February 7, 2013 RSS feed / Top News

Karats in Krystal Fundraiser benefits St. Vincent de Paul Society

The Karats in Krystal fundraiser, now in its firth year, will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. More...

One doesn’t have to be the loneliest number — on Valentine’s Day!

If you’re reading this on Valentine’s Day, then you have your work cut out for you for the future, but for today, you are alone — and nothing can make you feel less loved than being alone on the most lovey-dovey day and night of the More...

Charlotte Virtual School enrollment now open

Charlotte Virtual School, a franchise of Florida Virtual School, serves middle and high school students and is open to Charlotte County students in grades 6-12. Students may enroll as part-time or full-time participants in this program. More...

Budget boating keeps family finances above water

Peak boating season, which begins each May, brings an estimated 59 million adults around the U.S. to the water to go boating with family and friends. More...

It’s showtime

This week’s featured vehicle show:  ¦ Good Deals Appliances Car and Truck Show, Saturday, Feb. 9, 1780 Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. More...

Dedicated Ford fan has special fancy for the Falcon

Jim Hatcher restored his first car when he was 13 years old. The car was a 1923 Model T.  Mr. Hatcher lived in Coolidge, Kan., as a youngster. His Model T is still on display in Syracuse, Kan., in the Hamilton Country museum. Mr. More...

BIG DEALS ON TWO WHEELS

Here are upcoming events in the Charlotte County area for motorcycle enthusiasts:  Thursday, Feb. 7   More...

Nissan Altima named top model in price range by Kiplinger’s

Adding to its many accolades since launching in 2012, the fifth-generation 2013 Nissan Altima has been awarded the title of “Best New Model” vehicle in the $25,000 to $30,000 price range by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. More...

2014 ’Vette is the Super Bowl MVP trophy car for no ordinary Joe

The honor of awarding the Super Bowl XLVII MVP Award to Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was given to Rick Flick of New Orleans’ Banner Chevrolet, who knows a thing or two about comebacks.  More...

Murphy beds mean maximum function, comfort and elegance

Murphy beds have become a popular option throughout Florida as families look for ways to make the most of their space — without compromising the overall aesthetic of their home.  Why Murphy beds?   More...

Buyer beware purchasing property at judicial auction

A s an attorney focusing on real estate law in Southwest Florida, I frequently receive phone calls from distraught consumers who thought they were getting a great deal by purchasing property at judicial auction, only to find out that their “ste More...

Rule No. 1: The customer is always right

I t has always been my belief, and that of Adams Homes along with most other reputable builders, that the customer is treated as the most important person in the world. They are treated with respect and empathy for their concerns and needs.  More...

LED lighting creates a personal water wonderland

Pool and landscape lighting has come a long way in the past few years. More...

No order for a dream home is too tall for TowlesCorp to fill

Selecting a builder can be a difficult prospect, especially when you don’t know anyone in the area. Wendy and Don Mueller relied on the advice of their Realtor when they decided to build their new home in Burnt Store Isles 12 years ago. More...

Sunbrella is a fabric featuring the best of both indoor, outdoor living

For many people, our warm climate means living both indoors and out. We play in the sand and surf, we swim in our pools.  More...

Seasonal residents: Take care of your water heater

I t’s that time of year when our Northern customers are making their way back to our area. As they start to open up their homes, one of the most common items that might give them problems will be their water heater. More...

Special Sections

Business News

Daughter dresses up her parents’ business

YOU COULD SAY EVELYN & ARTHUR WAS born of a need.  When Evelyn Lewis retired to Florida, she discovered she simply didn’t have a thing to wear.  Fortunately for Mrs. More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Experience makes the top tax preparer

John Hitzel, owner of John Hitzel’s Omni Tax & Business Services in Port Charlotte, has been preparing taxes since the penciland eraser days of the mid-1970s. More...

MONEY & INVESTING

A portfolio that stands strong despite the economic weather

Recent investment banter heard from trustees for pension and other large institutional funds sounds so much the same.  “Our consultants (or managers) feel that the U.S. More...

Don’t be a lonely heart on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the time of year when singles are hyper aware that they’re alone. So, if you’re single and you don’t want to be, you don’t have to be. Ever again. I mean it.  More...

North Port celebrates Nature Environmental

Festival among 500th anniversary activities

Throughout 2013, the state of Florida is celebrating its 500th anniversary. Ponce de Leon’s arrived on Florida’s east coast in 1513. More...

Open houses set for East-West Spring Lake Wastewater Pilot Program

Charlotte County Utilities is offering informational open houses on the proposed East-West Spring Lake Wastewater Pilot Program. More...

Titans of the track

NASCAR enshrines five hall of famers this weekend

NASCAR welcomes the 2013 class of inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Friday, Feb. 8, at the hall in Charlotte, N.C. This year’s class consists of Buck Baker, Cotton Owens, Herb Thomas, Rusty Wallace and Leonard Wood. More...

Fuel for thought: RVing an affordable way to travel

For those who feel that fluctuating — and often sky-high — fuel prices make ownership and travel in a recreational vehicle, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association offers the following reasons why RVing isn’t as cost-prohibitive More...

January sales show Ford off to zooming start in 2013

Ford Motor Company’s January U.S. More...

NASCAR THIS WEEK

Tough Baker bucked the trend as NASCAR pioneer

Buck Baker personified the term “old school.”  Elzie Wylie “Buck” Baker, winner of 46 NASCAR Sprint Cup races and the series’ first back-to-back champion, personified the phrase “no quarter asked and none give More...

Cadillac ATS named North American Car of the Year

Cadillac's new small ATS sedan was designed to challenge the BMW 3-series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. More...

Challenger R/T Redline gives Dodge more muscle

The Dodge brand heated up the recent 2013 Chicago Auto Show with the introduction of the new Challenger R/T Redline with modern muscle-car cues, a potent HEMI V-8 engine throwing down 375 horsepower and a performance tuned chassis for world-class dyn More...

Ridding your pool of phosphates

Did you know that Florida is the phosphate capital of the nation?  Most pool owners don’t even know that they may have phosphates in their pool water. More...

Improve your credit score before applying for a mortgage Don’t get soaked: Beware of water-testing scams

We’re hoping to buy our first house. What should we do in advance to improve our credit? It’s pretty good now, but we want to make it even better. More...

Tighter homes for a fatter wallet

Want to cut down on your monthly contribution to FPL’s shareholders? Great — so do I. So where should we start? Seal the leaks first. Caulk and weather stripping are your friends. More...

Breathe easier, healthier with state-of-art air purifier

The Air Oasis Induct Air Purifier is perfect for your apartment, home or office to remove odors, bacteria, viruses, mold and other air and surface impurities through your central HVAC system.  More...

Nine easy steps to remodel your kitchen or bathroom

Looking to remodel your kitchen or bathroom? Our staff at CR World Granite Inc. can assist you in your remodeling process. We can make your remodel seem as easy as getting a tan at one of our wonderful Florida beaches. More...

How synthetic fibers changed the carpet we walk on

When walking into your home, the first thing most people notice is the floors. Whether you choose hardwood, carpet, tile, laminate or something else, your floors set the overall tone and “feel” of your home.  More...

The seven deadly sins of selling a home

Everyone has heard of the seven deadly sins. More...

Real Estate News

Nursing charity’s work gives hope for Haiti orphanage

A fundraiser organized by a local charitable organization of nurses has raised $4,000 toward the completion of an orphanage in Haiti.  The Jan. More...

HOUSE HUNTING:

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Punta Gorda   More...

Centex open house showcases new model in North Port

Centex Homes will host an open house Saturday, Feb. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

KOVELS: ANTIQUES

Lover’s eyes a way to commemorate discrete affairs

Unfaithful spouses have been around since the beginning of time, and they’ve always been a source of gossip. More...

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

¦ THURSDAY, FEB. 7, 9 P.M.  Doc Martin  On the Edge Part 2  More...

The art of hosting a national art exhibit

Fifteen years ago, the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda held its first national art show. It was an ambitious and groundbreaking endeavor for what was then a small art center with no paid staff. More...