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SAINT CLOUD- For one day this past weekend, local elected officials and municipal directors experienced a small part of life as first-responders.  The St. Cloud Fire Rescue, International

City to Present Vision,

SAINT CLOUD- In a look toward the future, city officials and staff have prepared a Growth Management Services (GMS) project dubbed, "Envision St. Cloud."  A citywide vision plan public kickoff

April Named Water

SAINT CLOUD- Mayor Nathan Blackwell proclaimed April as Water Conservation Month April 13 during a regular council meeting at City Hall. The proclamation is intended to help increase awareness about

St. Cloud Delegation

SAINT CLOUD- A delegation made up of city officials and St. Cloud High School personnel traveled to China March 25-April 6 for a little culture and business. The trip was meant to establish school

City's Economic

Released by City of St. Cloud Public Information Office SAINT CLOUD- St. Cloud hosted an Economic Development Summit April 12 in the Marina Building Banquet Hall that highlighted the present and

Mayor Offers Condolences

SAINT CLOUD- St. Cloud Mayor Nathan Blackwell extends the following statement regarding the death of former Osceola County Commissioner and Kissimmee Mayor Frank Attkisson. “The sudden and

Florida Dept. of

SAINT CLOUD- City officials announced Monday that Executive Director of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Cissy Proctor will be a panelist during Wednesday’s Economic Development Summit at

Former Osceola County

SAINT CLOUD- Former Osceola County Chairman Frank Attkisson, a resident of St. Cloud, was killed Thursday evening after being struck by a car while riding his bicycle. *Subscribe for FREE to

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

City To Host Free

SAINT CLOUD- The City continues its economic development efforts by hosting a free Economic Development Summit April 12, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Marina Building, 1104 Lakeshore Drive, in the

City Invites Downtown

SAINT CLOUD- City officials are inviting Downtown St. Cloud stakeholders and business owners to a downtown revitalization information session April 5, 8:30 a.m., in City Hall Council Chambers,

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

City Officials Travel to

SAINT CLOUD- City officials, including Mayor Nathan Blackwell, Deputy Mayor Dave Askew, Council Member Linette Matheny, Council Member Donald Shroyer, City Manager Joe Helfenberger and Public

County Announces Free

SAINT CLOUD- For Osceola residents with old tires and unwanted household chemicals, the Bass Road Recycle Site, located at 750 S. Bass Road in Kissimmee (407) 742-7750, is providing free disposal

City Releases 2016

SAINT CLOUD- The city released its 2016 End-of-Year Report March 22 on its website: www.stcloud.org.   The report from City Manager Joe Helfenberger details top accomplishments and statistics from

Lakefront Renovations to

SAINT CLOUD- A three-phase Lakefront Park Landscape and Irrigation Renovations Project will begin on April 3. “We will have our qualified and licensed landscape and irrigation contractor

Growth Department

SAINT CLOUD- The Growth Management Services Department recently released the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) 2016 Annual Report. This report contains information about the CRA’s finances for

City Council Approves

SAINT CLOUD- The City Council adopted a resolution  during a regular meeting March 9 that authorizes two citywide garage sales in 2017. The dates are: · April 14, 15 and 16 · Nov. 10, 11 and

City to Host Free

SAINT CLOUD-The Building Department will offer a free workshop to local contractors March 8, 3-5 p.m., in the Marina Banquet Hall, located at 1104 Lakeshore Blvd., to offer information on

St. Cloud Utilities

SAINT CLOUD- St. Cloud Utilities rolled out its new electronic billing and payment service sponsored by the secure e-billing and payment system Invoice Cloud. Customers participating in paperless

City Manager's Report

City Manager's Report from St. Cloud City Council Regular Meeting February 23: Ordinance No. 2017-07 – Passed 5-0 This was the second and final public hearing of this ordinance to amend

City Manager Talks

SAINT CLOUD- During a press conference at City Hall February 21, City Manager Joe Helfenberger updated the status on Saint Cloud’s top-priority projects. These include the addition of a Turnpike

City Leaders Meet With

Released by City of St. Cloud Public Information Office SAINT CLOUD– St. Cloud Deputy Mayor Dave Askew, City Manager Joe Helfenberger and Economic Development Coordinator Laura Gambino were among

Building Dept. Customer

SAINT CLOUD- The city's Building Department will be short-staffed at Customer Service February 27-28 due to employee training. All hands will  be on deck March 1. *Subscribe for FREE to receive

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

City Manager Provides

SAINT CLOUD- During the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Luncheon February 9, guest speaker City Manager Joe Helfenberger provide a municipal update on the phases of downtown development and

City Council to Hold

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The City Council will hold a hearing February 9 to receive public comments about a proposed seaplane base on East Lake Tohopekaliga. The hearing will take

Proposed Bill Would

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- A bill filed yesterday by a Senate Democrat would require retailers and shopping centers with more than 100 parking spaces to provide parking spots for

Public Meeting Scheduled

SAINT CLOUD- The St. Cloud Growth Management Services staff will host a public meeting Feb. 20, 6 p.m., at City Hall, Bldg. A, 3rd level, in Council Chambers to discuss and receive public

Council Member Shroyer

SAINT CLOUD- St. Cloud City Council Member Donald Shroyer has been appointed Water Cooperative of Central Florida (Water Co-op) Board of Supervisors’ chairman and will serve in this capacity

City to Spray Lake Weeds

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The city will be spraying the waters along the St. Cloud Beach and the boat basin at the lakefront on a monthly basis this year in an effort to control the

Donald Trump Sworn In as

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- At noon on an overcast day in Washington D.C., a monumental event took place, showcasing an attribute for which America is known- the peaceful transfer of

City Rejoins Interlocal

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The city is now back at the table in an interlocal agreement with Osceola County, School District of Osceola County School Board and Osceola Legislative

City Manager's Report

City Manager’s Report St. Cloud City Council Regular Meeting Jan. 12, 2017 Here are the decisions made during the Jan. 12 St. Cloud City Council Regular Meeting: Ordinance No.

District 9 Rep. Darren

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Freshly elected as the first Puerto Rican in congress to represent Florida, District Nine Democrat Darren Soto announced yesterday that he will not attend

State Historic

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Efforts to preserve St. Cloud's history moved forward this week when Florida Department of State Bureau of Historic Preservation Architect Richard Hilburn

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

City to Offer Free Water

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Watering wisely is watering well. That's the message the city would like to send in its free Water Efficient Landscaping and Irrigation workshop open to the

City Offices Closed On

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The city's administrative offices and the St. Cloud Utility Customer Walk-In Center in City Hall will be closed January 16 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther

Mt. Peace Cemetery Plots

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- With Global Positioning Systems (GPS), not only are the living trackable, but also the dead. The city's Parks and Recreation Department now

Library to Reopen at End

SAINT CLOUD- After months of renovations, the St. Cloud Veterans Memorial Library is scheduled to reopen at the end of January. Visitors to the branch, located at 810 13th Street, will

Utility Company Keeps

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Starting this month, St. Cloud Utilities customers will have even more options for paying their bills. Existing methods include the drive-up

City Seeks Volunteers

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Residents interested in volunteering to serve on a council advisory board or committee have until January 27 to turn in applications to the City

State Law Seeks to

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Parents who have for years cajoled children to 'take their medicine,' might find it surprising that 10% of American teens abuse common, over-the-counter cold

City to Offer Tree SWAP

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The St. Cloud Parks and Recreation staff, along with the Tree Advisory Committee, is offering somewhat of a gift exchange of their own. Residents are

City Manager Touts

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- At December's press conference in City Hall, City Manager Joe Helfenberger reviewed the progress of several projects around town, municipal goals and

City Offices to Close

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- City administration offices, including the St. Cloud Utilities Customer Walk-In Center at City Hall, will be closed December 23 and 26 for the Christmas

Council Establishes

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- In a nod towards town legacy and efforts to preserve standing history, the St. Cloud City Council approved an ordinance establishing a Downtown Historic

Parks & Rec Plan to

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Soon residents will be able to register online for activities offered through the city's Parks and Recreation Department. *Click here to sign up

City Offices to Close

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- City offices, including the St. Cloud Utilities Customer Walk-In Center, will close from noon to 2 p.m. December 16 for a municipal employees'

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

Councilman Donald

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- City Council Member Donald Shroyer's service to the community will soon extend much  further than the 9.2 Square miles that make up St. Cloud.  Shroyer

City Councilman Dave

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Not only does St. Cloud have a new mayor, the City Council elected its new Deputy Mayor during last week's regular city council meeting.  Council

City Website Offers

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- In an effort to bolster economic growth, the city is now offering commercial property research capabilities on its official website, including a

Newly Elected Members

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- During a St. Cloud City  Council Special Meeting November 17 in City Hall Chambers, three newly elected members took the oath of office and were sworn in

City Hires Economic

By Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The city recently hired an economic development coordinator to promote the standard of living and economic health of the city.  Laura Gambino will

City Manager Reviews

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- St. Cloud is a city on the rise. Literally. One of the developments discussed during City Manager Joe Helfenberger's monthly press conference Tuesday

Newly Elected Council

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Newly elected city council members will be sworn in during a special city council meeting November 17 at noon in City Hall Council Chambers, 1300

City Offices Closed For

SAINT CLOUD- City administrative offices will be closed Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. This closure includes the St. Cloud Utilities Customer Walk-In Center in City Hall, Bldg. A,

Donald Trump Wins 2016

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, November 9, 2016, billionaire business tycoon Donald Trump secured the required 270 electoral votes to  win the

Mayor Leaves Office as

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Mayor Rebecca Borders received an honorary lifetime membership into the Girl Scouts last month during her last City Council meeting. *Click here

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

Early Voting Starts Today

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Calling all early birds~ voters in Osceola County can start casting ballots today.  Early voting for the General Election runs through November 6th. Polling

St. Cloud Outlines Park

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- In a press conference Tuesday, City Manager Joe Helfenberger reiterated the city's dedication to its veterans and the long legacy on which "Soldier City " is

St. Cloud Proclaims

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- In honor of the municipal planning commission, Mayor Rebecca Borders proclaimed October as Community Planning month in St. Cloud during last week's council

Florida Death Penalty

by Merrell Palmer, editor TALLAHASSEE- In a ruling handed down yesterday, the Florida Supreme Court declared the state's death penalty sentencing system is unconstitutional. As a consequence,

Florida Voter

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- For Florida residents who have waited until the 11th hour to register to vote, a federal judge today extended the deadline another week to October

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

City's Emergency

SAINT CLOUD- City of St. Cloud officials deactivated the municipality’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. The EOC was partially activated Oct. 5 at 8 a.m. and fully

Osceola County Reports

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- In a morning joint press conference with the cities of St. Cloud and Kissimmee, Osceola County officials provided updates about the overnight and early

Osceola County to Hold

Osceola County, Florida -- Osceola County officials will hold a press briefing today (Friday) promptly at 11 a.m. to discuss Hurricane Matthews. The press briefing will be held at the Osceola County

City Offers

ST. CLOUD- City of St. Cloud officials will continue monitoring Hurricane Matthew overnight Oct. 6 into Oct. 7. Residents should remain indoors starting Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. and into the daylight hours

Osceola County Announces

Osceola County, Florida – Osceola County declared a mandatory evacuation for residents in mobile and manufactured homes, RV parks, campers and campsites this afternoon. People should

City Officials Urge

City of St. Cloud officials are asking residents to remain indoors late Oct. 6 through at least early Oct. 8. A curfew has not been issued at this time, but pedestrians and motorists are

City Elevates Emergency

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The city's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is at level 2 and will be increased to level 1 tonight (October 6th). City offices are closed through Oct.

Osceola Shelters to Open

Osceola County, Florida -- In preparation for severe weather conditions, Osceola County officials today declared a state of local emergency. Subsequently, the Executive Policy Group (a

City Preparations

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- As of this afternoon city offices and departments were still open and operating as usual. Staff continues to monitor the progress of Hurricane Matthew and

City Emergency

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- City officials partially activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) this morning in preparation for Hurricane Matthew.  A hurricane watch has been

City Council Declares

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The St. Cloud City Council held a special meeting late this afternoon and declared a state of emergency within the city limits in preparation for possible

City Launches New

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- In a move to stay in step with residents and communicate more efficiently and quickly with the public, the city's Parks & Recreation and Public Services

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

New Toilets Flush Out

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- While funds last, St. Cloud residents can qualify for a $145 credit on their next utility bill by replacing an existing high-flow toilet with a WaterSense

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

Local Candidate Forum to

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Candidate Forum October 4, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the St. Cloud City Hall Chambers on the third floor,

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

City Replaces Lights in

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- In an extension of the city's green efforts, Public Services staff are replacing 10 large incandescent lights on the fountains in the retention ponds along

City Council Approves

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- In a 3-1 vote, the City Council voted September 22  to adopt an ad valorem tax final millage rate established at 5.1128 mills for the City’s fiscal year

City Continues land-Swap

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Talks are on-going between the city and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3227 about re-locating its home from the old train station depot in front of city

City Manager Reports

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- City Manager Joe Helfenberger arrived in town almost a year ago with a clear vision and plans for improving a community he already liked.  At September's

City Will Host Intro to

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- City Manager Joe Helfenberger has scheduled a government workshop that will provide an in-depth look into how the City operates September 26, from 6-9 p.m.

Planning Manager Draws

By Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- When the city of St. Cloud offered Andre Anderson the position of planning manager earlier this year, his return to the public sector was gratifying. Much of

St. Cloud City Workers

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- When Hurricane Hermine swept ashore just south of Tallahassee, two St. Cloud Public Service employees answered the distress call.  Between September 2nd and

Labour Day At a Glance

Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a

Council Swearing-In

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- St. Cloud City Council Member-elect Linette Matheny, who was elected to Seat number Two during the municipal primary election August 30, will be

Primary Results Set

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Results from today's primaries are in, which means a lot of candidate runs are out. *Click here to sign up for the FREE Morning Report & Breaking News

Primary Voting Underway

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Today is the day Florida voters can answer back to the constant chatter of the election season.  Voting stations are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. *Click

City Manager's Report

City Manager’s Report St. Cloud City Council Regular Meeting August 25, 2016 Here are the decisions made during the Aug. 25 St. Cloud City Council Regular Meeting: Ordinance No.

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

City Offices Closed on

SAINT CLOUD- City offices will be closed Sept. 5 for the Labor Day holiday. This includes the St. Cloud Utilities Customer Walk-In Center in City Hall, Bldg. A, first level. *Click here to sign

County & City Work

SAINT CLOUD- In an effort to improve safety and to provide the best services to citizens, Osceola County  and the City of St. Cloud pledged dedication to further organizing and

Early Primary Voting

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Registered voters can now cast their ballots early for Osceola County's Primary Elections. *Click here to sign up for the FREE Morning Report &

Senior Center & Events

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The St. Cloud Senior Citizen Center (also known as the St. Cloud Community Center) is the happening place to be!  That's the message St. Cloud Senior

Road Impact Fees Waived

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- In an effort to attract new businesses and economic growth, St. Cloud is waiving road impact fees through the end of 2017 for certain types of

Osceola Schools Ask

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Voters in Osceola County will approve or squash a referendum on the November 8th ballot for a half-cent sales surtax to benefit county schools. *Click

Squeezed by Operation

by Vonna Gullion, guest writer SAINT CLOUD- Ever heard of “Operation Choke Point?” I hadn’t either until it started impacting my business, St. Cloud Knives and More. Wikipedia lists

Osborne Looks to Bring

This is continuation of coverage on candidates in local races By Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- When Beau Osborne boots up and saddles up on his steel steed, he’s a man on a mission. As

Crumpler Hopes Voters Do

This is continuation of coverage on candidates in local races By Merrell Palmer, editor Saint Cloud- Few folks can claim deeper roots in St. Cloud than Hughette Crumpler. “My family has been

Transfer Station's Hours

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- At the beginning of October the St. Cloud Transfer Station, 2705 PegHorn Way, will shorten weekday hours of operation by an hour. *Click here to sign up

Rivera Advocates for

This is continuation of coverage on candidates in local races by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- More than all the other figurative hats Jeff Rivera has worn- and there are many- the one

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

Late Artist's Work to Be

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The City plans to honor the work of the late Dennis Vebert, a St. Cloud artist and author who died May 12 by exhibiting his artwork at City Hall August 15

Cooper Looks to Bring

This is continuation of coverage on candidates in local races by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- For Charles "Chuck" Cooper, winning seat #3 on the City Council would be somewhat of a

City Manager's Report

City Manager’s Report St. Cloud City Council Regular Meeting July 28, 2016 Ordinance No. 2016-41 – Passed 5-0 This was the second and final public hearing of this ordinance to annex

City Workers Praised for

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- During the July 28 regular city council meeting, officials announced St. Cloud Public Services’ Treatment Plant Operator “A” Mike Harry and Lead

Blackwell On a Mission

This is continuation of coverage on candidates in local races. by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- If anyone knows anything about building a campaign from the ground level up, it's Nathan

Matheny Has Designs on

This is continuation of coverage on candidates in local races. by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Linette Matheny knows a thing or two about growth and government.  As a civil and

City Manager Presents

The Citizen Advisory Finance Committee budget workshop and meeting are complete. The City Council’s budget workshop begins Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. in City

Gonzalez Set to Serve As

This is continuation of coverage on candidates in local races. By Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- At six-foot, six-inches tall, Orlando Gonzalez looks down at most people. But the

Taormino Ready to Work

This is continuation of coverage on candidates in local races. By Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- For Amanda Taormino, responsibility came early, as well as the realization that her life

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

Summer Students Learn

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Thirteen Osceola middle-school students from Community Vision's Leadership program spent the day July 18 touring the city in a crash course in public-service

Results Are In From

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The ballots have been counted and the votes are in. At least for one moon-lit night July 19 in St. Cloud during The Chamber of Commerce's 'Politics in the

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 Manager Touts Town

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Earlier this month City Manager Joe Helfenberger got a chance to show off St. Cloud when he took U.S. Senator Bill Nelson's Central Florida Regional Director

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

Property Appraiser Hopes

This is continuation of coverage on candidates in local races. by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- To current Osceola County Property Appraiser Katrina Scarborough, her position- as well as

Melendez Looks to

This is continuation of coverage on candidates in local races. by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Julius Melendez, a self-described computer geek, is full of energy and ideas. A man used to

Chief Deputy Seeks Voter

This is continuation of coverage on candidates in local races. by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Osceola County Chief Deputy Dave Sklarek's roots run deep, as do his relationships with the

St. Cloud to Hold

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- This year three of the five city council seats are up for grabs during the elections.  A primary election will take place August 30 and the regular election

Busby in the Battle for

This is a continuation of coverage on candidates in local races. by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- As a combat veteran, Anthony "Tony" Busby is used to slogging it out in the trenches.

City Launches Economic

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The city recently launched a web page dedicated specifically to economic development. The link to the page is located at the center of the top navigation

Rinehart Ready for Mayor

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Jeff Rinehart has been a go-getter since he was old enough to get up and go. The Michigan native loaded his belongings- which consisted of a sleeping bag,

Celebrating a Historical

When armed conflict between bands of American colonists and British soldiers began in April 1775, the Americans were ostensibly fighting only for their rights as subjects of the British crown. By the

Mayor Opts For Slower

by Merrrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- On a recent stormy afternoon Mayor Rebecca Borders looked out of a window from the third floor at city hall and surveyed the city streets below. This has

City Designates Parking

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- In a nod towards its warriors, this "Soldier City" designated five parking spots around town for combat-wounded military veterans. *Click here to sign up

City Works on

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- At a news conference Tuesday, City Manager Joe Helfenberger outlined upcoming public processes for the proposed fiscal year 2016/2017 budget,  proposals for

Local Political Races Set

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- After the qualifying deadlines, local political races are starting to take shape.  Candidates for 2016 local races that impact St. Cloud include: Saint

LakeFront Beach Area to

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The Lakefront beach area on East Lake Tohopekaliga will be closed June 27 - 28 so that  Parks and Recreation staff can apply herbicide to the swimming area

City Manager's Report

City Manager’s Report St. Cloud City Council Regular Meeting June 23, 2016 Here are the decisions made during the June 23rd St. Cloud City Council Regular Meeting (Council Member Holmes

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

City Offices Closed on

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- St. Cloud's administrative offices, including the utilities walk-in center in City Hall, Building A, first level, will be closed July 4 for the Independence

Osceola Passes Pot

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- In a unanimous decision Monday night, Osceola County commissioners approved an ordinance allowing law enforcement officers to fine instead of arrest

Some City Department

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- St. Cloud's Building and Planning & Zoning  office hours will change June 27.  Hours of operations currently are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  New hours will

VFW Commander Touts Post

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- In the town known as "Soldier City" it is only befitting that the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3227 meets in the heart of downtown. "Our building, the

Osceola Commissioner

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- For Osceola County District Four Commissioner Cheryl Grieb, Sunday's shooting in an Orlando gay nightclub- the worst mass shooting in U.S. history- is

Veteran Commander to

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- June's 'Coffee and Conversation with the Mayor,' hosted by Mayor Rebecca Borders, will be Friday, June 17, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at City Hall in The Bridge

Council Member Completes

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Add St. Cloud council member Dave Askew to the list of recent graduates. Askew graduated from the 2016 Institute for Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO) III:

City Manager's Report

City Manager’s Report Here are the decisions made during the June 9 St. Cloud City Council Regular Meeting: Ordinance No. 2016-37 – Passed 5-0 This was the second and final public

Hillary Declared

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Based on both her pledged and unpledged delegate counts, the Associated Press and other media organizations declared Hillary Clinton the presumptive

City Posts Annual

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The city of St. Cloud posted its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2015 on the municipality’s website

City Manager's Report

City Manager’s Report St. Cloud City Council Regular Meeting May 26, 2016 Ordinance No. 2016-27 – Passed 5-0 This was the second and final public hearing of this ordinance to annex

Donald Trump Secures

by Merrell Palmer, editor WASHINGTON- This morning Donald Trump secured the required number of delegates to seize the Republican Party presidential nomination. *Click here to sign up for the

City Open for Business

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- City Manager Joe Helfenberger began May's press conference at City Hall this afternoon with a clear message for commercial developers: "We are open for

City Observes Memorial

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- City offices in St. Cloud, including the St. Cloud Utilities Customer Walk-in Center in City Hall, will be closed for Memorial Day Monday, May 30. *Click

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

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

By Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The skies outside The Marina banquet hall were gray, but the mood inside was light.  Local dignitaries, chamber members and guests dined on Mahi Mahi,

Local Businessman Sets

By Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Local businessman Wayne Liebnitzky believes he can make a difference on the national scene, and he has a six-year plan to do it. "I don't think politics

City Manager's Report

City Manager’s Report From the St. Cloud City Council Regular Meeting May 12, 2016 Ordinance No. 2016-20 – Passed 5-0 This was the second and final public hearing of this ordinance

City Council Election

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD-  Potential candidates for the offices of City Council Seat #1 (mayor), Seat #2 (council member) or Seat #3 (council member) in the November General

'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

Local Firefighters

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The Osceola County Professional Fire Fighters Local 3284 union officially endorsed the re-election campaign of Fred Hawkins, Jr., Osceola County Commissioner

City Manager's Report

City Manager’s Report From St. Cloud City Council Regular Meeting April 28, 2016 Ordinance No. 2016-17 – Passed 5-0 This was the second and final public hearing of this ordinance to assign

City Council Announces

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The City of St. Cloud is accepting Community Agency Grant applications starting today, May 1, through  5 p.m., September 1, 2016. This grant program

Commissioner Grounded By

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The young boy sat in the front seat of his mother’s passenger van and peered into her face as she leaned close. “Fred, you’re going to think the people

City Seeks to Ensure

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- In a nod to the anniversary of the enactment of the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, Mayor Rebecca Borders named April as Fair Housing month in St.

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

Planning for Expanding

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Growth is as steadfast in Florida as afternoon rain, nightly mosquitos and year-round sunshine. And according to City Manager Joe Helfenberger, St. Cloud is

City Manager's Report

City Manager’s Report From 
St. Cloud City Council Regular Meeting  April 14, 2016 Ordinance No. 2016-02 – Passed 5-0
  This was the second and final public hearing of this ordinance to

Council Candidate Hosts

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- When Amanda Taormino arrived in St. Cloud two years ago, the Pennsylvania native wasted little time getting involved in her adopted community's politics.

Mayor to Take Her

(Story Update: April’s Coffee and Conversation with the Mayor will be held April 15, 7:30-8:30 a.m., at City Hall in The Bridge. Guest: Treehouse Studios Productions.) By Merrell Palmer,

City Releases Community

Click here for the City of St. Cloud's Community Redevelopment Agency 2015 Annual

City Releases 2015 End

  *Click here to view the City of St. Cloud's 2015 End of Year

City Manager's Report

City Manager’s Report St. Cloud City Council Regular Meeting March 24, 2016 Ordinance No. 2016-07 – Passed 5-0 This was the second and final reading of this ordinance to amend our

Up For the Challenge,

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- When Joseph “Joe” Helfenberger tossed his hat into the ring for St. Cloud’s City Manager position last fall, he wanted a challenge. With 30 years

Florida Taps Trump &

by Merrell Palmer, editor WASHINGTON- Businessman Donald Trump won the Republican Presidential Primary in Florida's runaway contest Tuesday. *Click here to sign up for the FREE Morning Report

Florida Voters Have

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Today is the day for Florida voters to cast their ballots in the primary race for the presidency.  Polls are open until 7 p.m. local time. *Click here to

City Manager's Report

City Manager’s Report
 St. Cloud City Council Regular Meeting March 10, 2016 One council member – Mr. Rinehart – was absent. Ordinance No. 2016-01 – Passed 4-0
 This was the

City Officials Forecast

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- City Manager Joe Helfenberger has a dream for the town he began overseeing in October of last year. And if his vision is fulfilled, St. Cloud will offer more

Mayor Contemplates Third

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The skill set that serves Rebecca Borders as St. Cloud’s mayor grew from the roots of growing up as a tomboy in a house of six girls, raised by a single

Lawmakers Trim Tax

by Merrell Palmer, editor TALLAHASSEE- In a revamped tax-cut package March 3, Florida lawmakers scaled back this year's Back-to-School sales tax holiday from 10 days to just three, August

A Letter to the Citizens

Dear Citizens, During the past several months there have been several statements and allegations that the St. Cloud Government and city hall are corrupt. Recently we received questions for a

Poll: St. Cloud Early

TownNewsToday.com will be conducting several polls during the course of the 2016 election season. We are eager to see which way our residents are leaning and how the stats change as candidates drop

City Employees Stock

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- For the staff at St. Cloud Parks and Recreation, caring for the community is not always about leisure. City employees donated time, personal items,

Coffee With Care- Mayor

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Sitting at a table over coffee, St. Cloud Mayor Rebecca Borders and Rotary Club of St. Cloud guest Bobby Heplen discussed opportunities and upcoming

New Hands On the Purse-

By Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The City of St. Cloud’s new finance director, Javier Gonzalez, may have started his position February 15, but he certainly knows his way around the

Deadline Today to

By Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Floridians who intend to vote for the Democratic or Republican nominee for president must be registered today. The February 16 deadline is also for voters
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