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Valencia College joins partnership to launch School of Public Safety

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 12:09 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Valencia College in Osceola County will expand public safety programs, with the creation of a new School of Public Safety. College trustees Wednesday approved a resolution that will allow for a major expansion of public safety programs at Valencia’s Criminal Justice Institute campus near its east Orlando campus. The School of Public Safety will combine the college’s current education and training programs for law-enforcement officers,

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  • Six high schools see letter grades drop

    Posted on December 19, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The state of Florida released the school letter grades for high schools for the 2013-14. While some schools maintained their achievement, others slipped a letter grade, in line with many other schools in the state. Harmony High School, Professional and Technical High School (PATHS) and The Osceola County School for the Arts each maintained their A grade from 2012-13. The other six public high schools

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  • Courthouse to open at midnight when gay marriage ban expires

    Posted on December 18, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    By Charlie Reed and Ken Jackson Staff Writers The Osceola County Courthouse will open for a couple hours at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 6 – the moment that Florida’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage expires – to issue marriage licenses and possibly perform services. Osceola County Clerk of the Courts Armando Ramirez said he expected to process up to 30 licenses that night for gay couples who have long-waited for the

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Deals will be waiting for shoppers in downtown St. Cloud today for Small Business Saturday.

Main Street directors say shop local for Small Business Saturday

Posted on November 28, 2014 at 11:00 am

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer After you’ve pushed and shoved your way through the big box stores on Black Friday, shopping may seem like a chore by the weekend. It doesn’t have to be, thanks to Osceola County’s two historic downtowns, where the shops are small, the owners are locals and the deals are waiting. So take a break from the post-Thanksgiving retail frenzy and check out the shops in

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  • Not your average doll house, American Girl arrives at Florida Mall

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 4:41 pm

                By Peter Covino A&E Editor If you have a girl at home under the age of 12, your holiday shopping budget just went up a whole lot. American Girl, renowned for its line up of dolls, books and even movies based on the immensely popular dolls, has come to Florida Mall. The new store opened over the weekend, and according to reports, attracted as

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  • Get a jump on the season with Omni “Spa-lidays”

    Posted on November 18, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer A little indulgence never hurt anyone, right? With the holidays just around the corner, taking time to take care of yourself and others could be just the ticket to enjoying the season. If you’re looking for relaxation, a little pampering and chance to get away from it all for a few hours, stop by Mokara Spa at the Omni Orlando at Champions Gate Thursday for

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Confessions of a holiday slug

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Mary Schmich Tribune Media You check the closet and search the basement. Not there. You look in the drawers where you throw the stuff like Allen wrenches, oven assembly instructions and mysterious little bags of screws, all the weird things you imagine you’ll use before you die but probably won’t. No luck there, either. Come on. Where are your old holiday decorations? Ah. There. The logical place. On a high

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  • Taking pride in the accomplishments of Kowboys

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    It has become an annual tradition that Osceola High’s football Kowboys will provide excitement among its loyal fan base during the holiday season. The team made its fourth trip to a state championship game Friday, its second such appearance in seven years. Osceola has reached the playoffs the past eight years and in 15 of the past 18 seasons. That is a remarkable track record, one that Osceola High and

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  • Current teacher evaluation system needs to be scrapped

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Jay Wheeler School Board All over Florida there is distress about the increase in K-12 student testing in our public schools. Parents and school boards seeking ways to opt out.  Many have it wrong. I have concluded that the increase in testing is about students, instead it is about teacher evaluations. Under Gov. Rick Scott, the state has gotten deeply into the teacher evaluation business, while worthy it is misguided.

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