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FDOE honors School District principals

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:08 pm

By Barbara Grasley For the News-Gazette Many teachers and administrators have a positive impact on a student’s life. They uplift, their presence inspires and their dedication can motivate them. Each year, the Florida Department of Education honors exemplary principals and assistant principals for their school and community contributions. Two Osceola school administrators, Principal Nadia Winston, of Westside K-8, and Highlands Assistant Principal Jason Hayes were recognized. The chosen administrators are

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  • County Commission gets clarity on Kissimmee Utility Authority transfer fees

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:06 pm

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    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer It took over three hours Monday, but some clarity was reached between the Kissimmee Utility Authority and the Osceola County Commission regarding utility transfer fees. In a discussion that took place near the end of the meeting, those two entities and the Kissimmee City Commission, which appoints the KUA board, agreed to take steps to allow for better notice that the transfer fees, paid by

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  • Attkisson, Grieb square off

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Osceola County residents of district 4 will likely have a sitting board member represent them for the next four years, as incumbent Commissioner Frank Attkisson defends his seat against Cheryl Grieb, the current Kissimmee vice mayor. Nelson Javier Perez, who is also running with no party affiliation, did not respond to requests for a candidate profile. FRANK ATTKISSON PAST GOVERNMENT HISTORY: Kissimmee mayor, 1996-2000; Florida H ouse of Representatives, 2000-08;

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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

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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  • Kissimmee Gateway Airport welcomes traffic from aviation conference

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:01 pm

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Four P-51 Mustangs frame a hangar at Stallion 51 at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport Monday afternoon. The training and flight center’s WWII-era fighter planes are some of the rarest in the world.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The Kissimmee Gateway Airport is hopping more than usual this week as charter pilots and business aviation executives from around the country pour in for an annual industry conference in south Orlando. The National Business Aviation Association convention, which alternates between Orlando and Las Vegas, gives Kissimmee’s municipal airport a chance to shine – and pick up extra business. Between 150 and 200 extra aircraft

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  • Dress up and win money. A Halloween contest and what all the cool kids will be wearing

    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor What are you going to be for Halloween this year? It has been a favorite refrain for kids for generations, as they envisioned bags bursting with candy, after going door-to-door in that seemingly endless  search of the best houses in town for candy treasure. With increasing safety concerns on youngsters going door-to-door to go trick-or-treating, Halloween has become increasingly, more about adults dressing the part

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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.

Walk the Trail of Terror at St. Cloud park

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:11 pm

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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  • It’s more than tricks and treats. Halloween fun has already begun in Central Florida

    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 4:21 pm

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor It is going to be a busy Halloween week. With literally dozens of local Halloween events, plus all the Halloween happenings going on at the theme parks, it will be pretty much impossible to fit Halloween into just Friday, Oct. 31 this year. Fortunately, some events are running before the big day, and events like Halloween Horror Nights continue through Halloween

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  • St. Cloud man in wheelchair hit by truck, dies

    Posted on October 11, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    A St. Cloud man in a wheelchair was hit by a truck and later died after the driver did not see him, authorities said. According to Florida Highway Patrol reports, Billy Thompson, 70, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck at 325 Rosedale Ave., lot 11, Saturday, when he began to back up. He did not realize that Anthony Gannarelli, 74, who was in a wheelchair, was behind him in

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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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  • Poinciana High junior plays politics at the nation’s capitol

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:14 pm

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Poinciana High School  junior Alexis Pratts recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C. where she made a presentation to the staffs of two Florida Congressmen about continuing federal funding for career and technical education programs.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer If her gig in construction customer service doesn’t pan out, Poinciana High School’s Alexis Pratts could just as well go into a different mode of serving people — politics. The PHS junior recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C. where she made a presentation to the staffs of two Florida Congressmen about continuing federal funding for career and technical education programs. As part of

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  • Poinciana Rec Center to host an open house

    Posted on October 8, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer The Poinciana Recreation Center, 397 Marigold Ave., will hold an open house event on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is an opportunity for residents to see the full array of the Poinciana Recreation Center’s classes, sports and group activities. The Association of Poinciana Villages (APV) will also have face painting and food trucks on site to add to the festivities. The

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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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  • 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

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

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 4:26 pm

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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  • Two teens charged with attempted murder

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 12:23 pm

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    Two Kissimmee teenagers were jailed on attempted murder charges on Tuesday after a victim was stabbed during an altercation on a basketball court. Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Mark Anthony Core, 16, and Edwin Rivera, 14, and charged them with attempted murder. The investigation began on Oct. 18 at approximately 8:15 p.m., when deputies responded to the Brighton Lakes Community basketball courts located at 4250 Brighton Lakes Boulevard in Kissimmee.

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  • Detectives need the public’s help in identifying CVS armed robbery suspects

    Posted on October 20, 2014 at 5:31 pm

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    Osceola County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying armed robbery suspects, who victimized a local drug store early Monday morning. At approximately 1:45 a.m., deputies responded to CVS Pharmacy at 3300 S. Orange Blossom Trail in Kissimmee. Deputies spoke with the store employees who reported that two unknown males entered the store and demanded money at gunpoint. The suspects fled the area with an undisclosed

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