December 18, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

Drive sober or get pulled over this holiday season

December has been proclaimed National Impaired Driving Prevention Month by President Barack Obama. The program’s intent is to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the nation’s highways. More...

Coming up at the Renaissance Academy

The Renaissance Academy of FGCU offers lifelong learning classes to enrich life experiences at any age. The following sessions will be held at Herald Court Centre in downtown Punta Gorda: ¦ Tai Chi: Meditation in Motion For Better Health More...

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Chabad of Charlotte County to celebrate Hanukkah at Fishermen’s Village More...

Key Club to hold garage sale Jan. 24 at Florida SouthWestern

The Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School Charlotte Key Club will hold its annual garage sale from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, in the parking lot of the high school, 26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda. More...

Shell Factory expands dog park

The Shell Factory & Nature Park has announced the expansion of the dog park know as Doggy Heaven. The dog park is adjacent to U.S. 41 and also is the home of Suncoast Dock Dogs and the SW Florida Wiener Dog Club. More...

Ford turns driving technology up a notch

Ford today introduced SYNC 3, a new communications and entertainment system that is faster, more intuitive and easier to use with enhanced response to driver commands. More...

Special Sections

Business News

Fishing for data

State recruits fishers to build stronger stocks

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MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Jackson builds sign and t-shirt biz by ‘following what works’

You may not have met Kevin Jackson, but you’ve probably seen his zebra-striped SUV — the icon for his business, Jackson Signs & T-Shirts, 1109 Tamiami Trail, Suite 3, Port Charlotte (JacksonSignShop.com). More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Cheap oil brings good news and bad

Many Americans are unaware of commodity prices, global economic activity and geopolitical politics. But most Americans are aware of the price of gasoline. More...

Building community: Shop with a Cop program warms more hearts every year

On a Tuesday afternoon in early December, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office kicked off its 10th anniversary of the Shop with a Cop program at the Walmart Super Center in Murdock. More...

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

THURSDAY, DEC. 18, 7 P.M. PBS NewsHour The PBS NewsHour continues to provide indepth analysis of current events with a news summary, live interviews and discussions of domestic and international issues. More...

Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens gears up for 2016 opening with grant

The Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens Inc. recently received a $10,000 matching grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. This grant will fund many of the expenses associated with opening the gardens. More...

Florida Gulf Coast University accepting nominations for Alumni Awards

The Florida Gulf Coast University Alumni Association is accepting nominations for its annual Alumni Awards. Deadline for submissions is Friday, Jan. 2. More...

County calls for input on its services

Charlotte County government is looking for input by survey from residents regarding county services. Residents are asked to review a list and give their opinion on what services should be increased, maintained, reduced or eliminated. More...

Motor Trend names Chevy Colorado 2015 Truck of Year

After its most comprehensive truckevaluation program in history, Motor Trend has selected the Chevy Colorado as its 2015 Truck of the Year. More...

RV shipments to grow again in 2015, analysts say

The RV industry’s shipments will total 361,400 units in 2015, a 3.9 percent increase above the projected 2014 total of 348,000, Recreational Vehicle Industry Association President Richard Coon announced at “Outlook 2015: Good Things Ahead More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting:

2100 Via Veneto Drive, Punta Gorda

This recently built waterfront home in Punta Gorda Isles offers quick sailboat access to Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. More...

Robb & Stucky creates inspired interior design for Golf Estate model home at Sarasota National

The interior design of Sarasota National’s first Golf Estate model home emulates its natural surroundings with an emphasis on organic and natural elements and a classically scaled, tailored look. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

2015 Ring in the new year right

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS

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Author hooks audience with New Adult serial novels

First of all, Kristie Cook would like you to know that she doesn’t write porn. And no, she doesn’t write erotica either. More...

BEACH READING

‘Who Stole the American Dream?’

By Hedrick Smith (Random House, $18) If you believe that things haven’t been quite right with the American economy for some time, but you’re not exactly sure why, then “Who Stole the American Dream?” will serve as an informat More...