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Why Now Is A Great Time To Refinance Your Lake Wales Home

Can you imagine paying over 18% in interest on your home loan? It is true! If you financed a house in 1981, that would be the going rate. That rate seems outrageous today, as a 15-y... — Updated 4/15/2021


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 4/15/2021


It's Dog Bite Prevention Week and Florida is Ranked #2 in Dog Bites

There are an estimated 90 million dogs living in U.S. households. Each year, millions of people are bitten or attacked by dogs, however these incidents can often be prevented. A... — Updated 4/15/2021


State Farm Awards $100,000 in Grants to Assist Florida Teachers

Teachers in Florida were asked to submit their innovative teaching ideas the week of Jan. 11 for an opportunity to win State Farm ® Teacher Assist grants. In less than 2 hours,... — Updated 2/24/2021

 By Brian Ackley    Business

Shovels to be in the Ground by Summer for Lake Wales Connected Revitalization Plan

City leaders are anticipating shovels in the ground this summer in what will be the first project in its award-winning "Lake Wales Connected" revitalization plan for the historic... — Updated 2/11/2021


Mileage Rates - The IRS is Slower Than . . . Who? The IRS

What can your company do to prepare for the 2021 IRS Mileage Rate? Does your company reimburse its employees at the current IRS Mileage Rate? The IRS has just released the standard... — Updated 1/15/2021


Dyer Difference Recognizes LW Shop-With-a-Cop Program

For the past 12 years, the Lake Wales Police Officers Association (LWPOA) has made the holidays a little happier for children in the community through several events, including the... — Updated 12/25/2020

 By Adell Jahna    Business

E.R. Jahna Industries Celebrating 70 Years in Business

It was 1934. Emil Jahna Sr. had recently moved his family and small company from Venice, FL to Lake Wales. The company was Ridge Stone and Tile Co., which produced decorative floor... — Updated 9/30/2020

 By Cassie Jacoby    Business

Legacy Leads in Local Real Estate Sales for Five Years Running

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams," says Dolores Vogel, Legacy Real Estate Center broker and owner. "So, DREAM BIG, we do!" The worldwide... — Updated 9/16/2020


Lisa Pedersen Loves What She Does, and It Shows in Her Work!

I became owner of the Gallery & Frame Shop on April 1, 1988. It certainly doesn't seem like it's been that long ago. I have had the privilege of framing many interesting things... — Updated 9/3/2020


Alfa Romeo FIAT Earns 2020 Customer First Award for Excellence

FCA US LLC recently announced that Alfa Romeo FIAT of Winter Haven has earned the Customer First Award for Excellence (CFAFE) designation in 2020. The Alfa Romeo FIAT dealership... — Updated 8/26/2020

 By Drew Truitt    Business

Please Support Local Restaurants

During these trying times when businesses are struggling to reinvent themselves to adhere to both Governor decrees and social norms as well as keeping six feet between employees,... — Updated 8/19/2020


The Exchange Consignment Store Closing with 75 Percent Off Sale July 31 and Aug. 1

After more than 20 years in business The Exchange, Upscale Consignment Clothing & Home Décor in historic downtown Lake Wales is going out of business. The store will be... — Updated 7/30/2020


Belgard Announces Inaugural Backyard Giveaway Worth $15K

Belgard®, Fresh Look Outdoor (a Belgard Authorized Contractor), and Campus Landscaping are calling on Central Florida homeowners to kick-off their inaugural Custom Backyard... — Updated 7/22/2020


Compassionate Professional Care for Your Loved Ones

Jack and Laura Kingsley founded We Elderly Care, Inc. in June of 1996-24 years ago. Through the years We Elderly Care has provided excellent in-home service for the community. Its... — Updated 7/18/2020


AdventHealth Statement on Sufficient Hospital Capacity

AdventHealth's facilities across Central Florida have sufficient capacity to care for patients, including those with COVID-19. Our hospitals are designed in such a way that spaces... — Updated 7/15/2020


Bartow Ford Honoring Law Enforcement at 5th Annual Back the Blue Luncheon July 30

Bartow Ford President Benny Robles Jr. is saddened by many of the negative stories that have been reported about what has happened in our nation in recent months. "I fear that the b... — Updated 7/15/2020


Ford Dealership Gives Away Two Mustangs at its 27th Annual Drive for Excellence Event

Benny Robles Jr. did something June 27 that he had never done before: He gave away two Mustangs. Robles, the President of Bartow Ford, decided to do this at the very last minute... — Updated 7/1/2020


Visit Downtown Lake Wales to Shop & Win

Downtown Lake Wales shoppers have one more week to submit copies of their June receipts to possibly win a prize. Lake Wales Main Street is sponsoring the Shop & Win program to... — Updated 6/25/2020

 By Drew Truitt    Business

Miles of Smiles and '57 Chevys at Streetside Classics

"...there's magic in my eyes. I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles." Song: "I Can See for Miles," The Who, 1967, (Pete Townsend) Album: The Who Sell Out Marty and... — Updated 6/24/2020

 By Drew Truitt    Business

Check Out this 1957 Chevy Bel Air

"Out on the streets of a runaway American dream. At night, we ride through mansions of glory in suicide machines. ...We gotta get out while we're young ', we were born... — Updated 6/20/2020


The Book Shelter Downtown Focuses on Quality Over Quantity

Bookstores aren't dead! Need proof? Make your way to downtown Lake Wales and visit The Book Shelter. Tucked away in The Arcade at 229 E, Stuart Avenue The Book Shelter is a... — Updated 6/18/2020


J.C. Penney at Eagle Ridge Mall on Store Closure Lists

The J.C. Penney at Eagle Ridge Mall is among 154 stores to be closed nationwide in the next few months. Nine Florida stores are on the closing list, including the J.C. Penney store... — Updated 6/10/2020


Here are a Few Good Tips About Living Trusts for People of All Ages

Many people still have the wrong impression that living trusts are only for high-wealth people. While it is true that persons with large estates have added tax benefits, the... — Updated 5/26/2020


McKeon Chiropractic Gives Free Treatment to Local Police Officers

From his service 10 years ago as a police officer Dr. Anthony DeWald still remembers end-of-shift backaches after repeatedly getting in and out of his patrol car wearing a heavy... — Updated 5/26/2020


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