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For Friday, July 30, 2021

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AdventHealth has about 1,000 COVID-19 in-patients across Central Florida, surpassing its...

As of Thursday, July 29, AdventHealth has about 1000 COVID-19 in-patients across the Central Florida Division, meaning this surpasses the peak of about 900...

Voting begins in August for Readers’ Choice Awards

Voting for the 2021 Best of Apopka Readers’ Choice Awards will begin Monday, August 16. Sponsored by The Apopka Chief and The Planter, the...

Publix to open

The Publix supermarket being built at the southwest corner of the intersection of Kelly Park Road and Plymouth-Sorrento Road in Apopka is scheduled to...

Police take part in pedestrian/auto education

In an effort to educate drivers about keeping pedestrians safe, Apopka police officers spent three hours crossing Fifth Street in downtown Apopka. Read the...

Apopka police get grant for new K9

The Apopka Police Department is the recipient of a grant to go toward a fourth police K9 officer that is replacing a retired K9. ...

Orange County mayor signs executive order declaring state of local emergency,...

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings signed an executive order declaring a state of local emergency for Orange County, citing increase in emergency room...

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to host ‘Food for...

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is inviting the community to a virtual behind-the-scenes look at its facilities to hear how the organization...


Cubans in U.S. want MLB to support players’ voices
Dr. Paul G. Kengor, Institute for Faith & Freedom

If you’re puzzled by this mixing of baseball and politics, well, you should be, but it’s entirely the fault of Major League Baseball. Read more on page 2A.


Program supports help of HOA
By Christine Moore

With the purpose of improving corridors, I came up with a program to additionally enlist the help of mandatory and voluntary homeowners associations. It is called the “Corridor of the Year” program. Read more on page 2A.

COVID continues to worry us all
By Melissa Byrd

The fear and worry from parents are palpable and there is a dark cloud over the start of a new year yet again as we start with raging COVID numbers and all our kids will be face-to-face this year. Read more on page 2A.

Those who share their knowledge are a blessing to the receiver
By Ike Hayden

One of the joys of my life is remembering the many different people I have had the privilege of working with and the many lessons taught for my learning. Read more on page 2A.

The Hidden Mental Health Crisis
By Patti Bankson

Sometimes understanding others is a challenge, and I’m just talking about the average person. As a conservative, understanding the new breed of politician now running our country (into oblivion) has seemed impossible. Read more on page 5A.

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There’s a snack somewhere

A black-necked stilt (front) and a little blue heron share a water shore as hunting grounds for food recently along the Lake Apopka Wildlife...

Early, late are best times for fishin’

Hello Folks, We are almost done with July and gettin’ ready for August. Once we through August and a few days in September, we should...

The Beef A La Mode special occasion recipe uses a French...

For your information, the first printing of one of our favorite resources, Charleston Receipts, was November 1950. The thirty-fourth printing was December 2009! And...

Virginia Bankson is 103!

Virginia Bankson of Apopka celebrated her 103rd birthday. Read more on page 7A.

Chamber of Commerce holds hiring event

Hosted by the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce and CareerSource Central Florida, “A Day in Apopka” took place at seven Apopka sites. Get the...

Au pair from Uruguay is just right for Apopka family

Sophia Castelgrande (r) has served as an au pair for the Ince family of Apopka, (l-r), Tom (l) and his sons Cayden and Ryan...

Veteran loves restoring antique vehicles

After serving in the Navy, Ronald Stetter acquired two vehicles that would become huge parts of his life – a 1932 three-window coupe and...


Apopka High grad in Tokyo for Olympic triple jump

Donald Scott, a 2010 AHS graduate, is scheduled to begin his triple jump competition in the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday. Read more on 1B.

Apopkans compete in barrel racing championships

Riders compete throughout the year to earn points in order to qualify for the finals. Photos on 3B.

From my vantage point, calendar points toward football

The calendar may be changing from July to August, but I’ve got football season in my sights. Find out why on 6B.

Blue Darters happy to be back together during summer workouts

This summer has been a little more normal as the Darters worked out not only on the field but back in the weightroom. See...

Mustangs begin fall football practice with new coaching staff

Like other high school football teams around the state, the Mustangs will begin fall football practice on Monday, August 2.  Find more on 1B.
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