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Sinkhole forms in Apopka couple’s backyard

An Apopka couple had a rude awakening on the morning of Tuesday, September 19, when a sinkhole formed in their backyard. On Monday, September 18,...

Emergency executive order signed for assisted living facilities

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs signed an emergency executive order on Thursday, September 14, that mapped out directives regarding nursing homes and assisted living...

Water district closes lands due to storm

All lands owned by the St. Johns River Water Management District will remain closed to the public as staff continues to assess each property...

Irma leaves a trail of damage in Apopka

From assessing damages to helping neighbors clear their property of branches, leaves and other debris, the Apopka community is reclaiming some normalcy following Hurricane...

City budget, tax rate gets 1st of 2 approvals

The City Council voted 4-1 to approve the budget, which is above the current budget that ends on September 30.

Apopka High School is an Orange County evacuation shelter in light...

In light of Hurricane Irma, Apopka High School is one of nine regional locations that will open as an Orange County evacuation shelter on...

Friday, September 15, 2017


Key to recovery from Irma, prayers and helping hands
In addition to everyday people helping each other, we heard stories of Apopka’s first responders going way above and beyond the call of their duty.


O.C.’s response to Irma outstanding
By Bryan Nelson, County Commissioner District 2
In the aftermath of the storm, several damage assessment teams from different departments of Orange County government are currently assessing infrastructure and property damage.

Heroes and building codes bless schools
By Christine Moore, Orange County Public Schools
Running a shelter with little or no sleep deserves our heartfelt thanks.

A ‘short’ story about a ‘long’ tragedy in United States history
By Richard Corbeil
When I said this, he turned around, and after I saw the sad, lost look on his face, I felt bad because the record wouldn’t play.

Church community at its worst-and its best
By Dr. Gary Welton, Center for Vision & Values
Churches are havens and shelters for needy humans. They contain no perfect specimens. Nevertheless, they are held to high standards and are embarrassed when their building doors are locked during a local crisis.

All That Matters
By Patti Bankson, The Way I See It
Do Ethics matter? Morals? Character? Maybe we wouldn’t define them alike, but, we’d probably agree they have some things in common:

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Lifestyle News


Lake Apopka exhibit to debut at art school

Plein-air artists and documentary photographers will lead a master class of students in creating an exhibit of oral histories and visual art about Lake...

Apopka woman serves aboard a naval ship outside Japan

Seaman Kaitlyn Dyer works in the deck department aboard the forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer operating out of Yokosuka, Japan.

Rotary Club inducts new members

The Rotary Club of Apopka inducted new members at the club’s weekly meeting.

Bird education event takes ‘wing’ at historical museum

About 50 guests attended the Apopka Historical Society’s first Wings and Wine event at the Museum of the Apopkans.

Police Officer of the Quarter

Apopka Police Department Cpl. Kenny Kaiser, (r), was recognized as Officer of the Second Quarter for demonstrating dedication and leadership.

Wekiva High gets new band director

The band was already hard at work at Band Camp with its new director, Joshua Grossnicklaus.

Other Headlines, Events and More:

  • During the horror of Hurricane Harvey, Operation Gratitude sent truckloads of much-needed supplies to hard-hit areas in Texas and Louisiana.
  • Homeowners, renters and business owners in Orange, Brevard, Citrus, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Marion, Martin, Okeechobee, Osceola, Pasco, Polk, St. Lucie, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia counties may now apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Irma.
  • The Wekiva Wilderness Trust will host an open house about volunteering opportunities at Wekiwa Springs State Park at the recreation hall at the youth camp.
  • The Apopka High School Class of 1997 will hold its 20th-year reunion. The reunion begins with class members attending the Apopka Blue Darters homecoming football game.
  • The Apopka Christian Ministerial Alliance (ACMA), Word of Life Church and the Wounded Officers Initiative are hosting a fundraising barbecue at Windy Acres Ranch.
  • Because of storm preparation for Hurricane Irma and Florida being under a state of emergency, the Zellwood Community Reunion that was to be held on Saturday, September 9, has been moved.
  • The Apopka Memorial High School Class of 1967 will hold its 50-year reunion at 6:30 p.m. at Windy Acres Ranch.
  • The women of the First United Methodist Church of Apopka will host a bunco party as a fundraiser.
  • New Hope Missionary Baptist Church of Apopka will host the Recovery at the Hope Conference. Reverend Bruce Kin-chens, pastor of Grace Community of Faith Baptist Church in Apopka, will be the guest speaker.
  • Information from Orange County government regarding recovery from Hurricane Irma. Read about Permitting Fees Waived, Fence Repair, Debris, Licensed Contractors and Traffic Signals.

Sports News

Blue Darters versus Lakeland Dreadnaughts

In a game billed as Apopka coach Rick Darlington facing Lakeland High, his alma mater, and former high school football coach Bill Castle, the...

Open date for Wekiva Mustangs comes at a great time

The good news for the Wekiva Mustangs football team in relation to Hurricane Irma is no days and practices were lost as far as...

Mustangs and Wildcats come to a close outcome in final minute

When the Wekiva Mustangs and Winter Park Wildcats football teams met, the expectations of a close outcome being decided as the closing seconds ticked...

AHS coach Darlington finally gets to face his former coach

Darlington played football for Castle, who is in his 41st season as head coach of the Dreadnaughts, as an offensive lineman.

AHS teams swim against Oak Ridge Pioneers

The Apopka Blue Darters swim teams began their 2017 season with the Oak Ridge Pioneers at YMCA Camp Wewa.

Wekiva plays against Windermere

While Wekiva football has built itself into a program legitimately aspiring to join the list of those talked about on a state level, Windermere...


  • Irma plays havoc with high school football schedules
    By John Peery, Apopka Chief Staff
  • Irma made our lives miserable in many different ways
    By John Peery, Peery’s Extra Points