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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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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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  • Holidays are a concern for local low-cost day care center

    Posted on November 24, 2014 at 4:31 pm

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Mary DeBose is pictured with the students in her care at the Shining Stars Early Learning Center.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The economy has improved as a whole over the last few years. But Mary DeBose sees every day that people are still struggling. She sees it through the eyes of children and their parents at the early learning center she runs, Shining Stars Early Learning Center.

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  • Mavericks school provides holiday meal for students, homeless

    Posted on November 24, 2014 at 4:23 pm

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Students from Maverick High School get their Thanksgiving lunch in Kissimmee on Nov. 21.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Instead of counting their money to put on their annual Thanksgiving celebration for its students, officials at Mavericks High School in downtown Kissimmee were able to sit back this year and count their blessings.

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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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Circuit Judge Keith A. Carsten, center, poses with Benjamin and Annie Hill, and their adopted children, Camden Doval, Arabella Doval, Aubrielle Doval and Jayden Cruz on National Adoption Day at the Osceola Courthouse 
on Friday.

Area foster children find ‘forever homes’ on National Adoption Day

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 4:20 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer With the adoption of 8-month old Camden on Friday, Annie and Benjamin Hill now officially have four children.

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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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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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