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For Friday, May 20, 2022

Feature Headlines

New grocery store opens

The Sprouts Farmers Market will open today, Friday, May 20, at 7 a.m. with a ribbon cutting being held just prior. The store is...

Retirement time for me is just around the corner

After a little more than 44 years, it’s time for me to step aside and mosey on into retirement from this career position as...

He kept his coat on, but Tom Terry talks about hurricane...

Terry recalled the year 2004, which had an intense hurricane season.

Meeting decorum ordinance fails to pass in 2-2 vote

Commissioner Nesta, questioned the need for the ordinance when it was first presented.

Apopka becomes sister city to Mexican city

The city of Apopka accepted a proposal, by Roberto Sosa Pichardo, to be a sister city to the Mexican municipality of Corregidora.


Time for children to relax, enjoy outdoors, work out

While students should not spend their entire summer doing nothing, they should
definitely spend time learning socialization skills with others in their age group
and just having some fun. Read more on page 2A.


This is time of year for changes
Melissa Byrd, Orange County School Board, District 7

It’s that time of year for our seniors – graduation! It can really be a time to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of a child or it can be a time to just be thankful that they made it to the finish line. It is the latter that I’d like to discuss here. Read Byrd on page 2A.

Newer areas of growth are fertile
Christine Moore, County Commissioner, District 2

I have been visiting new neighborhoods in the Apopka community of late. Perhaps, I should have studied sociology in college, as I’m so interested in the various levels of engagement in these neighborhoods. I believe healthier communities have meaningful connections and prioritize building these connections. Read Moore on page 2A.

The headlines of today mimic the headlines of some 99 years ago
Ike Hayden

“The sky is falling; the sky is falling!” So said Chicken Little as an acorn fell and struck him on the head. Everything would have been fine if HennyPenny would have investigated, but her greatest ambition was to tell the king and so she set about spreading the misinformation that got everyone involved. Read Hayden on page 2A.

Drag Queen Story Hour
By Patti Bankson

In April, School librarians from across Texas met in Fort Worth for an annual convention featuring two men in drag and symposiums about teaching children to become “anti-racists” and to embrace other social justice ideologies. Read Bankson on page 5A.

Letters to the Editor:

Reduced speed limit appreciated
Deborah A. Mills, Apopka

Your Opinion Counts. Send a Letter to The Editor

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


Something old, and something really old, gives food for thought

If you want to have a “no-meat” meal but still get your protein, you can replace meat with milk, cheese, and eggs. Sara Chambliss’...

Kids, cops fish together in Cops & Bobbers

Officers from the Apopka Police Department volunteered their time to help mentor local youth by taking them fishing. Read more on page 6A.

City Council moving along with new stormwater rates

The Apopka City Council voted unanimously to authorize moving forward with adopting the 2023 proposed stormwater assessment rates. Read more on page 5A.

Local groups hold mental health fair

Last weekend’s Family Mental Health and Wellness Fair sought to make a wide array of mental health resources and support available to the public....

Use a rainsuit, but go fishin’

Hello Folks, I hope you are havin’ a great week and you are lookin’ forward to the weekend. They are callin’ for a little wet...

This week’s recipes can be either time consuming or really quick

Chinese Pepper Steak from Cooking with Foliage La Sertoma of Apopka served over rice looks yummy. We thank the ladies of the Sertoma Club...

Foliage Garden Club officers

The Foliage Garden Club of Apopka installed officers for 2022-2023 at its May 5 meeting. Louise A. Fortunato officiated at the installation. Find out...


For Wekiva, spring football practice continues to improve

The Mustangs run through a series of skills drills during practice on Monday. See more photos on page 3B.

Apopka High spring football game moved up a day

The spring football game for the Apopka Blue Darters was moved over concerns about a high likelihood of stormy weather.

Blue Darters play Bartram Trail in regional semifinal

“We had them where we wanted them, but we were a little flat tonight…,” Apopka coach Bobby Brewer said. See more photos on page...

Apopka softball season ends

The Blue Darters, coached by Mike MacWithey, ended the season with an 18-8 record. See more photos on page 3B.

Blue Darters win district championship

The Apopka Blue Darters boys volleyball team won the District 8 championship April 28 by defeating West Orange 3-1. The Blue Darters moved on...
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