December 5, 2013 RSS feed / Top News

FDLE report shows Charlotte crime down

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement released the crime statistics for the first half of 2013, and the Charlotte County Sheriff ’s Office showed a 6.2 percent decrease in index crimes reported.  More...

Beware the 12 Scams of Christmas

The Better Business Bureau advises savvy holiday shoppers that they’d better watch out for:  • Malware e-cards: Viruses and malware often travel in e-mail attachments or links. More...

Florida Hot Rods & Hogs brings super show to Punta Gorda

The Florida Hot Rods & Hogs Car and Bike Show will roll back into Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center in Punta Gorda on Sunday, Dec. 8, with what’s billed as the largest singleday car and bike show in Florida.  More...

The Rolls-Royce Wraith is an otherworldly car

Wraith. The word conjures up images of a “visible spirit” and a “haunting experience,” and haunting experience is an apt way to describe driving the twin-turbo, 624-horsepower V-12 Rolls-Royce Wraith coupe. More...

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School logos are tied to products far and wide

SAN DIEGO, CALIF., SKATEBOARD MAKER Randy Koch first heard about Florida Gulf Coast University through its breakthrough basketball team in March. He also realized the school might be a good place to sell his boards. More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Owners brew up hot spot for coffee

“I didn’t know that kids see it as an ‘adult’ drink,” said Elly Gilmore in the charming Scottish accent she has never lost. “I loved coffee. So did my father, so I grew up with it.”  More...

Obamacare’s likely economic consequences

Only U.S. citizens living in a cave would be unaware of the massive problems in the rollout of Obamacare. Its delays, dislocations and confusions all translate into economic waste and added expense.  More...

Show boats: Experiencing Charlotte’s glimmering water parades

Charlotte County residents describe the scene as “spectacular,” “unbelievable,” “you must come see it” and “words cannot describe it.” More...

10 tips to save energy this holiday season

FPL is helping its customers save energy and money this holiday season with 10 Tips to Save this Holiday Season.  More...

A good night’s sleep makes all the difference

Betty was a 23-year-old single mother who found herself in an abusive relationship that she needed to get out of for both her and her children’s sake. More...

Prevent your vehicle from being a crime scene during holidays

We’re now in the heart of the holidayshopping season, which unfortunately is a time when your car can become a treasure trove for thieves. More...

There’s a Stingray gift for everyone’s stocking

From a scale model to the real car, there are many ways to give America’s iconic sports car, the Corvette, this holiday season. More...

Replica of 1911 Pierce motorcycle hand-built around engine

It’s amazing what can be created with time, dedication and crafty machine work. Tim Thoele’s 1911 Pierce motorcycle is the perfect example of all of the above.  Mr. More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting:

1265 Pine Siskin Drive, Punta Gorda

This beautifully landscaped home in Punta Gorda Isles is situated on a lot with a lovely view of the saltwater canal with sailboat access. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

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LOCAL LIT

I T’S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THE HOLIdays are upon us. And while the Christmas season is a wonderful time of year, holiday shopping can be a bit of a challenge. The good news is that it’s hard to go wrong with the gift of a book.  More...

ARTS COMMENTARY

Not our kind of town: Too many gimmicks, not enough heart

This is what I miss: Having a cup of tea with my mom. Walking along the bay with her in Maine, enjoying the sun and wildflowers. Kissing and hugging her goodnight. Making my sister-in-law Pam throw her head back and roar with laughter. More...