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Orlando man arrested for role in Haggins case; fund set up for family  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Luis Rivera Sr., 49, has bonded out of jail after being arrested for his role in the death of 16-year-old Bruce “B.J.” Haggins Jr., whose body was discovered in a ...



Police still searching for B.J. Haggins  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Sixteen-year-old B.J. Haggins, of Winter Garden, was last seen Friday, May 31, near Zanders Park and Bouler Pool. An Amber Alert was issued on the possible ...



Man pleas for help after son, 16, was abducted in Winter Garden  WFTV Orlando

The family of an Orange County teenager is searching for answers after their son was abducted, and they fear he might have been shot.



West Orange High deputy retires after 31-year career  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Three decades of *service* with the Orange County Sheriff's Office has left John Dickson with strong relationships he expects will last a lifetime — many with whom ...



WOHS thespians take audiences to the fair  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

West Orange High School's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's “State Fair” runs from April 25 to 28.



West Orange High football coach arrested on domestic violence charge  WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando

The football coach at West Orange High School is arrested on a domestic violence charge, according to the Winter Garden Police Department.



West Orange coach accused of hitting wife in head with wrought iron frame  WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. - A West Orange High School football coach was arrested on a domestic violence charge after he hit his wife in the back of the head with ...



West Orange High a cappella group Noise Complaint raises funds to record studio album  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Despite the name of the student a cappella group at West Orange High — Noise Complaint — its members never get complaints. They get standing ovations.



WOHS band raising funds for London trip  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The West Orange High School Warrior Band is holding a huge rummage sale Saturday, April 13, to raise the funds necessary to send the musicians overseas to ...



West Orange football coach Bob Head arrested on domestic violence charge  Orlando Sentinel

West Orange High School head football coach Bob Head was arrested Monday, accused of striking his wife in the head with a decorative object during an ...



FORECAST: A fresh start for West Orange High's FFA program  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The future is bright for students in West Orange High's FFA and agriscience programs, which are undergoing a makeover under teacher Kristy Lightbody's ...



Grammy-winning West Orange High choir director receives warm homecoming  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

West Orange High's Dr. Jeffery Redding, director of choral activities, returned home this week after receiving the 2019 Grammy Music Educator Award.



Charlie Brown is coming to town at WOHS theater  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

West Orange High School thespians will take the stage Feb. 14 to 17 for their production of “You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”



Bob Head will not return as West Orange football coach  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Prosecutors did not find the case suitable for prosecuting Head for a domestic incident.



West Orange High choir director wins Grammy  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Dr. Jeffery Redding received the Grammy Music Educator Award, which is given to one teacher for his or her role in shaping students' lives through music.



Scholarships helping send teen to music school  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

West Orange High School senior L.T. Sipek and his mother were surprised with two scholarships at a recent Windermere Town Council meeting.



Marching Warriors invited to London  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The marching band at West Orange High has received an invitation to participate in the 2020 London New Year's Day Parade.



West Orange High girls weightlifting seeks success | Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

A roller-coaster season for the Warriors has led to lessons learned as the program continues to grow.



Make plans for eggs-citing Easter fun  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Easter events are planned throughout West Orange County for the next two weekends.



PHOTOS: West Orange High Seniors paint parking spots  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

West Orange High's senior parking lot got some color on Saturday, August 18.



West Orange High Air Force Junior ROTC named Distinguished Unit of Merit  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The Air Force Junior ROTC instructors and cadets of West Orange High School in Winter Garden earned an overall unit assessment score of “Exceeds ...



WOHS theater flooding poses challenge for latest production  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

West Orange High theater students faced an extra challenge as they worked on their production of “Little Women” — a bathroom leak caused the school's ...



Dr. Redding in Grammy finals  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Jeffery Redding, director of choral activities at West Orange High School, is among the Top 10 finalists in the running for a Grammy Music Educator Award.



Sports Spotlight - West Orange Times & Observer: Livy Correa  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

West Orange High School senior cheerleader Livy Correa is excited to be one of the captains for the Warriors this fall.



West Orange graduate to attend U.S. Military Academy  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Greyson Everidge has accepted his appointment to the U.S. Military Academy and will begin at West Point in July.



Popular “Ab” retires from teaching at WOHS  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Thirty-six years after taking a teaching position at West Orange High School, Peter Abatiello has decided now is the time to give up his history textbooks and ...



Suspicious backpacks discovered at Lakeview Middle leads to evacuation  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Winter Garden police evacuated Lakeview Middle school students after having located two suspicious backpacks this morning.



West Orange High valedictorian duo preps for next steps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The road to achieving valedictorian status isn't an easy one— and it doesn't even start in high school, according to West Orange High School's 2018 ...



Garden Choir’s 11th season begins August 20  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The Garden Choir's 11th season will feature four main concerts in addition to performances at various other events.



WOHS theater students reflect on thespian festival  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

West Orange High School's theater students took their production of “Bright Star” to the International Thespian Festival in June.



PHOTOS: West Orange High School Graduation 2018  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Both cheers and tears were shared at the West Orange High School graduation ceremony of 2018, held Tuesday, May 29, at the Amway Center in downtown ...



Meet Orange County School Board District 7 candidate Eric Schwalbach  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Read our exclusive Q&A with Orange County School Board District 7 candidate Eric Schwalbach.



Construction firm to build headquarters in Winter Garden  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Winter Garden commissioners approved the first reading of a rezone request for a proposed office development.



West Orange High lockdown lifted, no weapon found  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Orange County Public Schools said West Orange High was placed on lockdown Friday morning after a threatening note was found in a campus bathroom.



Growth in Horizon West spurs Orange school construction  Orlando Sentinel

Residential growth, particularly in southwest Orange County, means lots of new public schools are being built or are on the district's construction planning board.



WOHS to recognize 2018 Hall of Fame  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

West Orange High School has selected 11 Warriors past and present to represent the 2018 Hall of Fame. Retired teacher Peter Abatiello started the program in ...



Central Florida Prep to fundraise for expanded arts programs  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Gotha-based Central Florida Preparatory School is hosting its fundraising event, An Evening with the Artists, to help add and expand arts and music programs ...



Proposed OCPS budget to fund 6 West Orange schools  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Orange County Public Schools' proposed capital budget includes funding for six planned schools in West Orange. District officials also recommend a second ...



4,300 and counting at West Orange High School  West Orange Times

It's 9 o'clock Monday morning at West Orange High School, and Bill Floyd makes his way through the courtyard on his first day of classes at the most-crowded ...



Disney magic inspires Winter Garden resident living with genetic disorder  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Winter Garden resident Joey Accordino lives with 10 tumors in his brain as a result of his medical condition, but that doesn't stop the 23-year-old from smiling.



Office complex coming to Ocoee  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The 429 @ Crown Point development project will bring more than 100000 square feet of Class-A office space to the city.



West Orange High Hall of Fame to honor 15 finalists  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The West Orange High School Hall of Fame committee announced 15 finalists to be inducted this year in the areas of arts, academia and athletics.



Winter Garden postpones vote on Daniels Road Business Park  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Winter Garden city commissioners tabled their decision regarding the site plan for a proposed commercial development at 1200 Daniels Road during the Feb.



PREVIEW: W.O. Chamber's Big Orange Awards  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Who will win this year's Big Business and Small Business member of the year awards at the West Orange Chamber of Commerce's Big Orange Awards?



West Orange Seniors walk out a final time  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Silly string, shaving cream, proud parents and many excited students in the Class of 2018 were part of the WOHS Senior Walkout Tuesday, May 15.



OCPS holds information session regarding growth, new schools  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Orange County Public Schools officials hosted a live-stream town hall to share how it builds new schools.



Q&A with West Orange High School Theatre Willy Wonka cast members  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Grab your golden tickets: The West Orange High School Theatre Department will welcome the community to its chocolate factory for five performances of “Roald ...



Standout running back lends hand to rival AD in time of need | Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

SIDELINE SCENE | After Dr. Phillips High Athletic Director Steve McHale was injured in a motorcycle accident, West Orange High running back Nemea Hall was ...



Encore shows of West Orange High's 'Bright Star'  Orlando Sentinel

West Orange High School presents encore performances of "Bright Star" this weekend.



West Orange High thespians honored with ring ceremony  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

West Orange High School thespians were honored with a ring ceremony Thursday, March 8, to recognize their achievement with their production of “Bright Star.”.



PHOTOS: West Orange Chamber of Commerce 2019 Big Orange Awards  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

A ringmaster on stilts, carnival games, a juggler and more added to the overarching circus theme during the West Orange Chamber of Commerce's Big Orange ...



PHOTOS: West Orange High School Football Fans  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

WINTER GARDEN West Orange High's students and parents didn't hold back on their school spirit in the school's preseason debut against its newest rival, the ...



New west Orange high school gets its name: Windermere High School  Orlando Sentinel

Windermere High School is name for Orange County's newest high school.



GALLERY: West Orange High School 2016 Homecoming  West Orange Times

The school crowned its 2016 Homecoming queen and king Oct. 27 before the football game against Wekiva.



West Orange golf coach Kevin Valentine survived, then thrived, after tragedy | Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

More than 20 years removed from an accident that cost him his left leg — and nearly his life — Kevin Valentine is committed to helping others, whether as the ...



BREAKING: Principal Szcinski leaving West Orange High  West Orange Times

Douglas Szcinski, the principal of West Orange High School for the last three years, has announced that he is leaving the Winter Garden school. He is taking a ...



PHOTOS: WOHS Homecoming Parade  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

West Orange High students participated in a spirited hometown parade along Plant Street in Winter Garden.



West Orange students, parents say 4,200-student campus has big spirit, challenges  Orlando Sentinel

WINTER GARDEN — Ask the parents who lobbied for a relief school for West Orange High, and they'll tell you 4200 students on a campus built for 3000 is too ...



Oakland Avenue Charter School launches Pennies for Patients campaign  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Oakland Avenue Charter students have joined the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Hero Squad as they kicked off a campaign to help change cancer.



West Orange-area graduates earn National Merit Scholar status  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

At least eight recent high-school graduates from the West Orange-area have earned National Merit Scholar status.



Sports Spotlight - West Orange Times & Observer: Dylan Weidman  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Ocoee High senior Dylan Weidman is a captain and a leader for the Knights' cross-country program.



Obituary: Ed Moriarty  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Obituary: Ed Moriarty, 76, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2018.



GALLERY: West Orange High School Graduation 2017  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

West Orange High School's more than 900 graduating seniors proudly moved their tassels to the left side of their caps after their ceremony on Tuesday, May 30, ...



Winter Garden considering property sale for 60-room boutique hotel on Plant Street  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Following residents' concerns, city officials will re-examine some parts of the proposed Plant Street project.



American Cancer Society to host Relay for Life March 30  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The American Cancer Society is holding the West Orange Relay for Life Saturday, March 30, at the Chain of Lakes Middle School.



Landeavor assures residents: No changes to Oakland Park  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The new developer of Oakland Park, which lies in both Oakland and Winter Garden, is vowing to stick to the agreement signed by previous owners of the project.



FORECAST: How Orange County Public Schools looks to accommodate growing student population  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

When trying to accommodate West Orange's unprecedented growth, Orange County Public Schools officials are tasked with looking at more factors than you ...



PHOTOS: West Orange High Homecoming King and Queen  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

WINTER GARDEN During West Orange High School's homecoming dance on Saturday night at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, the ...



Winter Garden approves $1.8M in road-improvement projects  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The city contracted Middlesex Corporation for 14 street-resurfacing projects.



Garden Music School opens new spaces, classes  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The downtown Winter Garden school has a new performance stage and recording studio and is offering some new classes.



PHOTOS: West Orange High School Theatre presents "Willy Wonka"  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Golden Tickets were cashed in over the weekend as West Orange High School Theatre students took their production of “Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka” to the stage.



After 19 years with the West Orange High Theater Department, Ken Rush has decided to retire  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Rush plans to move to New York City after retiring at the end of the 2016-17 school year.



Dr. Phillips wrestling returns to form | Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Dr. Phillips boys wrestling continues to grow under second-year head coach David Aubrey.



Stoneybrook West Golf Club closes abruptly  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Following the abrupt closing of the Stoneybrook West Golf Club located at 15501 Towne Commons Blvd. in December, the Winter Garden community's ...



PHOTOS: Rube Goldberg competition at West Orange High School  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Elementary school students from about 15 Orange County schools competed in a Rube Goldberg machine competition on Saturday, April 7, at West Orange ...



West Orange High parking spaces get a personal touch  West Orange Times

WINTER GARDEN When the dismissal bell rings at 2:30 p.m. at West Orange High School, it only takes a few moments for the student parking lot to be filled with ...



West Orange basketball tops Seminole in regional final, earns trip to Final Four | Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

SANFORD — Coming out of halftime down 13 points, the West Orange Warriors' chances of winning the FHSAA Class 9A, Region 1 Final did not seem ...



Five injured in crash that shut down West Colonial Drive near Ocoee  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

An Orlando woman is facing charges after police say she caused a crash that injured five people and shut down a section of Colonial Drive Thursday evening.



Sports Spotlight: Bryce Street  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Bryce Street is a captain of Central Florida Christian Academy's boys basketball team.



East Ridge girls win Lakes first district lacrosse title  Daily Commercial

CLERMONT — The East Ridge High School girls lacrosse team became the first in history from Lake County to win a district championship Thursday when it ...



West Orange lacrosse teams fall in respective playoff games | Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The 2018 lacrosse season came to an end for West Orange High's girls and boys programs on consecutive nights last week, as the teams fell in respective ...



Transplant patient Makenzie Whitaker graduates college  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Makenzie Whitaker, who wasn't expected to live past the age of 6, is using her degree to write a series of children's books with an emphasis on childhood ...



Threatening call causes lockdown at Windermere High School  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

A threatening phone call made to law enforcement caused Windermere High School to go under lockdown Friday morning.



UPDATE: Man arrested in grandfather’s shooting death  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Lucien Harris, 31, has been charged with first-degree murder with a firearm.



A new Knight: Samantha Sampson leads the Ocoee girls soccer program forward | Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

After starting the beginning of the season without a coach, the Ocoee girls soccer team didn't know if they would have a season. Then, Samantha Sampson ...



Paintings, photos capture Maxey Elementary’s history  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Maxey Elementary School's new History Wall depicts the legacy of Winter Garden's African-American community.



United Premiere Soccer League pro development team makes its home at West Orange High  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

America Soccer Club — America SC, for short — is playing its home games in the UPSL at West Orange High School after joining the league in April. The team ...



FORECAST: Housing for seniors  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

West Orange County has numerous options and care levels when it comes to senior living.



Winter Garden City Commission meeting set for Jan. 24  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Tonight, Winter Garden city commissioners will see the first readings for two ordinances – Ordinances 19-08 and 19-09 – which concern pensions for firefighters, ...



Teenager shot at West Orange High files lawsuit against school district  Orlando Sentinel

The teenager shot last school year at West Orange High has sued the district, arguing it was negligent.



Obituary: David William Loew  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

David William. Loew, 76, of Winter Garden, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.



Sunset Park Elementary gears up to select new principal  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Former Sunset Park Elementary Principal Janet Bittick was tapped to serve as the new principal of Eccleston Elementary.



Obituary: Gladys Irene Bennett  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Gladys Irene Bennett, beloved daughter of Jasper Newton and Naomi Woodley, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Lake Jackson, Texas.



Windermere High ranks in top 20 fundraising high schools list  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

In 2018, Windermere High ranked 13th in the nation for Children Miracle Network's list of top fundraising high schools.



Winter Garden's beloved tire lady restored  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

West Orange County residents who lived here in the 1970s and '80s might remember the iconic tire lady statue that stood in front of Griffith Tire. Once missing ...



West Orange student with Asperger’s syndrome arrested after incident  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

WINTER GARDEN – Ashton Gelfand, a former ninth-grade student at West Orange High School, was arrested Thursday, March 2, after an altercation in his ...



PHOTOS: 31st annual Light Up Winter Garden  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Visitors to downtown Winter Garden enjoyed an afternoon of festive fun as the City kicked off the holidays with the annual Light Up Winter Garden.



Ocoee sets day of remembrance for 1920 massacre  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Ocoee city leaders proclaimed Nov. 2 as a day of remembrance to honor victims of the 1920 Election Day Massacre.



Garden Choir hosts a concert of love  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Olympia High's Bella Voce will be performing the the Garden Choir's fall concert, “A Tapestry of Love: Featuring Trotta's 'For a Breath of Ecstasy,'” on Nov. 10.



Warriors surpass goal, raise $31K for Children’s Miracle Network  West Orange Times

Students participated in dancing and contests during the Feb. 18 Warriorthon.



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