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Wekiwa Springs State Park honors Earth Day with natural elements program

Wekiwa Springs State Park honors Earth Day with its program “The Elements of Earth Day” on Saturday, April 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., which...

Artist starts online fundraiser to finance Apopka-themed coloring book

A Kickstarter campaign has begun so as to raise money for the publication of an educational Apopka-themed coloring book and travel guide.Launched by Rob...

Youngsters will enjoy annual Apopka festival

The 56th annual Apopka Art and Foliage Festival is not just for grownups. There will be plenty for children to see and do there as...

Easter egg hunters

Plastic Easter eggs were the order of the day at the Northwest Recreation Complex. See more photos of the event on page 6B.

Boys bowling team honored by City Council

The Apopka Blue Darters boys bowling team was honored Wednesday, April 19, by the Apopka City Council for the team’s four straight state championships...

Community honors fire fighters at City Council meeting

The Apopka Fire Department received much recognition from the community at the City Council meeting for the department’s endeavors in two major events and...


An annual festival that appears 56 times has gone beyond terrific
For those who are new to the area or are just unfamiliar with the Apopka Art and Foliage Festival, this community event brings the best of local and regional artists to Apopka.



O.C. leads in citizen communication
By Bryan Nelson, County Commissioner District 2
As your elected officials, it is one of our duties to make sure the Orange County government is as accessible and transparent to you as possible.

Students to learn Apopka history
By Christine Moore, Orange County Public School Board Member
It has been our long time goal to reinstate local history field trips for fourth-grade Apopka students.

This number can give you the greatest lotto prize ever
By Richard Corbel
It never ceases to amaze me how much evidence has proven that Jesus was his “only begotten Son,” and is interlocked by indisputable and infinite facts with everything in the universe.

O.C. Council of Mayors warns against passage of some House bills by state
By Gary Bruhn, Orange County Council of Mayors
Local government can do anything not denied to them by state law. And every year, your legislators come up with new ways to impose their will on your local way of life.

Taking A Break
Patti Bankson
Crazy Korean leaders testing nukes, murders, carjacking, all manner of other crimes… sometimes, we just need a break…


Letters to the Editor:

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Grateful for written history
By Francina Boykin, Apopka

Money-making venture is a no-no
By Barb Zakszewski, Apopka

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

Lifestyle News


Bodybuilder to appear at motivational forum

The Apopka Christian and South Apopka Ministerial Alliances will host an inspirational and motivational forum featuring professional bodybuilder Ray Clark, the 2014 National Gym Association “Pro...

VFW honors fire, police

Apopka Police Officer Josean Velez Cantres, (second from r), and Firefighter Don Klouse, (not pictured), were among the Central Florida first responders whom the...

Tractor Supply is being built

Construction is underway for Apopka’s new Tractor Supply Company.

Orlando Philharmonic to make Apopka debut at amphitheater

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will present its first-ever Apopka performance for the inaugural Symphony Under the Stars, an outdoor concert and dinner event.

Houseplants can clean indoor air

Houseplants can work wonders when it comes to improving overall health.

Other Headlines, Events and More:

  • Access for emergency vehicles into development concern for city
    By John Peery, Apopka Chief Staff
  • Downtown redevelopment plan working way through city
    By Teresa Sargeant, Apopka Chief Staff
  • State Representative Jennifer Sullivan’s staff will hold office hours at Apopka City Hall for constituent outreach.
  • The city of Apopka’s plans to build a splash pad in time for this summer may have dried up after no companies submitted bids to construct the splash pad in Kit Land Nelson Park.
  • The Orange County Clerk of Courts will be hosting Passport Week to make the application process more convenient.
  • The city of Apopka will host the 11th annual “Health and Fitness Fair” at the Fran Carlton Center.
  • The Phyllis Wheatley High School Seventh Mass School Reunion will recognize Phyllis Wheatley High alumni.
  • The Zellwood Historical Society, Museum, and Library will host the Zellwood Muck Farmers’ Forum.
  • As part of the milestone 25th  annual Stamp Out Hunger! food drive, Central Florida residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods such as canned soups, pasta and cereal next to their mailboxes for local letter carriers to collect.
  • A fifth Sunday evening sing will be held at First Baptist Church of Tangerine.
  • The lessons authored by McIver are taught by area residents, a mix of retired pastors and laypeople, who rotate as presenters at the Florida Living Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Sports News


Students sign for college

Apopka Blue Darters baseball players signed to play college baseball. Four Apopka High School athletes signed scholarships to play the sports of their choice...

Wekiva baseball compete with Blue Darters

Playing the second half of the home-and-home series, the Apopka Blue Darters played much better while the Wekiva Mustangs’ proceeded in the other direction.

Apopka wins three more flag football contests

Apopka High’s flag football team picked up three more victories this past week, improving its record to 9-1 and earning the number one seed...

Darters playing well as softball postseason looms

Highlighted by five consecutive shutouts, the Apopka Blue Darters softball team is entering the postseason with about as much momentum as possible.

Blue Darters place in girls district track and field meet

In accordance with how much progression has taken place, maintaining a presence and remaining viable was the goal for the Apopka Blue Darters girls...

Coach takes over baseball operations at Cooper’s Sportsplex

Brian King, who played infield for the Blue Darters in the 1980s and then was an assistant coach at Apopka High for nearly 10...


  • Rain desperately needed in our area
    By Jim Keck, Goin’ Fishin’


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