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July 22, 2017

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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!
Technically speaking

Technically speaking

Lake and Sumter Counties are on the cusp of some exciting changes in technology. MEDICAL 3D knees Bill Eggert of The Villages was apprehensive after learning he needed a total knee replacement. After all, he endured surgery on his left knee 11 years ago. It was a slow and painful recovery. But this time would be different. His surgeon, Dr. John T. Williams, Jr. of…
DiGino’s

DiGino’s

A slice of greatness DiGino’s serves up tasty pizza and other Italian delights DiGino’s is a neighborhood Italian restaurant in Tavares that touts its New York-style pizza. Therefore, it’s no surprise that a big part of its décor consists of black-and-white photographs depicting magnificent scenes such as the New York City skyline and two men playing golf atop a downtown skyscraper. The faux brick counter…
A salute to military history

A salute to military history

Be prepared for your patriotic juices to flow when visiting the Eisenhower Recreation Center. They call it a recreation center. It could easily pass for a military museum. That’s because the array of interesting artifacts and photographs spanning World War I through present-day wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will likely broaden a visitor’s knowledge and appreciation of U.S. military heritage. Uniforms representing every branch of…
Writing a New Chapter

Writing a New Chapter

It was one for the books as the Leesburg Public Library held a celebration June 13 to commemorate three milestones. This year marks the library’s 125th anniversary and the 10th anniversary since its existing 45,000-square foot facility opened. In addition, the volunteer-based group Friends of the Leesburg Library formed 55 years ago. Attendees included library staff, volunteers, and dignitaries such as Bob Bone, Leesburg city…
He’s Electric

He’s Electric

Through his company, Electrical Works, Joe Ciceri provides superior customer service. Joe Ciceri is wired to be an electrician. Having worked in the industry for 23 years, the lifelong Lake County resident has found it a rewarding, profitable, and fun career. “I love working with my hands, and I have always been fascinated with technology and electronics,” he says. “This career has been a great…
Red Wing Restaurant

Red Wing Restaurant

There’s a reason why regulars flock to Red Wing Restaurant in Groveland. Simply put, it’s the only game in town—literally. By game, I’m referring to the restaurant’s unique menu featuring grilled quail, wild boar chop, elk sausage, buffalo meat, fried venison, alligator tail, Buffalo frog legs, and grilled duck. The restaurant is housed in a cozy wood building off State Road 33. Its country décor…
It’s a rap

It’s a rap

Leesburg man works to make a name in the music industry. The obvious perks to being a musical star are fame and money. Demetrius Way, who is trying to make a name for himself on the rap circuit, would have no problem filling his pockets with Benjamins. However, he could do without the autograph hounds. “I prefer money. I’ll let everybody else enjoy the fame.…
James Combs’ The Hit List

James Combs’ The Hit List

  A man was arrested after using his son to steal more than $367 worth of items at the Mount Dora Wal-Mart. The man distracted a greeter while his son tried sneaking out the door with a cart full of merchandise. The lesson learned here: They should’ve attempted this at one of Wal-Mart’s competitors. Those stores make for easier “targets.” Two men from Lake County…
Lights. Fireworks. Action.

Lights. Fireworks. Action.

Festivalgoers at Lake County’s Fourth of July celebrations are guaranteed to have a blast. Fourth of July has arrived. It’s a time to celebrate America’s independence, barbecue with family and friends, and watch a colorful array of fireworks sparkle in the night sky. Several towns in Lake County celebrate Fourth of July in grand style, making our hearts burst with patriotic pride. Each event is…
A New Game Plan

A New Game Plan

Community partnerships in Central Florida may bolster the economy through sports tourism by drawing fans and athletes—and dollars. Story: James Combs When it comes to strengthening Central Florida’s economy through sports tourism, officials from Orlando and Lake County are working to get the ball rolling. A potential partnership was formed last September, when Lake County Commissioner Sean Parks invited Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer for a…
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