December 25, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 24, 9 P.M.  Nova: Building the Great Cathedrals  Carved from 100 million pounds of stone, soaring effortlessly atop a spider web of masonry, Gothic cathedrals are marvels of human achievement and artistry. More...

Check scam could cause double damage

You open your mail and find a check for a fairly substantial sum made payable to you. It looks like a legitimate check from a major corporation. More...

CCSO officers deliver Christmas presents to special family

Members of the Sheriff’s Office’s Bureau of Detention continued a Christmas tradition last week when they played “Santa” to a local family in need, delivering a truck load of gifts they had gathered.  More...

Bayfront selects Christmas card design

Bayfront Health Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda held its first holiday card design contest this year. More...

Sarasota-based Chris-Craft’s Launch 36 named Boat of Year

Chris-Craft has announced the newly released Launch 36 has been named 2014 Boat of the Year by Boating magazine. To qualify for Boat of the Year, the boat must be tested by a member of the Boating Tech Team and exceed industry standards.  More...

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Business News

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Payless Shoes walks the walk when giving a helping hand

“To some children, shoes are a collection. They have a pair for every activity. To others, shoes are the reason they can’t participate in gym class, can’t compete in basketball or can’t play in the snow.”  More...

MONEY & INVESTING

’Tis the season to be giving

Charitable organizations are counting on holiday donations.  More...

Arts & Entertainment News

No! no! no!

For some little girls and boys, Santa doesn’t always bring joy

Visiting Santa.  Have two words ever created such joy, such unbridled anticipation in the hearts of both parents and children?  Santa! More...

Six Charlotte stars set to compete in ‘dance-off’

Dancing with the Charlotte Stars, the signature fundraiser for the Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County, will be presented with a twist in 2015.  As it enters its seventh year as a major local fundraiser, organizers of the event hav More...

BEACH READING

‘A Trust Betrayed: The Untold Story of Camp Lejeune and the Poisoning of Generations of Marines and Their Families’

By Mike Magner (Da Capo Press/A Merloyd Lawrence Book, $27.50)   “A Trust Betrayed” is the shocking, true story of an environmental disaster at Camp Lejeune that poisoned generations of U.S. More...

Players sign on, ball field lines painted as FSW preps for return of sports

They haven’t won or lost a game yet. More...

Coming up at the Renaissance Academy

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

Scholarships available for high-schoolers and college students

Approximately $450,000 in scholarship money is available through scholarships administered by the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. More...

NEWS IN BRIEF

North Port’s World Wellness Ecofest set for Feb. 7-8   The city of North Port will be the location for World Wellness Ecofest in 2015. More...

Relieving the burden of regret

As the New Year approaches, many of us review the events of the past year and are tormented by the “what ifs” and the “if only’s.” We size up our accomplishments, and spend far too much time beating ourselves up for the More...

Family’s Palm Auto Mall adds Lincoln luxury line

A mere eight months after getting married, Robert and JoAnn Helphenstine moved to Punta Gorda and decided they wanted to start their own business.  They purchased a Chevrolet/ Oldsmobile store, and became the first two — and only — e More...

Taxi Cabs Cash In

A S NEW YEAR’S EVE REVELERS hydrate and administer their personal hangover cures on New Year’s Day, taxicab drivers will lay their heads on their pillows smiling, having counted their money.  More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting:

18186 Brazil Ave., Port Charlotte

This is a true Florida-lifestyle home. More...

Amenity center under construction in Bay Street

The amenity center Bay Street is now 50 percent complete. Planned amenities include a resort-style pool, outdoor grilling area, social room, fitness center and cabana. Completion is expected in early spring of 2015.  More...

WCI Communities five-year partnership with Harry Chapin Food Bank generates more than $63,000

WCI Communities annual golf promotion to support the Harry Chapin Food Bank has raised more than $63,000 for families in need since the promotion and partnership began in 2010.  More...