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Kissimmee police take hostage suspect into custody

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 11:39 am

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Kissimmee Police officers have successfully defused an attempted robbery and hostage situation in the Central Avenue/Neptune Road/Martin Luther King Boulevard traffic circle. The roundabout remains closed as police investigate the scene. Nearly a dozen marked and unmarked police vehicles rushed to the scene just before 11:30 a.m., as police surrounded a white mini-van GreenCab Orlando taxi that was stopped in roundabout with a male and

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It’s the sound of music. New Kissimmee studio is a one-stop complex for the industry

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 10:23 am

          By Peter Covino A&E Editor It used to be the roar of the occasional motorcycle at a remote complex in north Kissimmee. Now the only sound you might hear is that of an electric guitar. Level 11 had a soft-grand opening last week with lots of live music and guitars, hamburgers and free tours of the new facility that promises to be a one-stop entertainment

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St. Cloud, OHS win Klassic openers

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 1:13 pm

By Rick Pedone Sports Editor St. Cloud and Osceola rallied to win their first-round games at the Kissimmee Klassic softball tournament Thursday at the Osceola County softball complex. St. Cloud (12-3) scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to down Class 4A state champion Gulliver Prep, 3-1. Catcher Paola Del Valle’s two-run single was the big hit. Third baseman Aubrey Wentzell had a RBI single and shortstop

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  • Hot weather brings good fishing

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber EPA proposes hunting, fishing equipment bill Local sportsman may want to pay attention to a proposed federal law called the Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Protection Act (S.1505).  Essentially, this proposed piece of legislation would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from making additional stringent rules regarding the use of lead in hunting and fishing equipment.    U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is one of

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  • County seniors light it up at All-Star basketball

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The Osceola County All-Star basketball game Saturday gave local seniors one more opportunity to play in their school uniforms at the Gateway High gym/ The girls light team defeated the dark team, 67-40, led by MVP Abby Booth of Melbourne, who scored 18 points. Gateway’s Breyuna Walker scored 15, had 10 assists and eight rebounds. Booth, Walker, Cypress Creek’s Kaley Schmick, Poinciana’s Mariana Herrera and

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Lifestyles

Get united for a great dinner fund-raiser, United Way Chef’s Gala returns, May 16

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 11:06 am

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor When it comes to charity events, there might be none more important than the Heart of Florida United Way’s annual Chef’s Gala. Now in its 23rd year, not only is it one of the great annual food events in Central Florida, but in terms of helping the community, it is vital at providing support to some of the region’s most critical programs. Yes,

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  • Award winning art on display, Osceola Arts has two exhibits featuring local art

    Posted on March 20, 2015 at 10:15 am

                    By Peter Covino A&E Editor If a picture is worth a thousands words, then Osceola Arts has an entire library on display this month. The Kissimmee art center complex is currently home to two exhibits featuring award-winning, local art. Currently on display is artwork from the Images of Osceola juried art show as well as the inaugural Kenton’s Kowboy Classics High School

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  • What to do about nuisance wildlife in and around the home

    Posted on March 13, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Grantly Ricketts Osceola Extension The spring season is approaching and gardeners and other homeowners are getting ready to work outdoors; yes they are anxious to get their hands dirty and just to enjoy the great outdoors.  Many will find that they are not going alone. Very often, these outdoor spaces are also occupied by wildlife such as squirrels, opossums, raccoons, bats, moles, deer, mice, coyotes and snakes.  These animals become

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Entertainment

Final Hobbit, Unbroken arrive on DVD, Blu-ray

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 10:50 am

        By Peter Covino A&E Editor Christmas Day is always one of the busiest days at movie theaters, with as many as five blockbuster-type films debuting on the holiday. 2014 certainly was no exception with mega-hits like The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Disney’s Into the Woods (review coming soon, hopefully) and Unbroken all making their debuts. All three films made a ton of money at

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  • A doctor who makes Porterhouse calls. Dr. BBQ is in town for the barbecue classic

    Posted on March 26, 2015 at 10:37 am

        By Peter Covino A&E Editor Only one “doctor” would prescribe beef to cure what ails you and that would be Dr. BBQ, also known as Ray Lampe, who will sort of be the emcee/celebrity chef at the Florida Heritage Barbecue classic, which kicks off today and continues through Saturday. If there is a beef PH.D, Lampe, who has been cooking and talking barbecue since the 1980s, and written

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  • It’s the sound of music. New Kissimmee studio is a one-stop complex for the industry

    Posted on March 26, 2015 at 10:23 am

              By Peter Covino A&E Editor It used to be the roar of the occasional motorcycle at a remote complex in north Kissimmee. Now the only sound you might hear is that of an electric guitar. Level 11 had a soft-grand opening last week with lots of live music and guitars, hamburgers and free tours of the new facility that promises to be a one-stop entertainment

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