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Park Place moving forward with center to cut jail population

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:18 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Plans to build a central receiving center for mentally ill people picked up by law enforcement are moving forward. This week, the state Department of Children and Families granted a transportation waiver for Park Place Behavioral Healthcare that is key to getting the center up and running, said Park Place President and CEO Jim Shanks. Shanks sent a letter to Osceola County law enforcement chiefs

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  • New skeleton museum has a bone to pick with you

    Posted on February 26, 2015 at 2:52 pm

          By Peter Covino A&E Editor With attractions that go under the sea, way above the ground and now, under the skin, the new I-Drive 360 Complex, has got just about every angle covered. Skeletons: Animals Unveiled,  a fourth destination at the new Merlin Attractions mega complex, has announced an April 25 opening. The animal skeleton museum, the second of its kind in the world, will actually get

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  • KUA substation taking shape, should be indoors by summer

    Posted on February 20, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Photo/Kissimmee Utility Authority
KUA last week finished the building that eventually will house the substation on Lakeview Drive across the street from Big Toho Marina.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Kissimmee Utility Authority is nearing completion on a $17.2 million project that it hopes no one will notice. That’s the point of the indoor substation facility now taking shape at Kissimmee Lakefront Park. KUA last week finished the building that eventually will house the substation on Lakeview Drive across the street from Big Toho Marina. The current exposed metal structure, constructed in the early 1970s,

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  • Colt fires back: We’re not in default

    Posted on February 18, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery
The former Osceola County Council of Aging on Shady Lane, which was renovated for the Colt Manufacturing Company, remains empty. The county is attempting to prove Colt is in default of its lease.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Osceola County has maintained for the last month that Colt’s Manufacturing Company is in default of its obligations under a lease that said it would move into a county-owned building, and bring new jobs to the area. The company’s response: no we’re not. Despite receiving a letter from the company’s legal counsel stating it disputes the county’s claims, Osceola County plans to challenge those disputes.

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  • Proposed $300M sports complex seeks funding

    Posted on February 16, 2015 at 10:04 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer If he has his way — and can get the $300 million in funding to build it — a Jacksonville-based real estate developer will bring “Disney World for adrenaline junkies” to the U.S. Highway 192 corridor just west of Kissimmee. A 75-acre tract of land is under contract with Central Florida Investments, the parent company of timeshare giant Westgate Resorts, located behind the Target store

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  • County leaders: Community is transforming

    Posted on February 16, 2015 at 10:01 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Technology, education and transportation are transforming Osceola County, community leaders said Thursday. That was the message that county commissioners, led by Chairman Brandon Arrington, gave at the third annual State of the County address at the Embassy Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista South. Instead of being the elected official who told people how county government would be weathering the storm of a rough economy, Arrington

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  • Sensor center moving forward

    Posted on February 16, 2015 at 9:38 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Dirt is moving east of Kissimmee at the Judge Farm property across U.S. Highway 192 as crews make the land pad-ready in anticipation of construction of the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center. But, behind the scenes at the county administrative offices, papers and procedures are moving in order to get everything paid for. The Board of Osceola County Commissioners have been taking steps toward what

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