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 By Chevon T. Baccus APR    News 

City Approves $150K in Incentives for Downtown Taproom, Lincoln Ave. Cafe

The Lake Wales City Commission Tuesday, Jan. 14 approved $150,000 in incentives to help a taproom locate downtown and a café open on Lincoln Avenue. Since the two commitments would... — Updated 1/15/2020

 
 By Chevon T. Baccus APR    News 

City Asked to Allocate $100,000 in Incentives to Help Taproom Locate Downtown

Lake Wales Main Street Director Karen Thompson is so excited about the possibility of a tap room breathing life into downtown Lake Wales that she's asking city commissioners to... — Updated 1/14/2020

 
 By Chevon T. Baccus APR    News 

City Likely to Keep Code Board and Use Magistrate for Some Issues

Facing vocal opposition to eliminating the citizen Code Enforcement Board, Lake Wales city commissioners expressed support for a hybrid system where they would keep the board but... — Updated 1/13/2020

 
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Large Teacher Absence Expected Jan. 13 for Tallahassee Rally

While the Polk County Public Schools anticipate about 1,600 teachers to be absent Monday, Jan. 13 to attend an education rally in Tallahassee, Lake Wales High School Principal Donna... — Updated 1/12/2020

 
 By Chevon T. Baccus APR    News 

Commissioners Want to Seek Proposals for City Attorney Services

City Commissioner Curtis Gibson was in elementary school when Chuck Galloway became the Lake Wales city attorney 26 years ago. Gibson says it's time to at least consider whether... — Updated 1/12/2020

 
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Sheriff's Office Next Active Assailant Survival Training Jan. 14

On the heels of the recent church shooting in Texas the Polk County Sheriff's Office is again offering "Surviving and Active Assailant" training for churches, businesses and... — Updated 1/10/2020

 
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Activities Planned Jan 16-20 to Celebrate Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A variety of activities are planned Jan. 16-20 in Lake Wales to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee... — Updated 1/9/2020

 
 By Chevon T. Baccus APR    News 

Warning's Over: Texting While Driving Now Will Cost You

The six-month warning period for texting while driving is coming to an end. Law enforcement officers will begin citing violators Jan. 1, with fines of $30 for the first offense.... — Updated 1/8/2020

 
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Police Seeking Witnesses in Death of Pedestrian Hit by Car on U.S. 27 Jan. 3

Lake Wales Police would like to hear from anyone who might have witnessed a fatal accident where a pedestrian was hit by a car shortly after 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3 on U.S. 27 at Lakeside Drive. A 22-year-old Lake Wales woman,... — Updated 1/8/2020

 

City Staff Ask Commissioners to Eliminate Code Enforcement and Appeals Boards, Hire Lawyers to Serve as Special Magistrates

Lake Wales Assistant City Manager Kathy Bangley is asking city commissioners to eliminate the citizen-staffed Code Enforcement Board and Board of Appeals and turn their duties over... — Updated 1/6/2020

 

Former Skydiving Center, Airport Manager Betty Hill Dead at 66

Betty Hill only jumped once herself, but she brought thousands of skydivers to Lake Wales in the more than two decades she operated the Florida Skydiving Center. Friends, family... — Updated 1/1/2020

 

Air Filtration Company Bringing 200 Jobs to Lake Wales

A North Carolina company that manufactures air filters, air filtration products and equipment is expected to bring 200 jobs to Lake Wales in early 2020. Pamlico Air will be located... — Updated 1/1/2020

 

Lake Wales Legend Mimi Hardman Leaves Amazing Legacy

Editor's Note: Memorial is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13 at 1st United Methodist Church in Lake Wales, with musical prelude starting at 1:30 p.m. The grand lady in red,... — Updated 12/30/2019

 

New Owner Unhappy City Demolished House He Wanted to Restore

Greg Massey invested in a house in August and made plans to renovate it and rent it out. Unwilling to give him the extra time he requested to submit restoration plans, the City of... — Updated 12/26/2019

 

Mayor Hosting Town Hall on Legislative Issues Jan. 8

In partnership with the Florida League of Cities, Lake Wales Mayor Eugene Fultz will be hosting a town hall meeting Wednesday, Jan. 8. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the city... — Updated 12/26/2019

 

Proclaiming the Good News: A Savior is Born

And there were, in the same country, shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them. The glory of the Lord... — Updated 12/26/2019

 

Life of David "Junebug" Smith Celebrated

The life of David McArthur Smith Sr. was celebrated Dec. 21 by a large crowd filled with his law enforcement brothers and sisters and many, many friends. Sheriff Grady Judd told of... — Updated 12/26/2019

 

Potential Fraud Stopped, but Police Need Help with Suspects' ID

Lake Wales Police are seeking help in identifying two suspects they say attempted to fraudulently use someone's personal information Nov. 14 to make a purchase at McKibben... — Updated 12/20/2019

 

Police Need Help Identifying Suspect Who Made Fraudulent Purchase of Off-Road Vehicle

Lake Wales police are seeking help in identifying a suspect they believe used someone else's identity and credit card information Nov. 7 to purchase a Polaris off road vehicle at... — Updated 12/20/2019

 

Thousands Enjoy Sparkling Night Time LW Christmas Parade

Sixty local organizations helped promote holiday cheer by participating in the Lake Wales Christmas Parade Saturday, Dec. 14. Thousands lined Central Avenue to enjoy the band,... — Updated 12/18/2019

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

City Purchase of YMCA Moving Forward

The sale of the Lake Wales Family YMCA to the City is one step closer to reality. Commissioners approved a loan proposal from CenterState Bank totaling $900,000 at their regular... — Updated 12/18/2019

 

Mayor, Commissioners May Get Raises - But Not for 16 Months

Lake Wales City Commissioners and the mayor may be getting a pay raise, but it will be April 2021 at the earliest. Commissioners at their Dec. 2 meeting asked City Manager Ken... — Updated 12/18/2019

 

LW NAACP President Wanda Howard Ends Lengthy Battle with Cancer

Lake Wales NAACP Chapter President Wanda Howard died Sunday of cardiac arrest after an 18-year battle with cancer. "This is a very sad day for the City of Lake Wales. Wanda was... — Updated 12/11/2019

 
 By Tina Peak    News

Library to Offer Access to Grant Funding Database

The Lake Wales Public Library is proud to announce a new service focusing on connecting individuals and non-profit organizations with foundations who provide funding opportunities,... — Updated 12/11/2019

 

Large Crowd Gathers to Recognize Retiring Dr. James Nelson

The Lake Wales hospital cafeteria filled with people Sunday bidding a fond farewell to Dr. James Nelson and his wife Janie, who are moving to Southwest Georgia. There were hugs,... — Updated 12/11/2019

 

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