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Three vie for City Council seat

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 3:28 pm

The non-partisan race for St. Cloud City Council seat 4 pits incumbent Mickey Hopper against political newcomers David Askew and Jason Hisaw. The Osceola New-Gazette asked the candidates to fill out a questionnaire outlining their backgrounds and motivations for seeking office. Here’s what the candidates had to say in their own words. (Some answers were shortened for space.) Mickey Hopper Briefly describe your background, profession and political views. My family

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  • Longtime boat mechanic honored with special day

    Posted on October 24, 2014 at 3:06 pm

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Osceola County Commissioner Frank Attkisson, center right, shakes hands with  longtime Mercury Marine employee Jimmy Lueck, proclaiming Oct. 13, 2014 as James Jimmy Lueck Day. Lueck was recognized for his loyalty to the boat company.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Jimmy Lueck’s trek to St. Cloud from Oshkosh, Wisc., was a temporary assignment. That was 1959. He’s still here, which says he gives a whole new meaning to the word “temporary.” He’s still working for Mercury Marine, still working on boat engines, and still having the time of his life at the age of 75. He has a birthday coming up in December. Lueck’s 55

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  • DCF targets families living in hotels

    Posted on October 24, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery
An Osceola County school bus drops off students at a motel on West U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee on Wednesday.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer This is the fourth story is a series of News-Gazette articles on domestic violence as it’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In this story, local advocates explain how they are trying to better understand the link between domestic violence and homelessness. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It’s an adage the Department of Children and Families is counting on as it invests

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Photo/Osceola County
Osceola County Commissioner Frank Attkisson, center right, shakes hands with  longtime Mercury Marine employee Jimmy Lueck, proclaiming Oct. 13, 2014 as James Jimmy Lueck Day. Lueck was recognized for his loyalty to the boat company.

Longtime boat mechanic honored with special day

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 3:06 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Jimmy Lueck’s trek to St. Cloud from Oshkosh, Wisc., was a temporary assignment. That was 1959. He’s still here, which says he gives a whole new meaning to the word “temporary.” He’s still working for Mercury Marine, still working on boat engines, and still having the time of his life at the age of 75. He has a birthday coming up in December. Lueck’s 55

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  • Kissimmee Gateway Airport welcomes traffic from aviation conference

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Charlie Reed
Four P-51 Mustangs frame a hangar at Stallion 51 at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport Monday afternoon. The training and flight center’s WWII-era fighter planes are some of the rarest in the world.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The Kissimmee Gateway Airport is hopping more than usual this week as charter pilots and business aviation executives from around the country pour in for an annual industry conference in south Orlando. The National Business Aviation Association convention, which alternates between Orlando and Las Vegas, gives Kissimmee’s municipal airport a chance to shine – and pick up extra business. Between 150 and 200 extra aircraft

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  • Kissimmee city employee clinic making a difference

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Before Kissimmee opened a health and wellness clinic for city employees in 2013, Bill Spinola wasn’t taking good care of himself. His blood sugar wasn’t under control and his blood pressure was high. The 53-year-old lead computer specialist rarely felt good. Spinola, who has battled type II diabetes for more than 20 years, was under a physician’s care at the time. But he dreaded the

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Take advantage of early voting

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 3:35 pm

In case you haven’t heard, residents can take advantage of early voting leading up to Election Day, Nov. 4, and we strongly urge voters to exercise that option. The election this year is not going to decide the presidency, but that should not matter. What matters is that we get to decide who is going to lead the Sunshine State for the next four years. You, the Florida resident and

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  • St. Cloud mayor encouraging participation in Veterans Day parade

    Posted on October 24, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Rebecca Borders St. Cloud City Council St. Cloud mayor encourages countywide participation in Veterans Day Parade St. Cloud Mayor Rebecca Borders is making a passionate plea to have as much community participation as possible in the 2014 Osceola County Veterans Council Veterans Day Parade Nov. 8, 10 a.m., in St. Cloud. The theme is “Thank a Vet”. “I am personally inviting local dignitaries, business owners, law-enforcement, retirees, military members and

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  • We must address racial disparity in police shootings

    Posted on October 24, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Mary Sanchez Tribune Media Employees at two Wal-Mart stores in St. Louis County, Missouri stripped store shelves of ammunition this week in fear of looting as protesters continue to fill the streets in the beleaguered town of Ferguson. It’s indicative of the high tensions that have not relented since August, when a white Ferguson police officer shot an unarmed African-American teenager. Anger over the death of Michael Brown has not

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