Apopka Commissioner Alexander H. Smith speaking at chamber event

first_img TAGSAdventHealth ApopkaApopka Area Chamber of CommerceApopka City Commissioner Alexander H. Smith Previous articleAnti-vaxxers appear to be losing ground in the online vaccine debateNext articleApopka police uncover large scale marijuana and drug operation Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR From the Apopka Area Chamber of CommerceJoin us for coffee and conversation at our next Morning Mingle -Breakfast & Learn on Tuesday, April 9th hosted by AdventHealth in Apopka. This month, each attendee will have an opportunity to network and hear from our guest speaker, our very own City of Apopka Commissioner Alexander Smith.This will be a fantastic opportunity to connect with one of our newly elected leaders, here in the City of Apopka, and we look forward to seeing you there!Where: AdventHealth – ApopkaDate: Tuesday, April 9, 2019Time: 7:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.Location: 2100 Ocoee Apopka RoadApopka, Florida 32703About Commissioner Alexander Smith Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! 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 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here Commissioner Smith’s is an Apopka native that blood runs blue for our very own Apopka High School Darters. From a young age, Commissioner Smith began his days at 5 a.m. where he would work in the farming industry picking oranges, working in the citrus packing house, on the muck farm in Zellwood pulling corn, picking cucumbers and cutting cabbage. From there is walked to school. After school, he would go back to work and continued his work including firing orange groves at night.His first involvement with politics was when he attended his first City Council meeting as a ninth grader. Commissioner Smith notes that his visit made a lasting impression and inspired him to one day become one of Apopka’s City Commissioners. Furthermore, Smith continued to visit the City Council meetings which in turn help sculpt him for his future in the City of Apopka. He worked hard through high school and college. Smith received his degree in Agricultural Education with a minor in Horticultural Science from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). He then returned to Apopka after graduating and has been serving the Apopka community in many ways.Moreover, Smith was one of the founding board members and past President of AIA (Apopka Improvement Association), served two terms on the Orange County Board of County, one of the founding board members of the Billie Dean Community Garden, Past President of the Orange County Agriculture Teachers Association for more then 15 years and much, much more. It’s Commissioner Smith’s belief, in order to be a good leader, you must first be a good follower. He also believes that all men and women are created equal and regardless of our backgrounds or our walk in life that it takes those blended experiences to improve the quality of life for every individual. Who is Alexander Hendrix Smith? A man with a humble beginning! As a result, he is a humanitarian with a servant’s heart. He put others before himself. Having been a resident of the city of Apopka for the past fifty years he has always had a passion for the city. As a young man, his peers’ desire was to grow up and get out of Apopka. Not Alexander; his desire was to get an education and remain in Apopka to make a difference. He has seen the migrant city grow and become one of the fastest growing cities in Central Florida.Apopka City Commissioner Alexander H. Smith The Anatomy of Fear last_img read more

Event explores impact of faith on the elderly

first_imgThis week’s exploratory spirituality session, Spirituality Monday, took place Thursday and examined faith in the context of aging populations.Senior biology major Haley Koth shared her senior composition project research findings at the Saint Mary’s Center for Spirituality-sponsored meeting.  Caroline Genco | The Observer While religion is, “the active expressing of spiritual beliefs through traditions in an organized faith community,” spirituality is comprised of the “personal attitudes that come from belief in a higher power,” Koth said. They are considered separate from but can include religion, she said.Koth sought to relate the two distinct terms with the help of 23 sisters from Saint Mary’s Convent and 17 residents of Holy Cross Village, a senior living community. All participants but one identified as Catholic; one individual was Protestant, Koth said.“I set up meetings with people who demonstrated interest,” Koth said. “We discussed the benefits and the risks and the confidentiality and objectives of the study.”With the information from residents aged 60 through 100, Koth began to research the possible correlation between spirituality and health through a survey. The survey consisted of three parts, health and well-being, religion and spirituality, and basic information questions.When she concluded and began to analyze her research, Koth said she discovered  “people who reported significantly higher levels of religiousness and spirituality also tended to report significantly higher levels of health and well-being.”Koth said it is important to note that “this [correlation] is their perception of their own health and it is not an actual measure of how healthy they are.”According to Koth, there have been more than 2,000 studies on religion and spirituality in the last four years.“In many studies the two are combined into the term religious spirituality,” she said.Koth said she conducted her research in a short time period and she wondered how the results would change if her study continued through a time span of multiple years.“It would be interesting to see whether a person’s spirituality fluctuates along with changing health over a period of time,” Koth said.Koth, a biology major with minors in chemistry and religious, has studied both fields and brought them together in her research.“I kind of look at religion and spirituality from a scientific type of standpoint,” she said.The next event in the Spirituality Mondays series will take place Monday in the Student Center. Jill Vihtelic, professor of business and economics, will discuss spirituality and global business.Tags: age, Center for Spirituality, Faith, saint mary’s, SMC, spiritualitylast_img read more

Trojan baseball has the tools for success

first_imgTrojan baseball is coming back to Dedeaux Field this Friday in a season that can go either way for the Trojans. On one hand, USC hasn’t had a winning season since 2015 and that losing culture may prevail inside the team’s locker room, if it does not start off strong. However, there is evidence suggesting that these Trojans have the potential to prove their doubters wrong and claim their first winning season since 2015. The bottom line? There are positives for USC baseball this season.The first positive for the Trojans is that they are all returning players — except for the first baseman — who played key roles last season.The middle infield is loaded with talent from players such as senior Brandon Perez, senior Chase Bushor and sophomore Ben Ramirez. Last season, Ramirez started off the campaign strong at shortstop, living up to the hype that surrounded him after he was drafted the year before. Nothing seemed to faze Ramirez, who hit lights out and made unbelievable plays in the field until he got injured. While he struggled to come back from the injury and play at the same elite level. Ramire proved his talent in his first few collegiate games.During Ramirez’s absence, Bushor stepped up and filled the gap at shortstop. After a few games, it became evident that it was Bushor’s spot to lose, as he not only fielded well but was also one of the most consistent batters on the team, despite starting the season as a backup. He finished the year second on the team with a .301 batting average.Brandon Perez is another player worth watching. While he didn’t bat very consistently last season, finishing only .237 on the year, he earned Gold Glove honors as the top defensive third baseman in the country. If he finds a better groove hitting the ball this season, the Trojans may have one of the best infielders in the Pac-12. His leadership on and off the field will be vital to the team’s success this season.Switching over to the outfield, junior outfielder Matthew Acosta has the potential to become a Pac-12 star this season. Acosta competes at an elite level with a powerful bat and great fielding ability. Last year, Acosta failed to find consistency in performances every game, but he still showed glimpses of his true potential. If head coach Dan Hubbs can find a way to bring out more consistency from Acosta, the Trojans will have a constant RBI threat that pitchers fear. Last season, Acosta finished with a .263 batting average and 26 RBI. Acosta is capable of being the team’s go-to player at the plate, but he will have to improve those numbers first.Moreover, there is room for improvement in pitching, and some of the Trojans have already shown glimpses of brilliance. Sophomore pitcher Kyle Hurt is a prime example of a player that promises to be one of the best pitchers not only in the conference, but also in the NCAA. The sophomore was drafted two years ago, but decided to forgo the draft and play college baseball for the Trojans. He had a turbulent year, finishing at 4-5 with a 4.76 ERA. However, during the season, he managed to pitch a no-hitter as a freshman in a Pac-12 game against Utah. Hurt reaches above 90 miles per hour with his fastball. If he can find more consistent control, Hurt can prove a challenge for opposing batters.In relief, junior pitcher Connor Lunn has the ability to take care of leads and close out games for the Trojans. Lunn was recently placed on the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association watch list for top relievers in the country. If the Trojans can find a way to lead late in games, they should be confident that Lunn can finish teams off with ease.The Trojans did lose some key players last season, including Dillon Paulson at first base, Lars Nootbaar in the outfield and Solomon Bates on the mound. Paulson and Nootbaar offered powerful bats and a home run threat every time they stepped up to the plate, and Bates was the Trojans’ best pitcher. However, the Trojans will come into the year with more starters who have collegiate baseball experience. If the Trojans can start the season strong and find their momentum, they will find success. However, the Arkansas series in the second week of the season could be an obstacle for USC. If they do well in that series, the team will prove that it may see a winning season once again.last_img read more

Vikings overcome stingy Mates to capture fourth straight Flag title

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsThe loss early in the season may have been a blessing in disguise for the Castlegar Vikings.Because ever since the defending champs dropped the opener the Vikes have been perfect, continuing the trend right on through to capturing the West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League title Sunday at Mount Sentinel Field.The Vikes overcame below zero temperatures, and a stingy Dam Inn Mates squad, to claim its fourth straight title with a 26-12 victory.The game was a rematch of the 2009 final won 16-4 by Castlegar.“Defence was clearly the key for us,” said Castlegar receiver/defensive back Steve Mota. “Our defence gave them nothing. (Dam Inn) had us first and goal twice and didn’t score.”After intercepting Dam Inn on the goal line late in the opening quarter with the game scoreless, the Vikes drove the length of the field. The long drive down the field was capped off in a major score when Castlegar quarterback David Kravski connected with John Lloyd from inside the red zone making it 7-0.
Castlegar then went up 14-0 when Mota intercepted a short pass before out running the Mates into the end zone for a pick-six.Dam Inn rallied back to close the gap as Griffin Augustine found the end zone for the Mates. However, the two-point conversion fell short keeping the Vikes in control.In the second half Jason Trower scored for the Vikes to increase the lead.Bryan Lauzon and Lloyd also had interceptions for Castlegar. Augustine had one of the two interceptions for Dam Inn.”Dam Inn was definitely our (toughest) competition,” Mota explained. “We had to come ready to play each and every time we played them. We match up well. Our go to guys made plays, their go to guys made plays.”Castlegar had an easy time advancing to the league final after the regular season champs disposed of Nelson Impact in one semi final.In the other contest Dam Inn Mates needed a late touchdown to knock off Hume [email protected]last_img read more

Insurgents kill dozens after crash detours traffic into roadblocks

first_img In the southern city of Basra, two American civilians were killed in a roadside bombing. They worked for the Texas-based security company DynCorp and were training Iraqi police. A third American was seriously wounded in the attack, the U.S. Embassy said. The killings occurred as a joint American-Iraqi investigation was under way to find Jill Carroll, the 28-year-old American journalist who was abducted Jan. 7 in Baghdad. The freelance reporter for The Christian Science Monitor was seen in a video aired Tuesday by Al-Jazeera television. Al-Jazeera said the silent 20-second video included a threat to kill Carroll in 72 hours unless U.S. authorities release all women detainees in Iraq. U.S. officials said eight women were in security detention and none had been freed as of Wednesday night. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – The horror began after American and Iraqi forces cordoned off part of a highway north of Baghdad following the deadly crash of a U.S. helicopter. With traffic directed onto narrow dirt roads, insurgents turned the area into a killing field. They set up makeshift checkpoints, grabbed motorists and slaughtered about 40 over a two-day period, police said. A local tribal leader, Mohammed al-Khazraji, told The Associated Press he saw “dozens of corpses” strewn over the ground Wednesday, victims of the insurgents’ culling. Two pilots died in Monday’s crash of the U.S. Army AH-64 Apache helicopter near Mishahda, 25 miles north of Baghdad. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Hundreds of people were detained by the militants and many were killed all because of a helicopter crash that killed two Americans,” al-Khazraji said. Thirty people were dragged from their cars Wednesday and shot dead execution-style in farming areas in Nibaei, a town near Dujail, about 50 miles north of the capital, said police Lt. Qahtan al-Hashmawi. “Most of the victims were Iraqi policemen, soldiers or commandos,” he said. An additional 11 men were killed in similar fashion Tuesday and dumped about a mile from Nibaei, said another policemen, Capt. Ali al-Hashmawi. The killings marked an increase in violence as authorities prepare to announce the results this week of the Dec. 15 election. U.S. and Iraqi officials expect more attacks as religious and ethnic groups jockey for power in the new government. last_img read more


first_imgTHIS is the ‘brilliant’ couple found murdered in their homes in Carndonagh this morning.Jimmy and Kathleen Cuddihy suffered a horrific death.They were in their 70s. Jimmy was a retired schoolteacher who was originally from Kilkenny but was very much local, having taught Maths at school and in later years.Kathleen was retired nurse who worked as a paramedic.Both were found murdered at their home shortly after 9am today. A man was arrested on the mountain road outside Carn later.He is still being questioned by Gardai in Buncrana. A pathologist and forensic experts remain at the home on the Buncrana Road in Carndonagh this afternoon.“They were just the most brilliant people,” said one neighbour.“We are struggling to come to terms with what happened to them.”Local councillor Martin McDermott summed up the mood in the town today.“There is a deep sense of shock and it will be some time before we all take this in,” he said. TRIBUTES PAID TO ‘BRILLIANT’ COUPLE FOUND MURDERED IN THEIR HOME was last modified: October 24th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Carndonaghmurderlast_img read more

Weather warning for Donegal tonight ahead of “severe frost”

first_imgMet Éireann has issued a weather warning for Donegal and 21 other counties as temperatures are forecast to drop to very cold lows tonight.Temperatures will reach as low as -4 degrees Celcius, bringing a “widespread severe frost with the risk of icy patches.”The Status Yellow weather warning will be in place from 8pm Sunday night to 9am on Monday morning. The Met Eireann report for Ulster this Sunday night says: “It will be dry and very cold tonight with some clear spells. A widespread, sharp frost will develop with lowest temperatures of +1 to -4 degrees, coldest inland. Some mist and fog patches may also form overnight in light, variable or easterly winds.”Donegal County Council gritters will be out on all main routes in the county from 7pm.The Donegal gritting route index as follows:06: Inishowen West04: Inishowen South01: National Primary North02: National Primary Central03: National Primary South07: Milford South08: Milford North09: Cill Ulta East10: Cill Ulta West11: Na Rosa12: Binswilly13: Stranorlar North14: Stranorlar East15: Stranorlar West16: Donegal West17: Donegal North18: Donegal South19: Donegal National Secondary05: Inishowen EastBT: Buncrana TownLT: Letterkenny TownWeather warning for Donegal tonight ahead of “severe frost” was last modified: November 18th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Land claimants eye eco-tourism

first_img12 July 2005A R150-million investment could turn a poor community of 5 000 households into one of the richest in Mpumalanga’s Nkomazi region.The Lugedlane community was recently given the 3 852-hectare Ludwichlust Farm, which is worth R24-million, after lodging a successful land claim.Now Sandton-based developers Hanrob CC and Associates are offering to turn the farm into a R150-million five-star eco-tourism destination, complete with two hotels, a golf course, 30 corporate lodges, 400 residential houses, a school, clinic, a resort on the Crocodile River and a community complex.“This project will contribute to achieving successful land reform in South Africa as a result of sustainable development of the land,” said Hanrob spokesperson Hennie Joubert.The farm borders the N4 highway and part of the Kruger National Park along a strip of the Crocodile River.“We want to make this development an international benchmark for best practice in effective community partnerships in the tourism sector,” Joubert said.Frank Lesenyego, spokesperson for the Mpumalanga Land Claims Commission, confirmed that the community had signed a memorandum of understanding with Hanrob.An initial investment of R50-million will kick-start the project later this year.Construction should be complete by 2009, and the entire project is then expected to generate profits in the region of R10-million a year.During construction, an estimated 4 020 jobs will be created. The total number of permanent jobs to be created is expected to reach 1 020.“Job creation, ploughing back resources and sustainable development are part of the philosophy of our company and part of the way we see our country moving towards broad based black economic empowerment in this successful tourist enterprise,” said Joubert.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Behind Enemy Lines: West Virginia Defense

first_imgWe already looked at WVU’s offense. Now let’s look at the driving force behind its 6-0 record thus far: A surprisingly elite defense halfway through the season.DefenseCoach Gundy mentioned Monday that the defense is “playing as good as anyone in the conference, maybe comparable to the top ten teams in the country defensively.” This unit will be Rudolph’s toughest test to date as they rank second in the league in scoring defense and is third in yardage allowed, holding the potent offenses of TCU and Texas Tech to just 27 combined points over the last two weeks.They uniquely run what’s called the 3-3-5 stack, with five defensive backs on the field. They’re very aggressive, blitzing a lot and throwing off opponents with how different the fronts look in a defense that’s uniquely built to slow down the spread attacks of today.One of the opportunities the Cowboys will have is when they blitz, they’ll often put their secondary in what’s called cover zero, leaving a lot of one-on-one matchups that appeal to the likes of James Washington, Jhajuan Seales and Jalen McCleskey. The trick will be getting Mason enough time to get the ball downfield, let’s take a look at who will be putting some pressure on him.The leader of the defensive front (and perhaps that side of the ball) is dominant end Noble Nwachukwu. All-Conference caliber end Nwachukwu leads the Mountaineers in sacks and has five tackles for loss and provides the consistency needed when you only have three down linemen. This season has seen nose tackle Darrien Howard emerge, leading defensive linemen with 23 tackles and four tackles for loss.     At linebacker, redshirt freshman David Long has surfaced after taking the starting spot from a redshirt senior in conference play as a very physical player that alters the opponent’s run game. Former walk on Justin Arndt leads the team in tackles and seems to be all over the field.The defensive backfield took a strong hit when it’s only returning starter (and who Coach Holgorsen called their best player) Dravon Askew-Henry was lost to injury before the season started. In stepped five new starters, some as junior college players (corner Rasul Douglas, safety Kyzir White), grad transfers (Antonio Crawford from Miami, Maurice Fleming from Iowa) and players who have been in the program for a good while (seniors Jarrod Harper and Jeremy Tyler).The rotation has been solid, good for fourth in the conference in pass defense. It’s going to take a big day from Rudolph and The President to give the Cowboys a fighting shot at pulling the upset against this secondary. OSU averages 41.1 points per game and should be their best challenge to date.Some keys to this game will be if the opportunistic Cowboy defense can force some turnovers against an offense that doesn’t turn over the ball often (only eight turnovers on the season, good for 20th in the country) and the Cowboys can keep pressure off QB1.Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman said it best that “OSU needs to protect Mason Rudolph. That’s the key to the game. WVU has a great blitz package. It runs a three-man line, so it can drop eight and confuse a QB. But it also can blitz from all kinds of places and confuse a QB. Rudolph is under the gun.” If Justice Hill and Chris Carson can take some pressure off of no. 2, that could go a long way. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more