August 14, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

¦ THURSDAY, AUG. 14, 8 P.M.  Jimmy Van Heusen: Swinging with Frank and Bing  Oscar-winning composer and test pilot Jimmy Van Heusen wrote high-flying songs for his legendary pals, including Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. More...

Flats Invitational Redfish Challenge to mark 10 years

The Flats Invitational Redfish Challenge is coming back for its 10th year with a promise of fun and excitement for anglers, friends and family. The event returns Friday and Saturday, Aug. 29-30, with a first place prize this year of $10,000.  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...

Honda Fit to lead Kelley Blue Book 10 best Back-to-School Cars

With the 2014-15 school year right around the corner, many students and parents of teens are considering their transportation needs to and from campus and activities. More...

Consumer confidence drives motorhome sales

Ford Motor Co., America’s best-selling motorhome chassis manufacturer, has boosted production of its Class A motorhome chassis and introduced new options in response to growing consumer confidence and demand for recreational vehicles.  More...

Special Sections

Business News

Selling Serenity

The wellness industry finds its place in Southwest Florida

It took the American public a while to accept day spas, what with all that self-indulgent pampering, massaging and me-time. More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Ashley Olson helps women get more fit in less times

“Most people say they want to lose weight, initially — but that’s not really a motivator,” said women’s personal trainer and lifestyle coach Ashley Olson, owner of Ashley Olson Fitness, 318 Tamiami Trail, #221, Punta Gor More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Growing a relationship requires agreeing about money

Money is often cited by relationship experts as the number one reason for relationship failure, specifically marital failure.  More...

Seared in memory: The fire that took Punta Gorda’s grand hotel

Punta Gorda has never seen anything like it before or since. More...

Rick Scott and Me

I like Rick Scott. I talked to the governor once on the phone and later watched him hand out medals to veterans. More...

Florida’s consumer confidence hits new post-recession high

Consumer confidence among Floridians rose two points in July to 84, hitting another post-recession high for a second consecutive month, according to a new University of Florida survey.  More...

Insurers Association cautions homeowners to stay prepared

The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, or PCI, has released a reminder for homeowners, renters and business owners that the active part of hurricane season is just beginning. More...

Blue Chip application deadline draws near

The deadline for owners of small businesses to submit applications for the 20th annual Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award is approaching. More...

PGD passenger count up 63 percent

The Charlotte County Airport Authority recently announced that the Punta Gorda Airport passenger count for July of this year was 53,826. This is a 63 percent increase in passenger traffic for July 2014 compared with July 2013. More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting:

15161 Community Ave., Port Charlotte

Open the screened, enclosed, front-door sliders and enjoy the Florida gulf breeze throughout this 1,408-square-foot home.  More...

Arts & Entertainment News

celebrity impersonators

Ever wonder what it must be like to be trapped in the body of a star?

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND SEE THE FACE of someone famous?  Some take advantage of this genetic fluke and pursue a career as a celebrity lookalike.  But looking like someone most of the world recognizes from the movies o More...

ARTS COMMENTARY

Two more foreign films and one great beach read

I know I wrote about foreign films last week, and honestly, I wasn’t planning on writing a part two to that — or at least, not so soon — but I watched a couple more on DVD recently that are not to be missed.  More...

KOVEL: ANTIQUES

Homemade board games became retro-decor

Not all game boards are for checkers or chess. Our ancestors played parcheesi, backgammon and cribbage on boards that could be made at home. From about 1850 to 1920, homemade game boards were created by talented folk artists. More...