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Dozens of TV reality stars return to Celebration, July 31-Aug. 3

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 10:13 am

          By Peter Covino A&E Editor If you love reality shows on TV, the place to be in just two weeks is the sixth annual Hearts of Reality event at Celebration. Winners and contestants from hit shows such as Amazing Race, Survivor, Big Brother and The Apprentice, some 140 reality stars in all, will take place at the four-day event, July 31-Aug. 3 at the big

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  • Historic moon walk happened 45 years ago. NASA TV and Kennedy Space Center have special events

    Posted on July 17, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor If you are 50 or older, chances are you know exactly where you were and what you were doing this weekend 45 years ago. That’s when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made that famous “one giant leap for mankind” and became the first men to walk on the moon. If you missed it the first time around or want to relive those historic memories, NASA

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  • History can be fun at camp, kids can be Civil War soldiers at historical society camp

    Posted on July 15, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor Instead of spending the summer playing video games or watching television, youngsters can spend their time living in the past, at one of the summer camps offered by the Osceola County Historical Society. The 2014 summer camp program actually started back in June, but there is still time to sign up for camps that involve the Civil War, as well as the history of Osceola

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Rocky Mountain high. Filmmakers will hand out a small amount of legal weed to those attending Colorado documentary screening

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 4:50 pm

  It may not be exactly what John Denver had in mind when he sang about that Rocky Mountain High several years ago, but fillmmakers Adam Hartle and Antony Hashem have gotten into the spirit of things now that marijuana is legal in Colorado.   The filmmakers  will have a most unique souvenir to give to moviegoers who come see “Mile High- The Comeback of Cannabis” premiering this week in

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  • Plan a summer getaway, right here in Florida.

    Posted on July 3, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor If the long, hot summer in Central Florida is dragging you down, you can escape to the islands, even if it is only for the night as Hemingway’s at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress celebrates summer with an island summer pre- fixe menu. Designed by Executive Chef Kenneth Juran, the three-course menu is available in July and August and features many of “Papa’s” seasonal favorites including:

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  • A sneak peek at Harry Potter Diagon Alley, opening July 8 at Universal

    Posted on June 19, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor Unless you have fallen under the spell of Harry Potter’s magic wand, you probably already know that the Wizarding World of Diagon Alley finally will open to the public on July 8. National and local media went through a fairly intensive three-day schedule of events this week, highlighting all the new things Universal Orlando Resort has to offer before the main event Wednesday night and

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OHS to hold meeting about class schedule changes

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 11:17 am

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Osceola High School is scheduled to change its class scheduling from a four-by-four block to a seven-period schedule for the 2014-15 school year, which begins in a little over a month. But parents, students, some teachers from OHS and at least one School Board member feel the timing is wrong to make that change. Those groups debated the change for more than three hours at

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  • Osceola County schools see improvements in grades

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer When the final batch of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores were released in June, they showed that nearly every grade level in the Osceola County School District saw improvement. The Florida Department of Education recognized Osceola County as one of only five districts to improve in all seven assessment areas. That was reflected when the district revealed the school grades for its elementary, middle,

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  • Extension Services for July 10, 2014

    Posted on July 9, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    • Speak with a HUD-certified counselor by appointment at Extension Services, Osceola Heritage Park. Having trouble paying your mortgage?  Don’t wait until it’s too late.  UF/IFAS Extension in Osceola County can help.  Register to find out your options. Register at • From 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 19, Lake Appreciation Day, at 201 Lakeview Dr. Kissimmee. Lake clean up and environmental fair; plant a pond or rain garden.

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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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  • Kissimmee pastor joins march to push immigration reform in D.C.

    Posted on May 7, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Rev. Javier Figueroa, of Centro de la Familia Cristiana de Poinciana in Kissimmee, believes that immigration law should be enforced, but not at the expense of separating families. That’s why he, as well as religious leaders across the country, have joined the march to Washington, D.C. to urge progress on current immigration reform.  Figueroa, who is on the board of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition,

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  • 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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Hospital introduces first residency programs

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 1:08 pm

By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer A program three years in the making, medical the Osceola Regional Medical Center recently launched its first residency program. Not only a first for Osceola Regional, but also for Kissimmee, the program is the result of a partnership between Osceola Regional Medical Center, Orlando Veterans Health Administration Medical Center and UCF College of Medicine. Currently, the hospital holds residency programs for internal medicine, training students

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  • Remember to drain and cover

    Posted on July 11, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Belinda Johnson-Cornett Osceola County Health Department Florida Department of Health in Osceola County advises the public to remain diligent in protecting themselves from mosquito bites. To date there has been four confirmed cases of imported chikungunya fever in Osceola County. Chikungunya (chik-en-gun-ye) fever is a virus spread by bites from an infected mosquito. In all four cases, the infected person traveled outside of the US and became symptomatic once they

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  • Do selfies spread head lice?

    Posted on July 11, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    By Dr. Sue Hubbard, For the News-Gazette Are teenagers spreading lice when they put their heads together to take a perfect selfie? This is a hot topic trending lately online. I’ve received emails and texts from parents who are fighting head lice in their homes and are wondering if this is possible! I was skeptical at first about the risk of transmitting lice during a selfie session. Lying on the

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