September 3, 2015 RSS feed / Top News

COMMUNITY NEWS

Vietnam vets visit Vietnam wall model   Members of the Vietnam Brotherhood, Delta Company, joined Charlotte State Bank & Trust’s Peachland manager Polly Johnson to view a model of the proposed Charlotte County Vietnam Wall replica on d More...

PREPARE TO WEATHER STORMS

Remember: The Atlantic hurricane season is only halfway over, so stay informed and ready

Tropical Storm Erika reminded us of one thing even as she fizzled off the Florida coast — you can never be too prepared. Here are some helpful reminders for the remaining three months of hurricane season in Florida. More...

Unseen enemies create potential danger

Folks who don’t exercise their hurricane protection on a regular basis are often surprised when they are preparing for an approaching storm that the shutter system is stuck, difficult to close, won’t lock, won’t crank or has a motor More...

Knowledge in the fight against phosphates

Did you know that Florida is the phosphate capital of our nation? Most pool owners don’t even know that they could have phosphates in their pool water. More...

Product takes vinyl to a beautiful new level

Friendly Floors is celebrating Abbey Design Center's National Gold Tag sale. Through November, we have incredible sale pricing in every category: hardwood, carpet, porcelain tile, laminate and more.  More...

Expert financial advice: 50/50 isn’t always fair

Q: What financial implications might I need to consider before I finalize my divorce?   More...

Three generations of family stand behind their products and services

When you own a business with doors and windows in the name, you might think people know you sell doors and windows. But that is not always the case. More...

All about diamond color, clarity and enhancement

During the next several months, I want to talk about all kinds of antiques, collectibles and jewelry fashion — what’s hot, what’s not. This month, I want to talk about enhanced dia- monds. More...

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Business News

Made right here

Niche and high-tech manufacturing is a growth industry for the region

Manufacturing jobs make up a modest 2.3 percent of employment in Southwest Florida. More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Bisque It makes art fun for all ages

Vibrant colors and quantity of ceramics are what you see when you first walk into Bisque It, a paint-your-own-pottery studio at 1931 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, in the LTM Party Plaza. More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Lemmings aren’t really hysterical, investors shouldn’t be either

I’m sure that everyone reading this column has heard the expression about acting “like a lemming.” It basically means to follow others blindly without thinking. More...

Do the Right Thing celebrates 20 years of honoring kids who make a difference

In 2003, Ashley Casey, then a senior at Charlotte High, decided to stay home from school. And it turned out to be a good thing.  Ms. More...

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

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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. Parking is free in the adjacent parking garage. More...

Homeownership remains key to the American Dream

There has been a lot of talk in the news lately about millennials delaying marriage, kids and homeownership. So it would be easy to think that perhaps the traditional American dream of owning a home is slowly dying. More...

The Gifted Gator Boutique – the ‘big’ little gift shop

As you decorate your room or home with furniture that is comfortable as well as stylish, do you sense that there is something missing, that it is lacking pizzazz? More...

Reality checks you can do at home

One of the most frequently asked questions that we get at Rick’s Estate & Jewelry Buyers is, “Can you tell me if this is real?” This is asked primarily with regard to precious metals and diamonds. More...

When you want it made in the shade, go vertical

When the Hamilton family is asked about the most popular item they sell at Absolute Blinds, Etc. of Port Charlotte, they are quick to respond: vertical blinds. But NOT your grandmother’s vertical blinds that you remember from years ago.  More...

View from the pumps: How to murder your converter

After telling you just how valuable and expensive catalytic converters are, I feel it’s only fair to tell you how most people murder them, and all the warning signs to let you know what’s happening before those “cats” quietly More...

Redesign a sign of decorating times

There are two main concerns when considering a professional decorator. More...

Real Estate News

What $75,000 will buy in Southwest Florida

26201 Colony Road, Bonita Springs Here is a great opportunity for the handyman or investor. This spacious mobile home is on a very desirable corner-lot location near the community pool. More...

Thornberry to be inducted to hall of fame

Tom Thornberry, president of Charlotte Plumbing Inc., will be inducted by the Florida Home Builders Association to the Florida Housing Hall of Fame for his work improving the building industry locally and throughout the state of Florida.  More...

Arts & Entertainment News

Wayne’s world

Artist Wayne White brings his off-kilter view of the world to Bob Rauschenberg Gallery

The three-dimensional letters hover over the mundane landscape like alien spaceships from another galaxy or sprawl out like credits announcing the title of a film.  More...

ARTISTS AMONG US

Artist’s name: Amy Kindred  What is your medium of choice?  Mixed.  Tell us about your background.  More...

WRITING CHALLENGE

Gator gets round two going   Round one of the Florida Weekly Writing Challenge has seen about 60 entries submitted to this newspaper’s call to amateur authors. We’re kicking off round two this week. More...