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First ‘Heritage Days’ event this weekend
Tue  Feb 9 2016 03:08PM
It’s all about finding solutions than it is finding problems, said Carlos Williams. He’s the president of the Black Entrepreneurs and Leaders Coalition, located in Lake Wales and the surrounding … read more.
Fire fee vote petitions approved
Tue  Feb 9 2016 03:06PM
Petitions that would force the city’s controversial fire fee assessment to a public vote have been approved by the Polk County Supervisor of Elections, according to the man who circulated … read more.
City eyeing airport takeover
Tue  Feb 9 2016 03:06PM
Lake Wales looks like it is about to get into the flying business. City Manager Ken Fields is proposing the city operate its airport in the future, instead of contracting … read more.
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Chalkboard special
Tue  Feb 9 2016 04:08PM
Pizza, green beans, applesauce, the lunch menu at Ben Hill Griffin Jr. Elementary School was pretty routine last Friday. But the school helped cook up something super special for third-grader Jayda Miller. It was a normal day for the youngster, … read more.

Church fundraises for malaria effort
Tue  Feb 9 2016 03:14PM
The First United Methodist Church of Lake Wales employed a number of clever methods to reach its goal for fundraising for the Imagine No Malaria campaign for of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church and then exceeded that … read more.

Hope Now trying to salvage itself
Tue  Feb 9 2016 03:12PM
Hope Now is busy this week trying to find programs for its remaining clients and hoping to ward off complete closure after the Polk County Commission canceled its contract last week. The Hope Now board of directors was expected to … read more.

Ice cream social Feb. 20
Tue  Feb 9 2016 03:14PM
Lake of the Hills Community Club will host its 52nd annual ice cream social from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 20, at the historic Lake Of The Hills Community Clubhouse Located at 47 E. Starr Ave., Lake Wales. Cost is $5 for adults … read more.

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Bill requiring unanimous verdict for death penalty advances
Tue  Feb 9 2016 09:47PM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Legislation requiring a unanimous verdict from the jury to recommend the death penalty will head to the state Senate floor after passing a committee vote Monday. The Senate’s Criminal Justice Committee passed its version of a bill … read more.

Senator calls for investigation of cruise ship in storm
Tue  Feb 9 2016 09:47PM
MIAMI (AP) — Federal transportation officials might soon be looking into a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, that ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean over the weekend. Sen. Bill Nelson has called … read more.

2015 sets record for shark attacks
Tue  Feb 9 2016 09:47PM
GAINESVILLE (AP) — Experts say 2015 saw a record-setting 98 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide, including 30 in Florida alone. The Florida Museum of Natural History released the numbers Monday. Scientists say the previous record was 88 attacks in 2000. International … read more.

Glass art worth $25,000 recovered
Tue  Feb 9 2016 09:47PM
ST. PETERSBURG (AP) — A piece of stolen glass art by artist Dale Chihuly worth as much as $25,000 has been recovered. St. Petersburg police said in a news release that an employee of the Morean Arts Center discovered a … read more.

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