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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

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  • 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,

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  • Six high schools see letter grades drop

    Posted on December 19, 2014 at 12:06 pm

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    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

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  • Courthouse to open at midnight when gay marriage ban expires

    Posted on December 18, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    By Charlie Reed and Ken Jackson Staff Writers The Osceola County Courthouse will open for a couple hours at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 6 – the moment that Florida’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage expires – to issue marriage licenses and possibly perform services. Osceola County Clerk of the Courts Armando Ramirez said he expected to process up to 30 licenses that night for gay couples who have long-waited for the

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  • Swan, Grieb to help steer transportation

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:54 am

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Kissimmee Mayor Jim Swan explains the aspects of the new Martin Luther King Boulevard extension project near Thacker Avenue in Kissimmee on Tuesday. The new portion of the road is expected to open in January.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Kissimmee Mayor Jim Swan stops by the unfinished section of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard most days. He lives nearby and likes to keep an eye on the city’s high-profile construction projects. “It’s big money that’s being invested. I usually stop by MLK and a couple of other sites every day,” said the 66-year-old fishing guide-turned politician. “It’s a way a retired guy can kill

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  • Animal Services partnering with other agencies to help find abandoned pets homes

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    The “Home for the Holidays” program allows people to adopt dogs and cats for $12 during December, a fraction of the normal cost, which in Osceola is $60 and $50, respectively.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Osceola County Animal Services has teamed up with three other animal control agencies in Central Florida to help find abandon pets permanent homes this holiday season. The “Home for the Holidays” program allows people to adopt dogs and cats for $12 in December, a fraction of the normal cost, which in Osceola is $60 and $50, respectively. It’s the first time that  public and private

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  • Van to map conditions of Osceola County roads, sidewalks

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Transmap will deploy the vehicle that is equipped with a host of high-definition imaging devices and GPS sensors. It will catalog the condition of roads and sidewalks and log the presence and condition of street signs and their 
nighttime lights.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer If you see a white Transmap van patrolling county roads over the coming week, give it some room, because it is at work. It’s work you’ll like as a motorist or pedestrian if you’re sick of potholes and cracked sidewalks. Transmap a national provider of professional, technical, and management support services to the transportation industry based in Ohio will be doing real-time surfacing condition monitoring

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