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An Osceola County school bus drops off students at a motel on West U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee on Wednesday.

DCF targets families living in hotels

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 2:44 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer This is the fourth story is a series of News-Gazette articles on domestic violence as it’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In this story, local advocates explain how they are trying to better understand the link between domestic violence and homelessness.

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Osceola County Commissioner Frank Attkisson, center right, shakes hands with  longtime Mercury Marine employee Jimmy Lueck, proclaiming Oct. 13, 2014 as James Jimmy Lueck Day. Lueck was recognized for his loyalty to the boat company.

Longtime boat mechanic honored with special day

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 3:06 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Jimmy Lueck’s trek to St. Cloud from Oshkosh, Wisc., was a temporary assignment.

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Sports

Harmony 3A-5 boys district swim champs; Panthers 4A-2 runners-up

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 12:34 pm

By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Harmony’s boys emerged with the 3A-5 district swimming championship and Gateway’s boys were 4A-2 runners-up at the district meets Thursday. Harmony’s girls finished second in 3A-5. The top two individuals and the top relay team from each district receives an automatic bid to the regionals next week. At-large times decide the balance of the 16 qualifiers in each event (eight in the relays). The at-large

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  • Osceola goes for the clincher Friday

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Osceola is 48 minutes away from clinching its fourth consecutive 7A-6 football district championship. The Kowboys, No. 5 in Class 7A, travel to city rival Gateway Friday at 7:30 p.m. A victory at the Ridenour Athletic Complex guarantees OHS the championship. Osceola, 7-1 and 4-0, easily handled Celebration (3-5, 0-4), 50-6, last week as Laderrien Wilson (4-121, 2 TDs) ran 38 and 60 yards for

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  • Dogs at Chargers in 7A-6

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Storm host Lake Nona; Eagles in 5A-10 test By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Although their playoff prospects are dim, St. Cloud still has a mathematical chance of reaching the Class 7A playoffs despite last week’s 59-42 loss to Lake Nona. The Bulldogs, 5-3 and 2-2, travel to Liberty, 2-6 and 1-4, Friday at 7:30 p.m. for a 7A-6 district contest. The Bulldogs led the high-scoring Lions in the fourth quarter

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All in all, it’s a whole lot more than another brick in the wall. Brickworld, LEGO for adults, is at the Tampa Fairgrounds

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 5:03 pm

By Peter Covino A&E Editor And you thought LEGOs were just for kids. LEGO building blocks are also, apparently, an obsession for adults as well. They have their own website, their own magazine, and coming Oct. 25-26, they will have their own convention, Brickworld Tampa at the Florida State Fairgrounds. The weekend event will feature more than 40,000 square feet of some incredible  creations, all built from LEGO bricks by

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  • It’s a new kind of market place. Artegon Marketplace will be home to 165 artisan shops

    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 3:51 pm

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor One of the most unusual shopping venues in Central Florida, Artegon Marketplace Orlando, is set to open, Nov. 20. There is still plenty of work to do before the new center, which will be home to 165 artisanal shops and stores officially opens its doors, but the 1.1 millon-square-foot shopping attraction will be the first of its kind in the area,

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  • Partnership rebuilds seniors’ vegtable garden

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 12:50 pm

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Members of the University of Florida Extension Services worked with St. Cloud Home Depot team members last week to build a new raised vegetable garden for senior residents at Oak Leaf Landings in Kissimmee.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Grisel Negron, the Family Nutrition Program coordinator for University of Florida Extension Services, thinks of Home Depot as “just like a community hardware store.” It may be a giant chain, but through corporate grants it helps with community projects, as Negron saw with her own eyes this week. The home improvement chain offered up $3,500 at the corporate level to help rebuild the vegetable garden

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Entertainment

A guide to Halloween movie viewing on TV

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 4:45 pm

        By Peter Covino A&E Editor The countdown is on to Halloween and that means movies movies movies. If you have any kind of subscription television service, horror and science films will show up in abundance, pretty much starting this weekend and continuing right up until Halloween night and maybe even beyond. It’s a time when VCRs really come in handy because Dracula may be out for

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  • It’s more than tricks and treats. Halloween fun has already begun in Central Florida

    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 4:21 pm

            By Peter Covino A&E Editor It is going to be a busy Halloween week. With literally dozens of local Halloween events, plus all the Halloween happenings going on at the theme parks, it will be pretty much impossible to fit Halloween into just Friday, Oct. 31 this year. Fortunately, some events are running before the big day, and events like Halloween Horror Nights continue through Halloween

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  • Food & Wine classic returns to Swan & Dolphin next weekend

    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 3:33 pm

                By Peter Covino A&E Editor The Walt Disney World  Swan and Dolphin great accompaniment to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, the Food & Wine Classic, returns to the Epcot Resort Area hotel, Oct. 31-Nov.1. This is the fifth year for the event which features more than 40 food and wine stations; 10 food and wine seminars and the opportunity to meet the masters

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