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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.
Harvesting the healing power of music

Harvesting the healing power of music

Music can trigger a memory, make you feel better, and serve as entertainment, but it also promotes physical and mental well-being.  The role music plays in healing is still being explored. However, it was first referenced as a therapy as…
Lots of choices for ‘activated’ Villages 

Lots of choices for ‘activated’ Villages 

Want to have some fun? Check out 20 ways to enjoy life in The Villages.  The promise of active, comfortable and fulfilling retirement helped The Villages become the ​fastest-growing city in the United States, and that promise is being kept. The…
Person of Interest: Duke Jackson

Person of Interest: Duke Jackson

Elections Support Director for Lake County Supervisor of Elections. Photo: Nicole Hamel Vital Stats Has worked 21 years at this job in his hometown of Tavares. Carmen, his wife of 33 years, also works in the Supervisor of Elections office.…
Outstanding Student: Ashley Gray

Outstanding Student: Ashley Gray

2020 graduate of Montverde Academy Photo: Nicole Hamel Vital Stats Rachel Scott and Darren Gray, parents; Taylor Gray, sister 1st Place at Trail Pleasure Walking Horse World Championship, Class 168 Owner Amateur Youth 6-17. When did you start riding horses?…
Social Spotlight: November in Paris

Social Spotlight: November in Paris

Leesburg hosts the annual Fashion Designers Showcase and Modeling Competition. Paris comes to Lake County with a colossal replica of the Eiffel Tower in Leesburg Towne Square. Leesburg will be in the fashion spotlight Saturday, Nov. 9, during the seventh…
It’s only opening and closing remarks

It’s only opening and closing remarks

There is no trial to eating at Courthouse Subs and Pub, but the verdict may be guilty of filling you up! Story: Leigh Neely Food Photos: Anthony Rao There’s nothing illegal about eating at Courthouse Subs and Pub, but you’ll…
Local Talent: A taste of American folk music

Local Talent: A taste of American folk music

The Lake County Folk Festival moves through the city of Eustis with a local duo. The popular Lake County Folk Festival is coming in November to Eustis and features a local duo: Smithson and French. Singers and songwriters Paul Smithson…
My First Time: Dr. Hillary Stricklen

My First Time: Dr. Hillary Stricklen

Emergency room doctor shares a first-time experience as an intern. Interviewer: Leigh Neely // Photo: Anthony Rao An emergency room doctor at Leesburg Regional Medical Center, Dr. Hillary Stricklen clearly remembers the first time she heard “code blue,” and it…
Local Talent: Bringing history to life

Local Talent: Bringing history to life

Novelist Susan Carol McCarthy sets her fictional stories in historical Central Florida. Author Susan Carol McCarthy discussed the writing process during a recent visit to Lake County libraries. “I write, but more importantly, I read. If I had to choose…
25 Years of Fun, Food, and Festivities in Leesburg

25 Years of Fun, Food, and Festivities in Leesburg

The Leesburg Partnership, a Florida Main Street Community, was formed on Aug. 24, 1994, and is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The original name was Leesburg Downtown Partnership. Organized by the Downtown Merchants Association, the City of Leesburg, and the Leesburg…
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