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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.
Fork on the Road: Is this heaven?

Fork on the Road: Is this heaven?

Newly opened Tavares diner making a name for itself with biscuits. Photos: Nicole Hamel To all you “mamas” out there, consider this fair warning. A slap may be coming your way should your children eat at the Twisted Biscuit Diner…
Spirits: Deja “new”

Spirits: Deja “new”

Friends bring new life to familiar corner hot spot in downtown Clermont. Photos: Nicole Hamel The Southern on 8th Kitchen & Bar created quite a buzz with its ‘Eat, Drink and Be Southern’ motto within a month of opening in…
Rooting for health

Rooting for health

Health-minded duo partners with City of Groveland on a fishy new endeavor.  Photos: Anthony Rao Interesting, even revolutionary, things are happening inside a greenhouse that recently sprang up in Groveland.   The greenhouse exists because Mark Pester, a former marketing…
Healthy Inspiration: The Healer

Healthy Inspiration: The Healer

Clermont woman devotes life to healing mind, body and spirit by targeting trapped emotions. Photos: Nicole Hamel Salina Rubio’s curiosity was sparked the moment she heard about The Emotion Code, nearly two years ago. The Clermont resident was intrigued while…
Local Talent: Re-purposed

Local Talent: Re-purposed

Clermont-based singer/songwriter Patrick Gibson finds new calling through music he hopes will inspire the world. Photos: Douglas Tyler Making music is nothing new for Patrick Gibson, but the heart behind his songs is newly inspired.  “I like that God gave…
Person of Interest: Turning the page on a new life

Person of Interest: Turning the page on a new life

Reading transforms Eustis woman’s life. Photos: Douglas Tyler On paper, Johnnie Coley seemed pretty much set.  A 35-year social worker, published author, COVID-19 survivor and college-scholarship basketball player with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in human services…
Fork on the Road: A magical move

Fork on the Road: A magical move

Visit a real British pub without leaving Lake County.  Photos: Nicole Hamel Phil Barnard clearly remembers the final evening of a vacation he and his parents enjoyed 16 years ago. They were sitting outside on the patio of a restaurant…
Final Thought: Kindly speaking

Final Thought: Kindly speaking

Don’t just think it, say it. Most days of the month, every month, have a national cause for celebration attached to them, and January is no exception.  Of the month’s 31 days, 18 of them, according to nationalday365.com, are reserved…
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