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Union leader: Pay teachers, don’t touch school class sizes

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 12:37 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Apryle Jackson is fighting for her teaching comrades on a number of levels. The president of the Osceola County Educators Association, the union for school employees, is trying to maintain good pay for all the workers and a respectable class size for the classroom teachers. When the Osceola County School District said last week there would be no pay raises this year because of a

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  • Gorillas you have missed: a new arrival at Busch Gardens

    Posted on February 19, 2015 at 4:58 pm

              There is a baby boom of sorts going on at Busch Gardens Tampa, as the theme park welcomed another endangered western lowland gorilla two weeks ago.  It is the second gorilla birth since December The female  was born on Feb. 6 at 8:30 p.m. and is being cared for by 27-year-old mother Mary. Guests will be able to see the baby gorilla on the Myombe

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  • 6-year-old’s birthday party inspires community outpouring after online post

    Posted on February 16, 2015 at 9:55 am

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer When Glenn Buratti saw the emergency vehicles parked in front of his house Wednesday afternoon on his way home from school, the kindergartener was a little worried. But his concerned look quickly dissipated into a smile after his mom explained they were there to say “happy birthday. “ It was the second time that complete strangers were moved this week to make Glenn’s 6th birthday

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  • Osceola County Extension services for February 19, 2015

    Posted on February 13, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    • From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 25, Taking Control of Your Money, at Extension Services, Osceola Heritage Park. Stop wondering where money went and letting it control you. Instead establish financial goals, discover your financial potential and develop a plan to make your money work for you. Register at • From noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, New Technology for Commercial Vegetable and Fruit Production, at

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  • Long brings election violations against Jay Wheeler – again

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 3:32 pm


    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Former Osceola County School Board member Tom Long did not seek re-election when his term ended in 2014. During his four years, he sparred repeatedly with multi-term Board Member Jay Wheeler. But even after leaving the board, Long has still been at odds with Wheeler, as evidenced by the campaign violation allegations he filed against Wheeler with the Florida Elections Commission in early December. Long

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  • High school student vows to wear burlap sack at prom to reach fundraising goal

    Posted on February 6, 2015 at 12:21 pm

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Gateway High senior Leonie Dupuis has promised to wear a burlap sack to prom if she meets her $10,000 fundraising goal.

    By Aiyana Ruiz For the News-Gazette If one senior at Gateway High School raises $10,000 for a nonprofit organization, she promises to wear a burlap sack to prom. Leonie Dupuis, senior at Gateway, is fundraising for She’s the First, which sponsors girls’ education in low-income countries. In countries that She’s the First is involved with, two out of three girls will never graduate high school. “I want every girl in

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  • Extension Services for February 7, 2015

    Posted on February 6, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    • Turfgrass Academy is 6 to  8 p.m. each day at Extension Services, Osceola Heritage Park, 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee. A fee will apply. Feb. 10: Developing a Successful Weed Control Program for Turf Feb. 17: Identification and Control of Turf Insects Feb. 24: Foliar Turf Disease ID and Management March 3: Equipment Calibration: Purpose and Importance Register at • From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb.

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