February 21, 2013 RSS feed / Top News

Sixth annual Arts and Craft Fest slated for Bay Front YMCA

The sixth annual YMCA Arts and Crafts Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 1-2, at the Bay Front YMCA on West Retta Esplanade in Punta Gorda.  More...

Thrasher pitches moratorium on Internet cafés

Earlier this week, a prominent senator said he will file a bill placing a moratorium on Internet cafes — a measure that could become the only major legislation dealing with gambling to be heard by the Legislature this year.   More...

Joint project helps tortoises on preserve

Conservation 20/20 is partnering with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for a habitat-improvement project for protected gopher tortoises on a portion of the Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve.  More...

New GPS app for iPad designed for RVers

Almost two years after introducing the first GPS designed specifically for RVers, Rand McNally has launched the first RV GPS app for the iPad. More...

Drivers younger than 35 want auto service info every which way

DMEautomotive, a leader in science based, results-driven automotive marketing, has released a report on how, and how frequently, auto service customers want to be contacted by dealers and service providers, and the resources drivers now turn to in th More...

It’s showtime

Boating is huge in Southwest Florida with almost one in every 10 residents owning something that floats. The business of boating, though, took a huge hit in the recession and stumbled to recover. More...

Chevrolet will set the pace at Daytona

The 2014 Chevrolet SS will be very busy during its Speedweeks debut, pacing all four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races: The Sprint Unlimited, both Budweiser Duels and the Daytona 500.  More...

Mitsubishi Outlander earns cost-to-own award

Mitsubishi Motors North America announced its popular and versatile 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander crossover model is the recipient of the coveted 2013 Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own Award: Mid- Size SUV/Crossover. More...

GMC’s revised 2013 Acadia has new face, more comfort

GMC’s Acadia has been freshened with a refined interior and a bold new nose that gives it a buffed-up, big-truck face highlighted by LED lights.  The Acadia shares its platform with the Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave. More...

The Ghost scares up big savings on Class C motorhome luxury

NeXus RV, a manufacturer of Class C and Class B+ motorhomes, is introducing a new product built on the Navistar International Terra Star chassis. The new Super C luxury motorhome is called the Ghost.  More...

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Scaling up

Franchised businesses are growing again in SWFL

The late chicken baron and franchise pioneer best known as Colonel Sanders once taught James P. Gyarmathy to cook a bird Kentucky Fried style at his father’s restaurant in Clearwater. More...

SWFAS reaches treatment milestone

Southwest Florida Addiction Services has reached a new milestone of serving 80,000 people with substance abuse disorders over the 33-year history of the nonprofit organization.  More...

Lady anglers launch fishing website

Local anglers and entrepreneurs Natalie Leeke and Debbie Hanson have launched Bassfisherwomen.com, a website and online apparel shop aimed at women who fish or who want to learn more about the sport.  More...

Return of the house call: Old-style care made new again

What goes around is finally doing what it promises, and coming around again, albeit no longer in the guise of a man with a black bag stepping out of a horse-drawn buggy to fix what ails you.  That classic stereotype of a doctor coming to call on More...

Silent auction benefits homeless

Antiques, jewelry, Tampa Bay Rays items, gift certificates, art and more will be auctioned to the highest bidder at Centennial Bank in Punta Gorda through noon Saturday, Feb. 23, as a benefit for the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition. More...

County clarifies impact fee refund terms

An agenda item brought before the Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, Feb. 12, discussed the language relating to the timing of refunds of previously paid impact fees. More...

Online travel fight checks in at appeals court

Last week, a state appeals court plunged into a long-running battle between counties and online-travel companies about whether the industry owes disputed amounts of hotel bed taxes.  More...

THE LIVING GULF COAST

Meddlesome rats a prolific food source

It is impossible to underestimate the damage wrought to mankind and to any number of local environments by the black rat. More...

L.I.F.E. Academy students get new school

Students of the Goodwill L.I.F.E. Academy will be getting a new school for the 2013-2014 school year. The L.I.F.E. More...

Webinar series aimed at preventing hurricane boat damage

Hurricane Sandy was the single-largest recreational boating industry loss ever recorded, with more than $650 million in damage to boats alone. More...

NASCAR THIS WEEK

Race car driver Danica Patrick and her Stewart-Haas Racing team (right) with Jeff Gordon and his Hendrick Motorsports crew. This was just after Ms. More...

Daytona 500 reminds us of a legendary Ford

Larry Peterson got his driver’s license in 1969, the same year David Pearson won the NASCAR championship in a 1969 Ford Talladega. It’s no wonder Mr. More...

Ford Focus Electric gets top safety rating

Focus Electric, Ford’s first all-electric passenger vehicle, earned a five-star overall vehicle score in NHTSA New Car Assessment Program testing, which combines vehicle performance in frontal and sideimpact crash tests and resistance to rollov More...

Honda introduces new motorcycle, ATV, side-by-side models for 2014

American Honda gives riders a look at some of the models coming for 2014 as Honda continues to work at expanding the market through the introduction of innovative concepts in motorcycles, ATVs and side-by-sides.  More...

Compact system brings satellite TV to road trips

The compact, 13.5-inch TracVision R1, from KVH Industries, now brings hundreds of channels of premium satellite TV programming from DISH Network or DIRECTV to any motorhome, travel trailer or fifthwheel trailer traveling in the continental U.S., even More...

Real Estate News

HOUSE HUNTING:

4245 Cape Haze Drive, Placida

Lavish upgrades make this older pool home in the Cape Haze Windward subdivision look brand new. Located on more than a quarter-acre lot, the residence offers 2,313 square feet of living space with panoramic views of the golf course and lake.  More...

Neal presents models at Boca Royale Golf & Country Club

Neal Communities recently unveiled its newest model center at the Boca Royale Golf & Country Club. Four new models from two home series are now available to visitors. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

¦ THURSDAY, FEB. 21, 9 P.M.  Doc Martin  Movement  More...

George Washington plays pitchman throughout the centuries

It would not be in good taste or even legal to use a picture of the president of the United States as part of a product’s package design or advertisement. More...

Assisted dancing

The most challenging number in ‘The Producers’ promises to be the funniest

YOU HEAR THEM BEFORE YOU SEE THEM, A kind of loud rhythmic pounding: Bang! Bang! Bang!  It’s the sound of 17 rubber-tipped metal walkers hitting the rehearsal room floor in synchronized syncopation.  More...