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Suzanne Kidd drops out of race; Alexander Smith automatically elected

Apopka City Council Seat 1 candidate Suzanne Kidd has dropped out of the race. Kidd, who finished first in the four-way race for the seat...

Bryan Nelson elected mayor in landslide; two City Council races headed...

During the campaign, Nelson, 59, hammered home his message about the city budget and the city’s reserves, as well as the red-light cameras, which...

Runoff election set for April 10

There will be a runoff for the Apopka City Council Seat 1 and Seat 2 races because no candidate reached the necessary 50 percent...

Apopka police staying on top of school safety

Apopka police say that they have been active in community schools’ security and safety protocols.

Wekiva High students take part in walkout

WHS joined several schools throughout the Orange County Public Schools district and the nation in the March 14 commemoration, which set aside 17 minutes...

Fair weathers weekend just fine

As the 17th annual Apopka Fair progressed, the backdrop provided by the spring weather only got better.

Friday, March 16, 2018


Use of reserves and red light cameras are major items on mayor-elect’s list of concerns
There can be disagreements on exactly how much is in unrestricted reserves or restricted reserves and how much money is actually in the bank, but there is no arguing that the city’s recent practice of using reserves for General Fund expenditures cannot continue.


Base student allocation budget a shocker
By Christine Moore, OCPS board
So, why on earth would the Florida Legislature cut the millage rate for the second year in a row with teacher shortages?

I’ve seen 13 presidential 1st years, but nothing comes near this
By Richard Corbel
A recent release by the Faith and Freedom Coalition gives the historic truth of what President Trump accomplished in his first year in office, after inheriting the Obama mess of almost doubling our national debt from $10 trillion to $19.5 trillion in only eight years with negative results.

Should’ve Voted for Blue Wilderness
By Patti Bankson
You might see just a dog story here, but I see an analogy: dogs and what they eat vs voters and what they’re ingesting. Do they really know what their candidates are made of?

Letters to the Editor:

There are two types of corruption.
Dale Fenwick, Apopka

Taxpayers are owed an explanation on increased splashpad cost.
John S. Handzuk, Apopka

City officials need to wake up and slow down on spending.
Nancy Thomas, Apopka

There should be mandatory background checks for those wanting to buy guns.
Aida Gonzales, Apopka

Your Opinion Counts. Send a Letter to The Editor

Police Beat: STAY INFORMED. Get the details: who, when, and why arrests were made in our community by

Lifestyle News

Award-winning author visits Wekiva High School

Pictured, (l-r), are Sarah Bates, Joyce Poole, Jessica Brevil, Jeff Zentner, Nathalie Doralus and Sarah Qronfleh. Zentner visited Wekiva High School to speak with...

Boy Scouts mark storm drains to protect Apopka waterways

In this photo, Boy Scouts from Troop 211 in Apopka canvassed neighborhoods – specifically in subdivisions around Lake Marshall – with a message to...

Going for a spin

Carnival rides like this one, called the yo-yo, abounded at the 17th annual Apopka Fair that ran from Thursday, March 8, through Sunday, March...

Dream Lake School chess players place in tournament

Dream Lake Elementary entered the North Learning Community Chess Tournament and won first and third place! This is the first chess tournament the Dream...

WHS alumnus completes basic military training at San Antonio base

U.S. Air Force Airman Dennis Neidkowski Jr. graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is a 2009 graduate...

Apopka author debuts her new novel

In a market focused more and more on family dysfunction, domestic abuse, drugs, murder and sex, Flynn has taken the high road with a...

Other Headlines, Events and More:

  • Residents hear about proposed development
    Almost 30 residents attended a community meeting that lasted more than three hours on Wednesday, March 14, at the Apopka Community Center/VFW as project developers told concerned area residents about a proposed 301 single-family residential subdivision.
  • City approves splash pad at March 7 meeting
    The City Council voted unanimously to select a design and award a contract to a company for the splash pad design proposed for Kit Land Nelson Park at the Wednesday, March 7, meeting.
  • Policy council president will speak at prayer breakfast. Tickets for the May 3 Apopka Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast are on sale. John Stemberger, president and general counsel of the Florida Family Policy Council, will be the speaker for the event that is sponsored by the Apopka Christian Ministerial Alliance and coincides with the National Day of Prayer.
  • Cat adoption center to have grand opening. A non-profit cats-only adoption center will have its grand opening on Sunday, March 18, at 307 W. Main St., Apopka, where there will be face painting for kids as well as adults, silent auction, and vendors.
  • Church to host Easter fest. The Greater Faith World Center – also known as the Center of Faith Church – will host its Easter festival from on Saturday, March 31, noon-3 p.m. at the church, 700 Vick Road, Apopka. Admission is free and open tot he community. For more information, visit
  • Rotary scholarship deadline is March 31. Time is running out for high school students to submit their applications for the Rotary Club of Apopka scholarships, which will award up to $1,000 to one qualifying youth.
  • NORWF scholarship applications being accepted online. Applications are being accepted for the $1,000 Alice Beth Miner Memorial Scholarship that is offered by the Northwest Orange Republican Women, Federated, an Apopka-based organization.
  • Passport fees to go up starting April 2. Effective April 2, the U.S. Department of State is increasing the passport execution fee from $25 to $35, according to the Orange County Clerk of Courts Office. The U.S. Department of State administers the passport fee.

Sports News

March winds are livin’ up to their strong reputation

Hello Folks, I hope you had a great weekend and you got to get on the water and do some fishin’.We have had some strong winds over the weekend and the first...

Apopka Little League has opening day at Fields of Fame

The opening of the Apopka Little League season was on March 2, at the Northwest Recreation Complex. The teams were on hand to be formally recognized...

A beautiful sunny weekend for the Apopka Fair

Thousands of people showed up over the weekend to enjoy the Apopka Fair at Kit Land Nelson park. The fair ran from Thursday, March...

Blue Darters play against Evans Trojans in boys lacrosse match

The Apopka Blue Darters boys lacrosse team play against the Evans Trojans on Monday, March 12, in a Metro Conference and District 11 match....

District weightlifting champions

The Apopka Blue Darters boys weightlifting team shows off the trophy the team won Wednesday, March 14, during the District 2A-10 meet held at...

Antiques roll into Kit Land Nelson Park

Over 130 classic show cars were on display Saturday, March 10, at the Apopka Fair held at Kit Land Park. The show was organized...


  • March winds are livin’ up to their strong reputation
    By Jim Keck
    We should see some specks startin’ to spawn in our lakes on the next full moon.
  • Wekiva flag football making waves with three straight wins. “There is a lot of talent and skill on this team,” Butts said. “However, the difference between being capable of winning and playing at the high level we have is knowing how to use the talent and skill.”
  • Olympia and Wekiva baseball in two games. With district competition beginning this past week against the Olympia Titans, the youthful Wekiva Mustangs learned more lessons.