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Apopka Mayor John Land
Apopka Christmas Parade almost ready to step off
The judges for the Christmas parade are been announced. Find out details of the parade this Saturday.

AHS third state championship
Darters land spot in state final for third straight year
The Blue Darters have qualified for the Class 8A state championship game against 13-1 Miami Christopher Columbus Explorers.

Festival of the Trees
Festival of Trees
Read about the success of the Festival of Trees fundraiser for the Apopka Historical Society, hosted by Cheryl Kilsheimer.

New Apopka Dennys
Denny’s to open in Apopka...again
In a little more than a month, that hankering you have for a hearty breakfast skillet can be satisfied at Denny's in Apopka. Find out more in this week's Apopka Chief.

OUR POSITION:

Make sure weekend includes Darters’ state championship
"Landing a spot in the state championship game three years in a row just doesn’t happen..." Find out more about the Darters' upcoming state championship game on page 4A.

THE VOICE OF THE COMMUNITY:
OPINION & ARTICLES OF INTEREST

Now, here’s an early Christmas gift everyone will love
"...grabbing from us citizens under the tired ploy of “conservation...". Find out what Corbeil is referring to in his column on page 4A of this week's Apopka Chief.

Coaches stress humility, hard work

"... an e-mail praising the Blue Darter team for their sportsmanship". Read more about the character taught to Apopka football players in Moore's column on page 4A.

“Tourist Tax” vital to Orange County
By Bryan Nelson, County Commissioner District 2
"...revenue has provided the funds for the new Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts, the Orlando City Soccer Stadium, the Amway Center and the renovations to the Florida Citrus Bowl..." Find more about the Tourist Tax in Bryan Nelson's column on page 4A.

Time to Switch Gears

"They weren’t just stealing 'things', and burning 'buildings', though that’s bad enough, but more importantly, they were stealing dreams." Find out what's she's referring to in this week's Apopka Chief. Read her column on page 6A.

Area trees helped grow an industry

Read Slim's article as he shares about the community and its people’s history in his column on page 6B.

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Lifestyle & Community headlines
AHS Band members in college
Same alum, different teams
Two Apopka High School graduates played for opposing university teams in Tampa as UCF Knights defeated the USF Bulls.

Christmas tree saftey tips
A dry Christmas tree can quickly become a disaster
Keep your tree and family safe this holiday. Read tips for preventing your tree from catching fire.

Kristy Maculan Sasser
New Lieutenant
Apopka High School, Kristy Maculan Sasser has quickly risen through the ranks from officer, to detective, to sergeant, and now serving as lieutenant.
Christmas Saftey Tips
Safety tips to remember during the holidays
Christmas Tree fires are not the only danger during the holidays. Read saftey tips on how to be prepared and have a happy, safe holiday.
C-Span
C-SPAN bus visits school
Find out why this C-SPAN bus visited Piedmont Lakes Middle School and about a grant won by civics teacher, Lisa Grimes Harris.
Apopka Police Fundraiser
Filling the truck for charity
Mullinax Ford is teamed up with City of Apopka Police Department to host a charity event to benefit Loaves & Fishes. Find out about their success in this week's Apopka Chief.
6th Annual Art and Jazz Festival
Wekiva High poster artist
The art for the poster promoting the sixth annual Apopka Art and Jazz Festival was made by Wekiva High School freshman Alanna Wiggins.
Apopka High School Cheerleaders
AHS cheerleaders at ACC title game
The Apopka Blue Darters cheerleaders pose prior to the championship game of the Atlantic Coast Conference won by Florida State University over Georgia Tech.
Kids Sing to Seniors at Florida Living
Youngsters bring joy to older residents
Residents of Florida Living Retirement Community were recently entertained by Champion Preparatory Academy students. Find out more in this week's Apopka Chief.

Other Feature Headlines, Events and More:

  • The Apopka Elks Lodge will soon host an event to benefit children for Christmas. Find out how you can be a part of this event on page 3A of this week's Apopka Chief.
  • Local schools higher than average across state in teacher evaluations. Find out how each school did in this week's Apopka Chief.
  • Sandpiper property owner files for change of zoning plan with city. Read the full story on page 1A.
  • Find out what last-minute needs Loaves & Fishes has and how you can help. Subscribe today and help out the community this holiday season.
  • AHS Winter Choral Concert scheduled for December 16. Find out more about the Concert on page 8B.
  • Find out about a Leadership classes including two from the OCSO. Read the full story in this week's Apopka Chief.
  • Wesh 2 News and CW18 are partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank to provide meals for homeless children this holiday. Find out how you can participate in this week's Apopka Chief.
  • Loaves and FIshes is once again looking for Turkeys. For details about how you can participate see this week's Apopka Chief.
  • The Debbie Turner Cancer Center is in need of volunteers. Interested in participating? See page 1B
  • Apopka/Zellwood Neighborhood Center for Families Community Christmas Party is coming soon. Find out more about this event in this week's Apopka Chief.
  • The Apopka Citizens Public Safety Academy starts in February. Find out details in this week's Apopka Chief.
  • Apopka/Zellwood Neighborhood Center for Families Community Christmas Party is coming soon. FInd out more about this event in this week's Apopka Chief.
  • The first annual Christmas gala will be held at First Baptist Church of Orlando. Find out more about this event in this week's Apopka Chief.
  • First Baptist will hold its annual Christmas candlelight service Wednesday. For details about this service see page 8A.
  • Enhance your Christmas holiday with these sweet treats recipes. Read Kitchen Kapers by Ramona Whaley on page 4B.
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Blue Darters in state finals for 3rd year in a row
Read the details of the upcoming state championship football game as the Darters come to the Citrus Bowl for the third year in a row this Saturday.

Apopka Darters third state playoff
Hurricane season ends at Roger Williams Field
Read the details of the Blue Darters playoff game as they defeated the Hurricanes and head to the state championship game this week.
Wekiva High School Boys Basketball
Mustangs off to a great start in district basketball play
Find out the current stats of the Wekiva High School boys basketball team as they continue to up their overall record.
AHS Boys Basketball
Darters down W. Orange after road loss to Ocoee
Read about the success of the Darter Basketball team after a rough start against West Orange.

AHS State Title bowling Team honored again
Two-time state champs honored
See how the Blue Darter bowling team was honored at last week's semifinal football game. .

WHS Girls Basketball
Loss fires up Wekiva girls basketball team
FInd out how the Wekiva High School girls basketball team is doing as the team nears its halfway point.
Apopka Youth Raptor Football
Four youth football teams take 2 seconds, 2 thirds in national event
Read about the success of all 4 Apopka Raptors youth tackle football teams as they participated in the Amateur Athletic Union’s national championship.
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Holiday Gift Guide
Maximize time spent on holiday shopping
Looking for gift ideas for your family or friends? Turn to pages 6B & 7B and see how local businesses can help.

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