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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 7/31/2020


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

 By Steve Steiner    People

Polk Mourns Passing of NFL Great Ken Riley

Shock, stunned disbelief blanketed Bartow last Sunday, June 7, as the community learned Ken Riley, 72, died suddenly from a massive heart attack. Heartbroken tributes posted on Face... — Updated 6/10/2020


Lacey Gardner Named New Executive Director of ElderPoint Ministries

After more than 13 years of devoted service to the mission of ElderPoint Ministries, Executive Director Jane Hammond is taking the next step in her career journey and leaving the... — Updated 6/3/2020

 By Mary Walkup    People

GFWC Florida Women's Clubs Volunteer Over 1.2 Million Hours in 2019, a 50% Increase over 2018

In the midst of Florida's stay at home order, the clubwomen of GFWC Florida ( used online meeting technology to announce the unprecedented accomplishments of... — Updated 5/26/2020

 By Tina Peak    People

Tribute to Librarian Fran Prescott Who Shared Love of Books with Local Children

For those of us who've called Lake Wales home, for many decades. For those of us who've had moms, dads, grandparents who've made the Lake Wales Public Library a part of their family... — Updated 5/6/2020

 By Mary Walkup    People

Woman's Club Encourages All to "Give a Little Kindness"

"Small gestures in everyday life," like showing compassion and performing random acts of kindness, help us feel loved. During this time of the Covid-19 "Stay at Home" rules that so... — Updated 4/29/2020 Full story


University of Florida to Honor Lake Wales Attorney Robin Gibson

The University of Florida has announced plans to honor attorney and Lake Wales City Commissioner Robin Gibson for a lifetime of exceptional accomplishments related to his law... — Updated 4/22/2020 Full story


Connors to Serve as Polk County State Committeeman for Democrats

The Polk County Democrats announce that Robert Connors of Lake Wales was elected to the office of Polk County State Committeeman. The vote was held April 13 during a virtual... — Updated 4/22/2020


Scholarship House Offers Polk State Students a Safe, Welcoming Home

Since September Raymond had been living in his car. The music education major at Polk State College said he had two blankets for cold nights, but if he didn't remember to tape his... — Updated 4/22/2020 Full story


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 4/2/2020


"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

 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


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