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Lake Wales Arts Council Hosts Solivita Artisan Guild Exhibit

An upcoming exhibit at the Lake Wales Arts Center will feature the Solivita Artisan Guild. The Guild includes artisans and artists in the community located within Poinciana in... — Updated 3/1/2024


100 Years Ago: The Lake Wales Highlander Feb. 27, 1924

In 1924 Lake Wales was in the midst of not only a land boom, but a citrus boom. A calculation by local grower Charles M. Hunt showed nearly 12,000 acres of citrus had been planted... — Updated 3/1/2024


This Week in History: The Highlander, Feb. 20, 1924

The Lake Wales Highlander of 100 years ago reveals much about the history of our community. Each week the Lake Wales News will publish a front-page image of the former Lake Wales... — Updated 2/22/2024


Lake Wales High's Class of '74 Planning Trip Down Memory Lane

High school reunions are still a part of American culture and life experience that can offer a way to reflect on a lifetime of work and achievement. The Lake Wales High School... — Updated 2/6/2024


February 4, 1924 Highlander Offers Glimpse Into City's History

Controversies including the sudden cancellation of a road bond election by the county commission and a charge that someone illegally added a letter to a bill of deed highlighted... — Updated 2/6/2024


January 30, 1924 Highlander

The January 30, 1924 issue of the Highlander was filled with significant reports, including one claiming that Polk County, with it's sparse population, had been recorded as having... — Updated 2/2/2024


January 23, 1924 Highlander

A murder, a automobile crash on Scenic Highway, and the doings of the Board of Trade were among the topics that made the front page of The Highlander 100 years ago this week.... — Updated 1/24/2024


Leigh Ann Wynn Named Executive Director of AdventHealth Foundation West Florida

AdventHealth Foundation West Florida is delighted to announce the appointment of Leigh Ann Wynn as the new Executive Director for the Polk County region. As a seventh-generation... — Updated 1/24/2024


100 Years Ago: The Highlander of January 16, 1924

The concern of local residents in 1924 was the widening of Scenic Highway, not to four lanes, bu to four rods, enough to allow two motor vehicles to safely pass each other.The... — Updated 1/22/2024


Lake Wales Police Partner With Wallet Card Project to Help Protect Those With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder may be at special risk as they move about in the community, and the Lake Wales Police Department is reaching out in an effort to encourage... — Updated 1/20/2024


Marti Luther King Jr. Events Fill the Weekend

Four days of observances will be part of the annual observances surrounding the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in Lake Wales, according to organizers of the... — Updated 1/19/2024


Valentine's Day Wedding Ceremony Open to 30 Couples

The most romantic day of the year is going to be a bit more so as multiple couples gather to "tie the knot" on the steps of the Polk County History Center, the former Polk County... — Updated 1/18/2024


"Slow Roll" Great Way to Get involved in Care Center Bike Shop

Area residents now have an opportunity to join their friends and neighbors on a "Slow Roll" thanks to the efforts of Care Center employees Dwayne Goldman and Chris Kinson. The duo r... — Updated 1/17/2024


Latest 3D Mammography Unit Added at AdventHealth Lake Wales

A historic decline in breast cancer death rates has been partly attributed to improvements in early detection, Lake Wales area patients seeking the best in care can now rely on loca... — Updated 1/15/2024


Courage Awards presented to Local Couple at "18 Aces to Conquer Cancer" Tournament

Polk County residents Hap and Chris Hazelwood were the recipients of the Courage Award presented at a luncheon following the 11th Annual 18 Aces to Conquer Cancer Golf Tournament... — Updated 1/14/2024


Lake Wales History Museum Director Departing

The Lake Wales History Museum will once again be left without a permanent executive director after this week as Melissa Stoller, PhD, will be leaving the organization on January... — Updated 1/10/2024


100 Years Ago: The Highlander of January 9, 1924

A housing boom in Lake Wales is not an unprecedented thing, as 100 years ago the young city was experiencing the same thing as 78 new homes were built in 1923, without filling the... — Updated 1/10/2024


100 Years Ago: The Highlander of January 2, 1924

The new year of 1924 started out with big news in the community of Lake Wales as voters apparently chose to fund a new county hospital, a b ig achievement for the largely-rural... — Updated 1/3/2024


100 Years Ago - The Highlander of December 26, 1923

As 1923 drew to a close the growing Lake Wales area was documented by the writers of the Lake Wales Highlander, led by editor and publisher J. E. Worthington. A major topic of the... — Updated 12/27/2023


Northwest Recreation Complex Next to Receive Improvements

Improvements to the Lake Wales Northwest Recreation Complex on Florida Avenue are on the way after the city received a $50,000 recreation grant from the state. The sports facility... — Updated 12/27/2023


December 19, 1923 Highlander

December of 1923 saw plenty of changes happening in the growing town of Lake Wales, then with a population of perhaps 2,000. A bit of a land-rush had been initiated weeks before... — Updated 12/20/2023


Passion for Health Care Led Local Physician to Create Shield Medical Group Clinic

A passion for helping people overcome health challenges and a will to reach as many in need as possible has led Dr. Kulmeet Kundlas to fulfilling his dreams in Lake Wales, even as... — Updated 12/19/2023


Asbestos Exposure an Ongoing Issue for Navy Veterans

Asbestos was once a celebrated building material, a staple in shipbuilding during the 20th century due to its singular heat resistance and insulating properties. The mineral was a... — Updated 12/11/2023


December 12, 1923 Highlander

The Highlander from 100 years ago noted the rise in fruit shipments from area groves, noting that more than 11,000 railcars of fruit had been shipped north.. At that time mostly... — Updated 12/10/2023


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