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Update: Western recreational trails reopen this weekend at Lake Apopka North...

Recreational trails will reopen this weekend at the Lake Apopka North Shore while assessment to damages caused by Hurricane Irma continue, according to a...

New Florida Hospital Apopka will open its doors December 13

If you need hospital care in Apopka on Wednesday, December 13, don’t go to the current Florida Hospital Apopka (FHA) campus on Park Avenue...

Tree event welcomes Santa

Apopka’s annual Festival of Trees at City Hall featured uniquely decorated trees, musical carols from the Apopka High School Chorus, and an appearance by...

Apopka native tapped to join foreign policy grad program

D’Juan Sampson, a native of Apopka, graduated from Florida State in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and international affairs.

Bank robbery stopped by law enforcement

Four suspects who police said intended on robbing the Iberia Bank branch in Apopka were, instead, caught in the bank’s parking lot before they...

Smith plans run for city seat

A thought that first occurred to Alexander Smith 30 years ago is finally coming to fruition. Smith said he initially considered running for Apopka...

Friday, December 8, 2017


When a nation opens its gates, what direction do populations flow?
By Dr. Paul Kengor, Center for Vision & Values
Look at satellite images of Cuba. No boats! There’s also no fishing industry and people don’t have the luxury of eating fish. (They largely eat chicken, pork, rice, beans.) Why no boats? Why no fishermen? Because fishermen bolt the first chance they get – just like swimmers.


Orlando hosts world’s largest MS&T event
By Bryan Nelson, County Commissioner District 2
Considered to be the world’s largest Modeling, Simulation and Training (MS&T) event, this conference has celebrated more than five decades of excellence in its program.

No state title, but great successes
By Christine Moore, Orange County Public Schools
It was a history-making week for Wekiva Mustang football. The team advanced to the state semifinals – one game away from the state championship. They were one of four teams left in contention.

Israel just keeps following God’s orders to bless the world
By Richard Corbeil
These Nobels, primarily in medicine, science and technology, have been a blessing to billions of the earth’s population, and surely saved or improved uncountable numbers of lives, and will continue to do so.

Rude. Crude. Socially Unacceptable….
By Patti Bankson, The Way I See It
All kinds of Rude and Crude may have happened, but, for the most part, the whole world didn’t know about it. Some things probably should have been made public, shouldn’t have been kept secret.

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Lifestyle News

Christmas tree safety tips

Homeowners can take steps, courtesy of the ACTA, to prevent Christmas tree fires. See page 5B.

Holiday songs with storied pasts made famous this time of year

The holiday season is not complete without music. Holiday hits play in shopping malls, and families often trim the tree to their favorite albums....

Rotary Club installs new member

Christine Horvay (r), Rotary Club of Apopka president, installed Robert Agrusa (c) as the newest club member.

Forever Wishes grants wishes for happy holidays

Forever Wishes had its fourth annual Toys for Tots collection drive. Some boxes were loaded to the top with toys.

99 years young

Looking festive in flowers, Anna Rowcliffe celebrated her 99th birthday.

18 ideas for making holiday memories

Although families likely have several different traditions they anticipate each year, it can be fun to incorporate some new merrymakers into the festivities.

Other Headlines, Events and More:

  • Chilly weather awaits Christmas parade
    By Teresa Sergeant, Apopka Chief Staff
  • Mayor Joe Kilsheimer will deliver his annual State of the City address which will cover the different advancements the city made so far this year as well as give a preview of next year.
  • City Council begins process to change Apopka’s alcohol law
    By Teresa Sergeant, Apopka Chief Staff
  • The Apopka City Council will hold a workshop meeting to deal with the proposed splash pad that is slated to be located at Kit Land Nelson Park.
  • The Aldi grocery store on Semoran Boulevard in Apopka that has been closed for several months as it was being expanded will re-open its doors with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
  • In a continuing effort to engage the Apopka community and reduce the incidence of crime within the City, the Apopka Police Department (APD) has begun to post crime bulletins on its website.
  • More housing, restaurant, gas station among items city considering
    By John Peery, Apopka Chief Staff
  • New Errol development gets minor changes, headed to city staff
    By John Peery, Apopka Chief Staff
  • Wolf Lake ES students write about Apopka history. Christine Moore, Orange County School Board member, has been working with the young authors in their learning about Apopka’s history.
  • The Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce plans to celebrate the holidays with a party, from which donations will go toward a local charity.
  • Russell Home for Atypical Children will be presenting their Christmas program at Crossroads Church. Everyone is invited to attend.
  • An Afternoon with Santa will take place at Magnolia Park. The event is for children 12 and under.
  • The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Wekiwa Springs State Park will celebrate the seventh annual Carols at the Springs with the Lake Brantley High School Chorus.
  • First Baptist Church of Tangerine will host a Christmas sing Sunday. Singers will include the Lovetts with Randy Powell, and Bill and Claudia Bradshaw.
  • Saint Mary Protectress Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church of Apopka is seeking volunteers to help in its Christmas market.
  • The city of Apopka Community Development Department, which includes the Building Division, Business Taxes, Engineering, Planning and Zoning, will close for one day.

Sports News

Darters off to great start in district action

It was raining threes on Tuesday, December 5, and even though the Evans Trojans held the upper hand with 10 treys to six for...

Gymnast captures gold medal

Eight-year-old Apopka resident Reign Biles is continuing her quest for perfection in gymnastics again capturing the Florida gold medal for her age group.

Mustangs versus Dr. Phillips in state semifinal game

The match-up between the Wekiva Mustangs and Dr. Phillips Panthers during the state semifinal round of the FHSAA Class 8A postseason tournament that was...

Wekiva girls open district competition with OT

Opening the District 9A-3 schedule, the Wekiva Mustangs and West Orange Warriors girls basketball teams went beyond down to the wire.

Mustangs play West Orange in District 9A-3 opener

Jeremy Johnson powers to the hoop through the defense of a West Orange player on Tuesday, December 5.

Apopkan excels as college soccer goalkeeper

Covenant College women’s soccer junior goalkeeper Rachel Lemay of Apopka was selected to the United Soccer Coaches (USC) All-South Atlantic Region second team.



  • DP’s postseason experience was difference in state semi
    By John Peery, Peery’s Extra Points
  • Orlando Baseball Academy will host baseball and softball camps for school-age children in late December and early January.
  • Former major league baseball player Dante Bichette Sr. will give a hitting lecture at the CPS Sportsplex in Apopka.
  • Wekiva downs Colonial in boys basketball contest
    By Neal Fisher, Apopka Chief Staff