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School cafeteria worker arrested for lewd acts

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 2:59 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer A Kissimmee man working as an elementary school cafeteria worker, who also worked part time for the city of Kissimmee, was arrested Thursday for reportedly touching students inappropriately.

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Kathleen Plinske, president of Valencia’s Osceola and Lake Nona campuses. 
spoke at Wednesday’s “State of Education.”

Education leaders focus on student career training

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 1:27 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Every graduating high school senior in Osceola County will receive an acceptance letter from Valencia College later this spring, whether they applied or not.

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St. Cloud’s Melissa Cuervo pushes up the bar during a bench press at the Orange Belt Conference weightlifting meet Wednesday at the St. Cloud gym. Cuervo won the 119-pound championship and was named the meet’s Outstanding Lightweight Lifter.

Lady Dogs champions again

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 1:38 pm

St. Cloud wins 4 individual titles, holds off Harmony By Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette St. Cloud and Harmony lifters each won four weight classes but St. Cloud used superior depth to hold off the Lady Longhorns, 79-59, and claim their fourth consecutive Orange Belt Conference weightlifting championship. “It was a very competitive meet. Several teams did a really nice job and Harmony was particularly impressive.  They moved some girls

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  • Poinciana football coach steps down after 2 seasons

    Posted on January 30, 2015 at 1:35 pm

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Coach Jeff Mathis talks to quarterback Johnathan Lindstrom during a 2013 football game. Mathis stepped down as the Poinciana coach last week after two seasons.

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The search is on for Poinciana High’s next football coach. Jeff Mathis, the Eagles coach for the past two seasons, resigned last week. “The best way to explain it would be to say that I had a different vision for the program than the administration does,” Mathis said. Poinciana Athletic Director Matt Murphy said that the school is posting the position and will begin interviewing

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  • Boys basketball tourneys begin

    Posted on January 30, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Poinciana won the Orange Belt Conference boys basketball championship Monday with an impressive 80-64 win over Osceola, but the team now turns its attention to the big prize: a 6A-8 district championship. The Eagles, along with the rest of the Osceola County boys basketball squads, compete at district tournaments next week for the right to advance to the regional playoffs. The Eagles, 20-4, are the

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Kissimmee is set to become center of food universe in November with World Food Championships

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 9:35 am

          By Peter Covino A&E Editor Kissimmee will become the center of the food universe this November with the arrival of the World Food Championships. The championships will make its first appearance in Osceola County Nov. 3 to 10 after spending the last two years in Las Vegas. “It’s a huge deal,” said Amy Green, communications spokesperson for the event, which is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.

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  • St. Cloud pups in Puppy Bowl. Rescue pups star in annual Animal Planet Super Bowl alternative

    Posted on January 27, 2015 at 2:22 pm

                    By Peter Covino A&E Editor When the 11th annual Animal Planet Puppy Bowl takes to the airwaves on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1, don’t be surprised if some of those puppy barks have a bit of a Florida drawl. More than a dozen of the puppies taking part in the playful event, that serves as a warm-up or even a diversion to

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  • On Disney’s Boardwalk — A taste of Italy at Trattoria al Forno

    Posted on January 20, 2015 at 2:10 pm

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor There is something distinctive about a first-rate Walt Disney World restaurant. Through the years, Disney has pretty much made a habit of creating restaurants in its world that are uniquely special — from Victoria and Albert’s and Citrico, to California Grill and Be our Guest, dining at Disney, particularly away from the theme parks, is pretty much a guaranteed home run

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KUA to host Movie in the Park featuring ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 4:12 pm

Kissimmee Utility Authority, in partnership with the City of Kissimmee, will host a free Movie in the Park event on Friday, Feb. 6 on the civic lawn of Kissimmee’s Lakefront Park.

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  • Mecum Auto Auction sees $68 million in sales, 70,000 attendees

    Posted on January 30, 2015 at 1:12 pm

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A classic Corvette leaves the auction block at Mecum Auto Auction on Jan. 24.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Mecum Auto Auction first came to Kissimmee in 2006, and took up two tents in the corner of the Silver Spurs Arena parking lot. Anyone who drove by Osceola Heritage Park over the last two weeks clearly saw that the event has gotten much, much bigger over the years.

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  • Shaking up McDonald’s menu. Chefs will get creative using McDonald’s ingredients at charity event

    Posted on January 30, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor What do you get when you mix the ingredients of a Big Mac, small McDonald’s fries and Chicken McNuggets together? Probably nothing like you might expect when the event is the Appetite for the Arches Gala in Orlando. This is the third year for the unique food event that challenges area chefs to create gourmet creations out of McDonald’s ingredients. Area media got to sample

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