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Osceola County students begin FSA testing

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 10:12 am

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Thousands of Osceola County students have begun taking the first round of new state-mandated tests this week, a much-debated process throughout Florida for assessing academic success at public schools.

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Math teacher Brandon McCurry helps Zavion Minuty, left, and Austin Mondon, right, with their Discovery Education project at Discovery Intermediate School on Monday.

Discovery Intermediate School students work with NASA

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 1:12 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The project: build a lunar plant growth chamber to house vegetative life on the moon.

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Kowboys state runners-up

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 12:36 pm

OHS stops Oviedo in semifinals, falls to Ely in title game By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Less than 48 hours after the Osceola Kowboys boys basketball team placed second in Class 7A at The Lakeland Center, Coach Nate Alexander was watching 15 players in early-morning workouts Monday morning. “We’ll be back,” said Alexander, who Tuesday was named the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches Class 7A Coach of the Year. If

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  • Harmony and Osceola win district wrestling crowns

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 12:32 pm

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Gateway’s Justin Camacho (top) tries to turn St. Cloud’s Jack Zurewich during their 145-pound championship match at the 3A-5 district tournament at St. Cloud Friday. Camacho won the match, 10-3, and both wrestlers advanced to the 3A-2 regional tournament at Osceola High Friday and Saturday.

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor District champions Osceola and Harmony lead the way into the wrestling regional tournaments Friday and Saturday. The Kowboys easily defended their 3A District 5 championship by winning nine weight classes last Friday at St. Cloud. The Kowboys (249.5) advanced 13 to the 3A-2 regional they will host starting Friday at noon at the Kowboys gym. Gateway (164.5), St. Cloud (153.5), Viera (94), Ridge Community (65)

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  • FLW pro Casey Martin on scouting

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber “We’re not talking about a game, we are talking about practice.  How silly is that?  We’re not talking about the game, we’re talking about practice.” Almost 13 years ago, former NBA superstar Allen Iverson’s rant about practice and its overall importance to the big picture went viral.   And while Iverson did concede practice was necessary, he downplayed its importance. Few, if any, of the

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Lifestyles

Sharing all those Kodak moments with EyeEm. Photo app lets you share, edit and even enter contests

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 1:43 pm

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor If you like to take pictures, you really need to have EyeEm. The free photo-sharing application (available for android, iPhone and Windows) lets you explore your creative side when it comes to photography. There is so much going on in one little application, from photo sharing and editing, to seeing just how many good photographers are out there, both

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  • This cruise ship is a gamble. Victory Cruise will host a party for its millionth customer

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 11:20 am

                By Peter Covino A&E Editor If you like to gamble, but never have any luck with the Florida Lottery, maybe a cruise is in order. Victory Casino Cruises have been operating out of Port Canaveral (and Jacksonville as well) for almost four years, and the cruise line is about to celebrate its millionth passenger with a celebration party. On Saturday, March 21, Victory, America’s

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  • Flower & Garden fest is back. This is the opening week for the popular Epcot event

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 11:09 am

                    By Peter Covino A&E Editor In the cold North, residents patiently wait for the return of the robins or the bloom of the first daffodils as a sign that spring has returned. In Central Florida, we just have to wait for the opening of the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. The wait is officially over. The annual event is back and continues

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Entertainment

Oscar-winning Big Hero 6 arrives on Blu-ray; Patricia Clarkson makes Last Weekend quite watchable

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 11:29 am

  By Peter Covino A&E Editor What do you get when you mix a bunch of young scientists who can create their own superhero alter egos with Disney animation? You get the Oscar-winning film for Best Animated  Film for 2014. Big Hero 6 would seem to be an unlikely hit with its unknown stable of Marvel superheroes and a mostly unfamiliar cast of vocal talent. But Big Hero 6 works

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  • Flower & Garden fest is back. This is the opening week for the popular Epcot event

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 11:09 am

                    By Peter Covino A&E Editor In the cold North, residents patiently wait for the return of the robins or the bloom of the first daffodils as a sign that spring has returned. In Central Florida, we just have to wait for the opening of the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. The wait is officially over. The annual event is back and continues

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  • I Escaped the Room, barely. You too can play the DIG game at Universal Studios

    Posted on March 3, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor I don’t particularly like mornings. Mornings that involve getting locked up in a small room are even worse. But if you are in early riser, and have a season pass to Universal,  you too  can get in on the fun of being locked in a room for about half-hour or so as part of the Universal Studios and the USA Network’s version of the online

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