September 17, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Land use workshops teach planning

Charlotte County Growth Management is offering public "Planning 101" interactive workshops at Charlotte County libraries in October, featuring planning demonstrations and online planning games. More...

Nuts and bolts parenting class offered for dads

A program called "Dad's Tool Time: a nurturing dad's initiative," has begun in Charlotte County. More...

Academic Success Center receives international certification

The Academic Success Center Peer Tutoring Program, located on the Charlotte campus of Edison State College, received certification in August by the College Reading & Learning Association. More...

Commission appointments open

The Board of County Commissioners is seeking volunteers for the following: • Affordable Housing Advisory Committee - is seeking two volunteers to serve. More...

Special Sections

Business News

Career changers redefine themselves, take new jobs

"On the morning after losing my job, I returned to the Morgan House, a restaurant in downtown Fort Myers, to ask for my old server job back. The owner at the time not only rehired me, but didn't give me a hard time about it at all. More...

I can't heeeeaaaar you!

If you have found yourself clicking the up-volume button on the remote control more often lately, or just generally enjoying the sound of silence when you know there must be noise, perhaps you should think about taking a hearing test. More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Tea leaves, anyone?

Reading the tea leaves. Those who are my age, or my senior, understand this expression. Some mystics used to swirl loose tea leaves in a cup and depending on their final position or configuration, the future would be told. More...

CNN Money names P.C. best place to retire

Reviewers loved Port Charlotte so much, CNNMoney. com named it the best place to retire in a just-released list of the top 25 best places to retire. More...

Bar Association offers workshop

The Lee County Bar Association, which encompasses Charlotte County in its jurisdiction, will sponsor a free monthly foreclosure and bankruptcy workshop for the public on Thursday, Sept. More...

Edison State College sophomore wins makeover

For Edison State College Charlotte Campus sophomore Jessica Sutton, a typical day can feel like a 30-hour marathon. More...

Allen named board president

The proprietor of Punta Gorda-based King Fisher Fleet will lead the state's association of outdoor writers and communicators. More...

Sleep Inn & Suites wins Gold Award

The Sleep Inn & Suites hotel of Port Charlotte was recently announced as a recipient of the prestigious 2008-2009 Gold Hospitality Award from Choice Hotels International Inc., franchisor of the Sleep Inn brand. More...

Real Estate News

Pool owners soak up personal, property values

Bob and Cathy Crispin found the ideal pool contractor. Mr. Crispin, former City of Punta Gorda landscape architect, already knew what they wanted for their waterfront home. And Flamingo Pool and Spa Inc. in Punta Gorda delivered to precision. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

How do I love thee?

our enduring love affair with poetry

I F YOU COULD HARNESS MUSIC TO A MUSCLED HORSE AND PLOW A FIELD OF fragrance with it; if you could seed and grow the truth and crop its fruit with carbon steel; if you could drink the four winds whole and raw— the juice and flesh, the pulp an More...

Gerro artwear hits the runways again

You might see artist Helen Gerro around town from time to time at an opening or a celebration of some sort. More...

BEACH READING

'The National Parks: America's Best Idea, An Illustrated History' By Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns (Knopf, $50)

Most of us take our national parks as a given but, according to award-winning film producer Ken Burns, establishing them was an extremely radical idea at the time. More...