March 20, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

¦ FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 8:30 P.M. Charlie Rose: The Week Highlights of conversations with the week’s guests on Mr. Rose’s nightly PBS program.   More...

HarborFest event will celebrate harbor lifestyle

The Charlotte HarborFest Seafood, Fishing and Boating Festival celebrates Charlotte Harbor living at Laishley Park Saturday and Sunday, March 22-23.  With a water-enthusiast theme, seafood, arts and crafts, marine, fishing and boating vendors wi More...

Beachgoers must be wary of rip currents

Florida Division of Emergency Management officials remind beach visitors to exercise caution this spring break season, as rip currents remain a familiar occurrence. More...

Pontoon or deck: Which boat is right for you?

So, you want a versatile boat that handles easily, features plenty of seating and storage and is designed to be able to bring along a big crew? More...

It took a few tries to make this Triumph TR3 almost perfect

Larry Birks has had his 1958 Triumph TR3 apart so many times he can almost disassemble it with his eyes closed.  “I’ve owned Triumphs for 50 years,” he said with a chuckle, “and I always go back. More...

Special Sections

Business News

The big business of small garages

THERE’S A LITTLE BIT OF HERO, PERHAPS — and lot of ingenious make-do — in the men and women among us who can still watch you drive in (or get towed in) to their family-owned garages, get your engine started, listen for a moment whil More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Mrs. Blueprint adds new services to its long-standing business

Billy Rollins never unexpected to become the owner of Mrs. More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Get prepared before you buy a condo

Condos are a unique species of real estate.  Surely an investor’s residence is pricelessly valued as a home. But beyond that, residential owners look at their properties as investments. More...

Thunderbirds return to Florida International Air Show

The jets return to the 34th annual Florida International Air Show March 29-30. The United States Air Force Thunderbirds will bring the roar, the speed and the action to the Southwest Florida skies this March. More...

Fixing the fences

How are your fences?  Mine need some work. When you let a fence get loose — when you let it sag or fall — the larger world gets in and the smaller world gets out and pretty soon you can’t tell which is which.  More...

Florida chooses replacement for FCAT

Continuing historic steps to ensure all Florida children have the opportunity to succeed, Florida Department of Education Commissioner Pam Stewart announced recently that a new test has been selected to replace the FCAT 2.0 exams beginning with the 2 More...

Charlotte County Public Schools energy savings nets award

Faculty and staff at Charlotte County Public Schools have consistently paved the energy conservation pathway while achieving significant savings with energy efficient behavior — and now those good habits are earning the district another recogni More...

COMMUNITY NEWS

Imagination Library hosts fundraiser   A fundraiser for the Charlotte County Imagination Library will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at The Orange House Wine Bar, 320 Sullivan St., Punta Gorda. More...

Glut of used cars expected to lower prices

A glut of vehicles hitting used-car lots will drive down prices as much as 2 percent this year, projects Edmunds.com, a leading site for car shopping. More...

Redesigned Toyota Highlander gains space, comfort

The third-generation Toyota Highlander has gotten bigger without getting bulkier. Not an easy task, but it’s true. The larger cabin is wider, has more luggage space and accommodates a small but usable third-row seat. More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting:

15 Bunker Lane, Rotonda West

This waterfront home is situated on one of the most scenic streets in Rotonda West. The horseshoe-shaped street is lined with beautiful homes, mature trees and lush grass carpets. More...

Thornberry showcases ‘modern historic home’ in Punta Gorda

Thornberry Custom Builders recently hosted an open house at the Perisho residence in Punta Gorda. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

Screen on!

Fourth annual Fort Myers Film Festival brings fresh, edgy, indy films to SWFL ... again

THE SCRAPPY AND TENACIOUS FORT MYERS Film Festival celebrates its fourth year this month. More...

KOVEL: ANTIQUES

History and beauty abound on ‘ugly jars’

“Ugly jar” is just one of the names for an antique memory jar — and it often is an accurate description. But a homemade memory jar is of interest because it tells a story. More...

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