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Kissimmee man killed crossing U.S. Highway 192

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 11:39 am

A Kissimmee man died while crossing U.S. Highway 192 Thursday night.

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Lillian Colman, 6, of St. Cloud cools off at Lakefront Park in St. Cloud. News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery

Blazing heat leds to new KUA record for use of electricity

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 3:03 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer You don’t need Kissimmee Utility Authority to tell you that it’s hot. Real hot. “Stupid hot” as one local TV meteorologist called it Thursday morning. Power meters all over the county are whizzing to keep indoor spaces cool. KUA knows it by looking at their meters. Osceola County’s primary utility said a new all-time system peak for demand record for electricity use on Tuesday. Then,

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  • School board debate brings issues into spotlight

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 2:55 pm

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    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Candidates tackled some of the school district’s biggest issues during the Osceola County School Board debate on Aug. 14. With the exception of Barbara Horn for school board Seat 4, who declined to debate, candidates for seats 1, 4 and 5 answered questions at the Valencia College Osceola campus about issues such as the English as a Second Language (ESL) program, accommodating students with special

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  • Celebration student,13, gets perfect score on state algebra assessment

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Arman Mian started his high school career Monday at Celebration High School. He’ll have the usual things to overcome like learning to navigate the campus, meeting his teachers and making new friends. The material he learns won’t be that new, or for him, that difficult. Mian took the end of course algebra I state assessment test, an exam normally given to 10th or 11th graders,

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St. Cloud sizzles in Classic

Posted on August 23, 2014 at 9:49 am

By  J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette  Quarterback Hunter Weismore directed four scoring drives and running back Bryan Johnson rushed for 188 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the St. Cloud Bulldogs rolled to a 30-15 win over Colonial before a large and enthusiastic home crowd in the Kickoff Classic. “Although it doesn’t count in our season record, this was a big deal for our players, our coaches and

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  • Osceola wins, 36-27, but lacks top form

    Posted on August 23, 2014 at 9:43 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Osceola won its Kickoff Classic Friday, taking down Oviedo 36-27, but Coach Doug Nichols said the form on display wasn’t what took the Kowboys to the Class 7A state semifinals the last two years. Three critical turnovers and costly penalties, three coming on fourth downs that kept Lions’ drives alive, bogged down the Kowboys, who trailed 20-14 at the half, but got enough on defense

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  • Panthers fall to Lake Howell in Kickoff Classic

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Gateway’s Kickoff Classic was delayed a half hour because of rain, but Lake Howell quarterback Ricky Gonzales quickly made things happen when the game started when he sprinted 70 yards for a  touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. Another big play, a 68-yard touchdown pass from Gonzalez to Gio Cocoa in the fourth quarter, wrapped up a 17-7 Silver Hawks victory at the Ridenour

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Boardwalk Empire season four arrives on Blu-ray/DVD

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 4:06 pm

By Peter Covino A&E Editor Before moving on to this week’s  movie/DVD column, I have to say a few words about the tragic  passing of Robin Williams. Williams, who I guess was always a troubled figure, will now, unfortunately, be added to Hollywood’s growing list of tragic stars  like Elvis,  Marilyn,  James  Dean  and  Judy  Garland. Whether his flame will burn as bright as those  now long-gone legends remains to

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  • Blockbuster Divergent arrives on DVD.

    Posted on August 8, 2014 at 4:20 pm

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor Divergent is back. If you missed this spring blockbuster that amassed more than $250 million in its theatrical release worldwide, you can now take all the action and adventure home with you on DVD and Blu-ray. Divergent (Lionsgate/Summit) is similar in feel to The Hunger Games, another teen novel trilogy, that of course, also hit in big at the theater box

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  • Seamore, never more. Clyde and Seamore at SeaWorld last show is this weekend

    Posted on August 8, 2014 at 4:00 pm

            SeaWorld guests, dressed in their spirited red pirate bandanas, turned out Friday to witness one of the final shows of Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island. After 15 years of hilarious hijinks and pinniped pranks, SeaWorld Orlando’s “Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island” show sails into the sunset, with its last show on Sunday.   You can find out that latest on Seamore’s newest adventures by staying 

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Entertainment

Come and fly with Peter Pan

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 4:32 pm

By Peter Covino A&E Editor You are never to old for Peter Pan, and adults and youngsters can get to see the latest version of this classic tale as the Osceola Center for the Arts presents Peter Pan, weekends through Aug. 31. Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale, Peter Pan, the show, will be presented just as you remember it when you were a kid. Peter and the sometimes-not-so-nice Tinkerbell,

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  • He did seize the day — goodbye, Robin

    Posted on August 12, 2014 at 10:58 am

              By Peter Covino A&E Editor/Film Critic Before moving on to this week’s  movie/DVD column, I have to say a few words about the tragic  passing of Robin Williams. Williams, who I guess was always a troubled figure, will now, unfortunately, be added to Hollywood’s growing list of tragic stars  like Elvis,  Marilyn,  James  Dean  and  Judy  Garland. Whether his flame will burn as bright as

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  • Hip Hop legends are in town Saturday night

    Posted on August 8, 2014 at 4:31 pm

              By Peter Covino A&E Editor The big night for hip hop fans has finally arrived. Osceola Heritage Park and the Silver Spurs Arena presents the Hip Hop Legends Summer Jam 2014 featuring DMX, Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Rakim, Biz Markie, Black Sheep and Special Ed. Tickets for tonight’s show (Saturday)  are available through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, Ticketmaster.com and the Silver Spurs Arena Box Office.

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