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New Florida Hospital Apopka nears opening day

Within the span of 24 hours, several community members got to tour the new Florida Hospital Apopka (FHA) building and speak with its staff...

Apopka Christmas Parade is all about ‘joyful sounds’

The theme for this year's Apopka Christmas Parade will be “A Very Merry Christmas with Joyful Sounds.” The parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 9,...

Honoring U.S. veterans

Bill Boyd, a member of the Apopka-Altamonte Spring Veterans of Foreign Wars Chapter 10147, speaks during a Veterans Day ceremony.

Former Wal-Mart manager joins local company

Vern Graham has joined Apopka-based World Class Installations as general operations leader. He comes to this role having retired earlier this month from Wal-Mart.

New Apopka hospital nears opening day

Within the span of 24 hours, several community members got to tour the new Florida Hospital Apopka (FHA) building and speak with its staff...

Shop with Cop set

The Apopka Police Department will make the holidays brighter for 70 families during the Shop with a Cop event at the Apopka Walmart.

Friday, November 17, 2017


Apopka is about to enter a new era of healthcare
The magnificent structure is quite the entry feature into Apopka and we all are very proud that this new building – and what will go on inside – will soon open in our community.


Medical marijuana – to ban or to allow
By Bryan Nelson, County Commissioner District 2
A background on Orange County’s recent consideration of medical use of marijuana ordinances relating to dispensaries.

Energy rebates totaled $237,722
By Christine Moore, Orange County Public Schools
After returning from the Council of Great City Schools, I was aware more than ever of the digital advantage for Orange County Public School students with the 1:1 district digital device deployment initiative.

When you owe a ton of dough, it’s time to sell, baby, sell
By Richard Corbeil
When Obama’s campaign theme was “CHANGE,” his election moved us closer to that goal with a doubling of our national debt from $10 trillion to $20 trillion in just eight years.

Always Remember
By Patti Bankson, The Way I See It
Officially, Veteran’s Day is gone. Unofficially, it shouldn’t be, and actually isn’t, because people are still thanking military members for their service.

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Story makes tears come out of eyes
By Aida Gonzalez, Apopka

Pageant made possible with help from wonderful city
By Rosali Morris, Executive Director, Miss Apopka Scholarship Pageant


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

Lifestyle News

Fall Family Festival

The Fall Family Festival, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Apopka, offered all-around fun.

Three teachers win grant

Three teachers from Dream Lake Elementary applied and won the Duke Energy Grant. Mrs. Lainie Clowers, Whitney Merks, Dr. Nora Hogan. Also pictured are...

Founding museum member shares knowledge of history

By Francina Boykin, Special to the Chief Annie Belle Driggers-Gilliam is still going strong at the young age of 96 years. Ask any question about...

‘Fill Your Frunk’ at pantry

For the second year in a row, The Porsche Club of America sponsored “Fill Your Frunk” day for Loaves & Fishes.

WHS pulls out all stops to honor vets

Veteran’s Day was celebrated in a big way at Wekiva High School. The Student Government Association decorated the doors of the teachers and other...

Wekiva HS debate team hosts speech, debate tournament

As hosts of the tournament, the Wekiva team welcomed over 500 guests to its campus, including student competitors, coaches, and judges from high schools around central Florida.

Other Headlines, Events and More:


  • The theme for the Apopka Christmas Parade will be “A Very Merry Christmas with Joyful Sounds.
  • City election contributions for October are on page 3A.
  • Planning Commission gives thumbs-up to all items
    By Teresa Sargeant, Apopka Chief Staff
  • The Debbie Turner Cancer Care and Resource Center is seeking donations for Thanksgiving food baskets.
  • Apopka Police Department installed a medication collection box in the lobby of the police department – part of progressive efforts to combat the addictive and deadly impacts of opioids.
  • State Representative Jennifer Sullivan’s (R-Eustis) staff will hold office hours at Apopka City Hall for constituent outreach. 
  • Members of Boy Scout Troop 22 will host a pancake breakfast at the Apopka Elks Lodge No. 2422.
  • Cookies and Milk with a Cop (Storytime, Too) will take place at the North Orange Branch Library.
  • Yoga instructor Colleen Puglisi will lead a nature yoga class on the serenity porch of Oakland Nature Preserve’s education building.
  • The second annual Family Portrait Day will take place at the First United Methodist Church.
  • The First Baptist Church of Apopka will serve a free, fully home-cooked meal for those who might not otherwise have a meal.
  • A chaplain for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) was given two awards in October in recognition of his public service. Apopka resident Melvin Birdsong got a certificate of appreciation.
  • Students, families, Apopka High School staff and community supporters are invited to participate in this fall’s school beautification project.
  • A local non-profit organization for children has started up a free supper and free tutoring program, open to all children up to grade five.
  • Dr. Barbara Jenkins, superintendent of Orange County Public Schools, will be the featured speaker at the 18th annual Christmas Celebration Gala.
  • The Christmas season is full of traditions, folklore and rich history. However, amid all of the traditions we’ve come to know, there are many bits of trivia of which you may not be familiar. See page 1D.

Sports News

Wekiva looks to progress even further

During coach Tommie Butts’ five seasons at the helm of Wekiva Mustangs girls basketball, the  names have changed, but achieving success at the highest...

Mustangs play Lake Brantley in preseason game

The expectation of the play during the preseason tip-off classic being a mix of good and negative came to fruition.

Apopka lacrosse team wins league of 3-v-3 SPEED lacrosse

SPEED lacrosse is 3-v-3 game played on a smaller court without any equipment.

Helping out in the community

Members of the Apopka Blue Darters boys basketball team helped cleanup and paint a house in the Apopka area as part of a community-service...

Mustangs versus Rams in playoffs

Playing at home and on television for the first time ever during the FHSAA postseason tournament was what was supposed to make the night...

Simple does just fine for Blue Darters

It was back-to-basics for the Apopka Blue Darters football team. The Blue Darters rushed for a season-high 439 yards on 52 attempts.


  • Second-round playoff games await Mustangs, Darters
    By Neal Fisher, John Peery, Apopka Chief Staff
  • The Zellwood Community Center, Inc. is hosting its 10th annual golf tournament at the Zellwood Station Golf and Country Club.
  • Orlando Baseball Academy will host baseball and softball camps for school-age children. The clinics will be held at CPS Sportsplex in Apopka.
  • There’s some pretty good football being played here
    By John Peery, Peery’s Extra Points
  • Blue Darters down Rockledge with run in third quarter during first preseason game
    By John Peery. Apopka Chief Staff
  • Former major league baseball player Dante Bichette Sr. will give a hitting lecture at the CPS Sportsplex in Apopka.