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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 her husband Keith of more than 20 years, live in Clermont. They have three grown children: Megan, Darius and Julissa and two dogs, Cinnamon and Remi Lulu. Roxanne says her favorite things about writing articles is talking with the people she'll be featuring, listening to their stories 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 with Julissa, 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 Club Spotlight: Stellar Inclination

Social Club Spotlight: Stellar Inclination

Club members’ knowledge is out of this world. Photos: Nicole Hamel Interest in space exploration is lifting off, and that has space enthusiasts floating on cloud nine. As well it should, says Mark Graybill, an aerospace engineer, amateur (but very…
Final Thought: Mom connection

Final Thought: Mom connection

A mother’s love knows no boundaries.  Just recently while browsing online, and maybe because it’s nearing Mother’s Day, I came across a gif that says, “A mother’s love is eternal.” Sure, it’s pretty cliché, but based on my own experiences,…
Pickin’ & Grinnin’

Pickin’ & Grinnin’

Southern Hill Farms u-pick is the berries, and much, much more. Photos: Nicole Hamel Ten years ago, Southern Hill Farms owners David and Lisa Hill never dreamed they would welcome thousands of people onto their 120-acre property at 16651 Schofield…
Fork on the Road: South for the mouth

Fork on the Road: South for the mouth

New Clermont restaurant serves scratch recipes for tasty Southern experience. Photos: Nicole Hamel After the pandemic closed the doors to Darren and Karen Johnson’s corporate events business, a window of opportunity opened wide when a newly vacated restaurant building in…
Person of Interest: Ebo Reul Isaac Entsuah

Person of Interest: Ebo Reul Isaac Entsuah

Finding crumbs after hitting the ground running. Photo: Nicole Hamel Vital Stats 27 years old.  Ebo means “boy born on Tuesday,” and he was actually born in Toronto on a Tuesday. Family includes parents, two older sisters, fiancée Morgan Ana,…
Social Club Spotlight: Happy sailing

Social Club Spotlight: Happy sailing

Villagers apply real-life sailing skills to racing model boats in friendly competitions. Photos: Nicole Hamel John Rowley started sailing decades ago after he and wife Sue stepped onto a friend’s boat and fell in love. The duo bought their own…
Groveland dedicates new Public Safety Complex

Groveland dedicates new Public Safety Complex

Groveland first responders joined city officials, Lake County dignitaries and dozens of citizens in a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony officially celebrating the police and fire departments’ new digs. The event took place in the ambulance bay of their new…
A shot in the right direction

A shot in the right direction

Lake County, state officials working together on getting as many people vaccinated as possible. Photos: Nicole Hamel A few months ago, Betty Lemley arrived at her new doctor’s office in Leesburg carrying a cardboard sign reading “Will work for food” with…
Healthy Inspiration: Hungry to help others

Healthy Inspiration: Hungry to help others

Needy get filled, volunteer couple in Mount Dora get fulfilled. For 18 years since retiring to Florida from North Dakota, Cal and Shirley Rolfson are pretty much living the dream.  They enjoy a decent lifestyle in Mount Dora, they are…
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