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Ground broken for half-interchange at SR 414 and Marden Road

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday, December 1, along Marden Road for a half-interchange between Marden Road and State Road 414.
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City discussions include several issues

Everything from accepting a federal grant to helping fund new police officers to the potential raising of impact fees to the placement of a...

Two judges have been announced for the Apopka Christmas Parade

Two judges have been announced for the Apopka Christmas Parade, which will be held on Saturday, December 10.Pamela Joy Smith, a retired career criminal...

State begins stocking Lake Apopka with one million largemouth bass

The process to stock Lake Apopka with one million largemouth bass began Wednesday, November 30, as officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation...

City staff considers applying for brownfields assessment grant

The city of Apopka staff explored the possibility of applying for a brownfields assessment grant for a few properties located within the targeted downtown...

Forever Wishes will host two holiday events

Forever Wishes will host two events this holiday season, a toy drive and a holiday brunch, which will both take place at Taverna Italiano...

OUR POSITION:

City’s major fundraisers must be assured of usable event space
“Now, the city of Apopka is talking about potential changes to both of those sites, and, while nothing is set in stone, the changes do raise questions as to how the events put on by the Woman’s Club and the Rotary and Sertoma clubs would be affected.”

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Archeologist says no inn in Bethlehem; manger not in separate stable

“Mellish describes how building a house on a hillside requires digging the foundation deep enough into the hillside that you end up with a room on the ground floor. That room was used for the animals at night, to protect them and keep the house warm.”

Big jump in drug-related deaths
“The Orange County Drug Free Coalition was created in 1999 by former Orange County Mayor Mel Martinez. The coalition was created in response to an alarming number of overdoses within Orange County at the time.”

Rock Springs Elem. first in beautification
By Christine Moore, OCPS board member
The judges were impressed with the work involved in replacing two large beds in the rotunda area, large scale trimming of the laurel oaks and complete weeding and mulching of the school’s numerous large landscape beds.

Federal Fumbles
“This past Monday, Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) released a report called “Federal Fumbles”: 100 Ways the government dropped the ball”, in which he lists $247 BILLION in wasteful and inefficient federal spending.”


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Lifestyle News

NORWF will celebrate 10th year at its Christmas party

Members of the Northwest Orange Republican Women, Federated organization will celebrate their 10th year anniversary at the group’s Christmas party.

North Orange Branch gets new manager

Maritza Alicea has been named manager of the North Orange Branch in Apopka, the Orange County Library System announced this week.
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JROTC presents colors

The Wekiva High School Air Force JROTC recently presented the colors for a special program at Piedmont Lakes Middle School honoring veterans.
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WHS seniors and friends to vie for Miss Apopka title

Two Wekiva High School seniors, Naysa Smith and Delya Francis, who are good friends have completed all of their paperwork to become the first...
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Porsche Club donates food

The Porsche Club of America brought over 30 cars loaded with food, such as one car shown here, to Loaves & Fishes for Fill...
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Rotary Club has new district governor

The Rotary Club of Apopka will have its first district governor in 2019-2020. Cindi Cioci, (center), was selected to serve as the Distirct Governor...

Other Headlines, Events and More:

  • Christmas events planned by city
  • The city of Apopka has packed its community schedule with Christmas events this season, including a parade, a bonfire, a visit from Santa Claus, and more.
  • City staff takes a look at proposed projects
  • The Development Review Committee consists of representatives from different city departments, including fire, police, and planning, who assess applications and proposed projects according to city code.
  • City considers applying for grant to help with brownfields
  • By Teresa Sargeant, Apopka Chief Staff
  • Study shows that homeowners want incentives to save water
  • By Brad Buck, UF Journalist
  • Golf tournament will benefit Apopka charity
  • The 7th annual Chanell Wright Charity Golf Classic (with lunch) is scheduled as a four-man scramble at Legends at Orange Lake.
  • The Zellwood Historical Society, Museum and Library will host its first Christmas open house. There, everyone is invited to reminisce about Christmas memories from family traditions to the Zellwood community at Christmas in past years.
  • Two judges have been announced for the Apopka Christmas Parade. The judges will award the best float entrants and marching bands.
  • N.A.O.M.I. Kids will host a winter break camp that will include a free Christmas party and weekly field trips.
  • Holiday shoppers are invited to participate in Be a Santa to a Senior by picking up a paper ornament at one of over 15 locations in the Orlando area, including Bealls Outlet.
  • 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.
  • Apopka High School is asking for help from the community for a campus-wide clean up event.
  • At Oakland Nature Preserve visitors can find out all about how artifacts and other archaeological material get processed in the laboratory.
  • Avian Reconditioning Center will be at Oakland Nature Preserve to give visitors a closer look into the world of owls.
  • The choirs from St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit will join First Presbyterian Church of Apopka to lead attendees in a concert of Advent anthems and readings.
  • The First Baptist Church of Tangerine will hold Sounds of the Season program. Vocals and instrumentals will be performed by the Lovetts, Mattie Veldhuis, and Alan Brandel.
  • An Afternoon with Santa will take place at Magnolia Park. Admission is $4 per child, free for adults.
  • Forever Wishes, a local charity, will host two events this holiday season, a toy drive and a holiday brunch.
  • Oakland Nature Preserve Education Coordinator Alissa Himelfarb will lead Habitat for the Holidays, when visitors will craft edible ornaments, garland and pinecone feeders for the preserve’s wildlife during the winter months.

Sports News

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Former Darter will play in all-star game

Former Apopka Blue Darters football player Trey Hendrickson, a senior defensive end with the Florida Atlantic Owls, has accepted an invitation to play in...
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Apopka Pop Warner football, cheer teams land spots in national competition

The Apopka Pop Warner organization is actively fundraising to support the football and cheer teams to cover the costs for competition at the national...
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Wekiva’s Bedesem to lead all-star team

Three players from Apopka High and three from Wekiva High landed spots on the West team for the Central Florida All Star Game that...
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Apopka High swim teams do well during the postseason

Coach Jerry Russell’s words continued to prove true for the Apopka Blue Darters swim teams throughout the 2016 season. “This season was good for...
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Mustangs open season with Lake Minneola Hawks

Headlined by Paul Reed’s double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds and Darion Holloway providing an off-the bench quality outing, the opening of the...
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Wekiva plays preseason game against Rockledge

“Scoring points was nice, but how we played is much more important toward winning and losing,” Mustangs coach Gersino Lubin said.

OTHER SPORTS HEADLINES

  • Apopka volleyball coach evaluates recent season
    By Neal Fisher, Apopka Chief Staff
  • Cold front makes difference in fishin’
    By Jim Keck, Goin’ Fishin’
  • The Zellwood Community Center is hosting the ninth annual golf tournament and fundraiser.

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