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Early voting begins Thursday.

Early voting begins Thursday

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 4:39 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Early voting begins Thursday in Osceola County, leading up to Election Day, the final day voters can cast their ballots, on Nov. 4.

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Detectives need the public’s help in identifying CVS armed robbery suspects

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Osceola County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying armed robbery suspects, who victimized a local drug store early Monday morning. At approximately 1:45 a.m., deputies responded to CVS Pharmacy at 3300 S. Orange Blossom Trail in Kissimmee. Deputies spoke with the store employees who reported that two unknown males entered the store and demanded money at gunpoint. The suspects fled the area with an undisclosed

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St. Cloud running back Bryan Johnson breaks free against Lake Nona,

Lake Nona wins a wild one over St. Cloud, 59-42

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 7:48 am

  By Dan Pearson For the News-Gazette Senior quarterback Tucker Israel completed 40 of 53 passes for 621 yards and eight touchdowns to give the Lake Nona Lions a 59-42 win over St. Cloud on Thursday night.  The win lifted Lake Nona to 6-2 on the season and 3-1 district play; St. Cloud fell to 2-2 in the district and 5-3 overall. The game was close before the Lions pulled

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  • Horns stay alive in 7A-6 playoff race

    Posted on October 17, 2014 at 12:04 am

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Harmony’s coach, Jerrad Butler, was ailing and could not make the game, but the team sent him a big-time get well message with a come-from-behind victory, 7-6, at Liberty Thursday. Quarterback Jamison Munns tossed the game-winning touchdown pass, a 6-yard screen over the middle, to running back Brian Gembutis on fourth-and-goal with 1:48 to play. Andrew Barnard kicked the PAT. It was the Longhorns’ (3-5)

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  • County golfers advance to regionals

    Posted on October 16, 2014 at 10:36 am

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The Harmony and Osceola girls and the Celebration boys golf teams have advanced to regional competition next week. The Lady Longhorns fired a 328 to place third at the 3A-16 district tournament at Royal St. Cloud Golf Links behind Viera (296) and Vero Beach (315). Harmony advances to the 3A-6 regional Tuesday at Madison Green Golf Club in West Palm Beach. Madison Wetzel (77) led

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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.

Partnership rebuilds seniors’ vegtable garden

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 12:50 pm

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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  • It’s about time for About a Boy

    Posted on October 10, 2014 at 10:58 am

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor Only about 5.7 million people watched the first season finale of About a Boy on NBC last May. That means some 313 million of us, including myself, were busy doing something else. Fortunately, you can set your own time to watch About a Boy, now available on DVD (Universal Studios Home Entertainment). This is, for the most part, a gentle comedy, based on the Hugh

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  • Let the summer roll on at Logan’s Roadhouse. And you missed something special at Taste of Thailand

    Posted on October 10, 2014 at 10:26 am

      By Peter Covino A&E Editor This is more like rubbing it in, but you really should have been to Taste of Thailand last weekend. Or maybe not. This increasingly popular event, is held at the Thai temple — Wat Florida Dhammaram, in Kissimmee, and drew a really large crowd, so if more people show up next year, it could get really crowded. But it is quite the cultural event.

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Entertainment

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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  • Wake up to Sleeping Beauty, new Disney Diamond edition

    Posted on October 20, 2014 at 4:13 pm

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor With Halloween just a few weeks away, and the adults are watching and re-watching The Exorcist,  Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and other horror classics, it’s nice to know that there is a scarefest for the pint-sized members of the household as well. One of the all-time Disney greats, Sleeping Beauty is back in a new Diamond Blu-ray Edition. This isn’t

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  • Guests go ape at Gatorland. Has Bigfoot’s cousin really been found at the theme park?

    Posted on October 16, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      By Peter Covino A&E Editor First it was the Blair Witch that terrorized a group of campers in the forest. Then the monster from Cloverfield wrecked the Statue of Liberty and ate New York City residents. Now, in apparently, the latest lost footage documentary, sort of, the notorious Skunk Ape of Florida (think Big Foot, only stinkier) is apparently making appearances at Gatorland. Rumors are rampant (in true mockumentary

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