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For Friday, February 3, 2023

Feature Headlines

Miller’s Ale House coming to Apopka City Center

The sports-themed casual dining restaurant Miller’s Ale House will come to the Apopka City Center, it was announced at a Thursday, February 2, press...

First responders compete in BBQ challenge

The AFD won the bragging rights for first place. They received the top prize. As runners-up, the Apopka Police Department (APD) received a check...

OCSO seeks suspects behind deadly shooting

Authorities are searching for suspects involved in the fatal shooting of Travis Rashard Grubbs.


Invaders, illicit drugs entering South Florida are problematic

Earlier this month, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a state of emergency after roughly 500 people were apprehended in one weekend attempting to enter Florida illegally, placing a burden on local and state resources. Read more on page 2A.


Beautification is not the only goal
Christine Moore, County Commissioner District 2

Oh, my gosh! I feel like I just got the best Christmas present ever. It is a free publication from AARP called “The Pop-Up Placemaking Tool Kit”. While I have a bit of talent for improving blighted areas and engaging the community, I’m always open to new ideas. This booklet is chock full of them. Read Moore on page 2A.

Discipline rules must change
By Melissa Byrd, Orange County School Board, District 7

Our new superintendent, Dr. Maria Vazquez, has been busy! She is approaching the end of her first 100 days in office and one of her main focuses has been a listening tour all across the district. Read Byrd on page 2A.

Standing up for your beliefs is becoming a real chore. We used to have the saying, “different strokes for different folks,” and we allowed everyone his/her own way, or a different belief. Sometimes we even learned from those different ideas or maybe they learned from those other than their own. Read Hayden on page 2A.

By Patti Bankson

Life’s a beach … and then you die. In August 2021, when I originally wrote about life being a beach, I guess I must have thought I could afford to be that flippant about dying. But, in
the coming months, looking possible death in the face was a reality check. Read Bankson on page 3A.

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If you like chicken or shrimp, or both, this recipe can...

From What’s Cookin’?, the recipe is for Shrimp or Chicken Curry. This recipe was contributed by Mrs. Myrtle Womble who suggests serving it over...

Passionity cuts ribbon

Greater Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes Passionity Steak and Sushi Bar, 2107 E Semoran Blvd., Apopka, with a grand opening ribbon cutting. Members...

Next two months are great times for fishin’ in our area

Hello Folks, We are in February and we are lookin’ for some great fishin’ over the next two months. This is probably the best two months to...


AHS boys soccer team plays in district tourney semifinals

Apopka goalie Hayden Koscicki (r) defends the goal as an East Ridge player gets the ball into the keeper box. See more photos on...

Apopka girls soccer plays Evans in district game

MacKenzie Meyerer kicks the ball past an Evans player during District 7A-3 quarterfinal round game. See more photos on page 4B.

Wekiva Mustangs heading to postseason with big dreams

The Wekiva Mustangs boys basketball team will enter 2023 postseason after completing the most successful regular season ever.

Mustangs basketball battle Blue Darters

A boys basketball battle between hometown rivals ended as expected with the favored downing the host.

AHS girls wrestle for Metro West title

Throughout the regular season, the goal for the Apopka Blue Darters girls wrestling team has been to take the next step of placing inside...

Playoff season here for winter sports

Winter sports are full bore in the postseason for the Apopka Blue Darters as the teams try to work some magic in the playoffs.
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