie Jacoby|Updated May 1, 2024

    Former Bok Tower Gardens carillonneur William N. De Turk Jr. passed away on Thursday, March 14 after a fall at his home in Lake Wales. The 78-year-old worked for the National Historic Landmark for 18 years, including seven years as director of Carillon Services. Only the third carillonneur since the opening dedication in 1929, De Turk succeeded Milford Myhre before resigning on Oct. 31, 2011. Myhre was the Singing Tower's second carillonneur who played the bells for 36 years...

  • Mardi Gras Season in Full Swing in Lake Wales

    News Staff Reports|Updated Feb 14, 2024

    The two-and-a-half weeks of the 40th annual Lake Wales Mardi Gras festivities are rapidly approaching their climax as hundreds of "krewe" members prepare for the combined parade on Saturday, February 10. The series of masquerade parties and musical events mark the days of the pre-Lenten "Carnival" season here. Last week's kickoff party, hosted by the Krewe Renaissance, will be followed by the Saturday, Feb. 3 Blacklight Ball sponsored by the Loyal Order of Wild Shiners....

  • Lake Wales Mardi Gras Events Begin This Week, Expected to Draw 20,000

    News Staff Reports|Updated Feb 14, 2024

    The biggest outburst of fun and frivolity in the region, the Lake Wales Mardi Gras is preparing to offer its 40th year of festivities to residents and visitors from far and wide. The event draws an estimated 20,000 to the two-and-half-weeks of activities. Highlighted by a zany parade and two-day music festival, the celebration also features three masquerade dance parties offering live music, and a special "Mardi Gras Pre-Party" that will celebrate the 40 years of event...

  • 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...

  • Apparent Murder-Suicide Takes Life of Teen, Stepfather

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Apr 11, 2023

    An apparent murder-suicide on Lindsey Place in the Highland Pointe subdivision early Monday morning was triggered by an overnight domestic dispute, according to an initial police investigation. According to Lake Wales Police Chief Chris Velasquez, a call to 911 at 4:08 am reporting a domestic disturbance brought a police response that determined that an armed suspect was inside a home. Two young girls, 16 and 14 years old, were able to flee the home as police arrived. Police a...

  • "Unhappy Hour" Planned by Women's Group to Mark Gender Pay Inequality

    News Staff Reports|Updated Mar 27, 2023

    The American Association of University Women Lake Wales Branch is inviting the public to gather with them on Friday, March 31st to conduct an "Unhappy Hour" marking the disparity between wages earned by men and women in the workforce. March 14 is Equal Pay Day 2023, a day that symbolizes the full year and two and a half months of the new year in which women must work to earn what men were paid the previous year. "Since March 31st is the last day of Women’s History Month, a m...

  • Monday "Envisioned" Events to Shape Future of Lake Wales

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Mar 21, 2023

    A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shape the future livability of Lake Wales begins Monday at Bok Tower Gardens as a high-powered team of planners bring their national reputations. talents, and insights to bear on the city. The project, designated "Lake Wales Envisioned," will consider the future of a large area around the city and include topics ranging from parks, recreation, and conservation to future sites for commercial, residential, and industrial uses. Transportation...

  • Lake Wales to be Featured at Congress for the New Urbanism

    Special to the News|Updated Feb 25, 2023

    An annual planning conference will hear a special presentation on Lake Wales and the Connected plan this week. The 2023 CNU Florida Summit will take place on Thursday and Friday, February 16 and 17. Sponsored by the Congress for the New Urbanism, a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, DC, the two-day event will take place at Creative Village in downtown Orlando, a campus of the University of Central Florida. Attendees will learn about Lake Wales and the...

  • Maggie Mae's Ice Cream Shop Adds to Growing Downtown Variety

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Feb 3, 2023

    A growing business community in downtown Lake Wales got a bit stronger this week. The official ribbon-cutting for Maggie Mae's Ice Cream Shop attracted a crowd of fans and well-wishers to the late-morning event at 125 East Park Avenue. The shop features 10 flavors of ice cream made to order, mixed and then instantly frozen using liquid nitrogen. The shop is owned by Steve Manwell and his wife,Ali, who also own Melanie's Seafood Restaurant just across the street from the new...

  • Painting Raffle to Benefit AAUW Scholarship Fund

    Special to the News|Updated Oct 19, 2022

    A chance to win "Mediterranean Elegance", an original acrylic, painted and framed by the late artist Jane Fronappel, is being made available for a limited time by the Lake Wales Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). The shady haven that inspired this award-winning painting is El Retiro, formerly known as the Pinewood Estate, located at Bok Tower Gardens. This bucolic spot has been visited by thousands, yet remains a lovely, peaceful retreat, ripe for...

  • New Restaurants Attracted by CRA Incentive Grants

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Sep 3, 2022

    Two new restaurants are being developed in the historic districts of Lake Wales, and both are receiving inducements from a special grant program. "Smokin' DJ's" anticipates opening early next year at 122 1st St N, Unit #4. The new restaurant will offer table service and the signature barbecue ribs already popularized locally by the "D on Wheelz" food truck. Co-owner Jennifer Leeks told LakeWalesNews.net that they are tackling the extensive renovations required to convert the...

  • Book Launch Event to Recognize Local Author

    Tom Paulson, City Editor|Updated Jul 1, 2022

    A Lake Wales author will be recognized at a special "book launch event" in honor of two recently-released works of historical fiction. "The Florida Saga" shares the surprising history of our state in two volumes by Robert James Connors. "They tell Florida's story through the eyes of the people who lived it," Connors said in response to questions. "Making history an enjoyable, living story with sympathetic characters rather than a dry retelling of facts" was his goal, he said....

  • Lake Wales' Newest Restaurant Holds Grand Opening

    Tom Paulson, City Editor|Updated Mar 13, 2022

    Dining choices in Lake Wales have expanded recently, and the official grand opening of one new restaurant drew a happy crowd of diners to celebrate. Wales Pointe, already a popular spot for brunch, lunch and dinner. was welcomed to the business community at noon Thursday by Lake Wales Mayor Gene Fultz and Chamber of Commerce officials. A formal ribbon cutting ceremony at the stroke of 12:00 saw more than 30 crowding to be included in the celebratory photos. Wales Pointe is...

  • Big Mardi Gras Weekend is Here

    Tom Paulson, City Editor|Updated Mar 7, 2022

    A zany parade featuring colorful floats, marchers and faux royalty will fill the streets of downtown Lake Wales with thousands of revelers this weekend as the traditional Lake Wales Mardi Gras observances reach their climax. The pre-Lenten festivities end at midnight on "fat Tuesday," or Mardi Gras. Private parading clubs, known as "krewes" will vie for recognition as the best in parade as they liberally douse the crowds with thousands of strands of beads and other parade...

  • Lake Wales' Newest Restaurant Expands Dining Choices

    Tom Paulson, City Editor|Updated Jan 21, 2022
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    Wales Pointe is the city's newest restaurant and is already proving to be yet another bright spot downtown. Located at 207 East Park Avenue across from the well-known town clock, Wales Pointe occupies space that formerly housed Tres Jolie, a French café restaurant. A few outdoor tables offer dining "al fresco." Serving a varied menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Wales Pointe also hosts a great Sunday brunch that offers a late breakfast menu into the afternoon. Designed to h...

  • Wanda Gail Ward, 1954 – 2021

    Updated Jan 15, 2022

    Wanda Gail Ward passed away December 19, 2021 at the age of 67 in Tampa Florida. She was born Feb 5 1954. A life-long resident of Florida, she was a house wife and a long-haul truck driver for Airtec Sprayers. Gail was born in Ozark, Alabama on February 5, 1954. Her family moved to Florida when she was very young. She went to college for business and financing and drove for Polk County school systems. Gail was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and all around great...

  • Citizens Police Advisory Board Holding First Public Forum Oct. 26

    Chevon T. Baccus APR, Executive Editor|Updated Oct 25, 2020

    The Citizens and Police Community Relations Advisory Board will hold its first public forum at 6 p.m. Monday Oct. 26 at the B Street Center. Due to the COVID-19 virus, attendees must wear masks and have their temperatures checked upon entrance. About 20 seats will be available to accommodate social distancing, so participants may be rotated into the meeting to offer five minute comments. The Lake Wales City Commission re-established the committee in August with the following...

  • Citizens and Police Advisory Committee Holds Organizational Meeting

    Chevon T. Baccus APR, Executive Editor|Updated Sep 23, 2020

    The newly recreated Citizens and Police Community Relations Advisory Committee held its first meeting Monday, Sept. 21 to organize and get acquainted. The Lake Wales City Commission re-established the committee in August with the following purposes: - Providing a forum for citizens to express their opinions about police procedures and to receive informal information from the police department regarding police procedures. - Providing a forum for citizens and the police...

  • City Considers $150,000 in Incentives for Two Downtown Restaurants

    Chevon T. Baccus APR, Executive Editor|Updated Jul 13, 2020

    The Lake Wales City Commission, in its role as the Community Redevelopment Agency, will consider at its July 14 meeting offering $150,000 in incentives for two proposed downtown restaurants. James Ellis of Ava Properties in Heathrow is asking for a $100,000 grant - double the amount specified in the city's restaurant incentives program – to help him fund the Corner Café at One Scenic Central, a combination coffee shop and fine dining restaurant. His company purchased the tw...

  • City Growth Keeps Development Office Busy

    Chevon T. Baccus APR, Executive Editor|Updated Nov 6, 2019

    Recognizing her increased responsibilities in development services as the City of Lake Wales experiences a growth spurt, Kathy Bangley recently was promoted to assistant city manager for planning and economic development. Bangley's promotion carries with it an annual salary of $98,000, a pay increase of 10 percent over what she was making in July. Bangley's office has been extremely busy working with numerous developers planning new restaurants, retail establishments and...

  • Patsy Sanders, 1933-2019

    Updated Sep 17, 2019

    Patsy Sanders, 86, of Lake Wales passed away Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 at Somers Hospice House in Sebring. She was born May 27, 1933 in Stanton, TX to the late W.J. and Ruby (Dismore) McCamey. She has been a resident of the area since 2015 coming from Oklahoma City, OK. She was a homemaker and a member of the South Lake Wales Church of God. She is preceded in death by her husband Marvin S. Sanders. She is survived by her daughter Lisa Stockton (Jeremy) of Salt Lake City, UT, sons Clifford Sanders (Becky) of Oklahoma City, OK,...

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