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Richard Halquist, operations manager for the Osceola County Emergency Operations Center, far right, leads a discussion last week of how emergency resources would be dispatched in response to a major hurricane striking the county.

Emergency officials practice hurricane response as season nears

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 2:56 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer When it comes to hurricanes, the experience Osceola County had with Charley on Aug. 13, 2004, was bad.

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St. Cloud chamber welcomes new president

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 2:52 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer St. Cloud has changed a lot since Doug Baxter first arrived in Central Florida in the 1970s.

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  • More skimmers found at Osceola gas stations during sweep

    Posted on May 27, 2015 at 2:49 pm

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One of the skimming devices was found at the Citgo gas station  at 926 N. Main St. in Kissimmee at the corner of Main and Oak Street.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer A total of five credit card skimmers have been found at four Osceola County gas stations this year as authorities continue their statewide sweep to locate the devices. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services began its crackdown in March for the devices that illegally capture consumers’ credit or debit card information. Two new Osceola locations were found this month with the devices, bringing

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  • City of St. Cloud to hold public hearing on fire tax

    Posted on May 27, 2015 at 2:44 pm

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    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer St. Cloud will hold a public hearing to discuss a controversial fire fee the city is considering adopting.

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Osceola visits 8A champion

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 2:17 pm

Kowboys-Apopka game will feature live special teams By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Last but not least, the Osceola Kowboys will conclude the spring football season Friday at 7:30 p.m. in a showdown against Class 8A state champion Apopka. Unlike  many spring games, which refrain from live kicking and have JV quarters, Friday’s contest will be played under a regular season format, Kowboys Coach Doug Nichols said. “It will be a

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  • Gateway wins one, loses one at 3-team jamboree

    Posted on May 27, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Even after being shutout 15-0 by a tough Treasure Coast team in the second half of Friday’s spring football jamboree, Gateway coach Marlin Roberts was still all smiles after the game. “I learned this team has a lot more fight and is a lot more physical than I thought they were,” Roberts said.  “We really didn’t show a lot of that in our practices, but

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  • Harmony impresses at spring game

    Posted on May 27, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Harmony completed spring practice Thursday with a dominating 34-6 victory at Eau Gallie that has Coach Jerrad Butler feeling just fine about the upcoming season. “It was a pretty good one for us. We ran the ball 55 times and we ran 70 plays altogether, and for comparison, we didn’t have a game all last season where we ran 70 plays,” Butler said. Quarterback Jordan 

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Is one taste enough at Taste of Chicago?

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 4:04 pm

By Peter Covino A&E Editor The Blues Brothers beckon outside and there is sausage, hot dogs and beef inside, all that is missing is the Sears Tower and Lake Michigan and it just might be Chicago. Easy to find from U.S. 192 because of those two prominent statues of Blues Brothers Jake and Elwood out front (Kissimmee residents probably remember former City Manager Mark Durbin and Don Miers, county sports

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  • As weather heats up so does activities

    Posted on May 22, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    By Larry Griffin For the News-Gazette Summer is looming ahead again. School is out. The heat is up, the swimming pool is inviting and your kids will have a lot more free time on their hands. For those looking for things for their kids to do, Osceola County has them covered. For the parents who have to work long hours, summer camps are an option, particularly the St. Cloud Adventure

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  • LEGOLAND has got unique lodging pegged, new hotel created out of 2 million LEGO Bricks

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 11:33 am

        By Peter Covino A&E Editor The newest hotel in Central Florida also is one of the most unique. The LEGOLAND Hotel had its grand opening Friday and the new Lego-themed lodge, should be a big hit with kids. The hotel opened with much fanfare as thousands of parachuting LEGO mini figures were blasted out of cannons from atop the hotel, and parachuted down the five-story building. The hotel

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Universal alters course with Volcano Bay, an all-new water park in 2017

Posted on May 28, 2015 at 2:06 pm

By Peter Covino A&E Editor The Universe is about to change again. Universal Orlando, which already has several new announced projects, just added one more for 2017: Volcano Bay, a new water park which park officials will be unlike any other in the world. Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort promises to be more than just a water park, according to Universal officials, but the resorts third major attraction.  

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  • New Skyway film festival kicks off with “Disney”

    Posted on May 27, 2015 at 3:40 pm

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor It is always nice to see a new film festival starting and the Skyway Film Festival, with the great setting in the Sarasota/Bradenton area, should make for a good weekend. The festival, being held at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, will be held June 12-14. Appropriately enough for Central Florida film fans, the opening night film is the world premiere of

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  • Make some room in the hall. Astronaut Hall of Fame inducts four more, May 30

    Posted on May 27, 2015 at 3:29 pm

          The Astronaut Hall of Fame is about to expand by four new members. Veteran space shuttle astronauts John Grunsfeld, Steve Lindsey, Kent Rominger and Rhea Seddon will be honored for their contributions to NASA and the space industry when they are inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame May 30. The public induction ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. at Space Shuttle Atlantis at the

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