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Courthouse to open at midnight when gay marriage ban expires

Posted on December 18, 2014 at 2:25 pm

By Charlie Reed and Ken Jackson Staff Writers The Osceola County Courthouse will open for a couple hours at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 6 – the moment that Florida’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage expires – to issue marriage licenses and possibly perform services. Osceola County Clerk of the Courts Armando Ramirez said he expected to process up to 30 licenses that night for gay couples who have long-waited for the

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Courthouse to open at midnight when gay marriage ban expires

Posted on December 18, 2014 at 2:25 pm

By Charlie Reed and Ken Jackson Staff Writers The Osceola County Courthouse will open for a couple hours at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 6 – the moment that Florida’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage expires – to issue marriage licenses and possibly perform services. Osceola County Clerk of the Courts Armando Ramirez said he expected to process up to 30 licenses that night for gay couples who have long-waited for the

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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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Florida children needed to serve on Sea Life Young Environmentalists Panel

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 9:31 am

SEA LIFE Orlando, the brand new immersive aquarium experience opening at I-Drive 360 in spring 2015, has announced a contest to select five children to serve on its Young Environmentalists Panel. Each of the panelists, between the ages of 7-12, will serve as ambassadors to help educate the community about SEA LIFE, and its local and global conservation efforts. SEA LIFE Orlando is asking children in Florida, between the ages

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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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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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