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Friday, July 31, 2020

OCPS School Board reviews tentative 2020-2021 budget

Orange County Public Schools’ tentative 2020-2021 budget would be $4.18 billion, a $778.5 million drop from the 2019-2020 budget of $4.96 billion. The FY...

State revenue-sharing numbers still up in air for city

When the Apopka City Council gave tentative approval to a slight increase in the property tax rate, it did so based on the proposed...

Learning the ropes

A juvenile common gallinule is light enough to walk on the vegetation in a canal along the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive earlier this month...

Welch Road traffic flow gets change as part of intersection improvements

Phase 1B of the Welch Road/Rock Springs Road intersection multi-phase upgrade project was completed this week in order to continue improving traffic flow at...

Planned Apopka school is part of economic impact

A  study shows that the total economic impact of the Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) construction program on the Orange County economy will be...

City wraps three days of fiscal year 2021 budget workshops

The City Council wrapped three days of its budget workshop hearings on Wednesday, July 15. See 1A.


Why are first nine days of school useless?

That also tells students and the rest of us that those nine school days that are supposed to be done virtually are of little to no use from an educational standpoint. Read more on page 2A.


Character is for all small towns
By Christine Moore, County Commissioner District 2
In the middle of a very tough development agenda, ongoing emergency management activities, and economic development initiatives, I’m back digesting material from Bill Kercher’s book, “Character Towns.”

Answers are not easy to come by
By Melissa Byrd, Orange County School Board, District 7
One thing is clear: There is no right answer. Nearly every person’s situation is unique and different. Whatever we do as a school district will be responded to with an emotional response from someone.

Last month’s Trump highlights per Trending Politics Magazine
By Richard Corbeil
Magazines like Trending Policies are a welcome gift to the U.S. political scene with their ability to publish political articles and stats without fear of losing funds from disagreeing advertisers.

Choosing The Right Platform
By Patti Bankson
Maybe it’s that I don’t understand that “new world”  her socialist/Communist party’s trying to suck us into. It’s ugly, selfish, violent and so deceitful that only the most desperately ignorant would want to live there.

Letters to the Editor:

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District’s Water Less campaign promotes water conservation
By Ann Shortelle, Ph.D., Executive Director, St. Johns River Water Management District


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

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, The City of Apopka and surrounding areas have cancelled several events and activities or postponed them until further notice.

Lifestyle News

First Apopkan finishes term as Rotary district governor

As the first Apopkan to serve as the Rotary district governor for District 6980, Cindi Cioci, a retired business owner, said she was honored...

Apopkan serves in U.S. Navy

PHILIPPINE SEA-Aviation Ordnanceman Airmen Angelina Muniz, from Orlando, (r), and Daniel Buckley, from Apopka, disassemble an M197 20 mm cannon aboard the Navy’s only...

Plane taken apart at local airport

The old “Pan Am” 1940s-era, 44-passenger plane, a Convair 240, that sat for several years on the grounds of the Orlando Apopka Airport along...

Governor talks about COVID-19 with AdventHealth medical team

Governor Ron DeSantis led a roundtable with AdventHealth Orlando’s leading clinical team. Read 11A.

Voting begins August 10 for Best of Apopka awards
Voting begins Monday, August 10, for the annual Best of Apopka Readers’ Choice Awards. More on 1A.

Company wants to build warehouses of 189,000 sq. ft.
The city of Apopka’s Development Review Committee (DRC) on Wednesday, July 29, the city staffers discussed plans for a pair of warehouses, two new residential communities, and a building for a local moving company.  See more on 9A.

City staff gives OK to final plan for Amazon warehouse
The city of Apopka’s Development Review Committee (DRC) reviewed the final development plan for a proposed Amazon warehouse/distribution center.  Page 9A.

County has processed $13.6M in payments
The Orange CARES Individual and Family Assistance Program has approved 27,500 applications and processed $13.6 million in direct payments to Orange County residents. Page 11A.

Schools on free-meal list
Three more Apopka-area schools have been added to the federally funded food-service program. See 11A.

Water district works on budget
The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board on July 14 approved a tentative budget that reduces the millage rate.  More on 11A.

Free school shots will be given through Aug. 8
The Florida Department of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) is urging parents to prepare their children now for the upcoming school year. See 11A for more.

Sports News

High school football teams still facing 2020’s unknown

High school football teams were supposed to start practice this week for the 2020 season, but thanks to COVID-19, they’re not even sure they’re...

Keepin’ an eye on the weather is important to those lookin’...

Hello Folks, Well, by the time you read my column we will almost have another month in the books. August begins this weekend and that...

Lake Jessup is the hot spot for bluegills and catfish

Hello Folks, I’m hopin’ you are havin’ a great week and you are lookin’ forward to gettin’ on the water and catchin’ some fish. The bluegills...

Former AHS tennis player is now coaching youth

A former Apopka High School tennis player who went on to set a school record while playing for her college team is now teaching...

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