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Osceola County school students crush summer reading goal

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 5:22 pm

By Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette Osceola County’s performance in the Scholastic Summer Challenge on Sept. 10, saw six district schools crack the top 100.

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Osceola County Sheriff deputies investigate a incident at Royal Palm Drive and Flower Lane in BVL Tuesday.

BVL manhunt ends when suspect surrenders at jail

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 2:32 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer An altercation in Buenaventura Lakes Tuesday that began at rush hour with Osceola County Sheriff’s Office deputies rushing to the scene with K-9 units to investigate on the ground and its helicopter to search for a suspect from above ended when he turned himself in at the jail.

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Osceola running back Edtwain Black (6) follows offensive lineman Andres Osorio (54) during a 40-yard run on the first play from scrimmage against Fort Pierce Central at Kowboys field last week. Black scored two touchdowns in the Kowboys’ 28-14 victory over the No. 5 Class 8A Cobras.

Kowboys make a statement, 28-14

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Liberty visits for district test Friday By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Osceola got its statement victory last week; now, it goes to work defending its 7A-6 district championship. Liberty, 1-2, visits Kowboys field Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the district opener for both schools. The Kowboys, 2-1, beat Class 8A No. 5 Fort Pierce Central, 28-14, before 2,000 fans at Kowboys field. The Chargers lost to Lakeland Christian, 40-21, last

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  • Bulldogs 3-0 for first time in a decade

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor For the first time since 2004, St. Cloud takes a 3-0 record into its 7A-6 district opener against Celebration at Gannarelli Field Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Bulldogs blitzed Cypress Creek, 42-0, last week, as the defense posted its second straight shutout. Celebration, 2-1, saw its unbeaten streak end against Space Coast, 49-3. The Bulldogs offense, which has been hot and cold over the first

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  • Gateway, Harmony meet

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Both Gateway and Harmony have struggled the past two weeks, but none of that matters when they meet Friday at 7 p.m. at Longhorn field. It will be the 7A-6 district opener for both teams, and the winner will have an important leg up in the standings. Gateway, 1-2, nearly upended Eau Gallie last week before the Commodores held on for a 36-26 victory. Gateway

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Keeping the heat on in season two, Chicago Fire on DVD, and Chicago PD DVD premiere

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 10:11 am

By Peter Covino A&E Editor Way back in the 1970s, Universal, with some help from Jack Webb’s productions, got rather innovative and created Emergency!, the first TV series that dealt with the relatively new world of the paramedic. When the show premiered in 1972, there were only about a dozen paramedic rescue units in the United States. By the early 1980s, nearly half of all Americans were within ten minutes

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  • Hanging around with the bats, bat exhibition at the science center

    Posted on September 18, 2014 at 3:35 pm

          Just in time for the fall and Halloween, the Orlando Science Center has gone batty. The center’s “Bats: Myths and Mysteries” opens today at noon. The bat exhibit features live animals, educational simulations, interactive displays and more. This hands-on, educational exhibit will introduce visitors to the amazing world of the flying mammal people are both frightened and fascinated by. After visiting, guests will have a new appreciation

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  • A comic book store for fans of comics and collectibles

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    For Fans of comic books and collectibles, Orlando is about to get what should be a really great store. Gods & Monsters, which is being called  the nation’s second-largest comic, collectibles and gaming facility,  is coming to the. Artegon Marketplace Orlando (the old Festival Bay), Nov. 20. GODS & MONSTERS is  the first high-end, innovative comics and collectibles store of its kind in the country, including to a press release

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Halloween Horror Nights is back

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 10:33 am

        By Peter Covino A&E Editor It still feels very much like summer, but Universal Orlando is plunging head-on into fall and the start of Halloween Horror Nights, with new scarezones and haunted houses announced for the return of the one of the country’s biggest Halloween events. Among the new mazes and scarezones for 2014: The Purge: Anarchy, based on the horror film, will debut as a

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  • Jimmy Bear’s serves up outstanding BBQ, also, satisfy those munchies before the Cheech and Chong concert

    Posted on September 18, 2014 at 3:54 pm

        By Peter Covino A&E Editor When a friend took me to Jimmy Bear’s BBQ for my birthday last week, he promised it would be good barbecue. He was wrong. This is great barbecue No offense, to some of the barbecue joints that have been operating for years in the area, but Jimmy Bear’s just might be the best barbecue you ever tasted, certainly in Osceola County. I have

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  • New rodeo, championship barbecue event coming to Kissimmee in 2015

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    The RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo has a new home: the championship event will be held at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee for the first time on March 25-28, 2015. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA)-sanctioned rodeo will feature eight heart-pounding events over four action-packed days, during which time 24 contestants will compete for more than $1 million in cash and prizes. Along with the big rodeo event will

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