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I-Drive attraction will be an Eye opener. Orlando Eye will be ready for visitors by next spring, as will Sea Life Aquarium

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 9:36 am

By Peter Covino A&E Editor You won’t be able to see the Orlando Eye from downtown Kissimmee when the 400-foot tall attraction opens sometime next year, but you just might be able to see downtown Kissimmee from atop the giant observation wheel. The off-again, on-again project, is most definitely on as media and invited guests got an inside look this week at what will be literally, the biggest project ever

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  • Gone with the Wind exhibit is coming to Central Florida

    Posted on April 11, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    The Orange County Regional History Center’s exhibition Gone With the Wind: Reel to Real, commemorates the 75th anniversary of the film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s Civil War novel. The exhibition features the original gowns, costumes and artifacts of the film and is derived entirely from one collector, James Tumblin, who has the largest private collection of memorabilia from the film. The exhibition runs August 16 – November 30. James Tumblin,

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  • It’s the St. Cloud picture show. St. Cloud Twin theater gets a facelift and a fresh interior in its auditoriums

    Posted on April 11, 2014 at 9:47 am

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor The oldest movie theater in Osceola County is about to get a lot better. The St. Cloud Twin, the county’s only locally-owned movie theater has a new look inside, and is about to get a facelift outside as well. With the help from a grant by the St. Cloud CRA and St. Cloud Main Street, the hometown theater, which has been part of the city’s

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Travel

Get ready for a sleepover with Mickey and Minnie, 24-hours of Disney is returning to the Magic Kingdom

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 9:50 am

  By Peter Covino A&E Editor   Well, if you missed it last year, or you were there and stayed up so long you just don’t remember it, 24-hours of Disney is returning to the Magic Kingdom, Memorial Day weekend. I was there for the official opening of the event (it was quite cool to see Disney shrouded in fog in the pre-dawn hours) last year, and I still have

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  • All you need to know about upcoming Tribeca Film Festival, April 16-27 in NYC

    Posted on March 6, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, today announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight, Midnight, and Special Screenings sections, as well as the selections for the Storyscapes program. The 13th edition of the Festival will take place from April 16th to April 27th in New York City. The Spotlight section features 31 films, consisting of 22 narratives and 9 documentaries. Twenty films in the selection will have

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  • Welcome to the Nightmare, Alice Cooper documentary premieres at Tribeca Film Festival

    Posted on March 6, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Eagle Rock Entertainment, in association with Banger Films, has announced the world premiere of Super Duper Alice Cooper at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, where it will screen as part of their Spotlight section. Taking us through his life and career, ALICE presents his story in the first ever “doc opera” film – a dizzying blend of documentary archive footage, animation, and rock opera. Super Duper

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Education

Parkway Middle’s international baccalaureate (IB) middle year programme for 2014-15

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Parkway Middle School has received the distinction of becoming the first middle school in Osceola County to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP). The application deadline for the 2014-15 school year is May 4.  Student admission will be based on completed applications, as there are a limited number of seats for eligible students in the program.  Students currently attending Parkway Middle will not be displaced from the

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  • School Board approves policy revisions including prohibiting classroom discipline

    Posted on April 8, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola County School Board recently approved a series of policy revisions, with one specifically prohibiting student discipline in the classroom. The new policy 5.301 bans district employees from using any means of discipline or control to manage the behavior of any student, including Exceptional Student Education (ESE) students, which induce or result in physical or psychological pain or discomfort to a student. Those include

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  • House passes bill giving kids of immigrant parents better college access

    Posted on April 4, 2014 at 9:59 am

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer A bill giving American-born children of immigrant parents and Purple Heart recipients more access to college education in Florida recently was passed by the Florida House of Representatives. The Postsecondary Education Tuition bill, co-sponsored by state Rep. Ricardo Rangel, D-Kissimmee, adds amendments that grants children born from immigrant parents in Florida permission to enroll as a resident at state universities and colleges, qualifying them for

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Religion

St. Cloud church celebrates 25 years of worship

Posted on August 30, 2013 at 2:07 pm

By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Transforming from four families holding church services in schools around St. Cloud to a few thousand families, Cornerstone Family Church marked its 25th year in St. Cloud with a celebration that began Aug. 25. Nathan and Trish Blackwell, the church’s founders and leaders, said that, over the years, the church has changed in size and population, but its focus  has stayed the same. Cornerstone Family

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Health

County health director named Outstanding Woman in Public Health

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 4:42 pm

By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer It takes more than one person to keep a community healthy, but it only takes one leader to keep that effort going. Belinda Johnson-Cornett, director of the Osceola County Health Department, has been that leader for Florida for many years, and, on April 9, received the award of 2014 Outstanding Woman in Public Health by the University of South Florida. The award recognizes a woman

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  • New St. Cloud Regional Medical Center CEO ready to steer future

    Posted on April 15, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer For Brent Burish, the new CEO of St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, the main goal is to keep the hospital moving forward. Having started April 1, he said he will focus on patient care as well as getting to know the community and staff. Through them, Burish said he’ll receive the necessary information to develop specific center goals. The St. Cloud Regional Medical Center hired

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  • Osceola residents rally for statewide testing of ALD

    Posted on April 11, 2014 at 10:00 am

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer After their son Gabriel passed away from Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) last summer, Dawn and Peter Grigsby, of St. Cloud, set out to prevent other families from losing their sons to the disorder. Now, with the help of state Rep. Mike La Rosa, R-St. Cloud, they and three other Osceola County residents have brought the significance of ALD to Tallahassee. They are in the forefront of a

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