Friday, September 25, 2020

Feature Headlines

Candidate Jesi Baron says APD, City Council must communicate

A crucial subject facing Apopka is the communication between the City Council and the APD….  See more on 1A.

County says bands, others can return to football games

Orange County Public Schools said that football could start play, but band members and cheerleaders could not… read more on 1A.

Candidate Gene Knight has questions for center developer

The development of downtown Apopka could go faster… more on 1A.

Helping feed others

Workers at the Hope CommUnity Center on Park Avenue in Apopka load food donated by Second Harvest Food Bank into a car. Read more...

Former city commissioner, teacher Billie Dean laid to rest

A visitation, a funeral, and an interment were held for Billie Dean, one of the first Black educators at Apopka High School and the...

City raises property tax rate

The property tax rate and budget for the city of Apopka are set. The Apopka City Council unanimously gave the final approval for the...

OCPS serves meals for free districtwide until December 17

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the extension of the Summer Meals Program with the flexibility to allow school districts, including Orange...

Apopka organization gives to people who are in need

H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People Eat), An Apopka-based outreach organization held an event for people in need where people received hot meals, bags of food,...



Governor makes great calls on protests, violence

Despite claims to the contrary, the governor’s proposed law does not prohibit people from peacefully protesting. It keeps them from destroying the property of others and injuring other people. Read more on page 2A.


Strong communities are needed

By Christine Moore, County Commissioner District 2
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” This is the first quote from the new book I am reading, “Building Community: Twelve Principles for a Healthy Future” by James S. Gruber, PhD, PE. Read more on page 2A.

I want to deeply explore district

By Melissa Byrd, Orange County School Board, District 7
Over the past couple of weeks, I have written about two areas that I want to continue to focus on in my upcoming term on the school board: community and growth management. Read more on page 2A.

Thirty years later, ‘wrong-way Joe’ again seeks to win presidency

By Richard Corbeil
The feature article titled “Wrong-Way Joe” by Kyle Smith is described as: “Twenty-twenty brings us Biden’s desperate, last-chance plan for the presidency, which he first sought more than 30 years ago. Read more on page 2A.

Order in the Court

By Patti Bankson
With the death of Ruth Bader-Ginsberg, we have yet another political battle on the docket. Read more on page 5A.

Letters to the Editor:

What makes a person great?
 By Jeanne Gabrielle Bowser, Apopka

Apopka needs a homeless shelter
Jeannie Economos, Health and Safety Project Coordinator Farmworker Association of Florida Apopka

First APD ride-along incredible
Rod Olsen, Apopka

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


Try Crab Stew from the Savannah Style cookbook by the Junior...

Pot Roast for Crock-Pot is submitted by Pat Ariotta in Sharing Our Finest Cookbook put out by the Apopka Citizen Police Alumni Association. In Treasures...

AHS grad pursues video game career

A recent Apopka High School graduate was among 40 high school girls from Central Florida who have continued to pursue their dream careers in video...

New Public Services director for city comes from Houston

Weatherford began work on August 17 and was officially unanimously confirmed by the Apopka City Council two days later… more on 3A.

Boat-tail grackle

An immature boat-tail grackle surveys the landscape along the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive recently. The 11-mile, one-way drive is free and open Fridays through...

Water management district passes its 2020-2021 budget
The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board on Tuesday, September 22, adopted its fiscal year 2020-2021 budget.. more on 11A.

Mailboxes blown up
Two mailboxes in the Oak Hill Reserve neighborhood were blown up… See page 5A.

Campaign contributions to candidates for upcoming city election
City election contributions -August 5-31
Note: All contributors are from Apopka unless otherwise noted on page 1A.

Apopka gets state grant to help build water reuse storage facility
The state of Florida is awarding $1.15 million toward the construction of an Apopka water storage facility… see page 1A.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, The City of Apopka and surrounding areas have cancelled several events and activities or postponed them until further notice.


Apopka volleyball topples Ocoee three games to none

The Darters’ Noelle Baker slides as she digs a ball during Apopka’s 3-0 victory.

Darters face Ocoee in season opener

Every team will land a playoff berth in this pandemic-shortened season of eight games. Find out how the Darter’s played at this game. See...

Mustangs play against East River

From start to finish, the contest followed the script as the Wekiva Mustangs faced East River Falcons. Read more on Sports, page 1B.

Darters victorious

Jada Robinson of the Apopka High girls volleyball team reaches for the ball Tuesday, September 15.  See more on  1B.

Peery’s Extra Points

First games always feature the unexpected events
Even during a normal high school football season, whatever that really is, the first game of the season often uncovers both good and bad that may not have been expected before the game. Read this article on page 3B.

Apopka will host Dr. Phillips Panthers
The schedule continues to get tougher for the Apopka High football team as the Blue Darters will host the Dr. Phillips Panthers. Read this preview on page 1B.

Wekiva faces Ocoee in tough contest
 The coaching staff of the Wekiva Mustangs football team is emphasizing that, above all else this week, facing the Ocoee Knights should be taken with the same earnestness as a ranked team. See this preview story on page 1B.

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