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Help Now of Osceola Outreach Service Director, Evelyn Herrera Jackson, left, helps Executive Director Tammy Douglass with a Power Point program before the start of a domestic violemce awareness luncheon in Kissimmee on Thursday.

Domestic violence costs county millions

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 11:23 am

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Editor’s Note: In this fifth and final installment of the Osceola News-Gazette’s month-long series on domestic violence, local advocates discuss the economic impact domestic violence has in Osceola County and how few report the abuse they endure regularly. They hope the events and messages they coordinated throughout October – Domestic Violence Awareness Month – will be heard throughout the year.

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Complaint filed against Attkisson over mailer

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 11:31 am

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer As a response to what the Osceola County Democratic Executive Committee calls an attempt by Osceola County Commissioner Frank Attkisson to hide his Republican Party affiliation, it filed an official complaint last week with the Florida Elections Committee.

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OHS bounced by Jenkins at 7A-2 volleyball regional

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 1:43 pm

By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Osceola made a serious run at Lakeland George Jenkins in the 7A-2 volleyball regional quarterfinal Wednesday, but the Lady Kowboys were eliminated by the Eagles, 3-1. Each game was hotly contested, but the Eagles won the first two games by identical 25-22 scores before OHS broke through, 25-16. Jenkins put the match away with a 25-20 decision in the fourth game. The Lady Kowboys led

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  • Local runners at district meets today

    Posted on October 31, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Donald Lamb Celebration’s Christine Infantolino is one of many county runners competing today at district cross country meets. The Storm are competing at the 4A-5 regional at Ridge Community High in Davenport.

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Cross country runners begin their quest for state meet berths today at several district meets in Central Florida. Liberty, winner of four straight Orange Belt Conference titles, is the favorite at the 3A-8 district meet at South Florida State College. St. Cloud, which claimed its fifth straight conference championship last week, goes to Ridge Community High where it should duel Lakeland George Jenkins for the

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  • Swimmers seeking state berths at regions

    Posted on October 31, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor County swimmers made bids to compete at next week’s state meets at regionals this week. Harmony’s Emily Walker (1:13) won the 100 breast stroke 3A-2 regional championship at Clearwater Wednesday, securing a berth to the Class 3A state meet at Stuart. “I’m so proud of her. It’s right at her best time,” Lady Longhorns Coach T.J. Walters said. The Lady Longhorns (182) placed sixth overall.

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Lifestyles

Osceola County Grown brings local food from the farm to your table

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 11:55 am

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Nancy Pratt is trying to start a food revolution, of sorts, with Osceola County Grown. The organization’s mission is to provide the community with locally grown fruits, vegetables and other agricultural goods – from the grass-fed beef she and her husband raise to orange blossom honey harvested at local apiaries. This weekend’s Fall Farm Festival in St. Cloud marked the first anniversary of the Saturday

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A guide to Halloween movie viewing on TV

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 4:45 pm

        By Peter Covino A&E Editor The countdown is on to Halloween and that means movies movies movies. If you have any kind of subscription television service, horror and science films will show up in abundance, pretty much starting this weekend and continuing right up until Halloween night and maybe even beyond. It’s a time when VCRs really come in handy because Dracula may be out for

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  • It’s more than tricks and treats. Halloween fun has already begun in Central Florida

    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 4:21 pm

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor It is going to be a busy Halloween week. With literally dozens of local Halloween events, plus all the Halloween happenings going on at the theme parks, it will be pretty much impossible to fit Halloween into just Friday, Oct. 31 this year. Fortunately, some events are running before the big day, and events like Halloween Horror Nights continue through Halloween

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  • Food & Wine classic returns to Swan & Dolphin next weekend

    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 3:33 pm

                By Peter Covino A&E Editor The Walt Disney World  Swan and Dolphin great accompaniment to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, the Food & Wine Classic, returns to the Epcot Resort Area hotel, Oct. 31-Nov.1. This is the fifth year for the event which features more than 40 food and wine stations; 10 food and wine seminars and the opportunity to meet the masters

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