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Kathleen Plinske, president of Valencia’s Osceola and Lake Nona campuses. 
spoke at Wednesday’s “State of Education.”

Education leaders focus on student career training

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 1:27 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Every graduating high school senior in Osceola County will receive an acceptance letter from Valencia College later this spring, whether they applied or not. It’s a new outreach effort by Valencia to attract students who may not otherwise know their options after high school. Osceola County’s 78 percent high school graduation rate is higher than the state average, but the district is below average when

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  • Mecum Auto Auction sees $68 million in sales, 70,000 attendees

    Posted on January 30, 2015 at 1:12 pm

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A classic Corvette leaves the auction block at Mecum Auto Auction on Jan. 24.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Mecum Auto Auction first came to Kissimmee in 2006, and took up two tents in the corner of the Silver Spurs Arena parking lot. Anyone who drove by Osceola Heritage Park over the last two weeks clearly saw that the event has gotten much, much bigger over the years. Now a 10-day event, total sales of cars and car-related art stand at $68, 801,987

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  • Kissimmee City Commission lists top priorities for the year

    Posted on January 30, 2015 at 1:09 pm


    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Redeveloping run-down and abandoned buildings is the Kissimmee City Commission’s top priority for the coming year, according to a list of commission goals released this week. “We want to enhance and improve the look of our city,” said Mayor Jim Swan. “It’s not good to have blight right in the middle of a really attractive community.” Kissimmee’s plans to revitalize Vine Street – the stretch

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Osceola County seeks funding for research center from state legislature

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 12:37 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer When it comes to its priorities during the upcoming state legislative session, Osceola County leaders want to keep their list of concerns short and simple in order to keep all involved with their “eyes on the prize.” At the Jan. 12 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, County Manager Don Fisher discussed four primary priorities, with one at the clear No. 1 spot at

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  • Osceola County to set deadline for Colt

    Posted on January 16, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Officials: Gun manufacturer is in “event of default” By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Osceola County officials have made it clear with Colt’s Manufacturing that its patience has worn thin waiting on the gun manufacturer to move one of its product lines and associated jobs to the area. County staff sent a letter this week to the West Hartford, Conn. company noting it is in default of the obligations of the

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  • Don’t flush money down the drain, buy a new toilet with help from St. Cloud

    Posted on January 16, 2015 at 10:39 am

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Free toilets, who wants a free toilet? Well, the toilets aren’t free, and no one’s exactly giving them away. But the city of St. Cloud is giving residents $145 to replace their old commodes with more efficient models thanks to a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The money is available only to residential customers of St. Cloud Utilities and must be used toward

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Thank you Kissimmee for a job well done

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 1:14 pm

Thank you, city of Kissimmee. It’s not often city and area residents get to thank a municipality for a job well done, but the city did a really good job making Kissimmee Lakefront Park a showplace, not only for residents, but visitors to Osceola County as well. And city officials are showing their appreciation for the residents by throwing a big free-admission party today that includes some top name musical

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  • War in two directions

    Posted on January 30, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Robert Koehler Tribune Media “Sometimes they have drug and alcohol problems and when they feel that the VA is ignoring them, not answering the phone, failing to return calls for assistance or there are long wait times, they get more and more disgruntled. The VA is ripe for a mass killing but no one is listening to us.” The speaker is John Glidewell, former chief of police at the Cheyenne,

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  • The secret is out: Pediatricians still enjoy treating patients well past childhood

    Posted on January 30, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    By Dr. Sue Hubbard For the News-Gazette I was reading the Wall Street Journal one morning when I saw an interesting article entitled, “Young Adults Find it Hard to Part From the Pediatrician.” After being in practice for 25 years, this headline definitely caught my eye, and as it happened to be my day off, I took my time reading the story. Amazingly, while I was still drinking my latte

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