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Above is a graphic image of the planned Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center east of Kissimmee along U.S. Highway 192.

Economic summit provides better picture of UCF sensor research center

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 1:53 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Locals have been hearing about the huge building project going on east of Kissimmee along U.S. Highway 192 — the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center — and how much money local, and state leaders might pour into it.

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Elementary school teacher arrested for selling drugs

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 1:46 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer St. Cloud police arrested a Central Avenue Elementary School teacher Wednesday for allegedly selling narcotics.

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St. Cloud third baseman Audrey Wentzell prepares to throw to first base for a forceout against Lake Nona during a 5-2 district semifinal victory Wednesday against Lake Nona.

St. Cloud, Harmony advance

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Lady Longhorns overcome 4-run deficit in 8-7 win By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Harmony and St. Cloud advanced to the regional softball quarterfinals after winning 7A-5 district semifinal contests Wednesday at Harmony. Top-seeded St. Cloud scored three runs in the sixth inning to snap a tie and defeat No. 4 Lake Nona, 5-2, as Sara Crawford homered. Harmony, seeded No. 2, rallied from four runs down to beat No. 3

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  • OHS boys win 4A-5 track; Liberty first at 3A-6 meet

    Posted on April 17, 2015 at 1:45 pm

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Osceola’s Jalen Tyson won the high jump championship at the 4A-5 district meet Wednesday at St. Cloud High. The Kowboys won the boys team championship.

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The Osceola Kowboys repeated as the 4A-5 district track champions Wednesday at St. Cloud High, and the Lady Kowboys nearly made it a sweep. The Kowboys (177.5) easily outdistanced George Jenkins (113), St. Cloud (98.5) and Gateway (74) in the nine-team meet, which also included Celebration (7th, 44). The Lady Kowboys (154) couldn’t quite run down Lakeland George Jenkins (181) for the championship despite another

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  • ‘Fishing’ on land can be fascinating

    Posted on April 17, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber Editor’s Note:   Under the Bobber will occasionally stray off the water for a look at other outdoor activities, such as in this column. For guy who lives on a canal that feeds into East Lake Toho, one would assume that Tyde Jones likes to do a lot of fishing.  And while he would still rather drop a line in the water, Jones also enjoys

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Kissimmee Underground Artists getting a foothold

Posted on April 16, 2015 at 10:16 am

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer

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  • National Beer Day a reason to celebrate at Toby Keith’s, holiday was good reason to sample menu

    Posted on April 13, 2015 at 11:15 am

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor Sometimes you don’t need much of a reason for a party. Recently the management at Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar at Artegon Marketplace in Orlando, invited some media over for a little National Beer Day celebration. The “historic holiday,” which gives beer lovers just one more reason to lift a pint, was actually this Tuesday, and it is held in recognition of April 7,

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  • Native Plant Appreciation event held this weekend at OHP

    Posted on April 10, 2015 at 11:56 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer In conjunction with the Osceola County Commission naming April 6-12 as Florida Native Plant Appreciation Weekly, the non-profit Florida Native Plant Society is holding an all-native plant sale, concluding today. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show building at Osceola Heritage Park, native trees, shrubs, groundcovers, perennial bedding plants, vines and wildflowers in many different sizes will be offered 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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  • Spooky ol’ classic on DVD, believe it or not, One Step Beyond

    Posted on April 17, 2015 at 1:47 pm

              By Peter Covino A&E Editor Saturday night was always the scariest night of the week growing up. Alone in my room, up later than I was supposed to be, the lights were out with just the black and white flickering of some late night horror film. Even a shadow on the wall or a dog barking outside would pretty much guarantee I would be up

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  • Golden days of rock. New exhibit looks back at hard rock in Orlando

    Posted on April 17, 2015 at 1:35 pm

          By Peter Covino A&E Editor Where were you when The Who came to Orlando at the Rock Super Bowl in 1983? Or were you there when the Rolling Stones (due back in Orlando in June) came to town in 1981? For rock fans with long memories or just music buffs in general, the new exhibit at the Orange County Regional History Center, Long Way to The Top:

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