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Friday, November 15, 2019

Obviously having a very good time

Youngsters of various ages are all smiles as they take one of the rides Sunday, November 10, during the annual Fall Family Festival sponsored...

Zellwood welcomes Demings

Val Demings (r), the U.S. representative for District 10 in Congress who represents all of Northwest Orange County, sits with Max Fiscus, commander of...

Retired city employee Lorena Potter to run for City Council

“I want to be a part of a City Council that can not only resolve today’s problems, but can also plan for a bright...

Marine vet, now Baptist preacher, speaks for Veterans Day

Pastor David Schorejs of First Baptist Church in Apopka is a retired gunnery master sergeant who served in the Marine Corps for 24 years....

Apopka teen competes in state golf tournament

When she was eight years old, Apopka resident Ainsley Mann began playing and competing in golf on a serious level. Encouragement provided by her...

Two Wekiva High athletes sign

Two of Wekiva High School’s girls basketball players signed to play college basketball on Wednesday, November 13. Read more on the students and where...

Eight AHS athletes sign

Eight athletes in three different sports signed college scholarships Wednesday, November 13, at Apopka High School. Read more on the students and where they...

Intersection still studied after it has some traffic improvements

The city of Apopka finished Phase 1A of the Welch Road/Rock Springs Road intersection upgrade project, and city officials say there is noted improvement...


Proposed ‘Shutdown Act’ doesn’t appear be about managing spending
Those Americans, who have been hoping for the kind of spending restraint that might someday halt, if not reverse, the increase in federal debt, have been abandoned.
Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson on the unattended issue of the federal debt


Football team leads in town cleanups
Christine Moore, County Commissioner District 2
This past weekend, I hosted a community cleanup in Lockhart in conjunction with Orange County government, the people of Lockhart, Lockhart Baptist Church, and the Wekiva High football team. Read more on page 2A.

OCPS is excellent with exceptional ed
By Melissa Byrd, Orange County School Board, District 7
As I read through my School Board update this past month from Superintendent Barbara Jenkins, I was struck by the tremendous work our staff is doing in the area of Exceptional Student Education within the district. Read more on page 2A.

Why is it that ‘saviors’ are assaulted rather than exalted?
By Richard Corbel
It can take a few years, but the House Dems finally passed an impeachment measure of our greatest president in modern history, knowing that the GOP-controlled Senate will dump it sooner than you could say Bill Clinton or Monica Lewinsky. Read this column on page 2A.

Business: Big and Small
Patti Bankson
Our current, duly elected president, Donald Trump continues to work with unflagging vision and energy to find … and enact … solutions to our problems. Read more on page 5A.

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Lifestyle News

Pepare ahead for Thanksgiving with these varied recipes

From Foliage La Sertoma of Apopka we have a recipe for marinated oysters, served cold, over salad greens. Old Fashioned Mac ‘n Cheese from Muellers...

It was a beautiful weekend for fair festivities at Kit Land...

The Fall Family Festival, held November 7-10, was organized by the Rotary Club of Apopka. See more photos on page 5B and 8B.

UF study finds FDA strategy cuts fetal exposure to harmful drug,...

University of Florida researchers determined an FDA-approved program deters pregnant women from starting a potentially harmful immunosuppressive drug. But for women taking the drug,...

Journey Christian Church gives to VFW

On behalf of Journey Christian Church, Lydia Williams, (l), presents a check to Apopka/Altamonte Springs VFW Post 10147 Commander, Andy Anderson. Learn how this...

Boy Scouts donates to Loaves & Fishes

The Boy Scouts collected 4,501 pounds of food and donated them to Loaves & Fishes on Saturday, November 9. The community food pantry Loaves...

Apopka Historical Society will dedicate schoolhouse marker

The Apopka Historical Society will hold a public dedication ceremony for the Apopka schoolhouse Florida state historical marker on Fayette Street in Edgewood-Greenwood Cemetery...

Cook up some great recipes for your vet on Veteran’s Day

This coming Monday, November 11th, is Veterans Day. It used to be called Armistice Day, you know. We observe this day in honor...

Breast Cancer Awareness at Pink Out day

First grade students at Lovell Elementary School participated in Breast Cancer Awareness Month as they formed the pink ribbon logo by wearing pink on...
  • Planning board votes on first step for a development near airport
    The decision received applause from many of those in attendance at the Tuesday, November 12, Planning Commission meeting at Apopka City Hall. Find out how the Apopka City Council voted and what concerns were voiced about the project. See page 1A for details.
  • Theme for December 14 parade in Apopka is ‘Christmas Memories’
    The annual Christmas Parade is intended to encourage community support and celebration of the holiday season. Get specifics on the upcoming Christmas Parade and find out the deadline for registration on page 3A.
  • Annual toy drive by Forever Wishes
    The sixth annual toy drive by Forever Wishes, Inc. will be held. The group will be collecting for Toys 4 Tots, so each person attending is being asked to bring an unwrapped toy or toys. Read more on this event on page 3A.
  • School board approves new contract
    The decision was made at the school board’s regularly scheduled meeting at the Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership meeting in Orlando on Tuesday, November 12. Find out what the school board voted on that affects teacher salaries.
  • To kick off the season of giving, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings recently launched the 2019 Orange County Mayor’s Toy Drive at the Tuesday, November 12, Board of County Commissioners meeting. Read more about this festive fundraiser on page 1B.
  • The Florida Supervisors of Elections is offering scholarship opportunities to students from around the state. Three scholarships for $1,200 each will be awarded in 2020. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is February 28, 2020. The winning students will be announced and recognized at the FSE Summer Conference next May. For more details, turn to page 1B.
  • The Apopka Seventh-day Adventist Church has initiated a new program designed to learn of needs of members in the community and then work to help find solutions to those needs. Find out how this church plans to help their congregation and the community at large on page 2B.
  • The Apopka Pregnancy Care Center is now accepting applications for board members and volunteers. Learn how you can help on page 3B.

Sports News

Cooler weather makes it more pleasant while we are fishin’

Hello Folks, Well, we got some cooler weather this week and more cooler weather is on the way soon. I don’t know about you, but...

Darters overcome rain, penalties, turnovers in playoffs

It was a first-round playoff game with lots of rain that produced plenty of issues on both sides, including turnovers, kicking-game mistakes, and penalties...

Mustangs play in first playoff game

A number of times during the 2019 season, the Wekiva Mustangs were carried to victory by the defense..  How did they do. Page 1C.

AHS bowling competes at state

A primed and poised Apopka Blue Darter team looking to achieve the last step of the goal which was the driving force for an...

AHS boys basketball will be led by Anderson, Latimer

With the start of the high school boys basketball season just around the corner, the Apopka Blue Darters will depend on a pair of...

Cooler weather was nice to have on a recent vacation

Hello Folks, I just came back from vacation and my wife and I, and our friends had a great time. We stayed in a cabin in...

In football, Apopka survives, Wekiva looks ahead to 2020
Peery’s Extra Points, John Peery
It was a good news/bad news kind of night for the high school football teams in our area last week when the playoffs started.
Read more on 6C.

AHS boys basketball raising funds through 100 for 100 Club
With the high school basketball season starting later this month, Apopka Blue Darters boys basketball coach Scott Williams is looking to raise funds for the program to help keep it self-sufficient

Physically challenged military veterans will be honored with golf
The 10th annual golf tournament for physically challenged disabled veterans at Zellwood Station Golf Club, U.S. Highway 441, Zellwood, will be held Saturday, November 23, at 8 a.m. This event is put on by the Zellwood Station Veterans & Associates, Inc.

Apopka travels for next playoff game
When Apopka and Bartram Trail met last year during the regular season, the Blue Darters had a field day, rushing for a school record 615 yards,