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Retiring optometrist, Dr. Lawrence Fuller at his office on Main St. in Kissimmee on Tuesday. Fuller closed his North Main Street office on Wednesday after 49 years in business.

Kissimmee eye doctor leaves legacy of clarity after 49 years in practice

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 11:13 am

By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Dr. Lawrence Fuller devoted his life to taking care of the vision of the community, but, after 49 years in the practice, it will be the people behind those eyes that he’ll miss the most.

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‘Push for Pencils’ drive set

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 11:24 am

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Municipal employees from the cities of Kissimmee and St. Cloud are once again participating in “Push for Pencils,” a supply drive to assist students with having the materials they need for the upcoming school year.

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Sports

St. Cloud All-Stars win two in Georgia

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Only losses came against tourney champ By Rick Pedone Sports Editor St. Cloud’s Majors Softball All-Stars won two games at the Little League Southeast Regionals at Warner Robins, Ga., last weekend. But, they were unable to beat one of the teams at the tournament. That team, host Georgia, downed St. Cloud twice and then went on to win the regional championship by coming from the loser’s bracket to beat Virginia

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  • St. Cloud Knights basketball

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Photo/Special to the News-Gazette 
The St. Cloud Knights recently won the Big Shots Silver Championship tournament in Orlando. Team members are, from l-r: Head Coach Rev. Bob Hernandez, Kenneth Rice, Phil Smith, Joshua Brush, Joshua Smith, Victor Thompson, Joshua Flores, Jason Flores, Marquise Jackson, Venice Wilson, Eshad Evans, Justice Neal, Jondarius Burnham and assistant coach Phil Smith. Fun Builders, Inc. and WJ Painting are the team’s sponsors.

    The St. Cloud Knights recently won the Big Shots Silver Championship tournament in Orlando. Team members are  Kenneth Rice, Phil Smith, Joshua Brush, Joshua Smith, Victor Thompson, Joshua Flores, Jason Flores, Marquise Jackson, Venice Wilson, Eshad Evans, Justice Neal and Jondarius Burnham. the team is coached by Rev. Bob Hernandez and assistant coach Phil Smith.

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  • Sports briefs for Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 1:11 pm

     Celebration fall baseball Celebration Little League is holding registration for its fall baseball program for children ages 4-16. Registation is available at Food Truck Friday, Aug. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the baseball complex (851 Celebration Ave.) and at Chick-Fil-A (6050 W. U.S. Hwy. 192) Aug. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. The fee is $80 (except for the Challenger program). Guardians must provide proof of birthdate for

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Lifestyles

Partly cloudy with a chance of frogs. Some real “Sharknado” events

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 11:20 am

By Peter Covino A&E Editor So maybe it doesn’t rain cats and dogs and sharks, but it turns out Sharknado and Sharknado 2 aren’t quite as far-fetched at they appear to be. The folks at the AccuWeather Global Weather Center have gathered together a bunch of facts that show that weather isn’t just unpredictable — it can be downright strange. Sharks falling from the sky (and still eating people) is

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  • Students get chance to shine at StART Osceola showcase event Saturday

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 11:17 am

      By Peter Covino A&E Editor St. Cloud High School is usually a much quieter place in the summer,  but  for the past two weeks, it has been bustling with aspiring performing arts students from around Osceola County as part of stART Osceola, a performing arts camp. Some 160 students, representing 20 middle schools and high schools from throughout the county, have been involved in the intensive camp, which features

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  • The SEC Network is coming to Bright House, just in time for football season

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 10:32 am

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor If you like SEC football and are a Bright House Networks cable customer, there is some good news this morning. The new sports network, which comes on line Aug. 14, has reached an agreement with Bright House/Time Warner Cable to air programming from the historic athletic conference. The SEC Network is the new national network from ESPN and the Southeastern Conference, and will air 45

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Entertainment

Guardians are galaxy’s new super heroes

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 3:18 pm

          By Peter Covino A&E Editor Move over Star Wars and Indiana Jones. The next great movie franchise is here. It wouldn’t seem possible that this second-rung group of Marvel super heroes could lend itself to that kind of pedigree (especially when one is a raccoon and another a barely talking tree), but Guardians of the Galaxy transcends the usual trappings of comic book super guys.

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  • Want to hear Vin Diesel speak Russian? Portugese? Check out his “voices” for Guardians of the Galaxy.

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 2:25 pm

          Vin Diesel, who voices the character Groot in this summer’s epic adventure Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” dubbed his lines from the film in Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, French and Russian. The dubbing, intended to uniquely customize the moviegoing experience for international audiences, took place recently in Los Angeles during post-production in collaboration with key marketing teams around the globe. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” releases in

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  • Color your world with Crayola. The Crayola Experience is coming to Florida Mall

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      By Peter Covino A&E Editor An explosion of color is coming to Florida Mall next summer with the opening of Central Florida’s newest attraction — the Crayola Experience. Modeled after a similar Crayola attraction in Pennsylvania, the Crayola Experience will feature 25 hands-on attractions offering creative fun for kids and their parents too. “Ours has always been a culture of innovation,” Crayola CEO Mike Perry said in press statement

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