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Lillian Colman, 6, of St. Cloud cools off at Lakefront Park in St. Cloud. News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery

Blazing heat leads to new KUA record for use of electricity

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 3:03 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer You don’t need Kissimmee Utility Authority to tell you that it’s hot. Real hot. “Stupid hot” as one local TV meteorologist called it Thursday morning. Power meters all over the county are whizzing to keep indoor spaces cool. KUA knows it by looking at their meters. Osceola County’s primary utility said a new all-time system peak for demand record for electricity use on Tuesday. Then,

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  • Homeownership is still in reach after the recession

    Posted on August 6, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    As I have mentioned many times before, a key aspect of the American dream is homeownership – and rightly so. Homeownership leads to a stable home environment for individuals and families, and brings value to the surrounding community. Unfortunately, the recession we experienced in the late 2000s led to precipitous job losses and record numbers of Americans losing their homes. The recession in America caused a major blow on Florida’s

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  • Color your world with Crayola. The Crayola Experience is coming to Florida Mall

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      By Peter Covino A&E Editor An explosion of color is coming to Florida Mall next summer with the opening of Central Florida’s newest attraction — the Crayola Experience. Modeled after a similar Crayola attraction in Pennsylvania, the Crayola Experience will feature 25 hands-on attractions offering creative fun for kids and their parents too. “Ours has always been a culture of innovation,” Crayola CEO Mike Perry said in press statement

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  • Osceola County to partner in ChampionsGate expansion project

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 11:00 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer ChampionsGate is growing, and Osceola County, through investment of tourism dollars, will have a piece of the action. The Board of County Commissioners approved last week an agreement with Rida Associates, the development arm of ChampionsGate, that will see the county contribute $21.5 million in Tourist Development Taxes (TDT) toward the construction of a 100,000 square-foot conference center adjacent to the Omni Resort. As for

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  • Sports venues, arena thriving, county officials report

    Posted on July 11, 2014 at 10:52 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Osceola County’s sports venues and largest arena had a very good second quarter, and they are primed for even more success the rest of this summer, according to county officials. Director of Sports Facilities Don Miers and Osceola Heritage Park General Manager Robb Larson reported the successes to the Board of Osceola County Commissioners at its regular meeting Monday. The two presented reports to the

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  • Silver Spurs earns third statewide honor

    Posted on June 27, 2014 at 9:10 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer For the third year in a row, Venues Today, a trade publication in the venue industry, named the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee third in a list of the top five venues in Florida in gross revenue. According to the report, the arena took in $2.1 million in gross event receipts for the year-long period ending May 31, placing third among venues with a seating

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  • Plaza Del Sol promoting small business

    Posted on June 20, 2014 at 11:29 am

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer With the goal of boosting small businesses and attracting local shoppers, Plaza Del Sol unveiled El Mercado in Kissimmee on Wednesday. Formally the Osceola Square Mall, Plaza Del Sol holds 34 local businesses under the look of a Latin village marketplace. Each storefront is painted in a different color, with decorative windows mounted above for the appearance of the shop’s “second floor” and all standing

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