53.4 F

For Friday, January 21, 2021

Feature Headlines

Expansion plans for city recreation facilities are outlined

The city of Apopka Parks and Recreation Department unveiled the multi-phase expansion plans for the Northwest Recreation Complex that will see an increase –...

City officials hear possible plans to improve traffic flow in intersection

City officials and the public were given the first look-see this week at what possible improvements might entail at the intersection of Rock Springs...

Early-voting site, hours are added in Apopka

The Apopka City Council has added an early-voting site for the March 8 city election with six days of early voting.


Plenty of opportunity in city to vote March 8

Of course, early voting gives everyone a chance to vote 12 hours a day for six days straight, including two weekend days. Read more on page 2A.


West Orange Trail is a big benefit
By Christine Moore

My goal has been to make Northwest Orange County the best place to live, work, and play in the county. We are winning the “play” part hands-down. Read Moore on page 2A.

Community interaction is great
By Melissa Byrd

I write a lot about community in this column. There is a reason for that: it matters. Community is what makes all of us feel like we are a part of something bigger than ourselves. Read Byrd on page 2A.

Legal immigration leads to citizenship in this welcoming country
Ike Hayden

I have been thinking about the many different people I have worked with and the diversity of nationalities of those same people. I have been blessed to have been exposed to their wisdom and experiences that have made my life fuller, and more capable. Read Hayden on page 2A.

By Patti Bankson

That’s the GOOD NEWS! from a piece written on January 18, 2022, by The Epoch Times’ Zachary Stieber. COVID-19 case counts have dropped across the United States in recent days, fueling optimism that the Omicron-fueled wave is subsiding. Read Bankson on page 5A.

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


Stuff tomatoes with tuna or spread cheese mixture on crackers

Ranch Hand Hamburger Casserole from the Petteways in Field to Feast will become a favorite for your family and for you, too, because it...

Apopka High hosts robotics competition

The Engineering Magnet program at Apopka High School hosted a VEX robotics event with 34 teams from around Central Florida. More photos on page...

Apopka celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Apopka community held its annual parade to celebrate the life and dreams of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. See more...

Apopka man writes book about his journey as a caregiver for...

An Apopka man’s experience of more than 20 years of caring for his wife through her dementia is the inspiration for his book, “Love...

Magazine lists Apopka native as top young political influencer

Apopka native Shakhea Hinton has been selected as a Rising Star, Class of 2022 by Influence magazine. Read more on page 5A.

Surveying the land

A female American kestrel surveys the situation from atop a wire along the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. The free, 11-mile, one-way drive is located...

Colder weather has kept plenty of people from fishin’

Hello Folks, Well, we just got used to some great winter weather and then, bam, we go back to the 30s and 40s. I don’t...


After six NFL playoff games last week, there are four this...

The NFL playoffs have begun and during last week’s wild card weekend, I got five out of six correct with my only miss being...

Wekiva’s boys basketball team gaining deserved attention

Last week, I extolled the Apopka Blue Darters boys basketball team, and rightly so, but this week’s it’s the resurgent Wekiva boys team that...

Driving to victory

Taliyah Moore drives down the lane for the Apopka Blue Darters girls basketball team Friday, January 14, in the Darters’ 54-35 victory over the...

Blue Darters split first two games of tourney

The Apopka Blue Darters split the first two games of the Metro Conference West Division tournament.

Wekiva boys basketball team continues quantum leap in improvement of play

The expectations for the Wekiva Mustangs boys basketball team between the first half of the season heading into the final third of the season...
few clouds
53.4 ° F
56.9 °
51.7 °
32 %
11 %
60 °
54 °
59 °
66 °
63 °