TAGSDouglas Leadership InstituteGlo Smith Previous articleMayor’s Job Fair on WednesdayNext article3 Charged with Car Wash Burglaries Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Leaders of the Apopka Ministerial Alliance were introduced to The Douglass Leadership Institute’s “Turning The Tide” Initiative yesterday.The Douglass Leadership Institute (DLI), is a national education and public policy organization with representatives and groups in eight battleground states across the United States. DLI’s philosophy is based on the sanctity of life, the promotion of free market ideas and limited government.In attendance were Apopka pastors Doug Bankson, Hezekiah Bradford, and Darrell Morgan. Bankson is running for the Apopka City Commission Seat #3 against incumbent Sam Ruth and Alice Nolan.The “Turning the Tide” initiative is an eight-state outreach program that provides targeted events and specific training in 72 forums on the black family, criminal justice and economic renewal. The eight states are Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.Details about the Initiative were presented by Gloreatha “Glo” Smith. DLI’s Florida State Director. In 2014, Smith lost to Rep. Corrine Brown for the 5th District seat of the US Congress which then included a large portion of Apopka.“It was a great event,” said Smith. ” What was important is that we were able to share our vision with the pastors who can now go back to their congregations and fellow pastors and further our message.”DLI plans to return to Apopka between March and August to host a prayer breakfast and workshops that focus on the black family, criminal justice reform, and entrepreneurship. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply
Mama Mia These are the pitfalls you will want to avoidIt’s probably safe to say handing cash to Uncle Sam does not top the list of your favorite things. When it comes to filing taxes, making a small mistake can mean paying more taxes than you need to or forking over cash to cover penalties.Fortunately, there’s an easy way to make sure your tax return is mistake-free: just take a little extra time to double check your work. Here’s a closer look at the six most common tax-filing errors and tips to help you avoid making them.Mistake #1: Not reporting all income. Reporting your income is easy if your employer sends you a wage statement (called Form W-2) documenting what you made throughout the year. But what about the money you earned from any freelance work? Unfortunately, many people forget to report extra income from side jobs such as photography shoots, design projects and Etsy shops.How to avoid the error: Depending on how much you earned, you may receive an “information return” called Form 1099 from the institution that paid you. There are numerous 1099 forms that report different types of income earned during the year, but in some cases you may not receive the document. For example, if you earn less than $600 as a freelance writer, the institution is not required to send you Form 1099-MISC. However, you still need to include the amount earned in your total annual income so it’s important to keep your own records of each transaction.“To help accurately report your income, review last year’s return and match your income sources item by item,” says TaxAct Director of tax development, Mark Jaeger. “If you discover you haven’t received a 1099 for your work, last year’s return will serve as a reminder to ask about it. Keep in mind, all freelance or side-gig income is reported on Schedule C as part of your Form 1040.” Mistake #2: Mistyping bank accounts and personal information. Believe it or not, incorrect bank account numbers or personal information – like Social Security Numbers – is one of the main reasons tax returns are rejected. Using a nickname or a shortened version of your legal name also lands near the top of the list.How to avoid the error: Double – or triple – check any personal or bank account information before you submit your completed tax return. “If you need help figuring out account information, don’t be afraid to ask your bank for assistance,” Jaeger says. Mistake #3: Paying too much to file your taxes. Whether you tap a tax professional or choose a DIY tax provider that charges an arm and a leg for their product, paying too much to file your return is a mistake.How to avoid the error: Fortunately, filers have more affordable options to choose from. When looking for DIY options, do some comparison shopping. The leading tax preparation software providers offer similar features and benefits, but the price points can widely vary. In many cases, prices increase as the filing deadline nears. Look for a provider like TaxAct that not only offers a low price, but also guarantees your price won’t increase if you start your online return but wait to file later.Mistake #4: Not e-filing. While 91 percent of tax returns were e-filed in 2016, there are still filers who file a paper return. Going the pencil and paper route often means longer tax return processing times.How to avoid the error: Electronic filing (e-filing) is the quickest and most accurate way to file your tax return. In fact, the IRS typically processes e-filed returns within 48 hours. If you’re due a refund, you’ll get it quicker if you e-file and choose direct deposit.Mistake #5: Incorrect calculations. When the IRS receives your tax return, one of the first steps the agency takes is to check the figures to make sure they add up. Unfortunately, it’s easy to miscalculate numbers – especially if you’re in a rush or aren’t sure what to add or subtract.How to avoid the error: First, take your time and double check all numbers. Second, consider using DIY tax software so you don’t have to do the math on your own.Mistake #6: Using the wrong filing status. Choosing the wrong filing status, like Head of Household instead of Single, can have a great impact on your tax rates, the number of personal exemptions you can claim, your qualifications for certain tax deductions, credits and more.How to avoid the error: Before starting your return, review the five different filing statuses to help you select the one most appropriate for your tax situation. Carefully selecting the right one will help you feel confident you’re taking the right steps to maximize your tax outcome. TAGSFilingIRSTaxes Previous article10-minute healthy habits for 2017Next articleDepartment of Environmental Protection secretary resigns Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Reply Please enter your name here 1 COMMENT Or just do like our new president does with his income taxes…….. January 21, 2017 at 5:18 pm 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. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment!
UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 OMG my heart goes out to this poor lady employee as she must of been terrorized! It is getting to be like the wild wild west. I am thankful she was not hurt or killed, as well as no one else. Long ago we used to have a donut shop in town called Granny’s Donuts that was open all night long, right across in there south of Liggetts in that strip mall where there is a beauty salon now and a discount beverage store on the other end today. We also had a donut shop at Piedmont Plaza near where Hobby Lobby is today, but they were not open all night. Apopka Police did a great job apprehending this guy and hopefully they will find out the whereabouts of the other guy that got away. TAGSApopka Police Department Previous articleSullivan having “coffee and conversation” this month at the UCF Apopka IncubatorNext articleGoodbye Summer Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mama Mia Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Reply What a joke…..they are now going to be “reforming” the juvenile justice system in Florida. Or in other words,” going marshmallow soft” on them. Saw this on Click Orlando at 4:30 pm today. It is called, get this…”.Project No No”……a guy connected with the justice story on tv said quote ” just because something is illegal doesn’t make it a crime”…….can you believe that? They don’t want their juvenile sweeties records to tarnish them for the rest of their lives…..????? This is the problem now, they get away with everything and think it is a big joke. What is wrong with these decision makers in Tallahassee? It must be some of those with that “alternate thinking” that is plaguing our nation. I can just picture this little 2 year old toddler wanting a candy bar and Mommy saying” No No.”…..only thing is, these are much older, slicker, dangerous “thugs” who will shoot you and terrorize you in a NY minute, and laugh about it! The decision makers are going in the wrong direction on this reform. Things are bad enough now! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Updating Breaking News:Apopka police have 18-year-old Apopka man in custodyFrom the Apopka Police Department Public Information OfficeShots rang out at the Apopka Dunkin Donuts on Main Street this morning during an attempted armed robbery according to the Apopka Police Department.Robby G. Whittaker, 18 of Apopka, was arrested and charged with Attempted Homicide, Robbery with a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Carrying a Concealed Firearm, and Use of a Firearm during a Felony.Robby WhitakerToday at 5:04 a.m., The Apopka Police Department responded to 212 East Main Street, Dunkin Donuts, for an Armed Robbery, shots fired call. Upon arrival, an employee stated as she arrived to work she was approached by a male holding a handgun. He told her not to say anything, at which time she began screaming, and the male opened fire on her, firing three shots, narrowly missing. The male then fled the area on foot southeast towards the next door Waffle House. The employee was able to retreat into the Dunkin Donuts while another employee called 911.Upon arrival, APD officers observed two males running away from the area, and began to pursue them. A perimeter was quickly established and Orange County Canine, as well as a CHASE helicopter, arrived to assist. The perimeter and Canine track yielded negative results.Approximately five minutes after the perimeter was broken down, an APD officer located a male matching the description of the suspect on the Apopka Bike Trail, just south of 8th Street (approximately three blocks south of the scene). The suspect identified himself as Robby Whittaker Jr. and was in possession of a concealed firearm. After a positive identification by the employee at Dunkin Donuts, Whittaker was arrested.Whittaker has been transported to the Orange County Jail. Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Mama Mia Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 August 15, 2017 at 4:54 pm August 12, 2017 at 4:03 pm 2 COMMENTS Reply Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here
The Anatomy of Fear 1 COMMENT LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Claire,Thanks for the wonderful review, and we are so glad you enjoyed the movie. We are receiving requests for group tickets and theater buyouts everyday. Everyone here at Pure Flix is believing this movie will be extremely impacting…Kenneth AndersonPure Flix Alliance [email protected] Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Kenneth Anderson God’s Not Dead 2 Opens TodayBecause God’s Not Dead 2 opens today, The Apopka Voice is re-publishing our review from January. January 28, 2016 at 5:26 pm Please enter your name here Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! I attended a special screening of God’s Not Dead 2 this week at the Regal Cinemas Waterford Lakes Stadium 20 & IMAX in Orlando. The fictional drama reaches the big screen and the hearts of the audience as the film depicts Christian faith on trial, a drama all too unfortunate a reality for many believers today.A simple random act of kindness from a well loved and respected teacher Grace Wesley (Melissa Joan Hart) to one of her hurting students later leads this same student Brooke to ask a simple question about Jesus in an AP History class at Martin Luther King High School. Ms. Wesley states the historical facts about Jesus only to find herself removed from her teaching position and in an epic court case. The drama plays out through the lives of this all-star cast as they take a stand for God.God’s Not Dead 2 brings in real life heavy hitters into the courtroom drama. The writers cleverly weave in cast members from God’s Not Dead as well as some fresh new faces. God’s Not Dead 2 is a must see and leaves you wanting more with a jaw dropping teaser for God’s Not Dead 3. Take the kids to see this powerful movie on taking a stand for what you believe. God’s Not Dead 2 opens in theaters today.Tickets are available in many theaters, so be sure to click on the Theaters link and get your seats today. Also, you can get started on bringing your group of 25 or more to see the film when it opens by visiting God’s Not Dead official website. Get everyone from your church, youth group, or business involved and buy out a private show time. TAGSGods Not DeadGods Not Dead 2 Previous articleApopka Art & Jazz Festival Moving IndoorsNext articleAPD Chief responds to selective enforcement accusations Sheri Austin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
Please enter your comment! Your Memorial Weekend party isn’t complete without a sweet, summer treat and these strawberry desserts are some of our favorites.1. Strawberry Icebox CakeRecipe from Jessica on her Sprinkle Some Sugar blogIngredients:3 lbs strawberries, sliced1 14.4 oz box Honey Graham Crackers3 8 oz tubs Cool WhipInstructions:*Each Cool Whip layer uses one whole tub (besides the first thin layer).*Each strawberry layer uses about 1 lb of sliced strawberries.Spread a thin layer of cool whip in a 9×13 pan just to coat the bottom. Layer 5 graham crackers across the center of pan, then 2 more breaking them as needed to fit around the top and bottom edges. Spread a thick layer of cool whip ( just use the remaining cool whip from the first step) over grahams and top with a hearty layer of sliced strawberries. Place graham crackers on top of strawberries, then cool whip, then strawberries. Repeat the layers 1 more time (3 times total) and you should reach the top of the pan. I used 3 layers of each + the first thin layer of cool whip. You will finish with a layer of sliced strawberries.Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight until the graham crackers have softened completely. Serve chilled.2. Strawberry Country Cakeby Ina Garten, Food NetworkIngredients12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature2 cups sugar4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature3/4 cup sour cream, at room temperature1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zestStrawberry Country Cake1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract2 cups all-purpose flour1/4 cup cornstarch1/2 teaspoon kosher salt1 teaspoon baking sodaFor the filling for each cake:1 cup (1/2 pint) heavy cream, chilled3 tablespoons sugar1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and slicedDirectionsWatch how to make this recipe.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.Butter the bottom of two 8-inch cake pans. Then line them with parchment paper and butter and flour the lined pans.Cream the butter and sugar on high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy. On medium speed, add the eggs, 1 at a time, then the sour cream, zests, and vanilla, scraping down the bowl as needed. Mix well. Sift together the flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking soda. On low speed, slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and combine just until smooth.Pour the batter evenly into the pans, smooth the tops, and bake in the center of the oven for 40 to 45 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then remove to wire racks and let cool to room temperature. If using 1 cake, wrap the second well and freeze.To make the filling for one cake, whip the cream, sugar, and vanilla in a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until firm. Slice one of the cakes in half with a long, sharp knife. Place the bottom slice of the cake on a serving platter, spread with 1/2 the whipped cream and scatter with sliced strawberries. Cover with the top slice of the cake and spread with the remaining cream. Decorate with strawberries.3. Strawberry-Lemon Shortbread Barsby Southern LivingIngredients2 cups all-purpose flour1/2 cup powdered sugar3/4 teaspoon lemon zest, divided3/4 cup cold butter2 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened3/4 cup granulated sugar2 large eggs1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice1 cup strawberry preservesGarnishes: sweetened whipped cream, fresh strawberry slicesStrawberry Lemon Shortbread BarsDirections1. Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together flour, powdered sugar, and 1/2 tsp. lemon zest in a medium bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender until crumbly. Press mixture onto bottom of a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch pan.2. Bake at 350° for 20 to 22 minutes or until lightly browned.3. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese and granulated sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs, 1 at a time, and beat just until blended after each addition. Stir in fresh lemon juice and remaining 1/4 tsp. lemon zest, beating well.4. Spread preserves over shortbread. Pour cream cheese mixture over preserves, spreading to edges. Bake 28 to 32 more minutes or until set. Let cool 1 hour on a wire rack. Cover and chill 4 to 8 hours. Cut into bars; garnish, if desired. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Mama Mia TAGSrecipesStrawberry Desserts Previous articleMemorial Day Weekend: Best War MoviesNext articleCoca-Cola Launches New Limited Edition Cans Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Anatomy of Fear Yum yum yum………… May 30, 2016 at 4:56 am LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here 1 COMMENT Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter
Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here September 29, 2016 at 3:58 pm Reply 1 COMMENT Funds water resource protection projects The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board today approved its fiscal year 2016-2017 budget, which will provide funds for cost-share projects and major programs to support the agency’s core missions of water supply, water quality, natural systems and flood protection. The board also voted to reduce the millage rate for taxpayers for a fourth year.“The district’s emphasis on cooperative funding supports Florida’s economy with projects that directly benefit water resources,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “This budget demonstrates the Governing Board’s commitment to water resource protection as well as responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars.”The 0.2885 millage rate (rolled-back rate) will generate $84.1 million in revenue that will be part of a total $164.6 million budget for the budget year that begins Oct. 1, 2016. The millage rate adopted by the board is approximately 4.6 percent less than the current year’s tax rate. The budget is also funded through state, federal and other district sources (including timber sales, cattle leases, interest earnings and permit fees).Under a 0.2885 millage rate — 28.85 cents for every $1,000 of assessed property value — the owner of a $200,000 house with a $50,000 homestead exemption would pay $43.28 in the coming year in property taxes to the district.The budget will fund the district’s major programs, including springs protection, projects to improve water quality and alternative water supply development. Budget highlights include:Nearly $70 million in cooperative funding, with $7 million specifically to support water projects in economically disadvantaged rural communities and for innovative technologies, as well as springs and priority water body protection and restoration, water conservation initiatives with public water suppliers, and projects to enhance the reuse of reclaimed water.$6.2 million in new state funding for springs protection projects that support local efforts to protect spring flows and water quality.Approximately $6.6 million toward second-year cooperative projects that support local efforts to protect spring flows and water quality.$8.5 million for the Eau Gallie muck dredging project to improve navigation and water quality.$10.2 million for the district’s agricultural cooperative funding program, which assists farmers in implementing water-saving technologies and helps fund dispersed water storage projects.$5.5 million for the Lake Apopka and Upper Ocklawaha River Basin, including $625,000 for the Emeralda Marsh Area 3 Reconnection.$4 million in funding from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Florida Department of Environmental Protection for the Lake Apopka Restoration project.$3 million for the Tri-County Agricultural Area (TCAA) Water Management Partnership.$1.4 million for the Canal 1 Rediversion project (Phase 1B) in the Indian River Lagoon Basin.$900,000 for the Fellsmere Water Management Area in the Upper St. Johns River Basin.$2.8 million in new state funding for land management restoration projects, including $750,000 for a water quality improvement project at the Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area.The budget is available online here. The Anatomy of Fear Mama Mia Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 SJWMD taxes going down, state school taxes going down, City of Apopka taxes going up…………now go figure why. Please enter your comment! TAGSBudgetSt. Johns River Water Management District Previous articleFive Industries Cashing In on Pumpkin Spice CrazeNext articleApopka Burglary Report and Map Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
TAGSC.S. LewisChronicles of Narnia Previous articleOn this day, shots ring out in DallasNext article5 Tips to Stay Active During the Holidays Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was a British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist.Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement.Lewis wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. C. S. Lewis’s most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics in The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.He is best known for his fictional works, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy, and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics, such as Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem of Pain.Lewis and fellow novelist J. R. R. Tolkien were close friends. They both served on the English faculty at Oxford University, and were active in the informal Oxford literary group known as the Inklings. According to Lewis’s memoir Surprised by Joy, he was baptised in the Church of Ireland, but fell away from his faith during adolescence. Lewis returned to Anglicanism at the age of 32, owing to the influence of Tolkien and other friends, and he became an “ordinary layman of the Church of England”.His faith profoundly affected his work, and his wartime radio broadcasts on the subject of Christianity brought him wide acclaim.In 1956, he married American writer Joy Davidman; she died of cancer four years later at the age of 45. Lewis died on 22 November 1963 from renal failure, one week before his 65th birthday.In 2013, on the 50th anniversary of his death, Lewis was honoured with a memorial in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey.Lewis’s works have been translated into more than 30 languages and have sold millions of copies. The books that make up The Chronicles of Narnia have sold the most and have been popularised on stage, TV, radio, and cinema. His works entered the public domain in 2014 in countries where copyright expires 50 years after the death of the creator, such as Canada.Use this link to learn more about C.S. Lewis. Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Please enter your comment! Mail-in voting also is underway, with elections officials reporting a strong response despite continued criticism by President Donald Trump of universal mail-in voting, which often is confused with Florida’s expanded mail-in voting laws.Trump tried to differentiate his opposition to universal mail-in voting and his support for Florida’s mail-in system Tuesday by declaring it is “safe and secure.”“Whether you call it Vote by Mail or Absentee Voting, in Florida the election system is Safe and Secure, Tried and True,” Trump tweeted. “Florida’s Voting system has been cleaned up (we defeated Democrats attempts at change), so in Florida I encourage all to request a Ballot & Vote by Mail!” Apopka Community Center is an early voting site for Florida Primary 2020 (519 S. Central Avenue) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply August 5, 2020 at 9:26 pm TAGSEarly VotingMail-in VotingOrange CountyPrimaryThe Center Square Previous articleLocal nonprofit hosting virtual “back-to-school” help sessions for parents this weekNext articleAnonymous letter to City Council outlines alleged APD officers’ concerns over salary and merit pay Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Mama Mia Reply 1 COMMENT I am still debating whether to go do the early voting, or wait until Election Day. I am getting more and more flyers daily out of the mailbox. This is fun. I am reading about strippers in government offices, and more. Think I will hold off a little more time. I have been researching the internet on the judges, the state attorney office, and lots of interesting info. Can’t seem to find anything on a certain judge candidate’s arrest though, so said one article….LOL Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear The Aug. 18 primary is regarded as a key test for the Nov. 3 general election, when alternate voting opportunities are expected to play a key role. State and local officials are monitoring closely whether systems can handle an anticipated massive influx of mail-in votes as pandemic fears make voting in person a scary proposition for some.By Florida law, statewide early voting periods must start the 10th day before the election and end three days before the election. However, elections supervisors can offer early voting beginning 15 days out and extend it until two days before the election. Many have chosen to do so.In Miami-Dade County, more than 3,100 of about 1.49 million registered voters cast ballots Monday, according to the Florida Division of Elections (DOE), which said about 2,800 residents voted on the first day of early voting in the November 2018 general election.In Orange County, which began early voting at 18 sites Monday, no lines were reported. More than 1,600 people voted by Monday evening, including 957 Democrats, 525 Republicans and 126 independents, county officials told The Orlando Sentinel.Among the safeguards are “line coordinators,” who coordinate the flow of voters through the process, sanitizing socially distanced booths after each use, along with Plexiglas shields and disposable stylus pens available to every voter.Orange County officials and those in other counties will not turn away voters without masks but will have them on hand and require people to don one to enter voting sites.County election supervisors sent a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis in April, requesting to expand early voting to 22 days before the primary and general elections.DeSantis did not grant the extension but did allow supervisors to start counting mail-in ballots earlier.Elections supervisors anticipate as many as half of Florida’s near 12 million registered voters will cast their ballots via the mail, perhaps even more depending on the COVID-19 pandemic. That anticipated flood of mail-in ballots already has begun.As of Monday morning, nearly 100,000 Miami-Dade voters had returned mail ballots, according to DOE.In Orange County, more than 41,000 voters had voted by mail as of Monday. More than 142,000 Orange County voters requested mail-in ballots for the primary, with many more expected to do so for November’s election.Seminole County elections officials reported Monday more than 15,000 mail-in ballots have been received out of the more than 80,000 mailed. In Orange County, more than 41,000 voters had voted by mail as of Monday. More than 142,000 Orange County voters requested mail-in ballots for the primary, with many more expected to do so for November’s election.By John Haughey | The Center SquareEarly voting for the Aug. 18 primary officially begins Saturday in Florida, but at least a dozen counties opened voting booths Monday and dozens more will do so throughout the week to make in-person voting safer by reducing Election Day lines.Early voting for the state primary elections and for a host of local elections began Monday in Hillsborough, Leon, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach, Orange, Osceola and Polk counties, among others. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Tuesday Jul 31, 2007 Morne Steyn red carded for a spear tackle The Bulls vs The Sharks last weekend in the Currie Cup met for a Super 14 finalists rematch. The Sharks scored two tries in each half for their bonus point in a match of great excitement for the 27 000 spectators.The game was effectively spoilt in the second half for a short period with the instant red card given to Bulls flyhalf Morne Steyn by referee Mark Lawrence for a spear tackle on flanker Jacques Botes.The IRB clearly is attempting to stamp out on any form of the spear tackle. In my opinion, very harsh, and I’m a Sharks supporter. ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… ADVERTISEMENT Trending 1 WEEK AGO HUGE controversy sees Borthwick call Pat Lam a liar during heated Prem clash 5 DAYS AGO Melbourne Rebels do their best to wreck Bryn Gatland 4 DAYS AGO Lam’s explanation of bizarre situation that caused heated touchline argument 5 DAYS AGO François Steyn’s ridiculous 60-metre drop goal which left commentators in hysterics 5 DAYS AGO The time Waisale Serevi used his iconic hitch-kick to carve up Scotland in 2000 Great Tries 5 DAYS AGO Eye-opening compilation shows why Taulupe Faletau could harm Springboks this Summer 5 DAYS AGO The time Waisale Serevi used his iconic hitch-kick to carve up Scotland in 2000 1 WEEK AGO Veainu finishes superb try after octopus style offload from Waisea 2 WEEKS AGO FULL MATCH REPLAY: Huge stars on show when All Blacks host Pacific Island XV in 2004 2 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Hooker produces ridiculous speed to score 60-metre wonder try for Hurricanes View All Big Hits & Dirty Play 1 DAY AGO Awesome new Etzebeth montage will have Springboks fans psyched for Summer Lions tour 5 DAYS AGO Melbourne Rebels do their best to wreck Bryn Gatland 5 DAYS AGO Eye-opening compilation shows why Taulupe Faletau could harm Springboks this Summer 5 DAYS AGO Re-live O’Driscoll’s EPIC try-saving tackle in 2003 RWC quarter-final 1 WEEK AGO AWESOME video shows the very biggest and best tackles of the 2020/21 season View All See It To Believe It 4 DAYS AGO Cheetah racer Habana reveals what was actually going through his mind that day 4 DAYS AGO Lam’s explanation of bizarre situation that caused heated touchline argument 5 DAYS AGO François Steyn’s ridiculous 60-metre drop goal which left commentators in hysterics 5 DAYS AGO Re-live O’Driscoll’s EPIC try-saving tackle in 2003 RWC quarter-final 1 WEEK AGO HUGE controversy sees Borthwick call Pat Lam a liar during heated Prem clash View All Funnies 2 WEEKS AGO Joe Marler elated in special interview as fans return to The Stoop 2 WEEKS AGO WATCH: One of the luckiest and most bizarre tries you will EVER see 2 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Reds players caught out in hilarious celebration blooper vs Chiefs 2 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Faz, Piutau and Burns star in hilarious try fail compilation 4 WEEKS AGO MLR: Giltinis howler sees try overruled despite attempts to celebrate View All Amateur 32 WEEKS AGO Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community 69 WEEKS AGO RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you 69 WEEKS AGO RD BLITZ – Disaster, just when it looked so promising… 69 WEEKS AGO That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not 69 WEEKS AGO RD Blitz – PROP’S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try View All Player Features 16 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut 21 WEEKS AGO Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to ‘outlier’ football 22 WEEKS AGO Tuisova’s wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro 28 WEEKS AGO New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class 29 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary focused on those from non-traditional backgrounds View All