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The city of Kissimmee is working on a deal that would bring a hotel and apartments to the lakefront area.

Kissimmee pursuing deal to bring lakefront apartments, hotel downtown

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 1:41 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer A public-private partnership that could bring a boutique hotel and commercial and residential buildings to Kissimmee’s newly renovated lakefront has begun to take shape.

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FDLE: Osceola crime reports down 6.7 percent in 2014

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 1:36 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Following the trend from around the rest of the state, the number of crimes reported in Osceola County in seven major categories fell by 6.7 percent in 2014 as compared to 2013, as reported this week by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

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Bass live long and feed a lot

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 1:40 pm

J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber While nothing beats the excitement of catching a large bass, did you ever wonder how old that trophy fish was and how it got so large? That question came to mind the other day, when I asked a young man fishing on a small pond whether he was catching anything and he proudly displayed a bass that easily topped 5 pounds. That prompted me

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  • Six county squads in action

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    St. Cloud hosts Freedom Thursday By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Six of the county’s seven large public high schools will play their spring games Thursday and Friday, wrapping up 20 days of practice. Three games are set Thursday as Freedom will visit St. Cloud at 7 p.m., Harmony travels to Eau Gallie at 7 p.m. and Liberty goes to East Ridge at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, Celebration hosts Orlando Christian

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  • Lions celebrate first MLS home victory

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Photo/Special to the News-Gazette 
Orlando City SC celebrates after a score during its 4-0 win over the LA Galaxy Sunday at the Citrus Bowl. It was the Lions’ first win at home as a Major League Soccer franchise.

    Special to the News-Gazette Orlando City SC (3-5-3, 12 points) won its first game at the Citrus Bowl in commanding fashion before 40,122 fans Sunday, defeating the reigning Major League Soccer Cup Champions LA Galaxy (3-4-5, 14 points) 4-0. The win was the largest margin of victory by an expansion team over a defending MLS champion in MLS history, and marked the second highest attended game for the Lions. Orlando City

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Lifestyles

As weather heats up so does activities

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 1:31 pm

By Larry Griffin For the News-Gazette Summer is looming ahead again. School is out. The heat is up, the swimming pool is inviting and your kids will have a lot more free time on their hands. For those looking for things for their kids to do, Osceola County has them covered. For the parents who have to work long hours, summer camps are an option, particularly the St. Cloud Adventure

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  • LEGOLAND has got unique lodging pegged, new hotel created out of 2 million LEGO Bricks

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 11:33 am

        By Peter Covino A&E Editor The newest hotel in Central Florida also is one of the most unique. The LEGOLAND Hotel had its grand opening Friday and the new Lego-themed lodge, should be a big hit with kids. The hotel opened with much fanfare as thousands of parachuting LEGO mini figures were blasted out of cannons from atop the hotel, and parachuted down the five-story building. The hotel

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  • Here come more gators. Gator Spot is mini gator attraction at Fun Spot

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 11:06 am

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor Gatorland is now a chain theme park, of sorts. The iconic Central Florida attraction, known as “the alligator capital of the world,” has opened a new mini attraction inside Fun Spot America-Orlando. Gator Spot, which is a 15,000-square-foot reptile oasis, at Fun Spot, officially opened May 11, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring city of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. The $1 million

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As weather heats up so does activities

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 1:31 pm

By Larry Griffin For the News-Gazette Summer is looming ahead again. School is out. The heat is up, the swimming pool is inviting and your kids will have a lot more free time on their hands. For those looking for things for their kids to do, Osceola County has them covered. For the parents who have to work long hours, summer camps are an option, particularly the St. Cloud Adventure

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  • Walk the Boardwalk, one last time on DVD, complete Boardwalk Empire now on Blu-ray, DVD

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 11:13 am

      By Peter Covino A&E Editor Boardwalk Empire, over the course of its five seasons on HBO, had been the best thing about Sunday nights, whenever a new episode was on the schedule. But Steve Buscemi’s Nucky Thompson and his friends and enemies, ran its course earlier this year. Just in time for Father’s Day (or maybe even a late present for mom), Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Series, has arrived

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  • Up all night with Mickey, 24-Hours of Disney begins at 6 a.m. Friday

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 10:56 am

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor And you thought roosters got up early. Disney fans by the hundreds will be gathering long before the sun comes up Friday morning to wait for the gates to open at the Magic Kingdom for that almost new annual event, 24-hours of Disney. Memorial Day weekend is the official kick-off of summer at Walt Disney World, and Disney fans make the most of it by

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