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Air Force staff sergeant of Kissimmee sentenced to 11 years for child enticement

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 4:26 pm

An U.S. Air Force staff sergeant from Kissimmee was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Tuesday for child enticement. U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew also ordered Steven Richard Romel, 32, of Kissimmee, to forfeit a phone and an iPad that he had used to commit the offense. Romel pleaded guilty on July 8. According to court documents, between November 21, 2013, and January 18, 2014, a special agent

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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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  • Dress up and win money. A Halloween contest and what all the cool kids will be wearing

    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor What are you going to be for Halloween this year? It has been a favorite refrain for kids for generations, as they envisioned bags bursting with candy, after going door-to-door in that seemingly endless  search of the best houses in town for candy treasure. With increasing safety concerns on youngsters going door-to-door to go trick-or-treating, Halloween has become increasingly, more about adults dressing the part

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  • It’s more than tricks and treats. Halloween fun has already begun in Central Florida

    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 4:21 pm

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor It is going to be a busy Halloween week. With literally dozens of local Halloween events, plus all the Halloween happenings going on at the theme parks, it will be pretty much impossible to fit Halloween into just Friday, Oct. 31 this year. Fortunately, some events are running before the big day, and events like Halloween Horror Nights continue through Halloween

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  • Guests go ape at Gatorland. Has Bigfoot’s cousin really been found at the theme park?

    Posted on October 16, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      By Peter Covino A&E Editor First it was the Blair Witch that terrorized a group of campers in the forest. Then the monster from Cloverfield wrecked the Statue of Liberty and ate New York City residents. Now, in apparently, the latest lost footage documentary, sort of, the notorious Skunk Ape of Florida (think Big Foot, only stinkier) is apparently making appearances at Gatorland. Rumors are rampant (in true mockumentary

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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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  • Partnership rebuilds seniors’ vegtable garden

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Ken Jackson
Members of the University of Florida Extension Services worked with St. Cloud Home Depot team members last week to build a new raised vegetable garden for senior residents at Oak Leaf Landings in Kissimmee.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Grisel Negron, the Family Nutrition Program coordinator for University of Florida Extension Services, thinks of Home Depot as “just like a community hardware store.” It may be a giant chain, but through corporate grants it helps with community projects, as Negron saw with her own eyes this week. The home improvement chain offered up $3,500 at the corporate level to help rebuild the vegetable garden

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