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Friday, December 6, 2019

City’s scoreboard lawsuit is voted on

The city sued Major Display of Franklin, N.C., in federal court on October 11. Find out what allegation the city had against the scoreboard...

Darters play at semifinal

Apopka Blue Darters varsity football team captains, Anthony Fieldings (11), Jamarie Jackson (13), Lawrence Martinez (43), and Jaquan Lowman (1) walk with a game...

County commissioner gives talk about goals for her time in office

Orange County District 2 Commissioner Christine Moore outlined her goals and accomplishments in office at the Morning Mingle Breakfast and Learn held by the...

Retired AHS principal rooting on Blue Darters

Even though he’s traveling in Egypt, retired former Apopka High School Principal John Edwards is showing his support for the Apopka Blue Darters football...

City begins leadership program for Apopka high school students

The city of Apopka launched its youth-oriented leadership program that will equip high school students with leadership skills, a deeper knowledge of civics and...

Helping others at Thanksgiving

Loaves & Fishes volunteers Linda Fritsche and Denny Lee pack bags with Thanksgiving dinner supplies on Monday, November 25, as the faith-based social service...

County seeking residents’ input about transportation

Elected Orange County officials will conduct a transportation town hall meeting for Northwest Orange County to gather public input on transportation challenges and needs. Orange...

In state semifinal

Apopka Blue Darters quarterback Jaquan Lowman tries to avoid a tackler Friday, November 22, during the Dar-ters’ game against Sanford Seminole. Apopka will play...


The first war song of WWII — “Let’s Remember Pearl Harbor As We Go To Meet The Foe.”
While the 78th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor is not an anniversary of a special number, the number of years continues to grow. But we should always take time to remember the brave men and women who were attacked, just as we should remember all those who serve in our military today.


‘Tis the season for holiday trash
Christine Moore, County Commissioner District 2
‘Tis the season for family, friends, and fun holiday activities. We’re consuming more these weeks as we host gatherings, spruce up our homes, share gifts, and inevitably create more trash. Please know that as we place more trash out for collection, we, in many parts of District 2, are eligible to apply for a state-funded grant to reduce the cost of bear-resistant carts. Read more on page 2A.

Holidays often stressful for families
By Melissa Byrd, Orange County School Board, District 7
Well, we are officially in the holiday season. This is a wonderful time of year where we gather together with family and friends to celebrate and carry on traditions. It can be a very special time of year that lasts in the memories of our children for years to come. As we enter this time of giving and celebrations, let us not forget about our children whose families might be struggling this time of year. Read more on page 2A.

New political publication could be named “The Trump Tabloid”
By Richard Corbeil
One great thing about being a weekly newspaper columnist is that political publications send you their issues every week, month, or every other month, according to their publishing schedule. Read more on page 2A.

What’s the difference between genius and stupidity?
Patti Bankson
It seems our government( s) suffer an infestation of dishonesty and corruption, but I now see some newcomers who understand the meaning of civil servant and truth. Read more on page 7A.

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God is not mentioned in the US Constitution
By Richard Poole, Longwood
I read that we should take advantage of rising sea levels and learn to use it through desalinization so everyone can have drinkable water. There are over 18,000 desalinization plants in operation today. Don’t need the sea to rise to take salt out.


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Lifestyle News

Try delicious Lemon Bars made from big Ponderosa lemons

At this time, right after Thanksgiving and a little while before Christmas, let’s have some fun with cookie recipes! And other sweet goodies. My daughter...

Over 51 trees were donated for the Festival of Trees

Victory Martial Arts’ tree gets a kick out of this year’s Festival of Trees, and instead of a tree skirt, AOK Tire Mart uses...

Columbine survivor will speak at Victory Church

Apopka Christian Academy is inviting the community to hear guest speaker Craig Scott, a 1999 Columbine High School survivor of the shooting and attempted...

Cricket County Colorado Christmas drama is set

The Zellwood Players drama team will perform the annual Christmas drama “Cricket County Colorado Christmas,” described as “a comedy with the true meaning of...

A special Thanksgiving

On November 28, Mayor Bryan Nelson cooked turkeys for the men and women who could not be with their families for Thanksgiving. The Apopka...

AFD, APD raise funds for cancer center

For several months, the Apopka Fire Department (AFD) and the Apopka Police Department (APD) sold breast cancer awareness t-shirts on behalf of the Debbie...

Festival of Trees was kicked off at Museum

Local businesses and organizations donated 51 trees, 21 wreaths and multiple gift baskets for a silent auction at the annual Festival of Trees, with...

Try something different, like Lobster and Shrimp Jambalaya, for the holidays

The recipe below for Lobster and Shrimp Jambalaya also calls for smoked ham as well as a couple of bottles of clam juice. You...
  • Christmas parade slated. The Apopka Christmas Parade will traverse the usual parade route from Third Street north along Park Avenue to Votaw Road. Traditionally, the parade lasts about two hours. Read more on the parade. Get details on page 1A.
  • Two have qualified as of mid-day Thurs. As of 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 5, two candidates have qualified to run for office in the March 2020 city election. Find out which candidates have qualified as of Thursday.
  • Police say to be aware of ‘porch pirates’.The Apopka Police Department would like to remind everyone that every holiday shopping season is prime time for package theft. Read tips on what to do during the holiday to avoid package theft. See 3A.
  • Forever Wishes sets event for December 7. The sixth annual toy drive by Forever Wishes, Inc. will be held Saturday, December 7, from 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Get more details on the Forever Wishes Toy Drive on page 3A.
  • Gas district hires attorney to fight state DOT work in Lake County. Read about the events and plans the Department of Transportation has that will cause a problem for the Lake Apopka Natural Gas District. See more on page 6A.
  • Feds will make HIV drug available for free to some. Orange County is one of the 57 jurisdictions identified as target areas for a new national program from the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services. Read more on page 10A.
  • The original print run of “Tales of the Big Potato” by former The Apopka Chief/The Planter columnist Jack R. Christmas sold out, but the publisher has approved the book to be reprinted for availability in the Museum of the Apopkans and for online purchase. Christmas wants proceeds from the book to go to the Apopka Historical Society, which runs the museum. Learn more on page 1B.
  • The Apopka Pregnancy Care Center is now accepting applications for board members and volunteers. Located at 2434 Old Dixie Highway, Apopka, since its inception in 2007, APCC recognizes the importance of having the support of the community that enables it to provide for the welfare of its clients. For more information, turn to page 2A.
  • Operation Santa Claus is underway. This holiday season, the Apopka Firefighters Association is teaming up with AdventHealth Apopka and Loaves & Fishes to manage a citywide toy drive, in which donations will stay within the community. Now in its second year, Operation Santa Claus began Monday, December 2, and will run until Monday, December 16. Read more on page 5B.

Sports News

Specks are bitin’ throughout the area, but bass are slow

Hello Folks, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgivin’, and you and your family enjoyed some good times and some great food. Hopefully, you...

Looking for room under the bucket

Wekiva’s Nikhil Edouard fights for positions under the basket Wednesday, November 26. More on 1C.

Apopkan lands spot on Academic All-America list

Covenant College men’s soccer senior goalkeeper Paul Lemay of Apopka was named to the Academic All-America NCAA Division III second team, as selected by the College...

Blue Darters down Seminole

Apopka Blue Darters girls basketball player Hilani Cantone flies in for a layup Saturday, November 30...more on page 6C

Apopka splits first two basketball games

The Apopka Blue Darters boys basketball team started out the season 1-1 after two games in the Metro vs. Florida Challenge, a three-day, 23-game...

Blue Darters jump on foe early en route to playoff

In their first three playoff victories, the Apopka Blue Darters spent the first half feeling things out before taking over the games in the...

Blue Darters are obviously gelling at the right time
Peery’s Extra Points, John Peery
This week, Apopka didn’t waste any time jumping on their playoff opponent
Read more on 6C.

Early season challenging for Wekiva girls
The Wekiva Mustangs are in the best possible situation a team can be entering a new season. Seven players returned from a state championship team.

Apopka High boys basketball program raising funds for its needs
Apopka Blue Darters boys basketball coach Scott Williams is looking to raise funds for the program to help keep it self-sufficient and raise it to another level both on and off the court.

Wekiva High boys basketball still learning to impove
The new boys basketball season has brought the proverbial growing pains to the Wekiva Mustangs, as no starters from last season’s team returned. More on 6C.