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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!
James Combs’ THE HIT LIST, March 2015

James Combs’ THE HIT LIST, March 2015

1 //    A 19-year-old Mount Dora man was arrested after his live-in girlfriend grew tired of his drug use and called police. The call resulted in the man going from a natural high to an emotional low in a matter…
FORK ON THE ROAD: One shell of a restaurant

FORK ON THE ROAD: One shell of a restaurant

PHOTOS: Fred Lopez Stunning scenery, great conversation, New Orleans-inspired food and succulent oysters give locals plenty of reasons to visit Shuck Dat. There aren’t too many places in Lake County where you can enjoy delicious Cajun food with a side…
ALL GAVE SOME, SOME GAVE ALL

ALL GAVE SOME, SOME GAVE ALL

PHOTOS: Cal Gaines As a shooting fountain makes a tranquil splashing sound on the lake, the American flag blows ever so slightly in a gentle wind. The mid-afternoon sunlight projects through oak trees, illuminating the names of valiant veterans who…
James Combs’ THE HIT LIST, January 2015

James Combs’ THE HIT LIST, January 2015

1 //    Notorious 80-year-old-killer Charles Manson is marrying a 26-year-old woman. The motto of their wedding is “Crazy in Love.” 2 //    Speaking of crazy, this month marks the 26th anniversary of Ted Bundy’s death. Apparently, Bundy’s death in the…
James Combs’ THE HIT LIST, December 2014

James Combs’ THE HIT LIST, December 2014

1 //    Republicans seize the Senate during the midterm elections and have full control of Congress. The “red wave” leaves Democrats feeling blue. 2 //    Lake County parents picket outside elementary schools demanding their children receive 30 minutes of play…
FORK ON THE ROAD: 1884 Restaurant and Bar

FORK ON THE ROAD: 1884 Restaurant and Bar

PHOTOS: Matthew Gaulin Be prepared to enjoy an old-time atmosphere with modern food. History buffs will tell you 1884 was a memorable year. The Statue of Liberty was presented to the U.S. in Paris. Mississippi established the first state college…
SOCIAL SPOTLIGHT: Watch history come alive

SOCIAL SPOTLIGHT: Watch history come alive

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: Anthony Casto In the face of danger, Ransom Clark was strong and courageous. A private in the U.S. Army’s Second Artillery regiment, he was the only solider who lived to tell the tale of the famous Dade’s Massacre…
Mission of Mercy

Mission of Mercy

Award-winning photographer Fred Lopez documents Legacy Clinic’s medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic. As he rode through the slums of the villages that dot the Dominican Republic countryside, Fred Lopez saw heartbreaking images. An abandoned child sitting on a…
THE HIT LIST!

THE HIT LIST!

1 //    If fired, embattled UF coach Will Muschamp may audition for a role on Swamp People. After all, he’s good at killing Gators. 2 //    A Lady Lake man shoots a 500-pound black bear that broke into his sitting…
MEET A VILLAGER: Debra Heath-Strickland

MEET A VILLAGER: Debra Heath-Strickland

PHOTO: Fred Lopez Noteworthy achievements: I was a schoolteacher for 33 years. During that time, I coached a competitive academic team that won several state championships and finished third nationally in the mid-1990s. Since retiring, I formed Questar Productions, which…
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