Earl Warren, of Fort Dodge, was shopping at the Key on Central Friday afternoon when he heard loud banging noises from across the street.,When he looked outside, he was among the first to notice a section of the building at 1031 Central Ave. leaning out.,The tilting section of the wall fell in three large chunks shortly before 2:40 p.m., raining bricks, dust, mortar and bits of wood down onto the sidewalk and into 11th Street.,Fierke said Friday afternoon that the building owner is responsible for removing any part of the building that is in imminent danger of of falling down.,As he surveyed the fallen bricks Friday afternoon, he remained grateful it wasn’t worse.
For the first time in years, Central Florida won’t be the home base for a U.S. Senator.,But now, as Central Florida and the I-4 Corridor grows stronger in importance in both state and national elections, it will lose its local presence in the upper chamber as Southwest Floridian Rick Scott joins U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Miami on Tuesday.,While a number of lawmakers and officials played a hand in its location and its funding, including U.S. Rep. John Mica, as a Republican Senator from Central Florida, “I was in a unique place and time to nudge [President Bush’s] Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Jim Nicholson.,Rubio, who also has an office in Orlando, visited Central Florida six times in 2018, including attending the Republican Party meeting at the Rosen Centre in January, discussing Puerto Rico issues in April and September in Kissimmee and meeting with the Greater Orlando Sports Commission in December about Orlando’s World Cup bid.,Democrat Linda Chapin, who preceded Martinez as mayor, said the region’s congressional delegation will also play an increased role – especially as its three Democratic sophomore representatives, U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Winter Park, U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Kissimmee, and U.S. Rep. Val Demings, D-Orlando, are now in the majority.
The number of sex offenders and predators living in Florida has been rising steadily for more than a decade, according to a new report put together by legislative auditors.,The report issued late last week stated that nearly 29,000 registered sex offenders and predators now reside in the state.,That's an increase of 53 percent since 2005, when state legislators first ordered their auditors to review the state's efforts to keep an up-to-date registry of sex offenders.,Legislative auditors noted that the state's registry lists more than 73,000 sexual offenders and predators, but the majority of them do not live among the public in Florida.,Auditors stated that the typical registered sex offender in Florida was a white, middle-aged male: 75 percent of those on the registry were white, followed by African-Americans at 24 percent.
The facility was designed and built by Team Pain Skate Parks, a Winter Springs company founded by skateboarding guru Tim Payne, whose resume includes more than 200 custom skate parks — including those in Lake Mary, Oviedo, Cocoa Beach and New Smyrna Beach — and designing ramps for ESPN’s X-Games.,Several Central Florida cities in recent years have built skate parks to meet a recreational demand from young people who aren’t interested in traditional sports such as baseball, football and soccer.,In 2003, daredevil skateboarders and BMX riders took part in the Central Florida Extreme Festival to mark the opening of the 26,000-square-foot Orlando Skate Park at Festival Way and Livingston Street.,Some Central Florida facilities have gone by the wayside, including Vans Skatepark Orlando, a 61,000-square-foot indoor facility on International Drive that closed in 2012, and the Badlands Skate Park in Altamonte Springs, built by Team Pain, which shuttered in 1999.,In Eustis, skateboarding has surged thanks to the new skate park, which was the culmination of a presentation made by a group of young people two years ago to city commissioners about the need for such a facility in the Lake County city of 21,000.
For the sixth straight year WANE-TV is honoring the best high school football players in northeast Indiana with the Fab 15.,WANE-TV send out ballots to all local coaches asking them to list the ten best players they faced this season (coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players).,WANE then collected those ballots, tallied up the votes, and the top 15 vote-getters were named to the Fab 15.,Here is your 2018 Fab 15 (alphabetical order): Darius Alexander - Wayne - Senior Offensive/Defensive lineman 2018: 45 solo tackles, 42 assists.,87 total tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 interception, 1 blocked field goal Career: 252 total tackles, 48.5 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks Helped lead Wayne to 9-3 overall record All-SAC First Team IFCA 4A All-State Holds scholarship offers from multiple MAC programs
Kamari Anderson-Drew - Concordia - Senior Receiver/Defensive back 2018: 52 receptions, 992 receiving yards, 12 TDs, 19.1 yards per catch, long of 69 2018: 14 solo tackles, team-high 3 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries Career: 131 receptions, 2,612 receiving yards, 31 receiving TDs Concordias all-time leader in career receiving yards and receiving touchdowns All-SAC First Team IFCA 3A All-State Invited to Blue-Gray All-American Bowl in Houston, Texas Hawaii Tiki Bowl
The LSU Tigers are preparing for their New Years Six Bowl game vs Central Florida, but before they got a few days off for Christmas Break, they got to talk to our Louisiana GeauxNation.,Several players talked to us about their favorite holiday food, gifts, and memories from this time of year.,LSU will take on UCF in the Fiesta Bowl at 12pm CT on New Years Day in Glendale, Arizona.,Keep it on your Louisiana GeauxNation every night at 5, 6 10pmon NBC Local 33.