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Two bouquets of roses and two teddy bears were placed at the edge of a retention pond at Valencia College in Kissimmee on Thursday. Kissimmee police are trying to determine why a Chevy sedan drove into the pond on Tuesday, killing four people inside.

Kissimmee police still trying to determine why car went into area pond, killing four

Posted on December 26, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Charlie Reed Staff Writer The Kissimmee Police Department continues investigating the circumstances that led to the deaths of four people after their car drove into a retention pond at Valencia College on Tuesday.

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Traffic moves along East U.S. Highway 192 near Main Street in Kissimmee Wednesday. The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office will be out in force this holiday season looking for drunk drivers.

Record traffic volume expected over holiday season, sheriff urges drivers to drive sober

Posted on December 26, 2014 at 12:40 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The week between Christmas and New Year is one of the busiest times on the roads, and with gas prices falling, officials expect this year to be even more hectic.

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  • St. Cloud police pitches in for heart patient’s birthday party

    Posted on December 26, 2014 at 12:37 pm

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    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Each holiday season, the St. Cloud Police Department reaches out to help families in need in order to give back to the community.

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  • Recycle Christmas trees through St. Cloud program

    Posted on December 26, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    In return for recyling their Christmas trees, St. Cloud residents can select a containerized tree or plant for their yards and receive the recycled Christmas tree mulch to spread around the base of the newly planted tree or plant.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Your live Christmas tree has served its purpose — to be a beacon of light above the surrounding presents. As soon as the lights and ornaments are taken off, the city of St. Cloud Parks and Recreation’s Tree Advisory Committee will, for the 11th year, offer an annual alternative to putting that tree out to the curb to be hauled off by trash collectors to

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Will Bucs blow No. 1 draft pick?

Posted on December 26, 2014 at 1:18 pm

 Rick Pedone Sports Editor After blindly crashing through the NFL season with no apparent purpose, the Tampa Bay Bucs finally have an achievable goal: attaining the No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft. All the Bucs have to do Sunday at Ray-Jay is to be themselves; in other words, take one more pratfall. If Tennessee, the other competitor at 2-13, cooperates and beats a playoff-bound Indianapolis team that will be

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  • Cheney Howard selects UNF for sand volleyball

    Posted on December 26, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Harmony High volleyball player Chaney Howard blazed a new path by becoming the first Osceola County high school player to sign a sand volleyball scholarship recently at the school’s media center. Howard will compete for the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. “They have had a lot of success in their conference (Atlantic Sun), and I am so excited about becoming a UNF Osprey and

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  • Harmony girls and Gateway boys lead OBC soccer races

    Posted on December 26, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Harmony’s Lady Longhorns once again are the Orange Belt Conference soccer champions and the team also has secured the No. 1 seed for the 5A-9 district tournament next month. Gateway’s boys hold the upper hand in the boys OBC race. The Panthers are 5-0 in conference competition and 11-4-1 overall. Harmony Coach Stephanie Jones had to retool her lineup this season after losing her top

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Yoga teachers Kim Mason (left) and Rebecca Parsonage (right) sing along during a kirtan concert – an ancient form of musical meditation – at New World Wellness in Kissimmee Sunday for a winter solstice holiday celebration.

New World Wellness celebrates holidays from around the world

Posted on December 23, 2014 at 3:22 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The churches are full during the holiday season, but rarely do people celebrate traditions outside their own faith. New World Wellness, in downtown Kissimmee, changed that on the winter solstice with an event that encapsulated some of the world’s most celebrated holidays. “In our culture we tend to separate ourselves in our different groups, so we wanted to do something that honored the different religious

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  • Baby gorilla is born at Busch Gardens Tampa

    Posted on December 19, 2014 at 10:20 am

              It’s a bouncing baby — gorilla. A male endangered western lowland gorilla was born at Busch Gardens Tampa on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 11:35 a.m. The baby is healthy and is currently being cared for by first-time mother Pele, with the Busch Gardens animal care team watching closely. This is the second successful gorilla birth at Busch Gardens and brings to six the number of

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  • Florida children needed to serve on Sea Life Young Environmentalists Panel

    Posted on December 19, 2014 at 9:31 am

    SEA LIFE Orlando, the brand new immersive aquarium experience opening at I-Drive 360 in spring 2015, has announced a contest to select five children to serve on its Young Environmentalists Panel. Each of the panelists, between the ages of 7-12, will serve as ambassadors to help educate the community about SEA LIFE, and its local and global conservation efforts. SEA LIFE Orlando is asking children in Florida, between the ages

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Entertainment

St. Cloud Parks and Recreation announces January activities, events

Posted on December 26, 2014 at 10:57 am

The city of St. Cloud Parks and Recreation staff is coordinating the following events for January: • Flag Football: The registration period for the Brent Fullwood Adult Flag Football League begins Jan. 5, and ends Feb. 2. Team packets will be available at the Civic Center (3001 17th St.) and the cost per team is $325. Teams will consist of seven players minimum and 14 players maximum. A mandatory coaches

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  • The Imitation Game is top 10 material

    Posted on December 19, 2014 at 4:22 pm

                By Peter Covino A&E Editor The awards and nominations are already mounting for The Imitation Game, which officially opens nationwide Christmas Day, so the future looks bright for this holiday present for movie-goers. The Imitation Game is a great film for many reasons, but it starts and ends with the career-changing performance by Benedict Cumberbatch. Only a year or two ago, the British actor’s

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  • Jeff Rupert and the UCF Professors to play

    Posted on December 19, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    By Paul Collins For the News-Gazette The Celebration Foundation Concert Series presents The Orlando Philharmonic along with Jeff Rupert and the UCF Professors of Jazz on Saturday Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. They will perform a tribute to one of the greatest tenor saxophonists of all time – Stan Getz. Stan Getz’s skill was so well known on the tenor saxophone among the jazz community it was referred to as

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