May 7, 2015 RSS feed / Top News

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

THURSDAY, MAY 7, 10 P.M.  Father Brown  The Daughters of Jerusalem  More...

Leadership Charlotte’s graduating class finishes up with community service special event

The Leadership Charlotte program of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce began in 1988 and has grown over the years to include approximately 600 graduates. More...

Registration open for Citizens’ Police Academy

Local residents are invited to register for the 50th class of the Charlotte Sheriff ’s Office’s Citizens’ Police Academy. The classes start Tuesday, June 30, and run for eight weeks. More...

Online boating safety course offered for free

For boaters, the best things in life are free — the serenity of open water, a breeze filling a sail or a fishing hole that beckons. More...

Special Sections

Business News

TIPS FOR TURNING MONDAY INTO THE BEST DAY OF THE WEEK

Living for the weekend?

ARE YOU A TGIF PERSON? DO YOU SLOG unenthusiastically through the workweek, counting the days and hours until the weekend begins? If so, was it always this way? More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

For 30 years, Friendly Floors has been tops

“A floor is a huge investment,” said Marjorie Benson. More...

MONEY & INVESTING

No big surprises in corporate earnings reports

Where were you a couple of Fridays ago between 9-11 p.m.? I like to live it up on the weekends, so I was hitting it hard in my usual style: on my couch in my PJs with a glass of merlot in one hand and the clicker in the other.  More...

Florida Weekly takes nine awards in state competition

Florida Weekly was named a finalist for nine awards in the newspaper division of the 2015 Society of Professional Journalists Sunshine State Awards, open to all professional print, broadcast and online journalists in the state of Florida, Puerto Rico More...

Charlotte VCB partners with Brand USA to attract global audience

Charlotte County’s beautiful beaches, ecotourism attractions and fine dining took center stage the week of April 12 when the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau partnered with Brand USA to film five “in-language” videos More...

NEWS IN BRIEF

PGD passenger count up in March   The Charlotte County Airport Authority reported that during the month of March there were 93,171 passengers at Punta Gorda Airport, a new month’s passenger record. More...

Charlotte County Emergency Management disaster guides available at libraries, public buildings

The 2015 Charlotte County Disaster Planning Guide, including the evacuation zone map, is now available for residents to pick up at all public libraries and many government offices. More...

NASCAR legend Gordon to drive Corvette Z06 Indy 500 pace car

INDIANAPOLIS – Five-time Brickyard 400 winner and four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon will drive a Corvette Z06 pace car for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 race May 24 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  More...

Limited run of Shelby GT350 Mustangs set for 2015

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Shelby GT350, Ford will build a limited run of Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustangs for 2015.  More...

Real Estate News

What $800,000 will buy in Southwest Florida

3817 Bermuda Court, Punta Gorda This Punta Gorda Isles waterfront home with four bedrooms and three baths has more than 100 feet of seawall. More...

Former historical center building to be demolished May 4

Charlotte County began demolition of the former Charlotte County Historical Center on May 4. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

MOM

An irreverent tribute to some world-famous (and not-so-famous) mothers

THE WORLD, IT SEEMS, IS FILLED WITH mothers.  But not all of them necessarily have offspring.  Mother might be a stage name, an honorific or the name of a band. It might also even be a male.  Mom. Moms. Mama. More...

Stand-up paddle boarders vie for world-class rankings in local race

To say Damian Grafmyre and his stand-up paddleboard friends are looking forward to the Battle on the Blueway on Saturday, May 30, would be an understatement.  “We’re pretty stoked about it,” Mr. Grafmyre said.  More...

One man’s story: Why I Relay

In 1993, I was misdiagnosed with liver cancer. That is to say that the test results of my liver function were through the roof. After all, I had already spent more than 20 years handling, eating and breathing carcinogens. More...