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‘Got College?’ guides county high school students through financial aid

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 4:24 pm

By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Even if working two full time jobs caused Carid Torres to drop out of a semester at Valencia, she’s confident that Got College? will help her continue her criminology degree this fall. Torres, an Osceola High School graduate, was one of a few dozen parents and students that attended the Got College? financial aid seminar at Robert Guevara Community Center on April 17.  The last

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  • Commissioners give support to natural gas pipeline plans

    Posted on April 22, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer With the blessing of the Board of Osceola County Commissioners, a new underground pipeline which will bring more capacity to serve the state with natural gas will pass through parts of the county when it is built and goes into service sometime in 2017. Board members approved and authorized Chairman Fred Hawkins to sign a letter to support the Florida Southeast Connection and the Sabal

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  • Minor from Poinciana stabs classmate over Facebook post

    Posted on April 22, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 16-year-old boy after he stabbed a classmate multiple times over comments made on Facebook.  Kevin Concepcion, 16, is charged with seven counts of aggravated battery, one count of aggravated assault with a weapon and one count of attempted murder.  Deputies responded to 131 Briarcliff Drive in Poinciana at 6:42 p.m. Monday, breaking up the fight between Concepcion and the victim, a 14 year-old boy.

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Kissimmee

News-Gazette photo/Andrew Sullivan
From left, Osceola High School JROTC representatives Brandon Dussean, Deyaneiva Erazo, Master Sgt. Kreamer, Justin Wollman and Eddie Marrero stand with their program’s impressive trophy collection from this year’s Air Force JROTC State Drill Meet.

Osceola High School stomps competition in state drill meet

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 2:59 pm

By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Taking home the state championship in Air Force JROTC State Drill Meet is more than just a win for Osceola High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC), but a confirmation on how much dedication and hard work can pay off. Competing against 20 other high schools across Florida on April 5 at the University of Florida, the two drill and two color guard teams

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  • Police warn residents about phone scams

    Posted on April 21, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Local police are warning citizens about a pair of phone scams that have already affected Osceola County residents. The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office has reported that two citizens have received calls about a jury duty phone scam. The caller has identified himself as a lieutenant with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and said a warrant has been issued for missing jury duty. The caller makes arrangements for them to provide

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  • Osceola County Sheriff’s deputy on leave after shooting suspect

    Posted on April 21, 2014 at 9:28 am

    An Osceola County Sheriff’s Office deputy is now being investigated after shooting and critically injuring a suspect during a traffic stop. Around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Deputy  Michael Maccallum stopped the suspect, Ridge David White, 53, at Eaglet Lane and Cheyenne Point Trail in the Indian Point subdivision in Kissimmee. As Maccallum was arresting White on either drug related charges or an outstanding violation of probation warrant, the suspect hit the deputy

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St Cloud

St. Cloud woman steals thousands from Miami residents for alleged Disney cruise vacations

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 5:04 pm

A St. Cloud woman posing as a travel agent conned two Miami residents out of a combined $8,410 for alleged Disney cruise packages. Trish Valentin Caban, of St. Cloud, was charged with two counts of grand theft. A St. Cloud Police Department officer received calls from both victims on April 18 about Caban. The first victim said that she called Caban, who identified herself as a travel agent, a few

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  • Two juveniles charged in St. Cloud armed burglary case

    Posted on April 23, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Two juveniles were arrested in an armed residential burglary case in St. Cloud on Tuesday. At about 3:20 p.m., St. Cloud Police Department officers responded to a residential burglary in the 3000 block of Settlers Trail (in the Canoe Creek Lakes Subdivision). Witnesses called 911 to report seeing somebody in their neighbor’s backyard after hearing glass breaking from a window. Witnesses confronted one suspect, who  attempted to flee on foot

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  • City of St. Cloud mayor makes four proclamations

    Posted on April 23, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Photo/City of St. Cloud
St. Cloud Mayor Rebecca Borders presents a proclamation during a regular council meeting April 10 at City Hall to State-Certified Arborist and Parks and Recreation Beautification Manager Kimberly Duffy, Tree Advisory Committee President Jessica Sullivan, and Tree Advisory Committee Secretary Erin Burnette. The proclamation declares April 19 as Arbor Day in St. Cloud.

    St. Cloud Mayor Rebecca Borders presented four proclamations during a regular council meeting April 10 at City Hall. Arbor Day Borders proclaimed April 19 as Arbor Day in St. Cloud. Arbor Day is an annual observance throughout the nation that celebrates the role of trees and promotes tree planting. For many years, Arbor Day was celebrated April 22, the birthday of J. Sterling Morton, who proposed a special day be

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Poinciana

Rubio’s staff available April 30 at center

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer If you are having an issue with Social Security, Medicare, veteran’s affairs benefits, immigration, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or any federal agency, a member of Sen. Marco Rubio’s staff will be available to speak with you on Wednesday, April 30, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Poinciana Community Center, 395 Marigold Ave. This service is being provided in partnership with the Greater Haitian American

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  • Minor from Poinciana stabs classmate over Facebook post

    Posted on April 22, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 16-year-old boy after he stabbed a classmate multiple times over comments made on Facebook.  Kevin Concepcion, 16, is charged with seven counts of aggravated battery, one count of aggravated assault with a weapon and one count of attempted murder.  Deputies responded to 131 Briarcliff Drive in Poinciana at 6:42 p.m. Monday, breaking up the fight between Concepcion and the victim, a 14 year-old boy.

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  • 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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Schools

‘Got College?’ guides county high school students through financial aid

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 4:24 pm

By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Even if working two full time jobs caused Carid Torres to drop out of a semester at Valencia, she’s confident that Got College? will help her continue her criminology degree this fall. Torres, an Osceola High School graduate, was one of a few dozen parents and students that attended the Got College? financial aid seminar at Robert Guevara Community Center on April 17.  The last

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  • 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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Crime News

Two juveniles charged in St. Cloud armed burglary case

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Two juveniles were arrested in an armed residential burglary case in St. Cloud on Tuesday. At about 3:20 p.m., St. Cloud Police Department officers responded to a residential burglary in the 3000 block of Settlers Trail (in the Canoe Creek Lakes Subdivision). Witnesses called 911 to report seeing somebody in their neighbor’s backyard after hearing glass breaking from a window. Witnesses confronted one suspect, who  attempted to flee on foot

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  • Kenansville man arrested for sending child pornography

    Posted on April 22, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    A man from Kenansville now is in jail after transferring photos and video of child pornography via the Internet.  Lawrence Raymond Alt, 44, from Kenansville, is charged with 11 counts of promoting photo/movie-sexual performance of a child.  Osceola County Sheriff’s Office detectives began the investigation in the middle of March, according to a report by Osceola County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Twis Lizasuain, after receiving a tip that a person in

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  • Minor from Poinciana stabs classmate over Facebook post

    Posted on April 22, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 16-year-old boy after he stabbed a classmate multiple times over comments made on Facebook.  Kevin Concepcion, 16, is charged with seven counts of aggravated battery, one count of aggravated assault with a weapon and one count of attempted murder.  Deputies responded to 131 Briarcliff Drive in Poinciana at 6:42 p.m. Monday, breaking up the fight between Concepcion and the victim, a 14 year-old boy.

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