March 21, 2013 RSS feed / Top News

Garden decorations evolve through the generations

KOVEL: ANTIQUES

Don’t forget to look in the backyard when you go to a yard or house sale. If the house is old, you may spot a concrete birdbath, an iron garden gnome, old tools hanging on a fence or even a log cabin playhouse. More...

Study confirms high incidence of texting and driving

Most U.S. drivers reported talking on their cell phone and about one in three read or sent text or e-mail messages when driving, according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More...

Gartner study breaks down information management considerations

Gartner Inc. has identified the top technology trends that will play key roles in modernizing information management (IM) in 2013 and beyond, making the role of information governance increasingly important.  More...

Fun for all: Family Fusion set for March 30

In a day and age in which families can be torn between too many commitments and not enough time, Family Fusion comes to the rescue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Port Charlotte Town Center mall. More...

Frohlich, Gordon & Beason donates $1,000 to support Mental Health Program

Cort Frohlich of Frohlich, Gordon & Beason, Attorneys at Law recently presented Charlotte Behavioral Health Care with a check for $1,000 to help fund the Mental Health First Aid referral program utilized at CBHC. More...

Edison course gives dental hygienists opportunity to administer local anesthesia

Area dental hygienists will soon be able to administer local anesthesia to patients and receive CEUs. This specialized course is only available through Edison State College in the Southwest Florida area.  More...

Special Sections

Business News

Hiring veterans

Businesses begin to tap into an overlooked resource

THE WAY ROD BOWMAN SEES IT, people who put their life on the line should be first in line for a job. More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Premier Photographic Events turns clients’ locations into studios

“The main thing about taking portraits is you want good photography so that memories are made,” says Stephen Lineberry, manager and senior photographer of Premier Photographic Events in Port Charlotte.  “We use good portrait ph More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Sharing, caring and relationship financing

Successful romantic relationships require commonality in financial attitudes, behaviors, habits and goals.  More...

Arts & Entertainment News

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

¦ MONDAY, MARCH 25,  9 P.M.  180 Days: A Year Inside an  American High School  Part 1  More...

Up & away

Wing walkers and top guns headline two day Florida International Air Show

It takes an incredibly brave person to throw herself out of a perfectly good airplane, but wing walker Jane Wicker takes it one step further. With no safety line or parachute, Ms. More...

Ponti’s Charlotte Symphony Broadway concert transcends pops

Last Sunday evening, I had the opportunity to listen to the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, introduce new people to the CSO and watch concertmaster Stewart Kitts nearly levitate as he made his violin sing.  More...

Debate over natural attraction springs from revenue stream

They call it “Ponce De Leon’s Original Fountain of Youth,” or “America’s 1st Spa” (that’s the way it appears on T-shirts).  More...

COMMUNITY NEWS

Spa One hosts Peace Wildlife Center fundraiser   In conjunction with the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, Spa One is hosting a fundraiser intended to secure the survival of the Peace River Wildlife Center at Ponce de Leon Park in Punta Gorda.&nb More...

CCSO public information officer retires, replacement announced

Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell has announced that Public Information Officer Bob “Carp” Carpenter, 69, will retire at the end of March, thus ending more than 10 years as PIO for the agency.  More...

Celebrate Israeli Independence Day with Israel Fest

The Jewish Federation of Lee & Charlotte Counties celebrates Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day and the country’s 65th birthday) with the cultural celebration Israel Fest. More...

National poll reveals clutter causes more household fights than finances

Finances tend to be a common cause of marital squabbles, but an untidy home can also trigger a tiff. According to a new poll from Shop- Smart, almost 40 percent of couples confessed to fighting about messes more than money. More...

Parkside: On its way back to great

The Parkside area was once the centerpiece of the Port Charlotte community. More...

Fawcett presents free cancer screenings

Fawcett Memorial Hospital will present a free cancer screening from 8 a.m.- noon Saturday, March 23, at Fawcett’s Wound Management and Hyperbaric Medicine center, located in Promenades Mall in Port Charlotte. More...

Real Estate News

HOUSE HUNTING:

1005 Conecta Drive, Punta Gorda

This beautiful pool home is on a manicured lot in Punta Gorda Isles. Recently updated by builder Towles, the home offers 1,412 square feet under air. It has three bedrooms, all of which have walk-in closets, and two bathrooms.  More...

Improving housing markets continue to expand

The number of improving housing markets continued to expand for a sixth consecutive month to a total of 259 metropolitan areas on the National Association of Home Builders/ First American Improving Markets Index for February. More...

Midwestern restoration methods could protect the gulf

A leading expert in wetland science and engineering will discuss how wetland creation and restoration practices in the Midwest can help protect the Gulf of Mexico in a public lecture at 7 p.m. More...