July 31, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

¦ THURSDAY, JULY 31, 9 P.M. Doc Martin Season 1, The Portwenn Effect It’s time for the Portwenn Players Dance and Bert the plumber is in charge of selling tickets. Louisa buys two tickets and invites Martin. More...

Coming up at the 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...

2013 Tesla Model S charges to cross-country record

A team from Edmunds.com, a top online destination for car shopping, shattered the cross-country speed record in an electric vehicle when driving from Redondo Beach, Calif., to New York in a 2013 Tesla Model S in 67 hours and 21 minutes. More...

Classic teardrop camper updated with comforts

Teardrop camper trailers evolved after World War II, and were originally constructed with materials obtained from surplus markets. These trailers are sleek, aerodynamic and practical.  More...

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Business News

Florida's Non-Compete

SOMETIMES — IN FACT, DOZENS OF SOMETIMES EACH YEAR up and down the southwest coast and elsewhere in the Sunshine State — a little thing called a non-compete clause becomes the fly in the soup.  More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Hurricane symposium seeks to honor first responders

“Since we opened Dean’s South of the Border in 1992, we never took these hurricanes seriously,” said Sandy Stainton, coowner with her husband, Dean, of the popular restaurant and lounge, 130 Tamiami Trail, Punt Gorda. More...

Depression puts employee productivity in the dumps

In a hypercompetitive global economy, organizations must be “on” 24/7. Yet this scramble for perpetual performance is taking a harsh toll on employees. More...

Area ranchers try nontraditional approaches to raising cattle in Florida

It isn’t easy raising cattle in Florida.  Nearly all of the calves born on a ranch don’t get to stay more than about a year before they’re shipped off to parts west. More...

Refighting a Civil War battle

Some observers of the Byzantine political doings in Tallahassee call it the “Second Battle of Olustee,” although this latest engagement was waged not in the bloody piney woods of Baker County but rather in the depressingly antiseptic comm More...

Lifelong Learning Institute presents Hurricane Charley program

When people meet in Charlotte County for the first time, “Were you here for Charley?” is a frequently-asked question. For those who were here on Friday, Aug. More...

Winn-Dixie launches donation program to help hungry children thrive in school

Local food banks, including the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, are preparing for the upcoming school year and the fight against childhood hunger. More...

Share your best boating story for a prize North American Safe Boating Campaign

Do you enjoy being out in the sun?  Do you love boating?  Take a moment to share your boating adventures with the good people at the North American Safe Boating Campaign. More...

Real Estate News

First phase of carriage, townhomes, available in Osprey’s Bay Street

The public is invited to a preview of the brand new D.R. Horton community of Bay Street, which has several homes available for quick move-in. More...

House Hunting:

1607 Casey Key Drive, Punta Gorda

This three-bedroom, 2½-bath layout has amenities to please all: brick pavers everywhere, etched doublefront doors, formal dining room, separate family room, breakfast nook with dual sliders and remote electric shades.  More...

Building Industry Association meets Friday

The Charlotte-DeSoto BIA will host a meeting from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, Aug 1, at 17984 Toledo Blade Blvd., Port Charlotte. Coffee and light snacks will be provided.  More...

Arts & Entertainment News

Lego Magic

THE IDEA CAME WHILE I WAS IN A STORE, LOOKING at LEGO kits of famous architecture. Depending upon which one you bought, you could make a replica of the Sydney Opera House, The U.N. More...

Charlotte Players announces 2014-15 show season

The Charlotte Players has announced its 2014-15 show season, with performances held in a number of venues, including the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, the Cultural Center of Charlotte County Theater, the Langdon Playhouse, the Engle More...

Making a list, checking it twice

List making seems like a very basic human activity.  We make lists for a variety of reasons and occasions: grocery lists, to-do lists, New Year’s resolutions, supplies to purchase for the new school year.  More...