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Osceola County students begin FSA testing

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 10:12 am

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Thousands of Osceola County students have begun taking the first round of new state-mandated tests this week, a much-debated process throughout Florida for assessing academic success at public schools.

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Kissimmee police seek two robbery suspects

Posted on March 2, 2015 at 12:50 pm

Kissimmee Police Department officers are looking for a pair of armed robbery suspects involved in three separate incidents Saturday.

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OHS rally falls short in state title game loss to Ely, 72-60

Posted on February 28, 2015 at 9:42 pm

By Rick Pedone Sports Editor For the second time in two months the Osceola Kowboys are a Class 7A state runner-up, this time in boys basketball. The Kowboys (26-6) spotted No. 1-ranked Pompano Beach Ely a 13-2 first quarter lead, fought back to go ahead in the third quarter, but ran out of gas in the fourth period as the Tigers (28-0)  pulled away for a 72-60 win at The

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  • Kowboys stomp Oviedo in 7A state semifinal

    Posted on February 28, 2015 at 12:37 am

    By Rick Pedone Staff Writer Osceola is one victory away from its second boys basketball state championship. The Kowboys (26-5) displayed their usual mix of defensive tenacity and clutch offense Friday to dispatch defending Class 7A  champion Oviedo from the state tournament at The Lakeland Center, 67-55. Cortez Edwards scored 20 points and had 13 rebounds, and point guard Edtwain Black exploded for 16 points, including four 3-pointers, to propel

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  • Storm team to beat in OBC

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:37 pm

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Dante Cruz plays No. 1 singles for Celebration and was a state qualifier in doubles last season.

    Celebration boasts talent and depth By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Celebration is the team to beat in Osceola County after sweeping the Orange Belt Conference boys and girls titles last year. Celebration With plenty of returning talent plus several promising newcomers, the Storm are set for success this season. Girls Coach Cat Thames said her team is ready for the challenge. “They’ve been working really hard, but they have a

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This cruise ship is a gamble. Victory Cruise will host a party for its millionth customer

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 11:20 am

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor If you like to gamble, but never have any luck with the Florida Lottery, maybe a cruise is in order. Victory Casino Cruises have been operating out of Port Canaveral (and Jacksonville as well) for almost four years, and the cruise line is about to celebrate its millionth passenger with a celebration party. On Saturday, March 21, Victory, America’s

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  • Flower & Garden fest is back. This is the opening week for the popular Epcot event

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 11:09 am

                    By Peter Covino A&E Editor In the cold North, residents patiently wait for the return of the robins or the bloom of the first daffodils as a sign that spring has returned. In Central Florida, we just have to wait for the opening of the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. The wait is officially over. The annual event is back and continues

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  • Mardi Gras is not over yet. The party continues at Universal Orlando through April 18

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 2:14 pm

          By Peter Covino A&E Editor The party is over in New Orleans, but the Mardi Gras good times will keep on rolling at Universal Studios Orlando. The theme park’s annual event continues on select nights through April 18, with a parade, classic cuisine from Louisiana and headliner concerts. Next up concert-wise is the 1970s favorites, Heart. Heart performs Saturday night. In addition to the big name concerts,

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Oscar-winning Big Hero 6 arrives on Blu-ray; Patricia Clarkson makes Last Weekend quite watchable

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 11:29 am

  By Peter Covino A&E Editor What do you get when you mix a bunch of young scientists who can create their own superhero alter egos with Disney animation? You get the Oscar-winning film for Best Animated  Film for 2014. Big Hero 6 would seem to be an unlikely hit with its unknown stable of Marvel superheroes and a mostly unfamiliar cast of vocal talent. But Big Hero 6 works

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  • Flower & Garden fest is back. This is the opening week for the popular Epcot event

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 11:09 am

                    By Peter Covino A&E Editor In the cold North, residents patiently wait for the return of the robins or the bloom of the first daffodils as a sign that spring has returned. In Central Florida, we just have to wait for the opening of the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. The wait is officially over. The annual event is back and continues

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  • I Escaped the Room, barely. You too can play the DIG game at Universal Studios

    Posted on March 3, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor I don’t particularly like mornings. Mornings that involve getting locked up in a small room are even worse. But if you are in early riser, and have a season pass to Universal,  you too  can get in on the fun of being locked in a room for about half-hour or so as part of the Universal Studios and the USA Network’s version of the online

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