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Time to do that doggy paddle. Barktober Fest also features a swimsuit competition

Posted on October 2, 2014 at 11:19 am

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor Why didn’t the skunk enter the first Barktober Fest  dog event at Kissimmee’s aquatic center? Because he had too much scents. The jokes can go on and on with the city playing host to both a canine swimming event at the city pool and a skunk show also coming to town. First up is the Barktober Fest, a new

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  • Employee of the month came out of retirement

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 11:10 am

    By Treméne Triplett For the News-Gazette You might think after working for 33 years at a particular vocation, retirement would be the only thing on your mind. Not so for the city of Kissimmee’s September Employee of the month, Gary LaTour. After serving as a firefighter and engineer for more than three decades, he retired for only six months before returning to fire service as a logistic technician. From putting

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  • KUA sponsoring calendar art contest

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 11:04 am


    Kissimmee Utility Authority invites students to use the power of art to promote electrical safety in the utility’s 21st annual calendar art contest. The annual talent hunt is open to Osceola County students enrolled in kindergarten through grade 5, including public, private and home-schooled students. Students are asked to use crayons, markers, paints or computer-generated graphics to depict an electrical safety message in their entry. A panel of local judges

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  • Posted on October 1, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Rotary Club West to host pancake breakfast Enjoy a great sausage and pancake breakfast and support charitable causes and scholarships for Osceola County high school students at a western-themed community event. The Rotary Club of Kissimmee West is inviting the public to the third Annual Pancake Breakfast by the Rotary Club of Kissimmee West Saturday, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. “It’s our third breakfast and it gets better every year,”

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  • Crime prevention program making strides

    Posted on September 26, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer By most accounts, Lake Tivoli Apartments is safer than it was a year ago. Reported crime is down in the complex and property managers there now have a working relationship with the Kissimmee Police Department thanks to a crime-prevention program now making its way to other rental communities in the city. “We feel really good about it,” said Penny Allen, director of operations at Lake

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  • Planned Parenthood gets injunction lifted, can perform abortion procedures

    Posted on September 26, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The 5th District Court of Appeals in Daytona Beach on Wednesday lifted a temporary injunction placed on Planned Parenthood Kissimmee shortly after it opened on Oak Street in July, allowing it to resume its medical procedures. The appellate court noted that local circuit judge John E. Jordan erred when he granted the injunction, which prevented the clinic from performing abortions and other outpatient surgical procedures

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  • Kissimmee City Commission: Elected officials need not drive city vehicles

    Posted on September 26, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer In a unanimous vote with no debate, the Kissimmee City Commission on Friday ended the use of city-owned vehicles by commissioners. Mayor Jim Swan called the special meeting in response to Commissioner Sara Shaw’s Aug. 18 ticket from Florida Highway Patrol for driving 105 mph in a 65 mph zone on State Road 91 in a city-owned truck. “It’s not the best thing to hear

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