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Friday, August 16, 2019

Vick-Martin road work done, but traffic light still several months...

The widening of the road and addition of turn lanes at the intersection of Vick Road and Martin Street near Apopka High School was...

Founder of challenge visits APD to urge others to help

Rodney Smith, CEO of Raising Men/Women Lawn Care and founder of the 50 Yard Challenge, presented Apopka police with a specially designed lawn mower...

Welcome back to school

Engineer Barry Hornett (l) and Lt. Andy Strausburg of the Apopka Fire Department hold a sign and wave to motorists on Monday, August 12,...

Two new Apopka police officers sworn in

Police Chief Mike McKinley gave the oath of office to Officer Adsudalah Brooks and Officer Tonya Robertson in the City Council Chambers in front...

John Land Gala speaker is Apopka-born financial icon

The guest speaker for the second John Land Apopka Community Trust Legacy Gala is Apopka native Eddie C. Brown, CFA, CIC. Brown is the...

Questions of water charges in Zellwood likely settled

The questions of water customers in Zellwood seem to have been answered regarding an increase in their water bills. Customers questioned the increase of...

Microbrewery a possibility

Microbreweries that serve mostly their own beer brewed onsite continue to gain popularity and while Apopka has none at the moment, it’s likely that...

Wekiwa neighborhoods discuss state’s septic system requirements

Residents from local neighborhoods near Wekiwa Springs State Park are rallying together to push back against state regulations that require homeowners to replace their...


Grassroots movements like this give us hope for our country
Rodney Smith has mowed yards for those in need all across the nation. After becoming a social media sensation, Smith has expanded the program so that others will help those in need in their own area. Read more on page 2A.


Septic to sewer facing 55,000+ homes
By Christine Moore, County Commissioner, District 2
If your current septic system fails, the state is requiring an upgrade to an onsite septic system or conversion to county or city sewer systems. Read more on this topic on page 2A.

Schools have mental health designee
By Melissa Byrd, Orange County School Board, District 7
We get a board update every month from each division and I thought it would be nice to share some of the great things that are happening in OCPS.

Muslims don’t make good historians regarding Israel
By Richard Corbel
For those of you not familiar with Rashida, she is the Democrat U.S. representative from Michigan, and in this Yahoo podcast, she demonstrated a version of the Holocaust distortion often made by nations that played a role in the genocide of the Jewish people.

Why The Left Wants What It Wants
The Way I See It…  By Patti Bankson
Contrary to what you’re hearing, the 2020 election is NOT about increasing our freedoms, making us healthy or keeping us safer and more secure.


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Lifestyle News

Betty Land’s Seafood Souffle will make you sing and dance with...

Marlyan Gray’s Sweet and Sour Meatballs is a good recipe for a tasty and simple dinner, served over rice or possibly as hors d’oeuvres. Betty...

Classic Car Show welcomes fine selection, winners announced

The Church of the Holy Spirit (CHS) in Apopka welcomed a fine selection of classic cars and trucks for its second annual Classic Car...

Historical museum representatives have meeting at Sydonie Mansion

Representatives from Central Florida historical museums held their quarterly meeting at Sydonie Mansion and then toured the historic site on Lake Minore in Zellwood...

Memorial brick ceremony honors family

On Saturday, August 10, descendants of the Bennett and Dixon families of Apopka held a memorial brick ceremony honoring deceased family members at Museum...

Apopkan celebrates birthday with 100-mile run for mental health awareness

Richard Gallegos of Apopka knows how he’s celebrating his 32nd birthday: by running 100 miles in 24 hours to raise awareness of mental health...

Apopka artist specializes in gyotaku, landscape photography

This painting of Mahi Mahi is a digital art creation from Brass’ original gyotaku rubbings in a reclaimed wood frame. Find out more about his...

Apopkan, female coders finish training at EA Tiburon

Myla Corn of Lake Brantley High School and Samantha Lin of Trinity Preparatory School graduated on Friday, August 2, from this summer’s “Get in...

Classic Car Show winners

The Episcopal Church of Apopka hosted the 2nd Annual Classic Car Show on Saturday, August 3. Read a bit more on 1B.
  • The city of Apopka met with representatives from Errol Estate and a commercial advisory developer to figure out how to move forward in redeveloping the golf course at Errol Estate. Read more on this meeting which marks a new chapter in Errol redevelopment.
  • Voting began this week for the annual Best of Apopka Readers’ Choice Awards. The deadline for submitting ballots is Wednesday, September 18, at noon. Get details on voting and the upcoming publication for Best of Apopka.
  • After hearing protests from area residents about a change of zoning needed for a proposed apartment complex, the Apopka Planning Commission deadlocked on apartments. Read about the vote cast and about what residents have complained about.
  • The district staff of U.S. Rep. Val Demings is launching a new weekly mobile office in Apopka. The Congresswoman’s staff will be available to help those who have questions about several departments. Find out the location and date of the mobile office. See page 7A.
  • ASAP walk to benefit medical research. The ASAP Central Florida Walk and Roll for a Cure is scheduled for Saturday, September 28. For more information, look to page 1B.
  • St. Francis fashion show will aid ministry. The Apopka Council of Catholic Women (CCW) will host “Decades of Fashion” in the St. Francis of Assisi Parish Center with an event theme of fashions and music of the ’40s through ’80s with members wearing their dated fashions. Learn the location and time on page 2B.

  • AMHS Class of 1974 will hold reunion. The Apopka Memorial High School Class of 1974 will hold a 45-year reunion September 27-28. Find more details on page 3B.

  • Meals on Wheels volunteers needed for deliveries. Seniors First, Inc., a volunteer organization, is seeking volunteers to deliver meals for its Meals on Wheels program. There are seven pick-up sites located throughout Orange County. Read about how volunteers can help on page 3B.

  • St. Mary’s Church will host Ukrainian Independence Day celebration Aug. 24. St. Mary’s Protectress Ukrainian Catholic Church will hold its Ukrainian Independence Day celebration on Saturday August 24. The celebration will provide entertainment for children, a concert, and international food. Admission to the event is free. More information on page 3B.

Sports News

Apopka High bowlers looking to begin new streak of state championships

Last November, members of the Apopka Blue Darters boys bowling team walked off the alley not sure what to do.  Discover why on 1C.

Mustangs play at DeLand for preseason

The 2019 season for the sport of football kicks off tonight with Preseason Classics across the state.Kickoff for the Preseason Classic pitting the Wekiva...

Darters travel to Miami for preseason game against Booker T. Washington

Not only must the Blue Darters travel to Miami’s Traz Powell Stadium on Saturday, August 17, for the preseason Kickoff Classic, but Apopka will...

Blue Darters fall to Osceola Kowboys in preseason match

Reacting after winning a point Tuesday, August 13, are, (l-r), Lenaia Powell, Jada Griffith, and Kimberly Edwards.  See page 4C .

Apopka has plenty of work to do after scrimmage vs. Oviedo

For Apopka High football coach Jeff Rolson, the 14-0 victory over Oviedo in a two-quarter scrimmage Saturday, August 10, didn’t matter a whole lot...

Three AHS alumni working during NFL preseason game

Three Apopka High School alumni were on the field Thursday, August 8, for an NFL preseason game between the host Miami Dolphins and visiting...
  • High school football season begins with preseason games

    With the preseason games for high school football teams set for this weekend, the reality of football season starting gets closer and closer.

    Read more about the season in Peery’s Extra Points on 6C.