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 By Robert Connors    News

Millions Could Flow to Lake Wales CRA if Expansion Plans Are Realized

In a step that could have enormous financial significance for decades to come, the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency board has received a Finding of Necessity (FON) report f... — Updated 2/1/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Increasing Economic Activity is Goal of Downtown Mixed-Use District

A Lake Wales zoning ordinance will create "a new district in form...architectural standards...and parking requirements," and give it economic incentive by "permitting and... — Updated 2/1/2023

 
 By Brian Bruchey    News 

Frostproof Woman Struck, Killed by Truck on US 27

A Frostproof woman died after being struck by a pickup truck on US 27 near the Camp Inn Resort early Tuesday morning. The location is north of Frostproof, and about three miles sout... — Updated 1/31/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News 

City Development Services Director Mark Bennett Resigning

Mark Bennett, the senior planner for the City of Lake Wales and department head of Development Services has announced his intention to leave his post effective in two weeks. City Ma... — Updated 1/27/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Reinvestment Bankers Find Much to Like During Tour of Lake Wales

An invitation to view and assess potential community investment opportunities in Lake Wales drew representatives from financial institutions looking for opportunities to invest in... — Updated 1/27/2023

 
 By Mianne Nelson    News

South Lake Wales, Crooked Lake Park Residents Invited to Special Meeting on Sewer System Upgrades

Polk County Utilities (PCU) will host a Crooked Lake Park neighborhood community meeting to discuss the future of the wastewater collection and treatment system that serves that are... — Updated 1/27/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Electric Rates May Rise Again for Area Residents, Businesses

Lake Wales area customers of both Duke Energy and TECO can expect to pay significantly more for their electricity use if proposed rate hikes are approved. Both companies are among... — Updated 1/27/2023

 

Lake Wales Man Receives Eight Year Sentence for Child Pornography

U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle has sentenced James Wesley Buchanan, 47, of Lake Wales to 8 years in federal prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised released... — Updated 1/27/2023

 

Rear-end Crash Destroys Vehicles, Street Lights on Scenic Highway

Lake Wales Police are working a traffic investigation as a result of a crash on Scenic Highway. The location of the incident is within a school zone for McLaughlin Middle-Senior... — Updated 1/27/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales Connected Construction Launched With a Flourish

The ambitious, $20 million transformation of the urban center of Lake Wales into a shady and inviting oasis for pedestrian shopping and outdoor dining was launched Thursday evening... — Updated 1/27/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Major Manufacturing Plant Proposed for Hunt Bros. Road

UPDATE: A proposal to increase the intensity of industrial use on a large tract in Lake Wales to provide for a major plastic pipe factory will be heard at a meeting of the Planning... — Updated 1/24/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Crystal Lake Trail Design to be Discussed at Public Workshop

A special public workshop at Crystal Lake Park will give residents an opportunity to discuss ideas and options for a new connecting bike-and-pedestrian trail segment. Engineers and... — Updated 1/21/2023

 

Roundabout Construction Project to Continue Through February

Ongoing construction of a new roundabout will keep the intersection of Old Bartow Lake Wales Road and Rattlesnake Road (County Road 653) closed in Lake Wales through February. The... — Updated 1/20/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Chamber Hosts Meeting About ADS Manufacturing Plant

A group of about a dozen citizens attended a Wednesday morning meeting at the Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce to raise questions and seek answers about a manufacturing facility... — Updated 1/20/2023

 

Dr. King Observances Offer Full Schedule of Events in Lake Wales

A full five days of events and celebrations will mark the annual The Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday holiday in Lake Wales. The local MLK Commemorative Committee has announced... — Updated 1/13/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales City Commission Tightens Rules on Public Speaking During Meetings

New requirements will be faced by those wishing to speak during the public access portion of Lake Wales City Commission meetings following action taken Tuesday. On a 3-2 vote the... — Updated 1/13/2023

 

Police Arrest Suspect in New Year's Shooting

UPDATE: Suspect Dontavious Grant is in custody after his arrest without incident in Winter Haven. Law enforcement would like to thank the public for their assistance in this case.... — Updated 1/12/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

New Water Use Standards Adopted by Lake Wales

A new ordinance governing water use and plumbing fixtures will soon be in place in Lake Wales in hopes of reducing future demand on municipal water supplies. Representatives from... — Updated 1/9/2023

 

Old Bartow Road Roundabout Closing Extended Until February

A new roundabout project at the intersection of Old Bartow Lake Wales Road and Rattlesnake Road (County Road 653) in Lake Wales will close the intersection for one month starting... — Updated 1/9/2023

 

Suspect Trenton Shane Tillman Arrested in Theft of Guns, Two Alleged Accomplices Charged

Lake Wales Police have reported the arrest of Trenton Shane Tillman, 25, of Lake Wales, who was being sought by police after a theft of multiple weapons from Loan Star Pawn in Lake... — Updated 1/5/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Mayor Orders Police to Clear Commission Chambers After Citizen Protest

A raucous end to Tuesday's city commission meeting resulted in Mayor Jack Hilligoss ordering police to clear the room after an angry crowd of more than 30 mostly older citizens obje... — Updated 1/4/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

City, CRA Give Go-Ahead to $18.5 Million Bond Issue

An $18.5 million bond issuance received final approval from the Lake Wales City Commission on Tuesday, completing the funding of the award-winning Lake Wales Connected project. The... — Updated 12/27/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Developer to Build Two New Roads to Serve Hunt Club Projects

An extension of Hamlin Street will be constructed by Hunt Club manager and developer David A. Waronker under an agreement that will see up to $1,597,793.45 credited against the... — Updated 12/26/2022

 

Theft of City-Owned Truck Leads to Arrest for Frostproof Man

Christopher Allen Eismon of Frostproof, faces numerous criminal charges including vehicle theft, fleeing to elude, resisting an officer, trespass in a citrus grove, driving while li... — Updated 12/26/2022

 

Police Searching for Armed Burglary Suspect After Theft of Weapons

A suspect identified by police as Trenton Shane Tillman, 25, of Lake Wales, is being sought by police after a theft of multiple weapons from a local pawn shop on Friday December... — Updated 12/26/2022

 

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