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According to the report, today at approximately 12:15 p.m., officers from the APD responded to an armed robbery at the Fifth Third Bank, located at 1725 S Orange Blossom Trail.
Breaking News: APD responds to armed bank robbery in Apopka
According to the report, at approximately 12:15 p.m., officers from the APD responded to an armed robbery at the Fifth Third Bank, located at 1725 S Orange Blossom Trail.
In case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review
In case you missed it, The Apopka News Week in Review includes five articles that shaped the City—all in one place. It includes details on the City's TDT grant request.
The Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce.
Apopka Area Chamber names new Executive Director of Operations
Jeans Santiago has been promoted from Director of Membership and Business Development to Executive Director of Operations of the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce. Santiago will also serve as Interim President.
Puppies rescued from car in parking garage adopted by Orange County Fire rescue staff who helped save them
Animal Services is imploring the public not to leave pets in cars. Additionally, anyone witnessing a pet left in a car without air-conditioning running is encouraged to contact law enforcement immediately.
An infant in Fayetteville, Ga., receives one of several routine vaccinations typically required for children entering K-12 schools. On the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic and with growing skepticism around vaccinations and government requirements, some state lawmakers want to end state vaccine mandates for children.
As states loosen childhood vaccine requirements, health experts’ worries grow
Vaccines protect not only the patient but also those around them. Science has shown that a population can reach community immunity once a certain percentage of the group is vaccinated.
Local News
Apopka Police Department swears in a new officer
A well-staffed police force fosters trust and confidence among the residents, ultimately contributing to a sense of security and well-being in the community.
Q: What’s new and coming to The Apopka Voice?
We hope you take the opportunity to explore these new features on The Apopka Voice, and allow your voice – and joy and events and sales – to be magnified and shared far and wide.
A coyote roams the Tall Timbers Livingston Place Property in Jefferson County.
Coyotes under the watch by UF cameras, scientists 
Coyotes came to central Florida in the 1970s and ‘80s and to southern Florida in the mid-1990s, and relatively few studies have examined their behavior across different Florida ecosystems. 
The Florida Wildlife Corridor. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson says the state has bought too much land for the corridor and should sell some of it.
Ag Commissioner wants to sell off lots of Florida preserve land
The Florida Forever program has protected more than 10 million acres out of 42 million total in the entire state.
Apopka City Hall.
City Council: Tie up loose ends before budget season
I wanted to remind you of a few significant loose ends you should get tied down before the FY2024/25 budget takes hold. There are five issues I think you need to either advance or conclude in the coming months:
Black Skimmer, adult and juvenile, Tarpon Springs, Florida
Protect beach babies this Memorial Day
Audubon calls on beachgoers to make beaches safer for birds by avoiding their nesting areas during this busy holiday weekend and summer.
Eden Crest is a new 300-home development coming to Apopka.
New 300-home development coming to Apopka
Situated on a prime 95-acre tract at 851 South Binion Road, the community, which will be known as Eden Crest, will consist of 300 single-family homes and townhomes.
WOMEN BUILD raises more than $220,000 for Habitat Homes 
This is the 11th Anniversary of WOMEN BUILD. This transformative experience enables women to directly help other women and families in Seminole County and Apopka by raising dollars for and helping to construct Habitat homes. Watch the video and be inspired.
Blackberries in Florida may become even more nutritious in the future
UF/IFAS researchers are trying to breed and grow blackberries, which ripen in April, May and June in the Sunshine State.
The Wekiwa Springs neighborhood is a hidden gem that offers a unique blend of natural beauty and urban convenience. Now, it has a ranking to match.
As average temperatures rise across the U.S., heat illness is a growing safety and health concern for workers indoors and outdoors. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that environmental heat exposure claimed the lives of 36 workers in 2021 and 56 in 2020.
When households pay more than 30% of their income toward housing, the census calls those households “cost-burdened.”
According to Wallet Hub, Apopka is ranked #58 in the United States among small towns for starting a business. The study analyzed 1,334 small towns across the country.

Delay in Florida Medicaid trial raises stakes for hundreds of thousands

Florida's trial on Medicaid eligibility, resulting in 1.8 million people losing coverage, has been indefinitely postponed because the judge overseeing the case had a death in her family.

How cannabis and psilocybin might help some of the 50 million Americans who are experiencing chronic pain

Cannabis – also known as marijuana – is an ancient medicinal plant with promising new medical applications.

Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is an ancient medicinal plant. Cannabis-based medicines have been used for at least 5,000 years for applications such as arthritis and pain control during and after surgery.

How does the VA support veterans 65 and older?

Census Bureau data shows that in 2021, nearly half of U.S. veterans were 65 years or older, compared to about 17% of the general population.

Florida's Community Health Centers step up as Walmart closes rural healthcare services

The Community Health Center in Apopka is located at 225 East 7th Street.

Community Health Centers are in all of Florida's 67 counties, serving patients in more than 800 locations - including Apopka, and dozens of mobile units and school-based sites statewide.

Advocacy groups urge Florida to apply for 2025 summer meal programs for low-income kids

In participating states, low-income families will receive $40 each month for each eligible school-aged child, up to $120, to buy groceries, beginning in the summer of 2024.

While Florida was one of 15 states that opted out of the Summer EBT program this year, according to the department's guidelines, state officials have until August 15th to notify the U.S. Department of Agriculture whether Florida will participate in the summer of 2025.

DOH-Orange highlights National Water Safety Month

Florida offers countless opportunities to enjoy water recreation in pools, lakes, and other surrounding bodies of water. That is why water safety is critical.

AdventHealth Apopka debuts $26.3 million expansion 

This new floor will address the increasing demand for complex care within the community. The 30,230-square-foot expansion adds 38 inpatient beds, including cardiovascular progressive care beds and four dialysis bays.  

Cannabis legalization has led to a boom in potent forms of the drug that present new hazards for adolescents

Many of today’s cannabis products barely resemble the ‘weed’ that most middle-aged adults grew up with.

Arguments are for and against increasing the legalization of cannabis for adult use in the U.S., but expanded access to legal cannabis may also have unintended consequences for adolescents.

The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly arrest report that includes arrests, crashes, calls for service, and traffic citations. This report is for the week ending May 11th.
"When Apopka’s application was returned to the county a few weeks ago, while extremely well written and documented as to its benefits, there was a much larger request for $13 million. I have never seen a smaller municipality receive this large one-time grant."
The 4th of July in America is filled with patriotic pride, fireworks, delicious food, and fun outdoor activities. A great celebration honors our country's history and traditions and provides an opportunity to create lasting memories with loved ones.
To apply, citizens can complete a Career interest Survey or visit one of the eight Community Centers across Orange County.
In Case You Missed It; The Apopka News Week in Review
In case you missed it. The Apopka news week in Review includes five articles that shaped the City... all in one place, including details on a plane making an emergency landing and a bank robbery.
Blustery days are a breeze with proactive tree maintenance plan
Well-maintained trees can shield homes during severe weather. With the 2024 hurricane season starting June 1st, Orange County urges homeowners to proactively protect their property before blustery weather blows into town.
Community Action Division helps low-income seniors stay cool
This program provides low-income seniors (60+) with air conditioner replacement, service or system upgrades.

On idled Florida golf courses, nature stages a comeback

The Calusa golf course has become a de facto wildlife refuge and significant bird rookery in urban Miami.
Some Florida communities owe their very existence to golf. Sarasota is one, and The Villages is another. The Naples area is so linked to the links that it currently boasts the most golf courses per capita in the nation.
It's time for Code Enforcement, the Apopka City Council, and the RSR Homeowners Association to push back on the Golf Group with the authority and leverage it possesses.
"We broke up into three teams to better discuss the tactics Deland employed. We discussed who could be responsible for similar improvements. We learned Deland was intentional about collaboration."
"I could never have imagined what Deland looked like today after beginning its revitalization in 1985." Orange County Commissioner Christine Moore's two-part series on the transformation of Deland.
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These are the 13 states with comprehensive consumer privacy protection laws

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Carter’s Drops New Seasonal Newborn Essentials for New Parents and Gifters

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Knowing the Signs of Stroke

(Family Features) Stroke can happen to anyone - it happens to more than 800,000 people every year in the United States. Knowing the signs of stroke and how to prevent it can help protect you or your loved ones from disabilities caused by stroke.