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City staff has questions about Zaxby’s drive-through

Discussion at the city of Apopka’s Development Review Committee (DRC) meeting over the forthcoming Zaxby’s chicken restaurant centered around the ability of the restaurant...

Demolition of old hospital begins

Work has begun on demolition of the old Florida Hospital Apopka site on Park Avenue. Some of the buildings will remain for about another...

My, what big teeth you have

A large alligator keeps an eye on his surroundings while showing off some of his teeth recently near the pumphouse on the Lake Apopka...

City seeking millions in state funds for projects

In the first meeting of 2019 on Wednesday, January 2, the City Council heard about the funding requests that Mayor Bryan Nelson plans to...

Florida Hospital name change to AdventHealth includes local hospital

With the New Year comes a new image, as Florida Hospital changed its name to Advent-Health in reflection of the hospital as a consumer-centric,...

City election runoff was highlight of April

This is the second of a four-part series reviewing the news of Apopka in 2018 written in the pages of The Apopka Chief. This...

Friday, January 11, 2019


Hopefully, Apopka projects will receive state funds
A proposed birding park near the entrance to the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive on Lust Road would be advantageous to people literally from around the world as the wildlife drive draws people from far and wide to experience the wonders of the North Shore of Lake Apopka.


Parents can become mentors
By Melissa Byrd, Orange County School Board, District 7
One I want to accomplish as your school board member is open communication with the community. I firmly believe that communication is key to fixing our problems, as well as making real gains on our goals. We cannot address issues if the issues are not known.

Early commissioner info important
by Christine Moore, County Commissioner District 2
After seeing the group of former commissioners pose for a picture in last week’s edition of The Apopka Chief, I decided to learn more about the earlier ones. Thus, today’s column will be about Commissioner John Talton. He served on the Orange County Commission from 1950-1966.

Israeli surgeons invent 1st fully personalized tissue implant
By Richard Corbel
The article on medicine is a fascinating report by Israeli researchers that “they have invented the first fully personalized tissue implant, engineered from a patients own materials and cells.

What’s Their Beef?
By Patti Bankson, The Way I See It
President Trump’s first days in office were all about getting  the camel’s nose out from under the tent… or, put another way, it’s been about stopping Government interference in the lives of Americans. That’s bad news for the “Camel Keepers”, who
believe in BIG government… one that’s all things for all people.

Letters to the Editor:

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The Festival of Trees captured the hearts of many Apopkans
By Francina Boykin, President of the Apopka Historical Society

Personal gain more important than security of southern border
By Nancy C. Thomas, Apopka

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

Lifestyle News

Arrest your tastebuds with great flavors from Jail-House Chili

We have an interestingly named recipe for you: Jail-House Chili. The publication, Paths of Sunshine, is from the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. New Vision...
Shanelle White

Wekiva High student brings joy to families in Jamaica

A Wekiva High School junior spearheaded a drive to bring joy to fire survivors in Jamaica this past holiday season. Shanelle White, 16, a...
Disney’s ‘Secret Sauce

Author Mary Flynn shares Disney secrets with new book

For nearly 15 years, award-winning author Mary Flynn traveled the country and the world as a Disney Institute teacher and keynote speaker on Leadership...
Melody Burton Scholarship for Future Teachers

Paraprofessional earns scholarship

On Wednesday, January 9, ESE paraprofessional Ishmael Grandison (l) was awarded the Melody Burton Scholarship for Future Teachers, established in 1995 by the OCPS...
Women’s Council of Realtors Orlando Regional 2018 Member of the Year

Member of the Year

Holly Gondera was voted Women’s Council of Realtors Orlando Regional 2018 Member of the Year. Gondera is the CEO/Managing Broker at HAUS Real Estate.
UF/IFAS Diagnostic Plant Clinic

Liz Felter, ‘the plant whisperer,’ visits Diagnostic Plant Clinic

At the UF/IFAS Diagnostic Plant Clinic in Apopka, Liz Felter gazes at the tomato plant and considers it quietly for a few seconds. Stroking...
Apopka Fire Department engineer Mary Jo Hopper

AFD engineer Hopper retires

Apopka Fire Department engineer Mary Jo Hopper (c) retired after 25 years of service on Friday, January 4. Here, Mayor Bryan Nelson, (l), and...
North Shore Birding Festival

Chasing warblers and drawing nature are part of Birding Festival

The annual North Shore Birding Festival will be held Friday, January 18, through Monday, January 21, on the North Shore of Lake Apopka. The...
  • AFD helps with 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb
    Note: This is the third of a four-part series reviewing the news of Apopka in 2018 written in the pages of The Apopka Chief. This week covers July, August, and September. Read more on happenings from last year in this week’s Apopka Chief.
  • The 10th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade will be held Monday, January 21, the day set aside for honoring the slain civil rights leader. Get details like, time, route and parade registration on page 1A.
  • Five public hearing items and four site plan items were on the agenda for the planning commission. The board meets the second Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the Apopka City Hall council chamber. Read more on what items were approved and specifics on each plan. See page 3A.
  • Site near Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive will be cleaned. Multiple Boy Scout troops will clean up the Hickerson site to prepare it for transformation into a gateway birding park, and the public is invited to volunteer. Find out when the cleanup is set for. See page 4A.
  • The annual Truck and Tractor Pull in Zellwood, will be held today. Read more details on this event on page 4A.
  • Apopka residents living within the city’s bear management area can get bear-resistant carts at an affordable price thanks to an $85,000 grant the city received from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission toward such purchases. Read more on how you can request a can.
  • The Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, serving Orange and Osceola counties, will host “Inside the Courts,” a free four-night program designed to show citizens how the judicial system operates. See more details on page 7A.
  • On behalf of a nonprofit meal packaging organization, volunteers will get together and pack 100,000 meals for regional food banks – which serve more than 500 food pantries – at Thrive Apopka Church on Saturday, January 26. Read more on 1B.
  • The city of Apopka is inviting Central Florida police and firefighters to compete in the second annual Cops vs. Firefighters for Cystic Fibrosis event, benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. First responders will compete in events challenging their skill, physical fitness, and agility in front of cheering crowds of supporters on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at the Northwest Recreation Complex, 3710 Jason Dwelley Parkway. Read more on 1B.
  • Ingrid Rivera of Apopka graduated from Troy University, in Troy, Ala., during the fall 2018 semester. Rivera graduated with the Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology degree. Read more on 7B.

Sports News

Specks are bitin’ in Lake Monroe, Lake Jesup, St. Johns River

Hello Folks, Well, we have started off the New Year and, hopefully, you got a chance to try out that new rod and reel you...

Blue Darters win first two in 2019, one over West Orange

Coach Scott Williams’ crew shook off the rust of 13 days without a game over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Four-year varsity player Nate Louis breaks 1,000-point barrier for Darters

Apopka Blue Darters boys basketball coach Scott Williams is in his 26th year of coaching high school basketball in the talent-rich state of Florida....

Mustangs thump Freedom, 63-4

During what has become a very difficult season, the Wekiva Mustangs most recent victory was much needed.

AHS girls soccer thumps Lake Howell, 7-1

The Apopka Blue Darters girls soccer team whipped Lake Howell, 7-1, on Tuesday, January 8, running the overall record to 9-4. Brook Schulz battles...

Blue Darters fall to Lk. Brantley, 4-0

The Apopka Blue Darters boys soccer team fell to Lake Brantley, 4-0, in a match played on Monday, January 7. A numerical roster for...
    2019 starts well for local teams and especially for Nate Louis
    The new year started off pretty good for both the Apopka High and Wekiva High boys basketball teams.  Both claimed double-digit victories in the first full week of 2019.
    Read more…
  • West Orange downs Wekiva girls basketball team, 54-39
    Another chapter was added to the recipe being consistent for the Wekiva Mustangs’ losses when the West Orange Warriors provided the opposition last Wednesday, January 9.   Read more…
  • Wekiva High girls basketball team start 2019 with victory
    The Rob Moramarco Challenge was exactly what the Wekiva Mustangs needed after the outcome of the previous outing was a disappointing loss.  Read more…
  • Mustangs win once in holiday tournament played in Miami
    Played during the first weekend of the new calendar year, the purpose of the Wekiva Mustangs participating in the Adidas Holiday Slam was to build team chemistry as well as bonding.  Read more…