Local paramedic who nearly lost arm to alligator recovering

A Central Florida paramedic had his arm nearly ripped off by an alligator last summer. We first met Tavares Fire Lt. Carsten Kieffer in August following the incident. "It was not an alligator attack. It was an alligator defending himself," he explained.

Food giveaway for those struggling in Osceola County

The coronavirus pandemic has left many jobless, running out of money and hungry. Thanks local volunteers and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Kissimmee, families in Osceola County had the chance to pick up free food on Saturday.

Universal, Disney announce water park reopenings

Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando will be open for business this weekend. Meanwhile, Disney's Blizzard Beach is preparing for its opening on March 7. Both parks have COVID-19 safety measures in place for all guests.

Ghost kitchens popular during pandemic

Demand at White Castle's virtual restaurant in Orlando was so high this week, they twice had to close until full service location open this spring. These virtual restaurants, also known as ghost kitchens, have become a very popular trend during the pandemic.

Tips on getting your kids to go to sleep

If you have trouble getting your young children to go to sleep, there's an easy way to do it, according to researchers. Experts recommend six core bedtime activities to create a routine.

Paying it Forward: Man who takes in grandchildren hits hard times

For Luis Vasques Mercado, family comes first. Those are not just words as his actions prove it. Shortly after taking his seven grandchildren into his home, Mercado lost his job as a banker after the branch where he worked closed. Things seemed dire but a special gift was provided by the Kingdom Church of Orlando.

SUV safety features may have been lifesaver for Tiger Wood

Tiger Woods was still hospitalized a day after suffering serious injuries in a crash in Southern California. Doctors performed a lengthy surgery for multiple leg injuries. An investigation into the crash will likely take several weeks. First responders are saying that he is lucky to be alive and some say the SUV he was driving played a big role.

Home built on generosity

Contractors and vendors donated their time and supplies to build and furnish a 1,600-square-foot home in DeLand. It's sold for thousands of dollars and that money will go to the Sheriff's Foundation.

Growing need for minority mentors

Embrace Families, Central Florida's leading foster care agency, says the pandemic has cut the number of mentors in half. The agency needs assistance from the public and it is focusing on minority mentors, in particular.

Parramore developer brings new concept Church Street

As we recognize Black History Month, we spotlight a member of our local community. Timothy Green grew up in Paramore and is now a successful real estate developer. He is now giving back to the place he once called home.

AdventHealth using rapid genomic testing

A local family is thanking AdventHealth for a life-saving diagnosis that saved their baby boy. He was admitted to the hospital at just three months old for failure to thrive.

Help for people looking for vaccines

It is becoming very clear how widespread frustrations are with coronavirus vaccine appointments, but there are more and more examples of neighbors stepping up to help neighbors.