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Osceola teacher union rejects contract offer

Posted on June 3, 2015 at 1:05 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola County teachers union is working to hammer out a contract for classroom teachers after rejecting the School District’s initial offer.

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The 100 graduates from Adult Learning Center Osceola and Osceola Virtual Secondary School were among 4,500 who earned their high school diplomas this year in Osceola County.

Last members of class of 2015 graduate

Posted on June 3, 2015 at 12:44 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The last of Osceola County’s Class of 2015 gathered at a combined graduation ceremony Monday night for two of the district’s most unique schools.

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  • School superintendent announces 2016 retirement

    Posted on June 3, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Melba Luciano

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Osceola School District Superintendent Melba Luciano announced her 2016 retirement at Tuesday’s School Board meeting. Luciano said she plans to depart at the end of her current contract, which ends July 31, 2016. She gave advanced notice so that the School Board will have ample time to find a replacement, she said. Luciano began her teaching career in New York City, where she grew up

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  • Residents urged to prepare despite slow hurricane season forecast

    Posted on June 3, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The last time Florida was struck by a hurricane was Wilma in 2005, one year after a train of storms etched forever in residents’ minds — Charley, Frances and Jeanne —struck Osceola County in succession.

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OHS stung in 4th quarter

Posted on June 3, 2015 at 1:38 pm

Apopka dominates final 12 minutes in spring game win Editor’s Note: The Osceola High football family and all of Osceola County was stunned by the death of All-State defensive back Dominic Lee in an auto accident Tuesday morning in Melbourne. Lee graduated from OHS on Friday. This story was compiled before Lee’s death. See  for further information about Lee and four Gateway High athletes who were seriously injured in the accident.

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  • Aleshia Ocasio lights it up for Gators at Series

    Posted on June 3, 2015 at 1:28 pm

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    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The Florida Gators turned to freshman Aleshia Ocasio Monday to pitch the first game of the College Softball World Series championship series against Michigan, and she delivered with six strong innings in the Gators’ 3-2 victory. The Gators (60-7) lost, 1-0, to the Wolverines Tuesday. The teams played the deciding Game 3 for the championship Wednesday at Oklahoma City’s ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. Coach

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  • Sorrowful end to a great year

    Posted on June 3, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor What a sad, hollow ending to what had been a tremendous school year for Osceola High’s athletes. The students learned Tuesday that one of their most athletically-gifted and popular classmates, Dominic Lee, was gone, his life ended in the brief instant it took for his body to be catapulted from the pickup truck he was driving when it rolled over on U.S. Highway 192 near Melbourne.

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    10 Ways to Save Money When Buying a New Osceola County Home

    Posted on June 2, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Osceola County – Although most homes for sale are resales, one out of four homebuyers purchases a new home. Which is better: existing or new? The right answer, of course, is up to you. Both resales and new homes offer advantages. Existing homes are less expensive on average, and are generally closer to, and enjoy the warmth and surroundings of established neighborhoods, often with mature landscaping. New homes, on the

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Grow up at science center, Saturday night is for adults only

Posted on June 3, 2015 at 12:26 pm

  By Peter Covino A&E Editor Mummies are invited, and daddies too. The Orlando Science Center kicks off the summer Saturday night with an adults only presentation of eclectic entertainment including everything from mummies and craft beer sampling to a Pink Floyd laser light show. It is all part of the center’s year-long 60th anniversary celebration and the Saturday event includes a sneak look at the newest show coming the

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  • It is a wide world of beer coming to Universal with the new NBC Sports Grill & Brew at Citywalk

    Posted on June 1, 2015 at 1:26 pm

              By Peter Covino A&E Editor The wide world of sports eating and drinking is coming to Universal CityWalk — NBC style. The world’s first-ever NBC Sports Grill & Brew  will be opening at CityWalk this fall. Universal officials promise an all new sports-dining experience, reflecting years of NBC Sports coverage. According to the Universal press release, the new restaurant will combine a sophisticated and stylish

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  • Safe Start designed to prevent drowning

    Posted on May 29, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    By Fallan Patterson For the News-Gazette With the ocean, lakes, ponds, canals and swimming pools, Floridians are constantly surrounded by water. YMCA of Central Florida, which has a location in Kissimmee, has made it their goal to educate children and parents on water safety to prevent accidental drowning. “Drowning is an epidemic in our country and certainly in Florida,” said Rowdy Gaines, vice president of aquatics for YMCA of Central

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Unlocking the Warner Collection DVD vault, new titles include The Dakotas

Posted on June 3, 2015 at 1:39 pm

  By Peter Covino A&E Editor With summer rapidly approaching, is there anything better than settling down next to a cool air conditioner and watch a good movie. How did they survive summer without AC? Anyhow, some of the best and unusual DVD titles as well can be found  at the Warner Archive Collection (, an ever-growing list of new, not-so-new, classic and sometimes downright obscure collection of films at

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  • Universal alters course with Volcano Bay, an all-new water park in 2017

    Posted on May 28, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor The Universe is about to change again. Universal Orlando, which already has several new announced projects, just added one more for 2017: Volcano Bay, a new water park which park officials will be unlike any other in the world. Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort promises to be more than just a water park, according to Universal officials, but the resorts third major attraction.  

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  • New Skyway film festival kicks off with “Disney”

    Posted on May 27, 2015 at 3:40 pm

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor It is always nice to see a new film festival starting and the Skyway Film Festival, with the great setting in the Sarasota/Bradenton area, should make for a good weekend. The festival, being held at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, will be held June 12-14. Appropriately enough for Central Florida film fans, the opening night film is the world premiere of

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