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Osceola crime decreased in 2013, according to FDLE report

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 4:11 pm

By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Crime reports in Osceola County decreased by almost 4 percent in 2013 compared to 2012, according to annual statistics released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Wednesday.

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‘Got College?’ guides county high school students through financial aid

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 4:24 pm

By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Even if working two full time jobs caused Carid Torres to drop out of a semester at Valencia, she’s confident that Got College? will help her continue her criminology degree this fall.

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  • Police warn residents about phone scams

    Posted on April 21, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Local police are warning citizens about a pair of phone scams that have already affected Osceola County residents. The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office has reported that two citizens have received calls about a jury duty phone scam. The caller has identified himself as a lieutenant with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and said a warrant has been issued for missing jury duty. The caller makes arrangements for them to provide

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  • Local leaders, project developers break ground on Crosslands

    Posted on April 18, 2014 at 11:15 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Touting it as the first project in Osceola County that meshes economic development with mass transit, local leaders and project developers officially broke ground Wednesday at the future site of Crosslands Center at the intersection of Osceola Parkway and Orange Blossom Trail in north Kissimmee.

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Harmony’s players display the award they received from MaxPreps for being one of the best softball teams in Florida. The Longhorns won their fourth consecutive district championship Friday.

Lady Horns host Jenkins

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 3:18 pm

St. Cloud travels to Bartow By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Harmony continues its quest for the Class 7A state softball championship today at 7 p.m. when it hosts Lakeland George Jenkins in the 7A-2 regional quarterfinals. The Longhorns, 24-2, blanked St. Cloud, 7-0, Friday for the 7A-5 district title, its fourth in a row. Lily Mann and Aleshia Ocasio each had two RBIs, and Ocasio pitched a two-hit shutout to

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  • OHS reaches district baseball title contest Friday

    Posted on April 23, 2014 at 3:14 pm

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Kyle Covell, who threw a one-hitter, delivers a pitch in the third inning of Harmony’s 2-0 victory over St. Cloud Monday at the 7A-5 district tournament at Osceola High.

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Osceola pounded its way into the 7A-5 district baseball tournament finals with a 12-0 win over Harmony in the semifinal round Wednesday at Kowboys field. Jake Grenus threw a five-inning, one-hit shutout and Omar Colon hit a pinch-hit three-run homer in the fifth inning to end the game. “We’re swinging the bats well, and Jake was real strong. He threw a good game,” Osceola Coach

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  • Sports briefs for April 24, 2014

    Posted on April 23, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Harmony physicals Harmony High’s physical day for 2014-15 student-athletes is today from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the gym. The fee is $10. St. Coud physicals St. Cloud High’s physical day for 2014-15 student-athletes is Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the gym. The fee is $10. Athlete Injury Awareness Night The St. Cloud High Honors Society of Sports Medicine will present information about sports injuries, skin infections and

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I-Drive attraction will be an Eye opener. Orlando Eye will be ready for visitors by next spring, as will Sea Life Aquarium

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 9:36 am

By Peter Covino A&E Editor You won’t be able to see the Orlando Eye from downtown Kissimmee when the 400-foot tall attraction opens sometime next year, but you just might be able to see downtown Kissimmee from atop the giant observation wheel. The off-again, on-again project, is most definitely on as media and invited guests got an inside look this week at what will be literally, the biggest project ever

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  • Gone with the Wind exhibit is coming to Central Florida

    Posted on April 11, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    The Orange County Regional History Center’s exhibition Gone With the Wind: Reel to Real, commemorates the 75th anniversary of the film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s Civil War novel. The exhibition features the original gowns, costumes and artifacts of the film and is derived entirely from one collector, James Tumblin, who has the largest private collection of memorabilia from the film. The exhibition runs August 16 – November 30. James Tumblin,

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  • It’s the St. Cloud picture show. St. Cloud Twin theater gets a facelift and a fresh interior in its auditoriums

    Posted on April 11, 2014 at 9:47 am

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor The oldest movie theater in Osceola County is about to get a lot better. The St. Cloud Twin, the county’s only locally-owned movie theater has a new look inside, and is about to get a facelift outside as well. With the help from a grant by the St. Cloud CRA and St. Cloud Main Street, the hometown theater, which has been part of the city’s

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Alice Cooper is still a billion dollar baby. Super Duper Alice Cooper comes to Central Florida

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 11:56 am

By Peter Covino A&E Editor Way before Kiss and Twisted Sister and dozens of other “shock rock” bands featuring guys with long hair and makeup, there was Alice Cooper. Alice Cooper, the man, aka, Vincent Furnier,  as well as Alice Cooper, the band, is back in the new documentary Super Duper Alice Cooper. This is much more about Furnier than the band, but the two entities, are pretty much inseparable,

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  • Record Store Day has got you covered this weekend

    Posted on April 18, 2014 at 9:45 am

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor If you are nostalgic about the good old days of music, when you had to play music, one record at a time, today (Saturday) was made just for you. It is Record Store Day and participating record stores (yes, they still exist) are offering limited edition vinyl records, specials and more. The day, which celebrates the independent record store, not  only features a special collection

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  • It’s a mega car and hot rod show, Goodguys Nationals makes first stop ever in Osceola County at OHP next weekend

    Posted on April 18, 2014 at 9:20 am

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor Get ready for a car show unlike anything Osceola County has ever seen. The Goodguys All-American Nationals, an event featuring more than 1,500 classic show cars and hot rods, comes to Osceola Heritage Park next weekend. Put on by the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, which holds several car shows events nationwide, the three-day show, Friday, April 25, Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27,

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