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 By Robert Connors    News 

Lake Wales Residents Should Remain Prepared for Active Hurricane Season

While the 2022 Hurricane Season has so far seemed quiet from our vantage point in Lake Wales, weather forecasters are warning that this is expected to be an above average season.... — Updated 8/4/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

New Roundabouts, Trails Planned for Buck Moore Corridor

A divided boulevard featuring median plantings, turn lanes, sidewalks, bikeways, and efficient traffic roundabouts may be in the future of Buck Moore Road, depending upon the cooper... — Updated 7/29/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Only One Hurricane Shelter Available for All of Southeast Polk

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... — Updated 6/3/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News
Model animation depicts storm passing over Florida later this week

Hurricane Season Begins With First Threat

Although the 2022 Hurricane season officially begins Wednesday, some models are already showing a threat to Florida. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami are now... — Updated 6/3/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Commissioners Hilligoss, Williams Kill Resolution Supporting Charter School System

Given an opportunity to help heal the community after a divisive search for a new charter school superintendent, two city commissioners said "no." A resolution presented to the... — Updated 3/19/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Abandoned Signs A Headache for Development Services

Abandoned signs are apparent in numerous locations in Lake Wales, a problem that City of Lake Wales Development Services staff are planning to address as part of the ongoing review... — Updated 2/10/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

City, CRA File 12-Count Lawsuit Against Dixie Walesbilt LLC

The fate of the storied Walesbilt Hotel has been placed in the hands of the courts after the City of Lake Wales and the Community Redevelopment Agency filed a twelve-count lawsuit... — Updated 2/8/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Lakeshore Club Villas May Qualify for Federal Infrastructure Funds

An initiative by Congressman Darren Soto may bring help for a problematic sewer system that may be polluting surface waters. Rep. Soto was involved in the passage of the INVERT... — Updated 1/18/2022

 
Adult Butterfly perching on plant

Endangered Florida Butterfly Comes Back From the Brink of Extinction

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- For the past nine years, volunteers working with the Florida Museum of Natural Historyand the Florida Park Service have trekked diligently through forest... — Updated 9/22/2021

 

City Approves New Lake Belle Development Despite Neighbor Protests

Despite objections from nearby Ridge Manor residents, the Lake Wales City Commission July 6 approved preliminary plans for an 84-home subdivision on Lake Belle. City Attorney Chuck... — Updated 7/8/2021

 

Shelter Maps Available as Hurricane Season Starts June 1

In preparation for hurricane season, which begins on June 1, Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing and Polk County Emergency Management have partnered with Publix Super Markets... — Updated 6/4/2021

 

Profile: Fire Chief Joe Jenkins, 2020 Chamber Public Servant of the Year

City residents can thank a local restaurant for helping the Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce find its 2020 Public Servant of the Year. Lake Wales Fire Chief Joe Jenkins – born and... — Updated 1/27/2021

 

Be Encouraged

Whether it is the half-anniversary of when the pandemic shutdowns began in full in Lake Wales, the 19th anniversary of September 11th, or listening to the rhetoric with being less... — Updated 1/10/2021

 

Beverly Petruschke, 1955-2020

Beverly Dillon Petruschke, 65 of Lake Wales went home to the Lord's presence on Thursday Oct. 15, 2020. She was born September 5, 1955 in South Charleston, WV to the late Ocus E... — Updated 10/22/2020

 

Lake Ashton Veterans Promote Flying U.S. Flag to Remember Sept. 11 Sacrifice

The Lake Ashton Veterans Association is facilitating an initiative by Wreaths Across America to remember "the sacrifice and impact upon our great country" on September 11, 2001 from... — Updated 9/10/2020

 

County to Provide Sandbag Fill Sites

With a possible hurricane headed toward Florida, Polk County is offering sandbags to residents wanting to protect their homes from water intrusion. Sandbags will be provided to... — Updated 8/21/2020

 

Despite Revenue Shortfall, City Optimistic About 2021 Budget

Lake Wales City Commissioners got good news at their second budget workshop Aug. 12. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic's negative impact on the economy, projected state revenue is... — Updated 8/19/2020

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

City Seeks State Grant to Restore Historic Stuart House

Lake Wales city officials are hoping the state will help provide funding for needed repairs at one of the city's most historic structures. The Historic Stuart House on Central... — Updated 6/20/2020

 
 By Bill Braswell    News

Fed Sends County $126 Million

Polk County has been given 126 million dollars from the federal government. It literally was wired into our account with no prior notice. This happened last week. We have been... — Updated 5/6/2020

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

City Updates Operational Plans During COVID-19 Concerns

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, Lake Wales continues to function as close to normal as possible, Emergency Operations Director Joe Jenkins said Tuesday night. Jenkins, also the... — Updated 3/18/2020

 

Jimmy Bolden, 1963-2020

James Henry “Jimmy” Bolden, Jr., 56, of Lake Wales passed away Friday, March 6, 2020 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born Oct. 20, 1963 in Lake Wales... — Updated 3/9/2020

 
 By Mary Walkup    Ridge Life

Local Woman's Club Celebrates All Things Conservation

The GFWC Woman's Club of Lake Wales will participate in the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) efforts in Conservation. The GFWC Conservation Community Service Program... — Updated 2/26/2020

 

Former Skydiving Center, Airport Manager Betty Hill Dead at 66

Betty Hill only jumped once herself, but she brought thousands of skydivers to Lake Wales in the more than two decades she operated the Florida Skydiving Center. Friends, family... — Updated 1/1/2020

 
 By Trey Heath    Ridge Life

Polly Stephens Celebrates 100th Birthday

1919, Woodrow Wilson was the 28th President, prohibition had gone into effect, the United States Congress approves the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, World War I ends,... — Updated 10/9/2019

 
 By Mary Walkup    Ridge Life

Woman's Club of Lake Wales Leads the Way in Conservation Efforts

There's an old truth about hurricanes: they take out the trees that gardeners don't have the heart to cut down. Like wildfires, they clear the land of deadwood. They fell trees... — Updated 9/17/2019

 

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