Around Osceola

County

Submitted Photo
Representatives from Kangaroo Express, a southeast United States convenience store chain, presented Give Kids the World last week with a check for over $192,000 that its customers helped raise. From left are: Ossie Curington (region sales director, Kangaroo Express), Dennis Kirk (division vice president, Kangaroo Express), Pam Landwirth (Give Kids The World president and CEO), Mamie Nesbit (executive assistant, southern division, Kangaroo Express) and  Ken Artell (region sales director, Kangaroo Express).

Kangaroo stores raise $192K for Give Kids The World

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 2:12 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Representatives from Kangaroo Express, a southeast United States convenience store chain, presented Give Kids the World last week with a check for over $192,000 that its customers helped raise. The chain’s Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi stores presented the Kissimmee facility with provides cost-free, weeklong vacations for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. From Oct. 1 to Nov. 27, store guests donated to

Read Full Story
  • Valencia College joins partnership to launch School of Public Safety

    Posted on December 19, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    The School of Public Safety will combine Valencia College’s current education and training programs for law-enforcement officers, corrections officers and firefighters, with programs planned for students interested in careers in homeland security, emergency management and private security.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Valencia College in Osceola County will expand public safety programs, with the creation of a new School of Public Safety. College trustees Wednesday approved a resolution that will allow for a major expansion of public safety programs at Valencia’s Criminal Justice Institute campus near its east Orlando campus. The School of Public Safety will combine the college’s current education and training programs for law-enforcement officers,

    Read Full Story
  • Six high schools see letter grades drop

    Posted on December 19, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    School Logo

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The state of Florida released the school letter grades for high schools for the 2013-14. While some schools maintained their achievement, others slipped a letter grade, in line with many other schools in the state. Harmony High School, Professional and Technical High School (PATHS) and The Osceola County School for the Arts each maintained their A grade from 2012-13. The other six public high schools

    Read Full Story

Kissimmee

Florida children needed to serve on Sea Life Young Environmentalists Panel

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 9:31 am

SEA LIFE Orlando, the brand new immersive aquarium experience opening at I-Drive 360 in spring 2015, has announced a contest to select five children to serve on its Young Environmentalists Panel. Each of the panelists, between the ages of 7-12, will serve as ambassadors to help educate the community about SEA LIFE, and its local and global conservation efforts. SEA LIFE Orlando is asking children in Florida, between the ages

Read Full Story
  • Despite loss, OHS makes the best of night in the limelight

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    An Osceola Kowboys fan reacts after a Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas touchdown during the 7A-state football final at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando on Friday.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola High School football team has accomplished a lot in recent years. Undefeated in county and district play. District championships. Deep runs in the Class 7A state playoffs, all the way to the state semifinals the last three years. But a trip to the promised land of Florida high school football, the state championships at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, doesn’t happen all

    Read Full Story
  • Police, KUA warn residents about billing scam

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Police

    The Kissimmee Police Department and Kissimmee Utility Authority are working together to warn residents of a billing scam targeting electric company customers. KUA customers are receiving phone calls from individuals saying that they are employees of the electric company. The “employee” informs the victim that their electric bill has not been paid and a crew is being dispatched to their location to disconnect power. The victim is then told if

    Read Full Story

St Cloud

St. Cloud Fire Rescue encouraging fire safety awareness during winter months

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 2:07 pm

St. Cloud Fire Rescue has joined the U.S. Fire Administration and National Fire Protection Association’s efforts in reminding the public that home fires are more prevalent during the winter season than any other season. As winter begins Dec. 21, Fire Rescue personnel encourage more awareness in cooking procedures, heating procedures, and decorating for the holidays. “Our biggest concerns as winter begins are Christmas trees, holiday cooking, and holiday candles,” said

Read Full Story
  • St. Cloud family lights yard for good cause

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery
Marty Johnson, of St. Cloud, uses over 38,000 lights synchronized to holiday music at his home at 5119 Moore St. His children give a guided tour and the family is collecting donations for the children at Nemours hospital.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer For the past six years, Marty Johnson and his family have gone all-out decorating their home for the holidays. This year is no different, only they’re raising some money for a good cause – kids in the hospital. The Johnson home at 5119 Moore St. in St. Cloud is decorated with 38,000 lights that are synched up to different holiday songs. The dancing display literally

    Read Full Story
  • U.S. 441 at Canoe Creek reopens after truck crash

    Posted on December 15, 2014 at 10:25 am

    U.S. Highway 441 (Kenansville Road) has reopened south of Canoe Creek Road after an overturned tractor trailer closed the road for over six hours, Florida Highway Patrol has reported. The vehicle, carrying mulch, was traveling southbound on 441 when it drifted off the road at about 5:40 a.m. The driver, identified as 55-year-old James Brinson of Grant, overcorrected and caused the trailer to overturn. He was pronounced dead on the

    Read Full Story

Poinciana

Koa Elementary named 2014 National Blue Lighthouse School

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer The Koa Elementary School has been named as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School by Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence. Based on the Blueprint for Excellence assessment process, Koa Elementary met or exceeded the criteria for all nine categories: student support and focus; school organization and culture; challenging standards and curriculum; active teaching and learning; technology integration; professional community; leadership and educational vitality; school, family,

Read Full Story
  • Poinciana High assistant principal runs tough course for daughter

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Photos/ Kathy Batista-Feliz.
Photos/ Kathy Batista-Feliz.

Poinciana High School Assistant Principal Michael Meechin, far left, and fellow educators, recently ran the Tough Mudder obstacle course in Kissimmee in honor of Meechin’s young daughter, Kennedy, who was battling health issues. Below, Meechin, center, navigates an obstacle on the course.

    By Deja Soto For the News-Gazette As physically challenging as a 13-mile obstacle course is to complete, the race was no match for the challenge of a father pacing a hospital floor waiting on word about his infant daughter‘s brain surgery. But recently, Poinciana High School Assistant Principal Michael Meechin and nearly two dozen of his closest friends finished the Kissimmee footrace – a year after Meechin’s daughter faced her

    Read Full Story
  • Winter Fun Parade and Festival set for Saturday

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer The Winter Fun Parade and Festival will be held Saturday, Dec. 13th from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Vance Harmon Park, 50 Country Club Road. The parade route begins with the line-up of floats and parade participants on country Club Road, travelling to Cypress Parkway and ending at Vance Harmon Park After the parade, enjoy the festival at Vance Harmon Park. This free, fun filled event

    Read Full Story

Celebration

Jeff Rupert and the UCF Professors to play

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 2:06 pm

By Paul Collins For the News-Gazette The Celebration Foundation Concert Series presents The Orlando Philharmonic along with Jeff Rupert and the UCF Professors of Jazz on Saturday Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. They will perform a tribute to one of the greatest tenor saxophonists of all time – Stan Getz. Stan Getz’s skill was so well known on the tenor saxophone among the jazz community it was referred to as

Read Full Story
  • Poinciana High assistant principal runs tough course for daughter

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Photos/ Kathy Batista-Feliz.
Photos/ Kathy Batista-Feliz.

Poinciana High School Assistant Principal Michael Meechin, far left, and fellow educators, recently ran the Tough Mudder obstacle course in Kissimmee in honor of Meechin’s young daughter, Kennedy, who was battling health issues. Below, Meechin, center, navigates an obstacle on the course.

    By Deja Soto For the News-Gazette As physically challenging as a 13-mile obstacle course is to complete, the race was no match for the challenge of a father pacing a hospital floor waiting on word about his infant daughter‘s brain surgery. But recently, Poinciana High School Assistant Principal Michael Meechin and nearly two dozen of his closest friends finished the Kissimmee footrace – a year after Meechin’s daughter faced her

    Read Full Story
  • Celebration invites autistic kids to special event

    Posted on October 31, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    By Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette Greatly known for its festivals, the town of Celebration closed its main street to host a private event for the Autism Society of Greater Orlando (ASGO) on Oct. 16. The event brought families with children suffering from autism together in a safe environment to enjoy fall festivities. “In majority of families, one parent stays home with the child with autism and the other parent

    Read Full Story

Schools

School Logo

Six high schools see letter grades drop

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 12:06 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The state of Florida released the school letter grades for high schools for the 2013-14. While some schools maintained their achievement, others slipped a letter grade, in line with many other schools in the state. Harmony High School, Professional and Technical High School (PATHS) and The Osceola County School for the Arts each maintained their A grade from 2012-13. The other six public high schools

Read Full Story
  • Teachers to board: We can’t deal with state mandates

    Posted on December 3, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    School Logo

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer During a time of the year when thoughts are about giving thanks for what people have, local teachers may be wondering what they have left to give. As the new Common Core Standards became the Florida Standards this year, demands of teachers have changed — and greatly increased as the state is dictating how students are to learn. At the same time that teachers’ workloads

    Read Full Story
  • Number of Osceola homeless children on the rise

    Posted on December 1, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    School Logo

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Ten years ago, the Osceola County School District counted 129 homeless children among its student population. Today, the count stands at more than 3,100, with almost 2,000 more expected by the end of the school year, according to district officials. “We’ve got more homeless students now than this time last year,” said Leslie Campbell, director of the district’s special programs. Focused on identifying homeless students,

    Read Full Story

Crime News

Police

Police, KUA warn residents about billing scam

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:59 am

The Kissimmee Police Department and Kissimmee Utility Authority are working together to warn residents of a billing scam targeting electric company customers. KUA customers are receiving phone calls from individuals saying that they are employees of the electric company. The “employee” informs the victim that their electric bill has not been paid and a crew is being dispatched to their location to disconnect power. The victim is then told if

Read Full Story
  • Man arrested for attempted murder in Vine Street hotel

    Posted on December 15, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Batiste

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Kissimmee police officers have arrested a man they say attempted to kill a female in a Vine Street hotel room late Friday. Ronald Batiste, 57, was arrested and charged with attempted murder and hindering a call to law enforcement. He is being held in the Osceola County Jail on no bond. On Friday at approximately 11 p.m., police officers responded to the area of  1700

    Read Full Story
  • Three armed robbery suspects sought

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Armed robbery suspect

    Kissimmee police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify three armed robbery suspects who robbed a retail store Friday. At approximately 10:30 a.m., three males entered the Dollar General at 2711 Simpson Road in Kissimmee, pointed a handgun at an employee and demanded money from the register and safe.  The suspects fled the area with an undetermined amount of money. No one inside the store was injured during

    Read Full Story

Headlines of the Day

News Videos