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A homeless man stands at the intersection of U.S. Highway 192 and Bass Road holding a sign that reads “Homeless veteran needs work I don’t drink anything helps God bless.”

Volunteers to hit Osceola homeless camps for annual HUD count

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 2:44 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer A list of Osceola County’s known homeless camps includes locations such as “Behind the 7-Eleven on Poinciana Boulevard” and “Near the flea market in St. Cloud.”

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Kaileyanne Homan, left, photographs her sister, Alexandra, feeding their dog Roxy an ice cream cone at Lakefront Park in Kissimmee on Tuesday.

Downtown Kissimmee Lakefront Park environmental designs getting attention

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 2:42 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer It’s been three months since the $34 million renovation of Kissimmee Lakefront Park was completed.

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Lady Dogs win district weightlifting

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 1:35 pm

By Rick Pedone Sports Editor St. Cloud edged host Timber Creek, 39-38, for the District 7 girls weightlifting championship Wednesday. In the process, six Lady Bulldogs qualified for the state tournament Feb. 7 at the Kissimmee Civic Center. The qualifiers are 119-pound district champion Melissa Cuervo (135-160-295), district runners-up Kayla Jensen (135-125-260) at 119, Summer Carlson (160-130-290) at 154, Lauren O’Neill (145-130-275) at 169, Haley Weber (180-170-350) at 199 and

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  • St. Cloud, Osceola and Harmony will challenge Lions

    Posted on January 23, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The girls 5A-9 district basketball tournament begins Tuesday, but none of the six Osceola County participants are favored. Tournament host Lake Nona (20-3, 12-0), ranked No. 8 in Class 7A, holds the No. 1 seed and took the first round bye. But, the Lions aren’t overwhelming favorites to win the district championship, according to several local coaches. St. Cloud, Osceola and Harmony, a state finalist

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  • Heritage Christian coach honored after No. 250

    Posted on January 23, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Heritage Christian School’s Homecoming basketball game Jan. 16 against Real Life Christian turned into a tribute to Coach Jim Estrella when the school’s administration, staff and students honored the long-time Eagles coach with a plaque commemorating his 250th victory at the high school. Estrella, who began coaching at HCS in 1995 and became the varsity boys head coach in 2001, was surprised when Administrator Karla

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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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  • Ortronicon returns this weekend to the Orlando Science Center

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 10:11 am

                By Peter Covino A&E Editor One of Central Florida’s favorite science events, Otronicon, returns to the Orlando Science Center starting tomorrow and continuing through Jan. 19. This is the 10th consecutive year the center has been joined by multiple industry partners to host the interactive technology event and the role technology plays in how we live, learn, work and play. This year’s partners include

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The 39 Steps has final weekend, also Shakespeare’s Merry Wives coming to Central Florida

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 3:38 pm

        By Peter Covino A&E Editor This is the final weekend for the Osceola Arts production of The 39 Steps. Directed by Jennifer Henderson, and based on the Alfred Hitchcock film, the high-energy adventure, is played mostly for laughs with a cast of four playing the many various  roles. One actor plays the hero, Richard Hannay, an actress plays the three women with whom he has romantic

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  • Royal horses are back Feb. 7 at Osceola Heritage Park

    Posted on January 27, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor One of the biggest horse shows in the country returns to Osceola Heritage Park, Feb. 7. Gala of the Royal Horses, featuring some of the most celebrated breeds of horses in history, will be at the Kissimmee venue for one show only at 7:30 p.m. Created, produced and led by riding master Rene Gasser, will present a show only previously seen at the famous riding

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  • John Wick delivers on action, thrills, coming to Blu-ray/DVD Feb. 3

    Posted on January 27, 2015 at 3:05 pm

          By Peter Covino A&E Editor I have never been a big fan of any film where Keanu Reeves has to act. He really has to be one of the luckiest guys in the business thanks to big franchise roles like The Matrix Trilogy and the Speed films where acting of any sort is not a requirement. Reeves is back in his usual minimal acting form in John

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