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Apopka High School homecoming queen

AHS homecoming queen

Desiree Birriel reacts after she is announced as the Apopka High School homecoming queen Friday, October 5, during halftime of the Apopka High football...
great blue heron Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

A big gulp for a great blue heron

A great blue heron prepares to gulp down an armored catfish for dinner on Monday, October 8, along the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. The...
New Miss Apopka

New Miss Apopka is crowned

Madison Zavitz is crowned Miss Apopka 2019 by Taylor Tyson, Miss Apopka, on Saturday, October 6, during the Miss Apopka Pageant held at Apopka...
apartment complex near Florida Hospital Apopka

More residential development likely ahead for city of Apopka

A pair of housing developments are in the works at Apopka City Hall with one of them being a proposed 289-unit apartment complex near...
Apopka Fire Department

Apopkans helping out

Apopka Fire Department paramedics Matt Roney (l) and Jason Watson left Apopka Tuesday, October 9, to help rescue and recovery efforts in the Florida...
Mayor Nelson

Mayor Nelson will give State of City address on October 30

Mayor Bryan Nelson’s first State of the City address is scheduled for Tuesday, October 30, at Highland Manor, 604 E. Main St., Apopka. It...

Friday, October 4, 2018


Here’s our candidate endorsements

After looking at the races and the proposed state constitutional amendments, we have come up with our endorsements. Use these as a guide, if you wish, but just remember that your vote is what is important, no matter how you cast it. Read more.



Local Airport to be economic engine

By Rod Love, County Commissioner District 2

I share this with you (again) to introduce two new initiatives that I am working on in partnership with area decision makers: A feasibility study of aviation and passenger rail as well as a vocational training program for mechanical aviation/aeronautics at the Orlando-Apopka Airport. Read more.

I want to teach my students to think

By Carl Trueman, Center for Vision & Values

That is my philosophy of education in miniature: I want to teach my students to think, which means the classroom must be a place where I challenge them and where they are free to challenge me. That is the only way true learning can be achieved in an ethical manner. Read more.

Israel’s leadership in science, medicine, and technology goes on.

By Richard Corbeil

From the miracles of modern medical science to a 2,300-year-old technology being tapped by laser science, again reported by the America Friends of Tel Aviv University, where scientists at (TAU) have harnessed a 2,300-year-old water displacement technology to develop a novel laser beam that traps and moves particles in specific directions. Read more.

Reliving The Zone

By Patti Bankson, The Way I See It

Meanwhile, those whose philosophies got us here, are doing their darnedest to keep us here. Not for love of country, but for personal gain. Those who understand the importance of what’s happening now need to work together. Read more.

Letters to the Editor:

Lake Marshall project has changed my life

Alan Wood, Apopka

It is a relief that none of our concerns were implemented into the Lake Marshall project Appian Engineering, LLC and Royal Oak Homes are developing since this has given me more free time.

Your Opinion Counts. Send a Letter to The Editor

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Lifestyle News


Madison Zavitz is crowned Miss Apopka 2019

Zavitz, 23, of Orlando, succeeds Lindsay Bettis of St. Augustine. The Miss Apopka Scholarship Pageant is open to residents living within a 90-mile radius...
Triniti Thomas Apopka

Poem about grandmother’s battle with cancer wins first place

Triniti Thomas, now 13, was an 11-year-old student at Altamonte Christian School when she penned “How Did She Do It?”, about her grandmother Corliss...

AMMS Medical Skills

Apopka Memorial Middle School (AMMS) offers a Medical Skills and Services course for 8th grade students who are interested in a career in the...
Wekiva High School Marching Mustangs

Marching Mustangs are champs

On Saturday, October 6 the Wekiva High School Marching Mustangs Band earned Best in Class for General Effect, Visual, Percussion, and Color Guard at...

One Singer sewing machine sparked many stories of Zellwood

A treadle Singer sewing machine that was donated to the Zellwood Historical Society (ZHS) sparked a conversation: “What does this Singer sewing machine have...

Baptiste Orthodontics ribbon cutting

On Tuesday, October 2, Baptiste Orthodontics held a ribbon cutting event to inaugurate the opening of their new location at 12 S. Park Ave.,...

Other Headlines, Events and More:

  • The Zellwood Community Reunion and chicken dinner fundraiser will be held Saturday, October 13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Zellwood Community Center, 3160 Union St., Zellwood. Read More.
  • A costume contest, games, and hayrides will fill Magnolia Park’s 18th annual Pumpkin Festival and Hayride today, Friday, October 12, 6-9 p.m., at Magnolia Park, 2929 S. Binion Road, Apopka. Read More.
  • A Health Fair will be held Friday, October 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Orange Branch Library, 1211 E. Semoran Blvd., Apopka. Read More.
  • The seventh annual Breast Fest is planned for Saturday, October 20, at the Apopka
    Elks Lodge 2422, 201 W. Orange St., Apopka, beginning at 5 p.m. Read More.
  • Children and families can enjoy a night of costumes, candy and a movie in the park at Hometown Halloween in the Park. Read More.
  • The upcoming Calling a Few Good Men Conference aims to strengthen the family unit, provide leadership skills to young men, and establish a network of men so as to serve as community leaders. Read More.
  • As the first phase of Alonzo Williams Park’s full overhaul, hundreds of volunteers will build its new playground in six hours on site during the Friday, October 19, Build Day. Read More.
  • The theme for this year’s Apopka Christmas Parade will be “An Old Fashioned Christmas Parade.” The event will again be sponsored by the Foliage Sertoma Club of Apopka. Read More.
  • ORLANDO, Fla. – There will be 12 amendments on the midterm election ballot this year for all Florida voters. All are important and somewhat confusing, many amendments combine two or more issues together. Read More.
  • The Apopka Fire Department is selling a special version of its already popular breast cancer awareness T-shirt to help raise funds for the Debbie Turner Cancer Care and Resource Center. Read More.
  • The Apopka Rotary Club’s annual Pancake Supper will be held Friday, October 26, from 4:45-6:30 p.m. in the Wekiva High School cafeteria, 2501 Hiawassee Rd., Apopka.  Read more.
  • Orange County Utilities will hold its Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Community Collection Event on Saturday, October 13, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Apopka High School, 555 W. Martin Street, Apopka. Orange County residents will have the opportunity to properly dispose of hazardous and electronic waste – free of charge. Read more.
  • Vote-by-mail ballots are starting to roll in to the office of Bill Cowles, Orange County supervisor of elections. Cowles said late Wednesday, October 10, that his office has received about 6,100 of the ballots that were sent out on October 2. Read more.
  • The first John Land Apopka Community Trust Legacy Gala will be held Thursday, October 25, at Highland Manor, 604 E. Main St., Apopka. The fundraiser gala will be held at Highland Manor, 604 E. Main St., Apopka. Read more.
  • The Apopka City Council and the Apopka Planning Commission will hold a workshop together to review a draft of the city’s updated land development code, a document that hasn’t been revised in nearly 25 years. Read more.
  • Loaves & Fishes, a faith-based social service organization in Apopka, is seeking donations for its Thanksgiving and Christmas distribution days. Loaves & Fishes is located at 206 E. 8th St., Apopka. The website is Read more.
  • Apopka artists and vendors are invited to make application for the annual Holiday Bazaar, Café, and Gift Boutique at Church of the Holy Spirit set for Saturday, November 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Outside booths providing a 10-foot space are available for a donation based on a tithe of the vendor’s sale for the day. Read more.
  • The State Road 429 Forest Lake plaza open road tolling lanes are closed in both directions through Sunday, October 14, to accommodate a toll system upgrade. Read more.
  • The second annual Friends of Lake Apopka FOLA 40 Bike Ride is scheduled for Sunday, November 11. Read more.

Sports News

Bass fishin’ is still pretty good in most area lakes, rivers

Hello Folks, I hope you had a great weekend and you got a chance to do some fishin’. Unfortunately for me, my fishin’ buddy was out of the town and we...

AHS golfer setting her own history

Last season, Alexis Rieli wrote a chapter of Apopka High School sports history. Rieli was the first Blue Darter to advance to a girls...

Apopka Talons Lacrosse Club plays in tournament in Winter Park

The Apopka Talons Lacrosse Club team played in the second weekend of a three-weekend tournament on Sunday, October 7, at Ward Park in Winter...

AHS top athlete

Apopka Blue Darters football player Akeem Brown was named the Baptiste Orthodontics Male Athlete of the Month for September for Apopka High School

Blue Darters fall to Jacksonville team

A year after dismantling Jacksonville Mandarin, the Apopka Blue Darters scheduled the Mustangs for homecoming this year. However, a much-improved Mandarin squad turned the...

Wekiva on the road to face Evans in a must-win District...

Next up and being played today, Friday, October 12, is a road contest against the Evans Trojans
  • Apopka High School golfers getting ready for postseason
    Steady improvement with the possibility of reaching the level of play good enough to advance from the District 3A-5 to the Region 3A-1 championship meet has been the scouting report for the Apopka Blue Darters since the 2018 season began
  • Wekiva has solid performance; Apopka not so much
    It was a good news/bad news situation for football teams last week here in Northwest Orange County.