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Local leaders, project developers break ground on Crosslands

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 11:15 am

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Touting it as the first project in Osceola County that meshes economic development with mass transit, local leaders and project developers officially broke ground Wednesday at the future site of Crosslands Center at the intersection of Osceola Parkway and Orange Blossom Trail in north Kissimmee. The complex, which will have 427,000 square feet of retail space at completion, is less than a mile from the

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  • 9 Osceola County organizations benefit from piece of $3.8M Disney grant

    Posted on April 18, 2014 at 11:09 am

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer For Mary Downey and Joy Chuba, financial support from sources such as Disney grants are the boost they need to keep them going for the rest of the year. They are two of the nine Osceola County organizations selected as recipients for the 2014 Disney Grants. Rewarding 87 organizations across Central Florida, Walt Disney World gave a total of $3.8 million to local organizations that

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  • HIV-positive hoops player hopes lesson is learned

    Posted on April 17, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Dakota Basinger hopes his unfortunate experience last weekend in a Kissimmee Parks and Recreation basketball program serves as education and a “teaching moment” for dealing with people who are HIV-positive. Basinger, 21, said he was removed from his team’s playoff game on Sunday at Denn John Middle School, after a city employee approached him during a timeout early in the second half, escorted him to

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Local leaders, project developers break ground on Crosslands

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 11:15 am

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Touting it as the first project in Osceola County that meshes economic development with mass transit, local leaders and project developers officially broke ground Wednesday at the future site of Crosslands Center at the intersection of Osceola Parkway and Orange Blossom Trail in north Kissimmee. The complex, which will have 427,000 square feet of retail space at completion, is less than a mile from the

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  • KUA wins 6 public relations awards

    Posted on April 16, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Kissimmee Utility Authority won six awards on April 16 at the 2014 Image Awards, an annual competition sponsored by the Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association. The winners were announced at a ceremony held at the Cleveland Heights Golf & Country Club in Lakeland. The Image Awards competition recognizes companies and organizations that exhibit and employ comprehensive public relations projects that meet the highest standards of

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  • Kissimmee kicks off Ruby Award program with Conrad and Thompson

    Posted on April 15, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer As a way to highlight business within Kissimmee, Economic Development Director Belinda Ortiz Kirkegard launched the Ruby Award Program during the April 1 City Commission meeting, celebrating those who have been operating within the city for 40 years. To launch this program, the city chose to honor Conrad and Thompson Funeral Home, which has been in business for 48 years. “The Ruby Award enables us

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New shopping complex with be an economic shot in the arm

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Let’s go shopping. It is always a good sign for the economy locally when new shopping centers are under construction, and Kissimmee/Osceola County just landed a big one. The new center, The Crossroads, a Loop-like retail complex in North Kissimmee, located close to The Loop, broke ground this week, and with that groundbreaking will eventually come a 427,000 square-foot shopping complex. That is comparable in size to The Loop shopping

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  • Letters to the editor for April 19, 2014

    Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Don’t condemn Florida schools to more failed accountability To the Editor: They say those who don’t remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Someone should remind policymakers in Tallahassee of this important lesson. After 15 years of failure, there is broad consensus that testing and our school accountability system at-large needs to be fundamentally overhauled. It’s important that we get this overhaul right. The evidence shows that, after more

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  • From Manhattan to Washington, Indians get snookered

    Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Leonard Pitts Tribune Media Twenty-four dollars. That, supposedly, was the price Gov. Peter Minuit paid American Indians for the island of Manhattan in 1625. It’s a tale historians find suspect. In the first place, whatever Minuit paid was in goods valued at 60 17th-century Dutch guilders; the calculation that this equaled 24 U.S. dollars was made two centuries later — on what basis, evidently, no one can say. In the

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