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Friday, March 27, 2020

Non-profit organizations also reeling from coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has shut down many entities including school campuses, brick-and-mortar businesses, and governmental offices. Of course, non-profits organizations have not been spared this fate. Turn to page 1A...

Prayers for those on the front lines

Hello Folks, I just wanted to start out and say to our folks on the front lines that we are prayin’ for all of you...

COVID-19 expected to peak here in early May, county mayor says

Florida’s number of COVID-19 cases is predicted to peak between the end of April and beginning of May. Get further details on page 1A...

First United Methodist Church has drive-through service

First United Methodist Church of Apopka has ceased Sunday services and has been offering hands-free drive-through church. Read more on page 9A.

Coronavirus updates come from governor, mayor

About the same time that Gov. Ron DeSantis issued his statewide stay-at-home order on Wednesday, April 1, Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson gave an update...

COVID-19: Governor DeSantis issues month-long statewide stay-at-home order

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has issued a nearly month-long statewide stay-at-home order that will start at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, April 3...

COVID-19 update: Apopka Farmers Market postponed to May 7

The Apopka Farmers Market, previously scheduled for Thursday, April 2, has been postponed to May 7.The following is from the city of...

COVID-19: Apopka Farmers Market to reopen April 2

The following is from the city of Apopka: Farmers Markets have been classified as an “Essential Service” during the current COVID-19 health situation. With this,...


Not one of us has been through anything like this
Meanwhile, we all must try to continue to look for the good in others and praise it, and for the good in ourselves and apply it so that it can benefit others.


Stay up-to-date with OC changes
By Christine Moore, County Commissioner, District 2
We are living in a challenging time. I want to keep you abreast of updated news on the coronavirus/COVID-19 in Orange County so I will send regular e-mails to those on my distribution list and post daily on social media.

Number 1 goal is to stay healthy
By Melissa Byrd, Orange County School Board, District 7
Our first week of distance learning is under way. There have been some hiccups as expected when more than 200,000 students and 14,000 teachers change course and start a new plan.

Democrats: Don’t read this unless you are ready to change
By Richard Corbeil, Corbeil’s Corner
Trump’s main opponent, Dougherty nails Bernie Sanders as “an avowed socialist and historic communist sympathizer” whose economic ideologies are 180 degrees the opposite of the president’s approach…

What’s That Got to Do With “It”
Patti Bankson, The Way I See It
 So there they had it, but “suddenly” it wasn’t good enough for Nancy Pelosi and dems. According to Politico’s Washington bureau chief, John Bresnahan, she had a list of demands she wanted included in the bill, many having nothing to do with Covid-19 relief.

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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.

Lifestyle News

Homestyle comfort food can help you cope with staying indoors

We, at The Apopka Chief and The Planter newspapers, are praying for you and all of our community during this stressful time of...

Make it a fun night with Fried Oysters and Cocktail Sauce

This week, we have a pot pourri of recipes for you. We will start with Mrs. Thomas Myers’ Fried Oysters from Charleston Receipts....

Boost immunity but don’t compromise taste with Sherry Ward’s Veggie Pizza

From a reader of our newspapers, we have Nancy Thomas’ Beef Stew. We appreciate receiving our readers’ recipes, especially those that are loved and...

Community enables free food distribution

The community rallied together to distribute free food to students who will have to endure an extended spring break. Read more on page 1C.

Apopka newspaper publisher celebrates 56th anniversary

John and Eileen Ricketson, owners of The Apopka Chief, are celebrating their 56th anniversary today, Friday, March 20. Stay informed, subscribe today!

2020 State Floriculture Team wins first place

On Monday, March 16 the Apopka High School FFA 2020 State Floriculture Team participated in the 2020 State Floriculture Career Development Event. Read more...

The Joint Chiropractic ribbon cutting

On Friday, February 28, The Joint Chiropractic held a ribbon cutting for their Apopka location. Katerina Sullivan, Owner/Operator, and her Husband are holding the...

Tips when hiring a landscape architect for well-maintained lawns

First-time homeowners on the lookout for a landscape architect should consider the following suggestions to make the most of that process. Read more on...
  • Chamber of Commerce looking to help area restaurants
    Apopka restaurants are participating in a movement designed to build up the dining industry in a time when the coronavirus pandemic is choking businesses. Read the full article on page 1B.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, schools in the Apopka area have cancelled sports events, game and matches.  

Sports News

Wekiva baseball was competitive in most of its games

Despite only three wins, the Wekiva Mustangs baseball team was competitive for the most part during what might be an abbreviated season due to COVID-19....

AHS girls wrestlers help maintain continued success

Maintaining standards of tangible success at the state level was the final analysis of the 2019-20 season for the Apopka Blue Darters girls wrestling...

Apopka High girls basketball coach proud of season

Apopka High girls basketball coach Brittany Hardy began the season with confidence that the Blue Darters would be competitive in every contest, but Apopka...

Prayers for those on the front lines

Hello Folks, I just wanted to start out and say to our folks on the front lines that we are prayin’ for all of you...

Times are certainly different now

Hello Folks, My grandfather used to tell me when I was younger that things change over time. Well, as of three weeks ago, we were...

AHS alum helps lead college team to state semifinal

Apopka High graduate and former Blue Darter girls basketball player Hannah King helped lead the College of Central Florida women’s basketball team