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Osceola County Commissioner Frank Attkisson, center right, shakes hands with  longtime Mercury Marine employee Jimmy Lueck, proclaiming Oct. 13, 2014 as James Jimmy Lueck Day. Lueck was recognized for his loyalty to the boat company.

Longtime boat mechanic honored with special day

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 3:06 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Jimmy Lueck’s trek to St. Cloud from Oshkosh, Wisc., was a temporary assignment. That was 1959. He’s still here, which says he gives a whole new meaning to the word “temporary.” He’s still working for Mercury Marine, still working on boat engines, and still having the time of his life at the age of 75. He has a birthday coming up in December. Lueck’s 55

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  • Kissimmee Gateway Airport welcomes traffic from aviation conference

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Charlie Reed
Four P-51 Mustangs frame a hangar at Stallion 51 at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport Monday afternoon. The training and flight center’s WWII-era fighter planes are some of the rarest in the world.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The Kissimmee Gateway Airport is hopping more than usual this week as charter pilots and business aviation executives from around the country pour in for an annual industry conference in south Orlando. The National Business Aviation Association convention, which alternates between Orlando and Las Vegas, gives Kissimmee’s municipal airport a chance to shine – and pick up extra business. Between 150 and 200 extra aircraft

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  • Kissimmee city employee clinic making a difference

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Before Kissimmee opened a health and wellness clinic for city employees in 2013, Bill Spinola wasn’t taking good care of himself. His blood sugar wasn’t under control and his blood pressure was high. The 53-year-old lead computer specialist rarely felt good. Spinola, who has battled type II diabetes for more than 20 years, was under a physician’s care at the time. But he dreaded the

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  • Colt still coming, Osceola officials say

    Posted on October 3, 2014 at 11:50 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Despite relative silence on the matter from the company and Osceola County officials, Colt is coming. That’s the message from local leaders. The firearm manufacturer previously agreed to move one of its business units to the former Osceola County Council on Aging building off U.S. Highway 192. Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC, based in Hartford, Conn., said in 2011 that it would bring 63 jobs that

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  • Hawkins resigns as SC Chamber president

    Posted on October 3, 2014 at 11:48 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Osceola County Commission Chairman Fred Hawkins Jr. announced this week that he would be resigning as president of the St. Cloud Greater Osceola Chamber of Commerce. An announcement was made at last Saturday’s annual banquet, when the chairman’s gavel ceremonially passed from Keith Ronan to Marcy Theobald, that Hawkins would step down at the end of the year. Hawkins continues to recover from an acute

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  • Children heading to GKTW all smiles

    Posted on October 3, 2014 at 11:40 am

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer They might be sick, but the 36 kids who arrived at Orlando International Airport last week know how to smile. The children and their families – whose flights were covered by American Airlines’ Something mAAgic Foundation – spent the week at Give Kids the World in Kissimmee. The charity organization’s 70-acre compound off U.S. Highway 192 serves as home base for youngsters with life-threatening illnesses

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  • Old Town to add new concert venue expected to hold up 15,000 people

    Posted on October 2, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery
Visitors stroll through Old Town on Wednesday. The entertainment complex is planning to add a new concert venue that is expected to hold up to 15,000 people.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer A new outdoor concert venue at Old Town that will hold up to 15,000 patrons should be ready by next summer, officials from the shopping and entertainment complex said this week. The planned venue will accommodate almost twice as many people as the arena at Osceola Heritage Park. “It allows the county to put on larger events,” said General Manager Chris Spicer said. Old Town

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