For Friday, May 17, 2024

Feature Headlines

Apopka issues four warnings, eight citations during safety enforcement initiative

Operation Best Foot Forward conducted its latest quarterly safety enforcement from April 30 to May 10, with 18 law enforcement agencies across six counties,...

Food pantry collects 9,436 lbs. for national food drive

On Saturday, May 11, the National Association of Letter Carriers NALC conducted its annual national Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, the nation’s largest one-day...

Fireworks, music will fill July Fourth event

The city of Apopka is hosting its free family-friendly July Fourth Celebration with music from David J and opening act Emily Henline, and fireworks...


National Police Week is endorsed by the signing of a proclamation

In recognition of May 12-18 being the National Police Week in Florida as endorsed by the signing of a proclamation by Governor DeSantis, The Apopka Chief would like to acknowledge and add its thanksgiving for Chief Michael McKinley and the Apopka Police Department that has 150 officers and support personnel for its service in protecting the citizens of our community. The APD office is at 116 E. 6th St., Apopka.


Tourist tax dollars are being allocated
Christine Moore, County Commissioner District 2

Some of you might remember this past year the catharsis around the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) deciding how to spend the large amount of Tourist Development Tax (TDT) dollars coming into Orange County. Read Moore on page 2A.

New schools are being planned
Melissa Byrd, Orange County School Board, District 7

Guess what? The Apopka area is not getting one new school over the next 10 years. Nope, we’re getting four! Read Byrd on page 2A.

“School days, school days, good old Golden Rule days….” So goes the song we used to sing as we prepared for another season of school. Read Hayden on page 2A.

Letters to the Editor:

Dear Editor:
Since its inception, the farm bill has excluded working people who are not farm owners. But for the first time, we’re seeing efforts to include farmworkers in the farm bill in a draft framework released by the Senate Agricultural Chair Debbie Stabenow.
Dear Editor:
In an editorial by Commissioner Christine Moore, she complains that the City of Apopka shouldn’t ask for both 4 new baseball/softball fields as well as improvements to the Amphitheater from the Tourist Development Tax TDT) for our Northwest Complex.
Dear Editor:
On March 8, 2024, the very last day of the 2024 Legislative Session in Tallahassee, the Republican majority in the Florida House and Senate voted YES on House Bill 433.

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


Now would be a good time to stuff tomatoes with chicken...

Our friend, Emily Meggett, author of Gullah Geechee Home Cooking sadly passed earlier this year. But she said in her book, “My church community...

Volunteers help with food drive

Flo Nelson, who is turning 95 this year, is one of the many volunteers for Loaves & Fishes who serves on Mondays.

MLF is coming to Kissimmee Chain

Hello Folks, I hope you had a great weekend and hopefully you got a chance to do some fishin’. The fishin’ right now is still pretty...


Apopka’s playoff run is over, Darters fall 3-0 to Winter Park

And just like that, Apopka High School spring athletics are over. The Apopka Volleyball team was unable to overcome the juggernaut that is Winter...

Doug Gabriel looks to bring Wekiva back to golden era

Wekiva Mustangs football entered a new era when hiring Doug Gabriel as the head coach during January. To begin with, Gabriel has been charged...

Three More Darters Sign!

The Apopka baseball team had some late signings this past week with Braylon Reynante, Jackson Adams, and Brandon Sowers signing to play college ball.

Apopka Baseball end of season banquet and awards

The Apopka Baseball team held their annual end-of-season team banquet this week after finishing the season 15-12 and falling to Lake Brantley in the...

There were no weak links on Apopka’s 1975 Elite 8 squad

In last week’s article about Apopka’s 1975 Elite 8 Team, All-Conference First Baseman Roger Franklin Williams recounted the specific, crucial contributions of…