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Independent report on Apopka Fire Department is withering rebuke
Gannon Emergency Solutions has released its report - a 45-page document titled "Draft for Client Review" obtained by The Apopka Voice in a public records request from the City.
South Apopka shooting victim identified by OCSO
According to the OCSO, Travis Rashard Grubbs, a 36-year-old Apopka resident, was shot and killed at the intersection of 10th Street and Central Avenue at approximately 9:30 pm on Monday.
Breast Cancer Supply Center: An oasis of resources at a woman's time of need
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for women in the United States. The harsh reality is that many women do not have insurance or the necessary resources to obtain the supplies needed.
Mary McLeod Bethune immortalized in US Capitol as symbol of justice
In Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol, a marble sculpture of Floridian Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune now stands, replacing the likeness of a Confederate general with that of a Black educator.
Apopka Police Department Burglary Report: January 22nd-28th
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police Department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles. 
Local News
Grocery items that rose in price the most in December
Stacker used Bureau of Labor Statistics data to find the grocery items that saw the largest price increases from November to December.
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 last week, all in one place... including details on the South Apopka annexation meeting.
The Apopka Voice: Unbiased reporting, commentary, and your comments are always welcome
The Apopka Voice has received hundreds of reader comments on our news site and Facebook page. We appreciate and welcome your thoughts, whether you agree with us or not.

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Business
U.S. News and World Report surveyed 2,000 adults who either had to move back in with their family or got a roommate or housemate because of the higher cost of living.
Commissioner Kyle Becker will highlight the agenda at tonight's Apopka City Council meeting, and he means business. Becker will present his plan for an economic development department and why it …
CareerSource Central Florida is hosting a Community Resource and Job Market for Orange County residents negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.   The in-person event will be on …
Health

New AdventHealth clinic is diagnosing, treating, and researching long-haul COVID  

AdventHealth has opened a multidisciplinary clinic to diagnose, treat and research Long-haul COVID, a critical next step in the healthcare system’s pandemic response.

A legend is leaving Baptiste Orthodontics

The good news is my mentor and long-time friend Dr. Winston Morris is going to retire. The great news for me is for the first time in about five years, I’m going to have the privilege of working in Apopka.

Apopka's Breast Cancer Supply Center is on a mission to serve

The Breast Cancer Supply Center has been in operation since 2020.  Our mission is to serve women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Spotting the Early Signs of Epilepsy in Senior Citizens

If you are unsure how to spot the early signs of epilepsy, talking to a specialized neurologist should be your first port of call. However, the guide here can help. 

Blue-green algae found in Lake Ola

Lake Ola is a 426-acre body of water that sits in the northwest corner of Orange County near the town of Tangerine, about eight miles from the center of Apopka.

Florida Department of Health in Orange County encourages regular screening for cervical cancer prevention

 During Cervical Health Awareness Month, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) encourages women to visit their health care provider to be screened for cervical cancer, …

Apopka's Breast Cancer Supply Center moving to new location

The Breast Cancer Supply Center is a non-profit organization seeking to support women who have been diagnosed with this all-too-common cancer.

Government
What happens when a municipal administration that doesn't want to annex a community into its City meets a community that doesn't trust the City it thinks is courting it for annexation?
FEMA will extend the deadline for property owners to submit responses to FEMA’s Request for  Information regarding the Multifamily Lease and Repair program. 
From the residents' voices, there needs to be more trust in the elected officials. We recognize this will not happen overnight.
 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 January 21st.
Orange County receives 16th straight Tree City USA designation
The Tree City USA program celebrates towns and cities’ growing commitment to increasing their urban tree canopy and demonstrating higher tree care and community engagement levels during the calendar year.
In a dramatic 3-2 vote, the City Council moves Apopka into a new era of economic development
It took over six years, four election cycles, a couple of presentations, and a late-night City Council meeting, but Apopka finally took the first step in creating an economic development department.
Apopka Police Department Arrest Report
 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 January 14th.
Opinion

Will an inspiring leader like MLK and a relentless elected official like LBJ emerge in South Apopka's pursuit of annexation into Apopka?

Yesterday, we honored the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the 14th Annual Apopka MLK Parade, which travels through the streets of Apopka and South Apopka on its way to the John Bridges Center.  
Development within the City of Apopka has seen all-time highs within the last few years. Between the new multi-family projects throughout the City and the creation of the Kelly Park Interchange.
No elected official is immune to criticism. It goes with the territory. Sometimes you need to shrug it off and keep moving forward. And sometimes you need to listen.
There has been a developing story the past couple of weeks involving the Apopka Fire Department - a familiar place for controversy as of late.
Let's pretend, for a moment, that Apopka hired a "City Center Director" in 2016. Their sole purpose was to develop and recruit businesses for the Apopka City Center.
Bonus Content

See the Great Cities of Europe on a Mediterranean Cruise

(NewsUSA) - See the Great Cities of Europe on a Mediterranean CruiseThe pandemic is over, COVID restrictions are gone and the cruise lines are back in business. So, there has never been a better …

Better Health with Budget Friendly Peanuts

(NewsUSA) - With food costs on the rise, many people are looking for meals and recipes that stretch their dollar. According to The Peanut Institute, peanuts and peanut butter are some of the most …

Americans are known for being bad at taking time off: Are work vacations the solution?

Using research from across the internet, Bounce dug into the details behind America's cultural struggles with taking time off from work.

10 US and Canadian cities that are converting office space into housing

Many new apartments aren't built new; they're converted from offices or warehouses. Calgary.com identified cities following this trend.