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Homelessness addressed at local forum

Faith, community, and business leaders convened at Apopka City Hall on Friday, February 8, to figure out the best-coordinated strategies for addressing homelessness.

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An alligator keeps an eye on things along the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive near the pumphouse on the north shore of Lake Apopka. The...

Four Habitat for Humanity homes dedicated

Four families and the community celebrated the completion of four more Habitat for Humanity houses as each new homeowner was presented a house key,...

Hospital’s growth mirrors that of the Apopka community

After 18 months of construction, the new Florida Hospital campus opened on December 13, 2017. Read more on the new hospital’s service to the...

Levee work on Lake Apopka

The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board has approved a contract for work to reconstruct about 4.7 miles of levee on the...

Man sentenced to 23 years in federal prison for crimes committed...

An Orlando man was sentenced to 23 years in federal prison. Find out what Cedrick Gant was charged with.

Friday, February 15, 2019


Gov. DeSantis made good move to order review of safety plans
While there are many other ways that can help curb violence in our schools, requiring our schools and law enforcement agencies to have proper plans in place is a great step.


Rosenwald a top factor in education
By Christine Moore, County Commissioner
Sachs introduced Rosenwald to Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), the famed educator who, in 1881, started Tuskegee University in Alabama. Washington encouraged Rosenwald, as he had others, to address the state of African-American education in the U.S. Read more on Julius Rosenwald on page 2A.

Byrd to host meeting at AMMS on Feb. 19
By Melissa Byrd, Orange County School Board, District 7
As I continue in my journey as your new school board member, it is incredibly important to me to follow through on the promises I made while I was campaigning.

Time to recognize Ocasio-Cortez’s socialism as unconstitutional
By Richard Corbeil
Well, Al Gore must need a new climate-changing jet aircraft or extra cash for a new lady friend, or both. In any event, he’s got the ex-bartender Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez teamed up with Democrat Senator Ed Mackey of Massachusetts to fill a bunch of pockets with our money, oops, to eliminate the U.S carbon footprint by 2030.

Planet of the Wonder Women
By Patti Bankson, The Way I See It
The 2020 election is being touted as The Year of the Woman. Whether that actually happens or not, we’ll see. Eventually.

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Lifestyle News

Chicken Cacciatora is easy to make and delightful to taste

We have a recipe for Bavarian Beef, compliments of Mary Demetree, from the cookbook we recently found in our archives that was published by...
Badcock Home Furniture & More

Badcock Home & Furniture holds ribbon cutting

Badcock Home Furniture & More held a ribbon cutting Friday, February 8, for its new store at 771 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Apopka.
Hai-Anh Nguyen

Math teacher receives grant

Hai-Anh Nguyen, mathematics teacher at Wekiva High School, recently received a $2,000 grant for her aquaponics program.

Apopkan, G. Mike McGraw is the 2019 secretary of Florida Realtors

G. Mike McGraw, an Apopka resident and a broker-associate with Re/Max Central Realty in Lake Mary, has been installed as 2019 secretary of Florida...
Ken Chrispens

Guitarist, songwriter will present mini concert

Ken Chrispens, a self-taught guitarist, singer and prolific songwriter, will present a mini concert at GraceWorx Community Church this Saturday, February 16.
Apopka Fire Station No. 6

Apopka Fire Station No. 6 has a strong relationship with AdventHealth

Even before the city of Apopka constructed temporary Fire Station No. 6 on a piece of land  AdventHealth Apopka had donated for that purpose,...

Apopka High School jazz bands play at Epcot

The Apopka High school freshmen jazz ensemble band and the Apopka High School jazz ensemble bands 1 & 2 performed at the Epcot International...
GFWC Apopka Woman’s Club

Celebrating Valentine’s Day

The GFWC Apopka Woman’s Club celebrated Valentine’s Day this week with the Apopka firefighters. All six stations were treated with sweets from club members.
  • Planning Commission gives OK to housing, businesses. The Apopka Planning Commission passed all the items on its Tuesday, February 12 agenda. Find out where proposed developments will take place. See page 1A.
  • Community Health Centers receives award. This program awards companies that excel at employee relations, use innovation to motivate employees, implement creative compensation programs and more. Find out what honor they received. See page 5A.
  • February is National Heart Health Month, and agents with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension are gearing up with programs to help Central Florida residents get and stay healthy. Read more on page 7A.
  • When you die, certain members of your family may be eligible for survivors benefits. These include widows and widowers (and divorced widows and widowers), children, and dependent parents. Read more on survivor benefits on page 7A.
  • Agriculture, one of the world’s oldest vocations, is also one that continues to reinvent itself with new technology. Two University of Florida professors say robots and information technology will rule the roost on farms in the coming years. Read this article on page 8A.
  • Apopka Woman’s Club is offering scholarships to six young women. The GFWC Apopka Woman’s Club is offering six scholarships to young women from Apopka and an adult woman special scholarship. See more in this week’s section B.
  • Applications available for 58th Apopka Art & Foliage Festival artists and crafters. Applications are now available for artists and crafters who wish to enter the 58th annual Apopka Art and Foliage Festival. See more in this week’s section B.
  • Prayer Day will be Saturday. Wekiwa Springs Baptist, located at 584 N. Wekiwa Springs Road Apopka, is having a Prayer Day Saturday, February 16, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. See more in this week’s section B.
  • Cancer survivors dinner, Apopka High School performance slated. A free dinner for cancer survivors will be held Saturday, March 2, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Apopka Community Center/VFW building, 519 S. Central Ave., Apopka. See more in this week’s section B.

Sports News

Mustangs shock Blue Darters in district tourney

The Mustangs were 10-14 overall and the fourth seed in four-team District 9A-3, while the Blue Darters came into the contest at 22-3 and...

Special Olympics team finishes second

The Apopka High School Special Olympics basketball team played in the Special Olympic Florida Southeast Region Basketball Tournament in Tavares…

Christian school’s basketball teams playing for state championship

The state semifinal for each Apopka team was held Thursday, February 14, past press time at Providence Christian School in Riverview.

Apopka baseball has high goals for season

The Apopka Blue Darters baseball team has some pretty lofty goals for the upcoming 2019 25-game season

Specks are pretty hot right now in many area lakes

Hello Folks, By the time you read this report, half of February will be over. I don’t know about you but as I get older, it seems to me that the...

Wekiva girls fall in district title contest

All four district teams are ranked among the state’s top-41 and notched at least 18 wins during the regular season. 

Turnaround by Wekiva boys basketball team quite remarkable
What a finish in Wekiva’s huge upset victory over Apopka in the District 9A-3 boys basketball semifinal game