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ElderPoint Ministries Continues Services Despite Economic Downturn

ElderPoint Ministries of Greater Lakeland is a non-profit agency committed to serving nutrition and transportation needs of elderly Polk County residents, with a goal of meeting... — Updated 3/27/2020


"Kat" Gates-Skipper Inducted into Florida Veterans' Hall of Fame

Kathryn "Kat" Gates-Skipper from Lake Wales, along with 16 fellow Floridians, was inducted Monday, March 9 into The Florida Veterans' Hall of Fame at the Capitol Building in... — Updated 3/25/2020


Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM Adds Joshua Fairbanks to Service Team

Rob Boggess, Service Manager at Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM recently announced that Joshua Fairbanks has joined the Service Team. "It is great to have Joshua Fairbanks on... — Updated 3/18/2020


Free Voluntary Pre-K Programs Help Prepare 4-Year-Olds for Kindergarten

The Early Learning Coalition of Polk County is encouraging parents who want to help prepare their preschoolers for kindergarten to sign them up for a VPK (Voluntary... — Updated 3/18/2020


Lake Wales Attorney Cassandra Denmark to Run for Circuit Judge

As the 2020 elections take shape, one race for circuit court has drawn the interest of a prominent civil, family and general law attorney from Lake Wales. Attorney Cassandra L.... — Updated 3/11/2020

 By Mary Walkup    People

Local Woman's Club Celebrates All Things Conservation

The GFWC Woman's Club of Lake Wales will participate in the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) efforts in Conservation. The GFWC Conservation Community Service Program... — Updated 2/26/2020


Skydivers Pay Tribute to Betty Hill at Life Celebration

Twenty world class skydivers dropped onto the golf course at Lake Ashton Saturday Feb. 22, paying tribute to Betty Hill, the former owner of the Florida Skydiving Center at the Lake... — Updated 2/26/2020


Meg Smith Shares Love for Music While Building Community Orchestra

Meg Smith calls herself "the luckiest girl in the world." She says she's filled 10 bucket lists by being blessed to play her violin with the likes of famous musicians Yo-Yo Ma and... — Updated 2/20/2020

 By Beverly Lynne    People

Breakfast Rotary Hosts 10th Fun-Filled Girls Camp

Lake Wales Breakfast Rotary Club's mission is "to be a service club that focuses on caring for the youth of our community while participating in Rotary's global efforts". Our... — Updated 2/19/2020


Preschool Continues Valentine Tradition to Promote Kindness, Good Manners

Twenty-two years ago Heather Eiland watched her 5-year-old daughter Jessica and her pre-school classmates link arms and parade around the school courtyard in their finest outfits.... — Updated 2/19/2020


Head Pilot Greg Love Retires After 25 Years with Sheriff's Aviation Unit

Lake Wales pilot Greg Love officially hung up his wings and rotors Friday, Feb. 7 after a 25-year aviation career with the Polk County Sheriff's Department. Turning just 60 this yea... — Updated 2/12/2020


Back from Iraq, Army Capt. Vacha to Read to Children Jan. 29 at YMCA

U.S. Army Reserve Captain Alexander Vacha will soon be returning to his post as the director of the Winter Haven Airport, but first he has an important engagement to keep with a... — Updated 1/28/2020


Junior League to Distribute Food for Needy in Lake Wales Jan. 25

The Junior League of Greater Winter Haven will be hosting a mobile food pantry in Lake Wales on Saturday morning, Jan. 25. In conjunction with Feeding Tampa Bay, the volunteers... — Updated 1/24/2020

 By Mary Walkup    People

Club Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote Feb. 6

The GFWC Woman's Club of Lake Wales will participate in the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) efforts in recognizing the celebration of the centennial of the passage of... — Updated 1/22/2020

 By Mary Walkup    People

Woman's Club of Lake Wales Supports the Arts

GFWC Woman's Club members are very vocal about many things they are passionate about, so why not art? There are many studies - pro and con - regarding the arts in connection with... — Updated 1/22/2020


Polk Senior Games Registration Opens Jan. 2

Registration for the 28th Annual Polk Senior Games begins Jan. 2. The Games, scheduled for Feb. 29 to March 16, offer a two-week series of 98 Olympic-style events in 38 athletic... — Updated 1/8/2020


IT Manager Sunderland Named 2019 City Employee of the Year

Kevin Sunderland says he was pleasantly surprised to be named City of Lake Wales 2019 Employee of the Year. As manager of information technology he does much of his work behind the... — Updated 1/8/2020


Circle of Friends Ministry Holding 20-Year Anniversary Reunion Jan. 11

Twenty years ago one determined Lake Wales mother decided children with disabilities deserved better. Mertice Fehringer (now Kelly) didn't like the fact that her daughter Connie... — Updated 1/8/2020

 By Mary Walkup    People

GFWC Woman's Club of Lake Wales Remembers the Ghosts of Christmas Past

In 1912, 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... — Updated 12/26/2019


Polk Senior Games Registration Starts in January

It's time to request an entry book to enter the 28th Annual Polk Senior Games scheduled for Feb. 29 to March 16. The Games offer a two-week series of 100 athletic and recreational... — Updated 12/26/2019

 By Troy Schulze    People

44 Children Get to Shop with a Cop

It was fun, exciting and filled with anticipation! Everyone loves the sound of children laughing while they run around, eyes wide open as their Christmas dreams come true. Well, it... — Updated 12/18/2019


Commissioner Goldstein Named to League of Cities Federal Action Team

City Commissioner Al Goldstein has been appointed by the Florida League of Cities to its Federal Action Strike Team, also known as FAST. The appointment announcement said Goldstein... — Updated 12/11/2019


Retiring Dr. James Nelson to be Honored Dec. 8

Dr. James Nelson, who has practiced Family Medicine in Lake Wales for more than three decades, will be honored at a retirement reception to celebrate his contributions to the community. The reception will be held at 2 pm. Sunday, D... — Updated 12/5/2019


United Way of Central Florida COO Penny Borgia to Retire in March

United Way of Central Florida President and CEO Christina Criser Jackson has announced the upcoming retirement of Chief Operating Officer Penny Borgia in March 2020. "I cannot... — Updated 11/27/2019

 By Mary Walkup    People

GFWC Woman's Club of Lake Wales Honors Veterans Through Service and Community Awareness

As everyone was preparing to honor Veterans for Veteran's Day, the GFWC Woman's Club of Lake Wales was gearing up to carry on their traditions and dedication to serving the... — Updated 11/21/2019


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