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First ‘Heritage Days’ event this weekend
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
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
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
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
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
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
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
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
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
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
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
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
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
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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Zika virus cases reported in Florida up to 20
Fri  Feb 12 2016 04:17PM
MIAMI (AP) — Health officials say 20 cases of the Zika virus have been reported in Florida. The Florida Department of Health announced the new total Friday afternoon. Seven cases were reported in Miami-Dade County, and three each were reported … read more.

Scott wants Lake Okeechobee waters diverted from coasts
Fri  Feb 12 2016 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say they’re looking “anywhere that can hold water” to relieve high water levels in Lake Okeechobee and Florida’s Everglades. The El Niño weather phenomenon has drenched South Florida during what’s normally the dry season. Rains over … read more.

Florida Legislature divided over budget and tax cuts
Fri  Feb 12 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Separated by nearly $1 billion in spending and differences over everything from tax cuts to health care spending, the Florida Legislature has less than a month left in its regular session to reach a deal on a new … read more.

House signs off on tax cuts, sales tax holidays
Fri  Feb 12 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — The Florida House has passed a sweeping tax cut package that could give Floridians several tax holidays. The House approved the bill by a 96-17 vote. It heads next to the Senate, but Senate Republicans so far … read more.

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