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Final cost of Hurricane Irma property damage totals $51.7 million, says...

The finalized cost of property damage that Hurricane Irma caused throughout Orange County neighborhoods totals $51,676,838, a Wednesday, October 18, news release from the...

Dressed to the nines

Apopka High School celebrated homecoming week with a variety of events. Every day of the week was a dress-up day. See more photos on...

Long-time tow truck company owner dies

B.J. Brummitt, who has owned BJ’s Towing for many years in Apopka, died Wednesday, October 11. Funeral arrangements were not finalized as of press...

Business warehouse, car wash among items looking to be built in...

A business warehouse building that will house 12 spaces is in the works for Sheeler Road just south of Apopka Boulevard.

Moore will run for county commission

Christine Moore, Orange County School Board member, has filed papers to run for Orange County Commission Seat 2.

Customer milestone

 Lake Apopka Natural Gas District general manager and CEO Samuel Davis Jr., (l), celebrates the District’s 20,000th customer milestone at the home of customer and...

Friday, October 13, 2017


Schools supported by their community become the best
Yes, a school’s first responsibility is the academics and the scholastic achievement of its students.


Here are rules for storm debris pickup
By Bryan Nelson, County Commissioner District 2
For debris pick up, Orange County has initiated its three debris removal and three monitoring contracts.

384 students from islands have enrolled
By Christine Moore, Orange County Public Schools
It is important to help those in need of assistance whenever and however we can at Orange County Public Schools.

Does Hillary really want us to know ‘What happened?’
By Richard Corbeil
Here is a real list of What Happened? to those who thought the Clintons were sane, and who were unaware of what their threat meant to this duo’s greed, egos, and ambitions.

Infrastructures must be strengthened, or else
By Dr. Gary Welton, Center for Vision & Values
My heart aches today as I think of the challenges these residents face as they seek to survive the immediate shortages, prioritize their needs, and work to establish their new normal.

By Patti Bankson, The Way I See It
Truthfully, names do hurt, and have been known to follow people throughout their lives, hurting every step of the way.

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Lifestyle News

Coffee With a Cop

The Apopka Police Department invited community members to “Coffee With a Cop”  at McDonald’s.

Many attend church’s Blessing of the Animals

Area family pets were the center of attention at Church of the Holy Spirit for the Blessing of the Animals. Fr. John Pallard welcomed...

Made in the shade

The students of Wolf Lake Elementary School Safety Patrol wear sunglasses donated by Optical Eyeland of Apopka

AHS students meet new robotics club

Apopka High School (AHS) engineering magnet students met with Apopka Elementary School Robotics Club students.

Boy Scout starts library at new private school to become an...

Jonathan Willoughby of Boy Scout Troop 211 in Apopka created the Master’s Training Academy’s school library, which continues to expand this school year.

Artists, vendors may apply for church holiday bazaar

Apopka artists and vendors are invited to make application for the annual Holiday Bazaar at Church of the Holy Spirit.

Other Headlines, Events and More:

  • Orange County Utilities will hold its Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Community Collection Event at Apopka High School.
  • City moves to more intense development near interchange
    By Teresa Sargeant, Apopka Chief Staff
  • City election contributions September 1-30 on page 3A.
  • Two Apopka-area schools have landed on the Florida Department of Education (FDOE)’s list of Central Florida Schools that earned the Five Star School Award for the 2016-2017 school year.
  • The theme for the Apopka Christmas Parade will be “A Very Merry Christmas with Joyful Sounds.”
  • A suspect remains at large after robbing and then shooting his victim in the leg at the Apopka Big Lots store.
  • The Apopka Rotary Club’s annual Pancake Supper will be held in the Apopka High School cafeteria.
  • Guidelines from the Florida Wildlife Commission on what to do when you encounter a black bear are on page 8A.
  • Stopping human trafficking is subject of program slated for local Methodist church
    By Teresa Sargeant, Apopka Chief Staff
  • State Representative Jennifer Sullivan’s staff will hold office hours at Apopka City Hall, for constituent outreach.
  • The deadline to enter the 39th Miss Apopka Scholarship Pageant is Monday, October 16.
  • The Apopka High School Drama Department will present “Noises Off” by Michael Frayn.
  • The Orange County Clerk of Courts, in partnership with the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA), is expanding its self-help center to Apopka in order to bring access to justice closer to more people who may be in need of legal assistance.
  • Apopka City Hall will be illuminated in red lights as city officials join with the Rotary Club of Apopka to recognize World Polio Day.
  • In honor of October  as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Apopka U.S. Post Office is offering limited-time special stamps.
  • The Apopka Memorial High School Class of 1967 will hold its 50-year reunion at Windy Acres Ranch.
  • Due to storm preparations and the arrival of Hurricane Irma in early September, the Zellwood Community Reunion that was to be held on September 8, has been moved.
  • The next Cookies and Milk with a Cop (Storytime, Too) will take place at the North Orange Branch Library, Apopka.
  • Dayspring Community Church will host a garage sale. All proceeds from the community garage sale will go back into the community.
  • Proceeds from a barbecue chicken dinner, bake sale, and a yard sale will benefit the church missions of First Presbyterian Church.
  • The Fifth Sunday Sing will be held at First Baptist Church of Tangerine. Special guest singers will include Ben and Pam Castaldo, Randy Powell, Bill Bradshaw, and the Lovetts.
  • With this year being 500 years since Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses, Seventh-day Adventists chose to set aside a 13-week study emphasis on the book of Romans on which he based his theses. The Florida Living Church will join in this study.
  • The Northwest Orange Republican Women Federated (NORWF) will host guest speaker Kathy Gibson at The Back Room Steakhouse. “Kathy will speak about the importance of getting involved, working campaigns and supporting the president,” an NORWF spokeswoman said.
  • Loaves & Fishes is preparing for its annual turkey drive by asking community members to pledge turkeys for this Thanksgiving.
  • The Orange County Clerk of Courts Office, in partnership with the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA), is hosting a free legal forum at the Apopka Community Center.
  • Hope CommUnity Center (HCC) just started its new quarter of citizenship classes to give legal permanent residents the knowledge and skills they need to become United States citizens.

Sports News

AHS lineman lands spot in all-star game

Apopka Blue Darters offensive lineman Will Barnes became the sixth Blue Darter to be named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl game.

Mustangs versus Dr. Phillips football

From those painful and inauspicious losses marking the earliest days of existence, the Mustangs have steadily progressed into a legitimate presence.

Blue Darters make early lead against Dr. Phillips

This time, it was Apopka that led by two scores at the break.

Apopka faces Jacksonville Mandarin football

Speedy Apopka linebacker Spyncer Chambers grabs the ball out of the hands of a Mandarin punter. See more photos on page 8C.

Mustangs answer questions with district game with West Orange

“Tonight was a very strong step and start in the right direction for the offense,” Mustangs’ coach Rich Bedesem said.

Blue Darters play at Jax Mandarin

Darlington said he is looking forward to the trip to Jacksonville, even though it means a couple of hours or more on a bus.



  • Mullinax Ford is bringing Ford Motor Company’s Drive 4 UR School program to the Apopka community in an effort to raise up to $6,000 for Apopka High School.
  • Wekiva hosts Evans Trojans
    By Neal Fisher, Apopka Chief Staff
  • The Apopka Blue Darters Baseball Booster Club will hold a fund-raising golf tournament at Zellwood Station Golf Club.
  • Wekiva, Apopka handle Dr. Phillips over four-day period
    By John Peery, Peery’s Extra Points
  • Darters manhandle Mandarin
    By John Peery, Apopka Chief Staff
  • Apopka-West Orange remains a timeless, important battle
    By John Peery, Apopka Chief Staff
  • Postseason arrives for Wekiva Mustangs boys golf team
    By Neal Fisher, Apopka Chief Staff