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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

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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


Planner Shares Revised "City in a Garden" Vision for Redevelopment

Urban planner Victor Dover was man of the hour Tuesday, receiving applause and high praise after presenting a draft Lake Wales Connected plan for redevelopment of the city's downtow... — Updated 8/14/2019


Commissioners Consider Balanced Budget with Slight Property Tax Reduction

Lake Wales City Commissioners got their first look Tuesday at a proposed balanced budget for 2019-20 that includes a slight reduction in the property tax rate. Finance Director... — Updated 8/14/2019


High School Restricts Students to Classrooms as Safety Precaution

In an abundance of caution Thursday morning Lake Wales High School restricted students to their classrooms after hearing of a lockdown at the Davenport School of the Arts.... — Updated 8/15/2019


Commissioner Says City Manager Disrespected, Embarrassed and Humiliated Him

Lake Wales City Commissioner Curtis Gibson blasted City Manager Ken Fields Tuesday for questioning his intelligence, embarrassing, humiliating and disrespecting him. "I'm here to... — Updated 8/7/2019


City Officials Reviewing Core Redevelopment Plan

Lake Wales City officials are reviewing the 100-plus page draft "Neighborhood Plan for the Core of Lake Wales" in preparation for its official presentation Aug. 13 by urban... — Updated 8/7/2019


Commissioners Explore Big Ideas to Develop Vision for City

When Lake Wales commissioners were asked to envision what would produce a huge city success story by the year 2040, they enthusiastically detailed a bright future. Commissioners... — Updated 7/30/2019


International Flight Simulator Manufacturer to Open Lake Wales Facility

ALSIM, one of the world's premier manufacturers of flight simulators, has announced plans to locate a new North American assembly and support facility at the Lake Wales Commerce... — Updated 8/1/2019


Thieves Take Advantage of Struthers Honey Honor System

UPDATE: The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department arrested a 52-year-old Tampa man Tuesday, July 31, on grand theft charges related to the honey heist July 14. Muhammad Abdallah... — Updated 8/1/2019


Back to School Sales Tax Holiday in Effect Aug. 2-6

The 2019 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday will be in effect from Friday, Aug. 2 to Tuesday, Aug. 6. The Florida Legislature approved this sales tax holiday period, when qualifying... — Updated 8/1/2019


Police Officer Impresses Child with Act of Kindness

An act of kindness by a Lake Wales police officer didn't go unnoticed by a little girl whose family recently was involved in a car crash. The child named Abby took the time to... — Updated 8/1/2019


Consultant to Help City Commission Develop a Strategic Vision

City commissioners will have a full-day workshop Monday, July 29 to develop a strategic vision for Lake Wales. The public meeting is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the James P. Austin... — Updated 7/24/2019


Bid Process Delays Crystal Lake Park Repairs

Crystal Lake Park is still closed, more than a month since problems with a storm water pipe created a hole in the middle of the play park. Originally city officials thought repairs... — Updated 7/24/2019


Commissioner Proposes More Money for Lower-Paid Employees

Lake Wales City Commissioner Curtis Gibson may be bucking for a new nickname: Robin Hood. It wasn't exactly robbing the rich to give to the poor, but at the July 16 commission... — Updated 8/1/2019 Full story


Museum Proposes Creating Mimi Hardman Collections & Research Center

Lake Wales pioneer and historic preservationist Mimi Hardman may soon have a city building named in her honor. The Lake Wales History Museum will be seeking donors to help restore... — Updated 8/1/2019 Full story


LW Charter Schools Overcome Obstacles to Maintain and Improve

Overcoming significant challenges of language and poverty, the Lake Wales Charter Schools maintained or improved their 2019 school grades released July 11 by the Florida Department... — Updated 8/1/2019


City Commissioners Hold Workshop to Discuss Budget Priorities

During their second budget workshop July 9 Lake Wales city commissioners asked questions about staff spending priorities while acknowledging they still need much additional... — Updated 7/11/2019


Polk State Announces Partnership with Florida Poly

Polk State College President Angela Garcia Falconetti and Florida Polytechnic University President Randy Avent will sign an articulation agreement establishing the first seamless... — Updated 7/15/2019


Chamber Breakfast on Passenger Rail Postponed

NOTE: Due to lower than expected turnout, the July 19 Power Breakfast has been postponed, possibly until November. Those who want to know more about the future of passenger rail... — Updated 7/15/2019


Florida Texting While Driving Ban in Effect July 1

For those who text and drive, it's a good time to quit. A new Florida law goes into effect Monday, July 1 making texting while driving a primary offense. Prior to the new law, offic... — Updated 7/2/2019


City Hosts 4th of July Fun, Games and Fireworks at Lake Wailes

Fourth of July free activities for kids are scheduled at Lake Wailes Park starting at 3 p.m., with fireworks scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m. The park will host food vendors and... — Updated 7/2/2019


City Officials Express Support for YMCA Purchase

The City of Lake Wales may own a multimillion dollar recreation facility and swimming pool by the end of the year. At a workshop Tuesday, June 25 city commissioners expressed... — Updated 8/1/2019


City budget workshop July 9

Lake Wales city commissioners Tuesday, July 9 will hold their second budget workshop to discuss spending priorities for the 2019-20 year, which begins Oct. 1. The meeting starts at... — Updated 7/8/2019


City Closes Crystal Lake Park to Repair Hole from Stormwater Pipe

Problems with a storm water pipe that created a hole in the middle of the play park have caused the City of Lake Wales to close Crystal Lake Park until further notice. City... — Updated 7/11/2019


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