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Koa Elementary named 2014 National Blue Lighthouse School

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer The Koa Elementary School has been named as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School by Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence. Based on the Blueprint for Excellence assessment process, Koa Elementary met or exceeded the criteria for all nine categories: student support and focus; school organization and culture; challenging standards and curriculum; active teaching and learning; technology integration; professional community; leadership and educational vitality; school, family,

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  • Poinciana High assistant principal runs tough course for daughter

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Photos/ Kathy Batista-Feliz.
Photos/ Kathy Batista-Feliz.

Poinciana High School Assistant Principal Michael Meechin, far left, and fellow educators, recently ran the Tough Mudder obstacle course in Kissimmee in honor of Meechin’s young daughter, Kennedy, who was battling health issues. Below, Meechin, center, navigates an obstacle on the course.

    By Deja Soto For the News-Gazette As physically challenging as a 13-mile obstacle course is to complete, the race was no match for the challenge of a father pacing a hospital floor waiting on word about his infant daughter‘s brain surgery. But recently, Poinciana High School Assistant Principal Michael Meechin and nearly two dozen of his closest friends finished the Kissimmee footrace – a year after Meechin’s daughter faced her

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  • Winter Fun Parade and Festival set for Saturday

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer The Winter Fun Parade and Festival will be held Saturday, Dec. 13th from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Vance Harmon Park, 50 Country Club Road. The parade route begins with the line-up of floats and parade participants on country Club Road, travelling to Cypress Parkway and ending at Vance Harmon Park After the parade, enjoy the festival at Vance Harmon Park. This free, fun filled event

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  • Groundbreaking for Community Activity campus set for Tuesday

    Posted on December 5, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer The groundbreaking ceremony for the Association of Poinciana Villages (APV) Community Activity Campus will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. The site will be next to the Poinciana Recreation Center, 397 Marigold Ave.  On hand will be APV Board of Directors, representatives from FirstService Residential and elected officials. Prior to the groundbreaking there will be an APV Board of Directors meeting at 9 a.m. This meeting will

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  • Poinciana man facing life in prison after rash of robberies

    Posted on December 3, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    A Poinciana man faces a sentence of up to life in prison after he was found guilty this week of robbing multiple retail businesses. Keenan Davis, 27, of Poinciana, was convicted of six counts of robbery affecting interstate commerce and two counts of using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. He faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 32 years, up to life, in prison on the firearm

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  • Former high school band director arrested, accused of sex with students

    Posted on November 25, 2014 at 2:28 pm


    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office arrested the former band director at Poinciana High School Tuesday after authorities said he had inappropriate sexual relations with at least two high school students. Steven Velez, who resigned his teaching post last week after being questioned by Osceola County School District officials about the accusations, was charged with two counts of unlawful sexual contact with certain minors. Velez, 25,

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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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