June 19, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

Area chefs give watermelon a juicy role in cuisine

Watermelon isn’t just for picnics anymore.  The quintessential summer fruit is now available most of the year and in an easy-to-eat seedless form. As a result, it has started showing up on restaurant menus in a variety of dishes.  More...

Ford, Heinz seek more than one way to skin a tomato

It might seem that tomatoes and cars have nothing in common. But researchers at Ford Motor Company and H.J. Heinz Company see the possibility of an innovative union.  More...

Special ticket packages available for Coke Zero 400

During the upcoming Coke Zero 400 on Saturday, July 5, all eyes will be on Dale Earnhardt Jr. as he tries to sweep both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway in 2014.  More...

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Business News

The workforce returns

Cautious optimism follows big reduction in jobless claims

From east to west, signs of the onceupon a-time great recession of 2007, which produced devastating effects for years after the federal government declared it officially ended in 2009, have faded significantly from the regional picture.  More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

For Bryan Ray, furniture is a family affair

For Bryan Ray, furniture has always been a family business. The co-owner (along with his wife, Mandi) of Furniture Direct, 23196 Freedom Ave., Port Charlotte, is getting ready to celebrate his store’s first anniversary next month.  More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Take the time to make a lasting impression with your estate

In the world of finance, there is nothing that needs greater specialization or tailoring to an individual’s specific situation than an estate plan.  More...

Researchers patent potential treatment for dengue fever, work on vaccine

As the rainy season approaches in Southwest Florida, it’s only a matter of time before mosquitoes follow. More...

Amassing weapons of words

The newest updated weapon in the muscular U.S. More...

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

¦ THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 9 P.M. Doc Martin: Hazardous Exposure Martin’s mother returns to Portwenn with some interesting news. More...

A word of caution for Good Samaritans

Tossing a towline to a disabled boat and bringing it back safely to the launch ramp is a time-honored act of kindness that recreational boaters have always done for each other.  More...

Ram 2500 HD mixes work with comfort

When it comes to trucks, bigger is usually better: More power, more payload, more towing capacity. Trucks, by definition, are for work, even though many of them are rarely used for it.  More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting:

3309 Tripoli Blvd., Burnt Store Isles, Punta Gorda

Wide intersecting canal views and 80 feet of waterfront are yours with this custom- built Towles home that features luxurious upgrades throughout on two lots in Burnt Store Isles.  More...

On the hunt for a beach vacation abode

WHEN WISCONSIN NATIVES MIKE AND GINA Ubersox decided to buy a vacation home, they knew exactly where to look. Mike, 45, grew up visiting his grandparents on Fort Myers Beach. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

CONNECTING WITH ‘THE VOICE’ WINNER JOSH KAUFMAN

YOU HAVE PROBABLY HEARD THE EXPRESSION "six degrees of separation." The concept is that everyone on the planet is connected through six or fewer relationships. More...

Bion Cantorum debuts with July 4 concert

Bion Cantorum will make its debut July 4 as a new Charlotte County choral group with an unusual name.  More...

ARTS COMMENTARY

There’s not much real about today’s TV reality shows

In the current issue of Mizzou, the magazine of the University of Missouri Alumni Association, I ran across an article about Jon Murray, a pioneer of reality TV. More...