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Friday, October 18, 2019

City of Apopka files suit over sports scoreboards at Northwest Recreation...

The city of Apopka filed suit in federal court late last week against the company that erected scoreboards at the city’s baseball and softball...

New Miss Apopka wants people to focus on health

Amanda Kronhaus, the new Miss Apopka, is crowned by her predecessor, Madison Zavitz on Saturday, October 12. A page of pictures is on page...

Orlando man arrested in shooting near school; another man sought

An Orlando man has been charged by Apopka police after an incident where occupants of two vehicles were shooting at each other near Apopka...

Wekiva High homecoming royalty

Wekiva High School crowned its homecoming queen and king Friday, October 11, at halftime of the football team’s game against Ocala Forest. Read more...

John Land Gala speaker says he’s proud to call Apopka his...

When Apopka native Eddie Brown received a phone call from the John Land Apopka Community Trust inviting him to be this year’s speaker at...

Wekiva High celebrates homecoming

A traditional homecoming week pancake breakfast was held for Wekiva High School’s seniors on Monday, October 7. Here, Wekiva Principal Michele Erickson (l) gets...

City staff tells developer he must put up brick wall

The city of Apopka’s Development Review Committee (DRC) turned down a request by the developer of a parcel in the southwestern part of Apopka...

Habitat homes dedicated

Four families reached a milestone in their lives when new homes were dedicated to them on a special day designated by the United Nations. ...


It’s possible Democrats could nominate a socialist as candidate
By Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson, Center for Vision & Values
And for what great and noble cause would Dudley want to tank the economy and inflict economic harm on millions of American citizens? His goal, in his words, would be to “affect the political outcome in 2020.”


3 concurrent projects take time
Christine Moore, County Commissioner District 2
Now that is not to say my office doesn’t daily prioritize constituent calls, but I have always preferred a project approach to getting things accomplished for my communities.

Many local schools qualify for grants
By Melissa Byrd, Orange County School Board, District 7
I was contacted by the program director for Friends of Children and Families in Orlando. She told me that they have been awarded three grants from the Orange County Citizens’ Commission for Children.

The U.S. could be debt free if this land-eating monster were stopped
By Richard Corbel
After years of debt spending in the $trillions, we simply cannot stop runaway spending, irresponsibility, and violation of the Constitution.

The Way of Fools
Patti Bankson
I had questions, too: Mueller conducted a criminal investigation, but if there was a crime, where’s the evidence? And if there’s evidence, why didn’t he do something about it? Why didn’t he call whatever it is a criminal act?


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Lifestyle News

HOA of the month

Wekiva Preserve Homeowners Association Board Members Jim Grumberg, Whitney Nance, and Matt Polidoro are shown with Orange County Commissioner District 2 Christine Moore. Every...

UF/IFAS opportunities offered to local students

Central Florida is home to Orlando and its world-renowned theme parks. One of the fastest-growing urban centers in the U.S., the city is a...

Hosanna Bible School graduates

On October 5 at Kit Land Nelson Park, the Hosanna Bible School of Apopka awarded degrees to five students who completed eight college-level courses...

Rock Springs Elementary has visitors

Dewey Darter and Daisy Darter, along with the mascot crew from the Student Government Association of Apopka High School, greeted students at Rock Springs...

Awarded Watson Scholarship

Ava Boornazian, a senior at Wekiva High School, has received the Watson Scholarship from Florida Southern College. It is among the most prestigious college...

‘American Pickers’ seeking unique antique heirlooms

A television show is back in Central Florida, seeking individuals who own never-before-seen antique collections with fascinating stories behind them, for filming consideration this...

Zellwood resident will celebrate 95th birthday Oct. 31

Zellwood resident Vasco Barrett will celebrate his 95th birthday on Halloween. He and his twin brother, Cody, were born on October 31 in Grady...

Apopkan writes book on father’s Holocaust trials and triumphs

Much information published in the new book “The Journalist: A Holocaust Story” comes from another book written by Apopka resident Oxana Koval Lapchuk’s father,...
  • City raises ambulance fees to match Orange County’s. The Apopka City Council voted 5-0 at its Wednesday, October 16, meeting to increase rates and charges for the fire department’s ambulance transport that includes basic life support and advanced life support. Find out the reason behind this change. See page 1A.
  • Woman’s body is identified through DNA. The second victim of a double homicide has been identified. Detectives are still looking for leads in the double homicide. Read more on page 1A.
  • City files suit over sports scoreboards. The city of Apopka filed suit in federal court late last week against the company that erected scoreboards at the city’s baseball and softball fields at the Northwest Recreation Complex. Find out why the City is pursuing a jury trial.
  • Pedestrian killed on Park Ave. An Apopka pedestrian was killed Tuesday, October 15, when he was struck by two vehicles as he was standing in the center turn lane on Park Avenue near Nightingale Street. Read more on what happened on page 3A.
  • Apopka Christmas Parade is scheduled for December 14. The theme for this year’s Apopka Christmas Parade will be “Christmas Memories” and the event is once again sponsored by the Foliage Sertoma Club of Apopka. Get more details on the upcoming pageant on page 4A.
  • The public is welcome to attend a meeting where a long-term action plan for South Apopka will be discussed. The Connect Apopka meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 29, at 6:30 p.m. Get more details on page 5A.
  • County transportation town hall meeting set for Dec. 5. A town hall meeting about transportation issues in Orange County will be hosted by County Mayor Jerry Demings and District 2 County Commissioner Christine Moore. For more specific information on the meeting see page 6A.
  • City Council has several issues at October 16 meeting. See page 7A to read about expenses, final development plans, sanitation trucks, dispatch services, purchase orders and more.
  • Veterans will be honored with November 11 city event. The community will recognize veterans with a Veterans Day event unlike any other: offering them employment opportunities with local businesses. Get more details on page 9A.
  • There is no first-year earnings exemption for Social Security. I retired from work this year (age 62) and I received my first social security benefits in September. Is there a special rule for the first year you retire that allows you to not pay taxes on your social security since you have earned no other income since you retired? Read the response to this question on page 9A.
  • Softball tournament will benefit self-rescue swimming classes. The second annual Live for Brie Softball Tournament will raise money to benefit the Live for Brie Foundation, a nonprofit that provides scholarships for self-rescue swimming classes for children of low-income families. Learn more about this event on page 1B.
  • Church will have Homecoming. First Baptist Church of Tangerine will be celebrating its 55th Homecoming on Sunday, October 27, at 6551 Sadler Road, Mt. Dora, at the corner of U.S. Highway 441. The community is invited to join in the homecoming celebration, read more on page 2B.
  • Program seeks to help community. The Apopka Seventh-day Adventist Church on Votaw Road has initiated a new program designed to respond to needs in the community and help meet those needs. Read about how this church hopes to accomplish these services on page 4B.
  • FUMC Bazaar themed ‘The Christmas Marketplace’. The First United Methodist Church Apopka Ladies are busy putting the final touches to all the creative handmade items to be sold at the annual Christmas Bazaar in the fellowship hall at the church, 201 S. Park Avenue, Apopka. Discover more information on this annual event on page 4B.

Sports News

Regional qualifier

For the second season in a row, Wekiva High School girls golf team captain Ava Boornazian qualified for the Region 3A-1 tournament. Read a...

Apopka girls making their own noise in bowling circles

Apopka has compiled and forged the best record since the FHSAA began sanctioning the sport in 2003. Read more about the season…

Apopka Middle soccer teams play well this season

The Apopka Memorial Middle School boys and girls soccer teams finished their respective seasons by defeating Piedmont Lakes and Meadowbrook middle school. More about...

Blue Darters use strong defense to outlast district rival W. Orange

As it has all season, the Apopka defense allowed precious little rushing yardage and snuffed out any chances of a successful West Orange passing...

Wekiva meets Ocala Forest for district matchup

With the Ocala Forest Wildcats providing the opposition on Friday, October 11, the business at hand for the Wekiva Mustangs was breaking a two-contest...

Specks are bitin’, bass not as much

Hello Folks, I hope everyone had a great weekend and you are lookin’ forward to gettin’ on the water and catchin’ some fish. Kyle...

Mustangs take week off to heal and rest
The Wekiva Mustangs have had to wait eight contests for the open date.

RPI numbers continue to look good for Apopka, Wekiva
Peery’s Extra Points, John Peery
The new RPI rankings are out and Apopka is up one spot, while Wekiva stayed the same.