Tip-A-Cop Events Raise Awareness for Special Olympics

In an effort to raise awareness and support for Special Olympics, Sheriff Hansell and Osceola County Sheriff's deputies will participate in various Tip-A-Cop events. The public is invited to attend.


Osceola County sheriff’s deputies will work as celebrity waiters and their tips will benefit Special Olympics, a non-profit organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition to more than 2.2 million people with intellectual disabilities in more than 150 countries. Last year, the Osceola County Sheriff's Office raised more than $21,000 to support Special Olympics' programs and services.


The schedule and locations are as follows:

·      January 11, 5:00 to 9:30 p.m., Outback Steakhouse, 4037 13th Street, St. Cloud

·      February 16, 7:00 to 10:00 a.m., Woodsby's Cafe, 4515 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Kissimmee

·      February 26, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q, 4475 13th Street, St. Cloud

·      March 8, 5:00 to 9:30 p.m., Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill, 2911 Vineland Road, Kissimmee


2013 Images of Osceola Photo Show and Contest Calling All Osceola Photographers



The Osceola Center for the Arts, the Osceola County Camera Club and the Osceola News-Gazette present the 2013 Images of Osceola Photo Show & Contest and are looking for photographers to participate. Entries are open to residents of Osceola County and works must be photographic in nature and taken in Osceola County.  


Digital entries (on cd) may be submitted for consideration to the offices of the Osceola Center for the Arts, with a $5.00 fee per submission, no later than January 23rd.  The Photography Show will be on display at the Osceola Center for the Arts Art Gallery and Lobby from February 1st thru March 10th.


An opening reception to award prizes will take place on Wednesday, February 13th at 6pm. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.  First place will receive a check for $150.00, two annual passes to Gatorland, and a 1-year membership to the Osceola County Camera Club.  Second place will receive $100.00, two single day passes from Gatorland, and a 1-year membership to the Osceola County Camera Club.  Finally, third place will receive $75.00, a $25.00 gift basket from Gatorland, and a 1-year membership to the Osceola County Camera Club.  A local publication will also feature each winner’s entry.  For an application, please visit and click on the Visual Arts tab.  For questions, call ext.3.   

Tickets on Sale Now for Silver Spurs Events

The Silver Spurs Riding Club announces Kenyon Lockry live in concert after the last bull bucks on Saturday, February 9th at the 2nd Annual Monster Bulls.  All action will be held at the Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park.


Eight seconds of glory for cowboys holding on for a ride of their life to win big bucks as the 2nd Annual Monster Bulls makes a stop in Kissimmee.  It’s a night of high-energy, action packed entertainment as fans are on the edge of their seats watching rodeo’s all-time favorite event, bull riding.  When the chute opens for the last ride, country artist Kenyon Lockry will perform. Tickets are on sale now; action starts at 7:30, with doors opening at 6:30.


The following weekend will be the 130th edition of the nationally known PRCA Silver Spurs Rodeo, February 15-17, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:00. 

The Silver Spurs Rodeo of Champions will have hundreds of top rodeo professionals competing in traditional rodeo events such as; bull riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, and barrel racing. 


Tickets for both events are just $15 per person, kids 10 and under free, paid admission also includes a ticket to the Osceola County Fair, happening right next door.  Visit or call 407-67RODEO (76336).


The Silver Spurs Riding Club, a non-profit organization, is a volunteer based Osceola County tradition since 1942.  Club members dedicate endless hours to club events such as the bi-annual Silver Spurs Rodeo of Champions.


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