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An Osceola County school bus drops off students at a motel on West U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee on Wednesday.

DCF targets families living in hotels

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 2:44 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer This is the fourth story is a series of News-Gazette articles on domestic violence as it’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In this story, local advocates explain how they are trying to better understand the link between domestic violence and homelessness.

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Three vie for City Council seat

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 3:28 pm

The non-partisan race for St. Cloud City Council seat 4 pits incumbent Mickey Hopper against political newcomers David Askew and Jason Hisaw. The Osceola New-Gazette asked the candidates to fill out a questionnaire outlining their backgrounds and motivations for seeking office. Here’s what the candidates had to say in their own words. (Some answers were shortened for space.) Mickey Hopper Briefly describe your background, profession and political views. My family

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  • Longtime boat mechanic honored with special day

    Posted on October 24, 2014 at 3:06 pm

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Osceola County Commissioner Frank Attkisson, center right, shakes hands with  longtime Mercury Marine employee Jimmy Lueck, proclaiming Oct. 13, 2014 as James Jimmy Lueck Day. Lueck was recognized for his loyalty to the boat company.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Jimmy Lueck’s trek to St. Cloud from Oshkosh, Wisc., was a temporary assignment.

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  • DCF targets families living in hotels

    Posted on October 24, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery
An Osceola County school bus drops off students at a motel on West U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee on Wednesday.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer This is the fourth story is a series of News-Gazette articles on domestic violence as it’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In this story, local advocates explain how they are trying to better understand the link between domestic violence and homelessness.

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OHS is in 7A-2 volley regions

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 3:39 pm

By J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette Using aggressive net play and timely serving, the Osceola High volleyball team advanced to next Wednesday’s Class 7A regional tournament with a 25-14, 16-25, 25-14, 25-9 victory over Harmony in the 7A-5 district tournament at OHS. Osceola, 20-8, lost the district championship match Thursday, 3-0, to Lake Nona. OHS will travel to 7A-5 champion Lakeland Jenkins Wednesday at 7 p.m. for a regional

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  • City of Life wins 2A-6 crown; Heritage at state volleyball

    Posted on October 24, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor It was a good week for volleyball at two local private schools. City of Life Academy clinched its second 2A-6 district championship Thursday over Lakeland Victory Christian, 25-6, 25-17, 25-11. The Lady Warriors, 19-4 and seeded No. 1, had rolled over Lakeland Sonrise Christian, 25-8, 25-3, 25-2 in the semifinal round Tuesday. The Warriors will host a 2A-2 regional quarterfinal Tuesday at 7 p.m. Alexandra

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  • Horns’ Wetzel going to state golf

    Posted on October 24, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Harmony’s Madison Wetzel shot 78 to at the 3A-6 regional tournament to qualify for the Class 3A state golf tournament next Tuesday and Wednesday at Deer Island Golf Club in Tavares. Wetzel shot her round at the Madison Green Golf Club in Loxahatchee. Harmony shot a 331 for fourth place, not good enough to advance to state as a team. Viera and Vero Beach placed

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All in all, it’s a whole lot more than another brick in the wall. Brickworld, LEGO for adults, is at the Tampa Fairgrounds

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 5:03 pm

By Peter Covino A&E Editor And you thought LEGOs were just for kids. LEGO building blocks are also, apparently, an obsession for adults as well. They have their own website, their own magazine, and coming Oct. 25-26, they will have their own convention, Brickworld Tampa at the Florida State Fairgrounds. The weekend event will feature more than 40,000 square feet of some incredible  creations, all built from LEGO bricks by

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  • It’s a new kind of market place. Artegon Marketplace will be home to 165 artisan shops

    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 3:51 pm

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor One of the most unusual shopping venues in Central Florida, Artegon Marketplace Orlando, is set to open, Nov. 20. There is still plenty of work to do before the new center, which will be home to 165 artisanal shops and stores officially opens its doors, but the 1.1 millon-square-foot shopping attraction will be the first of its kind in the area,

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  • Partnership rebuilds seniors’ vegtable garden

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 12:50 pm

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Members of the University of Florida Extension Services worked with St. Cloud Home Depot team members last week to build a new raised vegetable garden for senior residents at Oak Leaf Landings in Kissimmee.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Grisel Negron, the Family Nutrition Program coordinator for University of Florida Extension Services, thinks of Home Depot as “just like a community hardware store.” It may be a giant chain, but through corporate grants it helps with community projects, as Negron saw with her own eyes this week. The home improvement chain offered up $3,500 at the corporate level to help rebuild the vegetable garden

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Entertainment

A guide to Halloween movie viewing on TV

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 4:45 pm

        By Peter Covino A&E Editor The countdown is on to Halloween and that means movies movies movies. If you have any kind of subscription television service, horror and science films will show up in abundance, pretty much starting this weekend and continuing right up until Halloween night and maybe even beyond. It’s a time when VCRs really come in handy because Dracula may be out for

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  • It’s more than tricks and treats. Halloween fun has already begun in Central Florida

    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 4:21 pm

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor It is going to be a busy Halloween week. With literally dozens of local Halloween events, plus all the Halloween happenings going on at the theme parks, it will be pretty much impossible to fit Halloween into just Friday, Oct. 31 this year. Fortunately, some events are running before the big day, and events like Halloween Horror Nights continue through Halloween

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  • Food & Wine classic returns to Swan & Dolphin next weekend

    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 3:33 pm

                By Peter Covino A&E Editor The Walt Disney World  Swan and Dolphin great accompaniment to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, the Food & Wine Classic, returns to the Epcot Resort Area hotel, Oct. 31-Nov.1. This is the fifth year for the event which features more than 40 food and wine stations; 10 food and wine seminars and the opportunity to meet the masters

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