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 By Robert Connors    News 

WEDNESDAY 5:00 PM UPDATE: IAN CARRIES 140 MPH WINDS AS IT HEADS TOWARD LAKE WALES AFTER LANDFALL

WEDNESDAY 5:00 PM UPDATE: NOAA Doppler radar imagery indicates that the eye of Ian has made landfall on the mainland southwest Florida peninsula just south of Punta Gorda near... — Updated 9/28/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News 

TUESDAY 8:00 PM UPDATE - Hurricane Ian Predicted to Strike Lake Wales

TUESDAY 8:00 PM UPDATE: Hurricane Ian has continued to deepen as it moves toward Florida and model trends continue to shift the track toward the east, bringing the center of... — Updated 9/28/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales Area Expected to Experience Direct Impact of Hurricane Ian

UPDATE: Hurricane Ian has continued its trek toward Florida, now with 125 MPH winds. Further intensification is expected during the next 24 hours. The storm is now a Category Three,... — Updated 9/28/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News 

Hurricane Shelters Limited in Polk, Here's the List of Locations

There are no shelters designated to open in the Lake Wales area, according to Polk County and Polk School System officials. No explanation has been offered for that situation.... — Updated 9/27/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Monday Land Use Meeting CANCELLED

UPDATE: Due to the anticipated arrival of storm-force winds this week, the City of Lake Wales has cancelled the Land Use Study Workshop planned for tonight (Monday). Also cancelled... — Updated 9/27/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

NO Hurricane Shelters Available Across Southeast Polk County

As Hurricane Ian threatens Florida and the Lake Wales area, Polk County has announced that thirteen shelters will be opened across the county, None are in Lake Wales. The only... — Updated 9/26/2022

 

All Polk County Public Schools Will Be Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

At the urging of County emergency officials and the National Weather Service, Polk County Public Schools are to activate some schools that will be serving as storm shelters for... — Updated 9/26/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Controversial Small-Lot Development Delayed For Review

On a 3-2 vote, Lake Wales city commissioners almost approved a controversial new subdivision plat that creates 907 new building lots on the near south side before a last minute... — Updated 9/26/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Three New Restaurants Planned For Growing US 27 Corridor

While two independently owned and operated new restaurants are planned for opening on Highway 60, including Locorrito and Brake Burger Garage, and two more are planned to open on... — Updated 9/22/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Bok Tower Garden's Olmsted Landscapes Receive $500,000 Grant

A $500,000 grant to Bok Tower Gardens for "Saving the Olmstedian Landscape Gardens at Mountain Lake Sanctuary – Lake Wales" has been announced by the National Park Service (NPS).... — Updated 9/22/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

US 27 Closure This Weekend Promises Traffic Headaches

Traffic around the Lake Wales area will be snarled again this weekend as US 27 will be closed at the SR 60 overpass construction site all weekend. The closure of the busy federal... — Updated 9/22/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales' Southern Expansion Reaches Blue Lake Area

The steady expansion of city limits is expected to continue at Tuesday's Lake Wales city commission meeting when the board will consider the annexation of 67.73 acres of land south... — Updated 9/15/2022

 

Police Arrest Tow-Truck Operator, Charged With Theft of Auto

A vehicle reported as stolen by the owner from near the RaceTrac gas station has been recovered from a Haines City towing yard, leading to the arrest of the tow truck operator.... — Updated 9/15/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales Stakes Claim to Exclusive "Utility Service Area"

In a further plan to facilitate the growth of the City of Lake Wales, city commissioners are poised to adopt an exclusive utility service area ordinance intended to keep... — Updated 9/15/2022

 

City Continues Development of Affordable Housing With Private Partners

The Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is celebrating the groundbreaking of two new houses which will soon be built next to one another on A Street in the Northwest... — Updated 9/15/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

City Utility May Offer Lower Electric Rates, Commissioners Told

A significant lowering of electric rates for Lake Wales could result if city commissioners decide to create their own municipal utility, according to a local attorney, Rudy Engholm... — Updated 9/11/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Shooter Dead, Two Victims Wounded After Incident

Lake Wales Police have apparently unraveled the threads of a fatal shooting that occurred shortly after 1:30 in the afternoon on Sunday, August 28. Lake Wales Police were summoned... — Updated 9/9/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

City Kayak and Paddleboard Rental Program Reduced, Delayed

An unexpected sharp rise in cost has shrunk the planned kayak and paddleboard rental project planned for Lake Wailes Park, in a shift approved by the city commission. The rental... — Updated 9/4/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

New Restaurants Attracted by CRA Incentive Grants

Two new restaurants are being developed in the historic districts of Lake Wales, and both are receiving inducements from a special grant program. "Smokin' DJ's" anticipates opening... — Updated 9/3/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

SR 60 Bridge Project to Require Another Closure of US 27

Another weekend of detours and traffic snarls for Lake Wales drivers will take place in mid-September as contractors raise nine enormous steel I-beams that will soon be bearing... — Updated 9/3/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Watering Restrictions Remain in Effect

The Southwest Florida Water Management District is sharing a friendly reminder that when it comes to irrigation systems, Polk County residents must follow certain watering schedules... — Updated 9/3/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

New Roundabout Construction to Cause Month-long Road Closure

Another traffic-delaying project is about to impact some motorists in the Lake Wales area. A roundabout project is now under construction at the intersection of Old Bartow-Lake... — Updated 9/2/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

$117 Million Capital Improvements Plan Eyed by Lake Wales Commission

Major improvements to a wide variety of city facilities are included in the new Five Year Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) being considered for adoption by the Lake Wales City... — Updated 8/31/2022

 
 By Madison Fantozzi    News

Greg Littleton Elected Chair of Polk State Trustees

Lake Wales banker Greg Littleton has been elected to serve as chair of the Polk State College's District Board of Trustees by the trustees at their annual reorganization meeting on... — Updated 8/25/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

18th Anniversary of Hurricane Charley Passes Quietly

Saturday, August 13 marked the 18th anniversary of the most destructive hurricane to strike Lake Wales in recent memory, and thankfully the tropics remain quiet so far. Only a weak... — Updated 8/13/2022

 

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