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For Friday, November 26, 2021

Feature Headlines

U.S. Rep Demings touts infrastructure bill in Apopka

U.S. Rep. Val Demings, (D-Orlando) was in Apopka Tuesday, November 23, to promote the recently passed federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act at a news briefing that was held...

Man who rescued boy from fire honored by AFD

A delay came at just the right time for Raphael Mirabel to rescue 11-year-old Jaydrian Velasquez. Find out what happened in this week’s Apopka...

Foundation promises funds to build new community center on city property

A Longwood foundation has promised to donate money toward the design and construction of a new community center.

Wekiva High band raising funds for new uniforms

The Wekiva High School band is aiming to raise money to replace its band uniforms, which were purchased when the school opened its doors...


We want our share, yes, but at what cost to taxpayers

The one thing about this bill is that local governments all across the nation will have their hands out looking for their portion of the money. Read more on page 2A.


Holiday trash pickup schedules vary
By Christine Moore

I hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving. And now, we prepare for Christmas. This time of the year is meant to be spent with family and friends, and this year as many of us will get together as we have done pre-COVID. That means more trash! Read Moore on page 2A.

Thankful for community’s help
By Melissa Byrd

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, I always think it is a good time to sit back and reflect on what we are thankful for. I try to do this every day but like everyone else, it can be difficult to always see the positive when we are faced with challenges in our daily lives. Read Byrd on page 2A.

Basic principles of readin’, writin’ and rithmetic’ are so necessary
Ike Hayden

When I was a youngster in school, one of my favorite teachers was my English and literature teacher. She took me under her wing (I guess I was the teacher’s pet) and instilled in me a greater appreciation of academics. Read Hayden on page 2A.

By Patti Bankson

Not Guilty, Not Guilty, Not Guilty, Not Guilty, Not Guilty. Of course, I’m referring to the Kyle Rittenhouse trial in which he was found Not Guilty on all five charges against him. Read Bankson on page 3A.

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Buttermilk pancakes make a great change for a holiday breakfast

We have some favorite recipes that you can use for a very special Thanksgiving meal. Most of these have been tried by me or...

Masons donate turkeys

For the fourth year in a row, the Brothers of Orange Lodge No.36 F&AM, donated 30 turkeys to the First Baptist Church of Apopka...

Tom Terry’s Forever Wishes fundraiser scheduled

Forever Wishes is having its eighth annual toy drive and fundraiser to benefit Toys for Tots of Central Florida. Find out when on page 8A.

Apopka police chief swears in new officers

Attending were family and friends of the new officers, as well as current police department and city personnel. Sworn in were Alex Crane and...

Apopka Woman’s Club gives checks to Loaves & Fishes, APD

The club raises funds through the annual Apopka Art and Foliage Festival held each year in late April. The proceeds from the event are...


Blue Darters fight Mustangs soccer

The action was intense Thursday, November 18, in a girls soccer game between the Apopka Blue Darters and the Wekiva Mustangs. Here, Wekiva’s Juviah...

Darters land regional final berth for third straight year

It’s on to the regional finals for the third state season for the Apopka Blue Darters football team. All three regional final games have...

Apopka battles Lake Region in preseason basketball game

During the game, coach Williams was pushing the Darters to keep the ball moving during transition, something that will be important for this team...

Wekiva girls basketball VS Blue Darters

When meeting on Monday, November 22, the latest edition of a geographical rivalry and major championship was decided between the Apopka Blue Darters and...

Blue Darters travel to face host Seminole High in regional final

For the fourth time in the past five seasons, the Apopka Blue Darters will face Sanford Seminole in the playoffs.

Darters play Bears in 2nd playoff game

“Late in the first half when it was 14-3 – when you play a team that can throw it like they can, they’re explosive...
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