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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!
Meet a Villager: A hero’s tale

Meet a Villager: A hero’s tale

Villager wrote tribute to a philanthropist and avid supporter of veterans. Photo: Nicole Hamel The spunky woman stands 4-foot tall and uses two crutches for mobility. Somehow, her indomitable spirit outshines her disability. She radiates positivity. Her smile lights up…
Social Club Spotlight: Fight club

Social Club Spotlight: Fight club

Villagers take a stab at fencing. Photos: Nicole Hamel Outfitted in white pants and jackets, the two combatants look bizarrely similar. Their faces are invisible behind the dark screens of their masks.  With swords in hand, they carefully position themselves…
Final Thought: Let’s play fair

Final Thought: Let’s play fair

Transgender women should not be allowed to participate in girls’ sports. For Selina Soule, competing in Connecticut’s 2019 state championship track meet presented a golden opportunity. A strong performance there would allow her to qualify for the New England Regional…
Local Talent: Tuned into his passion

Local Talent: Tuned into his passion

Local man hasn’t let an illness stop him from finding his voice. Each day, aspiring singers arrive in Nashville hoping to make it in the country music business. Tyler Haney, a singer/songwriter from Leesburg, joined those dreamers when he moved…
Fork on the Road: Good sports

Fork on the Road: Good sports

Gators of Umatilla scores lots of points on delicious food. Photos: Anthony Rao At Gators of Umatilla, the infamous Boobie’s Burger tastes as good as it sounds.  OK, get your mind out of the gutter. This isn’t what you think. …
Lord of the ring

Lord of the ring

Wrestling icon flexes his faith to help aspiring wrestlers reach their dreams.   Photos: Anthony Rao A group of spandex-clad warriors gather around 77-year-old Afa Anoa’i, whom they affectionately call ‘Pop.’  One can hear a pin drop as he delivers a straight-from-the-heart…
Need a laugh? Orlando Comedy is coming to Lake County

Need a laugh? Orlando Comedy is coming to Lake County

The past 12 months have brought social unrest, a deadly pandemic, and a deep political divide. We could all use a good laugh. Fortunately, Orlando Comedy is providing Lake Countians an opportunity laugh until their hearts are content. The company…
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