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For Friday, March 5, 2021

Feature Headlines

City Council makes offer to YMCA for Camp Wewa

It’s now up to the YMCA Board of Directors to accept or reject the city’s offer for Camp Wewa. Read the full story on...

‘Idol’ opportunity was golden enough

Apopka firefighter Jeremias Williams may not have gotten a golden ticket and advance in this season’s “American Idol,” but he said he’s already received...

State funds still down

Through five months of the fiscal year, the city of Apopka is still seeing a shortfall. Get all the details on page 1A.


We hope YMCA’s board will accept city’s offer

Camp Wewa has meant so much to so many throughout the decades and it would be wonderful for it to continue being meaningful for generations to come. Read more on page 2A.


Flooding issue ongoing problem
By Christine Moore

If you have ever shopped at the Hobby Lobby or Beall’s in Apopka, you have probably noticed water pumps. Lots of pumps. In fact, last summer there were almost a half-dozen pumps utilized by the city, county, and state to stop Border Lake, Lake Cortez, and Lake Ruden from flooding. Read more on page 2A.

In-person graduations important
By Melissa Byrd, Orange County School Board, District

March is here and only a few months left until the 2020-21 school year ends. This past week, we received some much-awaited-for news: In-person graduations will take place this year! Read more on page 2A.

Walter Williams, Black economist, should be on Fortune’s list of 19
By Dr. James Finck

I read a post about an article from Fortune magazine that lists 19 Black economists to know and celebrate. I think it is great that we celebrate the contributions of Black Americans, but when Walter Williams is left off of any list of important economists, especially Black economists, I have to question the motives of those who made the list. Read more on page 2A.

Some Promises Are Best Not Kept
By Patti Bankson

Most people would probably say they believe that if you’re going to make a promise, it’s important to keep it. As strange as it is for me to say that I agree, I do … normally. Because I also believe that there are times when a promise is made that would be best not kept. I believe that campaign promises would apply. Read more on page 5A.

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Apopka woman receives scholarship for real estate

Natalie Jackson-Casey, an Apopka resident, is grateful to have received a scholarship geared toward women studying commercial real estate and pursuing a career in...

AHS graduate performs on piano before and at half time at...

Blake Guyre, a 2015 Apopka High School graduate, performed prior to and at halftime of the Orlando Magic’s game against the Golden State Warriors....

Apopkan completing training for Officer Candidate School

Officer Candidate Key Hinerman, sn Apopka native, is finishing a 13-week officer-training program that will prepare him for a career in the Navy as...

Adeline Bronson’s Chicken and Yellow Rice is great for special occassions

The Apopka Woman’s Club published What’s Cookin’? in 1963. This lovely little cookbook has recipes from women who are or were the backbone of...

Church of the Holy Spirit gives check to cancer center

Father Rob Griffith of the Church of the Holy Spirit of Apopka presented a check for more than $1,200 to Debbie Turner, founder and...

Bass are bitin’ as local waters continue to warm up

Hello Folks, I hope you are havin’ a great week. Hopefully, you had a chance to get on the water and do some fishin’ over...


Darters still unbeaten after 3 victories, including no-hitter

Apopka’s Anthony DeMilio slides in safely as the ball gets away from the St. Cloud catcher. Read more on the team on page 1B.

Two homers, shutout pitching in AHS game against Winter Springs

Aubrey Evans gets high-fives from teammates after the first of her two homers. Find out the outcome of this AHS Softball game on page...

State tournament qualifiers

​The Apopka High School wrestling team sent 11 wrestlers to the Region 3A-1 tournament. Four Apopka wrestlers were able to advance the state championship....

Mustangs vs. Raiders at state championship

Appearing in the 2021 final was the fifth time for Wekiva. Read more on this game on page 1B.
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