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Excited to Meet Astronaut at Bok Tower

Yes, it's true! It was at "Dark Sky Party," an annual event at our very own Bok Tower Gardens! In addition, it was an amazing day including attending mind-expanding lectures on... — Updated 7/2/2019


Memorial Day Challenges Us as Citizens, and as a Nation

Americans have much to be grateful for on Memorial Day, and a great deal of the credit belongs to those who defended America and global democracy in two World Wars. It is only... — Updated 5/29/2019 Full story


God Will Have the Last Word

It is good to focus on love. God is the author of love and life. Because of love God created life. With the God of the Bible every person has intrinsic value. To deny God is to deny... — Updated 5/14/2019


Polk State Lake Wales Needs Your Help!

For the second time in three years, $2.5 million of Polk State College’s recurring operational budget – more than 5 percent of the College’s total budget – is at risk of... — Updated 5/12/2019


EDITORIAL: City Should Allow Private Sector to Assess Seminole

The long-delayed completion of the Walesbilt Hotel redevelopment project is no doubt as frustrating for city officials as it is for many residents. Now it seems that personal frustrations stemming from that delayed project may thre... — Updated 5/3/2019

 By Eric Draper    Voices

Florida State Parks: The Real Florida Connection

One of the joys of being Director of Florida State Parks is getting to know the many places within parks where visitors can learn about our state's remarkable natural and cultural... — Updated 5/3/2019

 By Wade B. Jakeway    Voices

Which Gethsemane?

Invariably, Gethsemane is presented as a single experience – in literature, song, art and sermon. Hoffman's marvelous painting, Christ in the Garden, comes close to being my... — Updated 4/23/2019


Easter Brings Memories of Passion Play in Lake Wales

Easter Week always brings fond memories of the three months each winter that the Lake Wales community came together to participate as "extras" to help dramatically depict the last... — Updated 4/23/2019 Full story

 By Wade B. Jakeway    Voices

The Power of Example

A famous photo, featured in psychology textbooks, shows a lineup of infant ducklings following a baby elephant around a barnyard. The phenomenon is called "imprinting" – the... — Updated 4/2/2019


EDITORIAL: Let City Clerk Manage Official Facebook Posts

There's just something inherently wrong about people who clearly don't understand social media trying to regulate others' use of it. Lake Wales City Manager Ken Fields, through the... — Updated 5/2/2019

 By Bob Stephens    Voices

He Says: "Just Love Me"

As you read this, you may see yourself. Parts of the story might remind you of someone that you know. Maybe you've heard similar stories. The number of stories are as limited as... — Updated 3/13/2019


EDITORIAL: City Manager Can Drive Cheaper Vehicle

Just four months ago the Lake Wales City Commission leased a 2019 Ford Explorer XLT for the police department. That vehicle apparently wasn't good enough for City Manager Ken Fields... — Updated 5/2/2019


Our News Site is 1-Month-Old

Wow! It's hard to believe our Lake Wales online news site is almost 1-month-old. We did a "soft launch" with little fanfare Feb. 13 so we could load the site with great content... — Updated 3/13/2019


Letter to the Editor: Kudos to Lake Wales Police

Letter to the Editor I would like to offer a tip of my hat to the officers of the Lake Wales Police Department, who take their jobs protecting the public very seriously. My... — Updated 3/16/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Voices

Our Fledgling News Site is Preparing to Soar

Like this owlet our new baby,, is perched to watch our community from a vantage point not from a safe branch on a tree, but on the ground where life and community... — Updated 3/7/2019

 By Wade B. Jakeway    Voices

On Being a Somebody

According to the philosopher, John Dewey, the primary drive in every man's life, without exception, is the desire to be somebody. Take John Dillinger for example. He was once... — Updated 3/9/2019


Welcome to

More than 900 communities have lost their local newspapers in recent years. The print version of the Lake Wales News was nearly 100 years old when its owners decided it no longer... — Updated 2/28/2019

 By Trey Heath    Voices

Important People in Our Lives

Wow, what a week! People are important in each community. Yes, even in Lake Wales. We honor the Pioneer every year, we elect city commissioners, and there are many other important... — Updated 2/18/2019

 By Kent Lilly    Voices

Thrilled to Support Hometown News Website

There’s simply no substitute for a hometown newspaper – except a hometown news website – and I’m thrilled to learn that we now have one! I literally grew up with the... — Updated 2/20/2019

 By Trey Heath    Voices

Nothing Ventured

Nothing ventured, nothing gained; this phrase has been stated for years as a way for people to take chances, or better yet, opportunities that might stretch them. Anything new... — Updated 2/14/2019


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