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Volunteers needed to count homeless residents

Posted on January 25, 2015 at 4:42 pm

U.S. Housing and Urban Development requires each county count their homeless residents during a specific point in time.

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Ten-year-old Aubrey Clark and another friend were hit by the driver of an SUV while they rode their bicycles near their home in Ocoee.

Help sought for injured firefighter’s daughter, 10

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 1:10 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Thankfully, the daughter of an Osceola County firefighter involved in an accident Tuesday is improving. But the family will need help with medical bills, and the fire union’s benevolent association is working to help.

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Lady Dogs win district weightlifting

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 1:35 pm

By Rick Pedone Sports Editor St. Cloud edged host Timber Creek, 39-38, for the District 7 girls weightlifting championship Wednesday. In the process, six Lady Bulldogs qualified for the state tournament Feb. 7 at the Kissimmee Civic Center. The qualifiers are 119-pound district champion Melissa Cuervo (135-160-295), district runners-up Kayla Jensen (135-125-260) at 119, Summer Carlson (160-130-290) at 154, Lauren O’Neill (145-130-275) at 169, Haley Weber (180-170-350) at 199 and

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  • St. Cloud, Osceola and Harmony will challenge Lions

    Posted on January 23, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The girls 5A-9 district basketball tournament begins Tuesday, but none of the six Osceola County participants are favored. Tournament host Lake Nona (20-3, 12-0), ranked No. 8 in Class 7A, holds the No. 1 seed and took the first round bye. But, the Lions aren’t overwhelming favorites to win the district championship, according to several local coaches. St. Cloud, Osceola and Harmony, a state finalist

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  • Heritage Christian coach honored after No. 250

    Posted on January 23, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Heritage Christian School’s Homecoming basketball game Jan. 16 against Real Life Christian turned into a tribute to Coach Jim Estrella when the school’s administration, staff and students honored the long-time Eagles coach with a plaque commemorating his 250th victory at the high school. Estrella, who began coaching at HCS in 1995 and became the varsity boys head coach in 2001, was surprised when Administrator Karla

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On Disney’s Boardwalk — A taste of Italy at Trattoria al Forno

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 2:10 pm

        By Peter Covino A&E Editor There is something distinctive about a first-rate Walt Disney World restaurant. Through the years, Disney has pretty much made a habit of creating restaurants in its world that are uniquely special — from Victoria and Albert’s and Citrico, to California Grill and Be our Guest, dining at Disney, particularly away from the theme parks, is pretty much a guaranteed home run

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  • Ortronicon returns this weekend to the Orlando Science Center

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 10:11 am

                By Peter Covino A&E Editor One of Central Florida’s favorite science events, Otronicon, returns to the Orlando Science Center starting tomorrow and continuing through Jan. 19. This is the 10th consecutive year the center has been joined by multiple industry partners to host the interactive technology event and the role technology plays in how we live, learn, work and play. This year’s partners include

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  • World’s biggest car auction is in Kissimmee, Mecum auction returns

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 10:01 am

              By Peter Covino A&E Editor The Mecum collector car auction has always been a big deal when it comes to Osceola Heritage Park each January. But it is even a bigger deal in 2015 as this year’s auction is set to become the world’s largest collector car auction. Period. This year’s auction will have some 3,000 American muscle cars, classics, hot rods, Corvettes and more

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The 39 Steps at Osceola Arts

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 4:00 pm

The 39 Steps, directed by Jennifer Henderson, is now on stage at Osceola Arts, weekends, through Feb. 1.

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  • St. Cloud to host games, dancing, movies

    Posted on January 23, 2015 at 11:58 am


    The city of St. Cloud Parks and Recreation staff is eagerly preparing for many February events for all age groups. • Flag Football: The registration period for the Brent Fullwood Adult Flag Football League ends Feb. 2. Team packets are available at the Civic Center (3001 17th St.) and the cost per team is $325. Teams will consist of seven players minimum and 14 players maximum. A mandatory coaches meeting

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  • Oscar-nominated The Boxtrolls is a visual delight

    Posted on January 23, 2015 at 9:17 am

      By Peter Covino A&E Editor Maybe it’s because it was released over the Christmas holidays that The Boxtrolls came and left theaters, and I completely missed it. Fortunately, The Boxtrolls was not snubbed by Oscar. The stop-action animation film received a much deserved Best Animated film nominaiton and, now, the film as available on Blu-ray and DVD too (Universal Home Entertainment). This is a really clever film, with a

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