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City officials get first look at plans for development at Errol...

The initial development plans for New Errol, along with Staghorn Club and Lodge, have been submitted to the city of Apopka and will begin...

Red-light camera renewal skates by on 3-2 Apopka City Council vote

Unconstitutional. A tyranny. Darth Vader. Those were the terms various members of the public used to describe the red-light traffic cameras that have been a...

Flying into county commission seat won’t be easy for Byrd

The field to replace Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson just got more crowded as area nurseryman Mark Byrd announced his candidacy for the District...

More Apopka police officers

Three new officers were sworn into the Apopka Police Department Friday, June 16, by Mayor Joe Kilsheimer.

Recliners coming to Apopka movie theaters

The United Artists Wekiva Riverwalk 8 movie theaters at the Wekiva Riverwalk shopping plaza in Apopka will replace all of its existing theater seats...

Chamber begins search for new president

The Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new president as Laura Heiselman, the organization’s previous president, is no longer with the...

Friday, May 26, 2017


Red light camera revenue is solid chunk of bottom line
The only way to avoid those $158 fines is by making sure we stop for all red lights. Otherwise, we’re going to be contributing to the city’s bottom line.



Sheriff’s office budget needs raise
By Bryan Nelson, County Commissioner District 2
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is running low on staff and the reasoning for the reduction is job pay.

Grateful for Apopka’s school support
By Christine Moore, Orange County Public School Board Member
I’m thrilled about those who volunteer and give of their time. A special shout out to Coca-Cola which is setting up seven computers at the Rock Springs Mobile Home Park community room. Children will now have access to complete their online assignments.

Want to know where Hillary’s coming from? Read Orwell’s ‘1984’
By Richard Corbeil
It is not surprising that Hillary Clinton claims that this book has had the most influence on her, and since she obviously has the most influence on her husband, his single-minded pursuit of an Orwellian nightmare for us and the rest of the world is not surprising … predictable even.

Love Trumps Hate?
By Patti Bankson, The Way I See It
Add to that those in the media who’ve redefined their jobs from seeking the truth and presenting it in an unbiased way, to using their mics, cameras, and computers to support only one side’s ideas and philosophies. They’re all doing Americans a grave disservice and should be ashamed.

Letters to the Editor:

Your Opinion Counts. Send a Letter to The Editor 

Journalism compared to fake news
Dr. Terry Pooler, Apopka

No excuse for failure to check sources
Ernest Bursey, Apopka

Going above and beyond for Beta Club
Edith Bentley, Apopka, Teacher, Trinity Christian School


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

Lifestyle News

Sending off Miss Apopka

The community gave Miss Apopka Kyndle Dennis, (r), a send-off in the Apopka City Hall atrium. Standing with her is Rosali Morris, Miss Apopka...

Trying it on for size

A boy tries on the helmet of Apopka Police Officer Rafael Baez when he read to the children during Cookies and Milk with a...

What raising three orphaned rhino calves has taught me

By Kari Wesighan, Special to the Chief Apopka resident Kari Wesighan’s testament of how her three-month volunteer work raising rhino orphans in South Africa, as...

Coca-Cola sponsoring two homes in new affordable housing community

Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County and Greater Apopka has welcomed back the Coca-Cola Company as a house sponsor for two homes. Read more...

Florida Hospital hires new physician

Florida Hospital Medical Group has added a new physician to the Central Florida Hepatology & Gastroenterology medical team. Read about Dr. Moin Kola.

Safety awareness

The Apopka Police and Fire departments handed out safety literature and cupcakes to customers at the Walmart Supercenter.

Other Headlines, Events and More:

  • A public hearing and open house about improvements to a 1.9-mile section of U.S. Highway 441 will be held at the Apopka Community Center/VFW, 519 S. Central Avenue.
  • Free and confidential HIV testing will be held at several places across Orange County over the next week.
  • State Representative Jennifer Sullivan’s staff will hold office hours at Apopka City Hall for constituent outreach.
  • Expansion planned at fitness gym
    By John Peery, Apopka Chief Staff
  • EMT students guaranteed jobs upon finishing certification course
  • The Tangerine monthly breakfast, sponsored by the Tangerine Improvement Society, will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake and French toast breakfast
  • Oakland Nature Preserve is hosting its monthly insect safari with entomologist Christy LeDuc.
  • The City of Apopka is holding a Back to School Supply Drive at City Hall. Read more on supplies requested and final date in this week’s Apopka Chief.
  • Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson, Loomis Outdoor Adventures at Kings Landing, Wekiva Island, and Audubon Society are hosting a Rock Springs Run/Wekiva River Cleanup
  • The Florida Living Seventh-day Adventist Church will launch into a new Bible study series, “The Gospel in Galatians.”
  • Man recalls dad’s, granddad’s roles in citrus industry
    By Teresa Sargeant, Apopka Chief Staff
  • Chase Clark of Apopka was one of more than 3,000 students who graduated from Northern Illinois University and participated in its commencement weekend.
  • Molly Elizabeth Jarvis, of Apopka, made the Dean’s List for William Carey University’s spring 2017 trimester.
  • To avoid the summer reading slide, Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) is encouraging students to participate in the #OCPSReads Summer Reading Challenge.

Sports News

All-star play for Little League fully under way soon

Apopka’s baseball and softball Little League all-star 10, 11, 12 years teams will finally begin the quest for a district championship next week. Read...

It was a very successful year for Apopka High sports

In the best game of the series so far, the Apopka Blue Darters outlasted the Wekiva Mustangs in a fierce contest.

Wekiva coach wins conference honors

This season marked the fourth consecutive season Tommie Butts was named coach of the year for girls basketball.

Apopkan will play at national lacrosse all-star academy

Jaylee Ault, a rising freshman at Apopka High School, has been named as a 2017 National Lacrosse All-Star.

Wheatley High School’s first championship team

The 1962 Class B east division champion girls basketball team for the former Wheatley High School of Apopka will be honored in June.

Apopka team competes in all-star action

Lukas Estrada of the Apopka Little League 8-9 all-star team slides home safely as the ball sits behind him on the ground.


  • The Apopka High School boys basketball team still has spots available for the second week of its annual Blue Darter Basketball Camp.
  • Lakes, rivers on the rise with our consistent rainfall
    By Jim Keck, Goin’ Fishin’


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