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Residents can find help with passport application process during Passport Week

From April 24 to April 29, the Orange County Clerk of Courts will host Passport Week to make the passport application process more convenient...

City Council will get update on Fire Station #5 construction at...

The City Council will conduct a workshop on Wednesday, March 29, at 1:30 p.m. -- right before its scheduled meeting -- to get an update on...

St. Johns District proclaims April 2017 as Springs Protection Awareness Month

For the fourth consecutive year, the St. Johns River Water Management District's Governing Board has approved a proclamation designating April as Springs Protection Awareness...
8th annual art and jazz festival

The 8th annual Apopka Art and Jazz Festival abounds with student...

Some of the best student artwork, music, agriscience exhibits with live animals and kite flying will be at the 8th annual Apopka Art and...

Jacobs to deliver 2017 State of the County address April 7

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs will deliver her 2017 State of the County address at I-Drive 360 on Friday, April 7, at 9 a.m.The...

Restaurant founder will discuss chasing a life passion at Mayor’s Prayer...

When he speaks at the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast in Apopka on May 4, John Rivers, owner of 4 Rivers Smokehouse, a regional barbecue chain,...


Must not have progress at expense of Apopka’s history
But, if we ignore our past and look to the future only with eyes on what’s shiny and bright, we will become just another suburb in any other state.


Convention center second largest in U.S.
By Bryan Nelson, County Commissioner District 2
Since opening in 1983, over 30 million people have attended events at the Orange County Convention Center. An enormous resource for the community, in 2015-2016 the OCCC generated $2.28 billion for the local economy.

It’s Arts & Jazz Festival time again
By Christine Moore, Orange County Public School Board Member
Orange County Public Schools works closely with the city of Apopka to meet the needs of local children and serve as guest hosts to children from Lockhart, Ocoee and Winter Garden. Musical performances, art, and agriscience exhibits and a kite-flying contest are our standard fare of activities.

Trump election prophesied a year before nominations
By Richard Corbel
Charisma Magazine published an article in which Rev. Johnson declared that the Holy Spirit spoke to him and said, “Trump shall become my trumpet to the American people, for he possesses qualities that are even hard to find in my people these days.

Poor children afflicted by hunger
Center for Vision and Values interview
Our book and its accompanying website provide many examples of inspiring individuals who are assisting indigent children as well as resources to educate people who want to help.

“Trouble, Trouble, Boil and Bubble”
Patti Bankson
This man is the epitome of what a judge should be, but for 10 minutes she threw at him every ruling of his that she found repugnant.


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Ignoring past would betray future
By Sam Ruth, Apopka

Police Beat: STAY INFORMED. Get the details: who, when, and why arrests were made in our community by

Lifestyle News


Post winter-garden prep

Spring gardening season is right around the corner, so now is an ideal time to prepare gardens for the warmer seasons ahead.

Classic cars come to the Apopka Fair for a show and...

Beautiful weather and a great venue filled with 120 classic vehicles made for a first-class car show Saturday, March 11, as part of the...

Have some ‘pi’

Wekiva High School math teachers celebrate Pi Day by taking a pie to the face as a fundraiser.

AHS debate team wins awards, moves on to nationals

Varsity Student Senator Christopher Hamilton and the Varsity Duo Interpretation team of Brody and Tatiana Beauchamp all qualified for Catholic Debate Nationals, after much...

Plymouth author’s new novel will be released on May 1

L.A. Parchment, a Plymouth resident, was inspired to write “My Father’s Woman” when he was summoned to and completed a week’s jury service in...

Create a budget-friendly home landscape

Although not every homeowner has the budget to create lavish landscape designs, it’s still possible for homeowners to create lawns they can be proud...

Other Headlines, Events and More:

  • Construction on a new entrance to the back side of Rock Springs Ridge will begin later this year as the city is seeking bids to build an 820-linear foot road from Jason Dwelley Parkway to Rolling Hills Lane in the southwest area of the Rock Springs Ridge housing development.
  • State Representative Jennifer Sullivan’s staff will hold office hours at Apopka City Hall.
  • The city of Apopka and CareerSource Central Florida are interviewing up to 160 young people to participate in this year’s Apopka Youth Works, an summer career exploration and employment program benefiting high school juniors and seniors from across this part of Northwest Orange County.
  • Orange County’s Planning Division is hosting a series of community meetings to ask residents what they would like to see for the future of their communities.
  • The Orange County Clerk of Courts will be hosting Passport Week to make the application process more convenient.
  • Relay for Life of Apopka brings together cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers and community member.
  • Funds raised will help the American Cancer Society.
  • The Tangerine monthly breakfast, sponsored by the Tangerine Improvement Society, will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake and French toast breakfast, including sausage, eggs, juice and coffee.
  • VFW Post 10147 is hosting a dinner at the Apopka Community Center/VFW Building, 519 S. Central Ave., Apopka. Guests are welcome.
  • The city of Apopka will present the animated movie “Sing” for the next Family Movie Night at the Apopka Amphitheater.
  • The city of Apopka will host the 11th annual “Health and Fitness Fair” at the Fran Carlton Center, 11 N. Forest Ave., Apopka. Many organizations will be on site to help promote the importance of health and fitness.
  • Easter Eggstravaganza will be held at the Northwest Recreation Complex, 3710 Jason Dwelley Parkway, Apopka. Guests can join the fun in an Easter egg hunt, photo ops with the Easter Bunny, get their faces painted and earn lots of great prizes.
  • The Apopka Community Singers is looking for singers and instrumentalists to join the group.
  • The public is invited to attend “Come to the Potter’s House,” a Lenten healing service at Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit.
  • Lenten fish dinners will be held over the next several Fridays at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
  • The Northwest Orange Republican Women, Federated (NORWF) is offering the yearly Alice Beth Miner Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.
  • The Rotary Club of Apopka will award up to $1,000 scholarships to an Apopka High School or Wekiva High School senior who plans to attend a college, university, or technical school.

Sports News


Wekiva Mustangs girls lacrosse honors its senior players

Wekiva girls lacrosse players were honored prior to the team’s game against The First Academy.

AHS softball team wins seven of first 10

When the 2016 season started, the Apopka Blue Darters softball team had what long ago became the usual expectations of 20-plus wins and advancing...

Wekiva boys basketball team honored by City Council

The Wekiva Mustangs boys basketball team was honored by the Apopka City Council for the Class 9A state runner-up season the Mustangs completed earlier...

Wekiva baseball battle Olympia

“This contest was one of the craziest I’ve ever been a part of,” Mustangs coach Jason Sanders said.

Blue Darters versus West Orange baseball

“That top of the order did a great job,” Apopka coach Eric Lassiter said. “We’ve been trying to find the right formula with those...

Apopka High boys play water polo

David Whalen comes up behind an opposing player during one of the water polo contests.


  • Wekiva wrestlers make strides this season
    By Neal Fisher, Apopka Chief Staff


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