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Roxanne Brown

Originally from Nogales, Arizona, Roxanne worked in the customer service industry while writing independently for years. After moving to Florida in 1999, Roxanne eventually switched her career path to focus more on writing and went on to become an award-winning reporter for The Daily Commercial/South Lake Press newspapers for 16 years prior to coming on board with Akers Media as a staff writer in July 2020 – her dream job come true. Today, Roxanne and Keith, her husband of nearly 22 years, live in Clermont. They have three children: Megan, 29, Darius, 19, Julissa, 17, and two dogs, Cinnamon and Remi. Roxanne says her favorite things about writing stories are talking with the people she'll be featuring, listening to their histories, and learning about their passions, goals, and heart. Overall, Roxanne is grateful for all the opportunities she's been given to personally witness and realize how much of a difference people can make and how every voice, big and small, really matters. In her spare time and besides writing, Roxanne enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music (especially on vinyl), Zumba, taking pictures, reading, watching movies, cooking, and reality TV competition shows. As for her bucket list, Roxanne hopes to one day be a published author of children’s books and travel the world chasing sunsets.
Social Spotlight: Let there be lights

Social Spotlight: Let there be lights

Citrus Tower owners hope the return of their Christmas Light show inspires happiness. Photos: Nicole Hamel The extremely popular Citrus Tower Christmas light show featuring snowfall, over 25,000 lights synchronized to music and more has returned after a two-year hiatus,…
Spirits: Mastery of Muscadines

Spirits: Mastery of Muscadines

Lakeridge offers 1,600+ reasons to visit Florida’s largest premier winery.     Photos: Nicole Hamel Jeanne Burgess’ eyes light up when she talks about wine, and her words clearly indicate she knows her stuff. That’s no surprise considering she has…
Healthy Inspiration: He’s got the power

Healthy Inspiration: He’s got the power

Clermont man puts fun, flare and passion into shaping local warriors.  Photo: Nicole Hamel For as long as he can remember, Power Casrock’s life has revolved around health and fitness. As a child, he always stayed active and organized little…
Social Club Spotlight: On the hunt

Social Club Spotlight: On the hunt

Members of The Villages Metal Detecting Club find pleasure in searching for treasure. Photos: Nicole Hamel “One man’s loss is another man’s gain,” is a well-known saying that members of The Villages Metal Detecting Club may take more seriously than…
Attraction: Roughing it, boujee style

Attraction: Roughing it, boujee style

Lake Louisa State Park caters to outdoor enthusiasts, even those partial to the little luxuries of home. Photos: Nicole Hamel With the unbearable heat of summer behind us and cooler weather here to stay for a while, people are itching…
Person of Interest: Steve Smith

Person of Interest: Steve Smith

Clermont man has heart for propelling people forward. Photo: Nicole Hamel Vital Stats:  Retired from banking industry in Columbus, Ohio. Moved to Clermont to help care for in-laws. Steve’s family includes wife Linda Smith, four adult children and 11 grandchildren.…
Clermont City Manager announces resignation

Clermont City Manager announces resignation

Clermont City Manager Darren Gray, the visionary leader responsible for the city’s rebranding and the Downtown-Waterfront Master Plan, has announced his resignation. Darren accepted a new position as deputy county administrator for neighboring Orange County Government starting Dec. 14. His…
Loving the wild out of them

Loving the wild out of them

Rescue center in Webster transforms wild horses into trusting companions.  Photos: Nicole Hamel Diane Delano has a huge heart for the majesty of wild horses she freely welcomes to her ranch in Webster, the Wild Horse Rescue Center (WHRC). It’s…
Made with Love

Made with Love

Clermont woman with Down Syndrome finds happiness and success in doggy treat business. Photos: Douglas Tyler Those looking for the magical ingredients for success will find them in Allison Fogarty’s kitchen in Clermont. There, Chef Allison uses all-natural peanut butter,…
A hand up

A hand up

Coping with cancer can be tough, but you don’t have to face it alone. Bras for the Cause photos by Nicole Hamel Cancer not only indiscriminately attacks your body, but every other part of your life, which is where organizations…
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