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Above is an aerial view of the city of Kissimmee. The city on Wednesday launched the “Keep Kissimmee Clean” campaign. It focuses on an environmental awareness program the city is developing and will take to schools in the city in the fall.

City rolls out ‘Keep Kissimmee Clean’ campaign

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 4:20 pm

Charlie Reed Staff Writer You might start seeing city workers wearing green shirts on the job that say “Keep Kissimmee Clean – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” Now an accepted uniform at City Hall, municipal employees will be walking billboards of sorts for the new anti-littering campaign Kissimmee launched Wednesday on Earth Day. Since 1970, people and organizations around the world have held events on Earth Day (April 22) aimed at protecting

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  • Local law enforcement looking for guidance on body cameras

    Posted on April 24, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The national debate about police tactics is percolating in the Florida Legislature. Osceola County’s law enforcement chiefs are closely watching two bills in Tallahassee that could set out rules for the use of police body cameras. The two bills circulating in the House and the Senate “may give some direction across the state on the rules surrounding the use of this tool. In addition there

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  • St. Cloud teen taking her talents to Gainesville

    Posted on April 24, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Slated to head to the University of Florida this summer after graduating from City of Life Christian Academy next month, Blackwell will be leaning on her résumé of service and hard work to reach out for titles like Miss Gainesville and Miss Florida Gator.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer As far as volunteerism, community service and academics goes, St. Cloud’s Marie Blackwell is one of Florida’s most decorated high school seniors. Slated to head to the University of Florida this summer after graduating from City of Life Christian Academy next month, Blackwell will be leaning on her résumé of service and hard work to reach out for titles like Miss Gainesville and Miss Florida

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Osceola County Commission approves highest school impact fees in the state

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 4:22 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola County Commission Monday approved higher education impact fees on new home construction, making them the highest in the state. As approved with the 3-1 vote — Commissioner Cheryl Grieb voted against the measure and Fred Hawkins was not present — the updated impact fee rates become effective for residential building permits issued on or after July 27. Buildings already under construction with permits

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  • Integrity helping Osceola County golf industry thrive

    Posted on April 17, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer If you believe economists who say the golf course industry is flailing like a high-handicap golfer in a sand trap, Integrity Golf Company would like, in the hushed, courteous tone of a golf telecast, quietly disagree. The golf course management company based in Winter Garden, northwest of Kissimmee, does a lot of business in Osceola County. To put it in perspective in golf circles, Integrity

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  • Economic summit provides better picture of UCF sensor research center

    Posted on April 17, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Above is a graphic image of the planned Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center east of Kissimmee along U.S. Highway 192.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Locals have been hearing about the huge building project going on east of Kissimmee along U.S. Highway 192 — the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center — and how much money local, and state leaders might pour into it. On Wednesday, those present at the county’s Economic Development Summit learned a little bit more about what will occur at the complex, and how groundbreaking it will

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Osceola School District receives $60,000 for OHS Academy of Hospitality

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Dr. Phillips Charities honors the legacy of the Phillips family and supports organizations that live up to the motto “helping others help themselves.” In keeping with this concept, Dr. Phillips Charities awarded $60,000 to the Osceola School District to assist in expanding the Academy of Hospitality at Osceola High School, which provides its students with the necessary knowledge for a successful career in the service industry. The Academy of Hospitality

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  • Quality teachers drive student success, not excessive testing

    Posted on April 24, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Ricky  Booth School Board Great teachers create great schools and it is their passion and tireless work that ensures our children reach their full potential. I am extremely proud to say that one or more members of the Booth family have worked as educators in Osceola County since 1979.  I have witnessed first-hand the sacrifices both my parents and my wife made for our local youth during their long careers

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  • Letters to the editor for April 25, 2015

    Posted on April 24, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Residential update for district 3 To the Editor: As we travel every day to get to work on time, recently we had a parking lot effect on Pleasant Hill Road. Apparently, Poinciana Boulevard was flooded due to the 5-inch rainfall we received last week. The traffic had been backed up from John Young Pkwy passed Marigold Avenue. This is the resulting product of our Chairman and County Commissioner Brandon Arrington.

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