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Friday, March 22, 2019

Dream was right size for Sawyer Brown singer Gregg Hubbard

Growing up in Apopka, Sawyer Brown keyboardist and singer Gregg “Hobie” Hubbard had a pretty big dream, but he wasn’t sure it would ever...

Access for visually impaired to city’s website could cost Apopka thousands

The city of Apopka could be on the hook for thousands of dollars in expense to update all the documents on the city’s website...

Apopka faith community will use software to help aid the homeless

A technology expert unrolled to the Apopka faith community a new technology platform designed to better coordinate church resources when assisting the homeless and...

Community bankers finally work together

In the age where large financial institutions open up a branch location seemingly on every street corner in town, another bank is poised to...

On the lookout

Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) Airman Apprentice Zachary Gallon, from Apopka scans the perimeter from an MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron...

Plans filed with city of Apopka

Find out how many homes are being planned to be built and at what location. But the city attorney said the owner/developer of the...


Apopka’s special events reflect its community spirit
Yes, we have our modern-day issues like anywhere else, but one thing that Apopka has that very few communities still have is a spirit of wanting to help others and make contributions to the betterment of those who live here.


All need to take action now
By Christine Moore, County Commissioner, District 2
You and I have little influence over foreign policy, how other families choose to live their lives, or manage their households, or what goes on every day in the legislative chambers in Tallahassee. Yet, we can do a bang-up job in our own areas of responsibility. There is a time and place to air concerns, grieve, and ask questions. Likewise, there is a time and place to take action. Now is that time.

Classrooms are embracing creativity
By Melissa Byrd, Orange County School Board, District 7
I was so moved that I mentioned to our area superintendent Dr. Rahim Jones, that we need to publicize the positive things going on more often. Unfortunately, teachers as a whole are not great at self promoting. Teaching is a giving profession and they often are used to not getting attention for the wonderful things they are doing. This needs to change. We need to highlight the great things going on in the classrooms.

Journalism has a ‘new sheriff in town’ who is well-armed
by Richard Corbel
I always loved the expression “There’s a new sheriff in town” from the early days of movies from Hollywood. Very often, they were referring to my favorite, Sheriff John Wayne, who couldn’t be matched in that role. As I approach my 85th birthday on March 26, after a long life of writing for industrial advertising and journalism, I was completely taken by the three separate sections of The Epoch Times.

Strangers in a Foreign Land
By Patti Bankson, The Way I See It
Living next to a state park means having some interesting visitors and checking our yard each morning before letting out our inquisitive, fearless little pup who might meet some “bad guys” and get hurt faster than we can keep up with her.

Letters to the Editor:

April emphasizes changes and values of 911 resource
Orange County 911 administration
In 2008, the United States Congress established April as National 911 Education Month. In Orange County, we begin this month-long campaign to help our citizens of all ages recognize the importance of 911 and the role they play in ensuring effective and efficient emergency response in times of crisis.

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Lifestyle News

Baked Brown Bread pairs well with Boston Baked Beans

From our friends at Northside Baptist Church, we have Broccoli Casserole from Louise Ustler. It looks pretty simple and quick. Dell’s Corn Casserole comes...

AHS grad receives scholarship for her passion for education

Florida Gulf Coast University student Hope Hanson, an Apopka High School graduate, has been named a Nancy Larson Foundation Scholar. Find out how much...

Ancient sport of falconry is feature at Spring Affaire Renaissance Day

The Avian Reconditioning Center is hosting its annual Spring Affaire Renaissance Day. Guests can have an up-close and personal experience with ARC’s falcons, hawks...

AdventHealth opening two new offices on old hospital campus

AdventHealth continues to expand its roster of services, this time with two new practices – a primary care practice that and a pediatrics practice.

Apopka artist wins award for drawing

Women in the Arts gave Apopka artist Ingrid Aguero an award for her artwork as well as featuring her winning drawing in an exhibit...

City commissioner visits Israel to discuss economic growth

In Israel, Commissioner Doug Bankson connected with several key figures such as Eli Cohen, Minister of Economic Development and Industry. Read more on what...

Tickets are now available for the Apopka Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

Tickets are now available for the Apopka Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast slated for Thursday, May 2. Read more...

Curb your hunger with Melt in Your Mouth Chicken Pie

For a tasty, inexpensive meal, Miniature Meatball Stew from Cooking with Foliage La Sertoma of Apopka should do well. We thank the ladies of...
  • Loaves & Fishes, an Apopka faith-based social services organization, will hold its annual Walk For Hunger. There will be prayer, fantastic raffle prizes (gift cards to restaurants, stores and more), and awards. The walk is three miles long. More specifics and procedures of this event are on page 1B.
  • Over 150 shops indoor and outdoor will be part of Trader Mae’s Decor Market’s annual Spring Fling Festival. More information on the festival can be found on page 1B.
  • Wolf Lake Elementary School will host family event, “Super Hero, Super Health.” Find out what activities are planned for families at this event – a partnership with Apopka Fire Department, Apopka Police Department, AdventHealth, and others.
  • The annual Spring Rummage Sale will be held at Zellwood Station. The community is invited to come early for the best deals and take advantage of this annual event. See more information on this upcoming event on page 1B of this week’s Apopka Chief.
  • International Children’s Book Day will be celebrated at the North Orange Library Branch. See pages 2B & 7B for a list of Library classes and events.
  • Center focuses on poison preventive measures and outdoor hazards. The Florida/USVI Poison Information Center–Jacksonville is educating the public on poison prevention and outdoor hazards during National Poison Prevention Week. Read more on this important topic on page 3B.

Sports News

Wekiva’s Butts lands 9A state coach of year award

History repeating itself is exactly what the Wekiva Mustangs girls basketball team wanted when the recent season ended. Read more...

Former Blue Darters baseball coach will be honored

Apopka Blue Darter baseball and the community of Apopka will honor college baseball legend Pete Dunn with a special “Pete Dunn Night” at Jay...

Blue Darters hovering about .500 early in baseball season

The Apopka Blue Darters split their first two games in the Tate Aggie Classic in Pensacola, keeping the team’s overall record even at 4-4.

Orange County champions

The Apopka Memorial Middle School boys basketball team won the Orange County championship. Find out where they are headed next and how they finished...

AHS softball still unbeaten through first 10 games

All which is possible through the first third of the 2019 season has been achieved by the Apopka Blue Darters. Find out why the...

Wekiva flag football picking up where ‘18 left off – by...

There has been little difference when comparing the performance on both sides of the ball as the Wekiva Mustangs greeted the 2019 season with...