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Detectives need the public’s help in identifying CVS armed robbery suspects

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Osceola County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying armed robbery suspects, who victimized a local drug store early Monday morning. At approximately 1:45 a.m., deputies responded to CVS Pharmacy at 3300 S. Orange Blossom Trail in Kissimmee. Deputies spoke with the store employees who reported that two unknown males entered the store and demanded money at gunpoint. The suspects fled the area with an undisclosed

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  • Early voting begins Thursday

    Posted on October 20, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Early voting begins Thursday.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Early voting begins Thursday in Osceola County, leading up to Election Day, the final day voters can cast their ballots, on Nov. 4. Six sites are open for voting, and officials with the Supervisor of Elections office encourage voters to take that opportunity. The Celebration Library (305 Campus St.), Hart Memorial Library (211 E. Dakin Ave. in Kissimmee), the Poinciana Library (101 N. Doverplum Ave.),

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  • County Commission approves privatizing Osceola jail health care

    Posted on October 17, 2014 at 11:55 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola County Commission has approved the hiring of a private firm to handle health care at the Osceola County Jail for the next five years. The county will pay Armor Correctional Health Services $21.8 million over the period, which should save about $677,000, government  officials said. The motion passed on a 3-2 vote with Commissioners Mike Harford and Brandon Arrington voting against it. Harford

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  • Sensor research center could open in 2016

    Posted on October 17, 2014 at 11:47 am

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery
The media focuses on the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center ground breaking off U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee on Thursday.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Negotiations to bring the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center to Osceola County began in March. On Thursday, county leaders turned the first dirt. The start of construction  on the research center ends the county’s two-year saga with the Judge Farm property of U.S. Highway 192 across from Osceola Heritage Park. The center will be a 100,000 square-foot, two-story building that will house the facilities to

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  • Concerns over Ebola prompt Florida officials to take necessary action

    Posted on October 16, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    A strain of the deadly Ebola virus is shown above. Florida officials are currently preparing for any cases reported in the state.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Florida officials are preparing for the worst-case scenario: An Ebola virus outbreak. As reports of two Texas nurses who contracted the virus from a Liberian man proliferate in the news media, emergency plans for a possible outbreak are underway throughout the U.S., including Osceola County. The Florida Department of Health is working closely with local hospitals, doctors’ offices, urgent care centers and medical laboratories to

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  • CDBG grant helps those in danger of becoming homeless

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Through the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), Osceola County residents who are in danger of becoming homeless due to their inability to pay their monthly rent can find some relief if they meet the criteria. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides assistance up to two months of rent payable to the landlord. Applications for the program were available beginning Oct. 1, and those who

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  • Partnership rebuilds seniors’ vegtable garden

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Ken Jackson
Members of the University of Florida Extension Services worked with St. Cloud Home Depot team members last week to build a new raised vegetable garden for senior residents at Oak Leaf Landings in Kissimmee.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Grisel Negron, the Family Nutrition Program coordinator for University of Florida Extension Services, thinks of Home Depot as “just like a community hardware store.” It may be a giant chain, but through corporate grants it helps with community projects, as Negron saw with her own eyes this week. The home improvement chain offered up $3,500 at the corporate level to help rebuild the vegetable garden

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