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Friday, August 23, 2019

High grass on rights-of-way grows into frustration for city officials

Overgrown grass in the city of Apopka’s rights-of-way became a hot topic Wednesday, August 21, at the City Council meeting as city commissioners and...

Apopka-born financier will be speaker at gala

The guest speaker is Apopka native Eddie C. Brown, CFA, CIC. Brown is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Brown Capital Management,...

City board looks to use funds to redevelop downtown Apopka

The city of Apopka’s Community Redevelopment Agency Board unanimously approved two resolutions. Get details on the resolutions and how it affects programs and the city budget...

Apopka Rotary Club works to benefit community

The Apopka Rotary Club has given thousands in monetary donations to various scholarship programs, schools and organizations during fiscal year 2018-2019, an estimated 10...

Salary study for city slices number of pay categories

A new salary and job classification study for city employees was presented to the Apopka City Council at its meeting on Wednesday, August 21....

Vick-Martin road work done, but traffic light still several months away

While the widening of the road and addition of turn lanes at the intersection of Vick Road and Martin Street near Apopka High School...

Founder of challenge visits APD to urge others to help

Rodney Smith, CEO of Raising Men/Women Lawn Care and founder of the 50 Yard Challenge, presented Apopka police with a specially designed lawn mower...

Welcome back to school

Engineer Barry Hornett (l) and Lt. Andy Strausburg of the Apopka Fire Department hold a sign and wave to motorists on Monday, August 12,...


2-year budget deal reflects America’s great addiction to debt
By Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson, Center for Vision & Values
We can blame politicians all we want for oceans of red ink, but the fact is that American voters – many personally addicted to debt – keep electing big-spending politicians.


Here’s how to upgrade aging infrastructure
By Christine Moore, County Commissioner District 2
This column will answer questions like “Whose jurisdiction is it to replace aging sidewalks or mow grass during the long, hot summer months?” or “How can an aging community get infrastructure added?”…

Return to school filled with joy
By Melissa Byrd, Orange County School Board, District 7
All over social media were wonderful pictures from our Apopka schools bursting at the seams with excitement. Our elementary schools did a great job teaching procedures to our youngest students.

Not a month goes by that Israel doesn’t bless all God’s world
By Richard Corbeil
AUGUST 23 – Well, it’s another month and more fabulous medical and science discoveries and development in the tiny country (land and population) we know as Israel.

The Inculcation of Americans
By Patti Bankson, The Way I See It
Those are some examples of “Inculcation”, which, in a very big nutshell, means to impress something true or untrue  on the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition.

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Lifestyle News

Make a meal fit for royalty for your family – Orange...

Taco salad from Florida Federation of Garden Clubs’ Paths of Sunshine is delicious. You use fresh vegetables along with canned pinto beans and chips....

AHS Teacher of the Year

Ms. Kayla Wesighan was selected as Apopka High School’s Teacher of year. Dewey & Daisy (AHS mascots) flew in to offer their best wishes...


Former Apopka High School SGA member Olivia Mckenzie, Class of 2017, has completed her latest work of art at the APK #DarterWings wall at...

Wekiva Springs Estates is HOA of the Month

The August 2019 Homeowners Association (HOA) of the Month in the greater Apopka area is Wekiva Springs Estates. Read more on the award-winning board...

Wekiva Teacher of the Year, Support Personnel of the Year

This past week, two Wekiva staff members were honored as The Wekiva High School Teacher of the Year and The Support Person of the...

Apopkan celebrates 100th birthday with friends and family

A resident of Brookdale Wekiwa Springs Senior Living celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by family, friends and fellow residents. Find out what special gifts...

AHS drama officers

The room was overflowing with aspiring actors and technicians ready to start a brand new school year. As the first order of business, they...

Apopka banker will retire

After more than 47 years, Gayle Altman, a banker and long-time resident, is retiring. Read more about Mrs. Altman’s impact on the Apopka community...
  • St. Mary’s Protectress Ukrainian Catholic Church will hold its Ukrainian Independence Day celebration on Saturday August 24. See details on the celebration on page 2B.
  • The city of Apopka will host the annual First Responders and Community 5K Race at the Northwest Recreation Complex. See page 3B for more information and details on the race.
  • The Apopka Memorial High School Class of 1974 will hold a 45-year reunion. The 50th-year reunion for the Apopka Memorial High School Class of 1969 is scheduled. Apopka Memorial High School class of 1964 has set its 55th reunion. Read all about the reunions and get dates and details on page 3B.
  • Walk and Roll for a Cure will benefit rare diseases. ASAP, which stands for the American Syringomyelia and Chiari Alliance Project, is a nonprofit organization chartered in 1988 to raise money for research and provide education on syringomyelia (SM) and chiari malformation (CM). ASAP also gives support to individuals enduring both disorders. Read more on page 3B.
  • Museum of the Apopkans needs  volunteers for completion of tasks. Volunteers are needed for jobs such as docents, to share the history of Apopka and Northwest Orange County, membership manager, volunteer coordinator, computer software operators, and for other tasks. Read more on page 4B.
  • Meals on wheels seeks volunteers. Seniors First, Inc., a volunteer organization, is seeking volunteers to deliver meals for its Meals on Wheels program. Find out details and how you can volunteer on page 4B.

Sports News

Darters fall in Miami

In the first game as Apopka’s head coach, the Blue Darters fell to perennial powerhouse Miami Booker T. Washington. Read about the Darter's trip south...

Host DeLand Bulldogs down Mustangs in preseason football game

Played on Friday, August 16 at Spec Martin Stadium (DeLand’s home facility), the Preseason Kickoff Classic is an exhibition and not included as a...

Former Darter playing in NFL

Former Apopka Blue Darter star Chandler Cox (38) is playing for the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins. For more pictures check out page 7C.

Wekiva grad

Read about Wekiva High graduate Logan Gilbert was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week for August 12-18.

Wekiva Mustangs open season against Winter Park Wildcats

The regular season begins tonight with the Winter Park Wildcats hosting and providing the opposition for the Wekiva Mustangs. Read more about tonights...

When the rains come, the next day seems to start out...

Hello Folks, I think it might just be me, but after some of the rains we have been havin’ I notice the next mornin’...
  • Blue Darters open season next week
    While pretty much every other high school football team opens the regular season this weekend, the Apopka Blue Darters will not be in action.
  • Wekiva High boys golf team working with more experience for this season
    A reservoir of experience accompanies the Wekiva Mustangs boys golf team into the 2019 season.
  • Preseason is a learning experience for Darters, Mustangs
    Both Wekiva and Apopka came out on the wrong end of the scoreboard last weekend in their respective preseason football games, but preseason games are more learning experiences than anything.Read more about the season in Peery’s Extra Points on 6C.