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Detectives need public’s help identifying carjacking suspect

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 11:34 am

Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify a carjacking suspect who stole a woman car in Poinciana on Monday.

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Osceola County clerk alleges big-bank mortgage fraud

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 3:56 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Osceola County Clerk of Courts Armando Ramirez alleges that major banks have committed fraud locally by filing forged mortgage documents, but so far nothing has been proven by law enforcement officials.

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Can you guess where Taylor Soltys will play college softball? The Harmony senior recently signed a national letter of intent with her family and friends at the high school.

Harmony’s Taylor Soltys will play for the Gyrenes

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 12:20 pm

By Rick Pedone Sports Editor It didn’t take much for Ave Maria University softball Coach Tim Speakman to convince Taylor Soltys to come and play for him next season. “I’ve been going to Naples on vacation since I was like 6, and I love that area,” the Harmony senior said. “Once he made an offer, I didn’t consider going anywhere else. I have a friend who is going there, I

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  • Sports briefs for April 2, 2015

    Posted on April 1, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Correction Due to a reporting error, a photo in the March 26 edition of the News-Gazette incorrectly identified a Harmony High weightlifter as Anthony Donato. St. Cloud Hall of Fame The 6th annual St. Cloud High Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and silent auction is May 1 at 6 p.m. at Kissimmee Bay Country Club. The fee is $30 in advance, or $35 at the door. Inductees are the 1995

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  • Melissa Cuervo is top lifter

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    St. Cloud senior placed third at state tournament By J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette Diminutive St. Cloud High School senior Melissa Cuervo says she is shy by nature.   You would never know it by watching her perform in the sport of weightlifting, where she is one of the top athletes in the state of Florida. Cuervo, who won both the Orange Belt Conference championship and then placed third in

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Get united for a great dinner fund-raiser, United Way Chef’s Gala returns, May 16

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 11:06 am

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor When it comes to charity events, there might be none more important than the Heart of Florida United Way’s annual Chef’s Gala. Now in its 23rd year, not only is it one of the great annual food events in Central Florida, but in terms of helping the community, it is vital at providing support to some of the region’s most critical programs. Yes,

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  • Award winning art on display, Osceola Arts has two exhibits featuring local art

    Posted on March 20, 2015 at 10:15 am

                    By Peter Covino A&E Editor If a picture is worth a thousands words, then Osceola Arts has an entire library on display this month. The Kissimmee art center complex is currently home to two exhibits featuring award-winning, local art. Currently on display is artwork from the Images of Osceola juried art show as well as the inaugural Kenton’s Kowboy Classics High School

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  • What to do about nuisance wildlife in and around the home

    Posted on March 13, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Grantly Ricketts Osceola Extension The spring season is approaching and gardeners and other homeowners are getting ready to work outdoors; yes they are anxious to get their hands dirty and just to enjoy the great outdoors.  Many will find that they are not going alone. Very often, these outdoor spaces are also occupied by wildlife such as squirrels, opossums, raccoons, bats, moles, deer, mice, coyotes and snakes.  These animals become

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Final Hobbit, Unbroken arrive on DVD, Blu-ray

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 10:50 am

        By Peter Covino A&E Editor Christmas Day is always one of the busiest days at movie theaters, with as many as five blockbuster-type films debuting on the holiday. 2014 certainly was no exception with mega-hits like The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Disney’s Into the Woods (review coming soon, hopefully) and Unbroken all making their debuts. All three films made a ton of money at

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  • A doctor who makes Porterhouse calls. Dr. BBQ is in town for the barbecue classic

    Posted on March 26, 2015 at 10:37 am

        By Peter Covino A&E Editor Only one “doctor” would prescribe beef to cure what ails you and that would be Dr. BBQ, also known as Ray Lampe, who will sort of be the emcee/celebrity chef at the Florida Heritage Barbecue classic, which kicks off today and continues through Saturday. If there is a beef PH.D, Lampe, who has been cooking and talking barbecue since the 1980s, and written

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  • It’s the sound of music. New Kissimmee studio is a one-stop complex for the industry

    Posted on March 26, 2015 at 10:23 am

              By Peter Covino A&E Editor It used to be the roar of the occasional motorcycle at a remote complex in north Kissimmee. Now the only sound you might hear is that of an electric guitar. Level 11 had a soft-grand opening last week with lots of live music and guitars, hamburgers and free tours of the new facility that promises to be a one-stop entertainment

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