All posts by Tony Judnich

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  • Sampson works on a new set of bamboo flutes
    Artist creates music from local bamboo

    GOTHA — Dr. Henry Nehrling, the “patron saint of Florida gardens,” perhaps never imagined that some of the bamboo he planted long ago would one day produce beautiful music. But Erik Sampson, aka “Erik the Flutemaker,” is busy...

    • Posted September 17, 2014
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  • Brightly dressed dancers entertained the audience at Ocoee’s 2013 Fiesta de Colores. Photo courtesy of the city of Ocoee.
    Ocoee to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month

    OCOEE — Residents who live within the 18-square-mile area of Ocoee represent 33 ethnicities, William Maxwell recently told city commissioners. Maxwell is a member of Ocoee’s Human Relations Diversity Board, which strives to promote understanding, respect, goodwill...

    • Posted September 12, 2014
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  • German
    Final report issued on murder of Windermere police officer

    The Orange County Sheriff’s Office last week released its final investigative report on the March 22 murder of Windermere Police Officer Robert “Robbie” German. The report states that German, 31, was shot and killed by either Brandon...

    • Posted September 12, 2014
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  • Windermere's 9/11 Memorial Monument. Photo by Tony Judnich
    Remembering the fallen

    This evening, candles will burn softly as Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn leads the town’s annual service that honors the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The event, which also will celebrate America, starts at 7...

    • Posted September 11, 2014
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  • Ocoee City Hall, rear, cropped
    Ocoee to consider fire department merger

    Ocoee resident Hope Freeman told Ocoee city commissioners Aug. 27 about how city firefighters saved her daughter’s life after her daughter was kicked in the face by a horse. “I like the small-town atmosphere of Ocoee and...

    • Posted September 4, 2014
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  • Ocoee Lakeshore Center-JUMBO
    Community Center booming with activity

    OCOEE — For the month of August, the city of Ocoee-owned Lakeshore Center was rented for four weddings, two Sweet Sixteen celebrations, a church banquet and a meeting. And overall, city officials have rented the facility about...

    • Posted September 4, 2014
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  • red-light-camera-JUMBO
    Ocoee commissioners to discuss red-light camera policy

    OCOEE — At its Sept. 16 meeting, the Ocoee City Commission plans to discuss whether to continue fining drivers who make illegal right-hand turns at the city’s six intersections equipped with red-light cameras. Such violations occur when...

    • Posted September 4, 2014
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  • NEWS
    County endorses half-penny sales tax

    Nearly two-thirds of Orange County voters endorsed a local-option, half-penny sales surtax that will benefit Orange County Public Schools. Sixty-four percent of early voters, absentee-ballot voters and those who voted during the Aug. 26 primary election day...

    • Posted September 4, 2014
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  • Ocoee kidnapping suspect
    Police search for attemped kidnapping suspect

    Police are looking for a man who reportedly tried to kidnap an 11-year-old boy near West Oaks Library, in Ocoee. Between 2:45 and 3 p.m. Aug. 25, a white man in a black, beat-up and rusty four-door...

    • Posted September 4, 2014
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  • WINTER GARDEN
    Winter Garden WIC moves to new home

    The Florida Department of Health in Orange County Winter Garden Women, Infants and Children office is relocating to a new site. The Winter Garden WIC office moved Aug. 26, from 1210 E. Plant St. to 13275 W....

    • Posted September 4, 2014
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