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Community Vision: Grant is a “game-changer”

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 1:15 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer There’s no hiding a big check – the kind corporate sponsors draw up for ceremonial donations. Such was the scene Wednesday at the Community Vision board meeting in Kissimmee when Bank of America showed up with a big check for the non-profit. Members knew a donation was coming, they just didn’t know how much. When the $200,000 check was revealed the room erupted in gasps,

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  • School District earns $2M STEM grant

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola County School District has made its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) curriculum a point of emphasis. Thanks to a $2.27 million grant from the Florida Department of Education, it can put teachers and students in a better position to teach and learn it. The amount, spread over three years, will be spent in part on training for science teachers that the teachers

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  • Law enforcement: Buckle up this Thanksgiving holiday

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Lots of people are headed out on the roads over the coming day for the Thanksgiving holiday, so law enforcement is doing what it can to ensure those motorists get to where they’re going and back safely. AAA Travel projects 2.1 million Floridians will travel 50 miles or more from home by car this Thanksgiving weekend, a 4.2 percent increase over last year thanks in

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  • Detectives seek possible witness in Oct. 30 Poinciana homicide

    Posted on November 20, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman who may possibly have information about a Poinciana homicide that occurred Oct. 30. Deputies responded to 390 Colonade Court that day, and discovered a fire inside the home. After the fire was extinguished, the body of Yury Francisco Campos-Diaz, 27, was discovered inside. The cause of death remains under investigation. In the residence, detectives located more

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  • 2 new County Commissioners make history

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery
Osceola County Commissioner Cheryl Grieb, left, is sworn-in by Honorable Judge Carol Draper, right, as Patricia Daugherty, center, holds the Bible during Tuesday's swearing-in ceremony.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The new complexion of the Board of Osceola County Commissioners decreed by the voters will be on display at its next meeting Dec. 8 — and it will make history. For the first time, the Commission will include two women, one a minority — Viviana Janer, the board’s first Latina — and Cheryl Grieb, the board’s first openly gay member. The two were sworn in

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  • Local groups helping to feed those in need for Thanksgiving

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Photo/Osceola County Council on Aging
Frankie Arroyo, a Council on Aging employee in the dietary/kitchen department, prepares Thanksgiving dinners. The council, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee, will serve a Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Thanksgiving is still a week away, but Dorris Huggins and other volunteers with the Intercession City Civic Association have already begun preparing. When you’re serving turkey dinner with all the fixings for 300, there’s a lot to do. “It gets hectic, but it works out real well,” said the association president Huggins, who also is treasurer for the Central Florida Community Bread Basket in Intercession

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  • Utility vehicles now covered by ‘Move Over Law’

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Photo/City of St. Cloud
The state’s ‘Move Over Law’ now includes sanitation and utility service vehicles.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Florida Power and Light, Waste Management, and the Florida Highway Patrol are pushing to make sure drivers understand the new parts of the “Move Over Law.” Enacted in 2002, the law requires drivers to move over at least one lane away from any emergency or tow vehicle parked on the side of the road with its emergency lights on. If drivers cannot spare a lane,

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