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The Lifeline

Bringing you the best local stories in and around our community.

Extended Family

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Though their roles are often misunderstood, local foster families like Mike and Starla Jenkins provide a critical link between children and their parents during times of crisis

The Hall (Still) Calls

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Every year, Seminole County enshrines new local athletic icons into its Sports Hall of Fame. The 2020 induction took place without the usual fanfare, but the honorees deserve no less of a celebration. Let’s meet this year’s worthy inductees:

Be The Change

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June’s Black Lives Matter march in Oviedo was an emotional and uplifting event. Meet the local grad who helped make it happen.

A Hearty Supply

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Now more than ever, the local nonprofit organization Hearts, Hands and Hope is filling the gaps to help feed every hungry family in Seminole County

Success in the System

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The future for foster children can seem bleak, but Altamonte Springs Police Officer William Belt proves that today doesn’t define tomorrow – and he’s determined to spread that message to local kids every way he can

History Remembered

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Her mother is celebrated in Oviedo’s new black history mural, and her family’s legacy in the community stretches back nearly 100 years. Meet Judith Dolores Smith and experience her unique perspective on Oviedo history.

Postcards From The Edge... of Oviedo

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The City of Oviedo has come up with a beautifully colorful way to say, “Wish You Were Here.” Five postcards – all touting Oviedo’s name and considerable charms – are now for sale at the City’s Development Services Department.

Fish Tales

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Oops, he did it again. Local grad Adam Fisk went for another crazy ride in his kayak, courtesy of some serious sea life.

An Olive Branch

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The Oviedo community is coming together to help the Boys & Girls Clubs get its local programs up and running even before the new Oviedo branch is open

The Bald and the Beautiful

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A lot of us had to put off haircuts for a few weeks this year. In her quest to fight pediatric cancer, this local woman is using the extra time to raise even more money before she shaves her head for the cause closest to her heart.

Becky's Gone Bananas

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Oviedo's Becky Martz treasures tiny works of art that most of us just throw away. Her hobby of collecting banana labels has taken her around the world and back again.

Making It Work

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A new fibers and textiles art class at Winter Springs High School is giving fashion-forward students a chance to wear creativity on their sleeves

25 Years of Changing Lives

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Have you ever thought about mentoring a student? Consider being part of the Take Stock in Children program. With 25 years of success under its belt, this scholarship program helps connect deserving high-school students and adult mentors in a meaningful way.

A Super Experience

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Six talented young chefs from Winter Springs High School earned a Super Bowl weekend trip to South Florida to help make the Taste of the NFL event a succulent success

An Artist Gives Back

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Del Seaman has been a centerpiece of the local art community for 30 years. Now, he’s redoubling his efforts to make the entire community a better place.

Talent Blooms at Palm Valley Art Show

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Palm Valley, a senior residential community in Oviedo, is home to many artistic types who enjoy drawing, painting, and creating other works of art. In fact, the residents’ interest in arts and crafts is so strong that the community boasts not one, but two art clubs.

A SunRail Daycation

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Looking for a day-full of fun throughout Central Florida? Our own Georgia Rivas hops on SunRail to scope out some of the hottest spots that are just a train-ride away.

The (Home) Brew Crew

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If you’ve ever thought about trying your hand at homebrewing beer, don’t go it alone! The Brew Club of Seminole County welcomes you with full glasses and open arms.

A Seed Grows in Seminole

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The Mustard Seed of Central Florida has a strong and growing presence in Seminole County, providing help to families in distress and opportunities to serve for those with love to give

Career Exploration

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The Oviedo Fire Explorer Program gives future first responders a front-row seat – sometimes quite literally – to the work of our community’s heroes

Triple Overtime

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The Oviedo-Winter Springs community lost a soccer luminary this year, but his family’s legacy on local fields – now three generations deep – continues to play on

Hello Summer

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And just like that, another Florida summer is upon us, but luckily you don’t have to go very far to enjoy our beautiful Sunshine State. Here are our top picks for fun things to do in your neighborhood and around town this summer.

Boston Strong

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For this Winter Springs marathoner – who just completed her third-straight Boston Marathon – running is therapy, charity, and camaraderie all in one.

Flip the Calendar

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Oviedo’s most iconic calendar is getting a new look and some new life as The Oviedo Preservation Project hands off its signature photo calendar to the Chamber of Commerce.

The Hall Calls

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The 2019 class of inductees into the Seminole County Sports Hall of Fame spans decades, multiple sports, and the full spectrum of community service

The Apple of His Eye

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Oviedo high-schooler gets a surprise visit from Apple CEO Tim Cook and a prestigious scholarship to attend the company’s iconic developers conference in California.

A Different Kind of Exam

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You’ve heard of a teaching hospital... But how about a schoolteacher who’s now an emergency-room physician? Meet ER doctor and former Hagerty High teacher Lindsey Elmes.

A Concert for the Kids

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Get ready for a star-studded evening of entertainment on August 18, all to benefit the Steinway Society and its mission to help children in need take a seat at the piano.

Making A Splash

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Did you know Oviedo has its own synchronized swimming team? Meet the Synchro Belles, adorable young ladies who are tackling this demanding sport with grace and gusto.

It's A Long Story

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Did you know we have a New York Times bestselling author living right in our own backyard? We do, but his journey to writing success was no quick read.

A Helpful Decade

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As Helpful Hands, Inc. prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary, we look back at what has become one of the Oviedo-Winter Springs community’s most, well, helpful charities.