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Kissimmee Mayor Jim Swan explains the aspects of the new Martin Luther King Boulevard extension project near Thacker Avenue in Kissimmee on Tuesday. The new portion of the road is expected to open in January.

Swan, Grieb to help steer transportation

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:54 am

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Kissimmee Mayor Jim Swan stops by the unfinished section of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard most days.

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Marty Johnson, of St. Cloud, uses over 38,000 lights synchronized to holiday music at his home at 5119 Moore St. His children give a guided tour and the family is collecting donations for the children at Nemours hospital.

St. Cloud family lights yard for good cause

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 12:12 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer For the past six years, Marty Johnson and his family have gone all-out decorating their home for the holidays.

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Kowboys valiant effort falls short

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 1:25 pm

St. Thomas Aquinas wins 7A title By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Christian Bridgewater told his Osceola Kowboys teammates to keep their heads up. Actually, he demanded it. The Kowboys 13-2) saw their dreams of winning the Class 7A state football championship buried by St. Thomas Aquinas, 31-0, Friday at the Citrus Bowl, but Bridgewater saw no embarrassment in the loss. “Yes, we deserve respect,” the senior defensive lineman said. “We

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  • STA a bad matchup for OHS, and everyone

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor The post mortem of the Osceola-St. Thomas Aquinas Class 7A championship game last week brings to mind a scene from the classic comedy Spaceballs. Dark Helmet, the Rick Moranis character, is staring at a disaster and he has no clue about how to resolve the situation. All he can think to do is to turn to his second-in-command, Col. Sanders, and issue the worthless directive, “Do

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  • Kowboys should be playoff material in 2015

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Often, when a football team advances to the state championship game, it is depleted by graduation and must rebuild. Fortunately for Osceola High football fans, that won’t be the case for the 2015 Kowboys. While the defense will be hit relatively hard, the offense returns virtually intact. In other words, the Kowboys will be playoff contenders once again. The Kowboys got a dose of good

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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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  • Holidays at the theme parks, expect big crowds and long lines

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:39 am

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor Whether you are just visiting Central Florida or are a permanent resident, Disney, SeaWorld and Universal offer some of the best holiday entertainment in the country. Whether it is the Macy’s Parade at Universal, the Candlelight Processional at Epcot or the Osborne Lights at the Disney Studios, there is an amazing variety of things to see and do at the theme

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  • It’s the dog days of December. Celebrate Dogs is at convention center

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 9:41 am

              By Peter Covino A&E Editor If you find it hard to resist a wet nose and a wagging tail, the Orange County Convention Center will be the place to be this weekend Celebrate Dogs!, the nation’s largest canine extravaganza, returns to Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center for the fourth year in a row with all of the events that make it a must for dog

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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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  • Library of Congress announces 2014 list of films to be preserved

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 9:15 am

                    By Peter Covino A&E Editor The Library of Congress has made its annual list of films that will be preserved, hopefully for as long as people are watching movies. The entire release follows, with descriptions of the selected films, which includes rather new classics such as Saving Private Ryan and The Big Lebowski, to the original musical version of State Fair (1933)

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  • Gingerbread contest. Vote at the Kissimmee farmer’s market for your favorite house

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 9:33 am

              By Peter Covino A&E Editor If you have been meaning to go to the downtown Kissimmee farmer’s market, but just never can find the time, the Dec. 16 Tuesday market might just be the market you have been waiting for. The special event Kissimmee Valley Farmer’s Market will feature a gingerbread house decorating contest as well as a Kids’ Night event. This is the third

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