Sedona and the Grand Canyon: My Adventure Out West

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“If you can describe the canyon in one word, what would it be?” my mom asked as we looked out from the South Rim.

It took me another day to think of it: overwhelming.

The Grand Canyon is an ocean of rock and crevasses that expands for miles to the horizon. But, it doesn’t end there. Looking over the edge, you can see at least a couple hundred feet before a rock ledge blocks your view of the miles of canyon to the bottom. Continue reading

Kissimmee eye doctor leaves legacy of clarity after 49 years in practice

Dr. Lawrence Fuller devoted his life to taking care of the vision of the community, but, after 49 years in the practice, it will be the people behind those eyes that he’ll miss the most.

Fuller closed his optometry office on North Main Street in Kissimmee on Wednesday. He opened his practice on Stuart Street in 1965, falling in love with the small town atmosphere of Kissimmee, before moving to his current location in 1970. With 7,200 current patients and countless others over the years, Fuller has worked and lived with the explosion of Central Florida growth while raising a family of his own. Continue reading

Plans take Center for the Arts out of its shell

Instead of bringing the community to the theater, the Osceola Center for the Arts will soon bring the theater to the community.

It is one of its biggest goals in the center’s drafted strategic plan, started by the Center for the Arts board a year and a half ago. Gathering feedback from stakeholders, staff, center members and city and county managers, the board is nearly complete with a plan that will guide the direction of the center for the next 5 to 10 years. In it, goals include taking its shows and summer camp programs out to the community, work more closely with the school district and expand the show schedule to include different genres and styles. Continue reading

Abortions, other services restricted at Planned Parenthood in Kissimmee

The Kissimmee Planned Parenthood clinic, located at 610 Oak Commons Blvd., can no longer perform abortions, any other outpatient surgical procedures and emergency medical services after a temporary injunction was granted at a hearing at the Osceola County Courthouse Wednesday.
MMB Properties, who owns a medical office building at 601 Oak Commons Blvd., filed the complaint and a request for a permanent injunction in June because the clinic breaches the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions within the Oak Commons Medical Park.
The declaration lists what practices are permissible at the medical park. Continue reading

Satellite animal shelter extends reach for pet adoption in Osceola County

For some dogs and cats, just a change in scenery could get them adopted quicker from the Osceola County Animal Shelter.
That’s what Osceola County Animal Care Technician Kayla Cook said about Animal Services’ new temporary satellite shelter at 3096 Michigan Ave. Just opened two weeks ago, Cook has witnessed two dog adoptions happen every day since the facility has opened. It makes taking 14 of the hundreds of dogs and cats to and from the satellite shelter in her vehicle all worth it. Continue reading

Study team to narrow alignment list for planned East Osceola Parkway Extension

With the central corridor of the proposed East Osceola Parkway Extension selected, the Project Development and Environment study team went back to the public July 10 to narrow the alternatives for the east and west ends of the project.

Taking the environment as well as current and future subdivisions into consideration, the team has selected five alternatives, or alignments, for both ends of the selected central corridor and will take several months to select the best alternative. It was one of many meetings to solicit the public’s input. The public hearing for the approved final alignment of the extension will be presented in mid-2015. Continue reading