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Ben Leclerque regularly flies in and out of the Kissimmee Gateway Airport since he began flight school at SunState Aviation in 2014.  Leclerq, a businessman from Paris, was living in Thailand at the time and wanted to learn to fly. The municipal airport houses several flight schools and is expanding thanks to city investments.

Kissimmee airport to grow by 20 percent, prepped for new development

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 12:37 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The Kissimmee Gateway Airport is ready to grow by 20 percent now that a 7-acre parcel near the flightline has been prepped for development.

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Shown above is the route for the Poinciana Parkway. Portions of the road could be open in July 2016. The project is currently 38 percent complete.

Parkway could be completed by Dec. 2016

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 12:33 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Construction on the Poinciana Parkway remains on schedule and could be completed by December 2016, according to the January 2015 update prepared recently by the Osceola County Expressway Authority.

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Lele fitting right in with the Gators

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 1:02 pm

By Rick Pedone Sports Editor This college softball thing seems to be working out just fine for Aleshia Ocasio. The University of Florida freshman pitcher started her career with an 8-0 record and 0.65 ERA as the Gators, the defending national champions, are off to a 24-0 start, the best ever for the Southeastern Conference powerhouse. On Thursday, Ocasio pitched four innings of scoreless relief to earn a 7-4 victory

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  • Kowboys state runners-up

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    OHS stops Oviedo in semifinals, falls to Ely in title game By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Less than 48 hours after the Osceola Kowboys boys basketball team placed second in Class 7A at The Lakeland Center, Coach Nate Alexander was watching 15 players in early-morning workouts Monday morning. “We’ll be back,” said Alexander, who Tuesday was named the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches Class 7A Coach of the Year. If

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  • Harmony and Osceola win district wrestling crowns

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 12:32 pm

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Gateway’s Justin Camacho (top) tries to turn St. Cloud’s Jack Zurewich during their 145-pound championship match at the 3A-5 district tournament at St. Cloud Friday. Camacho won the match, 10-3, and both wrestlers advanced to the 3A-2 regional tournament at Osceola High Friday and Saturday.

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor District champions Osceola and Harmony lead the way into the wrestling regional tournaments Friday and Saturday. The Kowboys easily defended their 3A District 5 championship by winning nine weight classes last Friday at St. Cloud. The Kowboys (249.5) advanced 13 to the 3A-2 regional they will host starting Friday at noon at the Kowboys gym. Gateway (164.5), St. Cloud (153.5), Viera (94), Ridge Community (65)

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Lifestyles

Add spice to your garden with herbs

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Grantly Rickets Osceola Extension No my friends. We are not about to speak on the herb they are fighting to legalize. It is often said that variety is the spice of life; in the same light, herbs will add variety of life to your vegetable garden and landscape. There are records to prove that in recent years more people are diagnosed with high blood pressure and diabetes. As a result,

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  • Learn more about HGTV home

    Posted on March 6, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Michael Carlson, the architect of the 2009 HGTV Green Home in Post St. Lucie, will present a lecture Wednesday, March 18. at 4:15 p.m. in the atrium at Stetson University, Celebration. The lecture, sponsored by the Celebration Foundation New Urbanism Committee is free and open to the public. Carlson will present a behind the scenes look at the design process and sustainable green features of the home. The home was

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  • Sharing all those Kodak moments with EyeEm. Photo app lets you share, edit and even enter contests

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 1:43 pm

                By Peter Covino A&E Editor If you like to take pictures, you really need to have EyeEm. The free photo-sharing application (available for android, iPhone and Windows) lets you explore your creative side when it comes to photography. There is so much going on in one little application, from photo sharing and editing, to seeing just how many good photographers are out there, both

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Entertainment

St. Cloud mystery novelist continues baseball series

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 12:44 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The legacy of Mickey Rawlings has grown in the last year thanks to a new book in the character’s trilogy, The Tomb That Ruth Built. Rawlings is the main character of murder mystery books penned by Troy Soos, who has lived in St. Cloud now for three years by way of Seminole County, Boston for college, and Passaic, N.J. by birth. The Tomb That Ruth

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  • Nature Conservancy gives glimpse of ‘Old Florida’

    Posted on March 6, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer There’s a front row seat with your name on it. The Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve, 2700 Scrub Jay Way (off Old Pleasant Hill Road) offers visitors a glimpse of old Florida’s natural beauty. Owned and manage by The Nature Conservancy, this 12,000-acre preserve was established in 1992 through an agreement with The Walt Disney Company and several public agencies. Before becoming a preserve, the land

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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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