December 11, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

September tourist tax up 34 percent over last year

Tourist Development Tax Revenues collected during September were up 34.3 percent over the previous year and the $168,779 collected was the most of any September, according to the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau.  More...

Do Not Call tops list of consumer complaints

Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. More...

Coming up at the Renaissance Academy

The Renaissance Academy of FGCU offers lifelong learning classes to enrich life experiences at any age. More...

Cadillac XTS, Escalade now offer massage seats

No time today to make it to the spa or schedule a visit with the massage therapist? No problem. On two 2015 models, Cadillac is offering front driver and passenger seats that can knead, roll and relax your back as you drive. More...

Mazda teams with Xbox for 2016 MX-5 promotion

For the second consecutive year, Mazda North American Operations is teaming up with Xbox, this time to promote the launch of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 and give Forza Horizon 2 players the chance to enter the Mazda MX-5 Livery Design Contest.  More...

It’s easy to wrap up unique, attractive blinds

A visit to Absolute Blinds Etc. on the Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte reveals so many options for window décor that it may be a bit overwhelming. More...

Ever wonder why diamonds are hard and sparkling?

Charlotte County is a relatively small place, so I’m sure many of you have seen (or more likely heard) the high-pitch squealing of my twin 6-year-old boys, Sam and Leif, around the area. More...

Layaway always an option if you find that special piece

Let’s talk about layaway. A lot of people say, “Layaway? What do you mean?” We ask you to put 10 percent down on a particular item, whether it’s an antique or a piece of jewelry. More...

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Garden shops

... as unique as their owners

When Steven Chase was 10, he lived in a neighborhood built on an old mango grove, which had left the soil unusually rich and dark. He grew zinnias and sunflowers that shot up to over 6 feet. More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Former pro cruiserweight fights to bring boxing back to the community

Theo Kruger recently ended a 12-year run as a professional boxer, but he’s also a doting father of six who loves kids. More...

Women have different needs than men for their financial security

Nearly half of all American women, no matter their background, share a fear that may seem odd given the wealth of some: They are afraid of losing their financial independence, otherwise known as “Bag Lady Syndrome,” according to a recent More...

Downtown Punta Gorda market set to keep growing

When Jerry Presseller started the Saturday downtown Punta Gorda Farmers Market six years ago, there were 12 vendors. Today, there are 52, the maximum that Mr. Presseller can accommodate.   More...

Punta Gorda Police begin enhanced holiday patrols

The Punta Gorda Police Department is implementing a number of measures to provide and promote a safe environment for residential and commercial customers during this holiday season. More...

Five tips for charitable giving during the holidays

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services offers five tips today that consumers should consider before making a charitable contribution this holiday season.  More...

Florida’s consumer confidence reaches post-recession high

Consumer sentiment among Floridians hit a post-recession high of 86 in November, an increase of two points over October, according to a monthly University of Florida survey.  More...

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

CHS presents free concert   More than 140 students will be featured when Charlotte High School’s vocal department presents a holiday concert “Music in the Air” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11. More...

NASA’s new Orion Spacecraft completes first spaceflight test

NASA marked a major milestone Friday on its journey to Mars as the Orion spacecraft completed its first voyage to space, traveling farther than any spacecraft designed for astronauts has been in more than 40 years.  More...

Honda brings back classic toys in holiday campaign

Stretch Armstrong, Gumby, Jem and The Holograms, Little People, Magic 8-Ball, Skeletor, Strawberry Shortcake and G.I. More...

Business expands selection of furniture lines KOVEL: ANTIQUES

Beer stein’s origins traced to the ‘Black Death’

A fter a successful November brimming with Black Friday deals all month long, Florida Furniture Outlet of Port Charlotte is excited to unveil some new additions to its merchandise line. More...

Learn the ABCs of proper pool-water chemistry

There are five chemical levels that every pool owner needs to keep track of. Here is a description of each:  1. Free chlorine (FC): A sanitizer that keeps your pool water safe and free of germs. Chlorine must be constantly replenished.  2. More...

Looking for that unique gift for someone special?

I f you’re looking for that unique gift for that special someone in your life — that person who enjoys interesting embellishments and wants her home to be steps ahead of the crowd — stop by the SandStar Design Center to select from More...

Mistletoe: Steal a holiday kiss under the tree bandit

There’s no better plant to study during the holiday season than mistletoe, and yes, it grows here in Florida.  More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting:

4170 Enclave Place, Port Charlotte

This is one of only four homes in a gated community. Custom built in 2007, it has the space (2,409 square feet) for a large family.  More...

WCI releases six Grand Villa homesites in Venetian Golf & River Club

Six new Grand Villa homesites overlooking nature preserves and lakes are now available in Palermo at Venetian Golf & River Club, WCI Communities’ 1,039-acre master-planned community along the Myakka River in Venice.  More...

High Mark Builders breaks ground for new model home

High Mark Builders Inc. recently broke ground for its new Binimi II model home, at 2215 Deborah Dr., Punta Gorda.  More...

Arts & Entertainment News

Brantley Gilbert

brings the party at Lakeside Country Bash

WITH A STRING OF CHART-TOPPING country hits and a pair of hit albums under his belt, Brantley Gilbert has become a bona fide headliner in the genre.  More...

Hansen returns to Ringling’s art library and her Sarasota roots

Home beckoned with its alluring appeals of sunshine, warmth and a return to her Sarasota roots for Elisa Hansen. Ms. Hansen had great jobs in a place she loves — Copenhagen, Denmark. More...

BEACH READING

‘Madam Belle: Sex, Money, and Influence in a Southern Brothel’

By Maryjean Wall (University Press of Kentucky, $24.95)   More...