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A car is draped with a red tarp after going into pond at Valencia Collage in Kissimmee on Tuesday.

2 adults, 2 kids dead after car plunges into retention pond near Valencia College

Posted on December 24, 2014 at 11:20 am

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The Kissimmee Police Department is investigating the circumstances that led to the deaths of four people after their car drove into a retention pond at Valencia College on Tuesday. In the car were Ulysses G. Montero, 25, Julie M. Lopez-Elias, 24, Julissa M. Montero, 4, and 5-day old Dlias D. Montero. Elias and the two children were from Kissimmee; Ulysses Montero was from Miami, according

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St. Cloud UCF incubator to close

Posted on December 23, 2014 at 3:45 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The University of Central Florida start-up business incubator in St. Cloud is preparing to shut its doors.

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Oldsmar Christian rolls over OHS for Shootout crown; Poinciana 3rd

Posted on December 23, 2014 at 11:11 pm

By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Coach Nate Alexander said his Osceola Kowboys would be taking their first big test of the season Tuesday at the championship game of the 34th Great Florida Shootout at the OHS gym. Let’s just say that the exam did not go well. Oldsmar Christian (16-1) dominated from the beginning, scoring the game’s first eight points and eventually forcing a running clock in the second half

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  • Dangren, Cardona lead local volleyball standouts

    Posted on December 23, 2014 at 8:25 am

    News-Gazette Photo/Donald Lamb Osceola hitter Aspen Dangren led Osceola in kills (272) and helped the Lady Kowboys advance to the regional quarterfinal round.

    Aspen Dangren packs a big punch for the Lady Kowboys By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The Osceola Lady Kowboys expected to have a good volleyball season in 2014, and it’s hard to be disappointed with a campaign that saw the team win the Orange Belt Conference for the second year in a row as well as advance to the regional quarterfinals. A big reason why the team, 19-9, had such

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  • Alexandra Cardona set the standard at City of Life

    Posted on December 23, 2014 at 8:21 am

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City of Life’s Alexandra Cardona capped her high school career by leading the Lady Warrors to the regional semifinal round.

    By J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette Regardless of the sport, recognition as Osceola County Player of the Year often comes to one of the athletes at the seven large public high schools.  After all, they generally receive the most attention during the year, play in the bigger classifications and compete against other large schools. But, every once in a while, an athlete from one of the small private or

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Yoga teachers Kim Mason (left) and Rebecca Parsonage (right) sing along during a kirtan concert – an ancient form of musical meditation – at New World Wellness in Kissimmee Sunday for a winter solstice holiday celebration.

Event celebrates holidays from around the world

Posted on December 23, 2014 at 3:22 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The churches are full during the holiday season, but rarely do people celebrate traditions outside their own faith.

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  • Baby gorilla is born at Busch Gardens Tampa

    Posted on December 19, 2014 at 10:20 am

              It’s a bouncing baby — gorilla. A male endangered western lowland gorilla was born at Busch Gardens Tampa on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 11:35 a.m. The baby is healthy and is currently being cared for by first-time mother Pele, with the Busch Gardens animal care team watching closely. This is the second successful gorilla birth at Busch Gardens and brings to six the number of

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  • Florida children needed to serve on Sea Life Young Environmentalists Panel

    Posted on December 19, 2014 at 9:31 am

    SEA LIFE Orlando, the brand new immersive aquarium experience opening at I-Drive 360 in spring 2015, has announced a contest to select five children to serve on its Young Environmentalists Panel. Each of the panelists, between the ages of 7-12, will serve as ambassadors to help educate the community about SEA LIFE, and its local and global conservation efforts. SEA LIFE Orlando is asking children in Florida, between the ages

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Entertainment

The Imitation Game is top 10 material

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 4:22 pm

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor The awards and nominations are already mounting for The Imitation Game, which officially opens nationwide Christmas Day, so the future looks bright for this holiday present for movie-goers. The Imitation Game is a great film for many reasons, but it starts and ends with the career-changing performance by Benedict Cumberbatch. Only a year or two ago, the British actor’s

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  • Jeff Rupert and the UCF Professors to play

    Posted on December 19, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    By Paul Collins For the News-Gazette The Celebration Foundation Concert Series presents The Orlando Philharmonic along with Jeff Rupert and the UCF Professors of Jazz on Saturday Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. They will perform a tribute to one of the greatest tenor saxophonists of all time – Stan Getz. Stan Getz’s skill was so well known on the tenor saxophone among the jazz community it was referred to as

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  • The Hobbit is back again, one last time

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:24 am

                      By Peter Covino A&E Editor After liking The Lord of the Rings Trilogy so much, particularly its bravura conclusion, it isn’t surprising that J.R.R. Tolkien’s prequel to all things Hobbit and Middle Earth would be a let down in The Hobbit. The Hobbit, the book, lacked the intrigue of the more complex and adult Lord of the Rings, but it went

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