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Here are tips on avoiding gas pump skimmers Memorial Day weekend

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam is providing simple tips this Memorial Day weekend to help Floridians and visitors avoid skimmers,...

City of Apopka says document request for lawsuit is only ‘fishing...

In response to a deposition subpoena of one of its employees, the city of Apopka has requested that a court limit the scope of...
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Marketing director gets award for her community service in Apopka

Jackie Trefcer, marketing director of The Apopka Chief and The Planter newspapers, has helped organize the annual Apopka Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast for at least...

Remembering classmates

The senior class officers of the Apopka High School Class of 2017 watch as Kenley Richardson, senior class vice president, lights a candle in...

Few people show up at splash pad design meeting

Since the splash pad project’s initial bidding process attracted no bids, the city went back to the drawing board in revising the plan.

APD building will be fumigated over weekend

There will be no interruption in patrol services during the treatment period although citizens should not go to the police station.

Friday, May 26, 2017


First Memorial Day to honor dead of Civil War
On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.



O.C. has 16 libraries across county
By Bryan Nelson, County Commissioner District 2
The Orange County Library System has so much going on, from computer-software classes in every branch to research databases accessible from your home computer.

Children remark on their Apopka
By Christine Moore, Orange County Public School Board Member
I created student and teacher surveys to improve next year’s Ahapopka History Day. Reading their surveys was enlightening and helpful.

Israel: From Trump to Nobels to the Super Bowl – it all fits
By Richard Corbel
Most importantly, this tiny nation of 7,800 sq. mi. and slowly building up to 7 million people since 1948, while under constant attack and threats since then, has won more than 50 Nobel Prizes.

What I’m Seeing …
By Patti Bankson, The Way I See It
In the meantime, the left’s cackling hens are laying rotten eggs…  over the Russians (still), and over the president’s proposed budget. They’re crying over the usual mean things conservatives do.


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Article was a gentle masterpiece
By John V. Butterfield, The Philippines

Delightfully entertained for $2
By Earl and Flo Nelson, Apopka

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

Lifestyle News


Former Apopkan marries in a double-ring ceremony

Kailee Akins, formerly of Apopka has married Dillon New in a formal, double-ring ceremony at the Crystal Ballroom at Sunset Harbor in Daytona Beach.

National Memorial Day honors the fallen who serve in U.S.A. military

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of...

New Eagle Scout

Boy Scout Christian Lamphere was awarded his Eagle Scout badge during the Eagle Court of Honor ceremony.

Celebrating one year of volunteer work

Denise Ward, (r), was recognized for her volunteer hospice service. Karen Clark, (l), also a hospice volunteer, Ward received her certificate.

VFW installs new officers

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 10147 of Apopka and Altamonte Springs installed new officers for 2017-2018 at the Apopka Community Center/VFW Building.

Marketing director gets award for her community service

The Apopka Chief/The Planter Marketing Director Jackie Trefcer, (l), and Pastor Darrell Morgan of Word of Life Church display the Pillar Award that Trefcer...

Other Headlines, Events and More:

  • Church’s property creates unusual situation with city
    By John Peery, Apopka Chief Staff
  • The Apopka Police Department cautions residents not to respond to signs for “legal” marijuana that are starting to sprout like weeds around this area.
  • An Orlando teenager was killed Sunday, May 21, in an Apopka-area single-car crash.
  • The UCF Business Incubator in Apopka will host a six-week youth entrepreneur program called Energizing Young Minds.
  • City strikes out with its funding requests of legislature
    By John Peery, Apopka Chief Staff
  • Apopka Community Task Force on Violence will give its report at national conference
    By Teresa Sargeant, Apopka Chief Staff
  • Airport authority meets in Apopka
    By Teresa Sargeant, Apopka Chief Staff
  • Crews are closing State Road 46 from east of Round Lake Road to Swan Road nightly through today.
  • Planning Commission gives OK to extending pot moratorium
    By Teresa Sargeant, Apopka Chief Staff

Sports News


Intrasquad game gives coaches, players evaluations

“As I said before, the set of factors determining how a player reacts while drills are being run during practice and live competition are...

AHS flag football player lands award

Sedayjha “DaiDai” Payne is just a sophomore but she has already established herself as a statewide force in flag football.

Little League teams start postseason in strong manner

Played at four different locations, four teams representing Apopka had advanced to the final of age group division championship tournaments.

AHS represented at all-star game by pair of players and coach...

Apopka center Kelly Tracy and wideout/defensive back Michaela Crisan were chosen to participate in the games.

Mustangs will host Jones to end spring

Wekiva High football coach Rich Bedesem is getting the Mustangs ready for the spring game.

Orange City University will visit Darters for spring football game

The Orange City University Titans will visit the Blue Darters to end spring practice for both teams.


  • The Apopka High School boys basketball team will hold its annual Blue Darter Basketball Camp for two weeks in June.

    Thankful for rain, we still need more
    By Jim Keck, Goin’ Fishin’

    Two basketball camps for youngsters incoming fourth grade through seventh grade will be held in June at the Wekiva High School gymnasium.


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