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FWC Urges Safe Boating on Labor Day Weekend

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement reminds boaters to exercise caution and practice safe boating during the Labor Day holiday... — Updated 9/9/2021 Full story


A Path to Returning

Circumstances, challenges, drifting, distractions, perfectionism, and fear of criticism sometimes lead us off the path on which we were. If that path truly was what God intended... — Updated 8/29/2021


Library Offers Geneology Workshop Series

The Lake Wales Public Library, in partnership with the Polk County History Center, will offer a series of three Genealogy Workshops. The workshops will be led by the Polk County... — Updated 6/9/2021 Full story


Splash Party Scheduled June 18 to Encourage Free Swim Lesson Signup

A We Swim Splash Party will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 18 at the Lake Wales YMCA, 1001 Burns Ave. The event will include free music and food. It is designed to bring... — Updated 6/9/2021


Motorcycle Safety is a Two-way Street

When spring is in the air, motorcycles are everywhere. Do you long for the freedom that comes with riding on the open road? Then it's critical to respect your machine and improve yo... — Updated 5/29/2021


Special Week Encourages Boaters to Boat Safely

With National Safe Boating Week and the release of the 2020 Boating Accident Statistical Report, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) encourages boaters to... — Updated 5/21/2021


Library Offering Sewing Class for Children

The Lake Wales Public Library will provide a new class in June, Basic Sewing for Children. With funding provided by the Lake Wales Library Association, the library has purchased... — Updated 5/21/2021


Faithful Gather for National Day of Prayer Observance

About 75 people gathered in Lake Wales at noon Thursday, May 6 for the annual National Day of Prayer observance. The event took place outside in the breezeway of the city... — Updated 5/7/2021

 By Tina Peak    Lifestyles

Check out Arts Center Studio Experience Passes at the Lake Wales Public Library

The Lake Wales Arts Council and the Lake Wales Library Association have partnered to create a unique program that will allow library patrons to check out passes to utilize the Lake... — Updated 5/6/2021


Local Pastors Issue Invitation to May 6 National Day of Prayer Observance

Lake Wales area pastors invite the public to gather at noon Thursday, May 6 for the annual National Day of Prayer observance. The event will take place outside in the breezeway of... — Updated 5/3/2021

 By Tina Peak    Lifestyles

Scavenger Hunt Helps Celebrate National Library Week

This week, the Lake Wales Public Library encourages all community members to visit their website to explore and access virtual services and programs. The Lake Wales Public Library... — Updated 4/15/2021


Carillon Classic 5K Celebrates 10th Anniversary Saturday, May 1

Offering one of the most picturesque race routes in the country, the Carillon Classic 5K presented by AdventHealth returns to Bok Tower Gardens, Saturday, May 1 at 7:30 a.m.... — Updated 4/15/2021


Celebrate Gopher Tortoise Day Year-round with a Tortoise Friendly Yard

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invites you to celebrate Gopher Tortoise Day on April 10. This year, you can celebrate gopher tortoises by making your... — Updated 4/8/2021


The Numbers 13 and 14

Many times life here and now is challenging for us and extremely challenging for many others. We can easily feel overwhelmed by our personal and community circumstances when we... — Updated 4/8/2021


Easter Brings Memories of Passion Play in Lake Wales

Editor's Note: We are republishing a past story, remembering the Passion Play during Easter Week. Easter Week always brings fond memories of the three months each winter that the... — Updated 4/1/2021


An Easter Memory

EASTER I love Easter. It's my favorite holiday. May you enjoy this remembrance from Easter 2004 . . . It was my first Easter without my beloved father. I was in line at Walmart and... — Updated 4/1/2021


Gopher Tortoise "Shell-abration" Set for April 10

Five years ago the Gopher Tortoise Council declared April 10 Gopher Tortoise Day. This day was proclaimed to celebrate all things gopher tortoise, giving one of Florida's most... — Updated 4/1/2021


First Baptist Offering Drive-Through Easter Event April 2-3

Due to the overwhelming positive response to their "Drive-Thru Christmas" and since there remains concern about the spread of COVID-19, a local church in Lake Wales is presenting a... — Updated 4/1/2021


Visitor Center Hosts Free Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 3

Central Florida's Visitor Information Center (CFVIC) will host an Easter Egg Hunt event on Saturday, April 3. This free event will take place from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., featuring kid... — Updated 3/24/2021


History Museum Gets Grant to Create African American Archive and Exhibit

The Lake Wales History Museum has been awarded a Community Project Grant of $5,000 from Florida Humanities and $10,000 from the Duke Energy Foundation to create a new Lake Wales... — Updated 3/17/2021


Florida Fish Student Art Contest Entries Due by March 31

The deadline is fast approaching for the 2021 Art of Conservation™ Florida Fish Art Contest, hosted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). This contest... — Updated 3/17/2021


What Time is It?

I woke up Sunday morning, March 14th at 6 a.m., or was it 7, or 8? Before going to sleep Saturday evening, I changed the time on the clock on my nightstand, "springing it forward"... — Updated 3/17/2021


Love Your Enemies

"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that... — Updated 3/5/2021


Community Street Mural Project to be Completed Over Feb. 19-21 Weekend

Editor's Note: Due to expected rain, the opening ceremony has been moved to 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. Artist E.J. Nieves of Ocala will be painting a street mural over the Feb.... — Updated 2/19/2021



Circumstances in life are hard to navigate through at times. One of the many things to be appreciated about The Bible is that it is practical and instructive in many places,... — Updated 2/11/2021


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