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Plans take Center for the Arts out of its shell

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 10:34 am

By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Instead of bringing the community to the theater, the Osceola Center for the Arts will soon bring the theatre to the community. It is one of its biggest goals in the center’s drafted strategic plan, started by the Center for the Arts board a year and a half ago. Gathering feedback from stakeholders, staff, center members and city and county managers, the board is nearly

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  • Back-to-school sales tax holiday to start

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 10:31 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer For the parents with children heading back to school next month who haven’t already heard the command: Shoppers, start your credit cards. Most clothing items under $100; school supplies under $15; most computer components; and the first $750 of a new computer are exempt from sales tax from Friday morning through 11:59 p.m. Sunday. Gov. Rick Scott signed House Bill 5601 back in May, which

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  • Officials preparing smooth elections process

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 10:29 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The last time voters in Osceola County went to the polls there were issues with absentee ballots and wait times of up to two hours at precincts. With the 2014 primary election less than a month away, candidates are gearing up for campaigns, while officials at the county Supervisor of Elections office are working to ensure a problem-free election night. An influx of voter registrations,

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Kissimmee

Open houses set for back to school information

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer Osceola County students head back to school on Monday, Aug. 18. The Osceola County School District has set the dates and times for all open houses. The open house for all high schools will be Wednesday, Aug. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. All middle schools’ open houses will be Thursday, Aug. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. Elementary and K-8 schools will have open house

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  • Kissimmee Main Street calls to artists for exhibit

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 12:31 pm

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Kissimmee Main Street has announced its eighth annual Kissimmee Sculpture Experience and are calling for artists to display their sculptures in downtown Kissimmee for the 2014-15 exhibit. The new sculptures will be installed in October. Above, a past sculpture is installed in front of Kissimmee City Hall.

    Kissimmee Main Street has announced its eighth annual Kissimmee Sculpture Experience and are calling for artists to display their sculptures in downtown Kissimmee for the 2014-15 exhibit. The Kissimmee Sculpture Experience is an exhibit of original outdoor sculptures placed around downtown Kissimmee. With Kissimmee located in Central Florida, it allows for the exhibit to draw from the thousands of visiting tourists and local residents. The artists will loan their sculptures

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  • Body of Orlando boater found on Lake Toho

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 10:30 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The body of a missing boater was recovered on Lake Tohopekaliga in Kissimmee early this morning. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission officials identified the boater as John Kysar, 51, from Orlando. His body was discovered sometime after 8 a.m. by FWC with the help of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office’s Ag/Marine Unit after attempts to find Kysar on the lake were ended Tuesday night

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St Cloud

Open houses set for back to school information

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer Osceola County students head back to school on Monday, Aug. 18. The Osceola County School District has set the dates and times for all open houses. The open house for all high schools will be Wednesday, Aug. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. All middle schools’ open houses will be Thursday, Aug. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. Elementary and K-8 schools will have open house

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  • City to hold 6th school supply drive

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    St. Cloud Teachers spend up $1,000 of their own money on classroom supplies each year, according to the Kids in Need Foundation. The city of St. Cloud hopes to eliminate that cost. The city of St. Cloud will be hosting its sixth annual city of St. Cloud School Supply Drive from Aug. 1 to Aug. 15 at City Hall, building A, third level. The drive will run Monday through Friday

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  • Sheriff’s Ag/Marine Unit has rural Osceola County covered

    Posted on July 28, 2014 at 10:38 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer From the edge of Kissimmee’s city limits, you can drive for about 25 minutes and end up in the middle of nowhere. Osceola County is big — the sixth largest in land mass in the state — and much of it is that kind of wide-open space, marshes and waterways. With those rural parts of the county, mostly south and east of St. Cloud, a

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Poinciana

Deputies seek Poinciana larceny suspect

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives are in search of a male who stole a delivered package from in front of a Poinciana home last week. Deputies were called to a home on Ficus Tree Road the evening of July 22, where the homeowner said he was expecting a package to be delivered to his home. At 1:03 p.m. that day, United Parcel Service notified him via email the package had been

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  • Open houses set for back to school information

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer Osceola County students head back to school on Monday, Aug. 18. The Osceola County School District has set the dates and times for all open houses. The open house for all high schools will be Wednesday, Aug. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. All middle schools’ open houses will be Thursday, Aug. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. Elementary and K-8 schools will have open house

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  • Site for Poinciana Valencia campus selected

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer The Valencia College board of trustees set the groundwork for the proposed Poinciana campus on Wednesday, selecting a site donated by Osceola County. The site, located on the intersection of Pleasant Hill and Reaves Road, is 18.89 acres  and will come at no cost to the college. Osceola County Manager Don Fisher said that the site already is primed for construction, with land and utilities

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Celebration

Dozens of TV reality stars return to Celebration, July 31-Aug. 3

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 10:13 am

          By Peter Covino A&E Editor If you love reality shows on TV, the place to be in just two weeks is the sixth annual Hearts of Reality event at Celebration. Winners and contestants from hit shows such as Amazing Race, Survivor, Big Brother and The Apprentice, some 140 reality stars in all, will take place at the four-day event, July 31-Aug. 3 at the big

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  • Around Celebration

    Posted on July 9, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Celebration Foundation provides baseball uniforms for team Challenger Baseball is grateful to the Celebration Foundation for a grant to purchase equipment and uniforms for our special needs athletes. Challenger Baseball is run solely through the efforts of volunteers. The coaches who are involved include Spike Coskey, Dave Gourgues, Tony Munoz, Melissa Munoz, Kim Salerno, Bob Doolittle and Christine Bernier. Gourgues was the founding board member who began the Challenger program.

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  • Reality stars coming back to Celebration

    Posted on July 9, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    For the sixth year in a row, a long list of television reality stars will be joining the Hearts of Reality event in Celebration, from Thursday, July 31, to Sunday, Aug. 3.  More than 140 reality stars from the hit shows “Amazing Race,” “Survivor,” “Big Brother,” “The Apprentice” and many more, will help children with life-threatening illnesses by using their celebrity to secure donations for Give Kids The World (GKTW). 

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Schools

High school report cards to be re-issued Thursday

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Osceola County School District announced that, starting Thursday, re-issued report cards can be picked up at all high schools except for Zenith and Challenger. Public Information Officer Dana Schafer said that staff at both those high schools is working closely with the district office to validate all grades and get the report cards printed. Once they are ready, a separate call will be made to parents of Zenith and Challenger

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  • OHS to hold meeting about class schedule changes

    Posted on July 18, 2014 at 11:17 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Osceola High School is scheduled to change its class scheduling from a four-by-four block to a seven-period schedule for the 2014-15 school year, which begins in a little over a month. But parents, students, some teachers from OHS and at least one School Board member feel the timing is wrong to make that change. Those groups debated the change for more than three hours at

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  • Osceola County schools see improvements in grades

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer When the final batch of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores were released in June, they showed that nearly every grade level in the Osceola County School District saw improvement. The Florida Department of Education recognized Osceola County as one of only five districts to improve in all seven assessment areas. That was reflected when the district revealed the school grades for its elementary, middle,

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Crime News

Deputies seek Poinciana larceny suspect

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives are in search of a male who stole a delivered package from in front of a Poinciana home last week. Deputies were called to a home on Ficus Tree Road the evening of July 22, where the homeowner said he was expecting a package to be delivered to his home. At 1:03 p.m. that day, United Parcel Service notified him via email the package had been

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  • Deputies searching for inmate who failed to show up at work release site

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Martinez-Rodriguez

    Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for an inmate who never showed up at a work release job site. Authorities are searching for 24-year-old Sixto Martinez-Rodriguez. His previous charges include grand theft, burglary and drug charges. Deputies on Tuesday responded to the Florida Department of Corrections Kissimmee Work Release Center, 2925 Michigan Ave. in Kissimmee. Deputies spoke with the supervisor who said two inmates on the work release program, Martinez-Rodriguez

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  • Kissimmee man charged with child pornography

    Posted on July 29, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Osceola Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested a Kissimmee man early this morning on child pornography charges. Robert Eppers, 45, is charged with 10 counts of promoting photo/movie sexual performance of a child. In June, detectives identified a computer with an IP address linked to child pornography, and located Eppers’ home after further investigation. They obtained a search warrant for his home  early this morning and took his computer as evidence. Eppers

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