January 15, 2015 RSS feed / Top News

FGCU’s Great Decisions series launches Jan. 20

Dr. Ben Crosby, author of two books and numerous scholarly articles on international public policy, will serve as moderator of FGCU’s Great Decisions series. More...

University of Florida/IFAS landscape gardening series set

Gardening in Southwest Florida differs from anywhere else in the country. The annual Landscape Gardening Series sponsored by the University of Florida/ IFAS Charlotte County Extension Service Master Gardeners begins Friday, Jan. More...

SAVE THE DATE

New Paradigm Foundation hosts annual fundraiser   More...

RV show rolls into North Fort Myers Jan. 22-25

One of Southwest Florida’s top RV extravaganzas takes place the weekend of Jan. 22-25 when the 2015 Fort Myers RV Show rolls into the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers.  More...

Top UK driver preps for Rolex 24 at Daytona

Radical SR3 Challenge champion Phil Keen got his first taste of the twists and turns of Daytona International Speedway during testing for the 53rd anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona.  More...

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Business News

Remodelers are bustling

And good help is hard to find

At a new housing development in Bonita Springs, under a sparkling blue and white winter sky, Jose Miranda worked with apprentice installer Eddie Patino to put in garage doors. More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Underwater Fishlight guarantees you’ll see fish at night

About a dozen years ago, John Molle was fishing with his son in the canal outside his home, but not having much luck. He noticed that shining lights down into the water attracted the bait fish — but also made them difficult to see.  More...

Forecast: A banner year for real estate

After a slowdown in the market, housing analysts and economists have high hopes for 2015. More...

Mental health conference calls on all concerned

Florida’s mental health need is great, but the funding isn’t. And though Florida spends far less than the national average on mental health, that doesn’t mean Floridians don’t care. More...

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 9 P.M.  Doc Martin  Season 3, City Slickers  A family of city slickers seeking a new life by the sea, set out to disrupt the tranquility of Portwenn. 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. ¦ Investments for Women 101 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, Jan. More...

Share the Love for the Kids Home Tour set for Jan. 31

The fourth Share the Love for the Kids Home Tour is presented by Beyond Ourselves, the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association’s Community Service Club. Attendees can spend the day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. More...

2015 Ford F-150 takes Truck Trend’s top honor

The 2015 Ford F-150, which has established a new standard for full-size pickups with best-in-class gasoline fuel efficiency and capability, has been named Truck Trend’s 2015 Pickup Truck of the Year.  More...

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Correction: Dr. Eusebio Gonzales of the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic was incorrectly identified in our tribute to Ms. Andes last week. Dr. More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting:

25101 Roland Lane, Punta Gorda

THIS WOODLAND ESTATES POOL HOME JUST minutes from Burnt Store Marina sits on a secluded, fenced, one-acre lot offering direct views of the lake.  Stroll through the property to see a brick firepit, a wood swing overlooking the lake, a treehouse, More...

Punta Gorda Airport passenger numbers soar in 2014

The Charlotte County Airport Authority reported that during the month of December 2014, there were 63,051 passengers using Bailey Terminal at the Punta Gorda Airport, compared to 50,774 in December 2013. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

All about that Kate

Bassist comes to Davis Art Center

FOR MUSICIAN/SINGER/SONGWRITER Kate Davis, it literally is all about that bass… and then some. She remembers hearing Meghan Trainor’s infectiously poppy hit on the radio this past summer, while visiting her family in Portland, Ore. More...

Charlotte County Jazz Society swings into its 25th year

Charlotte County’s jazz scene has changed significantly in the last 25 years. In 1990, few opportunities existed to hear live jazz locally, so a group of jazz lovers banded together to remedy the situation. More...

Jan. 31 Hands Across the Harbor benefits CHEC

The Charlotte Harbor Community Redevelopment Agency and the Punta Gorda Community Redevelopment Agency will present the sixth annual Hands Across the Harbor walk, run, bike and the International Distance Skatebord Association-sanctioned — or ID More...