Friday, January 17, 2020
Deaths of young black girls changed a segregationist family’s attitude
With time, many white southern hearts changed. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of peaceful resistance moved America toward his vision, stated eloquently on August 28, 1963: “A day will come when all God’s children … will be able to join hands and sing the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last.’”
THE VOICE OF THE COMMUNITY: OPINION & ARTICLES OF INTEREST
O.C. needs your reports for repairs
By Christine Moore, County Commissioner, District 2
I hope for the New Year, we will be more active about the condition and quality of our streets and communities. Together, we make Apopka a great place to live, work, and raise a family.
Teachers feel underpaid, under-appreciated
By Melissa Byrd, Orange County School Board, District 7
In my time on the board, too many teachers have come before us and testified to the challenges they face with the salaries they are given. It’s hard to hear the people who do one of the most important jobs in our society talk about having to have a second job or not being able to afford to get their car fixed.
Election slogan ‘I Like Ike’ soon turned to ‘Thank God For Ike’
By Richard Corbeil
I am sure Trump’s successes are, like Ike’s, based heavily on his four years of military academy.
Freedom or Tyranny
Sometimes freedoms are hard fought for and bring chaos, even destruction. It seems to me that their choices are limited: Demand and fight for their freedoms or quietly continue under a dictatorship. It’s a shock to think that any American thinks the latter is the better choice.
Letters to the Editor:
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MLK parade is slated
Presented by the South Apopka Ministerial Alliance, the 11th annual parade will begin at the Apopka Community Center/VFW building in Apopka. Get all the details on page 1A.
City of Apopka staff committee looks at property for three houses
The Development Review Committee explored a concept plan that proposes a three-lot single family housing subdivision, a property that hasn’t yet been annexed into the city. Read more on page 5A.
Apopka man claims lottery prize
The $20 game, $5,000,000 Luck, launched in September 2019 and features more than $329 million in cash prizes, including six top prizes of $5 million. Read more on page 8A.
School board handles several items at meeting
Recognizing the upcoming Celebrate Literacy Week and committing to ending student use of all tobacco products were the highlights of the Orange County School Board’s regularly scheduled meeting. Read more on page 8A.
- If saving money made your New Year’s resolution list, start by cutting your energy use to save money year-round. With some simple lifestyle tweaks, you can trim your energy usage and help keep your 2020 budget in check. Read the Apopka Chief’s tips and tricks for reducing energy bill costs on page 1B.
- January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. The Florida Department of Health in Orange County is encouraging women to learn more about preventing cervical cancer through lifestyle change and vaccination, as well as visit their health care providers. Read on page 5B for resources related to the prevention of cervical cancers.
- Emily Peyton, a Freshman Elementary Education major from Apopka, was among over 900 Bob Jones University students named to the fall 2019 dean’s list, according to a Monday, January 13, press release.
- Madison Pollock of Apopka was named to the fall 2019 dean’s list at Berry College, according to a Tuesday, January 7 press release.
- Brandon English of Apopka graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Liberal Studies) from Graceland University, according to a Tuesday, January 7, news release.
For the most part, basketball teams doing well
Peery’s Extra Points, John Peery
Basketball season is getting serious for high school teams and it’s pretty good in these parts. Page 6C…
Wekiva High girls improving again as new year starts
Wekiva has used the Florida Prospects Holiday Classic as a driving force toward finding that level of play required to contend for state championships. More on 6C.