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City boards will hear New Errol project

The developer of the New Errol project, a proposal with 261 residential units with several amenities intended to revitalize the financially strapped community, said...

Freezing temperatures

The coldest weather to hit Central Florida in several years greeted residents on Thursday, January 18.

Apopka police charge five in local neighborhood

Four juveniles and one adult male were arrested Tuesday, January 16, by Apopka police who charged them with burglary to vehicles after they were...

Parade honors legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

With the theme “Celebrate Diversity, Embrace Unity,” the ninth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade passed through the streets of South Apopka, followed...

Two running for mayor, 8 for two City Council seats

The races for the city election are set. Qualifying ended Tuesday, January 9, and 10 people have signed up to run for three offices that...

Apopka Elementary School recalls 1918 tornado

With a ceremony, Apopka Elementary School and the community recognized the 100th anniversary of a 1918 tornado that flipped over the school building back...

Friday, January 19, 2018


Hopefully, the day will come when we all follow His example
We must keep on working toward that equality so that one day we can truly live as though all of us have a chance to make something of our lives, no matter the color of our skin or our beliefs.


State union contracts financial threat
By Dr. John Sparks, Center for Vision & Values
Unions have been on the decline since 1954 – which was their high point in membership as a percentage of the workforce.

Memories are vital tools in our lives
By Christine Moore, Orange County Public Schools
After an exciting week of remembering the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 100th anniversary of the Apopka tornado, I decided to conduct a bit of Internet research on the power of remembering.

Immigrant numbers and role after 1820 highly overrated
By Richard Corbeil
The 20th edition of The New York Times Almanac of Record contains a revealing chart of U.S. immigrant numbers by decades

They’re the Sane Ones?
By Patti Bankson, The Way I See It
From the moment Donald and Melania Trump came down the Trump Tower escalator to announce he would be running for president,  he has been hated by liberals from all walks of life and politicians of all stripes in a way that I could never have imagined.

Letters to the Editor:

Your Opinion Counts. Send a Letter to The Editor

Pageant name should change
Fred Rivenburg, Apopka

It appears that the fix is in
Marvin Guttman, Apopka

Jesus loves you and so do we
Good Neighbor Place Volunteer Staff

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Lifestyle News

Band teacher earns music award

Lindsey Crouch, a lifelong Apopka resident and band director at Umatilla Middle School, received the Tom Bishop Award at the Florida Music Educators Conference...

Students make All State Chorus

Chloe Souliere, (c), and Gabriella Mendez, (r), along with music teacher Alexandra Mirocha, represented Dream Lake Elementary in the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA)...

OCPS chooses finalists

Shawanza Dillard, a Lakeville Elementary School program assistant, was one of five finalists Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) selected for its annual Support Person...

Apopka Woman’s Club members win arts, crafts contest

Two exhibitors were announced as first place winners of an arts and crafts contest at the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) Apopka Woman’s...

County Clerk will host Apopka grand opening

The Orange County Clerk of Courts, Tiffany Moore Russell, will host the grand opening of its self-help center in Apopka with an official ribbon...

Kiddie Academy cuts ribbon

The Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed its newest member, Kiddie Academy, to the Apopka area with a ribbon cutting.

Other Headlines, Events and More:

  • City Council votes unanimously on every item of short agenda
    By Teresa Sargeant, Apopka Chief Staff
  • Warehouses of about 2.5 million square feet proposed for Plymouth
    By John Peery, Apopka Chief Staff
  • Apopka police are looking for an unknown number of suspects who ransacked four businesses in a plaza at the southwest corner of the intersection of Rock Springs Road and Welch Road.
  • State Representative Jennifer Sullivan’s staff will hold office hours at Apopka City Hall, from 9 a.m. to noon for constituent outreach.
  • Ten people have signed up to run for three offices that will be on the ballot of the city of Apopka election.
  • A date has been set for a debate between the two men running to be the mayor of Apopka.
  • The Orange County Property Appraiser’s office will have temporary satellite offices in the Apopka area three consecutive days in late January and early February.
  • Florida Hospital will host a job fair for registered and graduate nurse positions on its seven campuses. Human resource managers will conduct on-site interviews for RN and GN positions, which offer competitive wages and immediate benefits. See page 1B for more information.
  • Apopka High’s Senior Class Council is hosting a student male beauty pageant, “Mr. AHS,” on Tuesday, January 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the high school’s auditorium.
  • The North Orange Library Branch sets events for February: Cookies and Milk with a Cop, Family Game Night, Make Believe: Dress and Play, Trapped In The Trade: Film Viewing and Discussion, and more. See page 1B and 3B.
  • Laura Duksta, a New York Times best selling author of children’s books, will read from her books at a special event called Love.Play.Read.
  • Program to educate about bats. Locals can learn more about these mysterious animals during Bats in Your Backyard, a free program at the Markham Woods Church of Seventh-day Adventists. For more information, see page 3B.
  • Residents living in and around the Apopka area can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening.
  • Kaleb Drew Bevelle and Kelby Joshua Bevelle, both of Apopka, graduated from Clemson University at the December 21, 2017, ceremonies, according to a Clemson university press release.

Sports News

Blue Darters battle Lake Minneola

The Apopka Blue Darters girls basketball team played against the Lake Minneola as part of the Metro vs. Florida Challenge.

Mustangs grab district road victory

With opportunities to finally shake the up-and-down nature of the play steadily decreasing, the Wekiva Mustangs boys basketball team faced the situation of as...

Mustangs versus Hagerty Huskies basketball

In an up-and-down season, the Wekiva Mustangs left no doubt as to the capability possessed when facing the Hagerty Huskies.

Blue Darters playing well heading into girls soccer district tournament

The Apopka Blue Darters girls soccer team is entering the District 5A-4 championship tournament in the best possible position.

Apopka bounces back with victory over district rival

After a pair of losses in the Metro vs. Florida Challenge the team was hosting, the Apopka Blue Darters boys basketball team got the...

Cold weather in early January has given water in lakes, river...

Hello Folks, Well, we are off to another year of fishin’ in Florida. I hope you have a great year and you get a chance...


  • The Apopka Blue Darters boys soccer team will hold a free youth soccer clinic, following the 6 p.m. soccer match between the Blue Darters and the Jones Tigers.
  • Patriots helped me out in my picks for NFL playoff games
    By John Peery, Peery’s Extra Points