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 By Chevon T. Baccus APR    News 

Former Commissioner's Wife Now Wants Appointment to His Seat

The wife of former Lake Wales City Commissioner Pete Perez has indicated her interest in filling his old seat, which is vacant now due to the suspension of newly elected Commissione... — Updated 7/31/2021 Full story

 
 By Chevon T. Baccus APR    News 

Pastor Hilligoss Seeks Temporary Appointment to City Commission

Pastor Jack Hilligoss has added his name to the list of people interested in filling the city commission vacancy created by the suspension of newly elected Commissioner Kris... — Updated 7/31/2021 Full story

 
 By Chevon T. Baccus APR    News 

Lake Wales Police Start Body Camera Pilot Implementation

It was a "bumpy start" as Lake Wales rolled out one-fourth of their new police worn body cameras Monday, July 26. Police Chief Chris Velasquez said the department will use the... — Updated 7/29/2021 Full story

 
 By Chevon T. Baccus APR    News 

Former Commissioner Wojcik Offers to Return to City Service

Former Lake Wales City Commissioner Betty Wojcik has applied to fill the temporary vacancy created by the suspension of newly elected Commissioner Kris Fitzgerald. Commissioners at... — Updated 7/31/2021

 
 By Chevon T. Baccus APR    News 

Major Donor to Local Schools Calls for Mandatory Masks, Vaccines

Some viewed his email as a threat to withhold future funding, but Henry McCance says that's not what he intended. The largest donor to Lake Wales Charter schools, McCance says he... — Updated 7/30/2021 Full story

 
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Celebration of Life July 31 for Bok South Principal Damien Moses

A celebration of life for Bok Academy South Principal Damien Moses is scheduled for noon, Saturday, July 31. The event will take place at the Lake Wales High School gymnasium and... — Updated 7/29/2021

 
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Charter Schools, Community Mourn Loss of Bok South Principal

The Lake Wales Charter Schools and the local community are mourning the passing of Dr. Damien Moses, principal of Bok Academy South. "It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform... — Updated 7/29/2021 Full story

 
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19 from Lake Wales Included in Operation Bell Gang Drug Arrests

Following a 16-month undercover investigation, Polk County Sheriff's Office undercover Narcotics detectives and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force made 29 arrests... — Updated 7/29/2021 Full story

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

City Explores Options to Ensure Future Water Supply

Lake Wales will need to have an alternative water source in place sooner than experts had anticipated, according to a consultant hired by the city to explore its future utility... — Updated 7/23/2021

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

City Pledges $1 Million Toward Grove Manor Redevelopment

The Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency has given its tentative approval to contribute $1 million towards the proposed redevelopment of the Grove Manor housing complex. Offici... — Updated 7/23/2021

 

Commissioners Reject First 3 Applicants for Temporary Appointment

Despite a gathering of supporters, a contingent speaking on his behalf, and the endorsement of the mayor, deputy mayor and a number of Republican elected officials, Al Goldstein on... — Updated 7/23/2021 Full story

 

So Far Few Seeking Appointment to City Commission Vacancy

As of July 19 only three people had expressed an interest in filling the temporary vacancy created by the governor's suspension of newly elected City Commissioner Kris Fitzgerald. F... — Updated 7/19/2021 Full story

 

Police Investigating 48 Vehicle Burglaries in One Night

Lake Wales Police are investigating a rash of 48 vehicle burglaries between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, June 14. The bold burglars in some cases broke windows to gain acces... — Updated 7/17/2021 Full story

 

Walk-in-Water Road to be Closed 3 Months for Bridge Replacement

A $1.63 million Polk County project to replace the Walk-In-Water Road Bridge over Tiger Creek in rural Lake Wales will close Walk-In-Water Road for three months starting Monday,... — Updated 7/15/2021 Full story

 

Suspended City Commissioner's Seat May be Filled July 20

Lake Wales City Commissioners at their July 20 meeting will consider naming a temporary replacement for suspended Commissioner Kris Fitzgerald. The city charter requires... — Updated 7/15/2021 Full story

 

Sandbag Machines to Help with Storm Preparation

Polk County's Roads and Drainage maintenance units are now equipped with automatic sandbag machines to assist residents with storm preparation. The machines will be deployed at... — Updated 7/15/2021

 

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

 

City Looking to Regulate Mobile Car Wash, Detailing Businesses

Responding to increased complaints from citizens, Lake Wales City Commissioners agreed they need to put regulations in place on mobile car wash and detailing businesses. But they... — Updated 7/8/2021 Full story

 

Governor Suspends New Commissioner Fitzgerald from Office Over Felony Charges

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order today (July 7) suspending newly elected Lake Wales City Commissioner Kris Fitzgerald from office. Fitzgerald waived her arrai... — Updated 7/8/2021 Full story

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

City Plans Bigger Fireworks Show, Other Activities July 4

Fireworks will be back as the feature attraction for the city's Fourth of July celebration, and in a big way. The city is set to contract with a new vendor – Exposhows Inc.. ... — Updated 6/16/2021 Full story

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

City Commissioners Set to Officially Repeal Mask Mandate

City officials are letting its ongoing "state of emergency" declaration regarding the COVID-19 pandemic expire. In addition, Lake Wales commissioners are expected Tuesday to finish... — Updated 6/14/2021 Full story

 

Police Investigate Shooting that Left Man in Critical Condition

Lake Wales police are investigating a shooting that left a man in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds. Police were called to a home at 426 Domaris Ave. at 9:34 p.m.... — Updated 6/9/2021 Full story

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

Northwest Residents Express Hope for Neighborhood's Future

A recent statistically valid survey of residents in the northwest section neighborhood of Lake Wales revealed 60 percent of respondents say they "feel hopeful about the future of th... — Updated 6/9/2021

 

City Awaiting Word Whether Governor Will Suspend City Commissioner

Lake Wales City Attorney Chuck Galloway has been tasked with trying to find out if Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to suspend City Commissioner Kris Fitzgerald from office pending the outco... — Updated 6/9/2021 Full story

 

New City Commissioner Arrested, Accused of Using Handgun to Threaten Child

Newly elected Lake Wales City Commissioner Kris Fitzgerald was arrested Thursday, June 3 on two felony charges for allegedly taking an 11-year-old boy from his home without... — Updated 6/7/2021 Full story

 

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