Person of Interest

Person of Interest: David Cohea

Person of Interest: David Cohea

Preservationist of historic buildings What I want people to know about me: I’m perpetually amazed and humbled and grateful for the beauty of this old world. Why are you passionate about preservation? Care for the history of places like Mount Zion is essential to the stability of this community going forward. What attracted you to saving the church? The community it served has all but…
Person of Interest: Michael Rankin

Person of Interest: Michael Rankin

Leesburg Deputy City Manager/Economic and Community Services Vital stats: Michael and his wife Kristi, who works for Ro-Mac, made a commitment last June to keep Main Street Antiques open in downtown Leesburg. The pair will celebrate three years of marriage in August.   We see Main Street Antiques as: An opportunity to invest in the community who supports us. What it takes to juggle the…
Person of Interest: Peyton C. Grinnell

Person of Interest: Peyton C. Grinnell

Newly elected sheriff of Lake County Vital Stats As the former chief deputy to retired Sheriff Gary Borders, Grinnell was elected Lake County Sheriff in the recent general election. Born in Eustis, grew up in Leesburg, graduated from Leesburg High School Resides in Lady Lake A Marine Corps combat veteran during Operation Just Cause and in the Middle East during Operation Desert Shield/Storm Completed basic…
Person of Interest: Kate DiCamillo

Person of Interest: Kate DiCamillo

Vital Stats Author Kate DiCamillo grew up in Clermont and moved to Minnesota in her 20s. Her first novel “Because of Winn-Dixie” in 2000 was a bestseller and garnered her a Newberry Award. Her latest novel, “Raymie Nightingale,” was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller list. Raymie Clark, hero of the book, was inspired by the author’s own life and growing up in Central…

Person of Interest: Shelley Graham // 2015 Most Eligible Bachelorette

photo: fred lopez VITAL STATS AGE: Hmm, difficult to answer. Lets just say I’ve celebrated a few anniversaries of my 31st birthday HOME: Tavares What is your passion? Helping people, especially those with medical and physical needs. What hobbies do you enjoy? Traveling, working out, relaxing at the beach, and experimenting with cuisines from different cultures. How did it feel to be the Top Single?…

Persons of interest William & VeronicaConley Corps Officers for the Salvation Army

photo: fred lopez VITAL STATS Home: Leesburg Ages: Will, 36; Veronica, 25 Connected: The Conleys met more than two years ago, via a mutual friend, and from Facebook as Salvation Army cadets. They were commissioned and ordained in the Salvation Army on June 5, and married June 7. They now oversee the Salvation Army of Lake and Sumter counties at 2605 South St., Leesburg. TIME…
PERSON OF INTEREST: Gary Borders

PERSON OF INTEREST: Gary Borders

Photo: Fred Lopez WHAT I HAVE ENJOYED MOST AS LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF: Being the sheriff has given me the opportunity to go throughout Lake County and meet some really great people. It’s been an honor to serve this community and work alongside the dedicated men and women at the sheriff’s office. MY RETIREMENT PLANS: I am going to spend more time with family and I…
PERSON OF INTEREST: Mike DeMinico

PERSON OF INTEREST: Mike DeMinico

photo: fred lopez VITAL STATS AGE: 64 HOME: Leesburg resident since April 2015 PASSIONS: Mike has been painting since he was 6. After the Sept. 11 terrorist attack 15 years ago, he began a mission to paint portraits of the 2,977 victims based from small photos in the New York Times database. BY THE NUMBERS: He’s painted about 1,500 portraits so far. ATTRACTING ATTENTION: After…
PERSON OF INTEREST: Ben Moseley

PERSON OF INTEREST: Ben Moseley

MY LATEST PROJECT: I’m really excited about Wrapsody, where we have gourmet wraps, lettuce wraps, spring rolls with peanut sauce, fresh smoothies, protein shakes, gourmet coffees, homemade soups, and so on. It’s a fun, upbeat place at 712 W. Main, Leesburg, in the Southern Gardens Galleria. We also have a wine store with gluten-free beer and organic sulfite-free wines. A GOOD OPPORTUNITY: A little over…
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