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Parks & Rec to Host

SAINT CLOUD- The city will once again step onto the global stage when the Parks and Recreation's aquatic staff  hosts local participation in The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™

City Tennis Courts

SAINT CLOUD- The city-owned tennis courts at Godwin Park, 317 Delaware Avenue, and O.P. Johnson Park, 300 Georgia Ave., currently closed for renovations, are tentatively scheduled to re-open June 23.

City Preps for Annual

SAINT CLOUD- It's that time of year again when The Cloud gets down and dirty. The St. Cloud Police Department and the City will host the annual ROBO Mud Run fundraiser June 24, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St. Cloud Home Depot to

SAINT CLOUD- A coalition of organizations that provide hurricane-related services will be hosting a Hurricane Preparedness Expo June 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the St. Cloud Home Depot parking

St. Cloud Earns Playful

SAINT CLOUD- When it comes to child's play, St. Cloud isn't playing around.  The city has been honored as a Playful City USA Community for a third year in a row. The Playful City USA Program,

Police Accepting Unused

SAINT CLOUD- On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the St. Cloud Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will accept potentially dangerous expired, unused, and

Blues, Boats, Bikes &

SAINT CLOUD- This Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. the lakefront will be bustling with Blues, Boats, Bikes & Barbecue.  The event, hosted for the 13th consecutive year by St. Cloud

City to Hold Charity

SAINT CLOUD- The Public Services Department will hold its third annual Charitable Golf Tournament June 10, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Royal St. Cloud Golf Links, 5310 Michigan Avenue, to benefit We

City to Hold Third

SAINT CLOUD- The city will hold its third Backyard Poultry Basics class for residents seeking to obtain temporary Backyard Chicken-keeping Permits May 2, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the St. Cloud

St. Cloud Main Street

SAINT CLOUD- In celebration of the designated city flower, the Minerva Amaryllis, St. Cloud Main Street hosted its first annual Baby Amaryllis Pageant along with coloring and poster contests March 17

Public Services Dept. to

SAINT CLOUD- In an effort to further promote earth-friendly living, the city's Public Services Department is offering a Green Building Made Simple workshop May 10, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at

Parks & Rec to Host

SAINT CLOUD- Spring is in the air and so are fishing poles.  The Parks and Recreation Department will host a Youth Fishing Tournament April 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Borrow Pit Pond across

March For Meals 5K Hits

SAINT CLOUD- The Osceola Council on Aging "Meals on Wheels" program, which provides hot and cold meals to frail, elderly and younger disabled residents throughout Osceola County, including St. Cloud,

Local Urologist First in

Submitted by St. Cloud Regional Medical Center SAINT CLOUD- Axel Anderson, M.D. of Urology Associates of St. Cloud, located at 2900 17th Street, is the first Urologist in Osceola County to

Fire Marshal: Change

SAINT CLOUD- Daylight saving time begins March 12 and ends Nov. 5. Clocks are moved ahead one hour in the spring and moved back one hour in the fall (“Spring Forward, Fall Back”). The Change

If It Sounds Too Good To

by Donna Olmstead, contributing columnist We won $5,000 cash this week! Not. But we did get a promotion in the mail that led me to believe that we won that much. It's called King of Cars and all

Parks & Rec Now Offering

SAINT CLOUD – Online registration is now available for some of the city's Parks and Recreation activities and programs including rentals, camps, classes and facility reservations. *Subscribe for

Flush With Confusion~

by Donna Olmstead, contributing columnist All I want to do is buy a toilet. The one in our main bathroom (as compared to the laundry/shower/bathroom and litter box site) needs to be replaced. So

Give Your Valentine the

submitted by St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, guest editorial SAINT CLOUD- This year, Americans will spend approximately $2 billion on candy gifts for the special Valentines in their lives.

Crying Fowl~ (by

by Donna Olmstead, contributing columnist So here we are living in town, and that sort of raises certain expectations, such as not having to listen to roosters crowing. A given, right? No cows

St. Cloud Wheel

SAINT CLOUD- The St. Cloud Wheel Park playground at the Extreme Sports Complex, located at 2401 Peghorn Way, will be closed for resurfacing January 23-30. *Subscribe for FREE to receive the

City to Offer

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- City residents can keep backyard chickens, but must attend a chicken-keeping class in order to obtain a chicken-keeping permit. The city is offering its

A Weekend With Jetty~

by Donna Olmstead, guest columnist As I write this, Jetty is curled up on her dog bed next to the television. She has her ball on the bed next to her. I suppose she's guarding it from our cat,

Hospital Kicks Off New

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- New Year's resolutions often center around improving health and lifestyles. The St. Cloud Regional Medical Center is offering assistance by providing its

Council on Aging to Host

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The Osceola Council on Aging, located at 700 Generation Point in Kissimmee, with the help of staff and volunteers, will be serving over 400 seniors and

City Kicks Off 'Cool It-

SAINT CLOUD- The City of St. Cloud Public Services staff has kicked off the 'Cool It - Can It - Trash It' FOG Prevention holiday campaign. Staff initiated the campaign in an effort to

City Unveils Ideas for

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Consultants hired by the City of St. Cloud unveiled possible visions for a City-Wide Trails Master Plan at a public workshop November 9th. *Click here to

City to Host 25th Annual

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The Parks and Recreation Department will host the 25th Annual Community Thanksgiving Celebration November 19, from noon to 2 p.m., at the St Cloud

Chisholm Park Becomes

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The "Battle at Narcoossee Mill," in which civil war re-enactors wage skirmishes against each other, may happen every year in March at Ralph Chisholm Park.

Walking A Mile in Her

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- It takes a big pair of high heel shoes to fit men like City Council Member Dave Askew, Osceola County Commissioner Fred Hawkins Jr. and Lead Child Advocate

Teams Push Back Against

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- If cancer could be conquered by a tug-a-war, than the teams competing Saturday in the Pink Fire Truck Pull would have eradicated the disease by brute

Samantha's Reading

by Donna Olmstead, contributing journalist This is the seventh in a series of articles about 10-year-old Samantha, who was diagnosed with convergence insufficiency (the inability of her eyes to

City to Hold Public

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- In a continuing effort to garner public input and involvement in the Citywide Trials Master Plan, the city of St. Cloud Parks and Recreation Department will

Guest Columnist- The Eye

October 7, Hurricane Matthew, Day Two (Afternoon) by Donna Olmstead, contributing columnist I sat out in back on the sun porch for awhile this morning watching the wind whip the branches on our

Guest Columnist- The

October 7, Hurricane Matthew, Day Two by Donna Olmstead, guest columnist Friday Morning, 8 a.m: Hurricane Matthew was moving just off Florida's east coast Friday morning, packing maximum

Electrical Safety and

When power lines are down, residents can restore energy to their homes or other structures by using another power source such as a portable generator. If water has been present anywhere near

Mayor Hosts Last 'Coffee

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Mayor Rebecca Borders hosted her last "Coffee & Conversation With the Mayor" event Saturday, October 1 with a mini health-fair at the St. Cloud Community

Risk Manager Provides

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Long before Joe Etter became City of St. Cloud's Safety & Risk Manager, he learned the work ethic and skills that would carve out a 34-year-career in

Coffee & Conversation

Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Mayor Rebecca Borders will host “Coffee and Conversation with the Mayor” Oct. 1, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at the St. Cloud Community Center, 3101

City Welcomes Chickens,

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- In a move that shows the city has no foul with fowls, Council approved an ordinance earlier this month allowing residents to keep chickens.  This two-year

City Recognizes October

SAINT CLOUD- October is designated as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In 2013, there were 108,030 domestic violence incidents reported to police in Florida. Many more incidents went

Celebrity Chef to Judge

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Celebrity chef winner Emanuel "Manny" Washington Jr, also known as "Chef Manny FD" will be in The Cloud next month to judge local cooks.  Washington, 29,

Samantha Completes 6

by Donna Olmstead, Contributing Journalist (Note: This is the sixth in a series of articles following Samantha, who had been being treated for ADD until her Now-I'm-10 Checkup. That's when her

Urban Agriculture

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The city's Urban Agriculture Program is offering new classes at PegHorn Nature Park and Trail, 2101 PegHorn Way, and will kick off its second St. Cloud

Regular Prostate Cancer

by: Axel Anderson IV, MD Every three minutes a man in the United States is diagnosed with prostate cancer. Although the cause of prostate cancer is still unclear, regular testing can detect the

Local Restaurant Owner

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The City of St. Cloud formally recognized local restaurant owner Angie Redman for her efforts in spearheading the drive to feed school teachers free meals

Community Volunteers

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- In a joint effort Wednesday, the St. Cloud Police Department teamed with the Osceola Council on Aging and the St. Cloud Home Depot to improve the quality of

Volunteers Plan Workday

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The good samaritans are at it again! Osceola Council on Aging (OCOA), volunteers from Team Depot (The St. Cloud Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer

Coffee and Conversation

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- August's Coffee and Conversation with the Mayor will be held at the St. Cloud Community Center, 3101 17th Street, August 19, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and

PegHorn Park's Trails

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The trails portion of PegHorn Nature Park and Trail, 2101 PegHorn Way, has been temporarily closed for maintenance.  The trails are tentatively scheduled to

Public Workshop Maps Out

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- About 50 people turned out July 20 at the St. Cloud Community Center to go over two new initiatives presented by the city during a public workshop. *Click

City Hall to Feature

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- City Hall now has its own little indoor garden.  Parks and Recreation staff installed a Tower Garden in Building A, First Level, on July 14 to promote its

City to Hold Public

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The Great Outdoors is calling and the City of St. Cloud intends to answer.  But first officials seek input from residents on two new initiatives that are

Food Pantry Raffles to

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Those who give are in need of receiving; the St. Cloud Community Pantry is on a fund raising drive to generate $25,000 for the purchase of a walk-in

Participants Revel in

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Saturday's Robo Mud Run was a sloppy success. Around 900 participants slogged through the three-to-five mile extreme obstacle course designed to test

City Teams With Charity

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- City workers teamed up with two charitable organizations Thursday, June 23 to distribute fresh produce and other food near the Civic Center during a mobile

Portions of Mud Run to

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Saturday's ROBO MUD Run, put on by the St. Cloud Police Department at Peghorn Nature Park, 2101 Peghorn Way, will benefit local families and victims affected

Nature Made Products

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Due to possible salmonella or staph aureus toxin contamination, Pharmavite LLC has issued a recall for several Nature Made products according to the Food and

If It's Hot, Leave Them

by Donna Olmstead, contributing journalist Leaving a pet in a parked car not only is dangerous for the animal, it also could result in a stranger breaking into the car to rescue the

Samantha's Vision

by Donna Olmstead, contributing journalist This is the fifth article in a series about vision problems being mistaken for dyslexia, ADD or ADHD. It is estimated that as many as one in four

Mud Run Discount

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- For mud runners, tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of the entry discount for the annual Robo Mud Run at Peghorn Park, 2101 Peghorn Way, June 25,

Medical Marijuana Is

by Merrell Palmer, editor TALLAHASSEE- The medical marijuana amendment is back on the ballot, and the fight to defeat it has been renewed. Drug Free Florida successfully pushed back a similar

St. Cloud Earns An 'A'

By Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The "Soldier City" has a playful side.  For the second year in a row, St. Cloud has been named as a Playful City USA Community. *Click here to sign up

'Coffee & Conversation'

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD-  May's "Coffee and Conversation with the Mayor" event will feature a free, public Health and Wellness mini-fair Friday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at

Publix Recalls Nut &

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- As a precaution against a possible Listeria contamination, Publix is recalling its brand of Cranberry Nut and Seed mix. *Click here to sign up for the

Life's Just One Big

And so the journal entries begin... by Donna Olmstead May 1, The right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing. First off, if you knew how hard it is to write this... Not hard

Day Dedicated for Drug

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- On Saturday, April 30, officers from the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, in an effort with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will be at the Publix Center

County Moves to Regulate

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Under an ordinance approved earlier this week by Osceola County commissioners, e-cigarette smokers must abide by the same rules and regulations of regular

Correcting Vision

This is the fourth in a series of articles about 10-year-old Samantha who has been diagnosed with vision problems that for three years caused a misdiagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder. by Donna

Charity Basketball

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- On Saturday, March 26, law enforcement officers from several agencies will trade badges and guns for balls and hoops. The Osceola County Sheriff's Office

Park Prepares For Picnic

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The normally quiet and serene grounds of the PegHorn Nature Park and Trail, 2101 PegHorn Way, will come alive Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., during

Samantha Has Her First

by Donna Olmstead, contributing journalist Note: This is the third in a series about the possibility that vision problems may result in a misdiagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder. This article

Doctors Confirm

by Donna Olmstead, contributing journalist (Note: This is the second article in a series following Samantha, who had been being treated for ADD until at her 'Now-I'm-10' Checkup. That's when her

Extravaganza Celebrates

by Elesha Jones, field reporter This year's Annual St. Cloud Life Community & Business Extravaganza will be held Saturday March 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in downtown St. Cloud on New York

Seeing the Problem;

by Donna J. Olmstead, contributing journalist (This is the first in a series about Children's Vision) Our granddaughter Samantha, 10, was grinning when she left her eye doctor appointment

Food Industry Dines on

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Times may be hard, and times may be slow, but Americans are still putting a fork in their woes. With sales at restaurants and bars up nearly 8 percent from

Zika Threat Low, But

By Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- While the risk for contracting the Zika Virus, which is linked to Microcephaly- a condition resulting in birth defects and abnormally small heads in newborn
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