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Posted on April 18, 2014 at 11:31 am

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  • Local leaders, project developers break ground on Crosslands

    Posted on April 18, 2014 at 11:15 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Touting it as the first project in Osceola County that meshes economic development with mass transit, local leaders and project developers officially broke ground Wednesday at the future site of Crosslands Center at the intersection of Osceola Parkway and Orange Blossom Trail in north Kissimmee. The complex, which will have 427,000 square feet of retail space at completion, is less than a mile from the

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  • 9 Osceola County organizations benefit from piece of $3.8M Disney grant

    Posted on April 18, 2014 at 11:09 am

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer For Mary Downey and Joy Chuba, financial support from sources such as Disney grants are the boost they need to keep them going for the rest of the year. They are two of the nine Osceola County organizations selected as recipients for the 2014 Disney Grants. Rewarding 87 organizations across Central Florida, Walt Disney World gave a total of $3.8 million to local organizations that

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Kissimmee

HIV-positive hoops player hopes lesson is learned

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 12:55 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Dakota Basinger hopes his unfortunate experience last weekend in a Kissimmee Parks and Recreation basketball program serves as education and a “teaching moment” for dealing with people who are HIV-positive. Basinger, 21, said he was removed from his team’s playoff game on Sunday at Denn John Middle School, after a city employee approached him during a timeout early in the second half, escorted him to

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  • Kissimmee Utility lineman earn state awards

    Posted on April 16, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Kissimmee Utility Authority’s top linemen and apprentices competed in last weekend’s 14th annual Florida Lineman Competition in Ocala. They returned home with nine trophies from the event, which attracted 21 teams and 25 apprentices from municipal utilities throughout Florida. The annual event, a rodeo-style competition, recognizes the profession of line work and demonstrates the safety, skill and endurance of electric linemen. KUA’s journeyman team of Brent Davis, Chris Ketner and

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  • Kissimmee kicks off Ruby Award program with Conrad and Thompson

    Posted on April 15, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer As a way to highlight business within Kissimmee, Economic Development Director Belinda Ortiz Kirkegard launched the Ruby Award Program during the April 1 City Commission meeting, celebrating those who have been operating within the city for 40 years. To launch this program, the city chose to honor Conrad and Thompson Funeral Home, which has been in business for 48 years. “The Ruby Award enables us

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St Cloud

City of St. Cloud sets course for November elections

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 2:19 pm

St. Cloud City Council approved an ordinance during a recent council meeting March 13 to establish the guidelines for the city’s upcoming municipal elections. The St. Cloud regular election is held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each election year. In 2014, the regular election will be Nov. 4 and, if necessary, a run-off election will be Dec. 2. City Council also authorized a resolution to

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  • New St. Cloud Regional Medical Center CEO ready to steer future

    Posted on April 15, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer For Brent Burish, the new CEO of St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, the main goal is to keep the hospital moving forward. Having started April 1, he said he will focus on patient care as well as getting to know the community and staff. Through them, Burish said he’ll receive the necessary information to develop specific center goals. The St. Cloud Regional Medical Center hired

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  • St. Cloud basketball courts temporarily closed for renovations

    Posted on April 14, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    The city of St. Cloud Parks and Recreation staff has announced that the city basketball courts at Hopkins Park and O.P. Johnson Park will be closed close April 14-20 due to a resurfacing and restriping project. The basketball courts at the Civic Center Complex and Water Tower Park are scheduled to close April 21-27. The timeline may vary due to weather conditions and/or equipment-related issues. For more details, call 407-957-7243

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Poinciana

Poinciana seasonal activities are in full bloom

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer Spring and all of the activities it brings is in full bloom in Poinciana. Enjoy these seasonal activities with your family. The Association of Poinciana Villages (APV) will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 19.  This event is for children ages 11 and younger and starts at 10 a.m. at Deerwood Park. (Laurel Avenue). For more information call 863-427-3417. Living Water Fellowship, 4101 Pleasant

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  • Deputies investigating Poinciana homocide

    Posted on April 9, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred in Poinciana on Tuesday. At approximately 9:45 p.m., Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Normandy Drive in Poinciana after several residents reported hearing shots fired. Deputies canvassed the area, but were unable to locate any individuals involved. They did locate what appeared to be shell casings and other items in the driveway of 1135 Normandy Drive. The homeowners were not

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  • CareerSource Mobile Unit to visit Poinciana on a regular basis

    Posted on April 9, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer CareerSource Central Florida (formally known as Workforce Central Florida) is partnering with PEDA (Poinciana Economic Development Alliance) and APV (Association of Poinciana Villages) to bring the CareerSource Mobile Unit to Poinciana on a regular basis. Every first and third Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the bus will be at the Poinciana Community Center, 395 Marigold Ave. The services offered include job leads, placement services,

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Schools

Parkway Middle’s international baccalaureate (IB) middle year programme for 2014-15

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Parkway Middle School has received the distinction of becoming the first middle school in Osceola County to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP). The application deadline for the 2014-15 school year is May 4.  Student admission will be based on completed applications, as there are a limited number of seats for eligible students in the program.  Students currently attending Parkway Middle will not be displaced from the

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  • School Board approves policy revisions including prohibiting classroom discipline

    Posted on April 8, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola County School Board recently approved a series of policy revisions, with one specifically prohibiting student discipline in the classroom. The new policy 5.301 bans district employees from using any means of discipline or control to manage the behavior of any student, including Exceptional Student Education (ESE) students, which induce or result in physical or psychological pain or discomfort to a student. Those include

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  • Middle school participates in national recycling program

    Posted on March 28, 2014 at 10:03 am

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Parkway Middle School is going green one step at a time, and its next move is installing recycling bins for plastics throughout its campus. Parkway, along with 29 other schools across the country, are working with Recyclebank to raise enough funds to make its school-wide project possible. Recyclebank, a company that helps communities and schools become more environmentally friendly, selected those schools’ projects to encourage

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Crime News

Sexual predator arrested for having sex with a minor

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a registered sexual predator on Saturday after he had sex with a minor, authorities said. Rex Thomas Williams, 53, a transient, was charged him with unlawful sex with certain minors, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and violation of probation. On Saturday at approximately 1:30 p.m., Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an Intercession City home. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the victim who first

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  • Deputies investigating Poinciana homocide

    Posted on April 9, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred in Poinciana on Tuesday. At approximately 9:45 p.m., Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Normandy Drive in Poinciana after several residents reported hearing shots fired. Deputies canvassed the area, but were unable to locate any individuals involved. They did locate what appeared to be shell casings and other items in the driveway of 1135 Normandy Drive. The homeowners were not

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  • Child care worker arrested for abuse

    Posted on April 8, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    An Orlando woman was arrested Monday at a Kissimmee day care after Sheriff’s deputies allege she pushed a 3-year-old boy who fell into a cot and sustained a head injury. Laura Maria Acevedo, 25, was arrested and charged with two counts of child abuse. At approximately 6:45 p.m., Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Kidsville Academy, 2557 Remington Boulevard, and spoke with a mother who said when she arrived at

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