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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!
Final Thought: The dreaded cancer diagnosis

Final Thought: The dreaded cancer diagnosis

Overcoming emotions to develop a warrior’s spirit. What was the scariest moment of my life? If you would have asked me that question prior to October, the answer would have been a no-brainer. In 2005, I was assigned to write…
Howard Vesser

Howard Vesser

Howard Vesser helps low-income residents receive medical care.  He could have spent his retirement enjoying endless hours of golf and tennis.  Instead, Dr. Howard Vesser traded leisure to fulfill God’s purpose.  Twenty-one years ago, Dr. Vesser, an orthopedic surgeon, came…
Joel Padilla

Joel Padilla

Joel Padilla goes above and beyond to help aspiring chefs. Chef Joel Padilla has a secret ingredient. His is one that goes beyond creating imaginative, palate-pleasing dishes.  Instead, he loves cooking up ways to excite youth about culinary arts. And…
Dave van de Velde

Dave van de Velde

Dave van de Velde knows how to think outside the box… and world. This month, Leesburg is going to space.  It’s all because of 81-year-old Dave van de Velde, a man who proves there is no cap on what the…
Beacon College’s “A World of Difference” will air tonight on PBS

Beacon College’s “A World of Difference” will air tonight on PBS

Beacon College’s award-winning television program, “A World of Difference,” will air on a PBS station for the first time when it debuts Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 10:30 p.m., on WUCF TV. This special is airing in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. One in five children in the U.S.…
Voices of Hope

Voices of Hope

Five breast cancer patients with one thing in common: a fighting spirit. Photos: Nicole Hamel With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’ll undoubtedly be bombarded with statistics, studies, and stories about the latest treatment methods.  Sometimes, the human element…
All Fired Up

All Fired Up

Members of the Eustis Gun Club feel at home on the range.  Photos: Nicole Hamel On the rifle range, Leesburg resident Jeff Binneveld’s Remington 40X rests on a sighting vise. Looking through a high-powered scope, he zeroes in his rifle…
Spirits: Bubble up to mimosas

Spirits: Bubble up to mimosas

Creativity is everything for the owners of Bubbles + Juice in Mount Dora. Photos: Anthony Rao Ben and Jenny Falcone are palate pleasers.  Their first business venture took them to farmer’s markets throughout Central Florida, where they sold homemade pies…
Final Thought: Shame on vaccination shamers

Final Thought: Shame on vaccination shamers

Quit needling people into getting the jab. Are these coronavirus vaccines worth a shot? That’s a question millions of Americans were forced to answer last spring when several biopharmaceutical companies rolled out vaccinations.  For myself, the answer was obvious. Being…
Chess Mates

Chess Mates

For one Villages club, it’s all about capturing a knight, attacking a king, and queening a pawn.  Chess tournament photos provided by Mike Moschos Herbert Menendez carefully processes information and plots his next move. He attempts to outthink and outmaneuver…
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