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Opinion: Orange County budget more robust and better equipped to serve South Apopka
The tragedy of segregation, Jim Crow, low-paying jobs, and lack of opportunity demands the best answer possible for South Apopka. Residents deserve equitable government services and equal opportunities.  
Bees, bats, and first-time homebuyers are back! UF/IFAS January classes start this week
UF / IFAS Extension has their January selections ready to help you make a positive start to 2021. Classes range from beekeeping to diabetes prevention, and so much more.
Orange County utilities detects historic increase in coronavirus remnants
Data from Orange County Utilities shows that the Omicron variant, first detected in the county in early December, has rapidly become the most dominant version of the virus.

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Orange County updates: COVID testing, rolling positivity rate, emergency rental assistance
Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings shared today updates on COVID-19 stats, tests available and testing sites, emergency funds still available to help tenants, and more.
CERT program trains Orange County residents to respond to disasters
CERT is a national program guided by FEMA that educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in disaster response skills.
Newest COVID-19 variant likely spreading as positivity rate at AdventHealth Centra Care triples
AdventHealth's Centra Care positivity rate has proven to be a predictor of an increase in hospitalized cases during previous surges.
Monitoring COVID: Wastewater Surveillance is an Effective Method
Orange County continues to remain diligent as it monitors for upticks and downswings in COVID-19 rates, including any of the virus’s new variants. Since May 2021, the County has been actively …
Concerns over school overcrowding return to Apopka City Council
Natura Vista is a development company based in Maitland that would like to bring a 45-unit apartment complex to Apopka. The subject properties are approximately 3.05 acres and are located south of Wilkins Street and east of West Orange Blossom Trail.
Substantial amounts of Omicron variant found in all three Orange County Water Reclamation facilities
On Monday, Orange County Utilities released the news that the Omicron variant was found after preliminary tests were conducted for the National Wastewater Surveillance System program.
Following federal scrutiny, state education officials returned $878,000 to Orange County and other school boards
The return of the money came at a time when the state’s education department was under scrutiny by the U.S. Department of Education over potential violations of federal education laws.
Wolf Lake principal releases statement about school shooting in Michigan
In its weekly newsletter, Wolf Lake Middle School Principal Cynthia Haupt released a statement about the school shootings at Oxford High School in Michigan last week.
Driving tours born of necessity during COVID-19 lockdowns still hold value
When COVID-19 kept us all indoors, District 2 Commissioner Christine Moore wanted to help break up the monotony. She researched and created five different driving tours, including in Apopka!
Mayor Demings launches the 11th Annual Orange County Toy Drive
Since its first event in 2011, the Orange County Mayor’s Toy Drive has collected and distributed more than 56,000 toys to Orange County, helping residents in need.
No more anonymous code complaints: Orange County adjusts to new state law
If you are affected by a County code violation and wish to report it, you may not be able to do it anonymously anymore, thanks to a new state law.
Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings announces launch of Bizlink Orange
Learn about an innovative online platform that will seamlessly connect Central Florida entrepreneurs and small business owners to business assistance organizations in over 50 languages.
Food for Thought: Second Harvest gives the community a look inside its facilities
“Food for Thought” virtual tour participants will be given an inside look at the food bank’s active warehouse and distribution center via Zoom.
Fighting the tegu spread to protect Florida’s wildlife, natural areas requires sustained multiagency efforts
Argentine black and white tegus have spread and established populations in and around Florida at a rapid and growing rate demonstrating critical implications for native wildlife, numerous natural areas, and even restoration efforts for Everglades National Park.
Why Wekiva Springs Rd. residents say winning Corridor of the Year was a labor of love
Four independent judges traveled Apopka and Orange Co. roads in October looking at subdivision entranceways for a winner, and found closer neighbors and safety, too.