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Site for Poinciana Valencia campus selected

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 5:06 pm

By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer The Valencia College board of trustees set the groundwork for the proposed Poinciana campus on Wednesday, selecting a site donated by Osceola County. The site, located on the intersection of Pleasant Hill and Reaves Road, is 18.89 acres  and will come at no cost to the college. Osceola County Manager Don Fisher said that the site already is primed for construction, with land and utilities

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High school report cards to be re-issued Thursday

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Osceola County School District announced that, starting Thursday, re-issued report cards can be picked up at all high schools except for Zenith and Challenger.

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  • Satellite animal shelter extends reach for pet adoption in Osceola County

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 11:02 am

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer For some dogs and cats, just a change in scenery could get them adopted quicker from the Osceola County Animal Shelter.

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  • Candidates kick off election at Hob Nob

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 10:35 am

    By Tiffanie Reynolds and Ken Jackson Staff Writers For first-time candidates like Leah Carius, Ricky Booth and Viviana Janer, running for political office is often an exercise in sensory overload. There’s meeting the requirements to file, coming up with a platform and a plan, making signs and meeting with people. The Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce helps all candidates with that annually with its Hob Nob political event. It’s held

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News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan Osceola’s Ben Cruz (left) won the 220-pound Class 3A state championship with a 53-1 record. Below, he signs his wrestling grant to Campbell University at OHS with his girlfriend, Maria Diaz-Trejos.

State champ signs with Campbell U.

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Osceola’s Ben Cruz wraps up a great career By Rick Pedone Sports Editor What a year it has been for Osceola High senior wrestler Ben Cruz, who graduated in May. First, the Kowboys standout posted a 53-1 record while winning the Class 3A 220-pound state championship in Lakeland. Then he saw the fruits of the hard work that won him the championship when he signed a scholarship to NCAA D-I

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  • St. Cloud plays at regionals Thursday

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Photo/Special to the News-Gazette St. Cloud’s Majors Softball team displays the Little League Florida State Champions banner it earned at Clearwater last weekend. The team advanced to the Southeast Regional at Warner Robins, Ga., where it plays the Georgia state champion today at 5 p.m.

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The St. Cloud Little League Majors softball team just keeps on going. The team became the first St. Cloud Little League team in 35 years to advance to a regional tournament when it won the Florida state championship Sunday with an 11-3 win over Pinellas Park. St. Cloud plays at the Southeast Regional at Warner Robins, Ga., Thursday at 5 p.m. against the Georgia state

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  • Sports briefs for July 24, 2014

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Bradtmuller golf The Lea Bradtmuller Charity Golf Tournament is Sunday at 8 a.m. at Royal St. Cloud Golf Links. The tournament will raise funds for out-of-state medical treatment for the daughter of a City of St. Cloud employee. The fee for the shotgun scramble is $60 per player and includes golf, a box lunch, range balls and prizes. To register call 407-891-7010.  Celebration fall baseball Celebration Little League is holding

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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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  • Historic moon walk happened 45 years ago. NASA TV and Kennedy Space Center have special events

    Posted on July 17, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor If you are 50 or older, chances are you know exactly where you were and what you were doing this weekend 45 years ago. That’s when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made that famous “one giant leap for mankind” and became the first men to walk on the moon. If you missed it the first time around or want to relive those historic memories, NASA

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  • History can be fun at camp, kids can be Civil War soldiers at historical society camp

    Posted on July 15, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor Instead of spending the summer playing video games or watching television, youngsters can spend their time living in the past, at one of the summer camps offered by the Osceola County Historical Society. The 2014 summer camp program actually started back in June, but there is still time to sign up for camps that involve the Civil War, as well as the history of Osceola

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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.

Heritage Room designed to elevate event experience at Silver Spurs Arena

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 2:13 pm

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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  • Win $5,000 for the best Charles Dickens’ inspired flash mob video

    Posted on July 22, 2014 at 10:26 am

          “What the Dickens Orlando,” a celebration of the 202nd anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens,  is offering a cash prize of $5,000 to the best flash mob video that is built around a song from a musical inspired by the works of Charles Dickens. Examples include “Who Will Buy” or “Food, Glorious Food” from Oliver! and “Thank you Very Much” from Scrooge. To be eligible, a

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  • The ex-governor is back in Sabotage

    Posted on July 18, 2014 at 10:03 am

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor He hasn’t  had this much to say since he was governor of California. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the  actor-turned-governor-turned-actor again is pretty much up to usual form in Sabotage (Universal Studios Home Entertainment), an action film where he plays Breacher Wharton, the task force leader of a DEA team, that is not having a particularly good time of it. In the opening bullet-filled

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