The Silver Spurs volunteer tradition began in 1940

The Silver Spurs volunteer tradition began in 1940

Volunteer Appreciation Month 2021 Silver Spurs When a small group of local cattle ranchers and their wives gathered for a friendly cookout in 1940, little did they know they would soon create a legacy of volunteerism that would span generations of family members and continues to this day.  Coming together over their love of horsemanship, the group formed the Silver Spurs Riding Club, performing in […]

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Vietnam Veterans Day: Mike Sikes

Vietnam Veterans Day: Mike Sikes

Charles Michael “Mike” Sikes was born on August 29, 1947, to Charles and Lila Sikes. Mike was the first of three sons born into the family. He enjoyed sports and played on the school basketball and football teams during most of his years at Osceola High School. He graduated from OHS in 1966 and attended Lake-Sumter Junior College before enlisting in the Army on December […]

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Bethel AME history spans more than 130 years in Osceola County

Bethel AME history spans more than 130 years in Osceola County

Black History Month 2021 Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Founded by Rev. Sam Hadley, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church was formed on January 14, 1885, two years prior to Osceola becoming a county. Sources differ on where the first church building was erected. One source states the corner of Brack and Walnut Streets while another places it on Palmway and Walnut. A news article […]

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Nathan Porter funded Black youth recreation center

Nathan Porter funded Black youth recreation center

Black History Month 2021 Nathan Porter funded recreation center for Black youth in Kissimmee Census records state Nathan Porter was born in Georgia, but exactly where, when and the names of his parents are unknown. Dates for his birth vary from March 13, 1873 to May 1876, with his headstone, located in Rose Hill Cemetery in Kissimmee, showing a birthdate of March 7, 1877. Nathan […]

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