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Apopka Police Department awards
Apopka police recognize their own
Various awards were given at the annual Apopka Police Department awards program. Read more on page 1A.

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
Honoring MLK
See pictures of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade on page 6B.

Old Florida Outdoor Festival Avian Reconditioning
Bird center returning to outdoor festival
The Avian Reconditioning Center (ARC) will have various birds of prey on site for display. Read more on the birds and the Old Florida Outdoor Festival on page 1A.

Sgt. Luis Rodriguez
Apopkan travels for training in Hawaii
Gunnery Sgt. Luis Rodriguez is training at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii. Find out what the training is preparing him for.

Gas under $2
Gas drops below $2 per gallon
Find out what gas station you can find gas under $2. See page 1A.


Darter Football team and coaches deserve a little extra recognition
"...what we really like about the Apopka High football program is what happens off the field." Find out the reason why our opinion piece is dedicated to The Darters.
See page 4A.


For this party’s strategy ‘Demo-niacs’
would be perfect fit

The following column, written 15 years ago, could have been written any time in the last six months of 2014. Find out what current events are actually not so current with strikinly similar occurences. Read Corbeil's column on page 4A.

Weather key to ‘Festival’ location

"No matter what – 'The show will go on!' Details on the Art & Jazz Festival including weather location in Christine Moore's article on 4A.

Target is causes, prevention of poverty

Read about The Community Action Partnership of Orange County and its key strategies in prevention of poverty for the county. See page 4A.


"Forget his words/attitudes...let’s look at where they come from..." Find out what Patty Bankson means concerning President Obama's words in the State of the Union Address. See page 4A.

Growing crime is everyone’s responsibiltiy in Apopka

"As we hear of and see some of the most frustrating crimes occurring on a daily basis, it is necessary that we immediately, as law-abiding citizens, take some action." See page 7B.

ACA “shared responsibility penalty” is real

"There are in excess of 30 possible exemptions to the penalty and although we will not be listing them all, it would be good to get familiar with them if you might be subject to the penalty." Read more on page 6A.

Your Opinion Counts. Send us a letter

Everyone has an opinion. Share yours NOW!
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Lake Apopka, Farm workers exploited

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

Lifestyle & Community headlines
Apopka-area FFA
Apopka-area FFA chapters compete in Orlando
Read about the challenging competitions known as Career Development Events and a list of winners from local schools.

Zellwood Garden Club
Zellwood Garden Club hears speaker
Allen Peacock (center) was the speaker at Zellwood Garden Club’s program. Find out the theme of the program and what society Allen Peacock represents.

Runners at Oakland Nature Preserve
Runners come out for Oakland Nature Preserve run/walk
Runners of all ages took their starting mark at the Oakland Nature Preserve 3-Mile Trail Run/Walk. Find out when the event was held and how many people participated.

Wekiva High School  FFA
Wekiva FFA competes at Ag Center
Read about the competitions they participated in and what awards they earned. See page 5B.

Renee Lammers at Fran Carlton
Lammers visits Art Group at Fran Carlton
The Art Group at the Fran Carlton Center had a visit from a special guest and friend, Renee Lammers. Read more about Renee Lammers on page 9B.


Other Feature Headlines, Events and More:

  • FInd out what happened at the City Council meeting. Read meeting notes on page 1A.
  • The 6th annual Apopka Art & Jazz Festival returns. Detailed information on the Jazz Festival on page 1A.
  • Loaves & Fishes sees needs continue to grow. Find out what they are in need of and how you can help. See page 2A.
  • Birapalooza will feature tours by airboat, buses, and walking. More on the upcoming event on page 2A.
  • The Sandpiper Project was once again on the City Council agenda and was moved forward for an upcoming council meeting. Find out what it will entail. Get the date for the council meeting on page 3A.
  • Orlando man charged with video voyeurism after incident at Walmart with his cell phone. Find out how he got caught. Read this story on page 9A.
  • The transportation agencies conducted a joint study in the summer of 2014 to determine if the speed limits on two roadways could be increased. Find out what their conclusion was. See page 10A.
  • Apopka teacher, Vickie Cruz, injured in airboat crash; fundraiser slated for Jan. 31. Read more on the fundraiser on page 1A.
  • The Apopka High School Drama Department will be performing Craig Sodaro’s “Just Like Us” for the first and second graders. Find out what schools they will be performing at, ticket price, date and time.
  • Habitat for Humanity is painting 20 homes in the Plymouth community of Apopka. Read more on the F.U.N. Project and find out contact information. See page 1B.
  • A free support group for caregivers of those dealing with Alzheimer’s disease is held at First Baptist Church of Apopka. For date and time, see page 1B.
  • Apopka Citizens Public Safety Academy starts soon. Find out more about this year-long course in this week's Apopka Chief.
  • In February the Greater Apopka Chamber of Commerce will host a Teacher Appreciation Reception at Trinity Christian School. Find out more information in this week's Apopka Chief.
  • The Debbie Turner Cancer Center needs positions filled. See this week's Apopka Chief for more information on the Cancer Center.
  • The fourth annual Veterans Gift Campaign, in conjunction with the Orlando VA Medical Center for homeless and returning veterans, is underway. Read more on how you can donate. See page 3B.
  • Literacy program offered at library called Prime Time Family Reading Time. Read more on the program and find out dates and time. See page 3B.
  • Planning for the 54th Annual Apopka Art and Foliage Festival is already under way. For artists who want to enter, applications are now available. Find out more details on the Apopka Art & Foliage Festival and where you can get applications. See page 1B.
  • The Tangerine Community Church will hold its monthly gospel sing-along for details, date and time, see page 2B.
  • Enjoy these delicious recipes from local cookbook Feeding the Flock. Read Kitchen Kapers by Ramona Whaley on page 6B.
Sports headlines | Check out Sports Photos in our PHOTO ALBUM
Darters to play five games in eight days
Darters have five games in eight days
The Blue Darters have their five final games of the regular season slated for the next eight days. Find out what their record has been like so far.
Wekiva vs. Apopka girls high school basketball
Lady Mustangs vs. Lady Darters in basketball
One of these hometown teams overwhelms its rival and takes a big lead. Find out which team succeeded in winning this game.
Apopka girls soccer
Apopka girls soccer continues streak into state postseason play
Read more on their performance through the posteason including difficult contests, directional changes and more.

Reign Biles
Tops in the state
Read about 5 1/2-year old Reign Biles and her gymnastics career which began when she was 3. See page 6C for her accomplishments and find out where she is headed next.

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Izzy Pellot
Local youth golfer places in at Orlando tournament
Izzy Pellot of Apopka was in a Top 50 Florida Junior Tour tournament. Read about her performance and the gift she gave her dad on his birthday, tournament day.

Apopka High School boys soccer
Apopka boys soccer play against Ocoee
Find out which soccer team got eliminated from district playoffs.

Apopka boys basketball vs. Colonial Grenadiers
Darters face Grenadiers in boys basketball
Read about the play of this game on page 5C and find out which team was toppled.

Wekiva Wrestlers
Wekiva wrestlers gaining experience during season
2014-15 has been a foundation-building season. Read more on the wrestling team's progress.

Other Sports Headlines:

  • Apopka High School will host an hour-long NCAA/NAIA eligibility information meeting in the school’s auditorium. Get more details on page 1C.
  • District tournaments all the rage for winter sports
  • Basketball season has begun for Wolf Lake Middle School.
  • Fishin’ is just so-so in area lakes
  • Wekiva face Olympia in boys basketball
  • Sign-up has begun for 5k, 10k runs at Wekiwa Springs State Park in Apopka. Details on 10C.


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