Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSapopkaHailNational Weather ServiceThunderstormsWinds Previous articleInspire Centre Opens its Doors to Christian HELP in ApopkaNext articleWhat’s So Good About Good Friday? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Weather Alert for ApopkaFrom The National Weather ServiceTHUNDERSTORM IMPACTNUMEROUS SHOWERS AND SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP ACROSS THE APOPKA AREA THIS AFTERNOON. STORMS WILL MOVE EAST TO NORTHEAST UP TO 20 TO 25 MPH TOWARD THE EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA COAST AND EVENTUALLY OFFSHORE INTO THE EVENING.A FEW STRONGER STORMS ARE EXPECTED WITH THE MAIN THREATS BEING FREQUENT CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING…STRONG WIND GUSTS UP TO 40 TO 50 MPH AND SMALL HAIL. HOWEVER AN ISOLATED THREAT FOR SEVERE STORMS WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE…PRODUCING LOCALLY DAMAGING WIND GUSTS AND LARGE HAIL.FLOOD IMPACTA FEW STRONGER STORMS WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL UP TO 2 TO 3 INCHES THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. THIS WILL LEAD TO MINOR FLOODING OF ROADWAYS AND POOR DRAINAGEAREAS. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here
A Tallahassee judge delivered a blow on Friday to Florida’s standardized testing scheme, telling state and local school officials that report cards and classroom participation can be used as an alternative when parents opt out of testing.Judge Gievers granted a temporary injunction allowing some third graders to be promoted where school districts did not allow “a teacher-compiled portfolio that consists of non-test class work and test-based standards assessments.”The state had argued that allowing students to opt out of standardized tests would undermine the Jeb Bush-era focus on testing, while the parents claimed that the law allowed for promotion decisions to be based on report cards and actual classroom participation.Judge Geivers sided with the parents, finding that the Department of Education and the Hernando County School Board violated the law when they illegally refused to provide any portfolio option and that “neither the [Department of Education or local school boards] have the discretion to ignore the Florida Laws.”Gievers ruling defined what “minimal participation” is by stating that “the children were present at the time, broke the seal on the materials and wrote their names, thus meeting their obligation to participate.” In addition, she wrote: “The School Board and [Department of Education] had no right to ignore the legislatively adopted portfolio option” and ordered the Hernando County School Board to “immediately refrain from further actions and must provide the portfolio option.” She ordered education officials “to stop refusing to accept a student portfolio or report card based on classroom work throughout the course of the school year.”“We are very pleased that the court agreed with us that it is in the public interest that the State Board of Education and school districts in Florida follow our laws, and focus on whether children can read, not whether they took a particular test,” said Andrea Flynn Mogensen, lead counsel for the children. “We are especially pleased that it was specifically ordered that the Department of Education must accept minimal participation in testing as fulfilling the student’s statutory requirement to participate, and that grade 3 students with no reading deficiency should be promoted, not retained.”Use this link view a copy of the ruling. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSOCPSOrange County Public Schools Previous articleCity Council schedules special meeting for KaBoom! grantNext articleFitzpatrick blends experience with a passion for teachers Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter
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LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSEaster Previous article4 Ways to Make Extra Money by Using Social MediaNext articleEaster Recipe: Dr. Pepper Glazed Easter Ham Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Typically, you may think of Easter egg decorating as a kids only craft. But we scoured everyone’s favorite arts & crafts site (Pinterest) and found some easy Easter Egg decoration ideas for everyone in the family (including the adults!) Any of these would make for a great weekend craft with the family! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate My Mama was notorious when it came to hiding the Easter eggs out in our yard. She would put them in the darn hardest places to locate. I wouldn’t find a lot of the dyed eggs until about a month or so later, and they would be inside tree hollows, and hard places like that, as she would forget herself where she hid them. What was she thinking? It was okay though, because I have never really liked eggs, to eat, anyway. I see parents just laying them on top the grass, and they call that hiding them? I received live little colored chicks for Easter, and real Easter bunnies too, always white ones with pink eyes, before parents were instructed not to give such live animals as gifts for Easter. We lived out in the country, where we could have them. Also got some ducks that followed me around everywhere, even when they got fully grown. I’d have my little bathing suit on, sitting in my little kiddy pool, and my big ol’ white ducks would be right in there with me in the water, I would be clinging on to them, and all would be right, and wonderful in the world! Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Mama Mia March 31, 2018 at 12:01 am Reply The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 1. DoodlesForget the dye and keep things simple by using a Sharpie to decorate eggs. See instructions here.2. Watercolor EggsThese are super pretty and only require dye or food coloring, plastic spoons and vinegar. Over a baking dish, you drip the dye onto your egg using a spoon and create a wonderful swirling pattern. Get all the instructions here.3.Paper Napkin/Tissue Paper EggThis is so simple. You use a printed paper napkin or tissue paper and glue it to your egg using mod podge. You can cut them into any shape you want. Get more instructions here.4. Natural Embellishments EggYou probably have everything you need to make these eggs in your home or in your yard! Take your family on a nature hike and pick your favorite flowers and simply grab some string or twine and tie around your egg. Simple and oh-so-chic!5. Tattoo Easter EggsThese are so much fun and not messy! Drop by The Dollar Store and pick up some temporary tattoos (they stick to a hard boiled egg just like skin). Cut and carefully adhere them to the egg. 1 COMMENT Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
I hope everyone had a nice Easter, and oh, by the way, congratulations Gene Knight on your award you received at the Elks! Reply April 1, 2018 at 10:38 pm Mama Mia Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! April 1, 2018 at 10:02 pm TAGSApril 1stApril Fool’s DayOrson Welles Previous articleCats: Too good to be trueNext articleHappy Easter! Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR April 1, 2018 at 9:39 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here Reply We went the other day to the opening of the Walmart Neighborhood Grocery there at Balmy Beach and 436. I notice they have fencing between the County Line Lake and the parking lot. That is a good thing, otherwise people would be running the grocery carts off into the lake, like they used to do at Pearl Lake, when Winn Dixie was in there years ago. I like the coke vending machine up front….the guy told me to give the coke vending machine a hug, and I looked at him funny, and he told me to go ahead and hug it, so I did, and out came a can of coke. I thought that was a cute promotion! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. April 1, 2018 at 10:16 pm I like the photo above of the computer keyboard that spells out April Fool. I have worn the letters off of so many of my keyboard buttons. Best Buy geeks freak out when they see that, but I don’t care, I type from memory, not chicken peck. I don’t worry about the dust, or the cat scratches either, but they freak out….lol Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Reply From The History ChannelOn this day in history, April 1st, 1700 English pranksters begin popularizing the annual tradition of April Fool’s Day by playing practical jokes on each other.Although the day, also called All Fools’ Day, has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, its exact origins remain a mystery. Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and hoaxes. These included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as “poisson d’avril” (April fish), said to symbolize a young, easily caught fish and a gullible person.Historians have also linked April Fools’ Day to ancient festivals such as Hilaria, which was celebrated in Rome at the end of March and involved people dressing up in disguises. There’s also speculation that April Fools’ Day was tied to the vernal equinox, or the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere when Mother Nature fooled people with changing the unpredictable weather.April Fools’ Day spread throughout Britain during the 18th century. In Scotland, the tradition became a two-day event, starting with “hunting the gowk,” in which people were sent on phonyAliens attack earth!errands (gowk is a word for cuckoo bird, a symbol for a fool) and followed by Tailie Day, which involved pranks played on people’s derrieres, such as pinning fake tails or “kick me” signs on them.For the complete article on Welles, go here……That Orson Welles hoax just never gets old.In modern times, people have gone to great lengths to create elaborate April Fools’ Day hoaxes. Newspapers, radio and TV stations and Web sites have participated in the April 1 tradition of reporting outrageous fictional claims that have fooled their audiences. In 1957, the BBC reported that Swiss farmers were experiencing a record spaghetti crop and showed footage of people harvesting noodles from trees; numerous viewers were fooled. In 1985, Sports Illustrated tricked many of its readers when it ran a made-up article about a rookie pitcher named Sidd Finch who could throw a fastball over 168 miles per hour. In 1996, Taco Bell, the fast-food restaurant chain, duped people when it announced it had agreed to purchase Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell and intended to rename it the Taco Liberty Bell. In 1998, after Burger King advertised a “Left-Handed Whopper,” scores of clueless customers requested the fake sandwich.For the REAL article on April Fool’s Day, go here. I think this is the first year, in a long time, that my husband didn’t remember to April fool me. I guess because it was Easter…..lol My newspaper delivery person is April fooling both of us constantly, as we have to call constantly to the customer service, and report that we are not getting our newspaper, way too often. So again today, we didn’t get our Sunday newspaper. I said,” Okay, I’ll just go up to the Dollar Tree and buy one for a dollar, since it is Sunday’s edition.” I asked did they still sell them, and the cashier said “yes”, and showed them to me, and I was like, “where is the front page, you know, like the news, sports, and like, the local news?” She informed me that the newspaper is all ads, and coupons only, and I said, ” What?” “You have got to be kidding me!” She said that people buy them just for the ads and coupons….OMG, you know how I responded!….LOL Mama Mia I would say that I got April fooled today. We were at one of the Walmarts today, and I saw that they had the blood bank bus set up, and I thought I will donate blood, and then we will head on home. There were only two people ahead of me, and I was in that blood bus for over an hour and a half while my husband, and Joey Bo Bo Buttafucco waited outside in the heat, and the shade of some trees! My husband asked what took so long, and I said they were hooking up the blood needles to only one person at a time, even though they had several lounge chaises to lay on! They had the people there lying down, but waited until each person’s blood unit was completed before they hooked up another person to donate?????? I have never had it take that long to give blood even with more people ahead of me, in other donation places, but at least, I found out my blood pressure has come way down, and is now below the average/normal numbers that my doctor wanted me to achieve. Any of you ever had it take that long to donate, with that few people? April 1, 2018 at 10:43 pm Mama Mia Reply 5 COMMENTS Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Mama Mia Mama Mia
April 24, 2018 at 7:47 pm April 26, 2018 at 2:45 pm Mama Mia TAGSApopka City CouncilDecision Apopka 2018Oath of Office Ceremony Previous articleNelson, Nolan, and Smith start their City Council terms todayNext articleApopka Art and Foliage Festival coming this weekend Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR I want you, Mayor Nelson, Commissioner Nolan, and Commissioner Smith to watch this music video, as I am posting the song label, for you all to enjoy. I am posting it to you, to log onto, for your happy special day! Google: OFFICIAL Somewhere Over the Rainbow-Iz Kamakawiwo’ole……Hope you all enjoy, this is one of my favorites! Again, good luck, and congratulations, and I will see you all at the next council meeting! Please enter your comment! April 26, 2018 at 9:47 am I read the Orlando Sentinel article today about the unaccounted water woes and smart meter problems. No surprise to me. One thing about those smart meters is they save labor, having to get down on hands and knees, reading them with meter readers doing the job, but…..and this is a big but…..I hate to say it, but the guys in the water department hate the smart water meters in a way, as they break so easily, I think they complain about plastic parts stripping out on top easily, or something of that nature….that is what you get when you get “artificial intelligence” instead of “real intelligence”…..ha ha. Replacing people with machinery, “smart machinery” so they say….. the smart meters have been both a blessing and a curse! Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate April 26, 2018 at 10:00 am Mama Mia Oh, and about the RSR/Welch Road Regions Bank Branch closing for good, out there on Aug. 17th, 2018 at 2 pm…..if you have a safety deposit box rental, you need to move your belongings by Aug. 10th, 2018, as that is the last day to empty the boxes. You can transfer your safety deposit box to the other branch on 436, or one of the other Region bank branch offices, and they sent a coupon in the letter, to get a free safety deposit box rental for one year, if you have an existing box….oh, but be sure and bring your two keys and turn them in by Aug. 10th, 2018, and remove your contents, or else your box will be drilled out and the contents will be sent to the bank headquarters in Birmingham, AL, then if you don’t claim your property, it will be sent to the State of Florida, in accordance of the law, so says their letter…….DON’T FORGET…. who wants to drive to Birmingham for that errand?…lol April 24, 2018 at 7:59 pm They stated the doors of the VFW/Community Center opened at 11:30 for the swearing-in ceremony, but honestly, we got there about 11:40 and the place was packed full. We sat in the very back corner against the windows….if we were a few minutes later, I guess we would have gotten seats in the mop room……It was a lot of fun, hey, let’s find something else to celebrate, very soon, as this was FUN and let’s do a celebration again very soon! I am looking at the photos and don’t see my husband and me anywhere. I see that one photo of the three new public officials cutting the cake, and geesh, that brings back my memory to a time I stood there in a white dress with a cake cutter, cutting a cake with a hand over mine, many many moons ago, but you all’s day was about oaths not vows…..LOL Congratulations to all the new sworn in council members! Reply Mama Mia Mama Mia Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter April 26, 2018 at 10:11 am Reply Mama Mia Man, last night, Wednesday night, we were heading north on the 429, right about mile marker 26, heading home to Apopka, with my husband driving, and we were in the right lane, and at a slight curve, when all of a sudden my husband realized we had a driver heading right toward us, driving on the wrong side of the road!!! Talk about freaking out! I didn’t even see the car coming, as I was slumped down and looking at my cell phone. There was another car behind us in that very lane, the left lane, with the other car coming right head-on at him! The guy behind us swerved big time, into the lane behind us!……….. One time I was driving with my mom on the Beachline coming from the port, and I saw a van on the side of the road really blazing up on fire and I thought, OMG, I wonder if someone is inside!?! I had been driving along and kept seeing signs that said in an emergency dial * FHP….so that is what I immediately thought to do….well, I got FHP on the cell, and they told me to hang up, and dial 911. Last night that is what I did, called 911, and the dispatcher relayed my call over to the WGPD instead of the FHP….I try, I do….lol! Mama Mia After the wrong way driver passed by us in the left lane next to us, I got on the phone, and called 911 to report him, and said he was going to kill someone! I told the dispatcher where we were, and I didn’t know if the driver was confused somehow or impaired. I was reporting it, and we were driving on, went through the toll booth, and soon was next to the new Florida Hospital Apopka, and was telling them probably where the wrong way driver might be as of right then. They relayed my call to the WGPD, then said, “no”, it is FHP, and relayed the call on to them. All I have to say is BE CAREFUL on the 429, as we drive it all the time, and this was a first for us, but we have seen all kinds of things regularly! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Mama Mia April 26, 2018 at 9:33 am Mr. Smith goes to the City Council“Let me start by giving thanks to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who ordained this day. I thank God for Mr. Alonzo Williams, Jr. the 1st African American to serve on the Apopka City Council. Had there not been a first; there wouldn’t be a second or a third. To my Godfather, high school teacher, mentor and role model Mr. Billie Dean. Time will not permit me to say how thankful I am for your investment in my life. From coming to my mother’s house when I was in the fifth grade to give advice on my baby chicks that I had in my mom’s kitchen trying to keep warm; to my senior year in high school when you put me in your car and took me to Florida A & M University to attend college. Now just imagine; I, little old me; gets to sit in the seat where the two of you once sat. Thank you both for such a legacy! I can never forget those that paved the path for me to follow; I speak now of my grandmother, grandfather, mother and my father; who are all above looking down and smiling; (so my sisters say). They were instrumental in molding me early in life and I’m very appreciative. To my wife who has been supportive every step of the way. Allowing me to stay up late at night working on my campaign and taking off my glasses when I fell asleep. I hate to tell you, but a wise man once said: “don’t start something you’re not going to keep up” (there are more nights ahead). My family for all of their support from near and far. For their sacrifices and prayers along the journey.To Ms. Monique Morris, and you’ve heard me say it before; the hardest working Campaign manager/Treasurer this side of the Mississippi. For your commitment and dedication to this campaign! To the entire campaign team, thank you, thank you, and thank you for your time, talent and money. You remained focus and steadfast throughout the campaign. But remember as I have told you before, the task has just begun; don’t leave me now. To my Pastor, Rev. Dr. H.L. Dericho; thank you for believing in me, for your prayers and support all along the way. My church family; I love you and there is nothing you can do about it. My Dr. Phillips (High School) Family; you know our motto: “Never less than the Best”. Many of you know the story and I want to say thank you for your support and encouragement along the way. The journey is not over.Now to the most important individuals; the citizens of Apopka that I will serve. There are many of you that gave unselfishly of your finances to support me during the campaign. I will not begin to name you, but I want you to know that I’m appreciative for what you have done. There are those that supported me through the media in the paper or invited me to be on your talk show; what an experience! Pastors that allowed me to stand and speak to their congregations, I say thank you! I don’t take that lightly. Many of you have watched me from childhood, helped to nourish me into becoming the man I am today. My constant prayer is; ”Lord keep me humble, so you can use me in your service to others”.My pledge to be “a voice for all of the people” remains. No one individual can do this job alone. So, as I work along with and alongside our Mayor and fellow Commissioners; we will listen to your voices and grow our city in a responsible manner while maintaining the atmosphere that we all have come to love and the reason why we call Apopka home. We cannot stop growth, but we must be good stewards and manage growth to make sure the infrastructure is in place to support it. There is no such thing as a perfect city, but if we all come together as one and listen to one another we can get pretty close. Some of our citizens have been overlooked, taken for granted and even ignored too long. It’s time for us to embrace the true meaning of “One Apopka”. Every citizen has something to offer. Our city is rich in history and we have some of the proudest citizens you will find anywhere. Many hands, the lighter the load! A city divided against itself cannot stand. TEAM; leads to success!” April 26, 2018 at 9:29 am April 24, 2018 at 8:15 pm April 24, 2018 at 8:11 pm Please enter your name here I would have already posted from my laptop, but unfortunately our land line phone and internet connection has been out due to someone cutting the line by digging in our neighborhood. It has been out 2 days now, and still is not right, but useable for the internet, as of right now …our phone still has a loud roar in the phone line, and our phone shows up line in use, when it is not in use? If they don’t return tomorrow to work on it more, the next street over, I’ll have to contact the company and ask, “what is going on”??? The City Council Oath of Office Ceremony: Nelson, Nolan, and Smith begin their termsThe story of Apopka began a new chapter today.Before a capacity crowd of 500-plus friends, family, supporters, and elected officials, Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson, Commissioner Alice Nolan, and Commissioner Alexander H. Smith took their oaths-of-office to join Commissioners Doug Bankson and Kyle Becker on the Apopka City Council.The ceremony was held at the VFW/Apopka Community Center.After being sworn-in, each new Council member gave remarks to the crowd about their path to the City Council, and their hopes for the future of Apopka. Here are Nelson, Nolan, and Smith in their own words:Nelson became Apopka’s 24th mayor today “What a journey. I go back to my college days at the University of Florida where I met this lovely young lady who is now my wife. Growing up around the (Mayor John) Land family for decades I told them that what I wanted to do was come back to Apopka, marry a local girl, and I want to be an elected official somewhere. And so I needed to find an Apopka girl, but my wife is not from Apopka, she’s from Fort Myers and she had other thoughts about how that was going to turn out and she was right. We’ve been married for six campaigns and I couldn’t have done it without her. Someone in the room said if she had run against me I would’ve lost by 20 points.Many people have helped me in this campaign by waving signs and raising money, it’s just been an amazing journey and I couldn’t be more proud of them, but I’ll tell you, today I told people I didn’t perform like I should in the debate and the reason was I feel like there was pressure that you expected me to do a good job and I sure want to make you proud of me and I’ll need your help. I served in the state and county governments, but now it’s the real deal. You’ll see me at the local events, at McDonald’s and we’re doing a cleanup this weekend. I want to be available at all times and I want to be your mayor and I think we have an amazing commission, I couldn’t be more proud of the people I’ll be serving with. They have diverse backgrounds… we’ve got a great city Council. Please be patient. We’re going to get work get to work and we’ll make you proud of Apopka.”Nolan: “Apopka? Let’s get started working together”“Good Afternoon Apopka! You have heard the saying it takes a village to raise a child. These words could not be truer for my life. My mother, being a single mom of three made everything out of nothing. She put every superhero to shame. Her persistence to raise her children in a great community she valued help shape who I am today. As many of you know my family roots in Apopka run deep, my family settled in the Piedmont area in 1877. They continued to commit their lives to serve their community for seven generations. I was fortunate to grow up in a community with a rich history that valued its future generations. The many great leaders of Apopka such as the Lands, Arrowsmiths, Deans, Hoopers, Blackwelders, and Ustlers, and Love families and the many more that spent hours of their time and commitment into the future generations, I want to tell you thank you! We are here working in our community shaping it because of you. Here I am standing in front of the great citizens of Apopka to humbly serve “you the people”. I do not take this responsibility lightly, the many hours that those around me put into their community and the many hours I have worked side-by-side with them will only continue as I start my job as a public servant. I would like to thank every person who has helped me on my journey, who has given their valuable time, contributions and love. I especially would like to thank my mother, sisters, family, and friends for their support and many hours of sacrifice you made for me. I would like to thank my children for believing in me no matter what came across my desk and continues to come across my desk. Lastly… to my husband Joe, words cannot give justice for all you do for our family and community. Thank you for always being louder and more persistent than the doubts that crossed our path. And Apopka? Let’s get started working together! Thank you!” Mama Mia Mama Mia Reply Didn’t the police look oh-so-good in their dress uniforms?!!!! Reply 11 COMMENTS That cake at the swearing-in ceremony, was very nicely decorated, and tasted great too. I have been looking at the topper, which was the City of Apopka logo, and now I am wondering, was that created to be edible too? If that was Aunt Gingibread’s handiwork, OMG, that is fantastic, that she can create something like that, the City of Apopka logo, that is soooo beautiful, detailed, smooth, and absolutely perfect!!! I am truly wowed!!! The Anatomy of Fear Reply Reply Mama Mia Reply Reply Reply Reply April 26, 2018 at 6:24 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Mama Mia On another subject, the Regions branch bank at Rock Springs Road and Welch Road in Apopka, is closing their doors for good, as of Aug. 17th, 2018, and if you bank there, you can switch your accounts to one of the other Regions bank locations. The bank’s management, in corporate headquarters in Birmingham, AL, has decided that the closest Region branch, to this one on Welch Road, is the one on 436 in Apopka, and that it can serve both areas, instead of keeping both of the two branches open……I know a lot of the City of Apopka employees bank at the Rock Springs Road/Welch location. We got a letter from the bank, is how I know. Thought someone may not know……… Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
The Anatomy of Fear AAA GAS PRICE AVERAGES(Price per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline) National $1.817 $1.821$1.866$2.196$2.839$4.11 (7/17/2008) Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Click here to view current gasoline price averages Georgia$1.672$1.676$1.710$2.017$2.681$4.16 (9/15/2008) SundaySaturdayWeek AgoMonth AgoOne Year AgoRecord High Florida$1.815$1.818$1.850$2.119$2.753$4.08 (7/17/2008) Reply Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 2 COMMENTS TAGSAAAGas Prices Previous articleFlorida’s airports garner $900M in federal assistance to stay afloatNext articleLooking to buy a home in Apopka? These are the trends you need to know before you do Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! I remember when the gas was around four dollars a gallon, and the big V8s were killing us. Our truck, at that time, had a double sized tank on it, and we never kept it nowhere near full, in fact, I used to gripe at my husband for constantly running around on fumes, and telling him okay, if we run out of gas, ” I ain’t walking”…. LOL I am so happy to see the gas keeps coming down. The lowest I have seen around this area so far is $ 1.73 per gallon. I see where the Trump administration is giving billions to the Arabs, basically bailing them out, because their cash cow, the oil, is falling out, and those rich Arabs don’t know what to do…..oh well, glad the prices are dropping. I guess the only part of this article I don’t understand is why gas stock is up 10 percent? Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Mama Mia Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Mama Mia LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply April 21, 2020 at 2:06 am This lock down of having to pretty much stay at home, is so boring. The nights and days seem so long…..it drives me crazy. All I can lay in bed and think about is, of all the places I want to go, and things I want to do, an oversized bucket list, and yet, there is nowhere to go. I really don’t anticipate things ever being back to the so-called “normal” ever again, in this country. Some of the beaches are open again, but I never dreamed that you couldn’t sit on the beach, or lie down to sun bathe. It is so crazy! From what I am reading, when the restrictions are lifted, many of the chain grocery stores may opt to keep people from entering the building to shop! They may implement curb-side pickup, or home delivery only, to keep their store employees safe. I understand their concern, but I just can’t picture that happening! It is so depressing and crazy, and if that is the way it is going to be, then we have more freedom to go to the grocery stores right now, on lock down! And also, another crazy is the guy who is making masks out of python skins from the snakes caught in the Florida Everglades…..SMH! Gas Price Survey MethodologyAAA updates fuel price averages daily at www.GasPrices.AAA.com. Every day up to 130,000 stations are surveyed based on credit card swipes and direct feeds in cooperation with the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) and Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability. All average retail prices in this report are for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline. April 21, 2020 at 1:36 am By AAAFlorida gas prices dropped another 3.5 cents last week. In total, the state average has declined 60 cents in the past two months.Florida Pump Price Breakdown: Average price is $1.82 per gallon for regular unleadedLowest daily average price since March 201694% of Florida gas stations have prices below $2 per gallonThe lowest 10% of pump prices are $1.61 for unleadedHighest 10% of pump prices are $1.92 for unleadedMost expensive metro markets – West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($1.99), Gainesville ($1.99), Fort Lauderdale ($1.94)Least expensive metro markets – Jacksonville ($1.66), Punta Gorda ($1.69), Panama City ($1.70)“Gas prices continue moving lower as COVID-related state lockdowns keep Americans off the road, leading to lower demand for gasoline,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Nationwide, implied demand for gasoline has fallen nearly 60%. With fewer drivers on the road, refiners are reducing output. Crude oil prices sank to new lows last week, amid continued uncertainty of when conditions will return to normal. Meanwhile, wholesale gasoline prices remain at lows that could allow the state average to eventually sink to the $1.50s.”Oil and Gasoline Breakdown: Crude oil sank to the lowest price since January 2002The price of US crude oil settled at $18.27 per barrel on FridayOil production lowered 5% in the past two weeksRefinery activity declined 23% in the past two weeksGasoline stocks are up nearly 10% in the past two weeksGasoline production declined nearly 50% in the past monthFuel demand is down nearly 60% in the past monthFind Florida Gas PricesDaily gas price averages can be found at Gasprices.aaa.com State and metro averages can be found here