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Osceola County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested on bribery charges

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 10:53 am

By Tiffanie Reynolds and Ken Jackson Staff Writers An Osceola County Sheriff’s deputy at the center of a criminal investigation resigned Thursday prior to his arrest on bribery charges.

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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’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.

Make it 7 for Longhorns

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:32 pm

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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  • Spanish Mackerel a tasty catch

    Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber As coastal waters warm up, this is an excellent time to go after one of my favorite fighting game fish, the Spanish Mackerel. Similar in appearance to its much larger cousin, the King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel will grow to 10 pounds or so, with the state record being a 12-pound fish caught off of Fort Pierce in 1984.  This is a migratory fish that

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  • Kowboys take district track title Lady Dogs outscore Jenkins for 4A-5 crown

    Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Donald Lamb Trayquel Hazley won the 300 hurdles championship for Osceola Tuesday to help the Kowboys win the 4A-5 district crown at St. Cloud.

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Osceola County track athletes will prepare for the regional meets next week after many turned in outstanding performances at the 4A-5 district meet at St. Cloud. A highlight at the 4A-5 meet Tuesday was Osceola’s boys district championship, its first of the new century. The Kowboys (161.5), under Coach Ray Hines, easily won over Celebration (95.5), Lakeland Jenkins (80.5), Lakeland (75), Gateway (66) and St.

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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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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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