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James Combs

Akers Media Group's James Combs has been a staff writer for several local publications since August 2000. He has had the privilege of interviewing some of Lake County's many fascinating residents—from innovative business owners to heroic war veterans—and bringing their stories to life. A resident of Lake County since 1986, James recently embarked on a journey to lead a healthier lifestyle. He has lost 60 pounds and walks nearly five miles a day. In his spare time, he enjoys target shooting, skeet shooting and watching his beloved Kentucky Wildcats!
The “center” of attention

The “center” of attention

Tacko Fall is standing tall in the world of college basketball. Story: James Combs Opponents of the University of Central Florida men’s basketball team have a tall order. They must find a way to slow down Tacko Fall, the Knights’ 7-foot-6-inch center who is the tallest player in college basketball. So far, their efforts in stopping him have come up short. Fall, who played high…
One Shining Moment

One Shining Moment

The last-second buzzer beaters. The unbelievable upsets. Tears rolling down the cheeks of seniors playing their final collegiate game. Yes, drama will unfold this month on the basketball court as March Madness takes center stage. One Lake County resident remembers it all too well. He shares what it’s like to play in the NCAA Tournament and the Final Four.  Story: James Combs // Photos: Courtesy…
Down on the range

Down on the range

When it comes to indoor gun ranges, Franklin Dickinson is armed with innovation, imagination, and creativity. His Jacksonville-based company, Basics Range and Gun, features both a bull’s-eye range for shooting accuracy and a tactical range for law enforcement officer training. It has become wildly popular among gun owners and police officers alike. Dickinson, a developer in Orange Park, is bringing his concept of a “family-friendly”…
New library: It’s on the books

New library: It’s on the books

A new chapter is in store for the Fruitland Park Library. Plans are underway for construction of a new 12,000 square-foot facility that should be complete in late 2017 or early 2018. The new library will feature three community rooms to host various programs, as well as additional computer stations for adults, teenagers, and children. Moreover, there will be a designated teen area with age-appropriate…
James Combs’ HIT LIST

James Combs’ HIT LIST

After a dog named Buddy was euthanized, members of Responsible Dog Owners of The Villages appeared at a Sumter County Commission meeting to express concern about the county’s handling of lost and abandoned animals. Perhaps this will spark a new movement called “Dog Lives Matter.” One man and two women were arrested after having sex in their car with the windows rolled down while parked…

James Comb’s the Hit List

1 // A 20-year-old Oxford man arrested for marijuana possession told arresting officers that he was happy about Dallas police officers being shot. Dude, it’s time to get your life together and quit blaming cops for your troubles. For you, the stakes have never been “higher.” 2 // A grandmother sprayed a garden hose at two sisters who were engaged in a knife fight near…
James Combs’ Hit List, November 2016

James Combs’ Hit List, November 2016

1 // For the second time in a year, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a 77-year-old resident of The Villages for marijuana possession. Talk about a pothead. I bet his marijuana pipe gets washed more than his dishes!  2 // A 22-year-old Lady Lake man was arrested after fighting with his grandmother over a phone charger. It’s time to dial up a lengthy jail…
James Combs’ The Hit List, August 2016

James Combs’ The Hit List, August 2016

1 // A 37-year-old Astor man who violated probation made a big mistake by refusing to surrender to Lake County sheriff’s deputies. That prompted them to release a K-9, who successfully subdued the suspect. Talk about taking a bite out of crime! 2 // An Okahumpka man supposedly shopping at a Leesburg Publix was caught on videotape stuffing four bottles of champagne down his pants.…
James Combs’ The Hit List, July 2016

James Combs’ The Hit List, July 2016

1 // To pee or not to pee…that was the question as people gathered in front of Target in Mount Dora to protest the company’s gender-neutral restroom policy. Opponents feel this policy should be flushed down the toilet, while supporters say the potty police are full of crap. 2 // The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Forest Service recently joined forces…
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