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Planning Commission unanimously approves golf course redevelopment project

The Apopka Planning Commission unanimously green-lighted the rezoning and the master plan for the New Errol redevelopment project that developers and homeowners alike hope...

Mayor-elect Bryan Nelson will hit the ground running in new job

When Bryan Nelson is sworn in as Apopka’s mayor at noon on April 24, he’ll have plenty to do and he says he will...

Byrd qualifies by petition for race to become an Orange County...

Mark Byrd, an Apopka nursery owner, has qualified by petition to be on the ballot for Orange County Commission District 2 race.

City Council decides on developer’s effort to allow homeowners access to...

After hearing 2-1/2 hours of debate from developers and the public about lake access for a proposed subdivision, the City Council voted unanimously. Find...

Apopka police seek suspect in auto theft

Apopka police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest regarding last January’s grand theft auto at a department store in...

Smith elected to City Council after Kidd withdraws from runoff race

  By Teresa Sargeant and John Peery Apopka Chief Staff Apopka City Council Seat 1 candidate Suzanne Kidd has dropped out of the runoff race, making her opponent...

Friday, March 23, 2018


Kidd’s withdrawal not how it should be done
We thought she would be a fighter on the City Council, if elected, but she proved us wrong on that part with her withdrawal from the race.


Big 3 moving on healthcare reform
By Richard Kocur, Center for Vision & Values
Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, and Jamie Dimon vs. the entire United States Congress? My money is on Buffett, Bezos, and Dimon. These men, three of the wealthiest, most influential, and powerful business leaders in the world, recently announced an alliance that will attempt to address the tangled knot that is the U.S. healthcare system.

This level of Revelation can only come from Him
By Richard Corbel
In the early 1900s, the rains began sporadically, then, there were record rainfalls in 1948 when Israel was reborn as a nation. There were bigger rainfalls in 1967 after the Six-Day War and the taking back of Jerusalem.

Insanity Is…
By Patti Bankson
Her insults and disdain probably turned off more women voters than the number she believes were drawn in by her “charisma”.

Letters to the Editor:

Is splashpad made of solid gold?
John S. Handzuk, Apopka

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Lifestyle News

Boy Scout attains Eagle rank

Boy Scout Jonathan Jennings, (r), stands with Debbie Turner, founder of the Debbie Turner Cancer Care Center, in front of pictures of his project,...

Funeral home cuts ribbon

As new members of the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce, the Highland Funeral Home and Highland Memory Gardens had a dedication ceremony and ribbon...

Burglars target thrift store three times within three months

Three months after the first burglary happened at a South Park Avenue thrift store and after two more burglaries, the suspects are still on...

VFW gives awards

The VFW recognized first responders from the area during a VFW luncheon meeting on Wednesday, March 21, at the Apopka Community Center/VFW Building. Pictured,...

Event aims to ‘unify’ community in general election aftermath

Community members and leaders gathered at the Fran Carlton Community Center on Thursday, March 15, as a way of mending fences between citizens following...

Guest musician will pay tribute to past hymns at Graceworx

Guest musician Ricky Sharp will take Graceworx Community Church on a nostalgic but lively trip down music’s memory lane during the congregation’s worship service...

Other Headlines, Events and More:

  • State Representative Jennifer Sullivan’s staff will hold office hours at Apopka City Hall. For hours, see this week’s Apopka Chief.
  • Central Florida Expressway Authority will celebrate the opening of the next five miles of the Wekiva Parkway, located between State Road 46, Round Lake Road, Kelly Park Road and County Road 435/Mount Plymouth Road on Saturday, March 31.  Read more on page 3A.
  • See City campaign contributions from Feb. 24-March 8 on page 4A.
  • An Apopka 2018 post session town hall meeting will take place at Victory Church, 509 S. Park Ave., Apopka. Apopka-area State Senator Randolph Bracy, and state representatives Jennifer Sullivan and Kamia Brown will lead the meeting.
  • People meeting for online exchanges should exercise extreme caution, Apopka police say. Read this article on page 7A.
  • The governor has vetoed a $1-million road project for Apopka. Read why it has been vetoed in this week’s Apopka Chief.
  • A public meeting to discuss the changes the state government is making to the Wekiva River Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) will be held at Apopka Memorial Middle School, 425 N. Park Avenue. More information can be found on page 8A.
  • Over 600 people show up at Zellwood mansion’s tours. The tours featured actors in period attire presenting vignettes that shed light on the history of the historic mansion, which was referred to as the Laughlin estate in earlier times.
  • Scholarship applications being accepted. Applications are being accepted for the $1,000 Alice Beth Miner Memorial Scholarship that is offered by the Northwest Orange Republican Women, Federated, an Apopka-based organization.
  • Rotary scholarship deadline is March 31.Time is running out for high school students to submit their applications for the Rotary Club of Apopka scholarships, which will award up to four $1,000 scholarships.

Sports News

Plans early in vacation were soaked by two days with rain

Hello Folks, Well, can you believe it? I take a week’s vacation and now Mother Nature has decided we need some rain. I agree we do...

Across the nation

Apopka Blue Darters sports announcer Steve Schwarze, (l), and Schylar Lillethorup, an Apopka High School alumnus and former boys volleyball player, with an Apopka...

Wekiva baseball team still looking to get past mistakes of inexperience

District 9A-3 competition continued last week against the Lake Brantley Patriots.

Apopka High softball living up to lofty expectations

The 2018 softball season began with the Apopka Blue Darters possessing the complete list of elements making for a team to be reckoned with.

Apopka boys volleyball squad meets Edgewater

Joshua Simard returns an Edgewater shot on Thursday, March 15, during the Blue Darters’ victory over the Eagles.

Blue Darters meet Warriors for nine-inning contest

The Blue Darters then put on an offensive display in their second game of the spring break event.


  • Apopka High girls wrestling team reaching new heights
    “The 2018 season was very successful,” Apopka coach Bruce McMillian said.
  • Wekiva girls wrestling program building in various ways
    Perhaps the best summary of the 2017-18 girls wrestling season for the Wekiva Mustangs is that the program is growing in quality and quantity.
  • Plans early in vacation were soaked by two days with rain
    Well, can you believe it? I take a week’s vacation and now Mother Nature has decided we need some rain.