February 2, 2012 RSS feed / Top News

Rankings give inside look at schools

The Florida Department of Education has released a numerical ranking of the state’s 3,078 public and charter schools, grouped by elementary, middle, high and combination schools. More...

Palm donates cash and equipment to soccer federation

Palm Chevrolet Buick GMC, one of seven Chevrolet dealers from the Fort Myers area that partnered with local youth soccer leagues for the 2011 season, raised $20,805 in total donations from the dealership and private parties. More...

Community foundation accepting 2012 grant applications

The Charlotte Community Foundation awards grants from its unrestricted funds to support projects and programs that address unmet needs of the local community. More...

Mission team returns to Haiti

On Feb. 4, the Haiti Mission Team of Burnt Store Presbyterian Church left for Port au Prince, Haiti.  More...

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Business News

Cash down

Realtors fight 20 percent requirement implementation

A FEDERAL REQUIREMENT THAT WOULD FORCE HOMEbuyers to fork out a 20 percent downpayment — once the industry standard — is getting mixed reactions from Realtors and mortgage brokers. More...

It’s Your Business… Customer Appreciation

Mike Lowe, CPA, recently did a twoday cookout for the local chamber and his customers. I was there both nights not only to partake of the free food and drink, but to volunteer to help pass out chicken or whatever he needed help with. More...

The end of the 30-year mortgage?

The 30-year mortgage is now at historically low interest rates, but some say that long-popular financing tool could become a thing of the past if Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac disappear.  More...

Powering up: the new savings and investment plan

Have you deposited any lives in your savings account lately? Have you invested any capital in your heart and mind?  Well, get to it.  More...

NASA program engages Florida STEM students

The Florida Department of Education will sponsor a new and innovative program geared toward Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — STEM — students. More...

COMMUNITY NEWS

Pantyhose Free Zone opens Feb. 4   Peace River Regional Medical Center’s Pantyhose Free Zone expo for women will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County in Port Charlotte.  More...

Benefit features 1-carat diamond prize

Steve Duke of Westchester Gold has donated a diamond to the Saint Vincent de Paul of St. Charles fundraiser. The event, now in its fourth year, takes place at the Port Charlotte Beach Complex at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. More...

Farmworkers’ rights group will greet Trader Joe’s

The grocery chain Trader Joe’s will be greeted at the opening celebration of its first location in Florida by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. More...

Wall of Warriors banquet coming up Feb. 17

The Military Heritage Museum will hold its annual Wall of Warriors Honoree Banquet at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. The event will celebrate the induction of B.G. Fredric Buckingham, U.S. More...

Church moves into permanent home

Deep Creek Community Church is moving into its first permanent home after 10 years operating as a portable church. To celebrate, the church will conduct an open house with barbecue, bounce houses, giveaways and live music from noon to 3 p.m. More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting:

5020 Kingsley Road, North Port

This home is located on a lot of almost one-half acre in a deed-restricted community close to shopping and restaurants along U.S. 41. The entry foyer opens to a great room with skylit cathedral ceiling and an interior of neutral colors. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

Super 8 (Times 2)

Punta Gorda’s eighth national art show features 16 local artists

EVERY OTHER YEAR, THE VISUAL ARTS Center in Punta Gorda hosts the juried National Art Exhibition, a show that wows the socks off residents and visitors alike.  This year’s event is no exception.  And in its eighth year, Visual Arts &n More...

Expressing the essence: Folk artists travel long road to ArtFest

THE FIGURES THAT POPULATE T.P. Speer’s and Deborah Banyas’ art booth are an undeniably colorful bunch, both literally and figuratively. More...

‘Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race But Changed the Nation’

BEACH READING

“Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race But Changed the Nation” by Scott Farris (Lyons Press, $24.95)   More...