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Orange County Deputy Struck, Injured by Vehicle  News 13

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — An Orange County Sheriff's Office deputy suffered a broken arm and head injuries after being struck by a vehicle on an Orlando road ...

Olympia Alum, Jets QB Trevor Siemian Out For Season  News 13

Olympia High School alum Trevor Siemian's run as the New York Jets starting quarterback ended after one game and a broken ankle.

Search for armed robbery suspect puts Orange County schools on lockout  WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando

A search for an armed robbery suspect with an active warrant Tuesday morning led to a lockout at three schools, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Lockdown lifted at Olympia High School following bomb threat  Orlando Sentinel

A lockdown and evacuation at Olympia High School have been lifted following a bomb threat and students have returned to the building, Orange County Public ...

GALLERY: Olympia High School 2016 Senior Walkout  West Orange Times

Armed with silly string, shaving cream and streamers, the members of Olympia High School's Class of 2016 stormed out of school this morning during the ...

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.

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

The CFE Arena at UCF was filled with cheering and clapping as Olympia High's Class of 2017 celebrated its graduation.

PHOTOS: Olympia High School Senior Walkout  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

A cloud of confetti and baby powder settled over the Olympia High School courtyard as dozens graduating seniors took part in the school's Senior Walkout ...

2022 QB CJ Brooks continues to prove he's one of Florida's rising stars  Youth1

2022 QB CJ Brooks updates Youth1 on his progress since being named to the Freshman450 last fall.

9 Family Connection: Olympia H.S. student picks Harvard over 9 others  WFTV Orlando

Tianhao “Tony” Wu, a recent Olympia High School graduate and Orange County Public Schools' Super Scholar headed to Harvard, considers his father a key ...

Olympia high student makes name for herself in modeling industry  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Victoria Jimenez, a junior at Olympia High School, is no stranger to the runway and demands of the modeling industry.

Olympia High dismisses football coach | Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Kyle Hayes was relieved of his duties by Olympia High Principal Guy Swenson after three seasons at the helm.

Olympia High teacher awarded history organization's Teacher of the Year  West Orange Times

David Lovely was awarded the Daughters of the American Revolution's Teacher of the Year award for Orange County.

GALLERY: Olympia High School Class of 2016 Graduation  West Orange Times

Olympia High School said farewell to its class of 2016 in a graduation ceremony Thursday, May 27, at the CFE Arena, located on the University of Central ...

'Alternative' Education: Using Charter Schools to Hide Dropouts and Game the System  ProPublica

School officials nationwide dodge accountability ratings by steering low achievers to alternative programs.

Caroline Jeffers prepares for final season with FSU Soccer  News 13 Orlando

Former Olympia Soccer standout Caroline Jeffers is back home preparing to defend national championship in final season with FSU.

Dr. Julie Helton appointed principal of Castleview Elementary  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Dr. Julie Helton has been named principal of Castleview Elementary. The new school's mascot is the Dragon, and the school colors are royal blue, silver and ...

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 ...

Edgewater boys lacrosse team chasing second-consecutive playoff berth  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The Eagles are off to a strong start in pursuit of playoff spot.

Nease names Collin Drafts new football coach  St. Augustine Record

Collin Drafts, the Class AAAA Lower State Coach of the Year in South Carolina in 2018, is the new head football coach at Nease High School.

Chain of Lakes Middle School teacher arrested on battery charge  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Because the charge is a misdemeanor, Tiffany Rollins returned to school following the incident.

Central Florida's National Merit semifinalists announced  Orlando Sentinel

More than 100 Central Florida high school students are semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, meaning their scores on the PSAT — a ...

Windermere Prep student named National Merit Scholar Finalist  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation honors academic achievements of high school students each year in the U.S. While not named a National Merit ...

Jordan Grant hopes to finish Olympia hoops career on high note | Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

If Jordan Grant's hair is the first thing many notice about the senior guard for the Olympia Titans, then his game is the next thing.

Best public high schools in Florida: U.S. News releases 2018 list  Orlando Sentinel

Twenty-five Central Florida high schools earned top rankings in the latest U.S. News & World Report's "best high schools" list meant to showcase excellent ...

Thousands of Central Florida students walk out calling for end to gun violence  Orlando Weekly

Thousands of Central Florida students joined nationwide school walkouts Wednesday to call for an end to gun violence and honor the people killed in a mass...

Sports Spotlight - Windermere Observer: Luke Carey  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Luke Carey spent the majority of his summer in the pool improving his water polo game.

VIDEO: New Olympia girls basketball coach settles in | Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

After having a fantastic season last year, one in which the Titans made it all the way to the FHSAA Class 9A State Semifinals in Lakeland, the Olympia High girls ...

The mysterious and spooky comes alive at Olympia High School  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Things are taking a quirky turn at Olympia High School as the theater department stages “The Addams Family” musical this weekend. What makes this show ...

Wolverine Legacy Fund awards first scholarships  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Windermere High's Wolverine Legacy Fund recently awarded its inaugural scholarships, another first for the young school.

MY VIEW: Students shadow Windermere mayor  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn held his annual Spend a Day with the Mayor event May 4.

Orange County school district denies dumping students into alternative schools  Orlando Sentinel

An Orange County charter school is a “release valve” for the district, taking in students with poor academic records who were unlikely to graduate on time, ...

BLACK TIE: Dr. Phillips High Theatre’s Incandescent Gala  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Stunning student performances, a silent disco and a bit of Disney magic made for an elegant night under the lights during Dr. Phillips High Theatre's 14th annual ...

UPDATED: Two arrested after body discovered in Dr. Phillips  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The Orange County Sheriff's Office arrested two men Friday, June 7, after they admitted to burying the body of a friend who had died of an overdose, according to ...

PHOTOS: Central Florida's students, teachers return to school  News 13 Orlando

The rest of Central Florida will be returning to school, but this is not a normal school year.

Windermere Little League 10-11-12 All-Star team kicks off Southeast Regional tonight  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

After taking the Florida State title, WLL will look to try and make their way through the Southeast Regional and on to the Little League World Series.

Their turn! Olympia boys water polo wins state championship | Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

One year after the Olympia Titans girls water polo team won a state title, Olympia High School's boys water polo matched it with a state championship of its own ...

West Orange Observer: Sports Spotlight — Natalie Work  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Windermere Prep's Natalie Work has been a key fixture on the Lakers volleyball team since seventh grade.

Finnegan Academy of Irish Dance offering classes in Dr. Phillips  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Amanda Finnegan had a goal in mind when she left her home in Galway, Ireland, and moved to Orlando: She wanted to open a dance academy and share her ...

Roberto Ydrach ready to run with the Pack | Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The high-school soccer season may be over for the Olympia senior, but Yorach has his eyes set to dominate at NC State.

Hear and now: Former Orlando REP director conquers hearing loss  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The start of Gene Columbus' lifelong career in musical theater and entertainment can be traced back to a simple teenage crush he had on his sister's best friend.

Several Orlando-area schools among 'best high schools' in US, report says  WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando

Several Orlando-area high schools were ranked at the top of U.S. News & World Report's newly released list of "best high schools."

Winter Park High School crowns Homecoming royalty  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Winter Park High School recognized its new Homecoming King and Queen on Friday, Oct. 5 as seniors Josh Coffee and Rileigh Hanson were crowned at ...

Don't Look Now, But the South Florida Polo Scene Is Exploding  Swimming World Magazine

For South Florida polo to grow requires devoted parents, an upswing in high school participation and more coaches to relocate to the region.

FL Investigating Graduation Rates Following ProPublica Report  WMFE

Florida is investigating graduation rates at alternative charter schools after a ProPublica report about an Orange County charter school that served as a “release ...

Wolverines dominate on the mound | Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

At Windermere High, a stable of pitchers is looking to propel the program forward in its second season.

M/I Homes to build new Horizon West neighborhood  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The 139-home Encore at Ovation neighborhood will be among the newest communities in Horizon West.

Sanel Saint-Simon found guilty of killing his girlfriend's teenage daughter  Orlando Sentinel

An Orange County man murdered his longtime girlfriend's 16-year-old daughter in 2014, a jury decided Tuesday night.

Agave Azul ownership forced to pay back wages  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The restaurant ownership group behind the Agave Azul Mexican Cuisine in the MetroWest area was recently in trouble with the law after failing to pay 91 ...

Chronic Tacos hopes to become habit-forming  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Restaurant Row's newest Cali-Mex restaurant opened its doors in late April.

Chicken Salad Chick expands to Horizon West  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Glenn and Jennifer Pilson will open a new location of the counter-*service* franchise Chicken Salad Chick this fall in Westside Shoppes in Horizon West. Chicken ...

Minnesota Twins: What will the trade deadline mean for Nick Gordon?  Puckett's Pond

The Minnesota Twins made the shortstop the fifth overall pick of the 2014 MLB Draft, but could his time in the Twins system be coming to a close?

PHOTOS: Windermere Prep stumbles in 44-10 loss to Orlando Christian Prep in SSAC semifinal |...  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

After a perfect season and first round playoff win, the Lakers fall in the SSAC semis to end the season.

PHOTOS: Olympia tops Lake Nona 50-29 in preseason -- Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

LAKE NONA The Olympia Titans made big plays on offense, defense and even special teams Friday night, spurring the Titans to a 50-29 victory over the host ...

Dr. Phillips girls weightlifting breaks records | Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

At Dr. Phillips High School, a group of young weightlifters are showing they have what it takes to be the best.

Windermere Elementary School embraces VR tech  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Windermere Elementary School has embraced new VR Tech in the classroom.

Sports Spotlight: Trey Moss  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Trey Moss is a standout sophomore on the Windermere High basketball team.

Four-star Florida QB Joe Milton commits to Michigan  USA TODAY High School Sports

Michigan has its next quarterback. Or to be technical it's next, next, next quarterback. Four-star quarterback Joe Milton from Olympia (Orlando) announced ...

Jury selection begins in Alexandria Chery murder case  Orlando Sentinel

Jury selection began Monday for a man accused of killing his girlfriend's 16-year-old daughter and leaving her body in the woods near the Osceola-Polk county ...

Windermere Prep cheerleading finds early success | Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

In only its second year, the Windermere Prep competitive cheer team is finding success at both the local and state level.

PHOTOS: Sunset Park Elementary Talent Show 2019  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Sunset Park Elementary held its talent show on Thursday, May 23.

Windermere High gets new assistant principals for upcoming school year  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Nancy Murchison, Taylor Plumblee and Adele Salazar all have joined the Horizon West school.

Windermere Prep duo named All-American Athletes | Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

When Lyndsey Huizenga took to the stage during Windermere Prep's annual WSPYS athletic banquet, she thought she was just getting an award for her ...

Teens beat man during robbery, deputies say  WKMG Orlando

A group of teens beat a man, robbed him and then posted pictures of the stolen items on Instagram, deputies say.

Obituary: Gregory Lee Winters  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Dr. Gregory Lee Winters, 84, of Windermere, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.

Graduation day for Reese Domond  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Olympia High senior Reese Domond couldn't attend his graduation ceremony, so his family brought graduation to his hospital room in St. Petersburg.

Dr. Phillips High seniors receive $20,000 Dell scholarship  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Dr. Phillips High School seniors Pooja Patel and Cynthia Santiago are two of 500 students nationwide to receive the Dell Scholars award.

Windermere Little League prepares for All-Star season  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

As baseball enters districts and softball readies for sectionals, WLL is hoping to start the summer off with some hardware.

New Monk Property subdivision gets final approval in Horizon West  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

An 81-home planned development project set for a plot of land tucked behind a Horizon West neighborhood has just been given the final green light for approval ...

Sand Lake Elementary teacher remembered as ‘everybody’s mom’  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Karen Smith taught first grade for 10 years at Sand Lake Elementary. She died of brain cancer Nov. 9 at age 61.

Dr. Phillips' own superhero helps rescue animals through Batman4Paws  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Dr. Phillips High alumnus Chris Van Dorn moonlights as Batman, using his 'Batmobile' to transport animals in need to forever homes throughout Florida and ...

St. Luke's UMC host second annual 'Take pART' festival  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

St. Luke's United Methodist Church's 'Take pART 2019, A Festival of the Arts' event will feature a wide array of free creative workshops.

Meet the new mayor: Jim O'Brien ready to serve Windermere  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Windermere Mayor-elect Jim O'Brien is preparing to officially step into his new role on Tuesday, March 26.

Kensington Church, Windermere Prep collecting items for Hurricane Michael victims  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

It has been a couple of weeks now since the Panama City area took a direct hit from Category 4 Hurricane Michael, and a local church needs your help to help ...

'I don't know what happened:' Man convicted of Alexandria Chery's murder sentenced to life in prison  Orlando Sentinel

Sanel Saint Simon will be sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Alexandria Chery, his 16-year-old stepdaughter.

France native opens The French Café in Hamlin  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Chef Francois Paille has spent years honing his craft with baking and creating pastries and now brings his talent to Horizon West.

Michigan QB commit Joe Milton on throwing ball 70 yards: 'I can do it anytime, anywhere'  USA TODAY High School Sports

Michigan's newest quarterback commitment, Orlando (Fla.) Olympia's Joe Milton, doesn't want to be know entirely for his arm. As his profile raised in the past few ...

Olympia Winter Guard's show has a celestial spin  West Orange Times

Olympia High School's Winter Guard competes March 19 at the WGI Competition.

Recap: National Signing Day Wednesday  WESH Orlando

National signing day is Wednesday and elite high school athletes from all over Central Florida are signing their national letters of intent to play their sport at the ...

31 and Oh, So Sweet: Olympia girls water polo's perfect season -- Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Before the Olympia Titans girls water polo team began the FHSAA 2017 State Championship Match, its members issued a challenge to one another.

The rise of RJ Roman, American Ninja Warrior  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

In his rookie season of American Ninja Warrior, RJ Roman finished in the top 15 in the Las Vegas finals.

Olympia boys water polo beats DP to earn first West Metro title | Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Luke Carey scored a game-high eight goals to lead the Olympia Titans boys water polo team to a 15-12 victory against Dr. Phillips at the YMCA Aquatic Center ...

Preserving history at Nehrling Gardens  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The historic Nehrling Gardens in Gotha has received a $59000 matching grant to restore Dr. Henry Nehrling's Palm Cottage home.

Windermere football took big step forward in its opener | Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

SIDELINE SCENE | The Windermere High football program nearly earned its first win in Week One, falling 30-27 to Cypress Creek. If the Wolverines can build ...

Bobby Foster is living beyond his diagnosis  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Bobby Foster sought a life coach and became one himself to control his cystic fibrosis instead of letting it control him.

Jackson Bennett ready for Lakers varsity football | Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Windermere Prep eighth-grade football player Jackson Bennett recently played in a tournament on the Football University national team out of Tampa.

Man accused of shooting girlfriend previously held gun to her chest, records show  WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando

Orlando police said a man arrested in Seminole County Tuesday killed his live-in girlfriend Tiffany Linquanti, who was shot last month in Lake Nona and ...

Finding your inner Warrior at Warrior ONE Yoga  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

At Warrior ONE Yoga — Winter Garden/ Windermere, owner and instructor Julie Sanchez helps visitors find self growth and clarity.

Search continues for missing swimmer in Windermere  News 13 Orlando

Law enforcement officials are still looking for a man thought to have gone underwater in a lake in Windermere early Sunday evening.

Student arrested in connection with Dr. Phillips High shooting threat  West Orange Times

ORLANDO Orlando police arrested a 15-year-old student Monday, Sept. 12, in connection with written threats made to “shoot up” Westridge Middle School and ...

Jurors hear evidence of teenager's sexual assault, will decide whether mother's boyfriend deserves death penal  Orlando Sentinel

An Orange County jury will decide whether a man convicted of murdering his girlfriend's teenage daughter should be sentenced to death or life in prison.

Victoria Siegel fought prescription-drug addiction, family says  Orlando Sentinel

An autopsy has been completed on 18-year-old Victoria Siegel, daughter of "Queen of Versailles" stars David and Jackie Siegel.

Windermere estate sells for $2.725 million  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

A home in the Aladar on Lake Butler community in Windermere topped all West Orange-area residential real-estate transactions from Feb. 22 to March 1.

Dexter Williams: How the Mother He Almost Lost Became the Roommate He Needed  Sports Illustrated

The running back started his senior year at Notre Dame facing a suspension and an uncertain future. Then 'mama'—who was once thought to be gone, and who ...

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

Olympia High School freshman golfer Caroline Hwang placed 12th at state last weekend.

Department of Health in Orange County welcomes new preventative medicine resident  The Apopka Voice

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County is pleased to welcome Preventive Medicine Resident Tolu Adebanjo, M.D., M.P.H..

Students of the Natyatharu Performing Arts School learn Bharathanatyam, a 4,000-year-old Indian...  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

The school will host its fourth annual recital Sunday at Olympia High School.

PHOTOS: Windermere High boys hoops debuts with preseason win | Observer Preps  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

WINDERMERE The Windermere Wolverines varsity basketball team took the court for its very first preseason game Nov. 20, just around the corner from its ...

Windermere residents co-chair 100 Women Strong giving circle  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Windermere residents Avani Desai and Leslie Hartog are co-chairs of local giving circle 100 Women Strong, a Central Florida Foundation initiative.

Fire stations coming to Horizon West  West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Commissioner Betsy VanderLey discussed how soon residents can expect more fire stations in their community.

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