December 4, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

Hurricane season is over — let the preparation begin

The Florida Division of Emergency Management marked the end of a relatively quiet 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Nov. 30 by reminding Floridians that emergency preparedness does not end with the hurricane season.  More...

Grants will help get seniors where they’re going

Two new Hope PACE “Hope Mobiles” will be on the road this season as the result of a $290,000 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation.  More...

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Christmas lights up History Park   More...

Florida boaters can weigh in on anchoring rules

In 2009, the Florida Legislature enacted legislation that stopped local governments from placing inconsistent and often onerous restrictions on anchoring. More...

Maryann Mize celebrates 25 years with Charlotte State Bank

Maryann Mize is celebrating 25 years with Charlotte State Bank & Trust.  “A lot has changed around here since Maryann joined the bank in 1989,” said Craig DeYoung, the company’s president. More...

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Doubling down

Farmers markets benefit from federal program

For some (not all), it puts the lie to the notion that government is synonymous with bloated and inefficient bureaucracy. More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Amy’s Home Furnishings owner ‘falls in love’ with her merchandise

Back in Boston, Amy Walton had a bona fide antique shop. But when she moved to Punta Gorda, she discovered that most folks here aren’t looking for antiques. More...

The learning curve: Developing a sustainable competition advantage

Old-school competitive advantages that depend on all-knowing leaders and better mousetraps are dead. More...

Working drones grounded for lack of safety, privacy rules

Military drones that became familiar during a decade at war can fly as high and fast as a jet, but now makes and models for work and play are myriad. More...

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

THURSDAY, DEC. 4, 8 P.M. Tommy Emmanuel: Live and Solo in Pensacola 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...

Trust officer to conduct free estate seminars

Ever wonder why some celebrities’ estates wind up in court for years after their deaths? If you’re a woman, do you know the most efficient ways to fashion an estate plan? Is it a good idea to let a family member handle your estate?  More...

Chrysler 300 gets classier for 2015

With roots that include the breakthrough 1955 and 2005 models, the new 2015 Chrysler 300 takes the nameplate’s style and sophistication to new levels.  More...

2015 Sienna customized for ‘SpongeBob Movie’

Nickelodeon and Toyota have partnered to transform everyone’s porous pal into a new 3-D concept car based on Paramount Pictures’ and Nickelodeon Movies’ upcoming film, “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.”  More...

Real Estate News

What $1 million will buy in Southwest Florida

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Ted Turner ready to part with his private island

Ted Turner, the founder of CNN, is the second largest private landowner in the United States. He has 15 ranches on almost 2 million acres, much of which is used to provide bison meat for his Ted’s Montana Grill restaurant chain.  More...

Arts & Entertainment News

FRINGE Christmas Music

There’s more to Christmas music than the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Ray Conniff Singers.  Even more than Johnny Mathis, Bing Crosby and the Very Special Christmas album series.  It seems that almost everyone who’s ever made More...

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra takes audience on a Roman holiday

A joyousj festivalf i l off soundsd andd symphonic colors highlights “Gioiso,” the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s Sunday, Dec. 7, concert at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda. More...

ARTS COMMENTARY

And so we read on … happily

Whenever I get together with coworkers, the question inevitably comes up: What are you reading?  Writers are voracious readers, and we’re always on the lookout for an interesting book that may have somehow slipped our attention.  (As More...