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Two men arrested, charged with preparing roosters for cockfighting

 Apopka police arrested and charged two suspects with preparing roosters for cockfighting and possessing animal equipment associated with the activity.Jose Antonio Perez-Sanchez, 69, and...

Apopka police respond to area used to raise roosters for cockfighting

Apopka police found more than 200 roosters on a South Apopka Boulevard property, along with makeshift corrals and fences, and several round rooster...

Various city boards get primer on Sunshine Law

Three city governing bodies held a joint workshop to listen to details about the Sunshine Law, which mandates how city officials conduct public meetings...

Parade honors birthday of MLK Jr.

Eighty-one entrants, from churches to non-profit groups, celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and message in the namesake’s eighth annual parade in South...

Man charged

After a standoff of several hours, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) arrested and charged Mike Matthew Gue with…
Apopka's wastewater plant

Mayor says Apopka’s wastewater plant has no public health issue

In response to citizens’ complaints about potential violations of state regulations at the city of Apopka’s wastewater plant, Mayor Joe Kilsheimer said there is...


Kennedy’s words should still ring true
It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 56 years since President John F. Kennedy spoke these immortal words: “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”


Neighborhood Pride grants are unique
Bryan Nelson, County Commissioner District 2
If you are looking for a funding opportunity to beautify and revitalize your neighborhood or assist a community organization, Orange County may be able to help. This is made possible through the Neighborhood Pride Grants.

Several factors determine school building
By Christine Moore, Orange County Public School Board Member
The one question I get asked routinely is why the district doesn’t build schools before they are needed to avoid portables. I’m sure many of the readers also have wondered about this situation.

There’s no question of who M.L.K. Jr. would have voted for
By Richard Corbel
All the media coverage I saw Monday was completely devoid of mentioning his political affiliation and what he meant when he uttered the famous phrase, “Free at last!” Of course, when you know that he and his father, MLK Sr. were staunch, lifelong…

Enemies of the State and the People
by Patti Bankson
Instead, Democrats are serving up more whining, and complaining, and promises not to attend. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga) who seems to be the official voice/leader of the left side of the isle, said in an NBC interview, he doesn’t see this president-elect as a “legitimate president.”

Letters to the Editor:

Parking ordinance is supported
By Dan Burrington
I felt that the committee hadn’t adequately addressed the last-minute changes prohibiting parking across from other driveways.

Your Opinion Counts. Send a Letter to The Editor

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

Lifestyle News


City nets grant for youth employment program’s app

The U.S. Conference of Mayors, which gathered in Washington D.C. for its 85th Winter Meeting, awarded the city of Apopka with the 2017 Dollarwise...

Music conference

James Morrison II (r) represented Wekiva High School for the 2017 Florida Music Education Association (FMEA)Conference All-State Men’s Choir.

Stewart, Call engaged to wed

Taylor Nicole Stewart, daughter of Bryan and Teresa Stewart of Apopka, and Anthony Michael Call, son of Steven and Melonie Call of Apopka, are...

Lakeville Elementary School gets award from state Dept. of Education

Lakeville Elementary School Principal Cynthia Swanson holds the school’s Five Star School Award from the state for the 2015-2016 school year.

80 years young

Virginia Mapel, a longtime Apopka High School teacher who is now retired, celebrated her 80th birthday.

WHS scholar

Ava Boornazian of Apopka, a freshman at Wekiva High School, has been selected as a member of the National Society of High School Scholars.

Other Headlines, Events and More:

  • Birds are the star of show at annual Birdapalooza
  • Birdapalooza is a free event that showcases the 20,000-acre Lake Apopka North Shore and its unique habitat for hundreds of bird species and other wildlife.
  • State Rep. Jennifer Sullivan’s staff will hold office hours at Apopka City Hall for constituent outreach. 
  • City staff reviews accessibility
    By Teresa Sargeant, Apopka Chief Staff
  • Sponsorships sought for AHS Special Olympics
  • The Apopka Special Olympics program would like to have Apopka-area businesses involved by printing their business names on signs and putting the signs leading up the entrance to Roger Williams Field at Apopka High.
  • Schools leader appointed to national post
    By Teresa Sargeant, Apopka Chief Staff
  • Families and children can meet Apopka’s police officers for the next Cookies and Milk with a Cop (Storytime, Too) at the North Orange Branch Library.
  • The Freshman Fair for current eighth graders who will be ninth graders at Wekiva High School next school year will be held in the Wekiva High auditorium.
  • Entomologist Christy LeDuc will lead the Insect Safari about how insects can survive the winter at Oakland Nature Preserve.
  • The Avian Reconditioning Center (ARC) will host Henry’s Valentine Party at ARC.
  • First Baptist Church of Tangerine will host a Fifth Sunday Evening Sing. Musical guests will include the Bradshaws, Randy Powell, and Michelle Harris, who will join the Lovetts and Alan Brandel.
  • January’s halfway over, but not finished for North Orange Branch programs. Most classes are free but require pre-registration.
  • The Apopka Woman’s Club is accepting applications for the scholarships the organization awards annually. It is open to Apopka-area young women who are high school seniors, and also to an adult woman who is continuing her education.
  • The Wekiva High School Guidance Department and a representative from the Office of Student Financial Assistance will be hosting a FAFSA Help Night in the Media Center. FAFSA stands for “Free Application for Federal Student Aid.”

Sports News


Darters will have tougher football schedule next 2 years

Last year, the Blue Darters finished 9-0, the first undefeated regular season for head coach Rick Darlington. However, the postseason was just the opposite.

Apopka girls soccer team will host finals of district tourney vs....

Apopka has claimed the most prime of positions to advance to the FHSAA state tournament with the number one seed.

Blue Darters play against Lake Minneola basketball

The Blue Darters combined that drought over the final part of the second period by holding Lake Minneola without a field goal for the...

Apopka wrestling team rounding into shape as postseason nears

There was no question as to how the Apopka Blue Darters wrestling team was perceived by others at the start of this season. Apopka’s...

Apopka, Bishop Moore battle in girls soccer

Madison Tryon strides as she dribbles the ball down the field for the Blue Darters.

Wekiva girls and Blue Darters in District 9A-3 battle for improvement

Under coach Brittany Hardy, the Apopka Blue Darters girls basketball team has made significant strides toward reaching the position where the program used to...


  • New playoff format affects scheduling for football teams
    By Neal Fisher, Apopka Chief Staff


  • There is an important reason they call it fishin’, not catchin’
    By Jim Keck, Goin’ Fishin’
  • Apopka girls soccer back to its normal successful self
    By John Peery, Peery’s Extra Points


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