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Sharing all those Kodak moments with EyeEm. Photo app lets you share, edit and even enter contests

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 1:43 pm

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor If you like to take pictures, you really need to have EyeEm. The free photo-sharing application (available for android, iPhone and Windows) lets you explore your creative side when it comes to photography. There is so much going on in one little application, from photo sharing and editing, to seeing just how many good photographers are out there, both

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  • This cruise ship is a gamble. Victory Cruise will host a party for its millionth customer

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 11:20 am

                By Peter Covino A&E Editor If you like to gamble, but never have any luck with the Florida Lottery, maybe a cruise is in order. Victory Casino Cruises have been operating out of Port Canaveral (and Jacksonville as well) for almost four years, and the cruise line is about to celebrate its millionth passenger with a celebration party. On Saturday, March 21, Victory, America’s

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  • Flower & Garden fest is back. This is the opening week for the popular Epcot event

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 11:09 am

                    By Peter Covino A&E Editor In the cold North, residents patiently wait for the return of the robins or the bloom of the first daffodils as a sign that spring has returned. In Central Florida, we just have to wait for the opening of the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. The wait is officially over. The annual event is back and continues

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This cruise ship is a gamble. Victory Cruise will host a party for its millionth customer

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 11:20 am

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor If you like to gamble, but never have any luck with the Florida Lottery, maybe a cruise is in order. Victory Casino Cruises have been operating out of Port Canaveral (and Jacksonville as well) for almost four years, and the cruise line is about to celebrate its millionth passenger with a celebration party. On Saturday, March 21, Victory, America’s

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  • Flower & Garden fest is back. This is the opening week for the popular Epcot event

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 11:09 am

                    By Peter Covino A&E Editor In the cold North, residents patiently wait for the return of the robins or the bloom of the first daffodils as a sign that spring has returned. In Central Florida, we just have to wait for the opening of the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. The wait is officially over. The annual event is back and continues

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  • Osceola won’t get SunRail until 2017

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    SunRail opened in Orange County last summer and will span 61 miles once the southern and northern legs are added to the line.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer It’s official: SunRail isn’t opening in Osceola County next year, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. Completion of SunRail Phase 2, which will bring the commuter train south into Osceola, has been pushed back to 2017, FDOT spokesman Steve Olson told reporters by email Thursday. The delay was first announced last year after FDOT and the Federal Transit Administration revised the completion date, Olson

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Education

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Math teacher Brandon McCurry helps Zavion Minuty, left, and Austin Mondon, right, with their Discovery Education project at Discovery Intermediate School on Monday.

Discovery Intermediate School students work with NASA

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 1:12 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The project: build a lunar plant growth chamber to house vegetative life on the moon. Engineers and astronauts from NASA are already hard at work on the case. But they’ll be taking some cues and ideas from — get ready for this — middle school students. Some of those engineering ideas might come from Discovery Intermediate School. The middle school in Poinciana began participating this year

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  • Osceola County students begin FSA testing

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 10:12 am

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    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Thousands of Osceola County students have begun taking the first round of new state-mandated tests this week, a much-debated process throughout Florida for assessing academic success at public schools. Known as the Florida Standards Assessments, or FSA, the exams were developed after the Florida Department of Education adopted new, tougher standards last year. FSA essentially replaced the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, known as the FCAT.

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  • Union leader: Pay teachers, don’t touch school class sizes

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 12:37 pm

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    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Apryle Jackson is fighting for her teaching comrades on a number of levels. The president of the Osceola County Educators Association, the union for school employees, is trying to maintain good pay for all the workers and a respectable class size for the classroom teachers. When the Osceola County School District said last week there would be no pay raises this year because of a

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Religion

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Above, St. John’s Episcopal Church at the corner of Columbia Avenue and John Young Parkway has been renovated by the congregation. Below is the original stained-glass structure built in 1889.

St. John’s Episcopal has new look and looking to reach out

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 12:27 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Perched under 300-year-old oak trees at the corner of Columbia Avenue and John Young Parkway, St. John’s Episcopal Church is aiming to be more visible in the community in more ways than one. St. Johns stands out a little more at the busy intersection since the congregation renovated it’s historic chapel. The chapel, which seats about 100, originally was built in downtown Kissimmee but was

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  • New World Wellness celebrates holidays from around the world

    Posted on December 23, 2014 at 3:22 pm

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Yoga teachers Kim Mason (left) and Rebecca Parsonage (right) sing along during a kirtan concert – an ancient form of musical meditation – at New World Wellness in Kissimmee Sunday for a winter solstice holiday celebration.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The churches are full during the holiday season, but rarely do people celebrate traditions outside their own faith. New World Wellness, in downtown Kissimmee, changed that on the winter solstice with an event that encapsulated some of the world’s most celebrated holidays. “In our culture we tend to separate ourselves in our different groups, so we wanted to do something that honored the different religious

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  • Evening of Praise events reaches ninth year

    Posted on May 28, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Evangelist Rupert Henry, along with several local churches and foster care organizations, held an Evening of Praise recently to promote the awareness of foster youth in Osceola County. It was the ninth year that Henry has organized this event, not only to raise money for foster youth, but also to encourage communication between the churches and organizations that are working for foster youth in the

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Health

Park Place moving forward with center to cut jail population

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:18 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Plans to build a central receiving center for mentally ill people picked up by law enforcement are moving forward. This week, the state Department of Children and Families granted a transportation waiver for Park Place Behavioral Healthcare that is key to getting the center up and running, said Park Place President and CEO Jim Shanks. Shanks sent a letter to Osceola County law enforcement chiefs

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  • Poinciana Medical Center completes emergency department expansion

    Posted on February 20, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer It took less than two years, but the Poinciana Medical Center has already outgrown the space in its emergency department. The Medical Center fixed that with a recently completed expansion. The expansion, finished in January, added 10 beds and 3,500 square feet to the emergency room for a total of 22 beds and 14,500 square feet. A second 64-slice CT 3-D X-ray scanner also was

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  • OC Grown seeks volunteers to expand local food movement

    Posted on February 13, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Locals are interested in Osceola County Grown. And the feeling is mutual. About 1,000 people turned up Jan. 31 for the giant version of the OC Grown Saturday Farm Market. The occasion featured live music, a barbecue contest and a record number of vendors and informational booths promoting area community gardens and programs offered by the county’s extension office. By most accounts, it was a

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