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Sprouts Farmers Market opening in Apopka on Friday
Sprouts Farmers Market will open the doors to its new Apopka store at 2283 East Semoran Boulevard in Apopka. at 7 a.m. Friday, May 20th-22nd.
Public Comments Ordinance: Decorum? Or will democracy die on our watch?
I am not one to sound alarms pointlessly, so you can trust me when I tell you that it is time to pay close attention to the business that is taking place in the Council Chambers at Apopka City Hall
Baptiste Orthodontics building long-lasting relationships with patients and the community
Baptiste Orthodontics has formed long-lasting relationships with the community we serve by partnering with over 40 public schools and community groups in Orange County.
AAA: Florida gas prices reach new record highs
This beats the previous record of $4.38 per gallon, set back in March (soon after Russia invaded Ukraine). Before this year, the record high was $4.08 per gallon, which was set back in 2008.
APD asking for help in locating missing Apopka teenager
The Apopka Police Department is asking for help in locating a missing Apopka teenager. Hailey Michaels was last seen wearing torn jeans, an unknown color crop top shirt and a black hooded …
Local News
A first: Scientists from the University of Florida grow plants in soil from the Moon
Scientists at the University of Florida are the first to grow plants in soil from the Moon. They used soil collected during the Apollo 11, 12, and 17 missions.
Grocery items with the greatest price increase in April
Stacker analyzed the Consumer Price Index released on May 11, 2022, to determine which common grocery store items saw the largest price increases in April. 
The Race for 39: Orange County Republican Chair enters election
The race for 39 is getting crowded. Charles Hart, the Orange County Republican Party Chair, became the third Republican candidate and fifth candidate to enter the House District 39 race. There is …
In just the first five months of 2022, 17 journalists have died, including seven in Ukraine since the Russian invasion. Since 1992, 1,443 have been killed.
Winn Dixie estimates that one purchased reusable bag will be used at least six times per year and that each time a reusable bag is used it equates to five single-use bags that are not used.
Business
7 Unique Skills to Create Your Next Career Move in Florida
There is a lot that can be changed and improved to give yourself a better chance of taking your career further. This article identifies how to do this in 7 key ways.
Which grocery items had the most significant price changes in March?
The March report from the Consumer Price Index data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reflects the most severe impacts of the global disruptions in energy and food markets caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce launches charitable foundation
On April 25th, the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors unanimously approved the mission statement for its launch of a foundation.
Thousands of trucking positions are open across the state, per the Florida Trucking Association, while the country’s trucker shortage is contributing to ongoing supply chain issues.
Florida’s housing market in March and 1Q 2022 showed the impact of rising mortgage rates, increased home prices and a shortfall of for-sale supply, with fewer closed sales compared to a year ago.
Natural gas is an odorless, combustible mixture of simple hydrocarbon compounds, usually found deep in underground reservoirs. In its natural state, it is the cleanest-burning fossil fuel.
Jackson's program has led to residents across Florida finding themselves a safe place to work through their hardships. For the 53,000 people who call Apopka home, this ranch may be the perfect place to saddle up for their next adventure.
Health

What is fentanyl and why is it behind the deadly surge in US drug overdoses?

Physicians like me have seen a rise in unintentional fentanyl use from people buying prescription opioids and other drugs laced, or adulterated, with fentanyl.

Take precautions while enjoying water activities during the summer months

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County encourages everyone to take a role in preventing injuries, drownings, and illnesses caused by germs in the water.  

Wastewater monitoring took off during the COVID-19 pandemic – and here’s how it could help head off future outbreaks

Wastewater surveillance takes advantage of the fact that many human pathogens and products of human drug metabolism end up in urine, feces, or both.

A call to action: CDC, Department of Health urging parents to immunize infants for vaccine-preventable diseases

National Infant Immunization Week is a yearly observance highlighting the importance of protecting children two years and younger from vaccine-preventable diseases.

The surprising afterlife of used hotel soap and how an Orange County-based nonprofit is on a mission to repurpose it

Soaps are the single most-utilized amenity at hotel chains: 86% of guests who stay at a hotel for 1-2 nights use them, handily outranking other popular offerings.

COVID causing more type 1 diabetes in kids, with days revolving around blood sugar levels

Hundreds of thousands of Americans have died, while the millions who survived, now faced with disability, are left to grapple with the harsh realities of long COVID-19.

UCF medical students team up to provide care at Apopka Farmworkers Clinic

The Apopka Farmworkers Clinic had paused, reduced capacity, and transitioned services to virtual care due to concerns about COVID-19 transmission.

What is palliative care? How is it different from hospice?

When patients and families are introduced to a palliative medicine physician, it's common to hear things like, “Does this mean I am dying?” or “I am not ready for hospice.” This article will help explain the difference between hospice and palliative medicine.

HCA Florida Healthcare offering new statewide nurse consultation line

From burns, rashes, sprains, GI concerns, and migraines to neurology and heart conditions, nurses can address a wide range of adult and pediatric issues.  

CDC study: Heart problems more likely to occur after COVID infections rather than vaccines

Heart complications have been increasingly connected to people who have contracted COVID-19, but other heart problems have been tied to the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. Here's the difference.

Community Health Centers receives grant for behavioral health services expansion in Apopka

The grant from AdventHealth will be distributed to programs that address regional health challenges including homelessness and access to mental health services.

Police have seen a surge in DUI cases; here's why

In many states, Florida among them, police have seen a rise in DUI arrests. This may seem like a minor problem, but the damage caused by drunk drivers can ruin people's lives.

Government
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police Department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles.   
Rep. Val Demings of the Florida 10th District (which includes Apopka) announced a new federal program created under the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
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 9th.
Affordable housing. It's one of the building blocks for a strong economy and the gateway for a local workforce to get ahead of the economic curve. 
As the school year winds down and summer vacations commence, drivers need to be extra cautious and should expect more people biking and walking as residents enjoy local trails.
Commissioner Smith speaks loudly at Apopka City Council meeting
Apopka City Commissioner Alexander H. Smith is typically soft-spoken and quiet on the City Council. But at its May 4th meeting, Alexander spoke loud and clear during the City Commission reports.
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 April 30th.
Demings delivering $1.5 million check to Apopka for water tank
Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) on Thursday, May 5th at 6:00 am will present the City of Apopka with $1.5 million in federal funding for a new water storage tank.
Education
Goodwill Industries of Central Florida recently announced a prepaid tuition program that will cover the cost of college or vocational school for its employees.
The iPromise Garden project has taken Apopka by storm, starting with famous TikTok personality and gardening enthusiast Marcus Bridgewater, @gardenmarcus, taking the pledge.
Re-imagine Communities is on a mission to advance equity by empowering the underserved and at-risk youth of Central Florida, with a large focus in Apopka. Through mentoring and coaching, education …
Local residents, LaKeda Jones, and Antonio Medeiros received their Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelors of Business Administration – Marketing degrees (respectively) from WGU.

UF/IFAS receives $1 million grant to engage low-income students in geomatics

The National Science Foundation has awarded the geomatics faculty at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) a grant to boost enrollment of talented low-income students.
Wekiva High School wins multiple awards at Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association competitions
Throughout the weekend, ProStart students competed in categories including Culinary, Management, Edible Centerpiece, and Waiter’s Relay.
Goodwill hosts free webinars aimed to help job seekers with their search
Goodwill Industries of Central Florida understands how tough looking for a job can be! That's why they're kicking off March with practical and insightful webinars to help you be more effective in your search.
Wekiva Pop Warner Football and Cheer Association launches early signup campaign this Saturday in South Apopka
The Wekiva Pop Warner and Cheer season will kick off on August 1st, but practices start during spring break and summer, three days a week at Wheatley Park from 5-7 pm.
Opinion

Becker did more than collect data for the Apopka City Council

It's human nature to assess people based on a prominent characteristic, label them, and put them in an easy-to-sort box. It's called pigeon-holing, and it usually is a far cry from an accurate description of a person.
The subject of this struggle is a sweet slice of Central Florida’s landscape known as Split Oak Forest Wildlife and Environmental Area. It’s owned by you, the Florida taxpayer.
The Apopka City Council, at its April 6th meeting, passed Resolution #2022-14, which makes April 10th Florida Gopher Tortoise Day in Apopka. 
A good community is a safe, cohesive, confident, prosperous, and happy place to reside. Rock Springs Ridge, no doubt, started out as a great community.
A connection formed through music and events rings loud and clear in Apopka
The City of Apopka has recently begun hosting a series of concerts through community event partners that feature artist categories that one would have only imagined showing up on their TV screen.
Reducing net-metering guts rooftop solar in Florida
Last week, the Florida Senate passed a bill 24-15 that has been criticized by distributed solar advocates as an attempt to gut rooftop solar in the state.
Happy Gopher Tortoise Day Apopka - now hit the road
The swap includes the 51-acre parcel on Kelly Park Road called the Gopher Tortoise Conservation Area. Except, unlike a proclamation for Gopher Tortoise Day, the 51-acres is under a conservation easement with the FWC FOREVER.
Analysis: Why Nelson won the 2022 Apopka Mayoral Election
It's been seven days since the 2022 Apopka Mayoral election concluded, but many will analyze its outcome for years to come. It was the closest election in Apopka since former Commissioner Sam Ruth defeated former Commissioner Linda Laurendeau.
Nelson vs. Becker: The Apopka Mayoral Debate - all in one place
In this three-part series, The Apopka Voice  takes a look at every aspect of this fascinating debate. Here are all three parts, and the preview of the debate - all in one place.
Bonus Content

Do you know what’s in your water? 10 reasons why water quality matters

(BPT) - Water is one of the most essential resources on the planet. Whether you know it or not, almost everything you do, use or consume relies on water. Simply having access to water isn’t …

10 years of wishes: How a popular family attraction helps grant wishes for kids facing critical illness

(BPT) - The pandemic has disrupted a lot of lives, and among those disruptions has been the removal of access to many forms of comfort and entertainment loved by the kids who need them the most. …

4 Outdoor Home Improvement Projects to Tackle this Summer

(BPT) - When you think of summer cleanup, you likely picture decluttering and deep cleaning your indoor spaces. However, your outdoor spaces need just as much attention as your home’s interiors …

Enjoy summer celebrations without making a dent in your wallet

(BPT) - As summer approaches, so does celebration season, which can mean gathering with friends and family for graduation parties, a fun-filled day celebrating the father figure in your life or BBQs …

A One-of-a-Kind Lifeline: A First Responder's Kidney Health Journey

(NewsUSA) - Like the more than 25 million first responders in the United States, Jeff Cooper, a former deputy in the Broward County Polygraph Unit, took an oath to protect and serve his community. …

Spring Shopping For Yard Equipment: Things To Know

(NAPSI)—Warm weather is here, and you are ready to get outside and make your yard both beautiful and functional. Maybe you’re aiming to have the best yard on the block, want to install an outdoor …

Want to green your home? The many eco-benefits of modern electric fireplaces

(BPT) - Interest in green home improvements continues to soar as people look to make their properties more eco-friendly and comfortable. One top trend of the year is adding a modern electric …

Top 6 resources to help pay for college

(BPT) - If your child is college bound, you probably have questions — including how to pay for their higher education. What may …