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U.S. judge strikes down Florida Legislature's Seminole Gaming Compact

A federal judge has undone a signature achievement of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ time in office by invalidating the Seminole Gaming Compact, a deal between the state and the tribe that purported to OK statewide sports betting and bring... — Updated 11/29/2021

 By News Staff    Business

Lake Wales Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Celebrates Anniversary By Supporting Local Causes

"It's a blink of an eye and 30 years have flown by. When Ralph and I started we both had darker hair," said Mike Mahalak, president of the Mahalak Auto Group, in recognition of a... — Updated 11/11/2021

 By News Staff    Business

Lake Wales Chamber Hosts Western-Style Gala

Feel like a rodeo cowgirl or cowboy sometimes? Here's your big chance to get out those rhinestones and boots and sparkle your way across a dance floor. The Lake Wales Area Chamber... — Updated 11/11/2021

 By News Staff    Business

One Local Restaurant is a Hidden Gem

Local dining food choices aren't as limited as you might believe, and they certainly don't have to be boring. That much is evident after a visit to a local restaurant celebrating... — Updated 11/1/2021


Cheese Shoppe and Deli is Newest Business in Lake Wales

Lovers of Amish cheeses and hearty deli sandwiches will be delighted to learn of Lake Wales' newest business, The Lake Wales Cheese Shoppe and Deli opened for business last week on... — Updated 10/29/2021

 By News Staff    Business

LakeWalesNews.Net Readership Views Surge to 20,000 Weekly

New features and sections added to LakeWalesNews.Net have driven skyrocketing readership since September 1, reaching well over 80,000 page views during the first month, according to... — Updated 10/27/2021


Construction Site Theft Becomes Larger Problem in Polk

Building is booming in Polk County and so are construction-related thefts, according to feedback received by the Polk County Building Division. “It really isn’t a surprise to us,” said Building Director Benjamin Dunn.... — Updated 10/20/2021

 By Tom Paulson    Business
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Lake Wales Loses Mexican Restaurant

A popular lunch spot on Central Avenue has closed, leaving locals hungry for Mexican-style favorites out of luck. Anita's Mexican Restaurant offered a variety of dishes from simple... — Updated 10/13/2021


Chamber's First Friday Coffee Draws Crowd Downtown

Several dozen citizens gathered Friday morning at Kathryn's Christian Books at 205 East Park Avenue for the Chamber of Commerce's First Friday event, which coincided with National... — Updated 10/4/2021

 By Tom Paulson    Business

Lilly and Brown Attorneys Earn Top Reputation

If you can believe the heaps of accolades the firm has received, there is no more preeminent law firm in our area than that of Lilly and Brown, LLP. The duo of personal injury lawye... — Updated 10/3/2021

 By News staff    Business

Electric Car Show Draws Curious Drivers

Lake Wales electric car enthusiasts shared their stories of success with interested visitors at a special car show Saturday at the MarketPlace in Lake Wales. An all-electric Mustang... — Updated 9/25/2021

 By Wendy Dwyer    Business
David Dlugokecki presents the Dyer Difference Award to Stephanie Fitzgerald

Ducks Unlimited Receives Dyer Award

When it comes to conservation, restoration, and management of North America's wetlands and waterfowl habitats, there is little that can compare with Ducks Unlimited. The grassroots... — Updated 9/23/2021


LakeWalesNews.Net Now Offers a Free Business Services Directory

As a service to area residents and small businesses, is now offering a free Business Services Directory that will include listings from service-oriented businesses serving area homeowners. “This will be an... — Updated 9/22/2021

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A Dozen Helpful Ways to Help You Build a New Business

(NAPSI)-Now is an excellent time to start or grow a business. While this may seem surprising, there are several reasons and very simple ways to go about it. For one thing, consumer... — Updated 9/12/2021


Lake Wales Acquired by New Day Market Research

Lake Wales will continue to enjoy the presence of a local news source focused on the community thanks to a recent business agreement. It was announced today that New Day Market... — Updated 9/7/2021


Dyer Difference Award Recognizes Peace River Center

Life is challenging in so many ways, and sometimes it's a comfort to know that there is a place you can go filled with people who are committed to helping engage, restore, and... — Updated 7/29/2021


Canines Find Second Career as Arson Dogs

Arson is one of the most expensive property claims in the United States. Each year billions of dollars in property damage and hundreds of lives are lost as a result of fires set by... — Updated 6/9/2021


Luxury Serenity Apartments Open Near Eagle Ridge Mall

Nvision Development and Winter Park Construction (WPC) recently completed the $55 million Serenity at Lake Wales, a 335-unit community just north of Eagle Ridge Mall. The project... — Updated 6/4/2021


Rignanese Celebrate 30 Years Practicing Law in Polk County

Cynthia Crofoot Rignanese is celebrating 30 years of practicing law in Polk County. She has received numerous awards for outstanding professional accomplishments and dedication.... — Updated 6/4/2021


Dyer Difference Award Recognizes Children's Home Society

One in five children in Florida lives in poverty, and statistics show that children who live in poverty are five times more likely to drop out of high school. Since 67 percent of... — Updated 5/29/2021


MainStreet Launches New Logo and Brand

Lake Wales Main Street is proud to launch a vibrant new logo and brand. The rebranding initiative reflects the alignment with the revitalization of Downtown Lake Wales. The new... — Updated 5/29/2021


Northwest Community Market Draws Crowds, Rave Reviews

A light breeze and sunshine made for a pleasant day May 1 for the first Northwest Community Market. Vendors filled the large lots at the corner of B Street and Lincoln Avenue,... — Updated 5/6/2021


State Farm to Award Million Dollars in Neighborhood Assistance Grants

Neighbors across the country will soon have an exciting opportunity to help change their communities for the better through State Farm Neighborhood Assist®. The program awards... — Updated 4/29/2021


City Offers Online Portal for Contractor Building Permits

The City of Lake Wales now has a Building Division Contractor online portal. This can be accessed through City Website on the Building Division Landing Page ( ht... — Updated 4/22/2021


Taproom and Coffee House Opens Downtown

The Ranch Taproom and Coffeehouse in downtown Lake Wales officially opened April 16 with enthusiastic crowds and rave social media reviews. Owners Jessica Garrett and her mother,... — Updated 4/22/2021


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