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Friday, February 21, 2020

New, upgraded streetlights on priority list for city

In an effort to provide more visibility and safety in the community, several streetlight installation and upgrade projects targeting multiple sections of Apopka are in various stages of development.  Read the full story on...

Apopka Fair upcoming

Organized by the Rotary Club of Apopka and with the support of Apopka’s officials, the Apopka Fair has taken its place as an institution...

Adult education center planned near Wheatley

Orange County Public Schools is in the beginning stages of getting a new adult community education center designed and constructed in South Apopka. Turn...

Pregnant woman escapes fire by crawling through window of Apopka home

A pregnant woman escaped a fire by crawling through the window of her Apopka home, while two men also escaped the building without injuries. The...

New kiosk and main entrance are built at Apopka City Hall

Moving the receptionist’s kiosk back to its original location of facing the building’s west entrance to provide better customer service, city staff is implementing...

Apopka foliage veteran named to state hall of fame

Robbie Roberson (l) is presented his hall of fame plaque by Nikki Fried, state agriculture commissioner. Read more on page 1A.

Apopka-area woman plans to run for property appraiser

Yesenia “Jesi” Baron of Plymouth has filed papers to run for Orange County property appraiser. Baron is one of four Democrats currently seeking the...

U.S. Census will soon be seeking to count residents

In the coming weeks, residents can expect to check their mail for an invitation to complete the 2020 U.S. Census, which determines congressional seats...


There are several ways to vote in upcoming March 17 elections
We need to make sure that each member of the City Council, including the mayor and the four commissioners, keeps our best interest at heart, does their homework, and stays involved in the community.


Giving encouragement to Lockhart
By Christine Moore, County Commissioner, District 2
While serving on the school board, I worked diligently to document and preserve the history of Apopka and its schools. Now that I am on the county commission and representing additional communities, I’m working on a similar project in a large unincorporated area south of the city. Read Moore on page 2A.

Football teams, crossing guards celebrated
By Melissa Byrd, Orange County School Board, District 7
Some people think school board meetings can be pretty boring. I actually find them really interesting for the most part, which I guess is a good thing since I’m a board member!

When a socialist runs for U.S. president, shouldn’t we spell it ‘Burnie’?
By Richard Corbeil, Corbeil’s Corner
In studying Wikipedia’s biography of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, its summary of his positions on the major issues of our times portray a man without morality and completely fixed on targeting the United States for third-world status.

Stupid Is As Stupid Does
Patti Bankson, The Way I See It
And yet, Stacey Adams, loser in the 2018 Georgia Democratic race for Governor, showed up on “The View” – ABC’s stellar example of liberal ‘intelligence’…

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Lifestyle News

Make Ethyl’s Chicken and Dumplings from this week’s recipes

Do you love Chicken and Dumplings? We do! And, we have just the recipe for you if your answer is “yes.” It is Ethyl’s...

Orange County School Board honors crossing guards

The Orange County School Board recognized February 7 as the district’s School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day in the district. Many local crossing guards and...

Apply online for medicare at any time

Did you know that you can apply online for Medicare, even if you are not ready to retire? We can help you make an...

Wheatley Elementary commemorates Parkland victims

On Friday, February 14, Phillis Wheatley Elementary School administrators and staff held a special remembrance for the 17 victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High...

AHS Project Linus SGA Blanketeers

On Saturday, February 15th, members of the Apopka High School Student Government gathered in the media center to make gifts of handmade blankets to...

Make Bavarian Beef and Yummy cake for your loved ones

We have a recipe for Bavarian Beef, compliments of Mary Demetree, from the cookbook published by the ladies of the Sertoma Club, back in...

Republican National Hispanic Assembly, Orange County Chapter chairwoman is guest speaker

The Northwest Orange Republican Women Federated (NORWF) will present guest speaker Erika Garcia, chairwoman for the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of the Orange County...

Should I contact Social Security or Medicare?

Social Security offers retirement, disability, and survivors benefits.  Medicare provides health insurance.  Because these services are often related, you may not know which agency...
  • City staff hears updates on proposed housing
    Three possible housing developments – one of them newly proposed – came before the city of Apopka’s Development Review Committee (DRC). Read the full story on page 1A.
  • Early voting will be held March 2-15 for upcoming elections
    Any registered voter who lives within the city limits of Apopka will be eligible to vote in the municipal election, while only registered Democrats and Republicans will be allowed to vote in their respective presidential preference primary because Florida is a closed primary state. Get details on page 3A.
  • City will allow Duke Energy to stage here during disasters
    The Apopka City Council approved a staging site agreement with Duke Energy to let the electric power company use two city-owned properties for temporary staging areas during emergency disasters.  Turn to page 4A for details.
  • NORWF is offering student scholarships. Each year, the Northwest Orange Republican Women Federated (NORWF) offers the Alice Beth Miner Memorial Scholarship, in honor of Alice Beth Miner, a resident of Apopka who was well known for her community involvement. Read more on page 1B.
  • Sweetwater Oaks Garden Fair is set. The 15th annual Sweetwater Oaks Garden Club’s Garden Fair will be held Saturday, February 29, and Sunday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The fair will be held at Protegrity Place, 260 Wekiva Springs Rd., Longwood. Admission and parking are free. Read more on page 1B.
  • Railway Historical Society will have lecture on history of locomotive fleet on March 9. The Central Florida Railway Historical Society welcomes the public to a free lecture on the history of Florida Central’s locomotive fleet presented by Andrew Schwerin at the Central Florida Railroad Museum located at 101 S. Boyd Street, Winter Garden. The program starts at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 9. Read more on page 4B.
  • Central Florida Health Centers is awarded as best and brightest. Central Florida based Community Health Centers, Inc., which has a medical office in Apopka, was recently announced as a Best and the Brightest Company to Work For by National Association for Business Resources (NABR), for the second consecutive year. Read more on page 5B.
  • Congregation BethAm will host bingo nights. The community is invited to play bingo at Congregation BethAm, 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood (across from Wekiva Cove) on Sunday, February 23, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Read more on page 2B.

Sports News

Bass are bitin’ well most places

Hello Folks, I hope you are havin’ a great week and you got in some fishin’ time over the weekend. The bass have been bitin’ real well...

Wekiva girls face Crestview Bulldogs in contest toward state tournament

Quality field goal attempts were not as easy and transition opportunities were not as many as has been at the beginning of contests. Read...

Playoff time

Camerin James and the Apopka Blue Darters boys basketball team played Thursday, February 20, at Timber Creek High School in a regional quarterfinal playoff...

State tournament wrestlers

Three Apopka Blue Darters girls wrestlers placed in the state championship wrestling meet held Friday, February 14, and Saturday, February 15, at Dr. Phillips...

Apopka girls basketball play regional semifinal game

Apopka played well enough in the first half to bolt to an 18-3 lead after the first quarter and continued the strong defense throughout...

Season-opening game vs. Jones Tigers

Jesi Mora prepares to slap the ball for a double to open the 2020 regular season for the Apopka Blue Darters softball team. Read...

Radio show to focus on AHS baseball

The show will focus on the 2020 Apopka Blue Darters baseball team under coach Bobby Brewer, who is in his first season as head baseball coach, but served several seasons as an assistant after playing for the Blue Darters in the late 1970s. Get full details on page 1C.