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COVID-19 Narch 26 Update from City of Lake Wales

The City of Lake Wales continues to be under a declared State of Emergency by Mayor Fultz. There is no curfew at this time. As Covid-19 updates for Florida's residents continue dail... — Updated 3/27/2020


April 7 City Election Polling Place Moved to Austin Center

The Lake Wales Municipal Election scheduled to take place on Tuesday April 7 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. will go forward with a change. Due to safety concerns related to COVID-19 the poll... — Updated 3/26/2020

 By Chevon T. Baccus APR    News 

Friends and Family Mourn Loss of 22-Year-Old Whose Joy Could Light Up a Room

Friends say when 22-year-old Kaitlyn Kinard smiled the atmosphere grew happier and more positive. "She had such a contagious type of personality - whenever she walked into a room... — Updated 3/26/2020


Gibson Campaign Encourages Vote by Mail for April 7 City Election

The Robin Gibson Campaign supports the "strong encouragement" by the Lake Wales city clerk for citizens to vote by mail rather than risk social interaction at the polling places.... — Updated 3/25/2020


March 28 Deadline to Request Vote by Mail for April 7 City Election

The deadline is Saturday, March 28 for Lake Wales registered voters to request a vote by mail ballot for the April 7 municipal election. Voters can request the ballot online at... — Updated 3/25/2020


Library Cancels Events, Suspends Bookmobile Services

Due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus, the Lake Wales Public Library will postpone the book signing for Tom Freeman's Florida originally scheduled for March 16. Library staff... — Updated 3/25/2020


Childen Under 18 Can Pick-Up Free Breakfast, Lunch at McLaughlin through March 20

The Polk County School Board will be distributing school breakfast and lunch at 46 drive-through locations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17-20. The only Lake Wales site is... — Updated 3/19/2020


Lake Wales Area Voters Prefer Biden, Trump in March 17 Primary

Lake Wales area voters chose Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Donald Trump as their party candidates for president March 17, with totals that closely mirrored preferences in Polk... — Updated 3/18/2020


Governor Issues Executive Order to Reduce Crowds in Restaurants, Beaches

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order March 18 that will reduce density and crowds in restaurants, bars, nightclubs and beaches to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus... — Updated 3/18/2020

 By Brian Ackley    News

City Updates Operational Plans During COVID-19 Concerns

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, Lake Wales continues to function as close to normal as possible, Emergency Operations Director Joe Jenkins said Tuesday night. Jenkins, also the... — Updated 3/18/2020


City Announces Closings, Meeting Cancellations, Service Alternatives

The City of Lake Wales will close, or restrict, many of its services to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17. Recognizing the diverse populations that city departments serve, the... — Updated 3/18/2020


City Voters Should Update Records Before April 7 Election

Lake Wales registered voters who have moved or changed their name are encouraged to update their record with the Elections Office before the April 7 Municipal Elections. It's also... — Updated 3/18/2020


More Closings, Program Suspensions Announced Amid Virus Scare

Additional closings and program suspensions have been announced in the wake of growing concerns over the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. Lake Wales Arts Council The arts... — Updated 3/18/2020


Drive-up Food Bank Starts Thursday in South Lake Wales

In partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay and United Way of Central Florida, Central Florida Health Care is proud to announce a FREE food pantry for the Polk County families of Lake... — Updated 3/18/2020


Florida's 9.8 Million Democrats and Republicans to Vote Tuesday, March 17 for Presidential Preference

Just under 316,000 Polk County residents are eligible to vote Tuesday, March 17 in Florida's Presidential Preference Primary. As of the Feb. 18 registration deadline, Polk had... — Updated 3/15/2020


Lake Wales Groups Cancel Events, Take Precautions Against COVID-19 Virus

In an abundance of caution to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus various organizations in the Lake Wales area are canceling events or taking extra safety measures. As of... — Updated 3/14/2020


City Commission Candidate Forum to Be Broadcast Live March 16

The Lake Wales City Commission Candidate Forum is still scheduled for Monday, March 16 but with a change of venue and other modifications to restrict attendance. The event will be... — Updated 3/13/2020

 By Brian Ackley    News

Largest Development Project in Lake Wales History Starts Approval Process

The largest single development project in Lake Wales history has taken the first small step to becoming a reality. Winter Haven Corporation has revealed plans to develop 1,800 acres... — Updated 3/11/2020


City Commission Candidate Greg Massey Might Be Ineligible to Run

Greg Massey says he won't withdraw as a candidate for Lake Wales City Commission despite the likelihood he is ineligible to run because he never had his voting rights restored... — Updated 3/11/2020


Public Invited to March 16 Lake Wales Candidate Forum, Reception

The four candidates in the April 7 Lake Wales City Commission election will answer questions and meet the public at a forum on Monday, March 16. The candidate forum is being... — Updated 3/11/2020


City Commissioner Terrye Howell Re-elected for Another 3 Years

Lake Wales City Commissioner Terrye Howell has been declared re-elected for another 3-year term following the withdrawal of her opponent Greg Massey. Massey submitted a signed... — Updated 3/11/2020


View Presidential Preference Primary March 17 Sample Ballots Online

Sample ballots for the March 17 Presidential Preference Primary Election are available online at The upcoming election is open to voters registered with the... — Updated 3/4/2020


State Attorney Hosting Free Citizens Academy About Criminal Justice System

State Attorney Brian Haas has opened the application process for the second annual Citizens Academy. The Citizens Academy allows residents in the 10th Judicial Circuit to learn... — Updated 3/4/2020


Pedestrian Struck, Killed Crossing SR 60

A 61-year-old Lake Wales man died after being struck by a truck Tuesday night March 3 as he attempted to cross SR 60 on foot. George Hillis was airlifted to Lakeland Regional... — Updated 3/4/2020


Deputy Mayor Gibson Resigns as Charter Schools Counsel to Avoid Ethical Conflict

In addition to his wife Jean, Robin Gibson has two major loves – the Lake Wales Charter Schools system he helped create and historic downtown, which he is committed to help... — Updated 3/4/2020


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