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Osceola County Commission approves highest school impact fees in the state

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 4:22 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola County Commission Monday approved higher education impact fees on new home construction, making them the highest in the state.

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Above is an aerial view of the city of Kissimmee. The city on Wednesday launched the “Keep Kissimmee Clean” campaign. It focuses on an environmental awareness program the city is developing and will take to schools in the city in the fall.

City rolls out ‘Keep Kissimmee Clean’ campaign

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 4:20 pm

Charlie Reed Staff Writer You might start seeing city workers wearing green shirts on the job that say “Keep Kissimmee Clean – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”

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News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery St. Cloud’s Kayla Jensen breaks for first base after hitting the ball during the 7A-2 regional softball game against Lakeland Jenkins Wednesday at the Mike Clark softball complex. Jensen had two of the Bulldogs’ three hits in a 1-0 victory. St. Cloud travels to Bartow Tuesday for the regional semifinal.

Bang-bang win for Bulldogs

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 12:45 pm

Key double play preserves victory against Jenkins By J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette On a night when base hits were few and far between, the hardest hit ball of the evening turned into a game-ending double play as the St. Cloud Lady Bulldogs held on to beat Lakeland’s George Jenkins, 1-0, in a 7A-2 regional quarterfinal Wednesday at the Mike Clark complex. The win sets up a regional semifinal

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  • Kowboys edge Panthers for 7A-5 baseball title

    Posted on April 24, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery Gateway’s Andre Olmo struck out 11 and pitched a four-hitter in a 4-0 district semifinal win over St. Cloud Wednesday that boosted the Panthers into the regional playoffs.

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Osceola outlasted Gateway, 7-6, for the 7A-5 district baseball championship Friday at Osceola Stadium. The Kowboys, 22-3, host Ridge Community (16-13) Thursday at 7 p.m. in the 7A-2 regional quarterfinal. Gateway, 18-9, will travel to 7A-6 district champion Haines City (21-5) Thursday. Andre Olmo pitched Gateway into the championship game with a 4-0, four-hit shutout against host St. Cloud Wednesday at the  district tournament semifinals.

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  • Searching for ancient artifacts

    Posted on April 24, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber In addition to arrowheads discussed in last week’s column, Kissimmee’s Tyde Jones became interested in beads several years ago and noted that certain areas in Osceola County are prime searching areas.  “We were digging in Osceola County a couple of years ago and weren’t having much luck finding arrowheads,” Jones said.  “I was lamenting that fact to a fellow digger and he suggested going

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It will take more than a long weekend to see Branson, tourism playground features shows, food, fun.

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 11:48 am

      By Peter Covino A&E Editor When The Beverly Hillbillies left the Ozarks for Beverly Hills in the 1960s, after striking it rich in oil, no one realized that there were millions to be made right at home in Missouri. Some 50 years later, the Ozarks, and Branson, Mo., specifically, has become one of the major tourist destinations in the United States, drawing an estimated 8 million people

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Keeping a watchful Eye on sharks, sharks arrive at new Sea Life Orlando

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      By Peter Covino A&E Editor Just when you thought it was safe to walk on International Drive. There might not be any shark attacks in one of the busiest tourism areas in the Orlando, but I-Drive definitely has a shark invasion. The new Sea Life Orlando Aquarium, part of I-Drive 360, which includes Orlando Eye observation wheel, welcomed its two newest residents Friday, sandbar sharks. The sharks

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  • Foodie ticket discount, World Food Championships early bird discounts

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 12:21 pm

          By Peter Covino A&E Editor The World Food Championships isn’t coming to Kissimmee until November, but area residents can get discount tickets on all the fun if they act now. The big Las Vegas event, which is moving to Kissimmee for the first time, will feature the ultimate I championship events in various cooking and food categories. Area residents will be able to purchase discount tickets for

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  • Hot rods are coming to OHP

    Posted on April 17, 2015 at 1:54 pm

            Here come the Goodguys. The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association brings its Full Throttle Family fun to the Osceola Heritage Park again next weekend, April 25-26. The event features more than  1,500 candy colored and chromed hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks and all years American made or powered vehicles to the Sunshine state.  This event, in its second year on the Full Throttle

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