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Dream Lake Elementary’s new campus is dedicated

The school community celebrated the newly constructed Dream Lake Elementary School campus with a time-capsule ceremony, a recap of the building’s history, a ribbon...

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive adds miles

The St. Johns River Water Management District is opening 2.5 miles of new trails on the popular district-owned Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. The new...

Homecoming queen

Cherrish Wright reacts as she is named homecoming queen for Apopka High School during a pep rally at the school. See more homecoming pictures...

Van fire causes school evacuation

A service vehicle caught on fire behind Apopka High School reportedly caused by a pressure washer can that caught on fire.

Ministerial alliances move to hold gospel music festival

Two weeks after city commissioners didn’t go along with Mayor Joe Kilsheimer’s effort to have a city-funded gospel music festival in November, the City...

Apopka Rotary Pancake Supper

Apopkans (l-r) Bob Morrow, Dena Morrow, and Millie Haefely attended the annual Apopka Rotary Club’s Pancake Supper held Thursday, October 13, at Wekiva High...

Apopka firefighters hear harrowing tale about complacency

Apopka Fire Department invited Dr. David Griffin as the keynote speaker to give his first-hand experience as the fire engineer of the first engine...

New trails open on Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Beginning Friday, October 21, from sunrise to sunset, the St. Johns River Water Management District is opening 2.5 miles of new trails on the...


Abortion not ‘reproductive freedom’ – it’s killing babies

“…it was hard not to notice how much pride Clinton has in telling us about her priorities for children and families while at the same time letting us know how much she will protect abortion rights. Color us confused, but we’re trying to see how those two statements can co-exist.”



Communist plan for USA is exact match of progressives’ history

“1961, Salt Lake City, Utah. Speaking to Congress, Rep. Herlong Jr. stated, “At Mrs. Nordman’s request, I include in the RECORD, under unanimous consent, the following ‘Current Communist Goals,’ which she identifies as an excerpt from Naked Communism by Cleon Skousen.”

DOH collaborates with 67 counties
“The Florida Department of Health (DOH) is a state agency in the executive branch of Florida’s government. It is led by the state surgeon general who is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate.”

Hillary champion of women, girls?!
By Dr. John Sparks, Center for Vision & Values
“Let’s look at Mrs. Clinton’s assertion that she is a champion of girls and women. Hillary Clinton is a Planned Parenthood, proabortion advocate. No one denies that. Her stance has become more and more strident.”

The Way I See It

“I see our country as, either at the end of that pendulum swing, or very near it… if America is ever to be great again, it won’t be because of Trump, or any other man, or woman… it’ll be because America woke up to the realization that our decline began when we began to reject God.

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Why is Constitutional Amendment 1 put on ballot?
By Nancy C. Thomas, Apopka

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

Lifestyle News


Hampden DuBose Academy alumni visit Sydonie Mansion

More than 100 alumni and friends of Hampden DuBose Academy’s boarding school days gathered for the school’s biannual reunion. Part of the reunion schedule,...

School teachers can get free books from the city and Goodwill...

The gently used books donated through Goodwill’s Bookworks program will be available. Teachers can choose up to 50 books per classroom. Representatives from area...

State legislative liaison will speak at the NORWF October 20 luncheon

The Northwest Orange Republican Women Federated will present guest speaker Eugene Cloud. Cloud will be speaking on the issues of national debt crisis, the...

WHS Chorus sings at NBA game

The Wekiva HIgh School Chorus sang at the Orlando Magic’s pre-season game.
4H Apopka

Dirty Jeans 4-H Horse Club to host horse show

There is a horse club in Apopka, FL that has been around for many, many years…bringing kids together to cultivate in them the love...

Blackwelder, Fetzer to wed

Janelle Blackwelder, of Apopka, and  Roy Fetzer set their wedding date for October…

Other Headlines, Events and More:

  • Early voting for the November 8 General Election will begin Monday, October 24, and will continue through Sunday, November 6. In Apopka, the early-voting site is the Apopka Community Center/VFW, where it has been for several election cycles.

  • Two men who pleaded guilty to cocaine charges in Northwest Orange County will be sentenced in November. The two were arrested by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Briefly: The Apopka Police Department will hold Coffee with a Cop. Chief Mike McKinley and other officers from the police department will be available to talk to the public at the restaurant during the event. The First Baptist Church of Apopka will serve a free, fully home-cooked meal, for those who might not otherwise have a meal. Those wishing to participate in the annual Apopka Christmas Parade should contact Steve Deviese, parade chairman, to receive an application. State Representative Jennifer Sullivan’s staff will hold office hours at Apopka City Hall.

  • Applications are now available for artists and crafters who wish to enter the 56th annual Apopka Art and Foliage Festival.

  • It was announced on Tuesday, October 11, that Juan Rodriguez of Apopka recently won first place in drawing in the Hand-picked Favorites Student Show at McMurry University’s Gypsy Ted Gallery, McMurry University.

  • Hope CommUnity Center is hosting the grand opening of its second campus. Snacks and entertainment will be provided. Hope CommUnity Center is focused on helping regional immigrant and working poor communities.

  • Apopka’s Hometown Halloween in the Park will be at Kit Land Nelson Park. The popular annual event will feature trick-or-treating, games, a bounce house, face painting and a family-friendly Halloween movie.

  • The Debbie Turner Cancer Care and Resource Center will hold its annual Community Health Fair at the First United Methodist Church of Apopka. Various health screenings and wellness services will be offered.

  • North Orange Branch Library and CareerSource Central Florida have partnered together to provide an event that will celebrate local veterans “Vets! Our Heroes!” All ages are welcome.

  • The Apopka Memorial High School Class of 1961 will be having its 55th class reunion. In addition to the event, the Class of 1961 will be hosting a multi-class (1958-1962) get-together.

  • Grace Pointe Church will have its annual Fall Festival, a free non-scary family event for the community. The Fall Festival will have non-scary activities such as a non-scary costume contest for all ages with prizes for best group, and best of each age group. And  other non-scary offerings.

  • First Baptist Sweetwater will have a Trunk or Treat at the church. This is a free event for families. Children may also wear their favorite costume.

  • The Fifth Sunday Evening Gospel Sing will be held at First Baptist Church of Tangerine. Musical guests will include Bill Bradshaw, Randy Powell, Alan Brandel, and the Lovetts.

  • The bazaar ladies are ready to haul the Christmas trees to the fellowship hall of the First United Methodist Church for their annual Christmas Bazaar. This year’s theme is “Christmas Around The World.” Bazaar attendees will find Christmas ornaments, scarves, blankets, tree skirts, jewelry, blue jean aprons, Santa’s shotgun shell wreaths, table arrangements, soups, homemade jellies, and desserts to fit all their Christmas needs.

  • It’s that time of year again when non-profit organizations are asking surrounding communities to think about the less fortunate and contribute resources, time and money. Loaves & Fishes, a faith-based food pantry and social-services organization, is no exception. The organization just started up various holiday drives to assist families in need, including a turkey pledge, monetary contributions for a new van, Christmas toy donations, “angel trees” under which people can leave wrapped presents, and gifts of chocolate packages.

  • Eighth grader leads stuffed toy drive for fire and police
    By Teresa Sargeant, Apopka Chief Staff

  • The Miss Apopka Pageant is seeking contestants, women ages between 17-24, to compete in the Miss Apopka Scholarship Pageant. The winner of the pageant will go on to represent the city of Apopka in the 2017 Miss Florida Pageant next June.

  • Both Personal Mini Storage locations are conducting a coat-and-blanket drive throughout October for donation to Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. Coats, jackets or blankets in clean, gently used condition for men, women and/or children are acceptable.

Sports News


Blue Darters versus Wekiva in girls volleyball district tournament

In the future, the improved play of the Wekiva Mustangs girls volleyball team when facing the Apopka Blue Darters for the third time during...

Blue Darters will host Oak Ridge in Metro Conference tilt

Rick Darlington and Apopka Blue Darters will step out of district action to take on Metro Conference foe Oak Ridge. The Darters will host...

Wekiva golfers play in regional meet

The score was not what Nick Guiliano or Spencer Hilton wanted and envisioned. But where the season ended for the two golfers was exactly...

Blue Darters battle Mustangs for district title

“Offensively, we knew it would be tough to move the ball on them, but we found a way to make plays when we had...

Senior athletes honored

The Wekiva Mustangs girls volleyball team held its senior night prior to the team’s match against the Ocoee Knights.

Darlington unhappy about cancellation of Olympia game

When Hurricane Matthew bore down, it was obvious that Apopka High School’s homecoming football game against Olympia High couldn’t be played on its originally...

Coaches weigh in on new playoff system for 2017

Apopka High football coach Rick Darlington isn’t sure how to approach the changes as to how teams will qualify for the playoffs, while Wekiva...

Two Mustangs land berths in regional golf tournament

For the Wekiva Mustangs, another step taken and two well-deserving golfers celebrating as individuals was the story at the end of the District 3A-5...


  • Football teams have Thursday outings for final district contests. A pair of District 8A-4 games will take place . Wekiva’s game at West Orange will determine the district runner-up and the playoff berth that goes with finishing second in the district. Apopka will host Evans for senior night. The Blue Darters will look to pile up some big numbers on both sides of the ball.

  • Apopka High swimmers happy about finish at district meet
    By Neal Fisher, Apopka Chief Staff

  • Make no mistake, Wekiva is a great team in all phases
    By John Peery, Peery’s Extra Points

  • Cooler weather makes fishin’ more enjoyable
    By Jim Keck, Goin’ Fishin’

  • Mustangs must focus on next task at hand, Ocoee Knights
    By Neal Fisher, Apopka Chief Staff

  • Zellwood Golf Club hosts women’s professional golf tournament. The event kicked off with a pro-am that consisted of 15 teams paired with an NWGA professional. Charles McLoone, director of golf at Zelllwood Country Club, said, “This is a great opportunity not only for our members, but it benefits our community, and club as well…”


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