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Osceola sensor facility gets additional $5 million in funding

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 2:48 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Florida Senate has added funding for the International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research, which will be housed at the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (FAMRC), county officials announced this week. Five million dollars was included in a list of projects recommended by the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development. County officials went to Tallahassee last week as part of a lobbying effort

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  • House bill aims to reduce state-mandated education testing, limit effect on teacher evaluations

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The Florida House of Representatives last week unanimously approved legislation that would lower the number and importance of tests administered at public schools. The bill (HB 7069) would eliminate an 11th-grade language arts test, ban final exams in classes that include end-of-course testing mandated by the state or local school districts and make a college-readiness exam optional for some students. It would also reduce how

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  • Supervisor of elections honored at Scout Golden Eagle Dinner

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Ken Jackson
Osceola County Supervisor of Elections Mary Jane Arrington was the honoree at the March 17 Boy 
Scout Golden Eagle Dinner at Osceola Heritage Park.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Osceola County Supervisor of Elections Mary Jane Arrington, the honoree at the March 17 Osceola County Boy Scout Golden Eagle Dinner at Osceola Heritage Park, touted the same virtues as the 105-year-old youth-led organization: community involvement and service. Arrington, is a Georgia native and an Osceola County resident for more than 40 years who served two terms as the county’s first female commissioner prior to

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  • Organizations show off during Boys and Girls Club Week

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 2:05 pm

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Members of Osceola County’s three Boys & Girls Clubs join hands and recite the club’s motto at a Boys & Girls Club Week kickoff event Monday at the Tupperware Brands Boys & Girls Club in Kissimmee.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer According to statistics provided by the National Boys & Girls Clubs, the rate of juvenile crime spikes dramatically between the hours of 3 and 4 p.m., when school bells rings and children hit the streets. Many of them have no plans for the rest of the day and one in four of them go home to an empty house every afternoon. The Boys & Girls

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  • Pedestrian killed Sunday trying to cross highway

    Posted on March 23, 2015 at 10:31 am

    A pedestrian was killed on U.S. Highway 192 in Osceola County on Sunday after he ran out into traffic, authorities said. According to Florida Highway Patrol reports, Rosenet LaGrace, 35, of Gibsonton, was traveling westbound on the highway in a 2008 Mercedes at about 8:35 p.m., when an unknown male attempted to cross the highway in an unknown direction and was struck by the vehicle. The pedestrian was pronounced dead

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  • Celebration High School educator wins School District teacher of the year

    Posted on March 20, 2015 at 1:43 pm

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Kelly Cotton, a U.S. history and government teacher at Celebration High School, was named teacher of the year.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer More than 700 people gathered at Osceola Heritage Park Thursday night for the annual teacher of the year awards to see a Celebration High School educator win top honors. In the end, Celebration swept the contest. Kelly Cotton, a U.S. history and government teacher at Celebration High School, won teacher of the year. And Jennifer Neumann, an exceptional student education paraprofessional from Celebration K-8 School,

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  • $1M Ram Circuit Finals National Rodeo starts Wednesday

    Posted on March 20, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The second-biggest rodeo event held by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in the United States is coming to Kissimmee. Robb Larson and his staff at the Silver Spurs Arena will roll out the red carpet for the annual Ram Circuit Finals National Rodeo. It is another big event for an arena staff that has been working hard over the past two months. “This is the

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