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For Friday, March 24, 2023

Feature Headlines

Police seek missing Apopka woman with developmental disability (UPDATE — Woman...

***UPDATE from Apopka police on Wednesday, March 22: Missing Endangered Person Hilary Ramos Acosta has been found in good condition and safely returned to...

Duran named 2022 Firefighter of Year

Austin Duran joined the fire department as a Fire Explorer while in high school.

Planning Commission board member retires after 8 years

Linda Laurendeau was presented a proclamation and flowers by Mayor Bryan Nelson at the meeting honoring her hard work and volunteering efforts to the...

An eye on an ibis

This glossy ibis forages for food at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive recently. The entrance gate to the wildlife drive is located at 2850...

Apopka Fire Department names Austin Duran 2022 Firefighter of the Year

The Apopka Fire Department voted Austin Duran as the 2022 Firefighter of the Year, the AFD announced in a Monday, March 13, Facebook post. Austin...


Commonsense reforms needed in Florida’s hemp statutes

“While many legitimate agriculture businesses grow and produce quality hemp products, there are deceptive practices that are putting Florida’s children and adults at risk.”
~Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson


End-of-year testing about to begin
Melissa Byrd, Orange County School Board, District 7

Well here we are again, nearing the end of another school year. This week we started the fourth and last quarter of our 2022-2023 school year.  Read Byrd on page 2A.

Four wildlife corridors in NW area
Christine Moore, County Commissioner District 2

Orange County has preserved approximately 23,354 acres of natural lands in partnership with other agencies or on its own.  Read Moore on page 2A.

Remember when we were children? Everything was progressively exciting. When we were but babies, “peek-a-boo” was a thrill (both to baby and Mommy). Read Hayden on page 2A.

The Making of a More Perfect Union
By Patti Bankson

If I said I’m politically minded, anyone who has read anything I’ve written over the past almost two decades would probably say, “Duh!”  Read Bankson on page 3A.

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Cooked spinach, cream, white sauce, onions and cheese sounds good

James Island Shrimp Pie is a shrimp and rice casserole contributed by Mrs. John Jenkins from Charleston Receipts. You need two pounds of shrimp...

Masons clean up roads

The Masons have been doing a lot lately in the Apopka community.  The brothers of Orange Lodge No. 36 Masonic Lodge in Apopka believe...

Hooked a bird? Don’t cut the line! Reel. Remove. Release.

Steps to rescue a hooked bird, see page 5B.

Fair and car show have gorgeous weather

Saturday, March 11, was a wonderful day for Apopka’s annual fair and car show which was enjoyed by the many visitors. See more photos...

Specks bitin’ in Harris Chain

Hello Folks, I hope you had a great weekend and, hopefully, you got a chance to go fishin’. Last week, the specks were bitin’ in...


AHS baseball only sports activity during spring break

Coach Bobby Brewer has his team playing in an event at The First Academy, which is affiliated with the First Baptist Church of Orlando....

Mustangs, Blue Darters are very active in several sports

Wekiva High’s cheerleaders were at RP Funding Center in Lakeland to support the basketball team in the Class 6A state semifinals. The Apopka Blue...

Apopka High girls finish in state wrestling tournament

It was successful as the Darters placed at the state championship meet and realized the goal of moving into the top five in Florida.

Mustangs play in state semifinal

Wekiva’s Austin Rolle drives to the bucket to attempt a shot in the state semifinal game.

Wekiva baseball now 7-0

The Wekiva Mustangs baseball team moved to 7-0 on the season after downing Windermere Prep 4-3 on Tuesday, March 7. In the picture at...