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Juvenile arrested for allegedly sexually battering girl, 6.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 10:37 am

Osceola County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested and charged a 15-year-old Orlando resident with 50 counts of sexual battery after he was accused of abusing a 6-year-old girl. The suspect, Pablo Enrique Rivera, was booked into the Orange County Juvenile Detention Center. The investigation began on Tuesday, when deputies spoke with a grandmother who told them her 6-year old granddaughter may have been sexually battered by Rivera, who was watching her

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  • High school report cards to be re-issued Thursday

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Osceola County School District announced that, starting Thursday, re-issued report cards can be picked up at all high schools except for Zenith and Challenger. Public Information Officer Dana Schafer said that staff at both those high schools is working closely with the district office to validate all grades and get the report cards printed. Once they are ready, a separate call will be made to parents of Zenith and Challenger

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  • Heritage Room designed to elevate event experience at Silver Spurs Arena

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    News-Gazette Photos/Ken Jackson
Osceola Heritage Park representatives held the formal grand opening recently for the Heritage Club, above, a new 3,500 square-foot amenity that includes a full bar, a full house sound system, more than a dozen flat screen televisions and digital presentation capabilities. Below, the band The Loria Brothers takes the stage to provide the entertainment.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Silver Spurs Arena has proven its worth as one of the top-grossing venues of its size in the state over the past three years, so it’s not just a place to see a rodeo, a car show or state high school sports championships. Now, with the opening of The Heritage Club, it’s also a place to hold a business luncheon, an intimate family gathering

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Kissimmee

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.

Abortions, other services restricted at Planned Parenthood in Kissimmee

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 4:02 pm

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 Boys, Girls Club employee jailed for lewd battery

    Posted on July 18, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Kissimmee police officers arrested an employee of the Osceola Boys and Girls club Thursday night after it was reported that the man inappropriately touched an 11-year-old girl at the club. Sylvester Johnson, 62, of Kissimmee, was charged with lewd and lascivious battery. He worked as a part-time program assistant at the Osceola Boys and Girls Club. Johnson was arrested on Thursday, when the mother of the victim contacted the Osceola

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  • Aviation College to open Kissimmee campus

    Posted on July 18, 2014 at 11:15 am

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Kissimmee Gateway Airport is rapidly becoming a hub for aviation training in Central Florida. On Tuesday, Kissimmee city staff and commissioners welcomed Aviator College of Aeronautical Science and Technology to the city’s airport. The campus will serve as an extension to the college’s main campus in Fort Pierce with a focus on airframe and power plant mechanics certification. Located at 606 Dyer Blvd., the college

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St Cloud

St. Cloud events, activities planned for August

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 2:09 pm

The city of St. Cloud Parks and Recreation Department provides a variety of recreational programs and activities year-round. Staff is preparing for various programs/events offered to the community in August, including: • Water Safety Instructor Class: Aug. 1, 2, 8, and 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Chris Lyle Aquatic Center (3001 17th St.) for people 16 years old and up. Register at www.redcross.org/fl/orlando. The fee is

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  • St. Cloud’s Foshey at the top of his game

    Posted on July 21, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Longtime observers say that there has never been a tennis player like Trevor Foshey in Osceola County. A two-time high school state tournament qualifier, Foshey is listed among the top 60 in his class nationally by the Tennis Recruiting Network and he is ranked among the top five Boys 18s in the USTA Florida rankings. “It’s been going pretty well,” Foshey, from St. Cloud, said.

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  • St. Cloud employees step up to save the life of a coworker

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    From left, city of St. Cloud employees Jack Lovejoy, Felix Rodriguez and Matt Baker smile for a photo at City Hall. Rodriguez’s coworkers rallied around when he became gravely ill.

    By Charlie Reed For the News-Gazette Conversations about life and death medical decisions are usually a family matter. But when Felix Rodriguez got so sick in February that doctors put him in a medically induced coma, the 42-year-old St. Cloud resident and Public Services employee had no relatives at his side. Lucky for him he had friends. Jeff Hewitt and Jack Lovejoy, his buddies and fellow St. Cloud city employees,

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Poinciana

Site for Poinciana Valencia campus selected

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 5:06 pm

By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer The Valencia College board of trustees set the groundwork for the proposed Poinciana campus on Wednesday, selecting a site donated by Osceola County. The site, located on the intersection of Pleasant Hill and Reaves Road, is 18.89 acres  and will come at no cost to the college. Osceola County Manager Don Fisher said that the site already is primed for construction, with land and utilities

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  • TECO, ALCO to host an open house Aug. 16

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm

     Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer Technical Education Center Osceola (TECO) and Adult Learning Center Osceola (ALCO) will have an open house at the new Poinciana location. The date for the Poinciana Open House is Saturday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featured at the open house will be campus tours, instructors meet and greet, live music, food trucks and more. The Poinciana Campus is located at 1020 Cypress Parkway.

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  • Valencia campus sites in Poinciana narrowed

    Posted on July 3, 2014 at 9:41 am

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Students in Poinciana are a small step closer to having a Valencia campus in their community, as college administrators have narrowed the potential properties for the satellite campus from five to two. Currently, the two under consideration are a 15 acre lot offered by AV Homes at Cypress Parkway and Laurel Avenue for between $1.5 and $2 million, and a 18.9 acre lot offered at

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Celebration

Dozens of TV reality stars return to Celebration, July 31-Aug. 3

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 10:13 am

          By Peter Covino A&E Editor If you love reality shows on TV, the place to be in just two weeks is the sixth annual Hearts of Reality event at Celebration. Winners and contestants from hit shows such as Amazing Race, Survivor, Big Brother and The Apprentice, some 140 reality stars in all, will take place at the four-day event, July 31-Aug. 3 at the big

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  • Around Celebration

    Posted on July 9, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Celebration Foundation provides baseball uniforms for team Challenger Baseball is grateful to the Celebration Foundation for a grant to purchase equipment and uniforms for our special needs athletes. Challenger Baseball is run solely through the efforts of volunteers. The coaches who are involved include Spike Coskey, Dave Gourgues, Tony Munoz, Melissa Munoz, Kim Salerno, Bob Doolittle and Christine Bernier. Gourgues was the founding board member who began the Challenger program.

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  • Reality stars coming back to Celebration

    Posted on July 9, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    For the sixth year in a row, a long list of television reality stars will be joining the Hearts of Reality event in Celebration, from Thursday, July 31, to Sunday, Aug. 3.  More than 140 reality stars from the hit shows “Amazing Race,” “Survivor,” “Big Brother,” “The Apprentice” and many more, will help children with life-threatening illnesses by using their celebrity to secure donations for Give Kids The World (GKTW). 

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Schools

High school report cards to be re-issued Thursday

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Osceola County School District announced that, starting Thursday, re-issued report cards can be picked up at all high schools except for Zenith and Challenger. Public Information Officer Dana Schafer said that staff at both those high schools is working closely with the district office to validate all grades and get the report cards printed. Once they are ready, a separate call will be made to parents of Zenith and Challenger

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  • OHS to hold meeting about class schedule changes

    Posted on July 18, 2014 at 11:17 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Osceola High School is scheduled to change its class scheduling from a four-by-four block to a seven-period schedule for the 2014-15 school year, which begins in a little over a month. But parents, students, some teachers from OHS and at least one School Board member feel the timing is wrong to make that change. Those groups debated the change for more than three hours at

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  • Osceola County schools see improvements in grades

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer When the final batch of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores were released in June, they showed that nearly every grade level in the Osceola County School District saw improvement. The Florida Department of Education recognized Osceola County as one of only five districts to improve in all seven assessment areas. That was reflected when the district revealed the school grades for its elementary, middle,

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Crime News

Juvenile arrested for allegedly sexually battering girl, 6.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 10:37 am

Osceola County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested and charged a 15-year-old Orlando resident with 50 counts of sexual battery after he was accused of abusing a 6-year-old girl. The suspect, Pablo Enrique Rivera, was booked into the Orange County Juvenile Detention Center. The investigation began on Tuesday, when deputies spoke with a grandmother who told them her 6-year old granddaughter may have been sexually battered by Rivera, who was watching her

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  • Detectives need public’s help in identifying The Loop robbery suspect

    Posted on July 21, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Suspect composite

    Osceola County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a robbery suspect, who grabbed a woman’s purse at a local shopping plaza. On July 17, deputies responded to The Loop shopping plaza in Kissimmee in response to a robbery. The victim said she was walking to her car when a black SUV pulled up next to her. An unknown black male then opened his door and

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  • Osceola Boys, Girls Club employee jailed for lewd battery

    Posted on July 18, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Kissimmee police officers arrested an employee of the Osceola Boys and Girls club Thursday night after it was reported that the man inappropriately touched an 11-year-old girl at the club. Sylvester Johnson, 62, of Kissimmee, was charged with lewd and lascivious battery. He worked as a part-time program assistant at the Osceola Boys and Girls Club. Johnson was arrested on Thursday, when the mother of the victim contacted the Osceola

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