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Friday, April 12, 2019

Orange County recruiting poll workers for the 2020 elections

The Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office is currently recruiting poll workers for the 2020 elections. The office has scheduled orientation sessions from May through...

Apopka city officials trying to straighten out budget ahead of of...

It may be only halfway through the 2018-2019 fiscal year for the city of Apopka but the city’s various department directors and finance personnel...

Red-shouldered hawks on wildlife drive

A red-shouldered hawk flies away from another red-shouldered hawk along the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. Read details on the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive on...

Glassworking artist set for Apopka fest

In January 2006, Dee Sutphin pursued her passion in glassworking by taking her first stained glass class with Rick Keppler at Atlantis Art Glass...

Property appraiser puts $1 billion back on tax roll

The Orange County Property Appraiser’s Office this week announced it reached a milestone by putting $1 billion back into the Orange County tax roll through audits and investigations of exemption compliance.  Find out...

Tickets are now available for Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

Tickets are now available for the Apopka Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast slated for Thursday, May 2, at the Apopka Community Center/VFW Post, 519 S. Central...

Community trust fundraiser

The first batch of commemorative bricks sold as a fundraiser for the John Land Apopka Community Trust are in and will be installed soon....

Street lights installed

Workers from a Duke Energy contractor have installed 54, 150-watt LED roadway lights in the Apopka area along Apopka Boulevard from East 10th Street...


Local newspapers should not be replaced as public notices source
These published public notices inform not just the political insiders who might occasionally visit a government website or sign up for mailed alerts, or even those with a direct stake in the matter, but the entire community.


Welch Road improvements are complicated
By Christine Moore, County Commissioner, District 2
The elephant in the room is always funding. Right now, there is not any funding allocated for major Welch Road improvements. Almost immediately upon taking office, I had Orange County Public Works staff meet me at the intersection. I am pleased to announce county engineers are already at work trying to identify their jurisdictional short-, medium-, and long-term solutions.


School population facing huge growth
By Melissa Byrd, Orange County School Board, District 7
I share the concerns many of you have that we do not have a relief school currently planned until 2026. My goal from day one has been to change that. At our meeting, I felt like it was time to ask for a work session with the rest of the board members to have a discussion about our school planning.

Left’s hatred of President Trump right out of Orwell’s 1984
by Richard Corbel
I remember reading of Big Brother and his “Newspeak” with incredulity, and the certainty that such destruction of logic could never happen here. We were completely safe from such governmental suppression and control.

Why The Left Wants What It Wants
By Patti Bankson, The Way I See It
After elections when there’s been a difference between the electoral vote and the popular vote and the Democrats won the popular vote, but not the electoral, there’s a hue and cry to abolish the Electoral College. Here’s what Americans need to know: It exists because no matter how often the left calls us a Democracy, we aren’t.

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Lifestyle News

Prepare your very own, tender Beef Wellington at home

From Savannah Style, Beef Wellington, a recipe that dates back to as early as 1899 and 1903, is an elegant dish that, if you...

Specks slow down, but are still bitin’ locally

Hello Folks, We are havin’ some great weather, the fish are bitin’, and it’s still not too hot. A little bit of a breeze...

Apopka toddler, Wyatt Toler chosen as March of Babies ambassador

An Apopka toddler who was born one month and two weeks prematurely has been selected as the 2019 March for Babies Orlando Ambassador. March...

Loaves & Fishes raised nearly $9.5K at Walk for Hunger event

Loaves & Fishes, an Apopka faith-based social service organization, raised nearly $9,500 and drew in more than 65 individuals to walk three miles at...

WHS to perform The Wedding Singer

Wekiva High School is presenting The Wedding Singer, and some faculty who are celebrity impersonators in the production are, (l-r), Krista Kelly (Olivia Newton-John);...

Young Floridian of the Year

Apopka High School graduate James Chan has been named “Young Floridian of the Year” by the University of Florida’s Bob Graham Center for Public...

National Day of Prayer will be observed at a free, May...

The observance of the National Day of Prayer will be held in Apopka at the front steps of City Hall, 120 E. Main Street....

Massaro awarded for cancer research

Chelsea Massaro of Apopka, who is pursuing her PhD in chemical biology and medicinal chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin, has been...
  • Apopka Fire Department receives  grant from Firehouse Subs
    A new grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation will better prepare the Apopka Fire Department to rescue victims of automobile accidents. Find out how much the grant amount is and what the Apopka Fire Department will be able to purchase with the grant. See page 3A.
  • Apopka Police Department offers tips on avoiding car burglaries
    Thefts from vehicles can occur at any time and at any place, even in your driveway. It is important to remember, these crimes are often crimes of opportunity and are easily preventable. Read these tips on page 3A.
  • Scholarships available from Rotary Club
    The Rotary Club of Apopka Scholarship provides financial assistance to an Apopka High School or Wekiva High School senior who plans to attend a college, university, or technical school. Get details on how to qualify for this scholarship on page 8A.
  • Feds say use of e-cigarettes is causing nationwide epidemic
    The federal government has declared youth vaping, or e-cigarette use, a nationwide epidemic. In light of these concerns and the misinformation surrounding this topic, the Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida is helping educate parents, educators, pediatricians, and partners on what they need to know about vaping and youth. See this article on page 8A.
  • Northwest Orange Republican Women’s Federated (NORWF) will host guest speaker Kathy Till on Thursday, April 18, at 11:30 a.m. at The Tavern Rock Spring Ridge. Learn more about Kathy Till’s accomplishments and topic for this event on page 1B.
  • The Zellwood Drama Team and First Baptist Church of Zellwood will present the 15th annual outdoor Easter pageant “The Love Offering” on Good Friday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Zellwood Community Center, 3160 Union St., Zellwood. To find out when the reproduction of the scenes leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ begins, check page 2 of this week’s B section.
  • A new Bible study series titled Family Seasons will begin with the first discussion class on Saturday, April 6, at 10 a.m. at the Florida Living Seventh-day Adventist Church, 600 Edgehill Place, on the campus of Florida Living Retirement Community. Find out what topics will be covered and how to get free study guides by reading more on page 7B.
  • Artists are invited to submit work – existing or conceptual – for Orange County’s fifth annual Sculpture on the Lawn exhibition, an outdoor display in which the works are visible to approximately 10,000 people daily. Want to know the submission deadline? Check page 7 of this week’s B section.
  • The Northwest Orange Republican Women, Federated (NORWF) is offering its Alice Beth Miner Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,000. To learn about the application requirements, look to page 7B.

Sports News

Blue Darters girls softball face West Orange at district

Find out how the Darters performed, how each play did for the outcome and what the Darters are seeking to do next.

Darters play Spruce Creek, Evans in flag

The team, long on potential but short on experience, had two games this week: a crucial district contest against Spruce Creek and Evans. Find...

Wekiva flag seeks deeper playoff dive

The need to compete against state championship caliber teams as preparation for the state final-four was the most significant lesson the lone loss last...

Apopka volleyball claims seed at district championship

Apopka, Dr. Phillips and Bishop Moore finished in a tie and atop the District 4 standings with 9-1 records. Seedings were decided in the...

Wekiva volleyball senior night

The Wekiva High School boys volleyball team honored their seniors at their game against Windermere on Thursday, April 4.

Apopka volleyball senior night

(l-r) Colin Renaldo, Kevin Sanchez, Chase Breck, Asst. coach Julia Himberger, Head coach Nunni Domiguez, Huynh Mai, and manager Javier Sanchez were honored at...