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Theresa Campbell

Originally from Anderson, Ind., Theresa worked for The Herald-Bulletin for many years. After experiencing a winter with 53 inches of snow, her late husband asked her to get a job in Florida, and they headed south. Well known in the area, Theresa worked with The Daily Sun and The Daily Commercial prior to joining Akers. “I finally have my dream job. I’ve wanted to work for a magazine since I was a teenager, and I’m very excited to be here,” Theresa says. “There is such positive energy at Akers that it’s infectious.” Theresa has three grown daughters—Julia lives in San Francisco, Emily is in Seattle, and Maria in Orlando.
Rockin’ Robin

Rockin’ Robin

Style’s 2022 Business Woman of the Year, Robin Gump, has a big heart, determination, and is motivated to help others. Photos: Douglas Tyler Samantha (Gump) Wassell recalls being at a Sumter County gala a few years ago when the crowd…
Local Talent: Embracing art

Local Talent: Embracing art

After a successful career as a civil trial lawyer, Beth Croft Jewett has found joy as a watercolor artist. Photo: Nicole Hamel A display of Beth Croft Jewett’s watercolor creations can be seen at the Studio Art Farm in downtown…
A scents of security

A scents of security

Safety kits for children and adults provide valuable tool when loved ones go missing.  photos: Nicole Hamel A parent’s moment of fear: You’re enjoying a beautiful day at the park while your child is happily playing with other children. You…
Local Talent: A brush with destiny

Local Talent: A brush with destiny

Kelley Batson-Howard: ‘I find my soul while painting, and it’s never too late to start.’  Photos: Nicole Hamel Self-taught and a fulltime Eustis artist, Kelley Batson-Howard passionately puts her heart and soul into painting, something that had been on hold…
Housing boom

Housing boom

New developments sprouting up as Lake and Sumter draws buyers from afar eager for nice quality of life in the Sunshine State.   Photos courtesy of  Nicole Hamel, Rachel Steele, Don Wiley, and Toll Brothers. The coronavirus pandemic has played…
The dream continues

The dream continues

The Villages is destined to grow for more decades to come, thanks to the grandchildren, great-grandchildren of Villages’ original founder.  Aerial photos courtesy of Don Wiley The Sunshine State has long beckoned folks from up north to move to Florida,…
Meet a Villager: Phyllis McElveen

Meet a Villager: Phyllis McElveen

Phyllis McElveen’s entire world changed after moving to The Villages. Photo: Nicole Hamel Vital Stats Lives in Village of Pine Ridge with husband Jim.  Previously lived in Jacksonville for 35 years.  Retired project manager; now proprietor of Fifi’s Cakes &…
Growth spurt

Growth spurt

New housing demands, increasing costs of materials keep builders hopping.  New housing developments are sprouting up, indicating developers and builders are striving to meet the growing demand of buyers who want to call Lake and Sumter County home.  “Some of…
Outstanding Student: Emily Paul

Outstanding Student: Emily Paul

Minneola senior is smart, driven, and eager for college life in New York City and has career goal of serving others as a public defender.  Photos: Nicole Hamel Vital Stats 18-year-old senior at Minneola High School with 5.1 weighted GPA…
Person of Interest: Riveting prose

Person of Interest: Riveting prose

Eva Kovacs says ‘Zizi: A Historical Novel that will Shake America to its Roots’ is her most important work. Photo: Nicole Hamel Author Eva Kovacs of Howey-in-the-Hills has been speaking to local church groups and other forums about being raised…
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