August 13, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Port Charlotte's Ace is back after Charley brings hard wear

"What took us 25 years to build, Hurricane Charley destroyed in one afternoon," managers of Morton's Ace Hardware said. But customers encouraged them to rebuild. More...

MAKING A COMEBACK

The side of 264 W. Marion St. Its owner battled for the right to rebuild. Today, it's the home to Cubby's Homemade Ice Cream. More...

A novelist's-eye view of Hurricane Charley

Sally Simon is a novelist, as well as what we used to call "an every-day person." In her case, it means she works almost every day — at Hamilton's Uniform in Port Charlotte — and she engages every day with curiosity, More...

Recovery and healing after Charley: a doctor's story

When Hurricane Charley smashed through Punta Gorda with winds at 150 miles per hour, we had no time to get out. We were in a hallway with mattresses over our heads. We prayed and sang songs as we heard our home being demolished. More...

Recovery and healing after Charley: an artist's story

A million thoughts and memories have been rattling in my mind about all that happened with Hurricane Charley. On Aug. More...

Airport demolishes last Charley-damaged building

The Demolition crew arrived earlier this week at the Charlotte County Airport to take down one of the few remaining buildings that was damaged beyond economical repair by hurricane Charley. More...

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Air Berlin - Flying direct

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BUTCHER & BUTCHER

CLYDE AND NIKI PHOTO EXHIBIT OPENS AT SWF MUSEUM OF HISTORY/ B4

THE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA MUSEUM OF HISTORY IN FORT Myers has announced the debut exhibit of husband and wife photographers Clyde and Niki Butcher opening Thursday, Aug. 20. More...

Punta Gorda entrepreneur reclaims "the artist within"

Born in New Orleans, Patricia "Patti" Rogers Presseller learned early to appreciate the comforting surroundings of original arts and crafts created by her parents, Margaret Donovan Rogers and Henry Melvin Rogers. More...

BEACH READING

'Zero at the Bone: The Playboy, the Prostitute, and the Murder of Bobby Greenlease'

By John Heidenry (St. Martin's Press, $25.95) On Sept. More...

Building a TEAM to rebuild a city

How TEAM Punta Gorda rose from the rubble of Hurricane Charley

This article traces the early days of TEAM Punta Gorda, the grassroots organization that has made an indelible impact on Punta Gorda. It covers from inception to the first anniversary of Hurricane Charley. More...

Peace River Church peaceful at last

The Peace River Church of Christ in Punta Gorda was blown away by Hurricane Charley on Aug. 13, 2004. Last week, Bob Henry, one of three trustees of the church, spoke of its recovery. More...

TAKING THE WORLD BY STORM

Clockwise, from the top: The intersection of west Marion and Gill streets, tangled trees, President Bush speaks with residents and the troops stand guard. More...

RENEWAL & GROWTH

COURTESY PHOTOS A banyan tree in Punta Gorda was ravaged by Hurricane Charley and now stands as a symbol of growth and renewal. More...

Seven words that sum up a hurricane

Is it possible to describe "hurricane" in seven words? We put the question out to Charlotte County residents, business owners and government officials. And we got some replies we can only describe as category five. More...

Recovery and healing after Charley: a business woman's story

Weathering the storm itself was not the hardest. It was the aftermath. No place to work, no power, no water. New Hope Natural Healing Center was hit hard. Its home was destroyed. Its new home was not yet renovated and sustained damage, too. More...

100 in inaugural class

On hundred students arrived Monday at Edison State College's Collegiate High School in Punta Gorda. It is the first class of the brand new collegiate high school. The entering freshman class will graduate in the year 2013. More...