March 13, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

Charlotte County Utilities warns customers of utility bill phone scam

A new telephone scam has surfaced recently in Charlotte County, in which customers are told they must make a utility payment immediately on the phone or their services will be terminated.  Utility companies throughout the U.S. More...

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

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COMING UP AT RENAISSANCE ACADEMY

The Renaissance Academy of FGCU offers lifelong learning classes to enrich life experiences at any age. The following sessions will be held at Herald Court Centre in downtown Punta Gorda.   More...

Arts Academy at Charlotte High to be announced at kickoff event

The Arts Academy at Charlotte High is having a kickoff event to introduce a unique new school to the public from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at Kingsway Country Club, 13625 SW Kingsway Circle, Lake Suzy. More...

BIG ARTS scholarship deadlines approaching

BIG ARTS is currently accepting applications for two programs, The Robert Rauschenberg Scholarship and The Patricia Thurber Scholarship Trust. More...

Hope HealthCare Services recognized as a Fit-Friendly company

Hope HealthCare Services has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a gold-level Fit-Friendly company, becoming one of the few hospice organizations in the country to receive the distinction. More...

Encore debut year encouraging for Buick

Closing its first full year, the Encore became the Buick lineup’s fifth model and second crossover, ringing up sales success in one of the industry’s fastest growing segments. More...

Jaguar’s luxurious XJR LWB is one big, hot cat

Full-size luxury sedans such as the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A8, Bentley Flying Spur, Porsche Panamera and the Jaguar XJ are pretty amazing pieces of work. More...

Special Sections

Business News

Video rewind

Production companies returning to prominence

TELEVISION VIEWERS MAY SEE LESS OF those commercials that make them cringe, those low-budget, in-house car dealership or furniture store commercials that leave you thinking, “What were they thinking?” The rebound in the economy has brough More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Air Trek: Providing air ambulance and charter service for 36 years

At 36 years old, Air Trek is the oldest business at Punta Gorda Airport. But, oh, how it has grown.  More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Retirement accounts for the masses might help ease the aging crunch

During the State of Union address on Jan.  More...

Arts & Entertainment News

Southwest Florida Reading Festival

Sue Monk Kidd talks about her New York Times Bestseller at the ...

THE DISCOVERY OF THE TWO SOUTHERN SISTERS happened at a New York museum while looking at art by a woman who’d adopted the name of a midwestern city.  More...

Ponti wraps extraordinary first season March 23

When the music fades on March 23, Maestro Raffaele Ponti’s first season at the helm of the Charlotte Symphony will be over. More...

ARTS COMMENTARY

Naples Players’ ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ worth staying alert for

“The Drowsy Chaperone” is ingenious.  It opens with a man’s voice speaking in the darkness, saying three words you’d never expect to hear at the beginning of a show: “I hate theater.”  He continues: &ldqu More...

Permitting pooches: Working out a doggie dining ordinance

Southwest Florida restaurants expand their customer base by welcoming dogs to porches and patios, and participating in events such as Pug Fest and Dog’s Night Out.  But a quirk in state rules makes it technically illegal for many eateries, More...

Gun bunnies

Guns. Again. This time in my son’s school.  And this time, thankfully, with no bloody tragedy. But almost.  In school shootings, you get the victims of the bullets whose lives end on the spot, of course.  More...

North Port to host public canoeing and kayaking meeting

Those interested in canoeing and kayaking are invited to attend a public meeting to discuss the first phase of a project that will open up the city of North Port’s canals to the popular water sport. The public meeting will be from 6 p.m. More...

TEAM Punta Gorda’s ninth annual golf tournament is March 15

The all-volunteer community organization TEAM Punta Gorda will hold its ninth annual golf tournament Saturday, March 15, at St. Andrews Country Club.  More...

Cheney Brothers breaks ground in Punta Gorda

At a ceremony attended by some 200 people, including Florida Gov. Rick Scott and other governmental and civic leaders, the food distribution company Cheney Brothers broke ground at its new distribution center in Punta Gorda. More...

Dine on the field at Red Sox Diamond Dinner

The Southwest Florida community is invited to help support construction of the new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida by attending the annual Boston Red Sox Children’s Hospital Diamond Dinner at 6 p.m. More...

Six ways to make responsible watercraft use personal

The gulf, rivers, bays and backwaters offer Southwest Florida personal watercraft aficionados plenty of places to grip it and rip it. More...

Flyin’ Ryan masters Daytona Supercross yet againt

Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Ryan Villopoto led all 20 laps of the 450 main event to capture his fourth career Daytona Supercross By Honda victory this past Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway. More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting:

115 Annapolis Lane, Rotonda West

This well-maintained home sits on the edge of a 42,000-acre state park dedicated to preserving the wildlife and native landscapes of Old Florida. You can enjoy endless wildlife shows from the lanai, pool and ceramic-tiled Florida room. More...

The facts … just the facts … about buying a home

Ever wonder what the demographics of Florida homebuyers are? They vary, and cover all aspects of age, gender and where the homebuyer moved from. They are single and married alike. More...

Don’t forget pets’ needs when making travel plans

March is here, and that means many of our seasonal friends from the North are making preparations to head back home for the summer. More...