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Polk County Seeks Volunteers to Guide Lake Access

Polk County commissioners are looking for volunteers who would like to serve on the county's Lake Access Advisory Committee. The LAAC studies how to increase public access to Polk... — Updated 9/27/2023

 By Robert Connors    News 

6100-unit Peace Crossing Project Moving Forward

The vast Peace Crossing development long-planned for a large tract of land between US 27 and Lake Ashton is now moving forward under new ownership following the sale of the... — Updated 9/27/2023

 By Robert Connors    News 

Soggy Weather May Usher in Caribbean Storm Season

An early-autumn bout of very soggy weather has left the Lake Wales Ridge area with as much as nine inches of rain in some locations, raising lake levels and saturating marshes. Now... — Updated 9/27/2023


Rotary Business Networking Event Hosted at Native Imagery

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 La... — Updated 9/25/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales Property Tax Rate Raised by One Mill

The first ad valorum tax rate increase in nearly a decade was approved by the Lake Wales city commission on first reading Wednesday. The new property tax hike of 16.34 percent will... — Updated 9/21/2023


New Community Garden Almost Ready to Launch

An opportunity to produce fresh fruits and vegetables in the heart of a "food desert" has motivated a team of volunteers to plan the city's second community garden on a plot of... — Updated 9/16/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

New Potential Tropical System Emerges in Distant Atlantic

While multiple named storms have swirled harmlessly all week in the mid-Atlantic, a weak tropical wave that emerged off the coast of Africa several days ago is now the system to... — Updated 9/6/2023

 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 Katelyn Hoverkamp    News

Thermal Imaging Camera May Help Save Lives

In a move that local officials hope may help save lives and property, Polk County Fire Rescue (PCFR) has added 45 new FLIR Thermal Imaging Cameras (TICs) to its fire engines, ladder... — Updated 9/5/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Idalia Leaves Heavy Rains, But No Wind Damage

After causing a scare in the east Polk region by approaching Florida from the southwest, Hurricane Idalia behaved much as the computer models had predicted, staying well offshore... — Updated 8/30/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

11:00 am UPDATE: Hurricane Idalia Still Moving Mostly North, Intensifying

Precautions are advised for strong winds and heavy rains due to the approach of Hurricane Idalia, still expected to move near Florida's Gulf Coast overnight on Wednesday. The 11:00... — Updated 8/29/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

UPDATE Tropical Storm Warning Issued for Polk as Hurricane Adalia Approaches

The National Hurricane Center has issued Hurricane Warnings for much of the Florida west coast north of Longboat Key, and raised the former Tropical Storm Watch in Polk County to a... — Updated 8/29/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

UPDATE: Tuesday Morning Hurricane Trends

The threat of a direct strike from Hurricane Idalia on east Polk and the Lake Wales Ridge area continues to diminish this morning as the storm has continued on a northerly track... — Updated 8/29/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

5:00 pm UPDATE: Hurricane Idalia Still a Threat, But Trends are Positive for Lake Wales

The 5:00 pm update from the National Hurricane Center contains some positive news for the Lake Wales area as the most recent model runs for future movements of Tropical Storm... — Updated 8/29/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Huge Polk County Development May Impact Lake Wales Area

A huge development proposal in unincorporated Polk County not far from Lake Wales is drawing fervent opposition from neighbors and residents, who are showing up in Bartow to argue... — Updated 8/28/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Hurricane Idelia Expected to Have Some Impacts on Lake Wales Ridge Area

The rapid intensification of Tropical Storm Idalia into a major hurricane just off the west coast of Florida has Lake Wales area residents on edge. Three times in the last 19 years... — Updated 8/28/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Potential Tropical System Impact Becomes More Likely for Region

The possibility of a tropical storm or hurricane impacting Florida and potentially threatening the Lake Wales area is increasing as models are indicating the potential development... — Updated 8/24/2023


Heat Advisories Back in Force, Reflect Major Change in Climatic Pattern

"Another day, another heat advisory," is the phrase that begins the daily weather forecast from the National Weather Service in Ruskin for the Lake Wales area. High temperatures... — Updated 8/22/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Potential Tropical Storm Threat Grows for Florida as Peak Season Approaches

A significant shift in weather patterns in both the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean basins has increased chances of tropical storm development that could potentially threaten Florida and... — Updated 8/18/2023

 By Rachel Negrete    Sports

State Champion Lake Wales Highlanders Eye Start of New Season

A new school year means many things: getting used to new schedules, making new friends, and for fans of the defending state championship Lake Wales Highlanders, a new season of... — Updated 8/18/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Hurricane Season Remains Quiet Despite Predictions

As the 19th anniversary of the devasting impact of Hurricane Charley approaches on August 13, many Ridge area residents turn a wary eye on the tropics. Despite "super-heated"... — Updated 8/10/2023


Polk County Accepting Environmental Land Nominations for Purchase or Conservation Easements

Polk County's Environmental Land's program is opening the process for accepting site nomination forms from landowners beginning August 1. A 2022 voter-approved referendum created... — Updated 8/8/2023

 By Robert Connors    Schools

Beauty Not Forgotten in McLaughlin Expansion

An aggressive facilities expansion to add a high school to the campus of McLaughlin School of Excellence has been devastating to the landscape at the school, but help is coming... — Updated 8/5/2023

 By Eric Marshall    News

City Expands Utility System to Address Growth, Improve Service

City staff in the Lake Wales Public Works department are working on three projects that include replacing antiquated water lines, increasing water flow, and adding select neighborho... — Updated 7/30/2023


Lake Wales Could Benefit from Federal Grant for Parks and Recreation

Lake Wales area parks and recreational facilities may stand to get a funding boost as a result of a grant received by the state of Florida. The Department of the Interior announced... — Updated 7/24/2023


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