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 By Chevon T. Baccus APR    News 

Retired Marine Blazes Trail to Florida Veterans Hall of Fame

Retired U.S. Marine Kathryn "Kat" Gates-Skipper got used to being a female trailblazer throughout her 20-year military career. So it's not surprising she will become the first... — Updated 10/10/2019


Retired Bok Carillonneur Milford Myhre Named Pioneer of the Year

The Lake Wales History Museum will honor retired Bok Tower carillonneur Milford Myhre as Pioneer of the Year during the 44th Annual Pioneer Days Festival. The celebration will take... — Updated 10/9/2019 Full story


Toys for Tots 2019 Polk Campaign Kicks off Oct. 1

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program of Polk County 2019 campaign will get underway on Oct. 1, when individual families or nonprofit groups serving over 25 families... — Updated 10/9/2019 Full story


Knife-Wielding Shoplifting Suspect Arrested at Lakeland Hotel

Lake Wales Police arrested a 24-year-old Avon Park woman Oct. 10 in connection with a Walmart shoplifting incident 11 days earlier that turned violent with her wielding pepper... — Updated 10/10/2019

 By Chevon T. Baccus APR    News 

AdventHealth Lake Wales CEO Says Hospital Strives for Exceptionalism, Affordability, Inclusion, Wholeness

Thirty-eight days into AdventHealth's takeover of Lake Wales Medical Center, new Chief Executive Officer Brian Adams shared about the company's mission, vision and values at a... — Updated 10/10/2019

 By Chevon T. Baccus APR    News 

State Attorney Shares Priorities: Violent Crimes and Those Hurting Children and Elderly

State Attorney Brian Haas has a big job, dealing with more than 43,000 criminal cases annually in Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties. He told Lake Wales business leaders Friday... — Updated 10/11/2019


City Adopts Ambitious Community Revitalization Plan

The City of Lake Wales now has an ambitious plan for the redevelopment of its historic downtown and the Northwest business district. City commissioners, in their role as the... — Updated 10/2/2019


Walmart Shoplifting Suspect Wields Knife and Pepper Spray

Lake Wales Police are looking for a 24-year-old Avon Park woman in connection with a Walmart shoplifting incident Sept. 29 that turned violent with her wielding pepper spray and a... — Updated 10/2/2019


65 Volunteers Help Restore Parsonage for Homeless College Student Housing

More than 65 volunteers gathered Saturday, Sept. 28 to help renovate a church parsonage to provide a home for homeless students attending Polk State College. A majority of the... — Updated 10/2/2019


Renovated Parsonage to House Homeless College Students

Rotary Clubs from throughout Polk County are partnering with Heart 4 Winter Haven to renovate a church parsonage to provide a home for homeless students attending Polk State... — Updated 9/29/2019 Full story

 By Drew Truitt    News

Coyote Caught on Video Traumatizing Cat in Lake Wales Neighborhood

Wilena and Courtney Vreeland of the 400 block of East Johnson Avenue knew something was amiss when their cherished pet, "Tyger" didn't show up his morning feeding. Having just... — Updated 9/25/2019


High School International Baccalaureate Program is Life Changing for Many Students

Estefany Arenas was born in Mexico and came to Lake Wales at the age of eight. Her family worked in agriculture and had very limited means, and "Things didn't come easy. It was... — Updated 9/25/2019 Full story


Watch for Bears - More Active in the Fall

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding people to help prevent conflicts with bears by securing garbage and other items that might attract these... — Updated 9/17/2019


Sheriff Encourages More Good Guys to Carry Guns, Fight Bad Guys

"See something or hear something, say something." That's the advice Polk Sheriff Grady Judd gave Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce members at a breakfast Thursday, Sept. 12 as the most... — Updated 9/17/2019


WalMart Shopper Caught on Video Returns $100 to Police

GOOD NEWS UPDATE: After realizing she was on video, this lady turned the $100 into police. The victim signed a waiver of prosecution, so no charges were filed. Case closed. The... — Updated 9/17/2019


City Moving Forward with $55 Million Budget

Lake Wales City Commissioners will hold their second and final public hearing Sept. 24 to adopt a $55 million budget for 2019-20, with a slightly lower property tax rate.... — Updated 9/12/2019


Lake Wales Medical Center Becomes AdventHealth Lake Wales

AdventHealth, one of the largest faith-based health systems in the U.S., has finalized an agreement that officially brings Lake Wales Medical Center into the AdventHealth network... — Updated 9/5/2019


Love's Travel Stop Opens with Brisk Business

The new Love's Travel Stop and Country Store opened in Lake Wales Thursday, Aug. 29 to brisk business, some driven by customers wanting to fill up on gasoline and other supplies in... — Updated 9/5/2019


Elections Supervisors Get New Tool to Clean Up Voter Records

Polk Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards is thrilled that Florida has joined a consortium of states to clean up voter lists to reduce the potential for fraud. "This is something I... — Updated 9/5/2019


Rotary Tree Project Hits Snag as Homeowners Want to Protect View of Lake

Lake Wales Breakfast Rotary Club's plans to plant 200 southern live oaks around Lake Wailes lake hit a snag recently when homeowners along Lakeshore Boulevard South complained that... — Updated 8/27/2019


Florida Joins Effort to Block Illegal Robocalls

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody announced a new, nationwide effort to block illegal robocalls. Attorney General Moody and a bipartisan coalition of 51 attorneys general are... — Updated 8/27/2019


Lake Wales Medical Center Offers Job Training Internships for Students with Disabilities

Vincent Harris struggled in high school and took 10 years to earn his bachelor's degree. His own experience makes him even more committed to helping adult students with... — Updated 8/28/2019


Path Unclear as Lake Wales Prepares for Hurricane Dorian

In preparation for Hurricane Dorian, Lake Wales Mayor Gene Fultz declared a state of emergency for the city starting at noon Thursday, Aug. 29 and lasting up to seven days. This... — Updated 8/29/2019


Defenders of Crooked Lake Issue Health Warning After Heavy Rains Cause Sewage Overflows

The Defenders of Crooked Lake are sounding a health and safety alarm since recent record rains have resulted in overflows of both raw and treated sewage. "Please use caution in the... — Updated 8/20/2019


Seminole Hotel Project Moving Forward as City Reviews Plans

The prospective developers of the historic Seminole Hotel shared conceptual site plans with Lake Wales city officials Tuesday, Aug. 13. South Florida architect Rick Gonzalez produce... — Updated 8/20/2019


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