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Nelson files for election by petition

Bryan Nelson, candidate for mayor of Apopka, shows petitions that were signed so that he can qualify for the mayoral election without paying the...

Apopka police give to local youth groups

Apopka Police Chief Mike McKinley and other members of the Apopka Police Department presented checks to the N.A.O.M.I Kids and New Journey Youth Center...

Assessment team recommends the Apopka Police Dept. for accreditation

Police Chief Mike McKinley told members of the City Council that assessors for the accreditation process recently left after looking at the Apopka Police...

Sources of $$ determine how city services are funded

Apopka Police Chief Mike McKinley sought funding for more police officers and their equipment, including new cars, the City Council said they wanted to...

City Council rejects settlement of Anderson suit

In a 3-2 vote, the Apopka City Council rejected a proposed agreement that would have settled the city’s lawsuit against former administrator Richard Anderson...

Two seek to build city splash pad

A second stab at proposals to design and build a public splash pad in Apopka resulted in two proposals being submitted to the city.

Friday, May 26, 2017


Council’s vote means fighting suit to the end
The practical side of this situation would have been to settle and get out of the situation. It would have cost the city about $104,000 at that point, $44,000 in legal fees and $60,000 for the settlement.



These bills will affect you and family
By Bryan Nelson, County Commissioner District 2
Earlier this year, the Florida Legislature concluded its legislative session and, as a result, several hundred bills have gone to the governor’s desk for his approval or veto.

Must not ignore power of relationships
By Dr. Lisa L. Hosack, Center for Vision & Values
I concur that parentchild relationships are “everything.

Well, Planned Parenthood did ‘one’ good thing – it got Jane Roe into Heaven
By Richard Corbeil
According to Townhall writer Ryan Bomberger, Planned Parenthood is one of the biggest scams of government and private financing in the country.

So What?!
By Patti Bankson, The Way I See It
The “Campus Free Speech Act” is a proposed bill that would restrict certain kinds of protest on Michigan college campuses.

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Lifestyle News


Cleaning up the river

A team of volunteers spent much of Wednesday, July 19, cleaning up Rock Springs Run and Wekiva River.

Mayor will present proclamation to woman turning 100

Mayor Joe Kilsheimer will give Nettie Newburger the proclamation as a plaque at her birthday party.

AHS grad goes to D.C. summit

A recent Apopka High school graduate, Eileen Calub, is one of five Central Florida high school students selected to attend a week-long leadership summit...

Married 70 years

Jim and Freida Stratton of Apopka will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. They married in 1947.

Fundraiser shows community the computer lab Boy Scout will remodel

Apopka Boy Scout Jonathan Jennings will upgrade the room with new computer stations, modern wireless internet access, repainted walls, a mural and an expanded...

Cookies and Milk With a Cop

Apopka Police Officer Nicholas Dorazio, reads a book during Cookies and Milk With a Cop at the North Orange Branch Library.

Other Headlines, Events and More:

  • Mullinax Ford wants to grow its footprint
    By Teresa Sargeant, Apopka Chief Staff
  • A ribbon cutting ceremony for the sections of the Wekiva Parkway that will extend the Parkway from U.S. Highway 441 to Kelly Park Road will be held. The ceremony is open to the public and will be held at the Belgian Street bridge.
  • Citizenship class, art are part of library’s schedule. All listed events will take place at the North Orange Branch Library.
  • There will be a live turtle presentation at Wekiwa Springs State Park at the nature pavilion.
  • The Florida Sales Tax Holiday 2017 kicks off on Friday, August 4, and will end Sunday, August 6.
  • Beginning Racewalking Program is at Magnolia Park. The program is for people age 12 and older.
  • The City of Apopka is holding a Back to School Supply Drive at City Hall 120 E. Main St., until Friday, August 4.
  • The Fifth Sunday Evening Sing at First Baptist Church of Tangerine will be held. Special guest singers include the Banksons (father Roger and sons Doug and Joe), the Bradshaws, Alan Brandel, and the Lovetts.
  • Oasis Church will hold a Festival Oasis Back2School event featuring Latin food and kids water zone.
  • The women of Pleasant View Missionary Baptist Church will host their third annual Free Market and Back-To-School Bash.
  • Kyle Bauman of Apopka got a scholarship from Bemidji State University (BSU) Alumni and Foundation at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minn.
  • Alexis Sams of Apopka has been named to the spring 2017 semester Dean’s List for excellence in academics. Georgia Southern University announced.
  • State Representative Jennifer Sullivan’s staff will hold office hours at Apopka City Hall for constituent outreach.
  • Korean armistice signed July 27, 1953, after two years of negotiations. See article on page 8C.

Sports News


Five local youth bowlers competing in national event

Pete Vergos of Apopka will compete this summer for Junior Team USA

Apopka Little League teams fall in Section 5 tourney

However, advancing to that point in the first place is an accomplishment not many other teams can say. Our effort and desire never waned.

Giving her all

Vanessa Valencia of the Apopka Little League 8-10 all-star softball team pitches the ball during one of the team’s games.

Blue Darters stay active in summer ahead of fall season

During the summer conditioning drills, the Apopka Blue Darters football players use the stadium steps to keep in shape.

Several Apopka Little League teams still alive in playoffs

When the calendar turns to late June, Apopka Little League also provides a lot of pride for the Apopka community as all-star competition takes...

Apopka High School’s Will Barnes attends elite Nike football camp

The offensive lineman was one of the 166 top high school football players chosen for the invitation-only camp.


  • Registration for Upward Sports youth basketball and cheerleading at Trinity Baptist Church is under way. The church is located at 1022 S. Orange Blossom Trail Apopka. Early registration is $95 until August 19.
  • Passes for Apopka High School sports events, as well as signage/football program advertising packages are available now through the school’s athletic department.
  • Rain has been plentiful, but more is still needed for lakes
    By Jim Keck, Goin’ Fishin’
  • The Florida High School Athletic Association and RP Funding Center in Lakeland announced the signing of a two-year extension for the 2018 and 2019 Boys and Girls State Basketball Championships.


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