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FDLE: Osceola crime reports down 8.2 percent

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 11:49 am

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Following the trend from around the rest of the state, the number of crimes reported in Osceola County from January to June of 2014 fell by more than 8 percent.

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Detectives seek possible witness in Oct. 30 Poinciana homicide

Posted on November 20, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman who may possibly have information about a Poinciana homicide that occurred Oct. 30. Deputies responded to 390 Colonade Court that day, and discovered a fire inside the home. After the fire was extinguished, the body of Yury Francisco Campos-Diaz, 27, was discovered inside. The cause of death remains under investigation. In the residence, detectives located more

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  • Loss prevention officer arrested after taking photo of girl in bathroom

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Antonio Aletriz-Torres

    A store loss prevention officer was arrested on Tuesday after authorities said he took a photo of a 13-year-old girl while she was using the business restroom.

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  • New County Commissioners make history

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The new complexion of the Board of Osceola County Commissioners decreed by the voters will be on display at its next meeting Dec. 8 — and it will make history. For the first time, the Commission will include two women, one a minority — Viviana Janer, the board’s first Latina — and Cheryl Grieb, the board’s first openly gay member. The two were sworn in

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News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery Bartow receiver Tre Jordan leaps but can’t bring in this pass as Osceola’s Dominic Lee defends durihg the Kowboys 35-7 regional quarterfinal victory last week. Lakeland visits Kowboys field Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Kowboy-Dreadnaughts rivalry continues?

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Kowboys handled Bartow with ease By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Would it be an official Osceola Kowboys football season without the annual playoff tussle against The Big Orange L? The Big Orange L, of course, is Lakeland, the six-time Florida state champion. The Dreadnaughts, No. 3 in Class 7A at 11-0, visit Kowboys field Friday at 7:30 p.m. for a 7A-2 regional semifinal. Tickets are $8. The Dreadnaughts and Kowboys

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  • St. Cloud rallies for win at FCA Honor Bowl, 37-36

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery 
St. Cloud defenders Andrew Grabowski (44) and Mark Aristide (58), shown during the game at Gateway, each made key plays to help the Bulldogs win the FCA Honor Bowl championship in Lakeland.

      By Rick Pedone Sports Editor St. Cloud closed the 2014 football season the same way it opened it – by winning a thriller. The Bulldogs, down big early in the game, scrapped back to beat Frostproof, 37-36, at the FCA Honor Bowl Thursday at Lakeland’s Southeastern University. “It was crazy,” Bulldog Coach Bryan Smart said. “They ran eight plays and had 300 total yards and four scores. I thought

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  • COLCA football over

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    By Dan Pearson For the News-Gazette Quarterback Niko Eckley accounted for 579 yards of total offense and 10 touchdowns in leading Solid Rock Community School to a 78-58 upset win over Kissimmee’s City of Life Christian Academy in the quarterfinals of the Florida Christian Association of Private and Parochial Schools (FCAPPS) state football 8-man championships Friday at the Hickory Tree Elementary School football field. The loss ended City of Life’s

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Eat vegan at Chipotle with new Sofritas, plus dining out Thanksgiving Day

Posted on November 20, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor I had to drive some 700 miles to try my first Chipotle Sofritas burrito. Of course, they are available right here in Kissimmee and elsewhere in Central Florida, but the Chipotle folks had supplied me with a couple of “try me” coupons for their newest vegan offering and I just happened to be in Tennessee last week when hunger called. I guess the

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  • Get a jump on the season with Omni “Spa-lidays”

    Posted on November 18, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer A little indulgence never hurt anyone, right? With the holidays just around the corner, taking time to take care of yourself and others could be just the ticket to enjoying the season.

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  • Keeping your pansies blooming all winter

    Posted on November 14, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Grantly Ricketts Osceola Extension Have you recently planted a colorful bed of pansies in your landscape with the hope that it will look as lovely as the commercial plantings that you see all over town? If so, you are not alone. Pansies are one of the most popular annuals for fall and winter landscapes and are particularly well suited for Central Florida gardens. Assuming that you chose healthy plants with

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It’s disaster week for DVDs, Into the Storm, Beneath

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 4:52 pm

                  By Peter Covino A&E Editor The “big name” DVD this week is Into the Storm (Warner Bros.), but it isn’t the best option if you are looking for something really good to watch. That would go to Beneath (IFC), a creepy, suspenseful film about a bunch of miners trapped below ground after a cave in. Into the Storm, has some entertainment

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  • Not your average doll house, American Girl arrives at Florida Mall

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 4:41 pm

                By Peter Covino A&E Editor If you have a girl at home under the age of 12, your holiday shopping budget just went up a whole lot. American Girl, renowned for its line up of dolls, books and even movies based on the immensely popular dolls, has come to Florida Mall. The new store opened over the weekend, and according to reports, attracted as

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  • Artegon Marketplace is ready for its Thursday grand opening

    Posted on November 18, 2014 at 10:23 am

                    By Peter Covino A&E Editor Orlando’s next great shopping attraction, Artegon Marketplace is just days away from its grand opening. Media and invited guests got a sneak preview of the new shopping center, the former home of Festival Bay off of International Drive, in advance of the official grand opening Thursday. Thursday will kick off a weekend of opening events at the

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