April 2, 2015 RSS feed / Top News

COMMUNITY NEWS

Don Gasgarth to be honored by the Cultural Center of Charlotte County The Cultural Center of Charlotte County will honor Don Gasgarth as its 2015 honoree. More...

NADA chairman: New-car dealers catalysts for change

In his first keynote address as chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, Bill Fox delivered a message to critics of the franchised dealer network.  More...

Distracted driving by teens bigger problem that thought

The most comprehensive research ever conducted into crash videos of teen drivers has found significant evidence that distracted driving is likely much more serious a problem than previously known, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. More...

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Business News

Battle of the Convenience Stores

At a RaceTrac convenience store and gas station in Fort Myers, Thomas Maloy, Lucius Jones, and John Griffin often come in for lunch. The store boasts a frozen yogurt bar with more than 40 toppings, fresh sandwiches, and tables inside and out. More...

MONEY & INVESTING

After years of writing about money, columnist to call it quits

It is hard to imagine that I have been writing this column since 2008. The expression “time flies” seems trite until you experience its fleeting passage.  More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Boot Camp secrets: Four tips for a more effective website

Charlie Rose, owner of the website development firm Funnls (funnls.com), understands how powerful websites can be for business. At attorney Mark Martella’s second annual Small Business Success Boot Camp in February, Mr. More...

Vietnam memorial project organizers focus on crossing finish line

Army veteran Bill Akins spent four years in Vietnam. By U.S. military standards, he is 100 percent disabled for physical damage caused by Agent Orange. More...

NEWS IN BRIEF

Scammers call locals about ‘grand jury duty’   The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous calls concerning a scam in which the caller says he is from CCSO and the person needs to pay a fine for having missed &l More...

Englewood Bank & Trust donates to afterschool program

The Englewood Bank & Trust donated eight computers to the Venice YMCA. The computers will be used by students in “Camp Hanchey,” the YMCA’s afterschool program. More...

Serenity rules 2015 list of boat names

Big and small, power or sail, there are many different kinds of boats and so many different kinds of boat owners. But the one thing they seem to agree on is how boating makes them feel, at least if your looking at a boat’s name on the transom. More...

Real Estate News

What $200,000 will buy in Southwest Florida

This four-bedroom, two-bath home is in a quiet Deep Creek neighborhood.  More...

WCI names top sales performers at Venetian, Sarasota National

WCI Communities has named the top sales performers of February for Venetian Golf & River Club and Sarasota National in Venice.  Venetian Golf & River Club’s Arthur Brown has more than 20 years of experience, including more than fi More...

Arts & Entertainment News

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!

‘The Liar’ director, actors ’fess up about their craft

“You keep lying/ When you oughta be truthin’.” — Lee Hazelwood, “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’” TALL TALES. FIBS. STRETCHING THE TRUTH. LITTLE WHITE LIES. More...

Sarasota Film Festival to feature 278 movies over two weeks

The Sarasota Film Festival emphasizes the best in cinema alongside exciting programs and events, with more than 180 films screened each year including features, documentaries, shorts, and kid-friendly picks. More...

BEACH READING

‘Audrey and Bill: A Romantic Biography of Audrey Hepburn and William Holden’

By Edward Z. Epstein (Running Press, $25) Reviewed by Larry Cox   Audrey Hepburn could appreciate the irony that while she spent years studying ballet, she never became a dancer. More...