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Animal Services to have final push for national Rachael Ray adoption challenge

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 11:58 am

By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Osceola County Animal Services will need the public’s help in making their adoption mission “Michigan Possible.” This event, held at the temporary satellite shelter on 3096 Michigan Ave. today, is the shelter’s last push for the 2014 Rachael Ray $100K Adoption Challenge, which ends Sunday. Competing with other shelters across the country, Animal Services already has passed its total adoption numbers in the challenge last

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  • Osceola County Animal Services reports first rabies case of 2014

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Osceola County Animal Services is urging residents to take the necessary precautions against rabies after reporting its first case this year. A rabid cat was found in a rural area near the southeastern shore of Lake Tohopekaliga. It serves as a reminder of the importance of avoiding contact with stray animals and keeping pets vaccinated against the deadly disease, Animal Services officials said. The appearance of a sick cat was

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  • Osceola Council on Aging earns top Meals on Wheels program award

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 11:29 am

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery
Kitchen workers, Jason Lopes, left, and Roderick Rivers prepare meals for Meals on Wheels at the Osceola County Council on Aging near Kissimmee on Thursday,

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer For the Osceola County Council on Aging, this is the time of year when all its hard work finally pays off. It is the recipient of two awards: Top Meals on Wheels Program by the Meals on Wheels Association of America and the 2014 Florence R. Goldman Senior Center Award. It is the second time that Osceola won the Goldman Award since 2000. The local

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Kissimmee

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From left, Brandon Brinegar, Moe Dellofano & Sammy Bryant, of the City of Kissimmee Public Works Department, all took home honors at this year’s APWA Expo in Ft. Lauderdale.

Public works team brings home honors

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:10 pm

The city of Kissimmee Public Works and Engineering Department recently attended the 2014 American Public Works Association Florida Chapter Conference & Exposition in Fort Lauderdale, and brought home four trophies, including the Rodeo Grand Champion title. Maurice “Moe” Dellofano, a heavy equipment operator in the city’s Stormwater Division, was the winner of the Grand Rodeo Championship.  This is Dellofano’s third major win in this event. Samuel “Sammy” Bryant, also of

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  • City Commission seats go to run-off

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Voters in Kissimmee will see some candidates from both City Commission seats on their general election ballots on Nov. 4, as they are both qualified for runoff elections. Unable to gain more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two candidates from both seats will be locked in further campaigning for the next two months. For Kissimmee Commission seat 2, current Commissioner Wanda Rentas

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  • Blazing heat leads to new KUA record for use of electricity

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Lillian Colman, 6, of St. Cloud cools off at Lakefront Park in St. Cloud. News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer You don’t need Kissimmee Utility Authority to tell you that it’s hot. Real hot. “Stupid hot” as one local TV meteorologist called it Thursday morning. Power meters all over the county are whizzing to keep indoor spaces cool. KUA knows it by looking at their meters. Osceola County’s primary utility said a new all-time system peak for demand record for electricity use on Tuesday. Then,

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St Cloud

St. Cloud hosts September activities

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:03 pm

The city of St. Cloud Parks and Recreation Department provides a variety of recreational programs and activities year-round for the residents and neighbors of the city of St. Cloud. Several activities for the month of September are planned, including: • Adult Flag Football: Registration for the Brent Fullwood Adult Flag Football League begins Sept. 2 and ends Oct. 1 at the Civic Center (3001 17th St.). Games will be played

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  • Robo Mud Run benefits St. Cloud families, charities

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 12:51 pm

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St. Cloud Deputy Police Chief Vinny Shepard, right, and Officer Corey Targia were some of the first to get down and dirty during a June preview of the Robo Mud Run, an extreme 5K event that pits participants against an onslaught of obstacles.

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer With the combined funds from two Robo Mud Run events, the St. Cloud Police Department gave $20,000 to local charities and families in need. The police department has been able to raise more than $80,000, with the department raising $40,000 during this year’s Robo Mud Run event. Of that $40,000, the department gave $5,000 to the Bradtmuller and Cortez family, a city and police department

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  • St. Cloud High School students earn medals at national leadership conference

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 12:42 pm

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Third row from left: Nyasia Minaya, Jarisabel Ferrao, Mariah Cruz, Emmalyne Aleman. Second row  from left: Ashley Iaciofano, Destiny Kauffman, April Boyer, Tanisha Hernandez Payton Harvey and Jennifer Grajales. First row from left: Hailey Steuer, Payton Harvey, Jennifer Grajales, and Victoria Smith.

First row - Hailey Steuer,

    St. Cloud High School students brought home medals as they competed at the 2014 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference this past July. The following 12 students earned top marks in the following events: Gold Medals: Nyasia Minaya and Jarisabel Ferrao: Chapter service project display entitled “Focus on My Abilities” working with students with disabilities. Mariah Cruz: chapter in review display. Destiny Kauffman and April

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Poinciana

Poinciana incorporation study resubmitted to state legislature

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 11:47 am

By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer The 2014 feasibility study for the incorporation of Poinciana went to the Florida Legislature for the second time, with supporters hoping for its blessing this time. It was submitted to the chairman of the Florida Federal House Local and Federal Affairs Committee and the Clerk of the Florida House of Representatives on Wednesday. It will be the second time that Val Ramos and the Poinciana

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  • Deputies working second lewd case in Poinciana area

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 11:36 am

    The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is working a second incident in the Poinciana area where a suspect exposed himself to a victim. On Wednesday, Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies took a report of a suspicious incident on Monterey Road. The complainant said that approximately three weeks ago, at 10:30 p.m., she was walking her dog on Monterey Road when a man driving a green sedan pulled up next to her. The

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  • APV to hold special meeting on pool options

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer The Association of Poinciana Villages invites Poinciana homeowners to a special community meeting Tuesday, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Poinciana Community Center, 395 Marigold Ave. This is an opportunity to tell the Association of Poinciana Villages (APV) your opinion on whether to build a single pool to serve the community in partnership with Osceola County that would support competitive swimming for Poinciana youth (including

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Celebration

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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  • Summer Smokeout to benefit CHS boosters

    Posted on August 13, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Celebration Golf Club will host the Summer Smokeout Barbecue Feast from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Celebration with all-you-can-eat smoked ribs and wings, a pig roast, and a build your own brisket burger slider bar. Priced at $9.99 for adults and $6.99 for children under 10, the festivities also will include live music, games, and old fashion fun. Proceeds will benefit the Celebration High School Athletic Boosters.

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Schools

Wheeler, Thacker, Booth win Osceola School Board races

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 12:12 pm

By Ken Jackson and Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writers The Osceola County School Board will soon welcome two new members. Clarence Thacker and Ricky Booth won election to seats in district 4 and 5, respectively, Tuesday night. Thacker, a retired publishing executive, defeated incumbent Barbara Horn by pulling in 57 percent of the votes and winning by a comfortable margin (2,342 votes to 1,781). Booth, who co-owns the Doc Partin Cattle

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  • School board debate brings issues into spotlight

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 2:55 pm

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    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Candidates tackled some of the school district’s biggest issues during the Osceola County School Board debate on Aug. 14. With the exception of Barbara Horn for school board Seat 4, who declined to debate, candidates for seats 1, 4 and 5 answered questions at the Valencia College Osceola campus about issues such as the English as a Second Language (ESL) program, accommodating students with special

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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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Crime News

Deputies working second lewd case in Poinciana area

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 11:36 am

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is working a second incident in the Poinciana area where a suspect exposed himself to a victim. On Wednesday, Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies took a report of a suspicious incident on Monterey Road. The complainant said that approximately three weeks ago, at 10:30 p.m., she was walking her dog on Monterey Road when a man driving a green sedan pulled up next to her. The

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  • Kissimmee mother arrested for child neglect

    Posted on August 28, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Betsy Velasquez

    A Kissimmee mother was arrested and charged with child neglect after authorities found her home in deplorable conditions. On Tuesday, Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Ventura Elementary School in reference to a possible child abuse case. Deputies spoke with a schoolteacher who said she was concerned for one of her students who arrived late to school every day and had a strong odor coming from his clothing and school

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  • Deputies working second Poinciana incident where suspect exposed himself

    Posted on August 28, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Second suspect composite

    The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is working a second incident in the Poinciana area where a suspect exposed himself to a victim. On Wednesday, Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies took a report of a suspicious incident on Monterey Road in Poinciana. The complainant said that approximately three weeks ago at 10:30 p.m., she was walking her dog on Monterey Road when a man driving a green sedan pulled up next to

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