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 By Robert Connors    News

Historic Woman's Club Auditorium to Receive CRA Help

A CRA grant will help a local not-for-profit save an aging historic building that serves as an important civic space in downtown Lake Wales. The Lake Wales Woman's Club was awarded... — Updated 11/29/2023

 By News Staff Reports    Fun

Time to Organize A Krewe for Mardi Gras

Although it's only early November, hundreds of people from Lake Wales and far beyond are preparing for the area's biggest festival of 2024. The 40th annual Lake Wales Mardi Gras... — Updated 11/27/2023

 By Robert Connors    Fun

Last Chance to Enter Lake Wales' Christmas Night Parade

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... — Updated 11/26/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Businesses Remain Open as West Park Avenue Transformed into Shady Oasis by Construction

In nothing less than a transformation, the formerly dreary stretch of Park Avenue west of First Street is swiftly becoming an attractive green oasis intended to help draw... — Updated 11/22/2023


Lake Wales Main Street Director Honored for "Lifetime Achievement"

Ronni Wood, a seasoned and dedicated professional in the field of downtown redevelopment, was honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the Florida Redevelopment... — Updated 11/20/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

CRA Adopts New Funding Mechanism For Downtown Investors

New life is being breathed into a significant building in the historic center of Lake Wales after actions taken by the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency on Tuesday. The city... — Updated 11/15/2023


New Restaurants Coming to Lake Wales

A long-anticipated wave of new restaurants is coming into existence in Lake Wales with the pending openings of three new fast-food outlets. The new restaurants are part of a spate... — Updated 11/8/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Drumgo Brings High Energy to City Administration

In the high-energy future facing Lake Wales there's little doubt that high-energy management is required to keep up. As Lake Wales faces a wave of growth, with about 15,000 new resi... — Updated 11/6/2023

 By Casey Gist    News

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

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 importa... — Updated 11/6/2023


Polk State College Priority Registration Starts October 30 for Spring Semester

Currently enrolled Polk State students will have a head start opportunity fo enrolling in the Spring 2024 semester. Enrollment for the spring will begin on October 30 with priority... — Updated 11/2/2023


Free Downtown Concert Series Starts Friday, November 10

A series of free downtown street concerts will enliven evenings downtown over the coming months, thanks to an alliance between the Lake Wales main Street, Lake Wales Arts Council, a... — Updated 11/1/2023


History Museum Will Emerge Better, Community Support Needed

Major improvements are underway at the Lake Wales History Museum that are expected to make the facility a center of community activity as well as a draw for residents and visitors... — Updated 10/30/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

New Local Bus Service Begins in Lake Wales

A new "circulator" bus route that will serve the city six days a week on a frequent schedule began this week, making getting around town without a car a much simpler task. Lake... — Updated 10/30/2023


City Fills Vacant Horticulturist Position As Downtown Tree Planting Approaches

As the City of Lake Wales prepares to begin a major tree-planting effort as part of the Lake Wales Connected effort, a long-vacant horticulturist spot has been filled by a... — Updated 10/23/2023


October 17, 1923 Highlander

As Lake Wales was going about its rapid spurt of growth between 1917 and 1927, area real estate agents gathered to create the city's first board so thasat they could exchange... — Updated 10/19/2023

 By Paul Owens    Editorial

1000 Friends of Florida Endorses the Lake Wales Envisioned Plan

Editor's Note: This guest Commentary is the second of a series of guest editorials that will address the effort known as Lake Wales Envisioned. Since our founding in 1986, 1000... — Updated 10/12/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

New Brick Street Will Dress Up Park Avenue

The multi-million-dollar reconstruction of Park Avenue is proceeding close to schedule, as evidenced by the hard-working crews who have been seen laying the thousands of bricks... — Updated 10/7/2023


Embrace Lake Wales Envisioned: A Model for the Nation

Editor's Note: This guest Commentary, offered by two distinguished scholars of the works of the father and son who shared the honored name of Frederick Law Olmsted, is the first of... — Updated 10/6/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

City's Growth Management Efforts Get New Leadership

As the City of Lake Wales faces an onslaught of development proposals totaling more than 14,000 residential units, a responsive city government is making the needed adjustments to m... — Updated 9/28/2023

 By Susan Connors    Business

New Kualoa Restaurant Celebrates With Ribbon Cutting

Lake Wales newest restaurant, Kualao, celebrated its recent opening with a ribbon cutting this week, hosting an enthusiastic group of fans to free samples of their creative and... — Updated 9/26/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales Cited for Community Health Possibilities

Lake Wales will become a healthier city if traditional neighborhood design standards are applied to future development proposals here, according to studies shared by Dr. Joanna... — Updated 9/22/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Temporary Traffic Pattern Change Coming to Downtown Lake Wales Starting Monday

The changing face of downtown Lake Wales is moving forward as contractors begin the second phase of a multi-part project to reconstruct Park Avenue between Wetmore Street and... — Updated 9/6/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Orange and Crystal Avenues to Receive Major Streetscape Facelifts

A million-dollar reconstruction of block-long stretches of Orange and Crystal Avenues is anticipated thanks to a federal grant and an intergovernmental agreement. The dramatic... — Updated 8/28/2023


August 15, 1923 Lake Wales Highlander

The Lake Wales Highlander of 100 years ago reveals much about the history of our community. Each week the Lake Wales News will publish a front-page image of the former Lake Wales... — Updated 8/17/2023


Dover and Kohl Win Prestigious Seaside Prize for Planning Designs

The partners who founded a planning firm that has become closely identified with Lake Wales have been announced as the 2024 recipients of the prestigious Seaside Prize, presented... — Updated 8/13/2023


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