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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!

Leesburg High student achieves a historic first

Alexis Gamez, who will be a senior at Leesburg High School this fall, was elected to a national officer position in SkillsUSA, a career and technical student organization that brings together students, teachers and industry to ensure America has a…
Rollin’ on the lake

Rollin’ on the lake

The Dora Queen will offer the thrill and nostalgia of a riverboat cruise on Lake Dora. Photos: Douglas Tyler On any given day, catamarans, sailboats and other vessels glide across Lake Dora.  Now, they’ll share the lake with royalty.  The…
Fork on the Road: Relishing a tradition

Fork on the Road: Relishing a tradition

  The (hot) dog days of summer are alive and well at Duke’s Dogs in Mount Dora.  Photos: Nicole Hamel Paul Ottum and his wife, Sondra, love hot dogs. It’s not just the taste. For them, the food is strongly…
Healthy Inspiration: Packing a healthy punch

Healthy Inspiration: Packing a healthy punch

Professional fighter David Derby gets his kicks helping himself and others stay healthy. Bulging biceps. Six-pack abs. A combination of speed, strength and endurance.  For 48-year-old David Derby, those qualities are all wrapped into one lethal package. David, who lives…
Meet a Villager: Richard Barth

Meet a Villager: Richard Barth

Photo: Nicole Hamel Performing is music to his ears.  Vital Stats Earned a bachelor’s degree in music at Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio. Earned a master’s degree in tuba performance from Northwestern University.  Served in the U.S. Army from 1968…
Final Thought: Let’s rekindle our outrage

Final Thought: Let’s rekindle our outrage

Perhaps a wall could combat apathy toward mass shootings. Build the damn wall.  I don’t care how much it costs. I don’t care who pays for it. I don’t care how many oppose it.  I’m not referring to a wall…
My First Time: Raymond York

My First Time: Raymond York

Fish & Wildlife Commission trapper recalls landing his first alligator. Photos: Nicole Hamel Going to trap my first nuisance alligator was exciting. I was confident going into it because I spent 10 years in the Marine Corps and served during…
Bringing the community together for 25 years.

Bringing the community together for 25 years.

  Started in 1997, Leesburg Bikefest has carved its name alongside Bike Week in Daytona Beach and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota as one of the country’s premier motorcycle events. In fact, it is the largest three-day motorcycle…
A parade is coming to Lake County … on the water

A parade is coming to Lake County … on the water

Soon, hordes of like-minded Lake County boaters will gather to participate in a one-of-a-kind event on the Harris Chain of Lakes. But this isn’t a boat show or a massive party on the water. Instead, their thoughts will be centered…
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