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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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In 2004, three hurricanes caused havoc for Osceola County. Shown above is flooding and damage from hurricanes Charley and Frances in the downtown Kissimmee area. Osceola did not get hit by any tropical systems in the 2014 hurricane season.

Osceola spared from storms as 2014 hurricane season ends

Posted on November 28, 2014 at 11:00 am

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane season ends Sunday and, once again, Osceola County was spared of any damaging tropical storms.

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  • Main Street directors say shop local for Small Business Saturday

    Posted on November 28, 2014 at 11:00 am

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Deals will be waiting for shoppers in downtown St. Cloud today for Small Business Saturday.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer After you’ve pushed and shoved your way through the big box stores on Black Friday, shopping may seem like a chore by the weekend.

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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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Tampa Bay Tech a surprise regional participant

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 3:34 pm

By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Who are these guys? That’s what Osceola Kowboys fans might be wondering about this week’s 7A-2 regional finals opponent, Tampa Bay Tech. The Titans bring an unheralded 7-5 record to Kowboys field Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tech has never before advanced this far into the playoffs, and its lineup is populated by several freshman and sophomore starters who were given little chance to accomplish much

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  • OHS OT win over Lakeland memorable

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor If it was the last Osceola-Lakeland playoff football game for some time, it was memorable. It was a game befitting two of Florida’s best teams, a tight, well-played exciting epic that left fans for both teams breathless as it went into overtime. That’s when Osceola’s Edtwain Black ran 7 yards for the winning touchdown to lift the Kowboys to a 35-28 victory Friday before 2,500

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  • Girls basketball preview

    Posted on November 22, 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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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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Getting On has big rewards

Posted on November 28, 2014 at 11:03 am

 By Peter Covino A&E Editor I usually try and give every new HBO series at least an episode or two of viewing even with everything else going on, mostly afraid I am missing out on something good. Somehow I managed to miss all of Getting On, when the six-episode season one aired last November-December. Maybe it was just the subject matter: an overworked, overwhelmed staff working in the nursing facility

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  • New attraction is becoming an Eye opener

    Posted on November 28, 2014 at 10:43 am

      By Peter Covino A&E Editor It won’t open until the spring, but The Orlando Eye already has its eye on you. The massive observation wheel gets noticeably bigger with every drive-by in the International Drive area, and last week the biggest change was the arrival of the new passenger capsules that will eventually be installed onto the observation wheel, once construction on the outer wheel is completed later this

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  • Sea Life Orlando Aquarium tunnel installed for new attraction

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 10:00 am

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor Don’t expect to see Ariel or Sebastian or other creatures from The Little Mermaid, but there will be all sorts of undersea inhabitants when Sea Life opens next spring in Orlando. Workers have installed the new 360-degree underwater tunnel for the International Drive attraction. The  360 degree ocean tunnel for the Sea Life  Orlando Aquarium,  weighs almost 18,000 pounds, or as much as five cars,

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