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Missing Chihuahua Valdez Returns Home After 9 Months

Sandy Dent never gave up hope, and after more than nine months her missing chihuahua, Valdez, is finally home. Dent regularly checked lost pet sites and posted photos on social... — Updated 4/15/2021

 

Smithsonian Exhibit in Polk Celebrates Accomplishments of Women

A Smithsonian poster exhibit that celebrates the invention accomplishments of both locally and nationally known women is on display through March 31 in lobby of the Polk County... — Updated 4/1/2021

 

Kris Fitzgerald, Lake Wales City Commission Seat 4 Candidate

Editor's Note: Candidates for City Commission were asked to complete a questionnaire. Their responses are being printed as submitted. Kris T.Y. Fitzgerald Lake Wales City... — Updated 4/1/2021

 

Daniel Williams, Lake Wales City Commission Seat 2 Candidate

Editor's Note: Candidates for City Commission were asked to complete a questionnaire. Their responses are being printed as submitted. Daniel Williams Lake Wales City Commission... — Updated 4/1/2021

 

Dr. Ricardo Navarro, Lake Wales City Commission Seat 2 Candidate

Editor's Note: Candidates for City Commission were asked to complete a questionnaire. Their responses are being printed as submitted. Dr. Ricardo Navarro Lake Wales City Commission... — Updated 4/1/2021

 

Al Goldstein, Lake Wales City Commission Seat 4 Incumbent

Editor's Note: Candidates for City Commission were asked to complete a questionnaire. Their responses are being printed as submitted. Al Goldstein Lake Wales City Commission Seat 4... — Updated 4/1/2021

 

Woman's Club Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser March 25

The Woman's Club of Lake Wales is hosting its 33rd Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Thursday, March 25. The meals are $10 each and include salad, pasta, garlic bread and... — Updated 3/24/2021

 

Polk Toys for Tots Campaign Recognizes 2020 Challenge Winners

The 2020 Polk County Toys for Tots Campaign distributed 57,716 toys to 14,761 underprivileged children. In addition to various drop box sites throughout the county, several... — Updated 3/24/2021

 

Young Cheerleaders Win All Out National Championships

Excel Athletics Force All-Star Cheerleading team won the All Out National Championships which took place recently in Orlando, Florida at Shingle Creek Resort. Force, a Minis... — Updated 3/5/2021

 

Dr. Pass Honored in Congressional Record During Black History Month Event

Because of her parents' race, being born at Lake Wales Hospital in 1966 wasn't an option for Dr. Carolyn Pass. Now she's the local hospital's chief of staff. The family practice... — Updated 3/5/2021

 

Bok Carillonneur's Original Choral Composition Wins Top Music Prize

Bok Tower Gardens carillonneur Geert D'hollander says the music of The King's Singers has inspired him since he was a child. That's why he is especially thrilled that the famed a... — Updated 3/5/2021

 
 By Mary Walkup    People

A Life Lived for Others

Have you ever thought about what it means to be of service? Winston Churchill once said, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." We have all been... — Updated 2/24/2021

 
 By Brian Ackley    People

City's New CRA Coordinator Already Has Full Agenda

Darrell Starling already has an ambitious agenda in place following his recent hiring as the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Coordinator. In particular, Starling... — Updated 2/17/2021

 

Pastor Reaches Out to Area Churches to Coordinate COVID-19 Vaccines

The Rev. J.J. Pierce was concerned that not enough people, especially those in the black community, were able to access vaccines for COVID-19. So he stepped up and started working... — Updated 2/17/2021

 

Commissioner Gibson Chosen for 2021 Political Leadership Institute

Lake Wales City Commissioner Curtis Gibson has been chosen as one of 20 participants in the 2021 Central Florida Political Leadership Institute, a regional, nonprofit program... — Updated 2/17/2021

 

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Donates "Blessing Bundles" to Area Libraries

The Lake Wales Public Library has received "blessing bundles," courtesy of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., a community conscious, action oriented organization. The Gamma Phi Zeta... — Updated 2/4/2021

 
 By John Miller    People

Supporting K-12 Students in Lake Wales

Citizen Support Services is a group of people from our community who volunteer their time, talent, and financial assistance to support and advocate for needs that exist within Lake... — Updated 2/1/2021

 
 By Brian Ackley    People

Profile: Fire Chief Joe Jenkins, 2020 Chamber Public Servant of the Year

City residents can thank a local restaurant for helping the Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce find its 2020 Public Servant of the Year. Lake Wales Fire Chief Joe Jenkins – born and... — Updated 1/27/2021

 
 By Mary Walkup    People

The Woman's Club of Lake Wales to Hold Virtual Bingo Fundraiser Jan. 17

Fundraising is beneficial to our community, our club, and its members. Raising capital for a local project, recognized charity, affiliate organization, or an organization's... — Updated 1/15/2021

 

Commissioner Goldstein Garners Endorsements for Re-Election Bid

With no announced opposition to date, Lake Wales City Commissioner Al Goldstein is pulling in some heavyweight endorsements for his re-election campaign. Goldstein was first... — Updated 1/15/2021

 

Rotary on the Ridge Offers "Otter-Grams" for Special Occasions

Looking for a new fundraiser to help offset COVID-19 losses, the Rotary on the Ridge is now offering "Otter-grams" for special occasions. The regional after-hours service club had... — Updated 1/10/2021

 

Governor Re-Appoints Polk State Trustees

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced Dec. 23 the appointments of Ashley Bell Barnett, Greg Littleton, Teresa Martinez, and Mark Turner to the Polk State College District Board... — Updated 1/10/2021

 
 By Mary Walkup    People

Woman's Club of Lake Wales to Recreate a Century Old Tradition

It's starting to feel like the Holiday Season! Whatever it may be that gives you that festive feeling – the festive lights being switched on in the city, the first pumpkin pies... — Updated 1/10/2021

 

Commissioner Goldstein Appointed to State Advocacy Committee

Lake Wales City Commissioner Al Goldstein has been appointed to serve on the "new and improved" Florida League of Cities' 2020-2021 Advocacy Committee. In appointing Goldstein, FLC... — Updated 12/11/2020

 

Polk County Democratic Executive Committee Announces Election of Officers

The Polk County Democratic Executive Committee organizational meeting & election was held Monday, Dec. 7 via the ZOOM online platform and also live on Facebook. Elected to... — Updated 12/11/2020

 

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