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Deadline past for primary voter registration

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 10:20 am

Osceola County residents who are not registered have missed the deadline for the  Aug. 26 Primary Election. Voters can go to the Supervisor of Elections Office (2509 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy.) and register for the General Election in November until Oct. 6. For more information, call the elections office at 407-742-6000.  

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  • Kissimmee man arrested on 10 counts of child porn

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Kissimmee man who they determined had hundreds of child pornography images and videos on his home computer. Jodanis Muniz-Mercado, 26, was arrested and charged Thursday with 10 counts of promoting photo/movie sexual performance of a child. The investigation began in June when detectives identified a computer with an IP address that was linked to child pornography. After further investigation, detectives located it at

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  • Abortions, other services restricted at Planned Parenthood in Kissimmee

    Posted on July 24, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Protestors demonstrated in front of Kissimmee City Hall in April against Planned Parenthood opening an office in city limits. The clinic can no longer perform abortions or any other outpatient procedures after a temporary injunction was granted by a judge on Wednesday.

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer The Kissimmee Planned Parenthood clinic, located at 610 Oak Commons Blvd., can no longer perform abortions, any other outpatient surgical procedures and emergency medical services after a temporary injunction was granted at a hearing at the Osceola County Courthouse Wednesday. MMB Properties, who owns a medical office building at 601 Oak Commons Blvd., filed the complaint and a request for a permanent injunction in June

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Osceola County to partner in ChampionsGate expansion project

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 11:00 am

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer ChampionsGate is growing, and Osceola County, through investment of tourism dollars, will have a piece of the action. The Board of County Commissioners approved last week an agreement with Rida Associates, the development arm of ChampionsGate, that will see the county contribute $21.5 million in Tourist Development Taxes (TDT) toward the construction of a 100,000 square-foot conference center adjacent to the Omni Resort. As for

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  • Sports venues, arena thriving, county officials report

    Posted on July 11, 2014 at 10:52 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Osceola County’s sports venues and largest arena had a very good second quarter, and they are primed for even more success the rest of this summer, according to county officials. Director of Sports Facilities Don Miers and Osceola Heritage Park General Manager Robb Larson reported the successes to the Board of Osceola County Commissioners at its regular meeting Monday. The two presented reports to the

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  • Silver Spurs earns third statewide honor

    Posted on June 27, 2014 at 9:10 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer For the third year in a row, Venues Today, a trade publication in the venue industry, named the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee third in a list of the top five venues in Florida in gross revenue. According to the report, the arena took in $2.1 million in gross event receipts for the year-long period ending May 31, placing third among venues with a seating

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Editorial

Right decision was made for OHS students

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Jay Wheeler School Board Earlier this month, the Superintendent Melba Luciano called to inform me that Osceola High School will be going to a seven-period class schedule for the 2014-15 upcoming school year. She explained that this change was being made to align with the Florida Department of Education’s End Of Course (EOC) exam schedule. My first question was, “How’s the OHS Principal with this change?” She said that this

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  • Letters to the Editor for July 27, 2014

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Check candidate qualifications To the Editor: I have great news for the people of Osceola County. Those of us who are employees, parents, students and stakeholders of the School District of Osceola County will be excited to learn that we have two amazing, super-qualified candidates seeking school board positions. In district 4, Barbara Horn is seeking another term to complete the  work that she has begun.  She is currently a

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  • Put these great summer reads on your list

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Mary Schmich Tribune Media It’s summertime and the summer reading lists are flowing. Here’s one more for your pile. Not all the books I’ve listed are new, but they’re books I’ve read and enjoyed in the past year. 1) “The Burgess Boys” by Elizabeth Strout Reading anything by Strout, who wrote the hugely successful “Olive Kitteridge,” feels like sinking into a well-cushioned chair. Jim is the older and more successful

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