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Friday, May 17, 2019

City center developer’s fee not paid by city after attorney says...

“Accordingly, unless your company can provide another rationale for the additional fee, I have proposed a modified budget as set forth.” Find out how...

Apopka’s development staff looks at three proposed projects

The city’s Development Review Committee saw three proposed developments again, two of them residential on the southwest side of town and one commercial on...

Big gator keeping watch on wildlife drive

A large alligator looks around along the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive on a sunny day. The gator is one of hundreds who live along...

Farmworkers protest against state legislation

Those participating in the protest show a Spanish-language banner explaining their position. The Farmworker Association of Florida showed its agreements with immigrants who oppose...

Artificial intelligence may have future to help citrus

Precision agriculture engineer Yiannis Ampatzidis sees a day when citrus farmers use artificial intelligence to detect the pin-sized insects that can infect the fruit’s...

Projects in Northwest Orange County could get $1.7 million in state...

If Gov. Ron DeSantis does not wield his line-item veto pen, three projects in Northwest Orange County will get a combined funding of nearly...

Apopka Proud concert draws thousands to amphitheater

It was billed as the Apopka Proud concert, and the country music event at the Apopka amphitheater drew an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 people....

Love honored with Pillar Award

For all his contributions to the city of Apopka, Rod Love, former Orange County commissioner for District 2, doesn’t think of community service as community service in...


We want APD to be the best
The Apopka Chief on having faith in local law enforcement
We hope that the members of the department can move on from this matter and continue to do a great job for this community under the direction of Chief Mike McKinley.


HOAs vital tool for citizen safety
By Christine Moore, County Commissioner, District 2
As I drive through downtown Apopka, College Park, and other urban communities, I love seeing poll banners hung along the right-of-way. I also enjoy seeing notices of community events on homeowner message boards and I never miss community events like the Apopka Woman’s Club annual festival. All these things build a sense of place. Learn how Moore hopes to capitalize on this information on page 2A.

School start-time change is complex
By Melissa Byrd, Orange County School Board, District 7
Last week, our board held its first formal discussion on school start times. The research shows unequivocally our high school start times should be later than our current start time of 7:20 a.m., but the hardship this places on families is difficult to ignore. Discover what options are being explored to solve this issue on page 2A.

When presidential candidate’s initials are BS, you know what’s coming
By Richard Corbel, Corbeil’s Corner
Don’t be fooled by his promise of free college tuition. If anything has shot up annually in the last 65 years, it’s college tuitions. Read more on page 2A.

This is Insane
By Patti Bankson, The Way I See It
In March, Nancy Pelosi introduced The Equality Act, adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” (SOGI) as protected classes under federal civil rights law. Read more on page 2A.

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Lifestyle News

Try Mrs. Connelly’s Pioneer Bread Pudding – it’s wonderful!

From Taste of Heaven, so kindly shared by our friends at First Presbyterian Church of Punta Gorda, we have Chicken Cashew Guk. Evalene Whiddon has...

APD helps toddler with potty

For the past year, Stefanie McQuade used tried-and-true potty training methods: bribing Cannon with sweets, making him wear underwear, sticker charts. She even purchased...

SGA awards seniors at AHS

The Apopka High School Student Government seniors were awarded. Pictured above are, (l-r), Kyle Eckert, awarded the SGA Senior Award; Desiree Birriel, awarded the...

Apopkan, Rebecca Ayala is a U.S. Navy logistics specialist

Ayala credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned growing up in Orlando. Read more on Ayala’s many responsibilities aboard the...

Random Act of BBQ

Noelia Garcia was nominated for Sonny’s Random Act of BBQ representing Lovell Elementary School of Apopka. Read about why Noelia was nominated. See page...

HITFIT Gym has ribbon cutting

On Monday, May 13th, the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed The HITFIT Gym and owner Nicole Felton (holding scissors) to the Apopka area...

Outdoor event offers classes, activities and tournaments

Participants will learn a variety of skills such as how to build snares and traps, create baskets, construct a water filter, and more. To...

Pines of Wekiva HOA of the Month Award

Orange County Commissioner District 2 Christine Moore presented the inaugural District 2 HOA of the Month Award to those HOA board members and director....
  • Following an eight-month internal investigation, five officers from the Apopka Police Department who were accused of violating one or more of the department’s policies had at least one violation sustained against them. Read more on the investigation on page 1A.
  • Department of Health gearing up to give free immunizations for students in summer. This free immunization event hosted by DOH-Orange has been planned so parents can vaccinate their children and obtain their DH680 form for school. Find out who, what and why on page 3A.
  • Male mentoring group for teens meets Mondays. It’s a positive male mentoring group where members learn life and leadership skills while helping build the traits and attributes needed to be successful young men. Details on LYMUS Boys on page 3A.
  • Planning Commission OK’s five agenda items. The Apopka Planning Commission recommended approval, 5-0, on all five agenda items at its Tuesday, May 14 meeting. Find out what was on the agenda on page 5A.
  • University of Florida vets will help pets after hurricane strikes. Just in time for this year’s hurricane season, the University of Florida Veterinary Emergency Treatment Service, or UF VETS, has a new weapon in its arsenal for disaster response. Find out what support have been received from the Banfield Foundation and PetSmart Charities.
  • Vintage singers will perform vocal ensemble at North Orange Library. See more library events including its 30th anniversary on page 1B.
  • Visitors to Long and Scott Farm can enjoy a classic car show, outdoor activities and much more at Scott’s Spring Fling. See details on the Spring Fling on page 1B.
  • The Avian Reconditioning Center is in need of volunteers for Saturdays. Read more on how you can become a volunteer on page 1B.
  • The 2019 mass reunion for Phyllis Wheatley High School will be held June 13-16. Details on this event are on page 1B.
  • The Apopka Pregnancy Care Center is holding a fundraiser between now and June 17 called the Baby Bottle Fundraiser. See details on donation information and how this fundraiser will impact the pregnancy center on page 2B.

Sports News

Red worms, crickets are good for catchin’ lots of panfish

Hello Folks, I hope you are havin’ a great week and you are plannin’ to get on the water this weekend. Kyle at Bitter’s Bait and...

Apopka softball one game from state tourney

A taking care of business, workman-like performance turned into a show of explosiveness. Find out how the Darters performed against Dr. Phillips and get...

Offensive line seeks experience as Blue Darters play in jamboree

Going into spring practice, Apopka Blue Darters football coach Jeff Rolson knew that his offensive line was a work in progress with youth and...

Mustangs hold scrimmage as they look to May 24 jamboree

The intra-squad scrimmage is a measuring stick of sorts during spring practice for most football teams. However, only so much can be determined from...

Rain helps bring water levels back up

Hello Folks, Well, we finally got some much-needed rain last week. I sure hope we can get some this week as well. The lakes...

Blue Darters win district title over rival West Orange

The Apopka Blue Darters (24-1) are district champion for the first time in five seasons.
  • The Apopka High School boys basketball program is running its annual Blue Darter Basketball Camp for two weeks in June. See page 4C for information on the basketball camp’s two sessions, dates and details.