December 12, 2013 RSS feed / Top News

How to have a happy Charlotte holiday

The holiday season will be in full, colorful swing around Charlotte County this weekend with several events for revelers of all ages.  More...

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¦ THURSDAY, DEC. 12, 8 P.M. Rick Steves’ European Christmas Join Steves for a colorful, musical celebration of Christmas across Europe. You’ll see the bright Christmas markets, hear local choirs, share holiday traditions with families... More...

Muscle Car City show Saturday benefits Toys for Tots

The Muscle Car City Toys For Tots Car Show, hosted by the Peace River Car Club and Insane Customs, takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Muscle Car City, 3811 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda.  More...

VHF radio check makes boating safer

If you haven’t freed up time to fix the important things on your recreational boat, such as having a fully working VHF radio on board, do it.  More...

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Business News

Innovators

Dreamers carve out new niches

THE INNOVATIVE MIND NEVER STOPS. SOME Southwest Florida daydreamers willing to deviate from the norm are finding themselves rewarded with products and services they’re passionate about and sometimes, profit to go along with them. More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Beef Country adds South African twist to traditional butcher shop

Amoré Scheepers lucked out when she bought the 40-year-old butcher shop Beef Country, 2320 Tamiami Trail, Unit 8, Port Charlotte (www.beef-country.com) in February. The iconic cow that stands atop the building was grandfathered in, she quipped.  More...

MONEY & INVESTING

The lifestyles of the uber-wealthy

Fifty years ago, there were very few billionaires and being a millionaire was quite a distinction.  The first person to fit this category of wealth was the businessman and philanthropist John D. More...

Ambitious rail plan will require big money, willing sellers

Without question, we’re mired way back in the 20th century.  Back when they slapped down suburbia way out in the woods, then bulldozed roadways to distant shopping, work and entertainment centers.  It was goodbye, downtown. More...

Are we there yet?

Most road-tripping parents and grandparents recall little voices inquiring “Are we there yet?” from the back seat. More...

Mud Run challenges FGCU engineering students

The South Florida Mud Run is partnering with the American Society of Engineers to have an obstacle design competition for engineering students at Florida Gulf Coast University.  More...

Charlotte residents should have new recycling carts

Waste Management and Charlotte County Solid Waste say delivery of all 84,000 new residential recycling carts is complete in all county service areas — three weeks ahead of schedule.  More...

Ford Mustang: Iconic pony car gets an update at 50

The next chapter in the life of the iconic pony car has begun as the all-new Ford Mustang — loaded with innovative technologies and delivering worldclass levels of performance — has been revealed around the globe.  More...

Real Estate News

What $345,000 will buy in town

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Panel explores Charlotte real estate outlook

The Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte- North Port Association of Realtors will present the fifth annual Real Estate Economic Outlook Conference from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at the PGPCNP Auditorium, 3320 Loveland Blvd., Port Charlotte.  More...

Flooring is only as beautiful as its installation affords

A re you ready for some beautiful new floors? Classic hardwoods, luxurious carpets, designer tile — those are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to selecting the right floor for your home. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

The Band Perry

KIMBERLY PERRY, LEAD SINGER OF THE SIBling group The Band Perry, sees more than a little symbolism in “Done,” the recent chart-topping single from the group’s current album, “Pioneer.”  More...

Reflections on five years of ‘The Santaland Diaries’

Christmas traditions come in all sizes and shapes.  One of Jason Parrish’s includes doing a little striptease act in front of others, showing more than just a flash of boxer shorts decorated with images of scantily clad men.  He then More...

ARTS COMMENTARY

There’s some heavenly holiday humor at Florida Rep

They descend from above on Christmas Eve and return Christmas Day.  And, like the angels Jacob saw, they ascend and descend on a ladder.  Maybe they’re angels disguised as convicts, or just convicts acting like angels; the interpretat More...