February 14, 2013 RSS feed / Top News

Nominations being accepted for Business Ethics Award

Nominations for the eighth annual Business Ethics Award of the Uncommon Friends Foundation are being accepted until March 1.  More...

Edison State College plans for $10,000 bachelor’s degree

Edison State College President Jeff Allbritten has announced that Edison State College is working toward offering a $10,000 fouryear degree. On average, a fouryear degree from Edison State College costs approximately $13,000.  More...

Harbour Heights 5K set for Feb. 23

The Harbour Heights 5K run/walk will be held Saturday, Feb. 23. The event begins at Harbour Heights Park, 27240 Voyageur Dr. Registration starts at 7 a.m., and the run/walk starts at 8 a.m.. More...

Lots to like this new year: Redesigns, fresh models drive great start to 2013 new-car sales

Analysts predicted that new-car sales will surpass 15.1 million once January numbers are finalized, marking a 13 percent yearover year improvement, according to Kelley Blue Book, a leading provider of new and used car information.  More...

It’s showtime

This week’s featured shows:  ¦ Supercruise USA, Feb. 17, Charlotte County Fairgrounds on El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte.  ¦ Muscle Car City Car Show, Feb. More...

‘Oz’ actor Franco is off to start the ‘Great American Race’

James Franco, star of the Disney fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” which is scheduled for release on March 8, will serve as grand marshal for the 55th running of the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Fe More...

Subaru, Scion celebrate website’s top honor

Cars.com, a leading online resource for new and used vehicles, announced that the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ are the winners of the site’s highest honor, “Best of 2013.” For the first time in Cars.com history, two car models codevelo More...

Newest Evinrude outboard offers power, performance

BRP is now delivering the 135 H.O., the newest horsepower available in the Evinrude E-TEC outboard engine lineup. The engine is ready to order from authorized Evinrude dealers throughout North America, and delivery has just started.  More...

Boaters rank their favorite on-the-water tunes

With an estimated 83 million Americans taking to the water these days, Discover Boating again compiled its ultimate boating playlist to keep the party rocking. More...

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Business News

BLACK BUSINESS history

Black entrepreneurs played significant roles in establishing Southwest Florida communities

Joseph Blanchard’s name lives on in the Blanchard House Museum of African American History and Culture of Charlotte County. Not many, though, may know the origins and story of this early Southwest Florida black businessman. More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Kitchen Classics helps customers design a dream kitchen

“We’re not in the business of replacing what people have with something that just looks different. More...

MONEY & INVESTING

If fiscal prudence be the food of love, play on

There’s a special Valentine’s Day treat for readers this year: An interview on relationships and money with April Masini, advice columnist from www.AskApril.com and author of “Think and Date Like a Man.” She is also an enterta More...

Arts & Entertainment News

KOVEL: ANTIQUES

Untrained artists provide desirable body of folk art

“Folk art” is the confusing name given to some things made by untrained artists.  More...

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

¦ THURSDAY, FEB. 14, 9 P.M.  Doc Martin  The Apple Doesn’t Fall  Portwenn has a new police officer who appears to have an odd affliction that causes him to fall asleep suddenly at strange times.  More...

THE GREAT CONTENDERS

Raffaele Ponti had just turned 19 and was in the back row of the Cleveland Symphony as an assistant principal trumpet to legendary principal trumpet Bernard Adelstein. More...

Students receive hands-on lessons in sustainability

Tall thickets of bamboo rustle in a breeze along the fencline under a partly cloudy January sky. Floating bees and butterflies pollinate flowering perennials. Nearby, a group of students stake up a jujube tree, securing it in a mound of soil.  More...

Bait and switch coupons offer savings, deliver scam

Searching for coupons online is an easy way to save money. Unfortunately, it’s also an easy way to give your name and contact info to scammers. More...

Proposed Veterans Freedom Fountain gains momentum

Volunteers from TEAM Punta Gorda are working in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Punta Gorda, the Charlotte County Veterans Council and the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce to create a Veterans Freedom Fountain at Kiwanis Veterans Garden in Laishl More...

If it’s too good to be true, it’s probably a scam

The Better Business Bureau investigates thousands of scams every year. This list of top scams reported in 2012 was gathered from a variety of sources, including consumers and federal agencies.  More...

RV industry sees 13 percent shipment growth

Recreational-vehicle markets saw significant growth in 2012 with wholesale shipments finishing the year at 285,749 units, an increase of 13.2 percent over the 2011 total of 252,407 units, according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Assocation&rsqu More...

Miami flaunts its mega boat show

The 72nd annual Progressive Miami International Boat Show returns this President’s Day Weekend, Feb. More...

NASCAR THIS WEEK

Homestead down, Daytona to go: Jeff Gordon hopes to make it two straight in the Sunshine State

Last November in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Jeff Gordon notched NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory No. 87. This Feb. More...

Toyota unveils the redesigned 2014 Tundra

Toyota recently unveiled the redesigned 2014 Tundra full-size pickup truck at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.  More...

The Elantra GT: Hyundai makes a good car better

The GT is a hatchback version of Hyundai's Elantra sedan that has, in Hyundai's words, “five-door functionality and European driving dynamics.”  Sounds like a recipe for success to me. More...

Campaign localizes boating life-jacket message

As part of the 2013 North American Safe Boating Campaign (“Wear It!”), the National Safe Boating Council is offering up to $35,000 in resources and funding to state agencies, organizations and other groups throughout the United States and More...

Real Estate News

What $699,000 will buy in SWFL

15370 KILBIRNIE DRIVE, FORT MYERS

This custom home offers one of the best views in Fiddlesticks. With beautiful water and golf course views, the home features 4,000 square feet of living area. More...

What $699,000 will buy in SWFL

22561 GLENVIEW LANE, BONITA SPRINGS

This courtyard-style home with golf course and preserve views is on a meticulously maintained lot in the Shadow Wood at The Brooks development. More...

What $699,000 will buy in SWFL

253 DIVINCI DRIVE, PUNTA GORDA

This pool home is on a premier sailboat lot in Punta Gorda Isles. The twostory residence has 3,527 square feet of living space, including five bedrooms and three bathrooms. More...