August 7, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

The day I met Charley: a student’s view

Aug. 13, 2004, was a day I’ll never forget.  Initially, it was no different than any other day, other than Charley, a Category 4 hurricane approaching Florida along the Gulf Coast.  More...

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

THURSDAY, AUG. 7, 11 P.M. Charlie Rose From studios in New York City and locations around the world, Charlie Rose talks to people in every field who have “a great story to tell.” FRIDAY, AUG. 8, 9 P.M. More...

‘Throwing the Book at Charley’ literary event features award-winning author

Michael Hirsh, the New York Times bestselling author of “Terri— The Truth,” which he wrote with Michael Schiavo, will conduct a book signing of “Fly on the Wall,” his 2012 lighthearted mystery novel about Hurricane Charl More...

Photos from our readers

Thanks to all who contributed photos toward the creation of this community photo album: Cheryl McClure; Bob and Linda Clendenin; Emile Zusman; Frank Kavanaugh; Gloria Walker; Linda Wilson, Mary Ann Okomski; Pat and Tom Cavanagh; Penny Stiffler; Cynth More...

Getting ready for the big one: ‘Coach’ Wayne Salladé remembers

Avid sports enthusiasts see sports analogies pretty much everywhere.  Director of the Charlotte County Office of Emergency Management and sports enthusiast Wayne Salladé says his role in the county government is like being a football coach.  More...

Electric vehicles, energy companies to start cloud communication

Eight of the world’s largest automakers and 15 U.S. More...

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Business News

IT’S AN RV THING

Industry is on the road to exceeding expectations this year

YOU’LL SOON START TO SEE THEM ON A HIGHWAY NEAR YOU: Those lumbering vacation homes on wheels headed south for the winter. More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

What Charley didn’t kill at Morton’s ACE Hardware made it stronger

On Aug. More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Is the Fed creating the next financial meltdown?

Janet Yellen’s most recent visit before Congress two weeks ago made headlines. As the chairwoman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, she is held accountable for the Fed’s actions. More...

Punta Gorda, bouncing back better than ever

Barbara Albin remembers thinking that Hurricane Charley’s impact on Punta Gorda would not be a big deal.  “I took an overnight bag to stay with friends on higher ground because we were worried about flooding, but not about the wind,& More...

Dispelling the myths about Ronald Reagan

Whenever calamity howls on the world stage, two things are certain: Fox News and its full-throated acolytes will blame President Barack Obama for the crisis, and they will further long with misty eyes for the days when the United States stood tall an More...

Before and after photos

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Hurricane Charley’s presents 10th anniversary informational event

Hurricane Charley’s Raw Bar & Grill in Punta Gorda will host a day-long event commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Charley. The event will be held Wednesday, Aug. 13. More...

Hurricane Charley: We’ve come a long way, baby

So, has it really been almost 10 years since Hurricane Charley meandered off-course and visited our community with winds of 150-plus mph? That fateful Friday, Aug. More...

Following utter destruction, mom’s and son’s spirits endure

Rita Growney and her deaf and developmentally delayed 20-year old son, P. J., huddled in a bathtub of their two-story Punta Gorda home as Hurricane Charley ripped it apart.  More...

1918 Cadillac Added to Library of Congress Archive

A 1918 Cadillac Type 57 that earned its place in history during World War I received an honor of its own. It is the fourth vehicle added to the Historic Vehicle Association’s new National Historic Vehicle Register and U.S. More...

Real Estate News

What $1.8 million will buy in Southwest Florida

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The story behind golden opportunity

hat if I told you that there is a way to make $1 billion risk-free, and all it would take is a hair dryer and some time sitting on the beach?  Impossible? I’ll tell you how you can do it. More...

What’s it all about, algae? Here’s some spot-on advice

A lgae spores constantly enter the pool, brought in by wind, rain or even contaminated swimsuits or equipment. When conditions are right, an algae bloom can occur overnight. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

SHOT in the U.S.A.

Naples Art Association contest draws photographs from around the country

p.m. Friday, Aug. 8. It will remain on display through Sept 26. The juried competition is limited to 50 photographs, one from each entrant. More...

Artists possess new vision after looking Charley in the eye

A million thoughts and memories have been rattling in my mind about all that happened with Hurricane Charley.  On Aug. More...

ARTS COMMENTARY

Enjoying the world of foreign films

I’ve been catching up on some foreign films lately — you know, the ones that so rarely play in our area, or are here and gone before you can even say, “One adult, please.”  Two happen to be Israeli, two French.  More...