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 By Terri Miller    Voices 

Cut from a Different Cloth

Greater love has no man than this, that a man would lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13. Memorial Day is a day to remember all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice... — Updated 5/26/2020

 By Terri Miller    Voices 

The Sign Said: If You Ate Today, Thank a Farmer

I am so blessed to live in such a wonderful and diverse state. Not only do we get to boast about being the happiest place on earth because Disney World is not too far down the... — Updated 5/26/2020


Getting Back to the Basics

Not having lived through a global pandemic, every day may seem fraught with more uncertainty. Here are some pieces of information regarding our present situation that I believe to... — Updated 5/26/2020

 By Jim Hatch    Voices

Rethinking Some Things

Each week, this segment will offer a word of encouragement from pastors who lead churches in Bartow. This week's message is from the Rev. Jim Hatch, pastor of First Presbyterian Chu... — Updated 5/20/2020


A True Friend

There are times when acquaintances in our life provide a timely and caring prayer or action of encouragement that reminds us to keep going, to persevere in where we are or the... — Updated 5/20/2020


Who Are We Trying to Impress?

"Look at me." "I did this." "He is not as good as me." "She is bad, and I deserve your attention." While phrases along these lines are most often uttered by young children (or... — Updated 5/13/2020


Searching for Truth among Agendas and Perspectives

We are constantly bombarded with pieces of information (verbal and nonverbal) from news reports, children, neighbors, employers, employees, government, churches, parents, marketing... — Updated 5/6/2020

 By Shauna Krout    Voices

Addicts Also Fall into High Risk for COVID-19

As the government puts orders in considering this new named Pandemic with the Coronavirus, we have things to keep in mind regarding who is at risk and how to prevent it. The... — Updated 4/29/2020


We are NOT in Control

As severe thunderstorms are rolling through Lake Wales this morning, I am reminded that we are truly at God's mercy, and He sustains us. It can be frustrating to plan our day, our... — Updated 4/29/2020

 By Terri Miller    Voices

Being Spiritual

How has the Holy Spirit been prompting you to seek God? What are some things you can do this week to grow closer to Him? This was an interesting question from Our Daily Bread Bible... — Updated 4/22/2020


Life is Different Now in Lake Wales (Understatement of the Year)

Life in Lake Wales has changed dramatically since early March 2020. Many more people are now truly struggling with making ends meet financially. More people are battling with... — Updated 4/22/2020


Many Infallible Proofs

The gospel of Jesus Christ is not simply His death on the cross. The gospel is the death, burial, AND resurrection of Jesus Christ according to the Scriptures. (I Corinthians 15:1-4... — Updated 4/16/2020


Coping with Isolation: Buddhist Chaplain Offers Words of Wisdom

"It's a paradox. Isolation can be a window to deeper connections with ourselves and others. It can shock us out of a habitual way of living." That's the message from Jonathan... — Updated 4/15/2020

 By Terri Miller    Voices

Worshiping During a Pandemic

How do we worship during a pandemic? With our connected world, we are fortunate to have the ability to still connect via the internet or devices such as phones, tablets and... — Updated 4/15/2020


Letter to Our Readers as We Celebrate 1st Anniversary as Your Local News Site recently celebrated our one-year anniversary. During our first year we published more than 1,200 stories and about 1,500 photos. This online news site is still a... — Updated 4/15/2020

 By Michael Wilder    Voices

What If It Was Your Son?

Due to a deadly virus, one with a 100% mortality rate, governments have secured the services of the world's most prominent scientist to find an antidote. Many ideas have been brough... — Updated 4/8/2020


Alcohol and the Coronavirus Pandemic

[The following was prepared for oral presentation before the Lake Wales City Commissioners 3/17/20. Due to the Coronavirus restrictions I did not attend.] America's response to the... — Updated 3/25/2020

 By Michael Wilder    Voices

The God of Certainty

There is a lot of uncertainty today, not the least of which is the effect the coronavirus is having, and will have in the long run. I have seen posts today stating that the... — Updated 3/18/2020

 By Michel Wilder    Voices

Talk is Cheap

It is most probable that you have heard the phrase, talk is cheap. Perhaps you have even said it yourself. The phrase suggests that it is easier to talk about doing something than... — Updated 2/26/2020


The Fight For Women's Right to Vote

"Don't forget to be a good boy and help Mrs. Catt put the 'rat' in ratification." So were the words of the note that Tennessee Representative Harry Burn's mother had tucked in his... — Updated 2/19/2020


Honoring the Importance of Newspapers

In Law School, one of the first things we learn is why our U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights (the first ten Constitutional Amendments ratified in 1791) is critical to the... — Updated 2/19/2020


Experience New Life

"I wish I had more time." "There are not enough hours in the day." We have all probably uttered these words or something very similar. This year is Leap Year. That means we in fact... — Updated 2/10/2020

 By Shauna Krout    Voices

Resolve to Get Clean - There's Help

As a New Year approaches a common theme is setting New Year's resolutions for yourself. As an addict I can remember setting goals of trying to do better in life. The one I would... — Updated 1/8/2020


New Life Church Started in Lake Wales

My name is Michael Wilder. After having pastored in Kentucky for 16+ years, my wife, Tina, and I moved to Florida about 18 months ago for the purpose of planting a church in... — Updated 12/18/2019

 By Curtis Gibson    Voices

Message from Your Commissioner

We as elected officials need to mind our Ps and Qs in order to deliberate action. We need to be knowledgeable on issues that we face and day-to-day challenges in our respective... — Updated 12/5/2019


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