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Poinciana High band director resigns amid alleged sexual contact with student

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 4:41 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The band director at Poinciana High School resigned this week after allegations surfaced that he had inappropriate sexual relations with at least one student last year, Osceola County School District officials said.

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Community Vision: Grant is a “game-changer”

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 1:15 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer There’s no hiding a big check – the kind corporate sponsors draw up for ceremonial donations.

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  • School District earns $2M STEM grant

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola County School District has made its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) curriculum a point of emphasis. Thanks to a $2.27 million grant from the Florida Department of Education, it can put teachers and students in a better position to teach and learn it.

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  • Law enforcement: Buckle up this Thanksgiving holiday

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Lots of people are headed out on the roads over the coming day for the Thanksgiving holiday, so law enforcement is doing what it can to ensure those motorists get to where they’re going and back safely. AAA Travel projects 2.1 million Floridians will travel 50 miles or more from home by car this Thanksgiving weekend, a 4.2 percent increase over last year thanks in

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OHS dumps Naughts in OT, 35-28

Posted on November 22, 2014 at 1:24 am

By Rick Pedone Sports Editor In a game that was befitting two of Florida’s best teams, Osceola’s Edtwain Black ran 7 yards for the winning touchdown in overtime to lift the Kowboys to a thrilling 35-28 overtime victory Friday over Lakeland before 2,500 fans at Kowboys field in a 7A-2 regional semifinal. The Kowboys needed further heroics from two of their standout senior linebackers, Riley Nicholson and Treyvon Simmons, who

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  • Girls basketball preview

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Harmony’s Lady Longhorns have dominated the county basketball scene for the past three years, but heavy losses to graduation have left Harmony vulnerable in the Orange Belt Conference and 7A-5 district races. St. Cloud is a prime contender to move to the top of the conference and district standings. Southland Christian School will defend its Florida Christian Conference state championship. St. Cloud Coach Chad Ansbaugh

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  • Liberty, St. Cloud teams finish x-country season

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Liberty’s very good boys cross country team had the misfortune to be placed in the most competitive classification in Florida, 3A. The Chargers, Orange Belt Conference and district champions, and regional runners-up, finished 12th among 24 teams at the Class 3A state meet at Appalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee Saturday. Liberty (347) was led by three-time OBC champ Rogelio Araiza, who was 35th in 16:18.

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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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