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Animal Services to have final push for national Rachael Ray adoption challenge

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 11:58 am

By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Osceola County Animal Services will need the public’s help in making their adoption mission “Michigan Possible.” This event, held at the temporary satellite shelter on 3096 Michigan Ave. today, is the shelter’s last push for the 2014 Rachael Ray $100K Adoption Challenge, which ends Sunday. Competing with other shelters across the country, Animal Services already has passed its total adoption numbers in the challenge last

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  • Poinciana incorporation study resubmitted to state legislature

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 11:47 am

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer The 2014 feasibility study for the incorporation of Poinciana went to the Florida Legislature for the second time, with supporters hoping for its blessing this time. It was submitted to the chairman of the Florida Federal House Local and Federal Affairs Committee and the Clerk of the Florida House of Representatives on Wednesday. It will be the second time that Val Ramos and the Poinciana

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  • Osceola County Animal Services reports first rabies case of 2014

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Osceola County Animal Services is urging residents to take the necessary precautions against rabies after reporting its first case this year. A rabid cat was found in a rural area near the southeastern shore of Lake Tohopekaliga. It serves as a reminder of the importance of avoiding contact with stray animals and keeping pets vaccinated against the deadly disease, Animal Services officials said. The appearance of a sick cat was

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Lillian Colman, 6, of St. Cloud cools off at Lakefront Park in St. Cloud. News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery

Blazing heat leads to new KUA record for use of electricity

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 3:03 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer You don’t need Kissimmee Utility Authority to tell you that it’s hot. Real hot. “Stupid hot” as one local TV meteorologist called it Thursday morning. Power meters all over the county are whizzing to keep indoor spaces cool. KUA knows it by looking at their meters. Osceola County’s primary utility said a new all-time system peak for demand record for electricity use on Tuesday. Then,

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  • Homeownership is still in reach after the recession

    Posted on August 6, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    As I have mentioned many times before, a key aspect of the American dream is homeownership – and rightly so. Homeownership leads to a stable home environment for individuals and families, and brings value to the surrounding community. Unfortunately, the recession we experienced in the late 2000s led to precipitous job losses and record numbers of Americans losing their homes. The recession in America caused a major blow on Florida’s

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  • Color your world with Crayola. The Crayola Experience is coming to Florida Mall

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      By Peter Covino A&E Editor An explosion of color is coming to Florida Mall next summer with the opening of Central Florida’s newest attraction — the Crayola Experience. Modeled after a similar Crayola attraction in Pennsylvania, the Crayola Experience will feature 25 hands-on attractions offering creative fun for kids and their parents too. “Ours has always been a culture of innovation,” Crayola CEO Mike Perry said in press statement

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13 percent voter turnout just isn’t good enough

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 12:47 pm

We would like to congratulate both the challengers and incumbents who won outright by securing more than 50 percent of the vote at the primary on Tuesday. To those who are going to a run-off election Nov.4, we wish them the best of luck. But voter turnout for the primary was a disappointment. Of the 164,241 registered voters in Osceola County, only 21,378 went to the polls. That’s just 13

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  • Letters to the editor for August 30, 2014

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Show fairness with cartoons To the Editor: How about a little fairness in your lopsided cartoon criticisms of our federal government, particularly President Obama. I understand that elected officials are subject to criticism and I welcome humor as an avenue for making a political point, but your relentless attacks on Democratic officials and their policies is pathetic and should be quite embarrassing if you try and claim your newspaper to

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  • Iraq and endless war

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Robert Koehler Tribune Media Our kills are clean and secular; theirs are messy and religious. “In their effort to create a caliphate across parts of Iraq and Syria,” CNN tells us, “ISIS fighters have slaughtered civilians as they take over cities in both countries. “In Syria, the group put some of its victims’ severed heads on poles.” Stomach-churning as this is, the context in which it is reported – as

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