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St. Cloud to Host Memorial Day Ceremony Honoring Fallen Heroes at Mt. Peace Cemetery Monday at 10am

KUA Releases 2024 Hurricane Preparedness Guide Ahead of June 1 Atlantic Hurricane

Kissimmee Bike Giveaway Brings Smiles to 40 Kiddos in Afterschool Program Celebration Season Start Saddle Up for the 153rd Silver Spurs Rodeo: Heart-Pounding Action Awaits With Two Unforgettable Nights of Rodeo Fun! Kissimmee Hosts Pridefest Block Party: Fun, Food, and Celebration on June 1st Free Swim Lessons for Osceola Kids: Commissioner Booth and St. Cloud Team Up for Swimming Safety
AAA Offers Free Tow to Go Service for Memorial Day Weekend in Florida
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LIVE at the Start of The 2024 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

LIVE for Land Title Professionals' Ribbon Cutting in Downtown St Cloud with the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce

LIVE at the Osceola County Sheriff's Office Awards Presentation


LIVE for the Solar Eclipse in Upstate New York at Thompson’s Park in Watertown which is in the path of totality

LIVE at Osceola Arts during Arts Alive

LIVE at the Plug and Play NeoCity Ribbon Cutting

LIVE during “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event in the of Downtown St. Cloud

LIVE at Archie Gordon Memorial Park in Kissimmee for a free Easter Meal Distribution with Osceola County's Commissioner Viviana Janer


LIVE with Charlie Draper of Draper Law Office

April 18th, 2024

LIVE with City of City of St. Cloud, Florida Economic Development Director Antranette Forbes

April 11th, 2024

LIVE with Keith Ronan and City of St. Cloud's Antranette Forbes

April 8th, 2024

LIVE with Attorney Charlie Draper

February 21st, 2024

LIVE with City of St. Cloud’s Strategic Initiatives Administrator Abismael Abreu

February 15th, 2024


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St. Cloud’s Monthly Park Pop-Up

Meet Sami the Sandhill Crane at St. Cloud’s next Monthly Park Pop-Up on March 2nd at Ted Broda Memorial Park, located at 4499 Michigan Avenue. Enjoy awesome bounce houses, surprise activities, and fantastic giveaways, making the day even more memorable.

Don Schmidt Roofing

Don Schmidt Roofing takes pride in every project by using only the finest materials and craftmanship.

Boating With Brandon

Osceola County Commissioner for District 3 Brandon Arrington is launching a new series that will highlight the natural beauty of Osceola County and the amazing leaders that make a positive difference in our community everyday!

St. Cloud to Host Memorial Day Ceremony Honoring Fallen Heroes at Mt. Peace Cemetery Monday at 10am

On Monday, May 27th, at 10 a.m., the St. Cloud community will gather at Mt. Peace Cemetery to honor and remember the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. This annual Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony is a cherished event where our community and nation pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedom.

The ceremony will include a laying of wreaths, symbolizing our respect and gratitude for the fallen heroes. As it does annually, the Osceola Veterans Council will conduct a solemn gun salute, and there will be a number of musical performances that will capture the spirit of the day.

City of St. Cloud Mayor Nathan Blackwell, Osceola County Commissioner Ricky Booth, and US Congressman Darren Soto will speak during the ceremony, reflecting on the significance of Memorial Day and expressing their appreciation for the bravery and dedication of our military personnel. This event serves as a poignant reminder that freedom is never free, and it is a time for reflection, reverence, and thankfulness.

Mt. Peace Cemetery is located at 775 East 10th Street in St. Cloud. The community is encouraged to arrive early to join in this highly attended remembrance.

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KUA Releases 2024 Hurricane Preparedness Guide Ahead of June 1 Atlantic Hurricane Season Start

With the start of the 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season beginning on June 1 and running through November 30, Kissimmee Utility Authority has released its 2024 Osceola Hurricane Guide, a free, bilingual, comprehensive preparedness guide offered annually to Osceola County residents.

A partnership between KUA, Osceola County, the cities of Kissimmee and St. Cloud, Toho Water Authority and UF IFAS Extension in Osceola County, the handbook includes information on emergency shelters, evacuation routes, generator safety and power outage restoration as well as helpful telephone numbers, and a disaster supplies checklist.

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Kissimmee Hosts Pridefest

Block Party: Fun, Food, and Celebration on June 1st

On Saturday, June 1st, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., the City of Kissimmee will present Pridefest Kissimmee—a “block party” celebration designed to foster awareness and honor the impactful contributions of our local LGBTQ+ community.

Held at the Kissimmee Civic Center, the event will feature an exciting lineup of fun, including exhibitors, advocacy organizations, drag bingo, live music, and food trucks. Enjoy LIVE performances by LIVE Hart, Lady Gaga Tribute Band, and Kissimmee Queens.

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AAA Offers Free Tow to Go Service for Memorial Day Weekend in Florida

As AAA prepares to assist over 378,000 drivers nationwide with car trouble during Memorial Day weekend, it also aims to keep impaired drivers off the road with its Tow to Go program. The Auto Club Group is activating Tow to Go in Florida, offering a confidential safe ride for would-be impaired drivers and their vehicles.

For more than 25 years, Tow to Go has removed nearly 30,000 impaired drivers from U.S. roads. When someone calls Tow to Go, a tow truck transports the vehicle and its owner to a safe location within a 10-mile radius. This service is free, whether the caller is a AAA member or not.

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Kissimmee Bike Giveaway Brings Smiles to 40 Kiddos in Afterschool Program Celebration

The City of Kissimmee, in partnership with Waste Management, celebrated the academic excellence of the city’s after-school program participants by awarding brand-new bicycles. The event took place at the Chambers Park Community Center in Kissimmee.

Waste Management recently hosted a workshop to assemble the 40 bicycles. Senior Executive Jose Boscan stated, “Recognizing the potential impact these bikes could have, we reached out to the City of Kissimmee to honor the exceptional achievements of these young students.”

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Saddle Up for the 153rd Silver Spurs Rodeo: Heart-Pounding Action Awaits With Two Unforgettable Nights of Rodeo Fun!

The 153rd Silver Spurs Rodeo is gearing up to bring heart-pounding, dirt-flying action two thrilling evening rodeos on May 31, and June 1. Expect a full lineup of rodeo’s classic events, including bull riding, bareback bronc busting, saddle bronc riding, tiedown roping, women’s barrel racing, steer wrestling, and team roping. 153rd Silver Spurs Rodeo is brought to you by Experience Kissimmee.

This summer’s rodeo also features some unique events that will keep you on the edge of your seat: junior barrel racing, junior bull riding, and the ever-popular mutton bustin’. Watch as young cowboys and cowgirls take the reins, showcasing their skills in front of a live crowd.

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Free Swim Lessons for Osceola Kids: Commissioner Booth and St. Cloud Team Up for Swimming Safety

This summer, 150 children in Osceola County will benefit from free swim lessons, thanks to a $10,000 partnership among Osceola County District 5 Commissioner Ricky Booth, the City of St. Cloud, and St. Cloud Main Street. The program, launching during National Water Safety Month, arrives just in time for the summer swimming season in Central Florida, ensuring children are equipped with essential water safety skills.

“Swimming and enjoying our pools and waterways are one of the great things about being a kid in Florida,” Booth said. “We want to make it possible for our kids to be safe while they enjoy the water.”

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‘Operation Best Foot Forward’ Returns to Osceola County to Promote Pedestrian Safety Around Central Florida’s Parks & Trails

Recognizing that less than 50% of Central Florida drivers are yielding to pedestrians near parks and trails, the Best Foot Forward for Pedestrian Safety program will be kicking off its quarterly pedestrian safety enforcement beginning April 30, dubbed Operation Best Foot Forward, to bring awareness and education to drivers to keep pedestrians safe near parks and trail crossings in Central Florida.

Law enforcement agencies in and around Osceola County will be conducting a two-week high-visibility crosswalk enforcement from Tuesday, April 30 to Friday, May 10 as part of FDOT’s Target Zero initiative to reduce traffic-related serious injuries and deaths to zero.

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City of St. Cloud’s Economic Development Website Wins Florida Economic Development Council Award

The City of St. Cloud’s Economic Development website has received the 2024 Innovation in Marketing award from the Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC). This marks the first FEDC award the City has received.

The website, centerplaceforbusiness. com, was recognized for its “innovative ways to communicate with, and attract, key audiences like stakeholders, talent, and new or existing businesses.

Victoria & Albert’s at Walt Disney World Resort Earns Prestigious MICHELIN Star

Victoria & Albert’s, the renowned dining destination at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, has been awarded its first MICHELIN star during an awards ceremony held in Tampa on April 18. This recognition highlights the restaurant’s exceptional culinary artistry and service, establishing it as a true crown jewel of the Walt Disney World Resort.

The distinguished team behind Victoria & Albert’s includes John Berko, director of food & beverage for Walt Disney World Resorts, Executive Chef Kevin Chong, Chef de Cuisine Matthew Sowers, Culinary Director Scott Hunnel, and Sommelier Israel Perez, maître d’hôtel. Their combined expertise and commitment to excellence have helped Victoria & Albert’s achieve this remarkable milestone.

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County’s ‘Before the Storm’ Event Prepares Residents for 2024 Hurricane Season

On Saturday, the Osceola County Office of Emergency Management, led by director Bill Litton, hosted its annual “Before the Storm” event at the Kissimmee Civic Center aimed at educating and preparing Osceola County residents for the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season which runs from June 1 to November 1. The event took place ahead of National Hurricane Preparedness Week, which happens annually from May 5-11.

In collaboration with the Osceola County Office of Emergency Management, first responders including the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Osceola County Fire Rescue, Kissimmee Police and Fire Department, St. Cloud Police and Fire Department, along with the National Weather Service, Florida Forest Service, WESH News’ Meteorology team, Kissimmee Utility Authority, St. Cloud’s Flood Management, and the Red Cross, supplied hurricane preparedness information to the community.

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KUA Earns Diamond Level Reliable Public Power Provider

Designation for Exceptional Safety and Reliability

The Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) has been awarded the prestigious Diamond Level Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)® designation by the American Public Power Association, recognizing their commitment to delivering safe and reliable electricity.

The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. Criteria include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. KUA joins more than 250 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation.

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Unity in Service: Osceola Latter-Day Saint Youth and Families

Forward’ in Supporting Kissimmee’s Church of the Nazarene

On a beautiful Saturday morning in Kissimmee, a heartfelt collaboration between teenagers and families from the Church of Jesus Christ of LatterDay Saints in Osceola County and the Kissimmee Church of the Nazarene highlighted a remarkable example of interfaith community service and passion for others.

Over 65 volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Osceola County gathered on Youth Global Day of Service to contribute gardening and landscaping efforts to the Church of the Nazarene as a token of gratitude for the church’s extensive community work. This service project involved planting a vegetable garden and fruit trees, the yields of which will support local individuals and families in need, the enhancing of a prayer garden, and general cleanup tasks to beautify the surrounding area of the church.

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Bank of America Joins Forces with Habitat for Humanity in Orlando & Osceola During National Volunteer Week

During National Volunteer Appreciation Week, Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola County partnered with Bank of America to support affordable housing and revitalization projects in Central Florida. This ongoing partnership symbolizes the continuing commitment of these two organizations to Face The Housing Crisis™. Once complete, the brand-new house will be purchased by a Habitat homeowner providing them with a safe place to call home and an affordable mortgage.

“The housing crisis in Central Florida continues to impact countless families in Central Florida— the support of volunteers is crucial in addressing this pressing issue,” says Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola County President and CEO Catherine Steck McManus. “Partners like Bank of America are essential to achieving our mission to Face The Housing Crisis.”

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Osceola County School District Prepares for 2024 High School Graduation Ceremonies

The Osceola County School District is preparing for the upcoming 2024 High School Graduation Ceremonies. These events will celebrate the achievements of Osceola County students across various high schools in the district. Here are the details for each school’s ceremony:

• May 20, 2024 – Osceola County School for the Arts

• Time: 6:00 PM

• Location: Osceola County School for the Arts

• May 21, 2024 – Osceola Heritage Park

• Poinciana High School

• Time: 1:30 PM

UCF Knight Javon Baker’s NFL Dream Realized: Drafted by the New England Patriots after Stellar Season

After an impressive senior season at UCF, Javon Baker achieved his childhood dream when he was drafted by the New England Patriots as the 110th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2024 NFL Draft. The event, held in Detroit, Michigan, marked a significant milestone in Baker’s football career.

After leading the Big 12 Conference in receiving yards with 1,139, Baker was tabbed a first-team selection on the All-Big 12 team chosen by league coaches. That mark also ranked 16th in the NCAA.

The Atlanta native finished the season ranked second in the nation in yards per catch with 21.9, leading the conference. Baker hauled in 52 passes, making several highlight reel catches, and scored seven touchdowns.

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The Osceola County School for the Arts Jazz Band

Swings Back to the Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition in New York Lookin to Three-Peat

The top 15 high school-aged jazz bands from across the country will converge at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home for the 29th annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival May 9-11. One of those jazz bands will once again be from the Osceola County School for the Arts, under the direction of Jason Anderson.

OCSA’s Jazz Band A pulled off a back to back repeat last year in New York, and is hoping to pull off a ‘three-peat’ next week when they face 14 other excellent jazz bands from around the country.

The Students will spend three days immersed in workshops, jam sessions, rehearsals, and performances, and compete for top honors in, the nation’s premier jazz education event.

Jazz at Lincoln Center marks the 125th birthday of Duke Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) with a festival of events at Frederick P. Rose Hall, the organization’s home, in New York, NY.

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Ignite Creativity This Summer with Osceola Arts!

This June, while schools take a break, Osceola Arts turns up the heat with its Summer Arts Camps at Valencia College’s Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses, starting Monday, June 3rd, at 9 AM. Dive into a world where visual and performing arts meet, offering diverse camps tailored for the Central Florida community.

Whether you’re into painting, acting, or dancing, there’s a spot just for you!

Designed for kids aged 8-13, these camps provide a unique blend of learning and fun in a top-notch facility that sparks creativity. Each session concludes with a dazzling showcase, where students display their newfound skills. Witness the remarkable transformation and celebrate the achievements of these young talents.

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Building the Tigers’ Roar: Tohopekaliga’s Football Journey Continues Under Coach Paradiso’s Tenure

The building of Tohopekaliga’s football team remains a work in progress, as veteran coach Anthony Paradiso wrapped up his second full year at the school on Tuesday night with a spirited 80-play scrimmage against Hagerty High School at Austin Tindall Park.

“We’ve made tremendous progress but there is still a lot of work to do,” Paradiso said at the conclusion of his third spring with the Tigers. “It took a while, but our players are now starting to get comfortable with how we do things, what is expected of them academically and athletically — particularly as it pertains to off-season work. We knew that was going to take some time but we have progressed to the point where can concentrate more on the game itself.”

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Osceola Lady Kowboys Exit Softball Playoffs After Regional Quarterfinal Loss to Palm Beach Gardens

For four innings, Miranda Watford’s young Osceola Kowboys softball team gave second-seeded Palm Beach Gardens all they wanted. At the end of the day, it was too much Sydney Shaffer as the Gators ended Osceola’s season with a 6-2 win in a Class 7A, Region 3 quarterfinal game on Thursday night.

Shaffer, the PBG ace, pitched a complete game three-hitter. She struck out 12 and walked just one in improving her season record to 11-1. The Gators moved to 22-4 and will now host Centennial – a 15-0 winner over Harmony – in a regional semifinal. St. Cloud, who also saw its season come to the end Thursday, dropped a close 2-0 lead to number one seed Wellington in another Region 3 quarterfinal.

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KUA Introduces Cutting-Edge Surge Protection for Enhanced Home Safety

KUA customers are now eligible to sign up for the utility’s new surge protection program, which can protect large appliances from electric surges.

The surge protection device is installed directly on the customer’s meter and diverts high-energy surges that can enter through electric power lines from coming into the home.

Homeowners insurance or renter’s insurance typically doesn’t cover appliance damage caused by electric surges, but customers now have the option to protect expensive appliances through KUA’s Surge Protection Program. Items covered under the program include appliances such as air conditioning equipment, refrigerators, washers and dryers, dishwashers, microwaves, and electric ranges.

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As the cooler air of winter gives way to the vibrant blossoms of spring, Florida residents know all too well that the sizzling heat of summer is just around the corner. Preparing for the inevitable spike in temperatures means ensuring your air conditioning system is in top-notch condition. Why? Because a well-maintained AC system is not just about comfort; it’s about health, efficiency, and longevity. And when it comes to reliable air conditioning services in Osceola County, there’s one name that stands out: Osceola Air.

Maximizing Comfort and Efficiency with Osceola Air: The Critical
of Spring Air Conditioning Tune-
Ups Before the Summer Blaze
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Central Florida Expressway Authority to Introduce New Flex Lanes to Improve Traffic Flow

The Central Florida Expressway Authority is set to enhance driver safety and traffic flow this summer with the anticipated launch of Flex Lanes. Part of the latest capacity improvement projects on State Road 417 (Central Florida GreeneWay) and State Road 429 (Daniel Webster Western Beltway), this innovative traffic management system will temporarily open the left shoulder to traffic when incidents cause lane closures in one or more of the right lanes.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recognizes this approach as an Advanced Traffic Management Strategy that reduces congestion and improves safety during significant incidents.

Kissimmee’s Freebee Rideshare Expands Service Area, Offering Broader Coverage for Visitors

The City of Kissimmee is expanding its Freebee rideshare service, providing residents with an even more efficient, and cost-free way to travel within Downtown Kissimmee.

Designed to serve as a last-mile solution for commuters arriving at the SunRail/Intermodal Station, the service will now cover both inner and outer zones around the station, making it easier for riders to reach their destinations conveniently.

and Residents

Visitors and residents will now be able to travel to locations like the US Post Office for essential services, Oak Street Ballpark for sports and activities, and numerous local businesses, adding to the previous destinations of Valencia College, HCA Florida Osceola Hospital, the Kissimmee Medical Arts District, City Hall, Osceola County Courthouse, Kissimmee Lakefront Park, and many others.

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Get Ahead of the Storm: Essential Tips and Resources from KUA

It’s National Hurricane Preparedness Week from May 5 to May 11, and KUA wants to remind you about the importance of preparing for the upcoming hurricane season. Having emergency preparations completed before a hurricane watch or warning is issued is critical.

When a storm alert is announced, take care of last-minute tasks quickly. Make sure emergency supplies like food, water, batteries, pet essentials, and first aid kits are fresh and sufficient. Create a list for any missing items and get them promptly. Fill your car with gas, check the oil and tires, and have evacuation essentials ready.

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Chamber of

The St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce has announced its newest initiative, CoLab @ the Chamber, a new coworking component of the Chamber Small Business program. This initiative is designed to bolster the growth, success, and operational efficiency of small businesses within the community, and represents a commitment to fostering a supportive environment for entrepreneurs and small business owners.

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Commerce’s New ‘CoLab’ Coworking Space to Bridge the Gap for Small Businesses

Maximize Your HVAC Investment with Osceola Air’s February Repair Buyback Program

In the twilight years of an air conditioning system, homeowners often grapple with the critical choice between repair or replacement. Opting incorrectly can lead to substantial financial outlay on a system on the brink of failure. During the month of February, Osceola Air is offering an innovative solution to this dilemma through its February Repair Buyback Program, designed to offer homeowners peace of mind and significant savings.

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Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital using defibrillators with enhanced shock capability for difficult-to-defibrillate patients

Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital will begin using defibrillators with an enhanced energy shock capability that can improve the odds of reviving difficult-to-defibrillate patients who experience sudden cardiac arrest.

The automated external defibrillator (AED) can deliver up to up to 360 joules when lowenergy shocks fail to resuscitate a patient. Joules is the amount of energy needed for an AED to properly defibrillate someone.

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Fish and


WildQuest Scavenger Hunt Now Open

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissions Florida WildQuest, a thrilling scavenger hunt that takes you through nearly 50 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) across the state, has begun! This unique event invites families, friends, and solo adventurers to immerse themselves in the wonders of nature while engaging in a fun and educational activity.

By downloading the free Goosechase app, participants can document their journey with photos and videos, and complete missions to earn points. As you explore diverse ecosystems and encounter various wildlife, you’ll learn valuable information about the plants, animals, and conservation efforts essential to managing Florida’s natural habitats.

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Osceola County Expands Senior Smiles Mobile Denture Program for Greater Access and Care

Senior citizens in select areas of Osceola County now have even more reasons to smile, thanks to the Senior Smiles program—a county initiative launched in 2023 by District 2 Commissioner Viviana Janer. Senior Smiles provides affordable and accessible denture services through a collaboration between the Osceola County Commission and Osceola Community Health Services, and is now available to qualifying seniors in additional areas of the county.

Senior Smiles Osceola offers comprehensive services, including full dentures, partials, X-rays, and extractions, all carried out on a mobile dental trailer equipped with two exam rooms. This allows the Osceola Community Health Services team to deliver quality dental care directly to seniors ages 55 and older.

Funding for the program has now been expanded through the American Rescue Plan Act to reach even more areas within the county. District 4 Commissioner Cheryl Grieb recently distributed vouchers for free dentures to Hope Partnership in Downtown Kissimmee that will make it possible for 45 qualified seniors to receive no-cost dentures and denture services.

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Princess Cruises and Brightline, Florida’s passenger rail service that connects travelers to top destinations and major events in Central and South Florida, have joined forces to introduce the innovative Rail & Sail program, offering guests swift and hasslefree access to Princess cruise ships departing from two popular Florida homeports – Fort Lauderdale and Orlando (Port Canaveral).

With Rail & Sail, guests enjoy a seamless journey in luxurious comfort, arriving at their preferred homeport in significantly less time than traditional travel methods.

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Cruises Launch ‘Rail & Sail’ Program
Guests Sailing from Port Canaveral and Fort Lauderdale

Osceola County Fire Rescue & EMS Hosts Career Signing Day for 20 High School Graduates

Twenty high school graduates participated in a “career signing day” ceremony with Osceola County Fire Rescue & EMS, formalizing their enrollment as the department’s first-ever class of full-time, non-certified firefighter candidates known as Fire Cadets.

Each candidate, joined by their family, had the opportunity to “sign” with Osceola County in a similar fashion to studentathlete signings; donning an official Osceola County Fire Rescue & EMS hat, and posing for a photo with Fire Chief Larry Collier. This program is one of several avenues the department is exploring to increase recruitment and retention within the department, especially among candidates from the local Osceola County community.

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Addition Financial Credit Union Expands Partnership

County School District to Launch StudentOperated Branch at Osceola High School

Addition Financial Credit Union and the School District of Osceola County have announced an expansion of their High School Branch Program partnership, with plans to open a student-run Addition Financial branch at Osceola High School.

Addition Financial’s High School Branch Program is designed to introduce young people to financial literacy and money management skills. The credit union will provide full training to Osceola High School students who are accepted into the program and will prepare them to fully staff and run the credit union branch, to be located on the Osceola High School campus.

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Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital doctor performs first laparoscopic nephrectomy – kidney removal surgery

Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital’s

Dr. Sarat Sabharwal performed the hospital’s first laparoscopic nephrectomy this month, a milestone for patient care.

Nephrectomy, or removal of a kidney, may be necessary when a patient has recurrent kidney infections, irreversible damage, long-term obstruction or tumors that indicate kidney cancer.

Laparoscopic nephrectomy – a minimally invasive approach – uses tiny incisions in the abdomen that result in decreased blood loss, less pain, plus a shorter hospital stay and recovery. Many patients are able to return to full activity within 3-4 weeks after surgery.

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Exploring Osceola County’s Natural Trails and Spaces: A Paradise for Avid Runners, Walkers, and Kayakers

Osceola County is a hidden gem for avid runners, walkers, and kayakers seeking a combination of physical fitness and natural beauty. Although the county is one of the fastest growing regions in Florida, its picturesque landscapes, serene lakes, and wellmaintained trails, offer a haven for those who want to stay active while immersing themselves in nature.

In this article, we will take you on a journey through ten of Osceola County’s finest locations where you can experience invigorating runs and leisurely walks amid breathtaking natural landscapes.

• Shingle Creek Regional Park:

Shingle Creek Regional Park, often referred to as the “Headwaters of the Everglades,” is a paradise for nature enthusiasts and fitness enthusiasts alike. This vast park offers a network of scenic trails suitable for running and walking. The trails wind through lush forests, along the banks of Shingle Creek, and provide opportunities to spot local wildlife. Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll or an intense trail run, Shingle Creek has something for everyone.

• Celebration Lakeside Park:

Celebration, a charming community in Osceola County, and known to many as the ‘Town that Disney built,’ boasts Celebration Lakeside Park, a beautiful destination for runners and walkers. The park features a loop trail around Lake Rianhard, offering picturesque views of the water and surrounding greenery. The flat terrain and wellpaved paths make it an excellent choice for a leisurely walk or a brisk run.

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Positively Osceola Unveils Dynamic Business Support Initiative, ‘Positively Osceola Plus’

In a move set to revolutionize local business growth and community engagement, Positively Osceola, the leading hub for local news, sports, and events in Osceola County, has unveiled an innovative initiative known as ‘Positively Osceola Plus.’

‘Positively Osceola Plus’ is designed to extend a helping hand to businesses, organizations, and individuals in and around Osceola County, fostering their capacity to connect with target audiences and achieve their marketing and promotional aspirations.

Recognized as Osceola County’s foremost source for trusted information, Positively Osceola is leveraging its extensive reach and credibility to provide an enhanced platform for businesses looking to expand their marketing presence and connect meaningfully with their communities.

Positively Osceola Plus offers a comprehensive suite of support services tailored to meet the diverse needs of local enterprises. From strategic marketing guidance and targeted advertising to community outreach initiatives, the program aims to empower businesses and organizations in amplifying their visibility and achieving their goals.

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Orlando Health: Why Pneumonia Vaccine Is as Important as Flu Shot

If you’ve kept up with your annual flu shot and COVID vaccines, well done! There’s another crucial step you can take to protect yourself from severe illness: getting vaccinated against pneumonia. Pneumonia, a lung infection, is one of the top causes of adult hospitalizations in the United States. While it poses a particular risk to very young children and adults over 65, it claims nearly 50,000 lives annually across the nation. Make sure you’re protected.

For older people who are relatively healthy, the beauty of the pneumonia vaccine is that — unlike the annual influenza vaccine — you may only need to get the shot just once in your lifetime to significantly reduce your chances of getting very ill or dying from pneumonia.

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In a move that underscores a steadfast commitment to education and community prosperity, Osceola County has once again cast a unanimous vote in favor of the transformative Osceola Prosper program. During Monday’s County Commission meeting, all five commissioners earmarked an impressive $8.3 million to continue fueling this initiative that has already begun reshaping the educational landscape for local students.

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Law: Which vehicles are more likely to be involved in serious or fatal accidents?

Sadly, serious and fatal accidents take place on a daily basis in Central Florida. These crashes can happen in a number of ways and can be caused by not following traffic laws, inexperience, intoxication, distracted driving, fatigue, and medical issues.

Statistics show that fatal car accidents can often occur based on the type of vehicle. You may think that sports cars are most likely to be in crashes due to their speed and performance. However, according to the NHTSA, it’s the everyday cars, trucks, and SUVs on the roadways that are involved more frequently in serious or even deadly accidents, with sedans and pickup trucks accounting for more than three-quarters of fatal accidents. If you drive out on the roadways, here’s what you need to know about which vehicles have been involved in many of the crashes.

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FWC releases 60 acres of of easements at Split Oak Forest for Osceola Parkway Extension, receives 1550 acres of conservation land

At this week’s Commission Meeting in Daytona Beach, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Commissioners voted 6-1 in favor of an agreement with the Central Florida Expressway Authority and Osceola County to release 60 acres of Split Oak Forest Wildlife and Environmental Area’s conservation easements in exchange for 1,550 acres of abutting conservation land, part of a total package estimated at $66 million. The decision makes it possible for CFX to construct the Osceola Parkway Extension, part of a regional expressway that would connect State Road 417 near Boggy Creek in Orange County to Cyrils Drive in Osceola County.

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KUA Earns High Scores for Customer Satisfaction in 2024 Survey

Kissimmee Utility Authority recently achieved remarkable customer satisfaction scores for 2024, bolstered by their commitment to prompt response to customer concerns, maintaining high system reliability, and employing knowledgeable and courteous staff. The survey, conducted in March by GreatBlue Research, Inc. through both phone and online methods, underscores KUA’s ongoing dedication to serving its customers effectively.

The annual Customer Satisfaction Survey assessed eight key organizational characteristics, revealing significant improvements across all areas compared to the previous year

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Orlando Health: Prevent Dog-Walking Injuries with These Tips HEALTH

Taking your dog on regular walks is good for your pooch – and for you, too. Walking doesn’t only provide “man’s best friend” some outdoor time, it also decreases the risk for obesity, high blood pressure and heart-related conditions for both of you.

But it’s not uncommon to suffer an injury while being out and about with your furry friend. A study by JAMA Surgery revealed that dog-walking increases the risk of fractures in older American adults.

Being prepared and following a few safety suggestions before heading outside can decrease these risks.


Dogs are easily distracted. When something catches your dog’s attention and they make a break for it, you could end up getting hurt.

From the way you grip a leash to the shoes you wear, you could seriously injure yourself if you aren’t prepared. Some common dog-walking injuries include:

• Wrist, hip, elbow and finger fractures, including cracked or broken bones

• Rotator cuff tears, which affect the tissues that connect muscle to bone in the shoulder

• Proximal humerus fracture, or injury of the humerus bone in the shoulder joint TIPS FOR SAFER DOG WALKING

Doctors see patients who fall because of being dragged by their distracted dog and then suffer fractures or sprains when they try to break their fall with their hands. A few tips can help.

Never wrap your leash around your wrist or fingers. If your dog suddenly moves at a faster speed, you’ll struggle to detach yourself. This could also result in a bad fall or a finger or wrist sprain.

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As the educational landscape continues to evolve in and around Osceola County, parents are seeking more than just a conventional schooling experience for their children. They seek environments that foster individual growth, creativity, and a sense of community. Creative Inspiration Journey School (CIJS), a tuition-free Pre-K through 8th grade public charter school located in St. Cloud, has emerged as a beacon of innovative education, offering an unparalleled learning journey for students. Elevate Your Child’s Learning Experience With Pre-K through 8th Grade Creative Inspiration Journey School in St. Cloud

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Valencia College Collaborates with Osceola and Orange Districts for Elementary Teacher Apprenticeships and Path to Teaching Degree

Officials from Valencia College and Orange and Osceola County schools have unveiled the details of a new apprenticeship program for college students who want to become teachers. Announced at the Valencia’s West Campus, the new apprenticeships will allow students to work in schools as classroom paraprofessionals while earning their bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Valencia College.

The program is set to start in 2025 –though students who have earned an Associate in Arts degree can begin working as paraprofessionals in fall 2024. They’ll begin earning credit for their work experience starting in 2025, officials said.

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The Impact of Summer on Road Safety in Osceola County:

Draper Law’s Safety Advisory

Summer is synonymous with vacations, outdoor activities, and lively gatherings. However, the season also brings an increase in impaired and distracted driving as vacationers and locals hit the roads in Osceola County. Seasonal events and a higher volume of traffic mean more distractions, which can lead to a rise in road incidents.

Draper Law Office, a longstanding pillar in the Osceola community since 1984, advises all drivers to practice vigilant and sober driving during the busy summer months. The firm emphasizes that every driver must be aware of the increased risks and be proactive in reducing them. Whether heading out for a weekend road trip or a quick run to the store, it’s crucial to be mindful of your surroundings, avoid distractions, and drive responsibly.

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Gatorland, Central Florida’s First Attraction to Kick Off Historic 75th Anniversary in May

Gatorland is making history this year! Central Florida’s very first attraction that opened in 1949 is celebrating its 75th Anniversary and is inviting the public to this Diamond Jubilee Celebration with all the fun and games of the Fifth Annual Gatorpalooza Weekend, May 18-19, 2024.

Gatorpalooza 2024, included with park admission, will feature music, specialty food, craft vendors, artisans, family fun, games, appearances by the Gatorland Vlog Team and, of course, all the alligators, animals, and awesomeness that a day at Gatorland has to offer. Gator Gully Splash Park, also included in park admission, is great way for kids and adults to cool down and have fun.

SeaWorld’s Viva la Música: Celebrate Latin Culture

Every Weekend from June 1 to June 30

Experience the vibrant color and rich culture of Viva la Música, returning to SeaWorld for five festive weekends from June 1st to June 30th. This family-friendly Latin celebration is included with park admission and features an array of Latin entertainment, from thrilling live music to dynamic dance performances. With the park’s coolest attractions and animal adventures as your backdrop, each Saturday and Sunday will offer something exciting for everyone. Don’t miss out on the sound, spice, and spirit of this special event that captures the essence of Latin culture.

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Tiana’s Bayou Adventure to Open June 28 at Walt Disney World Resort

Get ready to “Drop on in” with Princess Tiana this summer, as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure opens in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort on June 28!

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure invites guests to join beloved characters Princess Tiana, Mama Odie, Louis, and all-new friends on a thrilling adventure, all set against the music and excitement of a New Orleans celebration. This new attraction will feature dozens of Audio-Animatronics figures, a foot-tapping soundtrack, and a celebration where everyone’s welcome. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is replacing Splash Mountain at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, which closed in January 2023.

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Splash into Cinema: Island H2O’s Dive In Movie Nights from May 31 to July 26

Grab your popcorn and get ready for a summer full of cinematic splashes at Island H2O Water Park! Every Friday from May 31 to July 26, starting at 6 PM, families and friends can gather to watch a series of beloved films on Central Florida’s LARGEST Outdoor Digital Wave Pool Screen. Each movie night is a unique opportunity to enjoy blockbuster hits and family favorites in a vibrant, poolside setting. As a special treat, Season Passholders receive a FREE bag of popcorn at every screening. Don’t forget to check our website for any updates to the movie lineup!

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Refreshing Treats: Watermelon Cupcakes with Lemon Frosting

Delight in the positively delicious and whimsical treat of Florida Watermelon Cupcakes. This unique dessert replaces traditional cupcake batter with fresh, juicy slices of Florida watermelon, creating a refreshing and light base. The watermelon is topped with a rich, creamy layer of cream cheese frosting, enhanced with a zest of lemon for a burst of citrus flavor. This inventive dessert is perfect for summer gatherings, offering a sweet, hydrating bite that’s sure to impress.

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Positively Delicious Hearty Harvest: Florida Chicken, Sweet Potato & Kale Salad

Enjoy a nutritious and vibrant meal with Florida Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Kale Salad. This positively delicious dish combines tender grilled chicken, roasted sweet potatoes, and fresh kale, tossed together for a wholesome and satisfying salad. Ideal for a lunch or light dinner, this salad is a delightful way to enjoy Florida’s fresh produce and proteins.

Coastal Delicacy: Herb & Butter Roasted Spiny Lobster

Indulge in the positively delicious Herb and Butter Roasted Florida Spiny Lobster, a luxurious dish that tantalizes the palate. This culinary masterpiece features succulent lobster tails roasted to perfection with a rich blend of herbs and butter, complemented by the bright flavors of citrus and the distinct briny accent of olives. Perfect for a special occasion, this elegant meal is a true celebration of Florida’s coastal bounty, offering a sophisticated blend of flavors that will delight any seafood lover.

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Peach Perfection: Flaky Puff Pastry Dessert

Savor the positively delicious taste of Florida Peach Puff Pastry, a delightful dessert that combines the sweetness of ripe peaches with the light, flaky texture of puff pastry. This simple yet elegant treat is perfect for any occasion, featuring thinly sliced peaches layered atop buttery pastry, baked until golden brown. The result is a warm, inviting dish that beautifully showcases the natural flavors and aromas of Florida peaches. Ideal for a sweet end to any meal or as a lovely afternoon snack.

Snackable & Savory: Florida’s Finest Broccoli Tots

Experience the crispy, golden delight of Florida Broccoli Tots, a positively delicious twist on a classic favorite. Made with fresh Florida broccoli and a hint of cheese, these tots are baked to perfection, offering a crunchy outside with a tender, flavorful inside. Perfect as a snack or a side, they’re a healthy, tasty option that brings a burst of flavor to any meal.

Positively Delicious Savory Sensations: Florida Chicken, Mushroom & Bacon Melt

Indulge in the positively delicious flavors of a Florida Chicken, Mushroom, and Bacon Melt. This mouthwatering sandwich layers tender chicken, savory mushrooms, and crisp bacon under a blanket of melted cheese, all nestled between toasted bread. Each bite delivers a satisfying crunch and a burst of hearty, rich flavors, making it a perfect choice for a fulfilling meal.

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