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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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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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Oldsmar Christian rolls over OHS for Shootout crown; Poinciana 3rd

Posted on December 23, 2014 at 11:11 pm

By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Coach Nate Alexander said his Osceola Kowboys would be taking their first big test of the season Tuesday at the championship game of the 34th Great Florida Shootout at the OHS gym. Let’s just say that the exam did not go well. Oldsmar Christian (16-1) dominated from the beginning, scoring the game’s first eight points and eventually forcing a running clock in the second half

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  • Dangren, Cardona lead local volleyball standouts

    Posted on December 23, 2014 at 8:25 am

    News-Gazette Photo/Donald Lamb Osceola hitter Aspen Dangren led Osceola in kills (272) and helped the Lady Kowboys advance to the regional quarterfinal round.

    Aspen Dangren packs a big punch for the Lady Kowboys By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The Osceola Lady Kowboys expected to have a good volleyball season in 2014, and it’s hard to be disappointed with a campaign that saw the team win the Orange Belt Conference for the second year in a row as well as advance to the regional quarterfinals. A big reason why the team, 19-9, had such

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  • Alexandra Cardona set the standard at City of Life

    Posted on December 23, 2014 at 8:21 am

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City of Life’s Alexandra Cardona capped her high school career by leading the Lady Warrors to the regional semifinal round.

    By J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette Regardless of the sport, recognition as Osceola County Player of the Year often comes to one of the athletes at the seven large public high schools.  After all, they generally receive the most attention during the year, play in the bigger classifications and compete against other large schools. But, every once in a while, an athlete from one of the small private or

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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.

Event 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.

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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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