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Volunteers needed to count homeless residents

Posted on January 25, 2015 at 4:42 pm

U.S. Housing and Urban Development requires each county count their homeless residents during a specific point in time. This year it is Monday from 6 to 10 p.m. Volunteers will not be expected to work all night. This count is  important to Osceola’s funding from Homeless Services Network (HSN), so county officials are trying to pull this together. The training for “count” volunteers is Monday from 1 to 3 p.m.

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  • Help sought for injured firefighter’s daughter, 10

    Posted on January 23, 2015 at 1:10 pm

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Ten-year-old Aubrey Clark and another friend were hit by the driver of an SUV while they rode their bicycles near their home in Ocoee.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Thankfully, the daughter of an Osceola County firefighter involved in an accident Tuesday is improving. But the family will need help with medical bills, and the fire union’s benevolent association is working to help. Ten-year-old Aubrey Clark and another friend were hit by the driver of an SUV while they rode their bicycles near their home in Ocoee. The friend was injured and is improving,

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  • Osceola County seeks funding for research center from state legislature

    Posted on January 23, 2015 at 12:37 pm

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    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer When it comes to its priorities during the upcoming state legislative session, Osceola County leaders want to keep their list of concerns short and simple in order to keep all involved with their “eyes on the prize.” At the Jan. 12 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, County Manager Don Fisher discussed four primary priorities, with one at the clear No. 1 spot at

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  • Osceola County leaders unite to remember Martin Luther King Jr.

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 11:51 am

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Grand Marshall Nelson Winbush and former Osceola County educator waves during the Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Kissimmee on Saturday.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Anna Pinellas feared she might get fired for lobbying the Osceola County Commission to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1991. She was a county employee at the time, unsure of how the request would be received by the board and the community. “I didn’t know how people were going to respond,” said Pinellas, who asked the county’s three other elected boards to do

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  • New water quality laws adopted to help improve local lakes

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 11:30 am

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    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Osceola County has adopted new set of water quality ordinances to improve the water quality on some local lakes. County commissioners at last week’s meeting unanimously adopted the Lake Toho Nutrient Reduction Plan, which includes an ordinance that will regulate the commercial application of fertilizer in urban areas. The new plan is in line with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Model Ordinance for Florida-Friendly

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  • Father of teen shooter expected to make plea deal

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 11:03 am

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    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The father of a Kissimmee teenager who bought a gun and left it available for the teen to go allegedly go on a 2013 shooting spree is scheduled to make a plea deal in court next week. Lothar Schafer is set to appear Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. in front of Ninth Circuit Court Judge Jon B. Morgan to make a plea on a charge

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  • Poinciana residents weigh in on Southport Connector to Turnpike

    Posted on January 16, 2015 at 10:47 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Just like any other road project, residents north and east of Poinciana have a mixed bag of emotions when it comes to the Southport Connector. The proposed toll road, one among a group of projects in the Osceola County Expressway Authority’s 2040 Master Plan, will eventually connect the Poinciana community to Florida’s Turnpike and possibly extend farther east to Canoe Creek Road. The Florida Department

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