For Friday, July 12, 2024

Feature Headlines

City downtown brought up as concern for FY25 funding

The city is considering setting aside funds in the fiscal year 2025 budget for a downtown revitalization program, while the city is searching for...

Veterans Advisory Council awards retired sargeant

The Orange County Mayor’s Veterans Advisory Council’s Veteran of the Year Committee recently selected Sgt. Fred Robinson, USMC, Retired, as the recipient of the Orange County...

New citizens take oath on Independence Day

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services presented 20 Orlando-area residents to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida for naturalization during...

Five new police officers take oath

Five new officers took an oath to serve and protect while being sworn-in at Apopka City Hall last week by Apopka Police Chief Michael...


Future education may change to training system
Mike Walden, Professor, North Carolina State University

At the numerous presentations I give during the year, I am frequently asked this question: What is the most important issue facing the country? Since I know the question is coming, I’m always thinking about it. Also, since I’ve been making public presentations for almost half a century, my answer has often changed.


Prepare now for Corridor of the Year
Christine Moore, County Commissioner District 2

As is my practice, during summer, I conduct a preliminary assessment of the four streets competing for Corridor of the Year. I provide feedback for the teams – People of Lockhart, People of Southern Apopka, People of Wekiwa Springs, and People of Clarcona-Ocoee. Read Moore on page 2A.

School bus drivers are needed
Melissa Byrd, Orange County School Board, District 7

Last week, WFTV Channel 9 ran a story discussing the bus driver shortage in Orange County Public Schools and what is being done to combat the problem. Read Byrd on page 2A.

People today do not answer July 4th question as Independence Day
Ike Hayden, Editorial

Yesteryear, our children were brought up to respect our nation, our flag, and to love the United States of America. Every morning we started our school day with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer for our protection and our learning throughout the day. We were taught to have pride in our nation and all of our accomplishments as Americans. Read Ike on page 2A.

Letters to the Editor:

Postal carrier is hero

Editor: On Wednesday, June 12, we had a substitute mail carrier. Please know that he went well beyond his job description. At 12:00 noon, he saw me lying in the middle of my driveway, unable to move, and helped me to my feet.

 Police Beat: STAY INFORMED. Get the details: who, when, and why arrests were made in our community by


Lake Apopka is the perfect place for bird watching

The Lake Apopka Wild Life Drive is home to a vast variety of birds from herons to ducks to cranes to gallinules. If you...

Carrot cake with crushed pineapple, glazed, then frosted, is the best!

From, Susan Nethercote, a dear friend, we have Grampa’s Spaghetti Sauce! This comes from her own family documentary, The Jones-Morris Family Treasury (contributed to...

Hicks Seafood House of Apopka cuts ribbon

Hicks Seafood House of Apopka held its ribbon cutting on Wednesday, July 10. Its location is 60 E. Main St., Apopka, in the former...


Former WHS baseball player Logan Gilbert is an All-Star

Former Wekiva High School player Logan Gilbert was selected to the American League All-Star team for the first time in his career. Gilbert plays...

Jalen Carter hosts free youth football camp

This weekend, former Apopka High School football player, and current Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle, Jalen Carter will be holding his annual free youth football...

Leonce hits fundraiser goal for trip to the Olympics

Second, since then Leonce has successfully reached her fundraising goal for her trip to Paris and will be officially heading to the 2024 Olympics...