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New road will connect to west side of Rock Springs Ridge

Construction on a new entrance to the back side of Rock Springs Ridge will begin later this year as the city is seeking bids...

Anuvia back up and running but not pumping to city

With an agreement from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Anuvia Plant Nutrients was able to start operations last week on a limited...

Apopka firefighters climb in New York City

Seventeen Apopka fire fighters took part in the annual New York City Memorial Stair Climb to remember the first responders who died in the...

Students go camping

Fifth grade students of Wolf Lake Elementary School went on their yearly overnight camping trip to Camp Wewa in Apopka. Besides camping, they also...

Apopka will host firefighter combat challenge competition in May

Teams of firefighters from around Florida and other states will compete in the Scott Safety Firefighter Combat Challenge, a two-day athletic and skills competition....

One in, one out for 2018 election for Apopka City Council

Gene Knight, an Apopka native, said this week he will run for the Apopka City Council during the 2018 election. He made his intentions...


Must not have progress at expense of Apopka’s history
But, if we ignore our past and look to the future only with eyes on what’s shiny and bright, we will become just another suburb in any other state.


Convention center second largest in U.S.
By Bryan Nelson, County Commissioner District 2
Since opening in 1983, over 30 million people have attended events at the Orange County Convention Center. An enormous resource for the community, in 2015-2016 the OCCC generated $2.28 billion for the local economy.

It’s Arts & Jazz Festival time again
By Christine Moore, Orange County Public School Board Member
Orange County Public Schools works closely with the city of Apopka to meet the needs of local children and serve as guest hosts to children from Lockhart, Ocoee and Winter Garden. Musical performances, art, and agriscience exhibits and a kite-flying contest are our standard fare of activities.

Trump election prophesied a year before nominations
By Richard Corbel
Charisma Magazine published an article in which Rev. Johnson declared that the Holy Spirit spoke to him and said, “Trump shall become my trumpet to the American people, for he possesses qualities that are even hard to find in my people these days.

Poor children afflicted by hunger
Center for Vision and Values interview
Our book and its accompanying website provide many examples of inspiring individuals who are assisting indigent children as well as resources to educate people who want to help.

“Trouble, Trouble, Boil and Bubble”
Patti Bankson
This man is the epitome of what a judge should be, but for 10 minutes she threw at him every ruling of his that she found repugnant.


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Ignoring past would betray future
By Sam Ruth, Apopka

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

Lifestyle News


Landscaping needs vary by season

While maintaining a lawn is something many homeowners may think is exclusive to spring and summer, lawn maintenance is really a year-round endeavor.

Student develops Android app to raise college tuition funds

As a way to raise college tuition money, Wekiva High School student Salim Jbara, 17, created his first app “Arrow Rain,” a game now...

High school students hone leadership skills at conference

Nearly 250 Orange County Public Schools students from 24 local high schools – including Apopka and Wekiva high schools – attended Orange County Mayor...

Job seekers discover opportunities at Career Showcase

The city of Apopka hosted Career Showcase, an event designed to help job seekers explore career opportunities.

Naval officer helps students fabricate cables

Students in the Laser Photonics Academy Magnet at Wekiva High School recently received some career training from the Navy. Petty Officer Robert Heidtman of...

Post winter-garden prep

Spring gardening season is right around the corner, so now is an ideal time to prepare gardens for the warmer seasons ahead.

Other Headlines, Events and More:

  • Construction on a new entrance to the back side of Rock Springs Ridge will begin later this year as the city is seeking bids to build an 820-linear foot road from Jason Dwelley Parkway to Rolling Hills Lane in the southwest area of the Rock Springs Ridge housing development.
  • State Representative Jennifer Sullivan’s staff will hold office hours at Apopka City Hall.
  • The city of Apopka and CareerSource Central Florida are interviewing up to 160 young people to participate in this year’s Apopka Youth Works, an summer career exploration and employment program benefiting high school juniors and seniors from across this part of Northwest Orange County.
  • Orange County’s Planning Division is hosting a series of community meetings to ask residents what they would like to see for the future of their communities.
  • The Orange County Clerk of Courts will be hosting Passport Week to make the application process more convenient.
  • Relay for Life of Apopka brings together cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers and community member.
  • Funds raised will help the American Cancer Society.
  • 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.
  • VFW Post 10147 is hosting a dinner at the Apopka Community Center/VFW Building, 519 S. Central Ave., Apopka. Guests are welcome.
  • The city of Apopka will present the animated movie “Sing” for the next Family Movie Night at the Apopka Amphitheater.
  • The city of Apopka will host the 11th annual “Health and Fitness Fair” at the Fran Carlton Center, 11 N. Forest Ave., Apopka. Many organizations will be on site to help promote the importance of health and fitness.
  • Easter Eggstravaganza will be held at the Northwest Recreation Complex, 3710 Jason Dwelley Parkway, Apopka. Guests can join the fun in an Easter egg hunt, photo ops with the Easter Bunny, get their faces painted and earn lots of great prizes.
  • The Apopka Community Singers is looking for singers and instrumentalists to join the group.
  • The public is invited to attend “Come to the Potter’s House,” a Lenten healing service at Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit.
  • Lenten fish dinners will be held over the next several Fridays at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
  • The Northwest Orange Republican Women, Federated (NORWF) is offering the yearly Alice Beth Miner Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.
  • The Rotary Club of Apopka will award up to $1,000 scholarships to an Apopka High School or Wekiva High School senior who plans to attend a college, university, or technical school.

Sports News

Wekiva softball building with defense, pitching

When the season began, the story for the Wekiva Mustangs softball team was the biggest positive impact coming from Niaja Griffin taking over the...

Spring break a little rough for Apopka High baseball

In 2016, the Apopka Blue Darters baseball team enjoyed a very successful spring break, winning all four games in the Central Florida Spring Break...

Mustangs battle Lake Brantley in baseball

“We’ve played two home-and-home series with district rivals now,” Mustangs coach Jason Sanders said. “There is a common trend between the two series. The...

Darters looking for big things in flag football again

Apopka High’s flag football team enters the 2017 season with hope for another successful season and a deeper post-season run.

Wekiva Mustangs girls lacrosse honors its senior players

Wekiva girls lacrosse players were honored prior to the team’s game against The First Academy.

AHS softball team wins seven of first 10

When the 2016 season started, the Apopka Blue Darters softball team had what long ago became the usual expectations of 20-plus wins and advancing...


  • Wekiva wrestlers make strides this season
    By Neal Fisher, Apopka Chief Staff


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