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Courthouse to open at midnight when gay marriage ban expires

Posted on December 18, 2014 at 2:25 pm

By Charlie Reed and Ken Jackson Staff Writers The Osceola County Courthouse will open for a couple hours at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 6 – the moment that Florida’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage expires – to issue marriage licenses and possibly perform services. Osceola County Clerk of the Courts Armando Ramirez said he expected to process up to 30 licenses that night for gay couples who have long-waited for the

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The School of Public Safety will combine Valencia College’s current education and training programs for law-enforcement officers, corrections officers and firefighters, with programs planned for students interested in careers in homeland security, emergency management and private security.

Valencia College joins partnership to launch School of Public Safety

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 12:09 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Valencia College in Osceola County will expand public safety programs, with the creation of a new School of Public Safety.

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  • Six high schools see letter grades drop

    Posted on December 19, 2014 at 12:06 pm

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    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The state of Florida released the school letter grades for high schools for the 2013-14.

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  • Courthouse to open at midnight when gay marriage ban expires

    Posted on December 18, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    By Charlie Reed and Ken Jackson Staff Writers The Osceola County Courthouse will open for a couple hours at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 6 – the moment that Florida’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage expires – to issue marriage licenses and possibly perform services. Osceola County Clerk of the Courts Armando Ramirez said he expected to process up to 30 licenses that night for gay couples who have long-waited for the

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Harmony’s Lily Mann, seated second from left, celebrated her softball scholarship to the University of Florida with her family and Horns Coach Jeff Fiorelli (standing) recently at the high school’s theater.

Florida gets another star from Horns softball team

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 2:28 pm

By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Lily Mann was born to be a Gator. Both parents, dad Kevin and mom Debbie, were UF graduates and Lily was raised Orange and Blue. Rooting for the Gators is one thing; playing for them is quite another. Very few high school athletes receive scholarship offers from the Southeastern Conference softball powerhouse and the 2014 national champion. But Mann, an integral part of Harmony High’s

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  • Harmony appeals football district

    Posted on December 19, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The Florida High School Athletic Association released its much-anticipated football classifications for the 2015-18 seasons Monday and Osceola County’s seven football programs are making rapid adjustments to the new districts. At least one county program, Harmony, isn’t happy with its new district at all, while the others accepted their new assignments. Harmony will appeal to move out of its new district, 6A-10, Athletic Director Chuck

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  • Kowboys, Eagles seek crown

    Posted on December 19, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery Osceola’s Nasir Alexander elevates for a shot against Celebration during a game earlier this season. The Kowboys play Riviera Beach Suncoast today at 8:30 p.m. in the opening round of the Great Florida Shootout.

    Eight-team tournament gets underway with four games By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The 33rd edition of the Great Florida Shootout basketball tournament begins today at Osceola High. The host Kowboys and Osceola County’s second representative, Poinciana, are among te favorites to win the championship of the eight-team tourney. Poinciana (12-2) meets Apopka at 7:30 p.m., and the Kowboys (8-0) play Riviera Beach Suncoast at 8:30 p.m. The tournament begins at

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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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  • The definitive Bolshoi Nutcracker, Fathom Events presents ballet in theaters

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:46 am

                By Peter Covino A&E Editor Probably no production says Christmas like The Nutcracker. You can experience the classic show in various productions around Central Florida this time of year. But it doesn’t get any better than the Bolshoi Ballet, and this year, you don’t have to fly to Moscow to see The Nutcrackier. Fathom Events and the Bolshoi Ballet will bring the splendor of

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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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