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For Friday, January 22, 2020

Feature Headlines

Apopka nun who served thousands dies at 91

Sister Teresa McElwee, who helped form and worked with many organizations in Apopka and the surrounding area, died January 7. Read more on 1A.

MLK parade

A dance troupe was one of the many groups participating in the 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. More parade photos on 14A.

Deputy police chief named

Jerome Miller was recognized at the City Council meeting on Wednesday, January 20, as he was promoted from captain to deputy police chief. See...

City will look at possible land swap for Camp Wewa

Over the next two weeks, the city of Apopka will explore the possibility of a land swap with the Central Florida YMCA.  Read about...


How to spend Duke’s check is good problem

How to use the millions is now up to the City Council, but included in this week’s City Council meeting agenda packet was a list of potential uses as presented by City Administrator Edward Bass. Read more on page 2A.


New sidewalks added annually
By Christine Moore

It happens all the time. You’re driving through a neighborhood and wonder why it’s so dark on the streets at night! Yet another neighborhood has streetlights galore. The reality is when a subdivision is built, the developer determines how many streetlights, if any, will be put on the thoroughfares that we end up calling our neighborhood. Read more on page 2A.

Forward movements are shown
By Melissa Byrd, Orange County School Board, District

As we roll on in this new year, one thing is for sure: The pandemic is not stopping the planning, dreaming, and looking ahead. For me, last week was filled with hopeful meetings focused on plans for the future. Read more on page 2A.

There is still 40-plus percent who acknowledge the leader needed
By Richard Corbeil

Columnist’s note: When one replaces a genius, it becomes necessary to respect the talent, genius, and accomplishments of the target. The column was headlined “Mr. and Mrs. Donald Trump are treasures U.S. should not lose.” Read more on page 2A.

By Patti Bankson

Okay, the election is over and the Barbarians are at the gate … and guess who’s holding the gate open for them? Joe Biden, The Manchurian Candidate, of course. Read more on page 5A.

Letters to the Editor:

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Police department employee awarded

Kimberly Pollard, a civilian employee with the Apopka Police Department, was awarded with a certificate Wednesday, January 20.  See more on 12A.

Finance director

The City Council unanimously approved the appointment of Gladymir Ortega as Apopka’s new finance director on Wednesday, January 20. Ortega replaces Jamie Roberson, who...

Try Potatoes Del Monico recipe from Preserving the Big Potato

When Katharine Lune and her husband Rob bought their land in Archer and ended up naming it Heirloom Country Farms, they wanted to do...


Tampa Bay Bucs must play on frozen tundra in Green Bay

My picks last week were a little more normal in that I got two out of four correct.

Scoring 1,000 points means plenty of work for Smith

Even with all the success the Wekiva Mustangs have earned under the leadership of Tommie Butts’ coaching staff, Smith is the first player to...

New Wekiva coach

Wekiva High School announced Jeremiah Schwartz as the fourth football coach in school history. Read more on page 1B.

Darters get back to winning ways

It’s been a unique season for the Apopka Blue Darters boys basketball team.  Read details on the team and their record on page 1B.

Specks are bitin’ like crazy while bass are snoozin’

Hello Folks, We are more than halfway through January and I hope your new year is startin’ off in the right direction. If you are...

Looking to steal

As Apopka Blue Darters girls basketball coach Brittany Hardy (r) watches from the sideline, Janiya Johnson (1) and Apopka teammate Kiera Knight double-team an...
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