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Youth Leadership Program Opens with Teambuilding Retreat

Twelve area high school juniors kicked off their Youth Leadership Lake Wales year with an opening retreat Sept. 28 at Lake Aurora Christian Camp. This program of the Lake Wales... — Updated 10/9/2019


Activist Wynkoop Named Democratic Woman of the Year

After 30 years and countless volunteer hours for candidates and issues, Becky Wynkoop of Lake Wales finally earned recognition Friday Sept. 27 as the 2019 Marlene Duffy Young Polk... — Updated 10/9/2019 Full story

 By Trey Heath    People 

Polly Stephens Celebrates 100th Birthday

1919, Woodrow Wilson was the 28th President, prohibition had gone into effect, the United States Congress approves the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, World War I ends,... — Updated 10/9/2019 Full story


Howard Named State NAACP Branch President of the Year

Lake Wales NAACP President Wanda Howard was recognized at a recent state NAACP conference as Branch President of the Year. Howard became Branch 5109 president in January 2017, the... — Updated 10/11/2019


Deputy Chief's Son Chooses Police Career

Terry Schulze grew up in a "blue home" where he watched his father head out daily to protect and serve the community. Becoming a police officer was a natural choice for the... — Updated 10/2/2019 Full story


Woman's Club Focuses on Domestic Violence Awareness

The GFWC Woman's Club of Lake Wales will hold its annual meeting beginning at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. Since October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the guest speaker... — Updated 10/2/2019


History Museum Curator Delcamp Earns State Professional Award

Lake Wales History Museum Curator Bartholomew Delcamp worked tirelessly for the last three-plus years cataloguing nearly 20,000 items, organizing collections, creating new exhibits... — Updated 9/25/2019


Waller Named Toys for Tots 2018 Coordinator of the Year

David Waller, coordinator of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Campaign of Polk County, recently attended the annual Toys for Toys Training Conference in Washington.... — Updated 9/25/2019


Cain Growing Sea Scout Program in Lake Wales and Beyond

Most people know about the Boy Scouts, but its water-related affiliate, the Sea Scouts, is far less known. But 20-year-old Ron Cain from Lake Wales is working to change that.... — Updated 9/25/2019

 By Mary Walkup    People

Woman's Club of Lake Wales Leads the Way in Conservation Efforts

There's an old truth about hurricanes: they take out the trees that gardeners don't have the heart to cut down. Like wildfires, they clear the land of deadwood. They fell trees... — Updated 9/17/2019 Full story


New Friends Group Organizing to Support Lake Wales History Museum

The new Friends of the Lake Wales Museum will host a mixer Sunday afternoon, Sept. 22 to recruit members, introduce its board of directors, talk about fundraising projects and... — Updated 9/19/2019


"Lady Lawyer" Shares Arctic Adventure

Cynthia Crofoot Rignanese is a world traveler extraordinaire, recently completing an arctic adventure that took her to her 109th country and 7th continent. This trip was... — Updated 9/18/2019


New VP Raising Funds for Florida Poly

When Kathleen "Kathy" Bowman became chief development officer of the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, the school's development team... — Updated 9/12/2019

 By Mary Walkup    People

The GFWC Woman's Club of Lake Wales - Women Pioneers in History

The early settlers of what is now Lake Wales were hearty, adventuresome people, real Pioneers, descendants of their ancestors who traveled via oxen-driven covered wagons and were... — Updated 9/5/2019 Full story


Moose Lodge Benefit Nets Over $10K for Child with Bone Cancer

Lake Wales Moose Lodge 2391 officials were thrilled with the success of their Aug. 25 fundraiser to benefit 12-year-old Ambrey Batson, who is battling a rare form of bone cancer.... — Updated 9/5/2019


New Director Leads Lake Wales Chorale Rehearsal Sept. 9

The Lake Wales Arts Council has named Bill Doherty as its new Lake Wales Chorale Director. Mr. Doherty is an accomplished conductor, pianist, and composer. The first Chorale... — Updated 9/5/2019


O'Neill Launches Event App to Promote Small Business, Community Connections

George O'Neill III has traveled the world, but he still has a heart for small cities like Lake Wales where he grew up and played youth soccer. The 25-year-old University of Florida... — Updated 8/27/2019


Harvey Starting After-School Haven for Success

Patricia Harvey is creating a Haven for Success, an after-school program that helps children reach their greatest potential. Harvey's new program will serve 20-25 elementary age... — Updated 8/27/2019


Moose Lodge Hosting Benefit Aug. 25 for Child with Bone Cancer

Lake Wales Moose Lodge 2391 will be hosting a fundraiser Sunday, Aug. 25 to benefit 12-year-old Ambrey Batson, who is battling a rare form of bone cancer. Ambrey is a 7th grader at... — Updated 8/20/2019


NAACP Youth Council Seeking More Members

The Lake Wales NAACP Youth Council is holding a breakfast Saturday, Aug. 31 for current and prospective members. NAACP Branch President Wanda Howard said the Lake Wales Youth... — Updated 8/20/2019


Cornerstone Hospice Needs Volunteers in Variety of Helping Roles

Cornerstone Hospice is looking for volunteers who would like to learn how to help others while helping themselves. Cornerstone volunteers may visit patients at home or in a... — Updated 8/20/2019

 By CFDC News    People

County Manager Jim Freeman Prepares for Retirement

As County Manager Jim Freeman prepares to retire, he quietly reflects on his accomplishments - rather, his team's accomplishments; the future of Polk County; and his own plans,... — Updated 8/7/2019


American Legion Post Looking for New Venue After Leaving Mall

American Legion Post 71 is once again looking for a new home. The post closed its Area 71 Restaurant and Bar at Eagle Ridge Mall in June after six months of operation. Past Commande... — Updated 7/30/2019


Lake Wales Shooter Represents USA in World Rifle Competition

Joseph Farewell started shooting as soon as he was big enough to hold a gun and he began competing about nine years ago. The 28-year-old Lake Wales native is proud to represent the... — Updated 8/1/2019 Full story


Lake Wales Paramotor Group Featured at World's Largest Air Show

Lake Wales is well-represented at the world's largest air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin this week as Eric Farewell and his Aviator PPG team take to the skies to show off their paramoto... — Updated 7/25/2019


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