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Officials urge caution in hot, humid weather

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 4:55 pm

With high temperatures in the mid-90s combined with higher than normal humidity and fewer afternoon-type rains producing very uncomfortable weather, emergency officials are urging residents to use caution when outside in peak times, or avoid them all together and stay inside.

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Deadline past for primary voter registration

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 10:20 am

Osceola County residents who are not registered have missed the deadline for the  Aug. 26 Primary Election. Voters can go to the Supervisor of Elections Office (2509 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy.) and register for the General Election in November until Oct. 6. For more information, call the elections office at 407-742-6000.  

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  • Kissimmee man arrested on 10 counts of child porn

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Kissimmee man who they determined had hundreds of child pornography images and videos on his home computer. Jodanis Muniz-Mercado, 26, was arrested and charged Thursday with 10 counts of promoting photo/movie sexual performance of a child.

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  • Abortions, other services restricted at Planned Parenthood in Kissimmee

    Posted on July 24, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Protestors demonstrated in front of Kissimmee City Hall in April against Planned Parenthood opening an office in city limits. The clinic can no longer perform abortions or any other outpatient procedures after a temporary injunction was granted by a judge on Wednesday.

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer The Kissimmee Planned Parenthood clinic, located at 610 Oak Commons Blvd., can no longer perform abortions, any other outpatient surgical procedures and emergency medical services after a temporary injunction was granted at a hearing at the Osceola County Courthouse Wednesday.

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‘Gimme the ball’

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Osceola’s Grenus was No.1 option By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Jake Grenus is the kind of guy a baseball coach loves to have in the dugout. His whole mentality can be summed up like this: “Gimme the ball!” Grenus (8-1, 0.95 ERA)completed one of the best seasons ever by an Osceola High pitcher by pitching eight scoreless innings at the Class 7A state tournament semifinals, where the Kowboys lost a

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  • A little of this and a little of that

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber This week, we’ll take a look at a little of this and a little of that from the outdoors world: Weeds The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a public meeting Thursday for the purpose of discussing the management of invasive plants on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.  The meeting is open to the public and will be held from 6

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  • Harmony’s Kyle Covell was a sure thing on the mound

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor After losing many senior playmakers from last year’s regional finalist, Harmony baseball Coach Mike Fields wondered in the preseason just how well his young team was going to compete. “As always, the success of our team this year is predicated on how well our pitchers throw strikes,” Fields said. A lack of depth on the pitching staff plagued the Longhorns most of the season, but

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Students get chance to shine at StART Osceola showcase event Saturday

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 11:17 am

  By Peter Covino A&E Editor St. Cloud High School is usually a much quieter place in the summer,  but  for the past two weeks, it has been bustling with aspiring performing arts students from around Osceola County as part of stART Osceola, a performing arts camp. Some 160 students, representing 20 middle schools and high schools from throughout the county, have been involved in the intensive camp, which features

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  • The SEC Network is coming to Bright House, just in time for football season

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 10:32 am

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor If you like SEC football and are a Bright House Networks cable customer, there is some good news this morning. The new sports network, which comes on line Aug. 14, has reached an agreement with Bright House/Time Warner Cable to air programming from the historic athletic conference. The SEC Network is the new national network from ESPN and the Southeastern Conference, and will air 45

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  • Dozens of TV reality stars return to Celebration, July 31-Aug. 3

    Posted on July 18, 2014 at 10:13 am

              By Peter Covino A&E Editor If you love reality shows on TV, the place to be in just two weeks is the sixth annual Hearts of Reality event at Celebration. Winners and contestants from hit shows such as Amazing Race, Survivor, Big Brother and The Apprentice, some 140 reality stars in all, will take place at the four-day event, July 31-Aug. 3 at the big

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What’s your favorite Orlando area historic icon? Vote now 100 Historic Icons of Orlando Exhibit

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 11:57 am

          What’s your favorite memory from historic Orlando? Ronnie’s Restaurant? Rosie O’Grady’s? There is still time to submit your favorites for the Orange County Regional History Center’s 100 Historic Icons of Orlando Exhibition: 1960-1985. “The submissions that have been coming in so far have been great. Places such as Ronnie’s and Rosie O’Grady’s made a lasting impact,” said organizer Jason Zangari, in a release from the

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  • Happy 66th birthday, Arnold. Schwarzenegger has his own day in Orlando Saturday

    Posted on July 24, 2014 at 3:53 pm

          By Peter Covino A&E Editor So you think you are an Arnold Schwarzenegger fan? The ex-governor of California and action film star gets his own day in Orlando every year at “Arnold Day,” a birthday party in his honor. While Schwarzenegger’s birthday is actually Wednesday, he will be 66, the big birthday bash will be held Saturday. Arnold Day is the product of two former University of

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  • Heritage Club designed to elevate event experience at Silver Spurs Arena

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    News-Gazette Photos/Ken Jackson
Osceola Heritage Park representatives held the formal grand opening recently for the Heritage Club, above, a new 3,500 square-foot amenity that includes a full bar, a full house sound system, more than a dozen flat screen televisions and digital presentation capabilities. Below, the band The Loria Brothers takes the stage to provide the entertainment.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Silver Spurs Arena has proven its worth as one of the top-grossing venues of its size in the state over the past three years, so it’s not just a place to see a rodeo, a car show or state high school sports championships. Now, with the opening of The Heritage Club, it’s also a place to hold a business luncheon, an intimate family gathering

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