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Education Foundation – Osceola County ranks eighth in nation

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 4:40 pm

By Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette The Education Foundation for Osceola County ranked No. 8 in a national study of K-12 education foundations by Dewey & Associates released Sept. 24. It is one of six Florida foundations in the top 25. “We are so proud to be part of such a big movement,” said Kippy Jacob, public relations director of the foundation. “Stepping Up: The Top K-12 Education Foundations in

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  • Starling retiring from decorated Marine career for a new role

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 11:23 am

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U.S. Marine Col. Christopher Starling, right, stands next to U.S. Marine Gen. Ronald L. Bailey on Sept. 15 during Starling’s retirement ceremony. Starling served in the Marines for 26 years.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer U.S. Marine Col. Chris Starling had about 12 hours off between retiring from the military and starting his new job. Starling ended his 26-year career at the Pentagon, in the Marine Corps’ plans, policies and operations directorate after deploying all over the world, including the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. “You’re a global nomad when you join the military,” said Starling. Following his retirement

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  • State to accept unwanted exotic pets

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 11:02 am

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George and Rosa Van Horn, operators of Reptile World Serpentarium in St. Cloud, stand over a captured anaconda in 2010 as it warms in the afternoon sun. Florida residents can surrender unwanted exotic pets to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission starting Saturday.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer For those who have always wanted to own a python, or perhaps for those who have a python and no longer want to care for it, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission might be able to help. The state agency this month will begin an exotic pet adoption and amnesty program designed to control the population of non-native animals from all over the world

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Kissimmee

Employee of the month came out of retirement

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 11:10 am

By Treméne Triplett For the News-Gazette You might think after working for 33 years at a particular vocation, retirement would be the only thing on your mind. Not so for the city of Kissimmee’s September Employee of the month, Gary LaTour. After serving as a firefighter and engineer for more than three decades, he retired for only six months before returning to fire service as a logistic technician. From putting

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  • KUA sponsoring calendar art contest

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 11:04 am

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    Kissimmee Utility Authority invites students to use the power of art to promote electrical safety in the utility’s 21st annual calendar art contest. The annual talent hunt is open to Osceola County students enrolled in kindergarten through grade 5, including public, private and home-schooled students. Students are asked to use crayons, markers, paints or computer-generated graphics to depict an electrical safety message in their entry. A panel of local judges

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  • Posted on October 1, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Rotary Club West to host pancake breakfast Enjoy a great sausage and pancake breakfast and support charitable causes and scholarships for Osceola County high school students at a western-themed community event. The Rotary Club of Kissimmee West is inviting the public to the third Annual Pancake Breakfast by the Rotary Club of Kissimmee West Saturday, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. “It’s our third breakfast and it gets better every year,”

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St Cloud

St. Cloud approves $118M budget

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 11:14 am

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The St. Cloud City Council last week approved the city’s $118 million budget for fiscal 2014-15, which began Oct. 1. The budget maintains the current 5.1128 millage rate, used to calculate ad valorem taxes on commercial and residential properties in the city.  A mill refers to $1,000 of taxable property, so a home appraised at $100,000 would be taxed $511.28 for the year. The average

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  • SCPD to ‘shine light’ on domestic violence awareness

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 10:42 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Editor’s note: This is the first of a four-part series on domestic violence, a hot-button topic  after National Football League players Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Jonathan Dwyer, Greg Hardy, Ray McDonald are alleged to have participated in abusive behavior. This series will focus on how community leaders are trying to shine a spotlight on domestic abuse, where victims can go for help and what survivors

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  • St. Cloud routs Celebration 52-8 to remain unbeaten

    Posted on September 20, 2014 at 1:28 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer St. Cloud remains the only unbeaten team in Osceola County after a 52-8 dismantling of Celebration in the first District 7A-6 game for both teams. The Bulldogs (4-0, 1-0) shook off a relatively slow start to pound away, scoring 44 points over a 28-minute stretch that saw its defense force five turnovers, scoring a touchdown on one of them. The Storm (2-2, 0-1) only managed

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Poinciana

New $6 million Poinciana health facility to open

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer Since 2005, Poinciana residents have received medical care from the Osceola County Health Department out of “temporary” modular buildings. But, as of last Friday, temporary has a new meaning – September 2014. That’s when a new, permanent $6 million facility is scheduled for substantial completion. “I know it has been a long time coming but now we are in the homestretch,” said Commissioner Brandon Arrington. “This

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  • Ms. Pratts goes to Washington

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:29 pm

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Poinciana High School junior Alexis Pratts speaks in front of a class. She will travel to Washington D.C. to bring awareness to career and technical education in the state of Florida.

    By Aiyana Ruiz For the News-Gazette A Poinciana High School student will travel to Washington D.C., later this month to meet with several officials and Senate representatives to bring awareness to career and technical education in the state of Florida. Alexis Pratts, a junior, will not only represent Osceola County and the state of Florida when she meets with a representative of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, but also SkillsUSA, which

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  • Community Complex plans moving forward

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer Relief from the summertime blues is on the way. In addition to fall approaching, at the Association of Poinciana (APV) Board meeting held on Sept. 9, it was announced that plans will move forward with the Community Complex expansions and improvements, which will include a recreational community swimming pool. Prior to the APV board reaching their decision, two meetings were held where residents had the opportunity

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Celebration

Celebration High School earns top national ranking

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Despite coming back from the long Labor Day holiday weekend, it wasn’t hard for Celebration High School students and faculty to have some extra pep in their step. First, the Storm football team defeated Lake Placid, 18-12, to snap a 30-game on-field winless streak. Then on Sept. 2, school district officials learned that the high school had been named to the list of “Top USA

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  • The five things you need to know about Medicare

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Thriving in Place Lunch & Learn Wednesday, Oct.8 from 11:30 a.m.  to 1 p.m. at Celebration Town Hall. Registration required, its $5 for lunch. Call the Celebration Foundation at 407-566-1234 Many people do not understand how Medicare works today.  For those who do, changes are already set to take place in 2015.  More conditions – as in fewer benefits, more hurdles for care, higher co-payments – are scheduled to go

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  • Celebration student,13, gets perfect score on state algebra assessment

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Arman Mian started his high school career Monday at Celebration High School. He’ll have the usual things to overcome like learning to navigate the campus, meeting his teachers and making new friends. The material he learns won’t be that new, or for him, that difficult. Mian took the end of course algebra I state assessment test, an exam normally given to 10th or 11th graders,

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Schools

Education Foundation – Osceola County ranks eighth in nation

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 4:40 pm

By Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette The Education Foundation for Osceola County ranked No. 8 in a national study of K-12 education foundations by Dewey & Associates released Sept. 24. It is one of six Florida foundations in the top 25. “We are so proud to be part of such a big movement,” said Kippy Jacob, public relations director of the foundation. “Stepping Up: The Top K-12 Education Foundations in

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  • Osceola County school students crush summer reading goal

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    By Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette Osceola County’s performance in the Scholastic Summer Challenge on Sept. 10, saw six district schools crack the top 100. After Osceola County School District Superintendent Melba Luciano challenged students to read a total of 12 million minutes, students more than doubled their goal with a combined total of more than 24 million minutes. The district schools will appear in the 2015 Scholastic Book of

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  • School District opens new TECO site

    Posted on September 12, 2014 at 12:25 pm

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There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday for the new St. Cloud TECO campus. From left are: St. Cloud City Manager Tom Hurt, St. Cloud Deputy Mayor Donald Shroyer, St. Cloud Council member Mickey Hopper, St. Cloud/Greater Osceola  Chamber of Commerce Director Keith Ronan, TECO Principal Jeannette Eddy,  Alternative Program Director Beth Rattie, School Board Member Barbara Horn and Osceola School District Superintendent Melba Luciano.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer In the span of about a week, the Osceola County School District will have gone from having one site for its Technical Education Center Osceola and Adult Learning Center Osceola programs to three. On Tuesday, district members along with their partners from the city of St. Cloud cut the ribbon on the new TECO campus in St. Cloud. The two-story, post-secondary training facility welcomed the

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Crime News

Osceola County Fire Rescue lieutenant arrested on child pornography charges

Posted on September 27, 2014 at 6:58 pm

Osceola County Sheriff’s Office detectives on Friday arrested an Osceola County Fire Rescue lieutenant on child pornography charges. Jarrod Lee Taylor, 38, was charged him with 10 counts of promoting photo/movie sexual performance of a child. The investigation began in late August, when detectives identified a computer with an IP address that was linked to child pornography. After further investigation, detectives learned that the computer was located at Jarrod Lee

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  • Detectives arrest 2 registered felons for impersonating law enforcement officers

    Posted on September 25, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a pair of Kissimmee men they say impersonated officers during a confrontation early Tuesday morning. Colbey Parsons, 35, and George Tribble, 43, both registered felons, were arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with impersonating a law enforcement Officer. A victim told deputies he was at Richardson’s Fish Camp on Scotty’s Road early Tuesday, when two unknown white males approached him and said they were

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  • Florida Highway Patrol looking for hit and run suspect

    Posted on September 25, 2014 at 10:03 am

    The Florida Highway Patrol is searching for a suspect who hit and killed a Melbourne man in Osceola County early Thursday morning. According to patrol reports, Edward Johnson Jr., 26, of Melbourne, was standing in the inside lane of State Road 535 at about 2:22 a.m. attempting to get an item that had fell out of the car that he was traveling in, when he was hit by a 2007

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