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HIV-positive hoops player hopes lesson is learned

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 12:55 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Dakota Basinger hopes his unfortunate experience last weekend in a Kissimmee Parks and Recreation basketball program serves as education and a “teaching moment” for dealing with people who are HIV-positive. Basinger, 21, said he was removed from his team’s playoff game on Sunday at Denn John Middle School, after a city employee approached him during a timeout early in the second half, escorted him to

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  • Kissimmee Utility lineman earn state awards

    Posted on April 16, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Kissimmee Utility Authority’s top linemen and apprentices competed in last weekend’s 14th annual Florida Lineman Competition in Ocala. They returned home with nine trophies from the event, which attracted 21 teams and 25 apprentices from municipal utilities throughout Florida. The annual event, a rodeo-style competition, recognizes the profession of line work and demonstrates the safety, skill and endurance of electric linemen. KUA’s journeyman team of Brent Davis, Chris Ketner and

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  • Kissimmee kicks off Ruby Award program with Conrad and Thompson

    Posted on April 15, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer As a way to highlight business within Kissimmee, Economic Development Director Belinda Ortiz Kirkegard launched the Ruby Award Program during the April 1 City Commission meeting, celebrating those who have been operating within the city for 40 years. To launch this program, the city chose to honor Conrad and Thompson Funeral Home, which has been in business for 48 years. “The Ruby Award enables us

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  • Kissimmee man dies after suffering medical problem on the road

    Posted on April 14, 2014 at 10:01 am

    A Kissimmee man died on Sunday after suffering a medical problem while driving in Orlando, according to Florida Highway Patrol reports. Robert Benedek, 64, of Kissimmee, was driving a 2014 International truck westbound on Epcot Center Drive, near World Drive at about 8:40 p.m., when he suffered a medical issue. The truck traveled onto the north shoulder, where the right front tire struck the guardrail, FHP reports stated. The driver

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  • City, KPD examine protest ordinances

    Posted on April 10, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Recent protests in Kissimmee over Planned Parenthood's plans to open a site in the city helped streamline how the city ordinances regarding demonstrations are handled by the city and enforced by police.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer While the opening of a new Planned Parenthood health center in Kissimmee, the first in Osceola County, has been a lightning rod in the area over the last week, it also has helped streamline how the city ordinances regarding demonstrations are handled by the city and enforced by police. A group of approximately 60 protesters held what Kissimmee Police Chief Lee Massie called a “peaceful

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  • Kissimmee police hold meritorious awards ceremony

    Posted on April 9, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    The Kissimmee Police Department held its annual meritorious awards ceremony on March 19 at the Kissimmee Civic Center. Each year the Kissimmee Police Department takes time to honor those employees who have gone above and beyond their duties to make the city of Kissimmee a safer place to live, work and visit.  The department honored those employees for their outstanding achievements in 2013.  The following awards were presented: Top Achiever

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  • Filipino-American Friendship Day set

    Posted on April 9, 2014 at 10:54 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Bataan-Corregidor Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is celebrating its annual “Filipino-American Friendship Day” Saturday at Lakefront Park beginning at 10 a.m. The multicultural community event honors veterans and the friendship that exists between the Philippines and the United States. Foundation chairman Zeal Punzalan said the event’s major goal is to commemorate those who fought and gave their lives in the Pacific theater during World

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