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Friday, July 19, 2019

Confidential health information uploaded by defendant in city’s lawsuit

City Attorney, Joe Byrd said the 1,105-page document that had hundreds of the pages containing personal medical information was uploaded to the clerk of...

Rock Springs Elementary School jumps to an A grade

Only one Apopka-area school’s state-issued grade changed from the previous year as Rock Springs Elementary jumped two letter grades from a C to an...

City Council plans three budget workshops July 29-31

The Apopka City Council will hold a scheduled eight hours of budget workshops over three straight days, and then will set the proposed property...

Due to beetle infestation, pine trees being cleared from Apopka’s Northwest...

A mechanical claw operator lifts several pine trees that had been cut down across the street from the Apopka Fire Department Station 5.

Apopka groups among those that file suit over sanctuary city law

Immigration rights groups, including two from Apopka, this week announced that they filed a lawsuit against the state government of Florida to halt its...

Fourth of July night sky lit with fireworks display

The fireworks display put on by the City of Apopka in honor of the nation’s 243rd Independence Day celebration was quite an array of...

City greenlights special exception for private school

The Apopka Planning Commission granted special exception to a K-12 private school seeking to accommodate its growing enrollment by relocating to Apopka. Find out...

Beetle-ravaged trees torn down in northwest Apopka

Early this week, the city of Apopka spent two days removing pine trees that flathead wood borers had extensively damaged. Read more on page...


America’s landing on moon was time for global pride
It certainly was a time of American pride, but as much as we honor our American ingenuity, the moon landing also brought about a sense of pride for everyone across the globe.


Safety of citizens is my priority
By Christine Moore, County Commissioner, District 2
It was an opportunity of a lifetime to present with Orange County Mayor Demings and fellow commissioner Gomez Cordero, a county resolution and medallion to our three Orlando Pride team members who played on the US World Cup championship team.

O.C. public schools earn ‘A’ grade
By Melissa Byrd, Orange County School Board, District 7
It’s that time of year again – the time of year that school grades come out. The state just released school grades for the state and the news overall is good. Overall, Florida public schools earned more As and Bs and over 80% of F-rated schools improved their grades.

Global warming, climate change – only God’s sun has any say
By Richard Corbel, Corbeil’s Corner
Despite global warming being at the bottom of the list of our population’s concerns, the Democrats presidential candidates are pushing it as one of the major concerns of their campaigns.

Here a Racist, There a Racist
By Patti Bankson, The Way I See It
…Everywhere a Racist, Racist. Did you know that the word “Racist” was used 1,100 times from just Sunday morning to Tuesday afternoon? Its constant use has made it merely that … a word. Meaningless. Like “groovy”, it’s become a fad – something that’s followed for a time with exaggerated zeal; a craze.

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Lifestyle News

Try Betty Nunn’s fig preserves and much more from What’s Cookin’?

From our dear friend, Susan, who gave us a copy of her family’s book of recipes and family lore, we have her sister’s Gourmet...

Guide dogs will benefit from car show

Not only is the Classic Car Show a gathering for car lovers and owners alike, but it also presents an opportunity to raise donations...

Apopka’s splash pad averages 100 visitors every day

The current splash pad season kicked off April 6 and kept a weekend-only schedule until June 1, when the water playground’s availability expanded to...

Band camp isn’t all work, it’s fun

“The most fun about band camp is the battle of the sections. Every day during band camp, there is a mini game. Read more...

Author says innovative test proves guilt of JFK’s killer

A former Orange County sheriff’s deputy who served the Apopka area has published a book using new evidence that the author says confirms Lee...

Choose Superb Baked Scallops or Maryland Crab Cakes recipes to make

Scallop season is in full bloom now in many of our west coast counties and through the end of September. From Cooking with Foliage...

Deer Lake Run earns award

Greater Apopka’s Deer Lake Run HOA was honored by Orange County Commissioner District 2 Christine Moore in her HOA of the Month Program. Learn...

Apopka grad will wed January 2020

Alisha Marie Russell and Sean Michael Norton are engaged. Find out more about this special event and read more regarding the couple on page...
  • New Errol project developer out; owner says new developer sought. The redevelopment of Errol Estate Country Club may move forward after all, but without the developer of the New Errol project. Read the details surrounding the agreements between the owners and the developer on page 1A.
  • Getting traffic to flow more smoothly at one of the city’s busiest intersections was up for discussion Wednesday, July 17, during the regularly scheduled Apopka City Council meeting. The city’s traffic planner, Pam Richmond, said that some short-term fixes are currently under way at the intersection of Rock Springs Road and Welch Road.
  • The Orange County Clerk’s Office has unclaimed checks for residents, organizations and businesses in the form of a check that must be claimed by Sunday, September 1.
  • The Hispanic Heritage Committee of Orange County is inviting Central Florida artists to submit their Hispanic-themed artwork for display during Hispanic Heritage Month. Get information on submitting artwork and find out where the art will be featured. See page 1B.
  • On the occasion of their 50th year, the Apopka Elks Lodge will be hosting an open house. Details on this event open to the community can be found on page 1B.
  • The Zellwood Historical Society, Museum and Library has been asked to come up with names of former principals of Zellwood Elementary School, and therefore is asking anyone who attended the school for help. Museum hours and contact information can be found on page 1B.
  • The Florida Department of Health in Orange County is hosting a free immunization event, where children can get their back-to-school immunizations and obtain their DH680 form for school. Specifics on required forms can be found on page 1B.
  • Zellwood United Methodist Church will hold “Roar” Vacation Bible School with the theme of “Life is wild, but God is good.” The VBS will be held two Saturdays. Read more on page 2B.
  • The Kiwanis Club of Apopka is a sponsor of the Terrific Kids program at Lakeville Elementary, and would like to expand the program to more Apopka schools with the goal of supporting more kids. Find out what the program has to offer kids on page 3B.
  • Jason Jacoby of Apopka has earned a master in business administration from Valdosta State University. Read more on Jacoby and his achievements on page 3B.
  • On Saturday, August 3, City Commissioner Alexander H. Smith will be sponsoring a free backpack and school supplies giveaway. See details and registration information on page 5B.
  • The city of Apopka will host the annual First Responders and Community 5K Race on at the Northwest Recreation Complex. Get details, cost and time of this event on page 5B.
  • Gyasi Bailey of Apopka has been named to the Champlain College dean’s list for the spring 2019 semester. Read more on Bailey’s achievements and on Champlain College on page 5B.

Sports News

Radio show will honor former Apopka High athlete

The “Blue Darter Sports Central with Roger Franklin Williams” radio program today, Friday, July 19, on 1520 WBZW, will feature a tribute to Apopka...

Early is key to escaping heat of day

Hello Folks, Well, it’s summer and it’s a little warm but the good news is that if you get up and go fishin’ early, you...

Pete Vergos continues his bowling success in college

With two seasons of collegiate competition now under the belt, Vergos is putting together the same kind of career at the college level. Discover more...

Apopka High sports facilities get summer makeover

The floor of Joe A. Sterling Gymnasium at Apopka High School has been repainted and resurfaced ahead of the 2019-2020 school year that begins...

Bluegills bitin’ real good at Lake Jesup and Lake Monroe

Hello Folks, I hope everyone had a great 4th of July and you and your family got to do some fishin’. There was a-lot of...

Lady Mustangs rely on game experience against intense opponents

That inconsistency is when teams still playing deep into the postseason produce runs which win contests though. Read more on why Coach Tommie Butts...