Set your calendars, as this is a big deal for Apopka!

Longtime Mayor John Land and City Commissioner Joe Kilsheimer are going head-to-head in an upcoming runoff.

Land has been in office for more than 60 years. On Tuesday, April 8, the 93-year-old incumbent will be facing his biggest challenge in recent years as he goes up against Kilsheimer.

Voters can cast their ballots Tuesday at the Apopka Community Center and VFW Post 10147, located at 519 S. Central Ave.

Apopka candidate drops out; Dean re-elected

Apopka City Council candidate Brantley Thomas Jr. has dropped out of the race for Seat 1, handing the election to incumbent commissioner Billie L. Dean, the only African-American member of the elected board.

Thomas, an Air Force veteran who volunteers at the Orlando VA Medical Center, cited his intention to “pursue other citizenry interests” but offered no other details in his written notice to city officials.

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Apopka airport targeted as future aviation center

The dogfight over the Orlando North Airpark has ended.

After objections from bird enthusiasts, neighbors and some government leaders, the West Orange Airport Authority has decided against trying to turn the small airfield on Jones Avenue into an aviation center comparable to Orlando Executive Airport or Leesburg International Airport.

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Apopka race team finishes 2nd in Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH — Twenty-four hours all came down to an eight-minute trophy dash Sunday as the Action Express Daytona Prototype Chevrolet Corvette, driven by Joao Barbosa, took the team’s second Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, finishing about a second and a half ahead of another Corvette DP, the Apopka-based Wayne Taylor Racing car driven to the finish by Max Angelelli.

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Robert Thomas, Apopka 2014 RB vs South Dade 2014 8A state finals

South Dade Defense vs Apopka in 2013 8A state finals

3754 Ocoee Apopka Rd, Apopka, FL 32703

Girls soccer: Apopka trumps Dr. Phillips in 5A-4 semifinal

Lauren Green and Haley Coburn each scored twice to lead Apopka (14-2-4) to a 4-0 victory over Dr. Phillips in a Class 5A, District 4 girls soccer semifinals at Apopka.

The Blue Darters will host West Orange (18-2) in the district final Friday night, who advanced after defeating Olympia 5-1.

Read more at http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/blogs/varsity/os-girls-soccer-apopka-trumps-dr-phillips-in-5a4-semifinal-20140116,0,1701379.post

Memorial garden created for K-9 officers in Apopka

This Saturday in Apopka, law-enforcement officers and elected officials from throughout Central Florida are expected to attend the dedication of a memorial garden for those who’ve given their entire working lives to protecting and serving others: members of local K-9 units, aka police dogs.

Read more at http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/blogs/change-the-world/os-k9-officers-memorial-garden,0,4793657.post

Apopka’s Anthony Ellis, Lake Brantley’s Noah Oliver commit to Charleston Southern

Charleston Southern gained two more Orlando-area players this past weekend when defensive linemen Anthony Ellis of Apopka and Noah Oliver of Altamonte Springs Lake Brantley committed to the Football Championship Subdivision school during a visit to the school.

Read more at http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/blogs/recruiting/os-anthony-ellis-noah-oliver-charleston-southern-20140116,0,3254160.post