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Friday, December 4, 2020

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Fire department ended fiscal year with unexpected revenue

Apopka Fire Chief Sean Wylam presented his department’s fiscal outlook at the Apopka City Council’s November 18 meeting at City Hall.  Read the full story on page 1A.

Church begins unique new ministry to feed those in need

A new ministry that focuses on distributing fresh vegetables and organic fish from a local aquaponics farm will hold a ribbon cutting next week. Living...

There’s still time to request mail ballots for city runoff

Apopka voters can still request a mail ballot for the December 8 runoff election. Get more information on page 1A.

Orange County will give free PPE to small businesses

Orange County will once again give free personal protective equipment (PPE) to small businesses located in Orange County to help them adhere...

City Council approves sale of three pieces of property deemed surplus

Four city-owned properties were declared surplus Wednesday, November 18.

Melissa Byrd sworn in to second term on county school board

Four members – three incumbents and one newcomer – took an oath of office at the Orange County School Board’s installation ceremony, including incumbent...

Birding festival will feature many field trips
The fifth annual North Shore Birding Festival on Lake Apopka will include four days loaded with 42 field trips. Get all the details on page 1A.

City plans free holiday concert on December 12
The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will perform an annual Holiday Pops concert at the Apopka amphitheater. Read 3A for full details.

Apopka charity seeks aid
Loaves & Fishes is getting ready for the holiday season and is in donations. See page 4A for more information.

County may reopen CARES portal soon
Orange County might reopen its CARES Act portal for individual and families grants one final time. Read more on page 5A.

Food boxes avalibale day after Thanksgiving
Next Step Ministries of First Baptist, the Big Potato Foundation of Apopka, and United Against Poverty Centers have come together to offer the food boxes at a low price. Read more details on page 5A.



Give thanks to Foliage Sertoma for parade

There will, however, be a band from Bishop Moore Catholic High School of Orlando and even two bagpipe units to entertain us.


Folks need prayers in these times

By Christine Moore

Neighborhood makeovers provide fertile ground for building social capital and building collaborative partnerships. I am excited about several new opportunities for the Thompson Road area and the west Lockhart area near Rose Avenue and Clarcona-Ocoee Road.

LaunchEd at home is approved

By Melissa Byrd, Orange County School Board, District 7

The hardest part of educating our children during a pandemic has been the uncertainty. The uncertainty of when schools would open, how they would open, what options would be available, and how long the options would be offered.

When the Israelis reduce cost and improve results, it’s just natural

By Richard Corbeil

This month’s “Levitt Letter” contained a science article as well as the medicine piece on three Jewish scientists who shared the Nobel Prize for finding the hepatitis C virus.

Maybe It’s Time

By Patti Bankson

Now I see the “error of my ways” and have returned to reality because it’s just not happening. Want proof? Here it comes …

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Brighten up your holidays with a Fresh Strawberry Trifle

We thank Joan Tice for her Meat Balls in Sauce we found in Sharing Our Finest Cookbook. This recipe doesn’t call for any certain...

Wildlife drive

A great blue heron seems to be hiding behind some vegetation along the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. Read more on page 1A.

Try Crazy Hart Ranch’s Brined and Herb Butter-basted Turkey

Because Thanksgiving is here, we wanted to give you a recipe from Field to Feast for Linda Hart’s Herb Butter-Basted Turkey along with a...

Apopka High School robotics teams host several other schools

Apopka High School recently hosted the first in-person VEX Robotics event held in Florida since March. Read this story on page 4A.

Put your Thanksgiving leftovers to good use with these ideas

Here are some delicious and waste-conscious ways to put Thanksgiving or other holiday meal leftovers to use. See the Holiday Guide on pages 6A...


If you’re tired of turkey, try catchin’ some specks

Hello Folks, I hope you and your family had a great Thanksgivin’. I love this time of the year with the cooler weather and good...

Blue Darters overwhelm W. Park in second half

The Apopka Blue Darters picked a good time to have their best offensive output. Read more about the victory on 1B.

Apopka plays Winter Park in Region 8A-2 quarterfinal game

Nikai Martinez is tackled during the opening drive of the game. More photos found on 6B.

Mustangs ride past Toho

During the first round of the postseason tournament, the Mustangs football team’s defense gave up only 85 yards. More can be found on 1B.

Blue Darters use strong start to win season opener

Jumping out to first-quarter leads the team never let the University Cougars get back into the game.  Find more about the game on 6B.

Apopka, Wekiva continue their playoff success with wins

I must say it was a pretty successful regional quarterfinal night for both the Apopka and Wekiva.  See more on 4B.

Apopka gets playoff visit from Lake Mary
For the second week in a row, the Apopka Blue Darters will face a team in the postseason that they played during the regular season. Read this story on page 1B.

Apopka Boy Scout Troop 211 will hold a Pancake Breakfast With Santa Saturday, December 12, at the First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Park Ave., Apopka, beginning at 7:30 a.m.

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