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A strain of the deadly Ebola virus is shown above. Florida officials are currently preparing for any cases reported in the state.

Concerns over Ebola prompt Florida officials to take necessary action

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 4:01 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Florida officials are preparing for the worst-case scenario: An Ebola virus outbreak.

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Suspect charged with three counts of attempted murder

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 4:17 pm

A Poinciana man was arrested and charged with attempted murder after he stabbed three victims during a physical altercation.

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St. Cloud running back Bryan Johnson breaks free against Lake Nona,

Lake Nona wins a wild one over St. Cloud, 59-42

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 7:48 am

  By Dan Pearson For the News-Gazette Senior quarterback Tucker Israel completed 40 of 53 passes for 621 yards and eight touchdowns to give the Lake Nona Lions a 59-42 win over St. Cloud on Thursday night.  The win lifted Lake Nona to 6-2 on the season and 3-1 district play; St. Cloud fell to 2-2 in the district and 5-3 overall. The game was close before the Lions pulled

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  • Horns stay alive in 7A-6 playoff race

    Posted on October 17, 2014 at 12:04 am

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Harmony’s coach, Jerrad Butler, was ailing and could not make the game, but the team sent him a big-time get well message with a come-from-behind victory, 7-6, at Liberty Thursday. Quarterback Jamison Munns tossed the game-winning touchdown pass, a 6-yard screen over the middle, to running back Brian Gembutis on fourth-and-goal with 1:48 to play. Andrew Barnard kicked the PAT. It was the Longhorns’ (3-5)

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  • County golfers advance to regionals

    Posted on October 16, 2014 at 10:36 am

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The Harmony and Osceola girls and the Celebration boys golf teams have advanced to regional competition next week. The Lady Longhorns fired a 328 to place third at the 3A-16 district tournament at Royal St. Cloud Golf Links behind Viera (296) and Vero Beach (315). Harmony advances to the 3A-6 regional Tuesday at Madison Green Golf Club in West Palm Beach. Madison Wetzel (77) led

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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.

Partnership rebuilds seniors’ vegtable garden

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 12:50 pm

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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  • It’s about time for About a Boy

    Posted on October 10, 2014 at 10:58 am

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor Only about 5.7 million people watched the first season finale of About a Boy on NBC last May. That means some 313 million of us, including myself, were busy doing something else. Fortunately, you can set your own time to watch About a Boy, now available on DVD (Universal Studios Home Entertainment). This is, for the most part, a gentle comedy, based on the Hugh

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  • Let the summer roll on at Logan’s Roadhouse. And you missed something special at Taste of Thailand

    Posted on October 10, 2014 at 10:26 am

      By Peter Covino A&E Editor This is more like rubbing it in, but you really should have been to Taste of Thailand last weekend. Or maybe not. This increasingly popular event, is held at the Thai temple — Wat Florida Dhammaram, in Kissimmee, and drew a really large crowd, so if more people show up next year, it could get really crowded. But it is quite the cultural event.

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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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  • Boktoberfest celebrates fall

    Posted on October 10, 2014 at 10:50 am

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor The cooler weather has arrived, and right on cue, it is time for Boktoberfest at Bok Tower Gardens and Oktoberfest at Celebration. The popular event at the historic Lake Wales location, has become one of the area’s most popular fall events with its celebration of gardening, music, food and more. Boktoberfest comes to Lake Wales, Saturday, Oct. 18, from 8 a.m.

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  • Viva Osceola returns this weekend Kissimmee Lakefront

    Posted on October 10, 2014 at 10:44 am

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor The largest Hispanic event in Osceola County, and one of the biggest festivals in Central Florida, Viva Osceola, returns to Kissimmee Lakefront Park, today. The free admission event attracts thousands to the lakefront each year. In addition to music and dance, the festival also features a wide selection of Latin food, as well as arts and crafts. This is the 23rd

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