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Leigh Neely

Leigh Neely began her writing career with a weekly newspaper in the Florida panhandle, where she not only did the writing, but delivered the papers to the post office and dispensers. She has been writing ever since for a variety of newspapers and magazines from New Jersey to Leesburg. With her writing partner, Jan Powell, Leigh has published two novels as Neely Powell.
‘Proof’ that quality entertainment exists here

‘Proof’ that quality entertainment exists here

This play was a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award winner, and the truth of “Proof” rings as clearly today as it did when it premiered in Manhattan in 2000. I was invited to see “Proof,” the play now showing at the impressive playhouse, The Studio, in The Villages. It reminded me of a play I saw in an intimate theater on Broadway many years…
Mya Traylor is Youth of the Year

Mya Traylor is Youth of the Year

Mya Traylor has always been a standout and a hard worker. The senior at Eustis High School has plans to study to be an engineer and was recently named Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties. This program seeks to honor the nation’s brightest and best young who not only aspire to greatness but also inspire others…
‘Best water in world’ bottled locally

‘Best water in world’ bottled locally

The best tasting water in the world is processed and bottled by Azure Water Co., in Leesburg, and Azure’s president Ally Liu is elated her company is gaining international acclaim. AlphaPure, the natural alkaline spring water impressed a panel of 11 judges at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. They ranked the Florida spring water in a first-place tie with Zaros…
Leesburg’s New Visitor and Welcome Center Opens

Leesburg’s New Visitor and Welcome Center Opens

The Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce officially opened its doors in March as the new Leesburg Visitor and Welcome Center. Located in the historic Mote-Morris House at 1195 W. Magnolia St., the chamber has approximately 3,000 visitors annually inquiring about living and doing business in Leesburg. Since the house will now be occupied daily, there will be self-guided tours Monday through Friday from 10am-3pm. Large…
Million Dollar Realtors: Realtor of the Year

Million Dollar Realtors: Realtor of the Year

  Lena Williams followed Mom’s footsteps but took her own path to 2016 Realtor of the Year. Story: Leigh Neely   Lena Williams used to tell her mother, well-known Leesburg Realtor Theresa Morris, that she would never do real estate sales. However, as she grew older, she changed her mind, got her license in June 2000 at age 18, and has been selling houses ever…
A Parade of Beautiful Homes

A Parade of Beautiful Homes

Take a walk on the Street of Dreams to see the latest in home design and décor in Lake County. Story: Leigh Neely Browsing is often the most enjoyable part of a shopping trip. The 2017 Parade of Homes, running from Feb. 5 through March 5 at Harbor Hills in Lady Lake, gives you a chance to browse the beautiful new homes in this area.…
Reviving A Happy Home

Reviving A Happy Home

When a home becomes a family’s space in the universe, there’s really no reason to leave it—just make it better. Add the room needed for the new baby. Turn the married child’s room into a library. Update the foyer with a new light fixture. Find a new color to live in. Make it safer, stronger, more beautiful, but keep traveling the same road to home.…
More power to you

More power to you

Story: Leigh Neely Dr. Rufus “Dick” Holloway looks at the acreage his family owns in Leesburg and Fruitland Park, he doesn’t see a scruffy field. He sees hope, a chance to have an effect on the local economy, and a legacy for his family for generations to come. “ I want to keep this land natural,” Dr. Holloway says. “My family has owned it for…
Local Talent: Apollo Electric

Local Talent: Apollo Electric

Story: Leigh Neely They are five guys who are full of energy and music. You can almost hear the notes swirling around them even though they have no instruments. Eddy Wiggins, Ryan Wilnau, Anthony Smith, Steve Wild, and John Carter are Apollo Electric, a local band that’s definitely making its mark. This group of musicians has been together for almost three years, but Ryan and Eddy…

A Philharmonic Concert for the Band

STORY: LEIGH NEELY The Leesburg High School Band—the Swarm of Sound—is going to Washington, D.C. for the elite President’s Cup High School Concert Band Invitational in March 2017. One of only eight bands across the country is invited, and the “most accomplished high school music programs” will spend a day with the Soldier-Musicians of “Pershing’s Own,” The United States Army Band. On a cool October…
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