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Apopka Fire Department

Apopka Fire Department training fire

The Apopka Fire Department held a training fire on Friday, September 14, along South Central Avenue. The blaze was used to help keep firefighters’...
Apopka Police Captain Jerome Miller

Apopka police captain completes FBI academy

After a 10-week stay at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., Apopka Police Captain Jerome Miller has returned home with knowledge of how...

City Council gives final OK to property tax rate, budget

A quarter-mill property tax increase that will help fund the 2018-2019 budget for the city of Apopka was given final approval Wednesday, September 19,...
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White egrets taking over

Although there are scores of species of birds along the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, this area had been taken over by a number of...
covering new citrus trees

Covering citrus trees may help protect them

University of Florida scientists are finding that by covering new citrus trees with mesh, they can keep disease-carrying insects from harming the plants. That...
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Demolition of old Florida Hospital Apopka begins

Demolition on the interior of the old Florida Hospital Apopka campus has begun and the tearing down of the 52-year-old building should begin soon,...

Friday, September 21, 2018


A healthier reserve would enable city commissioners to make easier decision
City Commissioner Doug Bankson made a short statement Wednesday, September 19, at the City Council meeting, but it rang very true. It was during a discussion by City Council members about whether the city should consider purchasing a property near to City Hall that might one day serve as part of the city’s efforts to redevelop downtown Apopka with restaurants and shops. Read More



Hispanic culture, traditions are a highlight
By Rod Love, County Commissioner District 2
The Hispanic Heritage Committee of Greater Orange County (HHCGOC) and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs joined the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) on the lawn of the Orange County Administration Center, for their annual Kick-Off Party to celebrate the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month on September 18. Read More

As the Cross of Christ rises, Darwinists sink into the primeval ooze
By Richard Corbeil
As the argument has progressed in the some 170 years since Charles Darwin set forth his poorly aging Theory of Evolution, the “Theory” has remained a theory, still lacking the scientific proof method of repeatable observation, while Creationism has been moved by its proponents, into the realm known as “Intelligent Design.” Read More

The Death of Altruism
By Patti Bankson, The Way I See It
Just when we thought we’d seen the end of the grueling and rude confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh, along comes Diane Feinstein, dragging a 35-year old accusation behind her. Read More

Letters to the Editor:

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Dem’s Worst Nightmare: Kavanaugh confirmation to Supremes
By Nancy C. Thomas, Apopka Read More

Police Beat: STAY INFORMED. Get the details: who, when, and why arrests were made in our community by

Lifestyle News


Two Miss Apopka contestants have ties to the community

Isabel Skormin, 20, and Karla Perez, 21, will be among those who will compete for the first-place $1,500 scholarship in the Saturday, October 6,...

Super Hero students recognized

Christian Redmon (front, left) and Anthony Torres (front right) were given the Super Hero Student award by The City of Apopka. Both students used...
2018 Best of Apopka Logo

Best of Apopka voting deadline is Wednesday, September 26

Voting for the 2018 Best of Apopka is swiftly coming to an end. Deadline for ballot submission is Wednesday, September 26, at noon. “In...

65 years of service is acknowledged

During the September 4 official visit of the District Deputy Grand Master to Orange Lodge No. 36 F. & A.M. of Apopka, Masonic Brother...

Corn Maze will open October 6

Guests at Long & Scott Farms will explore pathways cut through living cornstalks in the life-size Scott’s Maze Adventures, a seven-acre cornfield maze featuring...
Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall

The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall will be in Apopka from November...

It took two years of planning, but a one-of-a-kind tribute to fallen veterans is finally coming to Apopka. The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall will...

Other Headlines, Events and More:

  • The Apopka Fire Department held a training fire on Friday, September 14, along South Central Avenue. The blaze was used to help keep firefighters’ knowledge up to date on how to fight such fires. Read More
  • Social Security helps older Americans, workers who become disabled, and families in which a spouse or parent dies. Read more on Social Security on page 7A. Read More
  • On Saturday, September 29, from 7 a.m.-10 a.m., the Orange County Cattlemen’s Association invites your support by donating $5 for breakfast that includes coffee, bacon, sausage, and golden fluffy pancakes at Tractor Supply Co., 131 W. Second St., Apopka. Read More
  • State Representative Jennifer Sullivan’s staff will hold office hours at Apopka City Hall, 120 E. Main Street, on Tuesday, September 25, from 9 a.m. to noon for constituent outreach. Read More
  • Zellwood Station Veterans & Associates, Inc., will hold the Ninth Annual Physically Challenged-Disabled Veterans Golf Tournament at Zellwood Station golf course (off Hwy 441 in Zellwood), on Saturday, October 20. Read More
  • Florida Living Seventh-dayAdventist Church is introducing a new Bible study series at the church beginning Saturday, October 6, at 10 a.m. through Saturday, December 29. Read More
  • New Hope Missionary Baptist Church of Apopka will host the Recovery at the Hope Conference Saturday, October 6, from 8 a.m. to noon. The church is located at 927 S. Central Ave., Apopka. Read More
  • Apopka artists and vendors are invited to make application for the annual Holiday Bazaar, Café, and Gift Boutique at Church of the Holy Spirit set for Saturday, November 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Read More
  • The Church of the Holy Spirit (CHS) is offering a new program for families in Apopka with school-aged children. Family Power Hour is offered on the four Sundays in October, from 9:15-10 a.m. Read More
  • The theme for this year’s Apopka Christmas Parade will be “An Old Fashioned Christmas Parade.” The event will again be sponsored by the Foliage Sertoma Club of Apopka. The parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 8. Read More

Sports News

Hot weather has hindered fishin’ for many in our area

Hello Folks, I thought when September got here that we were gonna see some cooler weather come our way. Well, it’s just as hot now as it...

Celebrating a title

Eddie Williams, who graduated from Apopka High School in 1980 and was a star defensive back for the Blue Darters football team, was a...

After a week off, Mustangs back into action against Olympia Titans

With Baptiste Orthodontics Stadium serving as host, the former district rivals are meeting for the second consecutive season today, Friday, September 21. Kickoff is...

Apopka Blue Darters girls volleyball team defeats Boone Braves, 3-0

Alexis Miller returns a Boone shot on Wednesday, September 19, in Apopka’s victory.

On September 1, Apopka Pop Warner played Ocoee

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Wekiva Mustangs thrash Evans 3 games to none

Wekiva’s Shania Trejo awaits a free ball as it’s passed over the net during the September 18, 3-0 victory over the Evans Trojans.
  • Wekiva boys golf team fighting to keep enough players
    A lot of the unexpected has changed the scouting report from the beginning of the season for the Wekiva Mustangs.
  • Wekiva has week off, Blue Darters have big game vs. DP
    After a thrilling comeback victory over Winter Park a couple of weeks ago, Wekiva had last week off, getting ready for the rest of the season.
  • Apopka High boys golf team looking to play to potential
    Steady improvement until reaching the capability possessed while entering the postseason was the overall scouting report at the beginning of the regular season and continues for the Apopka Blue Darters.