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  • More Than 15,660 New Homes Approved By Lake Wales City Commissioners, Expected to Host 42,000 New Residents

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Mar 12, 2024

    A population boom is expected in Lake Wales in coming months and years as design work or construction is advancing for at least 40 projects within the city limits, in addition to others outside the city. A calculation shows a total of more than 15,660 new residential units have already met some level of approval by the city commission, with many having already received final plat approval for construction, even as other projects are nearing completion. If the...

  • Violent Gang Task Force Arrests Winter Haven Man Charged With Waverly Area Shooting

    News Staff Reports|Updated Dec 7, 2023

    Daquan Carey, a 23-year-old Winter Haven man who is a "documented gang member," according to the Polk County Violent Gang Investigative Task Force, was arrested in Winter Haven and charged with numerous felonies related to a drive-by shooting in the Waverly area of Lake Wales. The incident happened on 3rd Street in Waverly at about 3:20 am on November 22, according to a statement from the Polk County Sheriff's office. At that scene detectives met with two victims who reported...

  • US 27 Resurfacing May Disrupt Traffic in Coming Months

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Nov 11, 2023

    A major resurfacing project is expected to disrupt traffic flow on US 27 during the coming months as contractors undertake improvements to about seven miles of the six-lane thoroughfare stretching from Waverly Road in Lake Wales north to Kokomo Road in Lake Hamilton. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, the project involves removing and replacing the asphalt roadway surface, as well as reworking shoulders. The project also includes widening and adding a new...

  • First-Degree Murder Charge Brought Against Father Who Killed Son

    News Staff Reports|Updated Sep 13, 2023

    Stephen Thomas Rodda has been charged with first-degree murder after apparently killing his own 16-year-old son on Monday. Rodda, 37, was booked into the Polk County Jail Monday after he was arrested by Polk County Deputies and charged with killing the teen with an angle-grinder, a power tool normally used to cut metal. He will have a first appearance hearing at 1:00 p.m. today, Tuesday, September 5, 2023. According to the Sheriff's office, the victim's grandfather returned...

  • Versie Rene Stoudemire Meeks, 1941-2023

    News Obituary Service|Updated Sep 5, 2023

    Versie Rene Stoudemire Meeks transitioned from this life to eternity on Thursday, July 27, 2023. She leaves to cherish her memories a loving and devoted husband of 61 years, Fred Meeks, Sr.; Children: Linda (John) Jones, Miami, FL; Rita (Leroy) Johnson; Cynthia Meeks, Fred (Antoinette) Meeks, Jr., Mary Rahett, Cheryl (Tony) Garnett, Sharon (Jonas) Henderson all of Lake Wales, FL; Jarvis (Kizzie) Meeks, Tampa, FL.; 25 Grandchildren; 35 Great-Grandchildren; 6 Great-Great...

  • Mother Kills Two Children, Self Over Custody Dispute

    New Staff Reports|Updated Aug 28, 2023

    The insanity of anger and revenge resulted in three deaths in a horrific shooting in Lake Wales Sunday. A dispute over child custody was the likely motivation that caused a woman to kill her children and herself. Brandy Hutchins of Lake Wales lost a ruling that had brought her former spouse here from his relocated home in Maine. She was ordered to turn over custody by 6:00 pm Friday. Instead she fled. Hutchins had apparently chosen to hide in a mobile home in the Waverly...

  • Coleden Snowden Charged After Fatal High-Speed Crash

    News Staff Reports|Updated Aug 23, 2023

    A Babson Park man has been arrested and charged after a crash that took the life of a local woman. Coleden Snowden was arrested by Polk County Sheriff's deputies after an extensive investigation indicated that he was driving as fast as 112 miles per hour just prior to causing a crash that resulted in the death of a Frostproof woman in March. Snowden, 20, has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, a second degree felony. According to investigators, a reconstruction of the...

  • Versie Rene Stoudemire Meeks - ? - 2023

    News Obituary Service|Updated Aug 5, 2023

    transitioned from this life to eternity on Thursday, July 27, 2023. She leaves to cherish her memVersie Rene Stoudemire Meeksories a loving and devoted husband of 61 years, Fred Meeks, Sr.; Children: Linda (John) Jones, Miami, FL; Rita (Leroy) Johnson; Cynthia Meeks, Fred (Antoinette) Meeks, Jr., Mary Rahett, Cheryl (Tony) Garnett, Sharon (Jonas) Henderson all of Lake Wales, FL; Jarvis (Kizzie) Meeks, Tampa, FL.; 25 Grandchildren; 35 Great-Grandchildren; 6 Great-Great...

  • Huge Lake Wales Solar Farm Advancing Toward Completion

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Jul 11, 2023

    A 600-acre solar farm on the north side of Lake Wales containing some 170,000 to 200,000 solar panels has passed the 50% completion mark and is expected to come online before the end of the year. According to a press release issued by Tampa Electric Media Spokesperson Cherie Jacobs at the time of the application, the project will generate 74.5 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 11,500 homes. Jacobs noted that the project will produce no emissions and generate virt...

  • Leoma's Landing Construction Moving Rapidly

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Jun 23, 2023

    Construction is moving at a rapid pace at a new subdivision being built north of Chalet Suzanne Road. Leoma's Landing will feature 336 single-family homes in a mix of one and two-story designs. Paved streets are already in place, along with underground utilities, but without sidewalks. The surge in construction has come after years of pause on the part of the developers, who began to advance the project only last year after gaining preliminary approval several years ago....

  • New Shopping Center Site Approved for US 27 in Lake Wales

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Mar 29, 2023

    A fifty-one acre site has been approved for a potential shopping center construction by the Lake Wales City Commission at their Tuesday night meeting, but there are no immediate plans in place to develop the site. A 9.37 acre parcel that had been outside the city limits was annexed Tuesday on first reading and added to the site, most of which had been annexed earlier. The annexation was requested last year by property owners 360 Lake Wales LLC. The group purchased the two...

  • Fiery Crash on Scenic Highway Claims Life of Frostproof Woman

    Christa Jones, News Correspondent|Updated Mar 22, 2023

    A Tuesday night crash has claimed the life of a Frostproof woman as she left her place of employment at the popular Coop in Babson Park. 53-year-old Patricia Robarts of Frostproof left the parking lot and turned onto Waverly Road at about 11:30 pm driving a silver 2018 Kia Stinger. According to reports from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, she stopped at the intersection of Waverly and Scenic Hwy North and then began a left turn onto Scenic Highway. For unknown reasons, her...

  • Kathryn Fraiser Black, 1931-2021

    News Obituary Service|Updated Mar 15, 2023

    Kathryn Fraiser Black, 91, formerly of Waverly and Lake Wales, passed away Friday, March 10th in Naples. Born March 22, 1931, in Chipley, FL to the late Joe B. and Nella (Mercer) Fraiser, Kathryn moved to Waverly in 1936 from Chipley. She is preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Black in 1990; daughter, Karen Gerard; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Christopher Gerard in 1980 and Teak Black, in 2018. Survivors include her son J. Mark Black and his wife Sue of Naples, and a...

  • 18th Anniversary of Hurricane Charley Passes Quietly

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Aug 13, 2022

    Saturday, August 13 marked the 18th anniversary of the most destructive hurricane to strike Lake Wales in recent memory, and thankfully the tropics remain quiet so far. Only a weak disturbance drifting westward near Texas is being remarked upon by the National Hurricane Center. The Friday the 13th storm of 2004 was the first of three direct strikes here in only six weeks, an event unprecedented in recorded history. Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne came evenly spaced, three weeks...

  • Another 1,020 Unit Subdivision Planned for South Side of Lake Wales

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Jul 29, 2022

    A 312-acre parcel expected to host the Mayfair development nearly two decades ago is now the proposed site of a 1,020-unit project dubbed Ridgecrest. The Lake Wales City commission on Tuesday will consider the application for a preliminary subdivision plat and a special exception use permit for a residential Planned Development Project (PDP). Ridgecrest is planned to be constructed in three phases and will fill in a large blank in the city's residential areas stretching from R...

  • Lake Wales Proposed Development Total Passes 12,000 Unit Mark

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Jun 16, 2022

    The parade of development proposals that have stirred citizen concerns of runaway changes to Lake Wales continued to be evident at the most recent city commission meeting as details emerged for several more projects. A calculation by LakeWalesNews.Net staff has indicated that more than 12,000 new single-family homes, townhomes, apartments, and mobile homes are included in developments already on the drawing table. At least three other projects have been proposed but remain to...

  • Only One Hurricane Shelter Available for All of Southeast Polk

    Tom Paulson, City Editor|Updated Jun 3, 2022

    As the 2022 hurricane season begins, a map of Polk County Public Shelters shows that of the 47 shelters listed, only one is located in southeast Polk County, an area stretching east of US 27 and south of Waverly Road from Lake Kissimmee Sate Park to the Highlands County line, and including a population of more than 80,000. Spook Hill Elementary School is the only public shelter for the vast area, which has also previously hosted waves of refugees fleeing storms threatening...

  • Eric Matthew Kinney, 1988-2022

    Updated Apr 25, 2022

    Eric Matthew Kinney of Lake Wales, FL passed away Tuesday April 12, 2022 at his residence. He was born March 11, 1988 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey to Edward and Diane Kinney; He graduated University of South Florida Cum Laude with a double major in Business Management and Criminology; was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity where he was the Executive Director of University Greek Programming Board, Treasurer and Philanthropy Chairman. He was also winner of the pillar of the...

  • Green Gables Location to be Rezoned for Apartments

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Feb 10, 2022

    A plan to rezone and redevelop the existing Green Gables Inn site to create as many as 225 apartments on the 8.84 acres was reviewed at the City Commission workshop Wednesday. No objections were raised during discussion, and the proposal is expected to be approved at a formal meeting on Tuesday. The proposal changes the current zoning of Limited Commercial-Industrial to high-density residential, allowing up to 25 units per acre. "They're gonna have to go up," said Deputy Mayor...

  • Future Transportation Maps Show Course of New Parkway Through Lake Wales

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Dec 22, 2021

    Population growth on the US 27 corridor has led transportation planners to plot the future course of an "alternate" route that will parallel the busy inter-regional highway. The proposed limited-access toll expressway will thread its way around the west side of Lake Wales before crossing US 27 near the north city limits to run along the Ridge east of Dundee and Haines City. Planning maps released by the Polk Transportation Planning Organization, a multi-agency body which...

  • Huge Solar "Farm" Will Be Constructed in Lake Wales

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Nov 6, 2021

    If electricity came in flavors, your lights might be smacking their lips when you flip the switch once a major solar power project is completed in Lake Wales. A 600-acre property just north of Dinner Lake stretching beyond Waverly Road into Dundee will soon be the site of a sprawling solar "farm". The project received approval from the Lake Wales Planning and Zoning board Tuesday after project developer TECO Energy made some minor adjustments to the vegetated buffers around th...

  • Howard Frederick Martin, 1944-2021

    Updated Oct 25, 2021

    Howard Frederick Martin of Lake Wales passed away Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Advent Health Lake Wales. He was born November 7, 1944 in Waverly, West Virginia to the late Howard and Mildred Martin; he moved to Lake Wales from Okeechobee in 2007. Howard was a retired master plumbing contractor and was a veteran of the United States Army. He owned an airport and enjoyed parachuting. Howard is survived by his wife of 39 years, Lisa A. Martin; daughters, Lisa J. Martin of...

  • Kids and coaches on Legion Field grass

    New Lighted Football Field May Serve Youth Football Leagues

    Robert Connors|Updated Oct 6, 2021

    A lighted football field proposed for Washington Park near US 27 is expected to make a big difference to hundreds of young people involved in two Lake Wales youth football leagues. The new facility is proposed to be built by Polk County Parks and Recreation using Community Development Block Grant funds. CDBG funds are restricted to projects serving underserved neighborhoods and communities. Among users of the new football facility are likely to be the Lake Wales Youth Football...

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    More than 8,000 New Dwellings Planned in Lake Wales

    Robert Connors|Updated Oct 6, 2021

    Plans and proposals for new housing developments in Lake Wales have come in waves during 2021 and show no sign of abating. More than 8,300 new dwellings are now "visible" on the planning documents at the City of Lake Wales Development Services. Those residences are likely to house more than 23,000 new citizens, an expected population increase of some 140%. "Everybody wants to come where we are," said City Commissioner Robin Gibson, when asked about the growth spurt. "It's a...

  • Aaron "Glenn" Johnson, 1951-2021

    Updated Sep 25, 2021

    Aaron "Glenn" Johnson of Lake Wales passed away Thursday, September 23, 2021 at Advent Health Orlando. He was born December 27, 1951 in Winter Haven to the late Ted and Mae Johnson. Glenn was a self-employed musician and was a veteran of the United States Army National Guard. He was a talented guitar player, singer, and songwriter whose music touched the lives of anyone who had the privilege to hear his music. Throughout his musical career he was a member of "Open Range...

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