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Lawmakers to reconvene in Tallahassee Monday, still divided on health care

Posted on May 29, 2015 at 1:47 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The Florida Legislature will reconvene Monday for a special session to hash out a state budget amid the ongoing battle over federal healthcare funding.

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U.S. Army veteran Tim Bosch sits with his dog Faith in the Primary Care waiting room at the new Veterans Hospital in Lake Nona.

New VA hospital helps Osceola vets closer to home

Posted on May 29, 2015 at 2:01 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The trip to get medical care through the Veterans’ Administration for those who served the country and live in Osceola County will get much shorter very soon.

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  • U.S. Specialty Sports Association looking to leave Osceola County

    Posted on May 29, 2015 at 1:46 pm

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The USSSA is negotiating with Brevard County to move its location out of Osceola County.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The United States Specialty Sports Association, which has housed its amateur sports headquarters at Osceola County Stadium for the last 10 years, is negotiating with Brevard County to move it there once its current lease with Osceola ends in 2018. The Brevard County Commission approved a memo of understanding by a 4-1 vote at its Tuesday meeting to work on an agreement for USSSA to

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  • Safe Surrender Day offers those with warrants a 2nd chance

    Posted on May 29, 2015 at 1:43 pm

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A public defender, left, and his client, right, stand before ninth judicial circuit judge Stefania Jancewicz via live video feed during Safe Surrender Day in August of 2012.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The courts don’t often offer second chances, but for the third year, Osceola County is offering those who knowingly have a misdemeanor warrant out for them a chance to clear it with favorable consideration from the court or lowered fees.

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Apopka runs past OHS, 35-14

Posted on May 29, 2015 at 11:26 pm

By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Osceola played with Class 8A state champion Apopka for most of  three quarters Friday, but the fourth period was another story. The host Blue Darters scored three times in the final 13 minutes of the game to erase a 14-13 Kowboys lead on their way to a 35-14 win to wrap up the spring season. Apopka quarterback Demetri Burch (5-7-115) passed for two TDs and

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  • Liberty coach ran a tight ship

    Posted on May 29, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    News-Gazette Photos/Rick Pedone Above, Osceola School District Coach of the Year Robert Pauley of Liberty (center) with Liberty assistant track coach Chris Kelly (left) and School District Coordinator of Athletics Ryan Adams.

    Robert Pauley demanded the best from athletes By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Robert Pauley’s expectations for his Liberty High track and cross country athletes have always been high. Very high, perhaps stratospheric. In fact, the Chargers operated more like a major college program than a high school team, and their performance over the past eight seasons reflects that. Under Pauley, the Chargers won four consecutive Orange Belt Conference boys cross

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  • Local programs shine again

    Posted on May 29, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor Ryan Adams, the Osceola School District’s coordinator of athletics, calls the District’s annual athletic banquet, “My favorite thing of the year.” Why not? It is a chance for many of the county’s outstanding coaches and athletes, the athletic directors and administrators, to get together for a couple of hours to celebrate their accomplishments. “I get to pass out a lot of hardware,” Adams said with a

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Safe Start designed to prevent drowning

Posted on May 29, 2015 at 1:39 pm

By Fallan Patterson For the News-Gazette With the ocean, lakes, ponds, canals and swimming pools, Floridians are constantly surrounded by water. YMCA of Central Florida, which has a location in Kissimmee, has made it their goal to educate children and parents on water safety to prevent accidental drowning. “Drowning is an epidemic in our country and certainly in Florida,” said Rowdy Gaines, vice president of aquatics for YMCA of Central

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  • Various June activities scheduled in St. Cloud

    Posted on May 29, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    The city of St. Cloud Parks and Recreation Department provides a variety of recreational programs and activities year-round for the city’s residents and neighbors. Several events are planned for the month of June. • Camp Registration: Parents of children ages 5-16 may stop by St. Cloud Civic Center (3001 17th St.) starting Monday to register their children for All Sports Speed and Strength Camp. This camp will be held at

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  • Is one taste enough at Taste of Chicago?

    Posted on May 27, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor The Blues Brothers beckon outside and there is sausage, hot dogs and beef inside, all that is missing is the Sears Tower and Lake Michigan and it just might be Chicago. Easy to find from U.S. 192 because of those two prominent statues of Blues Brothers Jake and Elwood out front (Kissimmee residents probably remember former City Manager Mark Durbin and Don Miers, county sports

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Universal alters course with Volcano Bay, an all-new water park in 2017

Posted on May 28, 2015 at 2:06 pm

By Peter Covino A&E Editor The Universe is about to change again. Universal Orlando, which already has several new announced projects, just added one more for 2017: Volcano Bay, a new water park which park officials will be unlike any other in the world. Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort promises to be more than just a water park, according to Universal officials, but the resorts third major attraction.  

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  • New Skyway film festival kicks off with “Disney”

    Posted on May 27, 2015 at 3:40 pm

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor It is always nice to see a new film festival starting and the Skyway Film Festival, with the great setting in the Sarasota/Bradenton area, should make for a good weekend. The festival, being held at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, will be held June 12-14. Appropriately enough for Central Florida film fans, the opening night film is the world premiere of

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  • Make some room in the hall. Astronaut Hall of Fame inducts four more, May 30

    Posted on May 27, 2015 at 3:29 pm

          The Astronaut Hall of Fame is about to expand by four new members. Veteran space shuttle astronauts John Grunsfeld, Steve Lindsey, Kent Rominger and Rhea Seddon will be honored for their contributions to NASA and the space industry when they are inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame May 30. The public induction ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. at Space Shuttle Atlantis at the

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