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City may have fast-food moratorium as part of visioning
City may have fast-food moratorium as part of visioning
Read details about the visioning process for Apopka and the reasons why the moratorium was considered.

Yellow Tree
It’s spring time
Read about these beautiful trees, their name and when they bloom on page 1A.

Apopka Art and Foliage Festival will bloom in park
Apopka Art and Foliage Festival will bloom in park
More than 100 artists and crafters have already committed and there will be others who are expected to exhibit their art at the festival. Read more on the much-anticipated festival.


OUR POSITION:

How Obama’s war strategy affects the Mideast war

See how his current tactics on war compare to previous wars, particularly during the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson and what the end result of the Mideast war will be.

THE VOICE OF THE COMMUNITY:
OPINION & ARTICLES OF INTEREST

Really no difference between ‘Allahu Ackbar’
and ‘Seig Heil’


"I’m sure if a president of Obama’s questionable concerns about nation’s such as Iran, whose leaders shout 'Death to America' while negotiating nuclear treaties with him, had been in office in the early 1940s, we would all be speaking Japanese and German." See similarities with the current fight against ISIS and WWII.

Fire Rescue requesting 3 new stations

"This week, the Orange County Fire Rescue Department presented us with a fire station location study, a regional public safety school proposal, and an update on their budget needs." Read specifics on page 4A.

Committee will update OCPS history

Read about how OCPS was founded and history on several local schools in this first-part article.

We’re Still Waiting

"Well, we’re still waiting, Mr. President. We’re still waiting for you to grow up, shake off the pettiness, selfishness, dishonesty and inertia..." Find out what else Patti Bankson mentions pertaining to Obama's presidency.

Many people have impacted Apopka

"Apparently, a great number of people in Apopka are not aware of individuals who have achieved notoriety for various reasons and impacted this community considerably since the 19th century." Read about past and present achievers in Apopka.

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Lifestyle & Community headlines
Apopka firefighters honored as community heroes for their actions
Apopka firefighters honored as community heroes for their actions
District Chief Steven Page, Firefighter Wil Sanchez and Firefighter/EMT Jarel Oliver (standing with News 13 anchor Ybeth Bruzual) were among group of heroes honored. Read about their heroic actions.
AHS speech/debate team prep for Spring match
AHS speech/debate team prep for Spring match
The Apopka High speech and debate team has had an exciting second year, and the members are looking forward to competing in Fort Lauderdale. Read more on the debate team on 5B.
The Hallelujah Clown Mission Team
Ladies aren’t clowning around with their message
The Hallelujah Clown Mission Team from Zellwood has been invited back to Wolfpoint, Mont., this year. Read about their ministry for children.
O.C. property appraiser on area growth and development
O.C. property appraiser on area growth and development
Not just the “Indoor Foliage Capital of the World,” Apopka is home to vibrant neighborhoods and robust businesses. Read reports on local development growth from property appraiser Rick Singh.
City rewards volunteers of Old Florida Outdoor Festival
City rewards volunteers of Old Florida Outdoor Festival
The city of Apopka honored many of the volunteers of the Old Florida Outdoor Festival. Find out how they were honored.
Let’s go fly a kite NancyKeating
Let’s go fly a kite
Nancy (c) and Mike Keating visited the Apopka Recreation Division’s Spring Break Camp to show kids how to fly a kite. Read more on what they taught the kids on page 11A.
Jim Ferguson
Gospel concert to honor man, benefit center
A concert by the Dixie Echoes and Great Day will honor Jim Ferguson and benefit the Debbie Turner Cancer Care and Resource Center. Read about the life of Jim Ferguson and the upcoming Gospel Sing.
AHS Winterguard
AHS Wintergaurd competes against southeast teams
Read about their performance in the Southeast contest. The AHS team will now compete at the 2015 Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit Championships.
Feeding Apopka’s hungry
Feeding Apopka’s hungry
The Church of the Holy Spirit at the corner of Highland and Sixth streets in Apopka hosts “Feeding Apopka’s Hungry.” A recent special visitor was Miss Apopka. See page 1B to get more information on this ministry and when it is held.
Kimberly Roxane Llamas and Jon Morgan Blackwelder
They’re married
Kimberly Roxane Llamas and Jon Morgan Blackwelder at Redlands California Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Read more on thier ceremony on page 3B.
Golden Chief
Have a fun weekend visiting Florida’s western territory
Head to Florida’s west coast for an unforgettable island weekend. See page 8B for Golden Chief by Ramona Whaley.
 

Other Feature Headlines, Events and More:

  • The 2015 Apopka Community Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be held in conjunction with the 64th National Day of Prayer and is hosted by the Apopka Christian Ministerial Alliance. Details on this upcoming event on page 2A.
  • Home invasions can happen to anyone at almost any time, so the Apopka Police Department now offers free home assessments to help residents stay safe. More details and how you can request an invasion assessment on page 2A.
  • Several commercial projects are under way in Apopka throughout the city. Drive down Bradshaw Road to see the crop of new businesses growing across Apopka. Find out what these buildings are becoming.
  • State Rep. Jennifer Sullivan’s staff will hold office hours at Apopka. See her hours on page 2A.
  • Funds are still being sought to help pay for the rings and jackets for the state champion Apopka Blue Darters football team. Find out how you can be of help.
  • A seminar about home safety for seniors will be held at the North Orange Branch Library. The seminar will be given by Tim Hetz, certified personal trainer with Healthy Agers. For more information on this event
    see page 1B.
  • A Spring Affaire Renaissance Day will be held. Details on this Avian Reconditioning event and admission information can be found on page 1B.
  • A benefit fundraiser for Larry Meredith who is battling cancer is set. Location, cost, food and entertainment information on this event on page 1B.
  • The Apopka Woman’s Club will hold its annual fundraising Bunco Party. Activities for the whole family and more information can be found on page 1B.
  • Not everyone can be an artist, crafter, nursery owner or sponsor, but anyone can still help promote the Apopka Art and Foliage Festival by becoming a friend of the Apopka Art and Foliage Festival.  Find out more on how to be a friend of the festival on page 3A.
  • Each year the GFWC Apopka Woman’s Club offers scholarships to young women graduating high school and a Special Adult Woman’s Scholarship. The deadline, for both scholarship applications is nearing. Contact information for the scholarships on page 3B.
  • Dedication service held for newly refurbished office. A town hall meeting and dedication service at Florida Living Retirement Community (FLRC) provided participation of Seminole law enforcement personnel, as well as representatives from the Florida Seventh-day Adventist Conference. Read more on FLRC and the dedication service on page 3B.
  • Area environmental and water conservation groups are banning together once again to clean the algae from Wekiwa Springs named The “Restore the Blue” campaign. Read more on this campaign - find out what groups will be in attendance and get date and time information in this week's Apopka Chief.
  • Friends of the Wekiva River will be the host for Discover Wekiva: Our Springs, Our Community, Our Future. Read about the activities of this event and get location, date and time. See page 3B.
  • Hope CommUnity Center will host its annual Spring Festival. Read more on the festival in this week's Apopka Chief.
  • Read about the making of the Apopka Woman's Club 'Crazy Hats' and how much they cost - They will be on sale at The Art and Foliage Festival. See page 3B for more details.
  • Ghidei R Hill, Harry Prochet, and Jhamiya Safford from Apopka were named to their college Dean’s List. Read more on the college they're attending.
  • Meet some bugs at the Preserve. Join Christy LeDuc, Entomologist at Oakland Nature Preserve for a closer look into the gross world of bugs. Necrophagy, coprophagia, and enetophagy- say what? Details, date and time on page 5B.
  • The Knights of Columbus will prepare fish dinners to be served in the Parish Center of St. Francis of Assisi Church. For days and times, see page 2B of this week's Apopka Chief.
  • First Baptist Church of Tangerine will host a Fifth-Sunday Singing. Find out who the featured singers are. Get date and time for this event on page 3B.
  • Victory Church World Outreach Center of Apopka will host an Easter production “Zecharias: The Story of Christ”. The public is invited to attend. More information in this week's Apopka Chief.
  • The Trinity Baptist Church worship choir and orchestra will have an Easter season presentation titled
    “Eyes of Faith.” See more information on this event in this week's Apopka Chief.
  • These holiday treats will help make this Easter a memorable one. See Kapers on page 4B.
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Apopka boys volleyball team at south Florida weekend tournament
Apopka boys volleyball team at south Florida weekend tournament “Most of the tournaments we have played in, we have placed well and done well,” said Coach Lillethorup about the season. But find out if they played well at this particular tournament.
Mustangs split two games in spring break tournament
Mustangs split two games in spring break tournament
“The difference was simply the execution,” Coach Sanders said. Read on how the Mustangs are performing at baseball. See page 1C for this story and 6C for photos.

Darters face DP, have mixed spring break outcome
Darters face DP, have mixed spring break outcome
Read about the games the Darters played and when they broke out the big bats and crushed it. See page 1C and photos of their busy week on page 7C.

Apopka uses strong first inning against Wekiva
Apopka uses strong first inning against Wekiva
Find out if that carried through to the rest of the innings at this hometown rival baseball game.
Mustangs flag football team faces Edgewater
Mustangs flag football team faces Edgewater
Which team got ahead at this game? Find out on page 6C. .


Apopka High girls lacrosse team honors its seniors
See this photo of the AHS girls lacrosse seniors on page 7C.

Apopka High wrestler, Vincent Rita
Apopka High wrestler recalls satisfaction of being in state tourney
"I am proud and feel humbled to represent the high school and the city of Apopka..." Read Vincent Rita's journey and accomplishments on page 8C.
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