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Glenn Buratti, 6, throws a ball in his St. Cloud backyard while being videotaped by DocTV camera man James French for German television on Tuesday.

Community spirit story goes global

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 1:55 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer It was Valentine’s Day when Ashlee Buratti read the first media report of her son Glenn’s 6th birthday party in the Osceola News-Gazette.

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Four arrested and charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 11:08 am

Kissimmee police detectives have arrested four individuals after they allegedly shot into an occupied dwelling looking for person involved in another criminal case.

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  • Healing Touch looking for help

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 1:49 pm

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Nine-year-old Alex Rodriguez pets a horse at Healing Touch Therapeutic Riding center in St. Cloud. The center is currently seeking donations to buy the property it now rents and which goes up for auction March 13.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer For five years, Healing Touch Therapeutic Riding has helped Osceola County kids with disabilities. Now the nonprofit, all-volunteer operation is looking for a little help itself.

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  • Three locals chase big league dreams

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Kissimmee’s Alex Burgos, Jimmy Moran and Cory Rhodes are headed back to their job sites after a nearly four-month vacation — although Burgos did work a winter freelance job.

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News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery Cortez Edwards leads the Kowboys into the Class 7A state tournament semfinals against Oviedo Friday at 8:30 p.m. at The Lakeland Center.

It’s Kowboys against Oviedo

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 2:05 pm

OHS squares off against its former coach in semifinals By Rick Pedone Sports Editor It’s been 32 years since the Osceola Kowboys last set foot on the floor at the boys state basketball tournament. Welcome back. The Kowboys (25-5) will meet defending state champion Oviedo (25-5) in a Class 7A semifinal Friday at 8:30 p.m. at The Lakeland Center. Pompano Beach Ely (26-0), No. 1 in Class 7A and No.

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  • Kershner looking forward to meeting OHS at 7A tourney

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 2:03 pm

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Kowboys Coach Nate Alexander talks things over during a break. Alexander, in his fifth season, is only the second coach ever to take Osceola to the boys state basketball tournament.

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The man who built Osceola High basketball to prominence and led it to its only state championship in 1983 ironically is the coach who could stop the Kowboys at the semifinals of the Class 7A state tournament Friday. Ed Kershner, who has won nearly 900 games and two state championships, was inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame two years ago. He brings his

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  • Nate has OHS playing G-R-E-A-T

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor Nate Alexander and Ed Kershner talk frequently during the basketball season, so there are few professional secrets between the coaches who will square off Friday in Lakeland at the Class 7A basketball state tournament. “I talk to him and (former OHS coach) Larry Brown all the time, to pick their brains, not only about basketball but about life,” Alexander, the fifth-year OHS coach, said. “When you

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Mardi Gras is not over yet. The party continues at Universal Orlando through April 18

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      By Peter Covino A&E Editor The party is over in New Orleans, but the Mardi Gras good times will keep on rolling at Universal Studios Orlando. The theme park’s annual event continues on select nights through April 18, with a parade, classic cuisine from Louisiana and headliner concerts. Next up concert-wise is the 1970s favorites, Heart. Heart performs Saturday night. In addition to the big name concerts,

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  • Gorillas you have missed: a new arrival at Busch Gardens

    Posted on February 19, 2015 at 4:58 pm

              There is a baby boom of sorts going on at Busch Gardens Tampa, as the theme park welcomed another endangered western lowland gorilla two weeks ago.  It is the second gorilla birth since December The female  was born on Feb. 6 at 8:30 p.m. and is being cared for by 27-year-old mother Mary. Guests will be able to see the baby gorilla on the Myombe

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  • New look, but the same great chicken. New Pollo Tropical bring changes to casual dining

    Posted on February 19, 2015 at 9:49 am

                    By Peter Covino A&E Editor Pollo Tropical has always been a favorite lunch stop, not only because of its affordability, but they really know how to make grilled chicken. The Caribbean-influenced restaurant is in the midst of some big changes, with a brand-new restaurant in Osceola County and a new look coming to existing restaurants, including the Vine Street restaurant in Kissimmee.

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New skeleton museum has a bone to pick with you

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      By Peter Covino A&E Editor With attractions that go under the sea, way above the ground and now, under the skin, the new I-Drive 360 Complex, has got just about every angle covered. Skeletons: Animals Unveiled,  a fourth destination at the new Merlin Attractions mega complex, has announced an April 25 opening. The animal skeleton museum, the second of its kind in the world, will actually get

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  • Olive Kitteridge is must see viewing; Star 80 also new on DVD

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 1:56 pm

                By Peter Covino A&E Editor You just might say we are living in a second golden age of television. Almost everyone is producing quality programming, from AMC’s Breaking Bad to Netflix’ House of Cards, networks big and small have gotten into series and made-for-TV movies, an area that was once completely dominated by the likes of HBO and Showtime. With so many choices, how

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  • Stormtroopers will wait until dark, Dark Sky Fest returns Saturday

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 1:40 pm


                        By Peter Covino A&E Editor Like many life-long Star Wars fans, Jerry Testa had more than his share of battles defending the Empire or fighting against it growing up as a kid. But it wasn’t until he went to Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World and saw all those stormtroopers at the event that he actually thought about dressing

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