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For Friday, June 9, 2023

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New adult education school to host with ribbon cutting

Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, June 12, at 9 a.m. for the new Orange Technical College...

One-mile upgrade on U.S. 441 is done

A ribbon cutting celebrated the finished rehabilitation of a one-mile stretch on U.S. 441.


Texas border problem needs assistance from Florida

Florida law enforcement officers working through Texas’ border security mission, Operation Lone Star (OLS), are assisting with apprehending foreign nationals after they illegally enter Texas.


Together, corridors can be clean
By Christine Moore, County Commissioner District 2

I had the opportunity to visit several “Main Street” communities over the Memorial Day Weekend. All the main streets used historical and ecological assets to improve their economic conditions. Read Moore on page 2A.

As we enter hurricane season, it is crucial to be ready and aware of the recovery funding programs offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The Southeast region, with its stunning coastlines and thriving small businesses, is particularly vulnerable to these natural disasters. Read more on page 2A.

One of the owners of the construction company I had been working with since high school graduation had asked me to go with him to do some lake work. With no hesitation, I said “yes!” Read Hayden on page 2A.

Doing the Right Thing…
By Patti Bankson

In the not-so-distant past, after the Stock Market crashed and banks collapsed, people who were their “customers” began to question the security of their money and, began to understand why those who never trusted either of them to begin with, were stashing their cash under the mattress. Now, that could become the new-old hot topic: Where is our money safe? Read Bankson on page 5A.

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Centenarian turns 102

Deaconess Jennell Simmons was born Jennell Payne, on June 12, 1921. Read more on page 10A.

Scholarship winner

On May 6th, Senior Night at Apopka High School Awards program saw an Agriculture and FFA senior, Reilly Redcliffe, receive the CCP Agricultural Scholarship...

The fishin’ has been a little slow

Hello Folks, I hope you are havin’ a great week. One week sure makes a difference. Last week we had some rain and breezy days...

Six ingredients is all it takes to make an Eggplant casserole

Chicken, Italiano comes from Paths of Sunshine cookbook. The accompanying note instructs: “Prepare this recipe the day before serving to allow melding of flavors.” Here...


Final look at Apopka’s spring game win over Jones

Jones quarterback Dereon Coleman is brought down by Apopka defensive lineman Kevin Roberts (r) and Lorenzo Payne. See more photos on page 3B.

Scudero awarded Metro Conference Coach of the Year

Coach Mike Scudero has guided the Wekiva program over the last three seasons through the transformation and continuation of reaching the next step.

My theme is former AHS athletes

This summer, I am planning to do several columns in this space about some of the former Apopka High School athletes and coaches.

Wekiva is in offseason training

Perhaps training taking place during the summer months is of the most value. The process of righting the end of the previous season for...