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Friday, September 13, 2019

Commissioner and city attorney disagree at council meeting

City attorney Joe Byrd and Commissioner Kyle Becker verbally sparred at an Apopka City Council meeting Wednesday, September 11, over a draft report of...

Report: Allegations vs. retired fire chief are inconclusive, unfounded

A 32-page report on the investigation of 11 administrative charges against retired Apopka Fire Chief Chuck Carnesale found that all of the allegations were...

City remembers 9/11 with brief ceremony

The city of Apopka held a brief ceremony Wednesday, September 11, to remember the attacks of September 11, 2001, where Islamic terrorists hijacked four...

City Council approves first reading of zoning change for apartments

The Apopka City Council voted 5-0 to approve the first of two required readings of an ordinance that would change the zoning of a...

400 people attend county meeting about septic tanks

Four-hundred residents learned more about how they and Orange County could ask the state to fund 65 percent of a septic system retrofitting project affecting...

John Land Trust gala scheduled for Oct. 24

The second John Land Apopka Community Trust Legacy Gala will be held Thursday, October 24. The guest speaker is Apopka native Eddie C. Brown,...

Dorian’s brush reminds us that we’re not done with hurricane season

Central Florida was spared much of Hurricane Dorian’s wrath with the hurricane feeling more like a tropical storm when it slid by the area....

Apopka fares fine with Dorian, but still must fix flooding issues

While the city of Apopka fared fairly well this week through Hurricane Dorian’s brush with the east coast of Florida, the mayor said that...


Electoral College purpose needs to be constitutionally understood
Instead of creating a system in which each state has power in the election of the president, the popular vote rather would give extreme weight to largely populated states and urban areas.


Several watersheds present concerns
By Christine Moore, County Commissioner District 2
There are several watersheds affecting this Piedmont-Wekiwa area flooding problem. Orange County Government is committed to cost-sharing a study of possible solutions for all these watersheds. They are already in conversation with the city of Apopka staff.

Attend open house and meet your child’s teachers
By Melissa Byrd, Orange County School Board, District 7
After a little hiccup with Hurricane Dorian, we are continuing our great start to the new school year. One of the fun parts of a new school year is attending your child’s open house night.

Anti-Semitism in the U.S. starting to resemble major wave
By Richard Corbeil
A recent article in Amac Magazine by Stephen Fauer, CFA, confirmed my own conviction that there is a rise of anti-Semitism in the United States and Europe. Of course, as a dedicated daily reader of the Bible for decades and dozens of readings of the Book of Revelations, I am not surprised by Fauer’s observation and revelations.

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Lifestyle News

Chicken Bog is from one of Miz Belle Gilliam’s favorite cookbooks

Pot Roast for Crock-Pot is submitted by Pat Ariotta in Sharing Our Finest Cookbook, put out by the Apopka Citizen Police Alumni Association. We...

Awareness fundraiser for rare disease will be held Sept. 28

An Apopka mother of two sons is organizing a walk-and-roll event to raise research funds and awareness for two rare disorders that affect the...

Church will host Recovery at the Hope Conference

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church of Apopka will host the Recovery at the Hope Conference Saturday, October 12, from 8 a.m. to noon. The...

Conditioning hike

U.S. Marines Cpl. Donna Garcia, a native of Apopka, and Cpl. Dominique Walker, company clerks with Headquarters Company, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, hydrate...

Remembering 9/11

The City of Apopka recently installed lights for City Hall as a way to show their support for community causes and help raise awareness....

Apopkan sworn in at Merchant Marine Academy

Kristofer Stefan Edstrom and fellow officers are sworn in to the U. S. Naval Reserve at the United State Merchant Marine Academy. Find out...

AFD packs supplies for EMS Bahamas

Apopka Fire Department understands the value of hands-on training for real-life emergencies. Read more on page 1B about how they were able to send...

WHS will host speakers to address college prep students

Mayor Bryan Nelson was the first of a series of guest speakers this school year, who addressed more than 100 students involved in Wekiva...
  • Deadline next week for Best of Apopka voting
    Voting for the annual Best of Apopka Readers’ Choice Awards is continuing, but the deadline is next week as the final day for submitting ballots is Wednesday, September 18, at noon. Read more on the Best of Apopka awards on page 1A.
  • U.S. Rep. Demings mobile office is in Apopka each Tuesday for constituents
    The district staff of U.S. Rep. Val Demings has launched a new weekly mobile office in Apopka to provide easier access to constituent services for Apopka residents. Get details on page 4A.
  • Planning Commission gives its OK to land use change
    In a 5-0 vote, the Apopka Planning Commission recommended approval of a future land use amendment and a change of zoning for a five-acre property on Marden Road. Read specifics on what requests were made on page 7A.
  • AdventHealth will host State of the Hospital event. Tim Clark, CEO of AdventHealth Apopka, will present a State of the Hospital to the community. The State of the Hospital will provide an update on legislation that will affect the future of the hospital and community. Turn to page 1B to get details on this event.

  • Care Foundation sets open house. The CARE Foundation in Apopka is a not-for-profit exotic animal rescue and wildlife education facility providing homes for more than 200 animals. Normally, the foundation only offers private tours, but it is holding an open house. Get details on the open house. Stay current with events in Apopka and the local area. Subscribe today.

  • The Chanell Wright Foundation is presenting its second annual charity fundraiser to benefit children with sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases. Get date, time and details on the fundraiser on page 1B.

  • The city of Apopka will host the annual First Responders and Community 5K Race. Get  more information on this event on page 1B.

  • Apopka VFW sets Sept./Oct. events. The VFW Booster dinner, Saturday breakfast, flag retiring ceremony and a dinner with Tim McGraw. See details on these events on page 1B.

  • Seniors First, Inc. is seeking volunteers to deliver meals. Seniors First, Inc., a volunteer organization, is seeking volunteers to deliver meals for its Meals on Wheels program. For more information, turn to page 3B.

Sports News

Hurricane Dorian put a damper on fishin’ in our area

Hello Folks, It’s great to be back after nine days of Dorian. I didn’t have any good reports on fishin’ to report on, because a lot of...

Darters volleyball wins three games against Mustangs

Rachel Long makes a pass by slipping in front of  Wekiva’s Emily Harriss (16) on Tuesday night.  See more pictures on 1D.

Apopka High searching for new baseball coach

Apopka High School officials are taking resumes and will soon begin interviewing prospective baseball coaches after Mike McDaniel was let go from his position...

Wekiva, East River Falcons will meet in Metro contest

Kickoff is scheduled today, Friday, September 13, for 7 p.m.. Located just south of Colonial Drive in east Orlando, East River will host.

Blue Darters down Mustangs by six strokes in boys golf match

The latest installment between the Wekiva Mustangs and Apopka Blue Darters on the golf course took place Thursday, September 5.

Mustangs whip Olympia with strong second half

The Wekiva Mustangs once again shifted the transmission into the most powerful gear and produced a performance of overwhelming straightforward force during the second...
  • Weird season means Apopka has played just one time.  It’s already been a weird season with Hurricane Dorian causing postponements and cancellations of high school football games in Florida. It cost Apopka a game at Port St. Lucie Centennial. Read more about the season in Peery’s Extra Points on 6C.
  • Golf event will benefit EMT scholarships.  On Saturday, October 12, the 5th annual Armando Borjas Jr. Golf Tournament will be held at Black Bear Golf Club, 24505 Calusa Blvd, Eustis.