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Legislative showdown in Tallahassee continues as special session looms

Posted on May 1, 2015 at 4:03 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Amid the stalemate between the Florida House and Senate over Medicaid expansion in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday called for the formation of a state commission on healthcare and hospital funding.

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Kissimmee Deputy Chief Jeff Odell reads to Mill Creek Elementary School students during Read-In on Wednesday.

Value of written word showcased at Read-In

Posted on May 1, 2015 at 3:53 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Despite the increasing digitalization of society and more people turning to phones and tablets for information, the written word, found in an actual book, is still alive and well.

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  • High school sports bill dies

    Posted on May 1, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor A bill passed by the Florida House of Representatives that would have forced sweeping changes in the way the state’s high school sports are administered died Friday when the Senate adjourned without voting on its version of the legislation.

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  • Kissimmee man arrested for soliciting children by computer

    Posted on May 1, 2015 at 3:46 pm

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    Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a Kissimmee man Thursday for using a computer to inappropriately solicit children.

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Kowboys blast into semifinal

Posted on May 1, 2015 at 1:04 pm

Gateway loses in bottom of seventh By Rick Pedone Sports Editor OHS did it the easy way Thursday at the 7A-2 baseball regional quarterfinals with a dominating 12-2 win in five innings against Ridge Community (16-14) at Kowboys field. The Kowboys (24-3) will travel to Haines City Tuesday for the regional semifinal. The Hornets (22-5) rallied for two runs in the seventh inning to nip Gateway, 4-3, Thursday. Osceola pitcher

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  • Lady Kowboys win district flag title; bumped from playoffs

    Posted on May 1, 2015 at 12:54 pm

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Osceola defender Tatiana Cardona leaps high to deflect a pass from Harmony quarterback Lily Loutfi during the district championship game Wednesday.

    By J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette TheOsceola  Lady Kowboys knocked off three-time defending champion Harmony, 18-0, at Longhorn Field Wednesday to win the District 19 championship, but they were eliminated from the flag football playoffs Saturday by Fort Pierce Westwood, 26-0. Osceola finished 8-3-1 . Harmony’s season ended Wednesday  at 10-2. “Great effort all the way around by our young ladies,” Osceola Coach Mike Braun said after the district

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  • Spring is a good time to land cobia

    Posted on May 1, 2015 at 12:49 pm

     J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber From early March to mid-May, a lot of Central Florida saltwater anglers turn their attention to cobia fishing. Cobia is a species of perciform marine fish.  It has an elongated spindle-shaped body and a broad, flattened head. The eyes are small and the lower jaw projects slightly past the upper. Fibrous villiform teeth line the jaws, the tongue, and the roof of the mouth.

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I-Drive 360 gets ready for opening, Orlando Eye, aquarium are ready for May 4

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 4:51 pm

By Peter Covino A&E Editor As tourism weeks go in Central Florida, this week is huge. Merlin Entertainments, the British company behind Legoland Resorts, have officially opened the Orlando Eye, Sea Life Aquarium and Madame Toussauds wax museum, making it one of the biggest weeks for new attractions in the area since Universal Orlando opened its doors in 1990. Merlin will also officially open the first LEGOLAND Hotel on the

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  • 100 shows, so little time, on a Branson vacation

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 2:49 pm

          By Peter Covino A&E Editor (Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part travel feature on Branson, Missouri). In Branson, Mo., the show must go on. And on. And on. And on. And with more than 50 different theaters and 100 separate shows, you can probably visit this city nicknamed “The Live Entertainment Capital of the World,” a dozen times and never see the same show

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  • The Eye is open for business, well almost

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    It's a birds-eye view of Central Florida atop the Orlando Eye

              By Peter Covino A&E Editor Eye see you, or more to the point, from the Eye, you can see a whole lot of Central Florida. Already identified with the city and it hasn’t even officially opened, the Orlando Eye, should give tourism a big shot in the arm, after all the publicity the new attraction received this week on TV thanks to Nik Wallenda’s live

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I-Drive 360 gets ready for opening, Orlando Eye, aquarium are ready for May 4

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 4:51 pm

By Peter Covino A&E Editor As tourism weeks go in Central Florida, this week is huge. Merlin Entertainments, the British company behind Legoland Resorts, have officially opened the Orlando Eye, Sea Life Aquarium and Madame Toussauds wax museum, making it one of the biggest weeks for new attractions in the area since Universal Orlando opened its doors in 1990. Merlin will also officially open the first LEGOLAND Hotel on the

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  • Keeping a watchful Eye on sharks, sharks arrive at new Sea Life Orlando

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 12:38 pm

          By Peter Covino A&E Editor Just when you thought it was safe to walk on International Drive. There might not be any shark attacks in one of the busiest tourism areas in the Orlando, but I-Drive definitely has a shark invasion. The new Sea Life Orlando Aquarium, part of I-Drive 360, which includes Orlando Eye observation wheel, welcomed its two newest residents Friday, sandbar sharks. The sharks

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  • Foodie ticket discount, World Food Championships early bird discounts

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 12:21 pm

          By Peter Covino A&E Editor The World Food Championships isn’t coming to Kissimmee until November, but area residents can get discount tickets on all the fun if they act now. The big Las Vegas event, which is moving to Kissimmee for the first time, will feature the ultimate I championship events in various cooking and food categories. Area residents will be able to purchase discount tickets for

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