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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.



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.



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 ...



This week in history  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

This week in history shares what West Orange County was like in the last century.



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 ...



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 ...



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.



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 ...



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 ...



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

Orange County Public Schools' draft of its proposed 2018-19 capital budget includes funding for six planned schools in the West Orange area.



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.



Melvin Henry takes VFW helm  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Melvin Henry considers himself the right man for the position — commander of the West Orange VFW Post 4305 in Winter Garden. Members elected him last ...



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

Why do you want you to represent District 7 on the OCPS school board? Eric Schwalbach. AGE: 47. OCCUPATION: Teacher (Supplemented income as a realtor, ...



PHOTOS: Foundation Academy senior parking spot painting  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Kassie Kimpel and Samantha Jenkins decorated Samantha's new parking spot as tribute to Samantha's favorite show: Gilmore Girls, with a latin quote that says ...



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 ...



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 ...



3 ways to get scared in West Orange County  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Folks who like to be scared will have two haunted houses to pick from this year in Ocoee, sponsored by the Lions Club and the city, plus one in Winter Garden.



Sports Spotlight - West Orange Times & Observer: Russell Robinson  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Russell Robinson, a junior for the West Orange High track team, won an individual state championship in the long jump May 4 at the FHSAA Track & Field State ...



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 ...



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.” ...



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.



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 ...



West Orange football rallies late, stuns Wekiva 30-29 | Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The West Orange High School Warriors football team scored 16 points in the final four minutes in Winter Garden Sept. 28 — overcoming a 15-point deficit — to ...



West Orange football stumbles against Jones | Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

West Orange's bid for consecutive wins against state-ranked football teams fell short Oct. 5, as the Warriors ultimately fell to Jones High 41-31.



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.



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.



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.



Windermere High theater students to school's perform first spring musical  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Join Windermere High School theater students as they perform the school's first spring musical with their production of “Kiss Me Kate” from April 26 to 28.



PHOTOS: Legacy High Class of 2018 Graduation  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Seniors for Legacy High School in Ocoee celebrated the conclusion of their high-school careers on-campus May 26.



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.



West Orange names Graig Smith new baseball coach | Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Graig Smith will be the new head coach for the Warriors after working on the staff as an assistant and junior varsity head coach from 2010-17.



Winter Garden man charged in fatal Ocoee pedestrian crash  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

OCOEE A Winter Garden man is facing charges of vehicular manslaughter after police say he hit and killed two pedestrians in Ocoee on Friday, Nov. 2.



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.



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 ...



Winter Garden resident creates nonprofit to help kids with special needs  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Building Pathways, a new nonprofit in Winter Garden, caters to the needs of individuals with developmental disorders with the goal of teaching independence.



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, ...



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 ...



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 ...



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.



Lincoln Forges overcomes illness to graduate from Ocoee High  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Lincoln Forges graduated from Ocoee High School with a 3.3 GPA despite a tough battle with lymphoma during his senior year.



West Orange's Lexie Blair to play in softball All-American Game | Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Lexie Blair, a West Orange High School graduate and University of Michigan signee, was named to the roster for the East team June 1. The Premiere Girls ...



Winter Garden couple fights Lennar for home repairs  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

A $1.09 million estate in Winter Garden was supposed to be their dream home. But seven months after purchasing the home, Torey Eisenman and Bill ...



Obituary: William Sidney "Bill" Arrington III  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

William Sidney “Bill” Arrington III, 75, of Winter Haven, Florida, died on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. Bill, son of the late William Sidney Arrington Jr. and Mildred H.



Meet Orange County School Board District 7 candidate Melissa Byrd  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Why do you want you to represent District 7 on the OCPS school board? Melissa Byrd. AGE: 43. OCCUPATION: Substitute Teacher for Orange County Public ...



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 ...



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.



PHOTOS: West Orange softball races past East River | Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The West Orange girls softball team scored in four out of six at-bats — including five runs in the third inning, alone — en route to a dominant 12-2 win over East ...



Jerry Shafer is the new athletic director at West Orange High -- Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Most recently, Shafer served as athletic director at Leesburg High School.



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.



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: City of Ocoee Commemorates Veterans Day 2018  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

OCOEE Each year the city of Ocoee honors its veterans with a ceremony to thank them for serving our nation. This year's commemoration, held at the Woman's ...



Young entrepreneurs win with Eco-Pop  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The lollipop with seeds in the biodegradable stick beat out other creative entries, such as “Trends with Friends,” a talk show for kids, and the Smarttle, a water ...



Student Shot At West Orange High School In Winter Garden, Florida  Huffington Post

A student was reportedly shot Wednesday afternoon at West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Fla., according to a school spokesperson. Jamorian E...



Calendar for the week of July 5, 2018  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

See what's happening this week and this weekend in West Orange County.



Winter Garden commission meeting set for August 23  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Some items on tonight's agenda include discussion of the city's budget, a proposed downtown hotel, and the appointment of a new chief of police.



Oasis Community Church to open preschool in Winter Garden  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The philosophy of the new Go Love Academy preschool at Oasis Community Church is to go and love the children despite any struggles and past trauma they ...



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.



OBITUARY: Betty Benson Pounds  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Betty Benson Pounds, born May 14, 1923 in Forrest City, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord on Sept. 24, 2018. Betty was crowned Miss Arkansas in 1940.



Community rallies around teacher injured in car crash  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Windermere High teacher Steven Norman recently was involved in a three-vehicle accident.



Maxey Elementary teachers gifted with $10,000  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Burlington Stores, which is opening a new store in Winter Garden, presented a $10000 check to the principal and teachers at Maxey Elementary School.



WOHS artist accepted into Dali Museum’s Student Surrealist Art Exhibit  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

West Orange High senior Chanel Collison will be featured at the 2018 Student Surrealist Art Exhibit at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg.



Obituary: Kenneth R. Wingate  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Kenneth R. Wingate, 74, of Winter Garden, Florida, was invited home by his Lord on Sunday, June 17, 2018, after a long-time battle with leukemia. He died ...



Recruiting: West Orange sophomore Nemea Hall earns offer from UCF | Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

West Orange High's Nemea Hall ran for 1,500 yards as a sophomore this past fall, scoring 23 touchdowns on the ground and two on receptions.



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 ...



Matthew’s Hope preschool hires new director  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Meagan Galamback is leading the Matthew's Hope homeless ministry's Firm Foundation Preschool.



Sports Spotlight - West Orange Times & Observer: Caroline Schmitt  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Caroline Schmitt has built a reputation as one of the hardest workers on the West Orange girls wrestling team.



Winter Garden artist triumphs over homelessness, racial discrimination  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Jason Swaby has suffered through homelessness, racial discrimination and even injury. But he never gave up on his art.



Amy Stotler: Cow belle of Winter Garden  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Some of Amy Stotler's best friends have hooves, a coarse and wet tongue and a penchant for oranges. The rancher has spent her life in show rings and cow ...



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

Windermere High School is the name of Orange County's newest high school, though its moniker, like much else about it, stirred up controversy. The Orange ...



Friends Of Lake Apopka hosting FOLA 40 bike ride  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Bicyclists can take the Friends Of Lake Apopka's 40-mile trip around the lake or opt for shorter routes of eight, 16 and 32 miles — but all of them will showcase ...



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 ...



Lori Gibson selling The Attic Door  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Lori Gibson is selling The Attic Door, and the new owners are keeping most of the menu items and décor and adding a daytime concept.



Winter Garden artist mixes street art with SOBOCycles  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Winter Garden artist Luke “Lsos” Sosinavage hopes to get more involved with community art and make a difference through creativity.



Little Greek Fresh Grill soon opening in Westside Shoppes  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Horizon West's newest eatery will serve up savory souvlaki, pitas and more.



Hailey Weidman spends a year abroad  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Hailey Weidman has returned from a yearlong student-exchange program in South America through the Winter Garden Rotary Club.



Meet Orange County mayoral candidate Rob Panepinto  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Why are you running for the open Orange County mayoral seat? I want my daughters, and others like them, to see our community as the place they can build ...



PHOTOS: Fall festivities at Faith Family Community Church  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Fall weather accompanied the fall festival at Winter Garden's Faith Family Community Church.



Windermere High choir to perform at Carnegie Hall  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Windermere High School's choir students have been invited to perform at one of the most well-known concert halls in the world: Carnegie Hall.



Obituary: John Keith Still  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

John Keith Still, 42, passed away Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. Keith was born Jan. 30, 1976, to John Dale Still and Virginia Morris Paice. He was a graduate of West ...



West Orange football will play final 2 home games at Olympia -- Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

West Orange High athletic director Jerry Shafer confirmed Wednesday evening that the West Orange football team will play its final two home games at nearby ...



Power Partnership: Former pro athletes team up for fitness, training facility  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Kyle Farnsworth — a longtime pitcher in Major League Baseball — and Ernest Wiggins II — a sprinter who was an alternate for the 2004 United States Olympic ...



Auto shop owner creates metal art  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Scott Nemiro creates metal home décor pieces from his auto shop.



Students to foster friendships with Buddy Benches  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Third-graders embarked on a community outreach project to bring friendship benches to the playground area of Oakland Avenue Charter School.



After surviving drive-by shooting, West Orange football star ready for season  West Orange Times

WINTER GARDEN The scar running along the base of Naquan Renalds' neck is the physical reminder of the moment when the rising senior on the West Orange ...



OCSO: Money argument led to Summerport murder  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

On the morning of Friday, June 22, Wueizman Saul Leal's stepfather, Nicholas Petrone, saw Leal holding a black handgun. He urged him to go to a shooting ...



Family, friends remember Ocoee Fire Lt. James Kelley  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Mr. Kelley served in the city's fire department from 1992 to 2017. He died Feb. 4, after a battle with thyroid cancer.



PHOTOS: Dr. Phillips High School Theatre presents "Guys and Dolls"  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Audience members were taken on a trip back in time to the 1950s as Dr. Phillips High School Theatre students took their production of “Guys & Dolls” to the ...



Former Bridgewater teacher leaves the classroom for the pulpit  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Matthew Czarnecki moved May 6, 2006, to Florida, to work as a teacher. At the time, he had no idea of what God would have in store for him 12 years to the date.



West Orange football to play game in Hall of Fame Stadium next fall | Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The Warriors football program finalized a deal to play a game against Ohio's McKinley High Sept. 7 at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.



GALLERY: West Orange High vs. Foundation Academy  West Orange Times

WINTER GARDEN The West Orange Warriors and Foundation Academy Lions kicked off the 2016 season Aug. 26 with the Battle of Winter Garden. Both teams ...



Special Olympics team shows heart, hustle on way to hoops championship  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The Renegades, a West Orange-based adult five-on-five basketball team, won first place in its division at the Special Olympics Florida State Championships in ...



Expansion to bring elite-level gymnastics to Winter Garden  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Gymnastics USA in Winter Garden is expanding its square footage and its offerings, including an elite program using new equipment from the World ...



West Orange History: 7-20-17  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Find out what was happening in West Orange County in years past.



West Orange High green-lights girls wrestling program  West Orange Times

The Warriors' first girls wrestling squad is fielding interest from at least 20 students so far and expects to begin training for the winter 2016-17 season this fall.



Gunnar Bradshaw going strong  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The 21-year-old Winter Garden resident has completed his chemotherapy treatments and has been declared cancer-free.



‘Annie Jr.’ set to take stage at Maxey Center  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

When Taylor Mezime participated in last year's Arts After 5 summer musical, she was nervous, shy and quiet. This year, she feels more confident. “I'm feeling ...



West Orange High student escapes potential kidnapper, school officials say  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

ORANGE COUNTY Following a West Orange High School student's close call with a potential kidnapper Tuesday, April 25, Orange County Public Schools sent ...



GALLERY: West Orange High School 2016 Graduation  West Orange Times

More than 800 Warriors crossed the stage at the Amway Center in downtown Orlando.



Independence Elementary community helps principal’s family in time of need  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The school community is fundraising to help the school principal's family with mounting medical expenses.



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