Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

James Combs’ The Hit List

  1. The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension in Lake County recently offered a program called Alternative Crops for Central Florida. The program taught attendees how to grow perennial flowers for brewing craft beer. Flowers and beer? That’s what I call pitcher perfect. 
  2. After receiving a call that a Leesburg man had beaten his girlfriend, law enforcement officers sent in a police dog to subdue the man. Talk about taking a bite out of crime!
  3. A Umatilla High School student was arrested for bringing a combat-style knife to school. It’s time for government to implement some common-sense knife laws. Look, you can buy all your meat pre-sliced, pre-chopped, and pre-diced. You can use a spoon to spread butter or peanut butter. You don’t need knives in your home. Background checks, blade-length limits, and a ban on fully automatic switchblades are a good place to start. We can no longer allow knife-happy politicians to be bought by the NRA (National Restaurant Association). 
  4. Employees of Lake County Mosquito and Aquatic Plant Management are reminding residents about the health risks of mosquitoes since they’re more active during this time of year. I’m not a big fan of mosquitoes. In fact, when I see one, I typically shout, “Bite me!”
  5. Two Lake County residents discovered a gopher tortoise covered in red paint and took the animal to a wildlife rehabilitation center. Painting a turtle? Seriously? I hope the perpetrator ends up having a “brush” with the law over this. 
  6. A Leesburg woman was arrested after admitting that the father of her baby was her biological brother. Despite this setback, the woman says she will transform her life and hopes to meet a good man. Let’s just hope it’s not at her next family reunion.