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Non-profit law firm will host free legal advice clinic for homeless...

From a Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida press release: Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) will host a free legal advice clinic for homeless veterans...

Report about Apopka’s wastewater treatment plant states ‘root causes’ in management

A report from a company hired by the city to study issues at Apopka’s troubled wastewater treatment plant off Cleveland Avenue states that the...

Recreational facilities opened on Lake Apopka North Shore

Representatives from several community organizations and governments joined the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) to celebrate the opening of new recreational facilities...

Judge tosses city suit vs. Richard Anderson

The city of Apopka’s lawsuit against former city administrator Richard Anderson was dismissed this week by a circuit court judge, but the city’s attorney...

Apopka Fair scheduled for March

With some age now, the Apopka Fair has matured but continues to evolve. As such, the new and uniqueness of the area through a...

After over 25 years in Apopka, U.S. Toy is closing its...

A beloved toy store is closing its doors by late April after a 25-plus year presence in the community.U.S. Toy is closing five of...


Boy Scouts confusing 6-year-olds
By Dr. Joseph Horton, Center for Vision & Values
The Boy Scouts have announced that children who are biologically female but identify as male may now be scouts. By so doin, they have joined a movement whose understanding of gender would make perfect sense to a typical 3-year-old, but would confuse a typical 6-year-old.


Broad range of mental health services
By Bryan Nelson, County Commissioner District 2
The Orange County Mental Health and Homeless Division ensures that quality mental health services for individuals and families, children and adults, are available and accessible in this community.

Must have plan ready for deportations
By Christine Moore, Orange County Public School Board Member
We are living in challenging times. A recent Orlando Sentinel story reported on schools that reported large numbers of students missing on the “Miss an Immigrant Day.”

God offers heavenly hope for everyone including “Jane Roe”
By Richard Corbel
…it was the sight of a freezer full of frozen fetuses she saw in 1989, that started the process of thawing her heart to the recognition of abortion as a horrible crime…

Anchor Babies and The 14th Amendment
By Patti Bankson
Clearly, the original intent of the 14th Amendment was not to facilitate illegal aliens defying U.S. law and obtaining citizenship for their children, or receiving benefits at taxpayer expense.


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Lifestyle News


WHS gets award for STEM

Wekiva High School (WHS) was a recipient of the Orange County Sustainable Development Award, during the Orange County Board of County Commissioners meeting.

Apopka-based neuroloigst joins Florida Hospital Medical Group

Dr. Diana Balsalobre has joined Florida Hospital Medical Group, she has been a board-certified neurologist with sub-specialty training in clinical neurophysiology and more than...

A good year with agricultural sciences dept. and FFA Club

The Apopka High School FFA Livestock Judging Team at the 2017 Florida State Fair, placed 24th overall. The Apopka City Council presented a proclamation...

AHS drama club to perform ‘Neverwhere’

Neil Gaiman’s “Neverwhere,” a stage adaptation by Robert Kauzlaric will be presented in the Apopka High School auditorium.

Nazarene Quizzers going to regionals

Members of the Apopka Calvary Church of the Nazarene Quizzers have become district winners who will travel to Nashville to compete for the regionals.

Apopka Fire Department awards golf trophy

Apopka firefighters presented a trophy to Orlando Fire Department representatives who won the Armando Borjas Jr. Golf Tournament.

Other Headlines, Events and More:

  • Planning Commission approves various public hearings
    By Teresa Sargeant, Apopka Chief Staff
  • John Rivers, owner of 4 Rivers Smokehouse regional restaurant chain, will be the speaker at the annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast at the Apopka Community Center/VFW.
  • Hope CommUnity Center will host an immigration fair at the center to give information about various issues for immigrants, including knowing their rights.
  • Orange County Clerk of Courts Tiffany Moore Russell will host the Legal Matters forum, “Public Records: What’s Confidential and What’s Not,” in the Orange County Courthouse.
  • State Representative Jennifer Sullivan’s staff will hold office hours at Apopka City Hall for constituent outreach.
  • A Mother’s Day concert with the Orlando Philharmonic will be held at the Apopka amphitheater.
  • Orange County Clerk of Courts offers multiple options to choose from when paying a traffic ticket or fine that may keep residents from having to stand in a line.
  • Town hall event unveils plans for new affordable housing
    By Teresa Sargeant, Apopka Chief Staff
  • Loaves & Fishes’ annual Walk for Hunger, the non-profit Christian organization’s only fundraiser for the year, will include prayer, raffle prizes and awards. Walk for Hunger donations from the walk will be used for purchasing food items to fill Loaves & Fishes warehouse.
  • Applications are now available for artists and crafters who wish to enter the 56th annual Apopka Art and Foliage Festival that will be held April 29 and 30 at Kit Land Nelson Park, Apopka, Florida.
  • Zellwood Station will hold its annual quilt show at the main recreation building, The Depot.
  • “The Hidden Figures,” a black history program, will be held at the John Bridges Community Center. The program will have dancing, singing, spoken word, skit and much more.
  • 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.
  • The next Movie Night in the Park featuring the hit film “Moana” will be at the Apopka Amphitheater.
  • Oakland Nature Preserve President Jim Peterson will lead a two- to three-hour nature kayak tour on Lake Apopka.
  • Goodwill Industries of Central Florida is offering a free one-day workshop that will help participants in their job search.
  • St. Francis of Assisi will hold the 17th annual golf outing fundraiser for its Food Pantry at Zellwood Station Golf Club.
  • Artists are invited to submit work for the third annual Sculpture on the Lawn exhibition, an outdoor display featured at the entrance to the Orange County Administration Center in the heart of downtown Orlando.
  • Jennifer Hunt of Apopka was among more than 3,000 students from Miami University who received degrees during fall commencement exercises.

Sports News


Darters move to region wrestling

With a team made up almost completely of returning starters, achieving the same level of success as the Conference and District Championship meets  at...

Darters, Mustangs compete in sports

Members of the Apopka Blue Darters girls lacrosse team celebrate a victory earlier this season. The Apopka Special Olympics basketball team won the silver...

Girls team is in state semis for third time in four...

A lot of words and sentences can be used to describe the Wekiva’s Mustangs’ girls basketball season. But short and simple is an even...

Boys squad will play for first trip to state tourney

Wekiva Mustangs boys basketball coach Gersino Lubin warned about talent alone not being enough to continue to advance.

Apopka High athletes wrestle in Metro West

And as the team looking to successfully defend the championship, the least amount of drama as possible was exactly what the Apopka Blue Darters...

Wekiva girls battle Boone in playoffs

Mustangs surround Brierra Williams (c) as she leads teammates up the floor for a fastbreak opportunity.


  • Apopka Little League will note 50th year of play
    By Neal Fisher, Apopka Chief Staff
  • After changes, Blue Darters 2017 football schedule finalized
    By John Peery, Apopka Chief Staff
  • Wind affects weekend fishin’
    By Jim Keck, Goin’ Fishin’
  • Hoops going strong at Wekiva
    By John Peery, Peery’s Extra Points
  • Mustangs win first regional playoff game over University
    By Neal Fisher, Apopka Chief Staff
  • Apopka baseball falls in season opener
    By John Peery, Apopka Chief Staff
  • Five soccer players from Apopka and Wekiva high schools were named to the All-Metro Conference West Division boys and girls soccer teams. In addition, the Apopka High boys soccer coach was named Metro Conference West Division coach of the year.
  • A fundraiser for the Wekiva Mustangs boys volleyball team will be held at the Chipotle Mexican Grill. The team will receive 50 percent of the proceeds from sales that evening for those who either mention the Wekiva High boys volleyball team or show a copy of the flyer for the team on a smartphone or a paper version.
  • The 5K Rabbit Run, benefiting Relay for Life, is scheduled at the Northwest Recreation Complex.


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