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Math teacher Brandon McCurry helps Zavion Minuty, left, and Austin Mondon, right, with their Discovery Education project at Discovery Intermediate School on Monday.

Discovery Intermediate School students work with NASA

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 1:12 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The project: build a lunar plant growth chamber to house vegetative life on the moon. Engineers and astronauts from NASA are already hard at work on the case. But they’ll be taking some cues and ideas from — get ready for this — middle school students. Some of those engineering ideas might come from Discovery Intermediate School. The middle school in Poinciana began participating this year

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  • 2015 Florida legislative sessions opens

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The 2015 Florida Legislative session opened Tuesday with an upbeat State of the State speech from Gov. Rick Scott. With tax cuts at the center of his agenda, the Republican governor said he wanted “to give families back more of the money they earn and reduce the burden of government. “We agree on more than we disagree,” Scott told legislators at the House chambers in

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  • Osceola County students begin FSA testing

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 10:12 am

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    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Thousands of Osceola County students have begun taking the first round of new state-mandated tests this week, a much-debated process throughout Florida for assessing academic success at public schools. Known as the Florida Standards Assessments, or FSA, the exams were developed after the Florida Department of Education adopted new, tougher standards last year. FSA essentially replaced the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, known as the FCAT.

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Kissimmee

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Kissimmee police seek two robbery suspects

Posted on March 2, 2015 at 12:50 pm

Kissimmee Police Department officers are looking for a pair of armed robbery suspects involved in three separate incidents Saturday. At approximately 4:30 p.m., a suspect described as a Hispanic male approximately 25 years old and 6-feet tall entered the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at 1907 W. Vine St. in Kissimmee and demanded money from the cashier.  The suspect left the area in a tan or beige small compact vehicle with

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  • Police charge Kissimmee man with lewd acts on minor

    Posted on March 2, 2015 at 11:59 am

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    Kissimmee police detectives have arrested a man who allegedly committed lewd acts on a male teenage victim. Adonys Jose Abreu, 35, was arrested Saturday and charged with four counts of lewd or lascivious battery on a child and interfering with custody of a child. The victim, a 16-year-old reported as a missing juvenile, stated Abreu performed sex acts on him and took naked pictures of him while he was staying

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  • City public works department produces 3rd employee of month

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:23 pm

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    By Treméne Triplett For the News-Gazette The city of Kissimmee has honored yet another employee from the Streets Division of the Public Works and Engineering Department as Employee of the Month. Keith Neal, 36, has been named as the city’s February Employee of the Month. Neal is the lead foreman in the division, and serves as the third employee to win the distinguished award since July 2014 from the same

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St Cloud

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St. Cloud Fire Rescue’s paramedic/firefighter Benjamin Faber explains a firefighter-survival technique to Council Member Dave Askew at the Fire Station 33 training facility.

St. Cloud City Council members experience firefighter survival training

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:20 pm

St. Cloud Fire Rescue conducted firefighter-survival training recently in its training facility at Fire Station 33. Joining three new firefighters in training were Deputy Mayor Jeff Rinehart and Council Member Dave Askew. “This training was very thorough,” said Rinehart. “I took part in it to personally experience what our fire personnel have to do to safely protect life and property within our community. After this one-day training, I am honored

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  • Community spirit story goes global

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 1:55 pm

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Glenn Buratti, 6, throws a ball in his St. Cloud backyard while being videotaped by DocTV camera man James French for German television on Tuesday.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer It was Valentine’s Day when Ashlee Buratti read the first media report of her son Glenn’s 6th birthday party in the Osceola News-Gazette. “I remember because that was my original due date with him,” said the young, St. Cloud mom Tuesday, a week after the story went viral, reaching audiences across the globe. Since then, keeping track of all the coverage has been impossible, she

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  • St. Cloud preparing for spring activities

    Posted on February 20, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    The city of St. Cloud Parks and Recreation staff is preparing for several March activities. • Splash Pad: The Lakefront Splash Pad (1104 Lakeshore Blvd.) is scheduled to reopen March 1. Spring hours are March 1 through April 30, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting. • Adult Coed Volleyball: Registration for the Adult Coed Volleyball League begins March 4 and ends April 3 at the Civic Center (3001

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Poinciana

SunRail opened in Orange County last summer and will span 61 miles once the southern and northern legs are added to the line.

Osceola won’t get SunRail until 2017

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:21 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer It’s official: SunRail isn’t opening in Osceola County next year, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. Completion of SunRail Phase 2, which will bring the commuter train south into Osceola, has been pushed back to 2017, FDOT spokesman Steve Olson told reporters by email Thursday. The delay was first announced last year after FDOT and the Federal Transit Administration revised the completion date, Olson

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  • Poinciana Fair set for March 11-15

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer It’s a sure sign spring is around the corner when there’s a fair in Poinciana. The Poinciana Fair will take place Wednesday, March 11, through Sunday, March 15, at Vance Harmon Park, Country Club Road and Cypress Parkway. Admission is free. Arnell Spencer, Poinciana resident, Poinciana Predators football coach and former University of Central Florida football player (1986-89) is responsible for presenting this spring time community

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  • Poinciana Medical Center completes emergency department expansion

    Posted on February 20, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer It took less than two years, but the Poinciana Medical Center has already outgrown the space in its emergency department. The Medical Center fixed that with a recently completed expansion. The expansion, finished in January, added 10 beds and 3,500 square feet to the emergency room for a total of 22 beds and 14,500 square feet. A second 64-slice CT 3-D X-ray scanner also was

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Celebration

Brass Band, Canyon Rangers close out concert series

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:16 pm

Two concerts in March close out this year’s series:  Brass Band of Central Florida Saturday, March 7, and Steep Canyon Rangers Saturday March 28. Both concerts are at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at Community Presbyterian Church in Celebration. The Brass Band of Central Florida (BBCF) returns by popular demand after a two-year absence. BBCF is a British style brass and percussion band. It performs nationally and internationally in

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  • Arrest made in Celebration ATM skimming cases

    Posted on February 2, 2015 at 12:14 pm

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    Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives made an arrest early Sunday morning in a string of bank fraud cases in Celebration. Alexandru Tomescu, 19, was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and fraud by use of a scanning device after he was identified as a person of interest in the investigation into who attached skimming devices to two SunTrust ATMs. The devices were

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  • Kissimmee is set to become center of food universe in November with World Food Championships

    Posted on January 30, 2015 at 9:35 am

              By Peter Covino A&E Editor Kissimmee will become the center of the food universe this November with the arrival of the World Food Championships. The championships will make its first appearance in Osceola County Nov. 3 to 10 after spending the last two years in Las Vegas. “It’s a huge deal,” said Amy Green, communications spokesperson for the event, which is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.

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Schools

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Math teacher Brandon McCurry helps Zavion Minuty, left, and Austin Mondon, right, with their Discovery Education project at Discovery Intermediate School on Monday.

Discovery Intermediate School students work with NASA

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 1:12 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The project: build a lunar plant growth chamber to house vegetative life on the moon. Engineers and astronauts from NASA are already hard at work on the case. But they’ll be taking some cues and ideas from — get ready for this — middle school students. Some of those engineering ideas might come from Discovery Intermediate School. The middle school in Poinciana began participating this year

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  • Osceola County students begin FSA testing

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 10:12 am

    School Logo

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Thousands of Osceola County students have begun taking the first round of new state-mandated tests this week, a much-debated process throughout Florida for assessing academic success at public schools. Known as the Florida Standards Assessments, or FSA, the exams were developed after the Florida Department of Education adopted new, tougher standards last year. FSA essentially replaced the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, known as the FCAT.

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  • Union leader: Pay teachers, don’t touch school class sizes

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 12:37 pm

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    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Apryle Jackson is fighting for her teaching comrades on a number of levels. The president of the Osceola County Educators Association, the union for school employees, is trying to maintain good pay for all the workers and a respectable class size for the classroom teachers. When the Osceola County School District said last week there would be no pay raises this year because of a

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Crime News

Crime News

Kissimmee police seek two robbery suspects

Posted on March 2, 2015 at 12:50 pm

Kissimmee Police Department officers are looking for a pair of armed robbery suspects involved in three separate incidents Saturday. At approximately 4:30 p.m., a suspect described as a Hispanic male approximately 25 years old and 6-feet tall entered the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at 1907 W. Vine St. in Kissimmee and demanded money from the cashier.  The suspect left the area in a tan or beige small compact vehicle with

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  • Police charge Kissimmee man with lewd acts on minor

    Posted on March 2, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Abreu

    Kissimmee police detectives have arrested a man who allegedly committed lewd acts on a male teenage victim. Adonys Jose Abreu, 35, was arrested Saturday and charged with four counts of lewd or lascivious battery on a child and interfering with custody of a child. The victim, a 16-year-old reported as a missing juvenile, stated Abreu performed sex acts on him and took naked pictures of him while he was staying

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  • Mother arrested after children found selling their toys

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    A Kissimmee woman was arrested Thursday after Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies found her two children wandering the streets trying to sell their toys. April Emery, 27, was arrested and charged with child neglect without great bodily harm. At approximately 10:25 a.m. Thursday, Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of Myakka Avenue in Intercession City and located two girls ages 7 and 9 walking door to door. “They told the deputies,

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