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Circuit Judge Keith A. Carsten, center, poses with Benjamin and Annie Hill, and their adopted children, Camden Doval, Arabella Doval, Aubrielle Doval and Jayden Cruz on National Adoption Day at the Osceola Courthouse 
on Friday.

Area foster children find ‘forever homes’ on National Adoption Day

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 4:20 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer With the adoption of 8-month old Camden on Friday, Annie and Benjamin Hill now officially have four children. Actually, they are the couple’s grandchildren. The kids are all under the age of 5, which blurs the lines when it comes to things like how they address the couple. Mom and dad? Grandma and grandpa? “They usually just call me ‘Ma’ – it’s kind of a

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  • Eat vegan at Chipotle with new Sofritas, plus dining out Thanksgiving Day

    Posted on November 20, 2014 at 3:21 pm

        By Peter Covino A&E Editor I had to drive some 700 miles to try my first Chipotle Sofritas burrito. Of course, they are available right here in Kissimmee and elsewhere in Central Florida, but the Chipotle folks had supplied me with a couple of “try me” coupons for their newest vegan offering and I just happened to be in Tennessee last week when hunger called. I guess the

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  • Get a jump on the season with Omni “Spa-lidays”

    Posted on November 18, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer A little indulgence never hurt anyone, right? With the holidays just around the corner, taking time to take care of yourself and others could be just the ticket to enjoying the season. If you’re looking for relaxation, a little pampering and chance to get away from it all for a few hours, stop by Mokara Spa at the Omni Orlando at Champions Gate Thursday for

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  • Keeping your pansies blooming all winter

    Posted on November 14, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Grantly Ricketts Osceola Extension Have you recently planted a colorful bed of pansies in your landscape with the hope that it will look as lovely as the commercial plantings that you see all over town? If so, you are not alone. Pansies are one of the most popular annuals for fall and winter landscapes and are particularly well suited for Central Florida gardens. Assuming that you chose healthy plants with

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  • Art center has a new name, Osceola Arts means expansion of its base for the art center

    Posted on November 13, 2014 at 11:17 am

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor The name isn’t the only thing that has changed at the Osceola Center for the Arts. Art center executive director  Brandon Arrington announced the name change to simply Osceola Arts at a special reception held recently at the complex. And it is just one of many changes coming to the center. As the name center for the arts, implies, Arrington said,

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  • Osceola Art Festival returns. Fall art festival is Saturday and Sunday in Kissimmee

    Posted on November 13, 2014 at 11:11 am

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor You can tell its fall in downtown Kissimmee not by the falling leaves in the street but by all of the art tents. Yes, it is Osceola Fall Art Festival time and Osceola Arts (formerly Osceola Center for the Arts) and Kissimmee Mainstreet present the 2014 Osceola Fall Art Festival. This is the 49th year for the most popular art festival in the county. The

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  • Food trucks, bonfires and pioneers, but not in one night

    Posted on November 7, 2014 at 12:49 pm

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor Well here’s hoping the big bonfire doesn’t fizzle tomorrow night in West Kissimmee. The latest forecast shows a 30 percent chance of rain Saturday. Hopefully, the good 70 percent of the forecast will be in the evening. If you like all things British, the event should be pretty cool (except close to that bonfire). Parking is only $2 and it is

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