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Commissioner Gibson Announces Re-Election Bid on His 36th Birthday

Marking the occasion of his 36th birthday, Lake Wales City Commissioner Curtis Gibson on Sept. 11 announced the start of his re-election campaign. Gibson plans to qualify for the Ap... — Updated 9/16/2020

 

100-Plus Pound Weight Loss Makes Local Man Florida TOPS "King"

John Clifford is Florida King, but the pandemic postponed his official coronation. The 83-year-old Lake Wales man lost more than 100 pounds through the international Take Off Pounds... — Updated 10/9/2020

 
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Heartland for Children's 16th Annual Rudolph Round-Up Toy Drive

The holidays are right around the corner and you can help make incredible holiday memories for over 1,500 local children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect. Heartland for... — Updated 10/7/2020

 
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Sorority Delivers Educator Boxes for Adopt-A-School Initiative

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is a community conscious, action oriented organization. The Gamma Phi Zeta Chapter of Polk County, through service within the community and the internat... — Updated 10/7/2020

 

Episcopal Church Holds Annual Blessing of the Animals Oct. 3

Acknowledging that all God's creatures are important, so the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd will hold its annual "Blessing of the Animals" at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3rd in... — Updated 9/30/2020

 
 By Terri Miller    People

Youth Grow Spiritually While Serving Community

If you drove through Lake Wales neighborhoods this summer, you may have seen them at work - dozens of young people painting, roofing, cleaning – serving their community. Local... — Updated 9/30/2020

 

Rotary on the Ridge Named 2019-2020 Club of the Year

Rotary on the Ridge was honored Sept. 22 as the 2019-2020 Club of the Year in Rotary District 6890, which includes 37 clubs in four counties. District Governor Kip Kipnis announced... — Updated 9/30/2020

 

New Leader at Circle of Friends Answered God's Call to Serve

Crystal Higbee gave up a good job as a surgical tech to answer a special calling to become president of Circle of Friends Ministry. Higbee admits like in the story of Jonah and the... — Updated 9/23/2020

 

Leadership Polk Class XIV Welcomes 18 Members

Polk Vision welcomed 18 members of Leadership Polk Class XIV on Thursday, Sept. 17 at the Lone Palm Club. As the only countywide leadership development program in Polk County,... — Updated 9/23/2020

 

Rotary on the Ridge Names Mike Baccus 2019-2020 Rotarian of the Year

Rotary on the Ridge named Mike Baccus as its 2019-2020 Rotarian of the Year. Delayed due to the COVID-19 virus, the presentation was made Sept. 14 as the club began meeting back in... — Updated 9/16/2020

 
 By Betty Martin    People

AAUW Art in Schools Reaches 15-year Anniversary

COVID-19 did not deter volunteers from the American Association of University Women from delivering nearly 100 framed prints of famous fine art paintings to area schools for public... — Updated 9/16/2020

 

Florida League of Cities Taps Commissioner Goldstein to Chair Legislative Committee

Lake Wales City Commissioner Al Goldstein has been tapped to chair the Florida League of Cities Land Use and Economic Development Committee. FLC President Tony Ortiz, an Orlando... — Updated 9/10/2020

 

Polk Democrats Hosting Celebrate Blue Gala Virtual Fundraiser Sept. 12

The Polk County Democrats will be holding their annual fundraising gala from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 as a unique, virtual event. The Celebrate Blue theme reflects ongoing... — Updated 9/10/2020

 

Lake Ashton Veterans Promote Flying U.S. Flag to Remember Sept. 11 Sacrifice

The Lake Ashton Veterans Association is facilitating an initiative by Wreaths Across America to remember "the sacrifice and impact upon our great country" on September 11, 2001 from... — Updated 9/10/2020

 

Rotary on the Ridge Earns Water Safety Advocacy Award

Rotary on the Ridge has been recognized with a 2019-2020 Water Safety Advocacy Award by the Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation. The regional after hours service club kicked... — Updated 9/3/2020

 

First Baptist Switches to Drive-Thru Back 2 School Bash

The pandemic forced some changes, but First Baptist Church of Lake Wales went forward with a modified Back 2 School Bash on Saturday, Aug. 22. Children's Ministry Director Candice... — Updated 9/3/2020

 

Polk Democrats Plan "Ridin' with Biden Caravans Aug. 16

The Democratic National Convention starts Aug. 17, and Polk County Democrats will be revving up enthusiasm with three "Ridin' with Biden" caravans the day before the convention... — Updated 8/13/2020

 

Woman Holds Out Hope of Finding Sick Chihuahua Lost During July 4 Fireworks

Sandy Dent is very worried about her 9-pound chihuahua that got frightened and ran off during to the July 4 fireworks. Valdez has kidney disease and without special food he could... — Updated 8/5/2020

 

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Announces New Leadership

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, founded January 16, 1920, began as an idea conceived by five coeds at Howard University in Washington D.C.: Arizona Cleaver Stemons, Pearl... — Updated 7/30/2020

 
 By Robert Connors    People

Volunteers Begin Beautification of Traffic Triangles at Lakeshore Boulevard

Efforts to beautify and green Lake Wales streets got another boost Saturday as community volunteers led by the Lake Wales Woman's Club prepared three street "triangles" along... — Updated 7/22/2020

 

Silly Sock Saturdays Hosting Bowling Fundraiser July 25

Zachary Kirkland was in middle school when he started his own non-profit called Silly Sock Saturdays. Now a rising senior at Lake Wales High School, Zachary continues his mission... — Updated 7/22/2020

 
 By Robert Connors    People

Lake Ashton Looplanders Treat Police to Lunch

A group of Lake Wales police officers were treated to a free tasty lunch and desserts on Friday by a group of homeowners from Lake Ashton, who wanted to show their appreciation for... — Updated 7/22/2020

 
 By Mary Walkup    People

Woman's Club Seeks Gardening Volunteers for Lakeshore Triangle Beautification

Getting outside provides more than a fun break for adults, children and teens. It is also good for your physical and mental health and development. While staying at home and... — Updated 7/18/2020

 

First Baptist Invites Children to Focus on God Through Online Vacation Bible School

First Baptist Church of Lake Wales will be holding its annual Vacation Bible School online July 20-24, encouraging children to focus on God. Parents of children ages 4 through 5th... — Updated 7/8/2020

 

Rotary on the Ridge Toasts New President Trey Heath

Rotary on the Ridge held its first "hybrid" meeting Monday, June 22 to install new President Trey Heath and offer thanks to outgoing President Herb Gillis. About 15 members... — Updated 7/1/2020

 

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