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Mother arrested after children found selling their toys

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 3:49 pm

A Kissimmee woman was arrested Thursday after Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies found her two children wandering the streets trying to sell their toys. April Emery, 27, was arrested and charged with child neglect without great bodily harm. At approximately 10:25 a.m. Thursday, Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of Myakka Avenue in Intercession City and located two girls ages 7 and 9 walking door to door. “They told the deputies,

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Park Place moving forward with center to cut jail population

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:18 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Plans to build a central receiving center for mentally ill people picked up by law enforcement are moving forward.

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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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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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  • Gorillas you have missed: a new arrival at Busch Gardens

    Posted on February 19, 2015 at 4:58 pm

              There is a baby boom of sorts going on at Busch Gardens Tampa, as the theme park welcomed another endangered western lowland gorilla two weeks ago.  It is the second gorilla birth since December The female  was born on Feb. 6 at 8:30 p.m. and is being cared for by 27-year-old mother Mary. Guests will be able to see the baby gorilla on the Myombe

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  • New look, but the same great chicken. New Pollo Tropical bring changes to casual dining

    Posted on February 19, 2015 at 9:49 am

                    By Peter Covino A&E Editor Pollo Tropical has always been a favorite lunch stop, not only because of its affordability, but they really know how to make grilled chicken. The Caribbean-influenced restaurant is in the midst of some big changes, with a brand-new restaurant in Osceola County and a new look coming to existing restaurants, including the Vine Street restaurant in Kissimmee.

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New skeleton museum has a bone to pick with you

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      By Peter Covino A&E Editor With attractions that go under the sea, way above the ground and now, under the skin, the new I-Drive 360 Complex, has got just about every angle covered. Skeletons: Animals Unveiled,  a fourth destination at the new Merlin Attractions mega complex, has announced an April 25 opening. The animal skeleton museum, the second of its kind in the world, will actually get

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  • Olive Kitteridge is must see viewing; Star 80 also new on DVD

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 1:56 pm

                By Peter Covino A&E Editor You just might say we are living in a second golden age of television. Almost everyone is producing quality programming, from AMC’s Breaking Bad to Netflix’ House of Cards, networks big and small have gotten into series and made-for-TV movies, an area that was once completely dominated by the likes of HBO and Showtime. With so many choices, how

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  • Stormtroopers will wait until dark, Dark Sky Fest returns Saturday

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 1:40 pm


                        By Peter Covino A&E Editor Like many life-long Star Wars fans, Jerry Testa had more than his share of battles defending the Empire or fighting against it growing up as a kid. But it wasn’t until he went to Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World and saw all those stormtroopers at the event that he actually thought about dressing

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