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Former high school band director arrested, accused of sex with students

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 2:28 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office arrested the former band director at Poinciana High School Tuesday after authorities said he had inappropriate sexual relations with at least two high school students.

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In 2004, three hurricanes caused havoc for Osceola County. Shown above is flooding and damage from hurricanes Charley and Frances in the downtown Kissimmee area. Osceola did not get hit by any tropical systems in the 2014 hurricane season.

Osceola spared from storms as 2014 hurricane season ends

Posted on November 28, 2014 at 11:00 am

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane season ends Sunday and, once again, Osceola County was spared of any damaging tropical storms.

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  • Main Street directors say shop local for Small Business Saturday

    Posted on November 28, 2014 at 11:00 am

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Deals will be waiting for shoppers in downtown St. Cloud today for Small Business Saturday.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer After you’ve pushed and shoved your way through the big box stores on Black Friday, shopping may seem like a chore by the weekend.

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  • Suspect arrested for 10 counts of child pornography

    Posted on November 25, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    A Kissimmee man was arrested on child pornography charges on Tuesday after an investigation was conducted by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Chauncey Guy Sharrow, 46, of 1158 Stroupe Road, Kissimmee, and charged him with 10 counts of promoting photo/movie sexual performance of a child. The investigation began in late August, when detectives identified a computer with an IP address that was linked to child pornography.

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Osceola cruises over Titans, 35-15

Posted on November 28, 2014 at 11:13 pm

By Rick Pedone News-Gazette Sports Editor The Osceola Kowboys enjoyed a no muss, no fuss 7A-2 regional final football victory over Tampa Bay Tech, 35-15, Friday at Kowboys field. The win propels Osceola into the state semifinals for the third year in a row where it will meet Niceville (11-2), a 35-0 winner over previously unbeaten Orange Park Oakleaf. Osceola will host the game, a rematch of last year’s semifinal

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  • Boys basketball preview

    Posted on November 28, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The Orange Belt Conference race should be interesting this year as Osceola and Poinciana look like potential powerhouses, while Celebration and Liberty also field deep and talented rosters. Defending champion Gateway has been hit hard by graduation but always is a threat under Coach Bob Baker, and St. Cloud will benefit from the arrival of former Celebration coach Jeff Bean. Harmony also begins new era

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  • City of Life’s Cardona signs to FAU

    Posted on November 28, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Alexandra Cardona, the 5-9 outside hitter that led City of Life Christian Academy (COLCA) to the Class 2A regional semifinals for the past two seasons, signed a letter-of-intent to continue her volleyball career at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. The Owls are a member of Conference USA and are currently 18-11 on the season with one regular season game remaining. Cardona becomes the first

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Lifestyles

Chilling out for the holidays. Several “ice” events will set the mood for a frosty December

Posted on November 28, 2014 at 11:22 am

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor Halloween is a memory and Thanksgiving was only yesterday , but it’s already time to get ready for ice. Central Florida will have ice in several varieties in the coming weeks: The return of Ice! at Gaylord Palms Resort, Holidays on Ice at the Rosen Centre and the seventh season of Light Up UCF at the University of Central

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Entertainment

Disney and TCM team up for programming and new look to Great Movie Ride at Disney Studios

Posted on November 28, 2014 at 2:45 pm

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor Did you ever wish Turner Classic Movies and Walt Disney World and Studios would get together and do something special? Your wish has just come true. Disney and TCM has just announced a new strategic relationship that includes programming on the TCM cable network, as well at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, The Great Movie Ride.   The Great Movie Ride,

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  • Getting On has big rewards

    Posted on November 28, 2014 at 11:03 am

     By Peter Covino A&E Editor I usually try and give every new HBO series at least an episode or two of viewing even with everything else going on, mostly afraid I am missing out on something good. Somehow I managed to miss all of Getting On, when the six-episode season one aired last November-December. Maybe it was just the subject matter: an overworked, overwhelmed staff working in the nursing facility

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  • New attraction is becoming an Eye opener

    Posted on November 28, 2014 at 10:43 am

      By Peter Covino A&E Editor It won’t open until the spring, but The Orlando Eye already has its eye on you. The massive observation wheel gets noticeably bigger with every drive-by in the International Drive area, and last week the biggest change was the arrival of the new passenger capsules that will eventually be installed onto the observation wheel, once construction on the outer wheel is completed later this

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