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New mayor, commissioners installed in Oath of Office Ceremony

The Oath of Office Ceremony, in which mayor-elect Bryan Nelson and commissioners-elect Alexander Smith and Alice Nolan were inaugurated, was held on Tuesday, April...

Local legislators give update on legislative session

Three legislators discussed the bills they worked on during the 2018 Florida Legislative Session and answered constituents’ questions at the Thursday, April 12, Post...

Final City Council meeting for Kilsheimer, Dean, Velazquez is emotional

With the Wednesday, April 18, Apopka City Council meeting being the final one for Mayor Joe Kilsheimer and commissioners Diane Velazquez and Billie Dean,...

New mayor, 2 commissioners bring changes to Apopka City Council

Mayor-elect Bryan Nelson, along with two newly elected city commissioners – Alexander Smith and Alice Nolan – will be sworn-in Tuesday, April 24, in a...

Barricaded man gives up to police

An Apopka man, Raul Rivas, 37, kept Apopka police at bay for several hours on Wednesday, April 18, until about 2:30 p.m. Find out...

Serving our country.

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Joseph Brice, from Apopka, begins the thawing process on a unit of frozen blood before beginning the deglyceration process...

Friday, April 13, 2018


New council must take on budgeted use of reserves
One obvious item that the new City Council must take on is the use of reserves to help balance the budget.


Assisted living, nursing home rules passed
By Bryan Nelson, County Commissioner District 2
The presentation included details on which types of facilities in the county are affected by the new legislation, as well as how the process of attaining OEM approval for an Emergency Power Plan is accomplished.

Festival talent was amazing
By Christine Moore, OCPS Board Member
All I can say is wow! Your children and grandchildren outdid themselves Saturday, April 7, at the ninth annual Apopka Art & Jazz Festival.

Pulling guns out of society is not the answer; putting Bible back is
By Richard Corbel
If you want to see how far the judicial system, many educators, and a large segment of the populace have distanced themselves from reality and truth, try and write a little flyer announcing your school Bible club. Here is what I came up with:

Who Needs the Protection?
By Patti Bankson, The Way I See It
So, whose job should be protected? The president’s doing what he promised.. he’s shaking up the swamp denizens, on both sides, and he’s hated for it.

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Lifestyle News

Melody Makers of DLES sing at UCF’s Celebrates the Arts event

On Wednesday, April 11, the Melody Makers of Dream Lake Elementary School had the opportunity to sing a concert at a special event that...

AHS SGA members thank Apopka mayor

A delegation representing the Student Government Association of Apopka High School visited with Mayor Kilsheimer on Thursday April 12, presenting him with a personalized...

Florida Hospital gives open house of its medical office building

Florida Hospital Apopka held an open house for its medical office building on Wednesday, April 18. The building, located on the hospital campus at...

Police officer retires

A party was thrown for Apopka Police Officer Lance Bruce, who retired Friday, April 13, after nearly 18 years of service to the Apopka...

Apopka High grad is a serviceman aboard ship in Japan

A 2016 Apopka High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. Seaman Jeneicia Henderson is a ship’s...

Shooting victim’s family opens restaurant in his honor

Wednesday, April 11, was a bittersweet day for the Honorato family. As the most recent members of the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce, the Honoratos...

Other Headlines, Events and More:

  • National PTA and Microsoft awarded $1,000 to AMMS PTSA. The Apopka Memorial Middle School PTSA has been awarded a $1,000 grant by the National PTA and Microsoft. The grant is designed to engage families in technology education.
  • Chamber hosting first Business Expo. The Apopka Area Chamber of commerce is hosting its first Business Expo in several years, where local businesses can showcase their products and services, gain opportunities to qualify leads, build strong business relationships and provide detailed information face-to-face about their business.
  • Luncheon scheduled after Northside Church’s 20th anniversary service. The Northside Baptist Church is hosting its 20th anniversary celebration on Sunday, May 6, at 10 a.m. at the church, 413 W. Welch Rd., Apopka. There will be a covered dish luncheon following service. For more information, call Karen Powell at 407-310-1374.
  • Fifth Sunday Evening Sing event in Tangerine’s First Baptist Church. First Baptist Church of Tangerine will hold its Fifth Sunday Evening Sing on Sunday, April 29, at 6 p.m.
  • Fire dept., hospital team up on emergency response software. Apopka is partnering with Florida Hospital as the first fire department in the state to utilize new mobile communication software that speeds up emergency medical service.
  • Food pantry’s Walk for Hunger is April 21. Loaves and Fishes’ annual Walk for Hunger, the non-profit Christian organization’s only fundraiser for the year, will include prayer, raffle prizes and awards.
  • Mail carriers seek to ‘Stamp Out Hunger!’ Florida residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods – such as canned soups, pasta and cereal – next to their mailboxes for local letter carriers to collect as part of the 26th annual Stamp Out Hunger! national food drive.
  • Pet walk to benefit local abuse shelter. Tails are wagging in anticipation of the eighth annual Paws for Peace Walk, a domestic abuse awareness event benefiting the Paws for Peace Kennel at Harbor House of Central Florida.
  • Three students initiated into honor society. Three Apopka residents were recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.
  • Apopka Art and Foliage Festival will attract artists and crafters. Approximately 100 entries of juried fine arts and creative handcrafts will fill Kit Land Nelson Park for the 57th annual Apopka Art and Foliage Festival on the last weekend of April.
  • Apopka Fire Department will host firefighter challenge May 11-12. Teams of firefighters will converge on Apopka next month for the ultimate challenge of physical agility, speed and life-saving skills.
  • Chamber will host Business Expo. The Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first Business Expo in several years, an event where local businesses can showcase their products and services, gain opportunities to qualify leads, build strong business relationships and provide detailed information face-to-face about their business.
  • State rep’s staff will hold office hours. State Representative Jennifer Sullivan’s staff will hold office hours at Apopka City Hall, 120 E. Main Street, on Tuesday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to noon for constituent outreach.
  • Rights workshop set. The Orange County Clerk of Courts, along with the Central Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, is hosting a free Restoration of Rights Workshop in the Orange County Courthouse Jury Assembly Room-First Floor.
  • Moment of prayer scheduled for May 3. The public is invited to join the faith community, elected officials, first responders and community leaders in front of City Hall for a moment of prayer at Apopka City Hall, 120 E. Main St., on Thursday, May 3, at noon.

Sports News

Specks still bitin’, but will be moving deeper as weather warms

  Hello Folks, We had another cool front come through town last weekend. After the rain and wind, we had bluebird skies on Monday, which meant...

Blue Darters down Mustangs in rain-delayed games

When meeting last Friday, April 13, the scores were indicative of the seasons being posted by the Wekiva Mustangs and Apopka Blue Darters. By 11-1 and 12-3 scores, Apopka swept the...

Wekiva Mustangs honor flag football senior players

Senior Wekiva flag football team players honored on Wednesday, April 18, prior to the squad’s 27-0 victory over Winter Park are, (l-r), Iyanna Johnson...

Darters topple former coach with 7-0 victory

Facing their old coach, the Apopka Blue Darters baseball team overcame the emotions of the contest and came out with a 7-0 victory over the Windermere Wolverines on Thursday, April 12,...

Top track team

Sprinter Cornelius Williams holds the District 4A-3 trophy after the Apopka Blue Darters boys track and field team took the championship with 138 points, winning the title on the final event, the 4x400-meter ...

Blue Darters complete most successful girls lax season ever

Members of the Apopka Blue Darters girls lacrosse team pose for a picture following the team’s loss to East Ridge in the District 9...


Now is the right time to retire Sonny Wise’s jersey number. 

By John Peery, Peery’s Extra Points. 

The Apopka Blue Darters baseball program is doing something next week whose time has come.

Specks still bitin’, but will be moving deeper as weather warms. 

By Jim Keck, Goin’ Fishin’. 

We had another cool front come through town last weekend. After the rain and wind, we had bluebird skies on Monday, which meant that the fishin’ was probably a little tough. As the wind and the weather settle down, we should have some good fishin’ by the end of this week.