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Osceola County Grown brings local food from the farm to your table

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 11:55 am

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Nancy Pratt is trying to start a food revolution, of sorts, with Osceola County Grown. The organization’s mission is to provide the community with locally grown fruits, vegetables and other agricultural goods – from the grass-fed beef she and her husband raise to orange blossom honey harvested at local apiaries. This weekend’s Fall Farm Festival in St. Cloud marked the first anniversary of the Saturday

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  • Sheriff’s Office busts five men in online sting operation

    Posted on October 28, 2014 at 5:09 pm

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    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Each of the five men arrested in a recent Osceola County Sheriff’s Office sting presumably thought they were chatting with young girls. They were wrong. Instead, the men were corresponding with detectives posing as children in Internet chat rooms. The conversations were detailed and sexually explicit, according to the Sheriff’s Office. And once each man showed up in Osceola County to meet their would-be victims,

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  • Suspect sought for robbing hotel at gunpoint

    Posted on October 28, 2014 at 11:21 am

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    The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect who robbed an area hotel at gunpoint on Monday. At approximately 1:56 a.m., deputies responded to the Magnuson Hotel located at 4694 W.U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee. Deputies spoke with the employee who reported that the hotel was currently closed for renovations. She was in the lobby when an unknown male entered the hotel at gunpoint and demanded money. He

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Kissimmee

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Mill Creek Elementary School Principal Susan Cavinee was named as one of the Florida TaxWatch Center for Educational Performance & Accountability’s top six performing principals in Florida’s high-risk public schools.

Mill Creek principal honored for work in high-risk school

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 1:15 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer School principals have to balance the needs of their teachers and students against the money and other resources available to them. They have to make tough choices at schools where most of the students are receiving free or reduced lunch or a good portion are learning English as their non-native language. Susan Cavinee, the fourth-year principal at Mill Creek Elementary School in Kissimmee, is one

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  • Kissimmee hosting Festival of Lights

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    The city of Kissimmee will host the annual Festival of Lights Parade Saturday, Dec. 13, at 7:15 p.m. in downtown Kissimmee. Residents, groups and businesses are invited to participate in this unique evening parade, which illuminates the streets of downtown. This year’s parade theme is “Holiday Traditions Around The World.” This theme should be incorporated into the design of each parade entry. In addition to helping provide an evening of

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  • Downtown art designed to spark discussion

    Posted on October 28, 2014 at 4:42 pm

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Artist Ana Lazovsky, of Israel, wipes down her sculpture titled “Big Copacabana Wave” in Kissimmee on Oct. 21.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer You may like the “Camo Sumo” sculpture installed in front of Kissimmee City Hall last week. You may not. Either way, you’re talking about the art on display downtown, and that’s exactly the point. “We want to invoke emotion and conversation. It’s only been 24 hours and there’s already been conversation about the camo piece. That’s what we want,” said Brianne Stefek, executive director of

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St Cloud

Osceola County Grown brings local food from the farm to your table

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 11:55 am

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Nancy Pratt is trying to start a food revolution, of sorts, with Osceola County Grown. The organization’s mission is to provide the community with locally grown fruits, vegetables and other agricultural goods – from the grass-fed beef she and her husband raise to orange blossom honey harvested at local apiaries. This weekend’s Fall Farm Festival in St. Cloud marked the first anniversary of the Saturday

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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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  • Walk the Trail of Terror at St. Cloud park

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:11 pm

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The normally lush and inviting PegHorn Nature Park and Trail becomes a creepy and haunted PegHorn Nature Park Trail of Terror Friday and Saturday, from  8 to 11 p.m.

    The adventurous and the courageous are invited to the Peghorn Nature Park Trail of Terror Friday and Saturday, from 8 to 11 p.m., at St. Cloud’s Peghorn Nature Park and Trail, 2101 Peghorn Way. Admission is $5 per person. Parents are advised: The Peghorn Nature Park Trail of Terror may be too frightening for younger children. Parental discretion is strongly advised. This will be a fright-filled Halloween adventure with many

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Poinciana

Halloween happenings in Poinciana

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer Gather the little goblins for some Halloween happenings in Poinciana. The Boo Party for children in grades kindergarten to fifth grade will be today from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Poinciana Branch Library, 101 N. Doverplum Ave. Bob for apples, enjoy games and treats. The costume contest prize-winner will receive a special gift. The Association of Poinciana Villages (APV) annual Halloween party for children up

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  • TECO/ALCO open Poinciana campus

    Posted on October 28, 2014 at 4:46 pm

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Osceola County School District Superintendent Melba Luciano, center with scissors, is surrounded by other district employees during a TECO/ALCO ribbon-cutting ceremony in Poinciana on Oct. 23.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Technical Educational Center Osceola and Adult Learning Center Osceola facilities are in the middle of an exciting two weeks of activity. On Thursday, TECO will host the open house and ribbon cutting for the its new Criminal Justice Academy Training Facility at the Kissimmee campus from 10 a.m. to noon. Last week, TECO and ALCO, in partnership with Osceola County government, officially opened their

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  • TECO, ALCO campus ceremony set for Thursday

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer After a short delay, the Technical Education Center Osceola (TECO) and Adult Learning Center Osceola (ALCO), in partnership with Osceola County government, will hold an open house and ribbon-cutting event at the new Poinciana campus. This event will be held Thursday. The open house will be from 4 to 7 p.m., the ribbon cutting takes place at 6 p.m. The TECO/ALCO center is located at 1030

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Celebration

Celebration Rotary raises estimated $39,000 for the less fortunate

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette An estimated $39,000 was raised at the Rotary Club of Celebration’s 16th Annual Pancake Run and Health Fair on Oct. 25. All proceeds were given to New Beginnings of Central Florida – a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping less fortunate individuals and families in the Central Florida communities. “We’re starting to move into Osceola County now,” said Sandy Farnsworth, a volunteer at New Beginnings. “We’re

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  • 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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Schools

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Osceola County School District Superintendent Melba Luciano, center with scissors, is surrounded by other district employees during a TECO/ALCO ribbon-cutting ceremony in Poinciana on Oct. 23.

TECO/ALCO open Poinciana campus

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 4:46 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Technical Educational Center Osceola and Adult Learning Center Osceola facilities are in the middle of an exciting two weeks of activity. On Thursday, TECO will host the open house and ribbon cutting for the its new Criminal Justice Academy Training Facility at the Kissimmee campus from 10 a.m. to noon. Last week, TECO and ALCO, in partnership with Osceola County government, officially opened their

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  • District announces new communication team strategies

    Posted on October 10, 2014 at 11:47 am

    By Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette Osceola County School District officials announced the new communication strategies that are being put into place for the 2014-15 school year at the School Board meeting Tuesday. The communications department has greatly expanded its social media outreach. It has recently created accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, and it is posting on each profile multiple times a day. The department is looking to

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  • FDOE grants grade appeals for nine Osceola schools

    Posted on October 10, 2014 at 11:39 am

    The Osceola County School District got a reprieve from state education officials for a data reporting error that raised at least two schools’ grades from Ds to Cs. The district underreported the number of students who were attending school in the U.S. for the first time in data it submitted to the Florida Department of Education. In this particular case, it was students who were in the U.S. less than

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Sheriff’s Office busts five men in online sting operation

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 5:09 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Each of the five men arrested in a recent Osceola County Sheriff’s Office sting presumably thought they were chatting with young girls. They were wrong. Instead, the men were corresponding with detectives posing as children in Internet chat rooms. The conversations were detailed and sexually explicit, according to the Sheriff’s Office. And once each man showed up in Osceola County to meet their would-be victims,

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  • Suspect sought for robbing hotel at gunpoint

    Posted on October 28, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Security camera footage of suspect

    The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect who robbed an area hotel at gunpoint on Monday. At approximately 1:56 a.m., deputies responded to the Magnuson Hotel located at 4694 W.U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee. Deputies spoke with the employee who reported that the hotel was currently closed for renovations. She was in the lobby when an unknown male entered the hotel at gunpoint and demanded money. He

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  • Air Force staff sergeant of Kissimmee sentenced to 11 years for child enticement

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 4:26 pm

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    An U.S. Air Force staff sergeant from Kissimmee was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Tuesday for child enticement. U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew also ordered Steven Richard Romel, 32, of Kissimmee, to forfeit a phone and an iPad that he had used to commit the offense. Romel pleaded guilty on July 8. According to court documents, between November 21, 2013, and January 18, 2014, a special agent

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