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Detectives need public’s help identifying carjacking suspect

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 11:34 am

Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify a carjacking suspect who stole a woman car in Poinciana on Monday.

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Community Hope Center awarded $50,000 Disney grant to help Osceola’s homeless

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 1:49 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The Community Hope Center was among 102 Central Florida charities and community groups awarded $4.5 million in Disney Grants Monday.

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Panthers’ Toro put it on goal

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 12:58 pm

Gateway senior scored 16 times and was a team leader By J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette Whether it was on the practice field or during a game, Gateway High School’s soccer standout Osmon Toro always viewed it as an opportunity to get better. In fact, Panthers head coach Dean Olliff relates a story from the 2015 season when Toro spent the better half of one hour after a practice

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  • St. Cloud 4th at Klassic softball tournament

    Posted on April 1, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The county’s softball district tournament contenders got a late-season assessment at the Kissimmee Klassic tournament last weekend. St. Cloud, 14-5, which reached the blue bracket semifinals and had a 2-2 tournament record, indicated that it may go deep into regional playoffs. Osceola, 12-9, had an adventurous tournament that saw the team place sixth in the gold bracket by winning two and losing two. Harmony, 7-12,

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  • Harmony’s Taylor Soltys will play for the Gyrenes

    Posted on April 1, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Photo/Barry Handges 
Can you guess where Taylor Soltys will play college softball? The Harmony senior recently signed a national letter of intent with her family and friends at the high school.

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor It didn’t take much for Ave Maria University softball Coach Tim Speakman to convince Taylor Soltys to come and play for him next season. “I’ve been going to Naples on vacation since I was like 6, and I love that area,” the Harmony senior said. “Once he made an offer, I didn’t consider going anywhere else. I have a friend who is going there, I

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Bok Tower Easter service returns

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 1:45 pm

        One of the most celebrated Easter services in Central Florida returns Easter Sunday, April 5 at Bok Tower Gardens. A longstanding tradition, Bok Tower Gardens will present its 89th annual Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. with free admission from 6 to 8 a.m. Nearly 2,000 visitors are expected to attend the service as the early morning mist clears and the sun rises atop Iron Mountain.

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  • It’s always a blast here. KSC has new IMAX film and more for 2015

    Posted on April 1, 2015 at 1:34 pm

                By Peter Covino A&E Editor The last space shuttle mission took off from the Kennedy Space Center  almost four years ago, but going to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is still a blast. Currently, no manned spacecraft are being launched from the nearby cape launch pads, but you can watch a launch at the complex, or for an extra fee, upgrade to a

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  • Get united for a great dinner fund-raiser, United Way Chef’s Gala returns, May 16

    Posted on March 26, 2015 at 11:06 am

        By Peter Covino A&E Editor When it comes to charity events, there might be none more important than the Heart of Florida United Way’s annual Chef’s Gala. Now in its 23rd year, not only is it one of the great annual food events in Central Florida, but in terms of helping the community, it is vital at providing support to some of the region’s most critical programs. Yes,

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It’s always a blast here. KSC has new IMAX film and more for 2015

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 1:34 pm

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor The last space shuttle mission took off from the Kennedy Space Center  almost four years ago, but going to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is still a blast. Currently, no manned spacecraft are being launched from the nearby cape launch pads, but you can watch a launch at the complex, or for an extra fee, upgrade to a

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  • Be enchanted at Disney’s Polynesian Resort with its major redesign

    Posted on April 1, 2015 at 1:09 pm

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor There usually isn’t too much fuss when a hotel gets a makeover — unless that hotel is Disney’s Polynesian Resort. The iconic Disney World location, which has been a favorite of Disney vacationers since Disney opened in 1971, is in the middle of a massive transformation, and part of that transformation was unveiled Tuesday night for area media. The first change

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  • Final Hobbit, Unbroken arrive on DVD, Blu-ray

    Posted on March 26, 2015 at 10:50 am

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor Christmas Day is always one of the busiest days at movie theaters, with as many as five blockbuster-type films debuting on the holiday. 2014 certainly was no exception with mega-hits like The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Disney’s Into the Woods (review coming soon, hopefully) and Unbroken all making their debuts. All three films made a ton of money at

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