We will continue to staff our office while practicing social distancing. Our lobby/front office area is now open to the public.

Friday, May 22, 2020
HEADLINE NEWS:

Orange County School Board reviews continuity of operations since COVID-19

Orange County School Board members received an update on the current status as it relates to the continuity of operations of the district since...

Apopka High School receives national honor

Apopka High School has been named as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities. Page...

COVID-19 aid available for families, small businesses through county

Small businesses, as well as individuals and families who have been affected financially by COVID-19, along with cities in Orange County, are eligible to...

Graduation parades are scheduled for May 23, 30

The two graduation parades for Wekiva High and Apopka High will be held over the next two Saturdays as the community seeks to honor...

Owner of restaurants throws ‘prom’ for his AHS employees

You’ll have to excuse Ed Conlan if he was a little nervous on Tuesday, May 19. After all, it was his first prom.  Page...

Decision from city about July 4 fireworks will come on June...

While many other cities in Central Florida have canceled their Independence Day fireworks celebrations because of COVID-19, the city of Apopka is holding off...

OUR POSITION:

Reason for remembering Memorial Day the same
But perhaps, for at least Monday, May 25, we can all take a few minutes to remember those who gave their lives in service to our country.

THE VOICE OF THE COMMUNITY: OPINION & ARTICLES OF INTEREST

Vibrant downtown is beneficial
By Christine Moore, County Commissioner, District 2
Mr. Kercher explains that small cities or towns of character parlay their physical assets into the social and economic fabric. Few have it all, but small areas can find success with a well-crafted vision.


Should schools reopen? When?
By Melissa Byrd, Orange County School Board, District 7
None of us could have predicted back in August how this school year would end. Our students and teachers have an experience they are sure to never forget.


When Biden speaks, it’s with a language we do not recognize
By Richard Corbeil
In the 2008 race, Barack Obama chose him to be his running mate and they won, making Joe the first Roman Catholic, and first Delawarean to be vice president of the U.S.


The ABCs of The CDC, etc. II
By Patti Bankson, The Way I See It
As a result of the Chinese government’s deceit, a worldwide pandemic that might well have been prevented is costing countless lives.


Letters to the Editor:

Your Opinion Counts. Send a Letter to The Editor 

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


Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, The City of Apopka and surrounding areas have cancelled several events and activities or postponed them until further notice.

Lifestyle News

Lakes and yards need rain as we head toward summer rainy...

Hello Folks, We need some rain. I don’t know about you, but my yard is dry and the lakes are gettin’ lower. They are sayin’...

Wekiva girls soccer coach, player expanding team’s efforts

The final of the district championship tournament was achieved.  Still more work needs to be done. Page 6B.

Try Tony LaPierre’s Carrot Cake, our star dessert, for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is coming up this Monday. This solemn holiday was instituted in 1868 in response to the tragic loss of 620,000 soldiers from...

Apopka Blue Darters softball team honors its five seniors with drive-by...

Senior pitcher Nyah Vogel (fourth from right) was the Class 9A Pitcher of the Year in Florida during the 2019 season, and was first...

Memorial Day event will be held in Apopka
The annual Memorial Day service in Apopka will be held as scheduled on Monday, May 25, at 11 a.m. at Edgewood-Greenwood Cemetery. Page 1A

COVID-19 testing held two days a week in Apopka
Community Health Centers offers COVID-19 drive-up testing in its dental parking lot. Page 5A.

Habitat for Humanity now accepting applications for houses
Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola County opened applications for its homeownership program on Thursday, May 21.  Page 6A.

Registration ongoing for Head Start
Registration for the fall Orange County Head Start program ends Monday, June 1.  Page 7A.

Man shot in leg during armed robbery
A 34-year-old man was shot on Wednesday, May 20, during an armed robbery,..  Page 7A.

Local woman withdraws as candidate for county property appraiser
Yesenia “Jesi” Baron of Plymouth has withdrawn from the election for Orange County property appraiser.  Page 8A.

City board gives OK to wider area for assisted living facilities
The Apopka Planning Commission recommended approval of a text amendment to the Apopka Comprehensive Plan 2030 in order to expand the areas where assisted living facilities can be built within the city.  Page 10A.

Public Services chief leaves after 14 months

After about 14 months on the job, Apopka Public Services Director Kevin Becotte is moving back to Pinellas County.  Page 8A.

Gas district wins award

For the first time in company history, Lake Apopka Natural Gas District was awarded the American Public Gas Association (APGA) Gold System Overall Achievement Recognition (SOAR) Award,   Page 8A.

Water district campsites are opening on May 22
The St. Johns River Water Management District is reopening campsites on district lands. Effective Friday, May 22.  Page 8A.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, schools in the Apopka area have cancelled sports events, game and matches.  

Sports News

Graduation parades are scheduled for May 23, 30

The two graduation parades for Wekiva High and Apopka High will be held over the next two Saturdays as the community seeks to honor...

Lakes and yards need rain as we head toward summer rainy...

Hello Folks, We need some rain. I don’t know about you, but my yard is dry and the lakes are gettin’ lower. They are sayin’...

Wekiva girls soccer coach, player expanding team’s efforts

The final of the district championship tournament was achieved.  Still more work needs to be done. Page 6B.

Apopka Blue Darters softball team honors its five seniors with drive-by...

Senior pitcher Nyah Vogel (fourth from right) was the Class 9A Pitcher of the Year in Florida during the 2019 season, and was first...