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Friday, June 14, 2019

State Rep. Sullivan reviews 2019 session of Fla. Legislature

State Rep. Jennifer Sullivan recapped the 2019 state legislative session Tuesday, June 11, at an event hosted by the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce.

Qorvo will layoff 142 Apopka employees by December 1

Confirming rumors that had been floating for months, Qorvo will close its Apopka semiconductor chip manufacturing facility in Apopka, laying off 142 employees between...

Former publisher of newspapers dies

A former owner of The Apopka Chief and The Planter, and a longtime community supporter well after his retirement 40 years ago, W.R. “Mac”...

Helping those who go hungry

About 125 volunteers gathered Tuesday, June 11 to glean the corn fields at Long and Scott Farm near Zellwood.

Road closed near Apopka High

Martin Street is closed until August 2 where it dead ends into Vick Road near Apopka High School.

Prayers have been effective as rainy season kicks in

Hello Folks, Well, it seems that our prayers are workin’. We have been gettin’ some rain as of late and we need every drop we...

City to seek dismissal of Daytona man’s suit

The city of Apopka will defend itself and seek a dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a Daytona Beach man over the accessibility of...

State official talks economic issues

Ken Lawson, executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, spoke this week to members of the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce.


  • It’s the day fathers should be noted, honored, and loved
    Father’s Day is this weekend on Sunday, June 16.
    We probably didn’t need to mention that because, unlike a reminder for men about Mother’s Day, women generally remember special days especially when others are feted.


Big projects dominate the future
By Christine Moore, County Commissioner, District 2
Representatives from seven counties attended as we received reports from Florida Department of Transportation and the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council.

Code of Conduct received changes
By Melissa Byrd, Orange County School Board, District 7
Before I became a school board member, many people brought up to me discipline issues at our schools. In the six months of serving you, I have been surprised at the sheer number of discipline cases that come before the board.

Candidates who push global warming need a science history lesson
By Richard Corbel, Corbeil’s Corner
In a recent (June 5) article in The Orlando Sentinel, presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, “is pitching a $5-trillion-plus climate proposal that he says would lead the U.S to net zero emissions of carbon pollution by 2050.”

The Dying. The Dead. The Totally Irrelevant.
By Patti Bankson, The Way I See It
Jon Stewart appeared before a House Judiciary sub-committee to speak on behalf of 9/11 first responders and the 9/11 Victims Fund and their not taking action to prevent the fund from going broke.

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Lifestyle News

City of Apopka recognizes last week of June as Drowning Prevention...

Through a proclamation, the city of Apopka will recognize the last week of June as Drowning Prevention Week to raise awareness about water safety....

Social security terms explained in plain language

Social Security employees strive to explain benefits using easy-to-understand, plain language. In fact, The Plain Writing Act of 2010 requires federal agencies to communicate...

Learn the criteria to qualify for disability benefits

This month marks the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. Disability affects...

Summer Reading Program continues in July with a Universe of Stories

On July 11, visit the North Orange Branch for Stress Buster Art: Color Your Universe and relax as you color in our Adult Summer...

Mullins celebrate 50th anniversary

June and Rick Mullins of Apopka recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. Turn to page 1B for further information.

Nelsons celebrate 90th birthday

Flo and Earl Nelson were both born in the month of June, days apart from each other. Recently, they have celebrated their 90th birthdays...

Tragedy becomes art featured at Apopka City Hall atrium

In 2009, five men jumped Nicholas Pellegrino, resulting in his loss of eyesight. His vision was eventually restored in one year after undergoing chemotherapy...

Prepare for the summer heat by making these recipes

Ceviche from Chef Allen Susser is wonderful. The most important thing about preparing ceviche is ensuring the seafood you use is absolutely fresh. The...
  • City to host free fireworks on Independence Day
    The city of Apopka will present Fireworks on the Fourth on Thursday, July 4.
  • Two sections of development given OK by Planning Comm.
    The Planning Commission held its brief meeting, which lasted less than 15 minutes, on Tuesday, June 11, at Apopka City Hall. Read details on what was approved on page 3A.
  • Free HIV testing will be done on June 27
    In honor of National HIV Testing Day on Thursday, June 27, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County will offer free and confidential HIV testing over the course of four days at different Central Florida locations including Apopka. See details on page 4A.
  • Back to school immunizations offered July 22 through August 4
    The Florida Department of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) is urging parents to prepare their children now for the upcoming school year by attending the Back-to-School Immunization event running July 22 through August 4. Read more on page 1B.
  • Free meals are offered to kids at various locations until Aug. 2
    This summer, the North Orange Branch Library is one of seven Orange County libraries and hundreds of community locations serving lunch free of charge to youth under 18 years of age. Get a full list and more details in this week’s Lifestyle.
  • Orange peel extract can improve gut health and heart health
    You’ve heard an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Now orange peels may improve your heart health. Find out the science behind how orange peels affect digestion and health. See page 3B.
  • ZUMC sets Roar VBS
    Zellwood United Methodist Church will hold “Roar” Vacation Bible School with the theme of “Life is wild, but God is good.” Find out dates for the ZUMC Roar VBS. See page 2B.

Sports News

Apopka High wins statewide sportsmanship award from FHSAA

Outgoing AHS athletic director Russell Wambles was notified this week that the school won the award for the 2018-2019 school year that just ended.

Only flag football coach Darters have had retires

Matt Houvouras has decided to retire from coaching, saying that he’s ready to hand over the reins of the highly successful program to someone...

Apopka Little League all-stars begin summer play for younger teams

All-star competition began within Florida’s District 23 over the course of the last week.

Blue Darters enjoy another successful sports year

Apopka High softball lands berth in state semifinals to cap years end.

Blue Darters host annual youth basketball skills camp

Orlando Magic player Eddie Sanders stopped by the Blue Darters’ basketball camp on Wednesday, June 5, to instruct and motivate the youth that were...