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 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

 By Mary Walkup    People

Woman's Club Spreads Message of Holiday Hope

We all want the Norman Rockwell Christmas with the perfect family gathering of laughter and well-behaved children. We want our homes to look like something out of a magazine. We... — Updated 12/17/2020


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


15-Year-Old State Swimming Champion Sets Sights on Olympic Gold

An active swimmer since age 5, Mary Leigh Hardman dreams of some day competing in the Olympics. The Lake Wales High School freshman moved closer to her goal last weekend by winning... — Updated 12/2/2020


Polk County Fire Rescue Praises Spook Hill Elementary Student for 9-1-1 Call

Fortunately for Angela Lopez, her 6-year-old daughter Esperanza knew to call 9-1-1 in an emergency. On Oct. 21 Lopez fell at her Frostproof home and couldn't get up or call for... — Updated 11/18/2020


Heath Returns to Webber as Tennis Coach

Over a decade since his last year as the Warriors' Head Tennis Coach, Trey Heath has been announced by Director of Athletics Brad Niethammer as Webber International University's... — Updated 11/18/2020

 By Mary Walkup    People

Save a Piece of Lake Wales History

Well into the 20th century, bank accounts, credit cards, and household finances were legally left to the control of men. Women's lack of financial freedom was one of General... — Updated 11/11/2020


Woman's Club Holds Drive-Thru Spaghetti Dinner Nov. 12

The GFWC Woman's Club of Lake Wales' 35th Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser is set for Nov. 12. "Curb-side" pick-up of boxed dinners will be offered in lieu of a "sit-down" dinner... — Updated 11/11/2020

 By Mary Walkup    People

Reaching Young Leaders of Tomorrow

The world's current youth population (people aged 15-20) is around 1.8 billion. Most of this population has the potential to be great leaders, while only a small percentage of this... — Updated 11/11/2020


Ag Commissioner Fried Speaks as Polk Democrats Highlight Candidates

The Polk County Democrats held a press conference on Oct. 28 at Lake Mirror in Lakeland which was highlighted by the appearance of Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer... — Updated 10/29/2020


Supporters Plan Second Trump Parade on Nov. 1

Supporters of President Donald Trump will host their second parade starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1 - just two days before the General Election. Participants will line up at... — Updated 10/29/2020


Warner's Ag Chair Justin Sharpless Honored by National FFA

The chair of Warner University's agricultural studies department, Justin Sharpless, is one of three alumni being recognized by the National FFA for outstanding support of the... — Updated 10/29/2020

 By Brian Ackley    People

New Liaison Officer is Driven by Heart, Commitment to Community

Ed Palmer officially became the Lake Wales Police Department's community liaison officer on Sept. 14. But if you ask James "Perly" Sermons, it's been Palmer's calling for a... — Updated 10/29/2020


Boy Scouts Recognize Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Grady Judd

The Boy Scouts of America's regional Greater Tampa Bay Area Council will honor local sheriff's offices with Participating Citizenship Awards in a series of virtual events from Oct.... — Updated 10/29/2020


Rotary Club Host Drive-Thru BBQ Fundraiser Oct. 24

The Rotary Club of Lake Wales is holding a drive-thru Barbecue fundraiser this Saturday, Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Family Elder Law, 122 E. Tillman Ave. in Lake Wales.... — Updated 10/22/2020


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


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 Full story


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 Full story


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


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


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