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Commissioners give support to natural gas pipeline plans

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 4:08 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer With the blessing of the Board of Osceola County Commissioners, a new underground pipeline which will bring more capacity to serve the state with natural gas will pass through parts of the county when it is built and goes into service sometime in 2017.

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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, Gateway advance in 7A-5 baseball tourney

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 10:31 am

By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The first round of the 7A-5 district baseball tournament at Osceola High went well for Harmony and Gateway Monday, but not so good for St. Cloud, Celebration and Liberty. Harmony extended the high school coaching career of Coach Mike Fields for at least one more game by blanking rival St. Cloud, 2-0, thanks to Kyle Covell’s sparkling one-hitter. Fields previously announced his retirement after the

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  • Harmony blanks Dogs for 7A-5 softball title

    Posted on April 19, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Harmony shut out St. Cloud, 7-0, Friday to clinch the 7A-5 district softball championship at Osceola High. Aleshia Ocasio pitched a two-hitter and drove in two runs, and Lily Mann added two hits and two RBIs, to boost the Longhorns to their fourth consecutive district title. Harmony, 24-2, will host Lakeland Jenkins Thursday at 7 p.m. in a 7A-2 regional quarterfinal. St. Cloud, 19-8, will

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  • Make it 7 for Longhorns

    Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan 
Harmony’s Colton Keene makes a lift at 199 pounds at the district competition April 9. Keene, who qualified for the Class 2A state meet, won the OBC championship Wednesday and helped the Longhorns take their seventh consecutive conference title.

    Harmony’s depth is the difference again By Dan Pearson For the News-Gazette After a solid performance in last week’s district competition, St. Cloud came into Wednesday’s Orange Belt Conference weightlifting tournament with high hopes of ending the dominance of the host Harmony Longhorns. Those hopes were dashed as the Longhorns used their superior depth to win their seventh straight OBC crown, 92-69. Harmony Coach John Wallauer said his athletes have

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Lifestyles

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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Entertainment

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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