December 17, 2008 RSS feed / Top News

Activist rails against city manager's choice of chief, questions hiring method

Although the Lee County sheriff and police chiefs in many Florida cities must campaign for their jobs, the Fort Myers police chief is not a position subjected to a public election. One local activist is trying to change that. More...

New physicians join Lee Memorial

Lee Memorial Health System announced the following physicians joined the medical staff last month: Ihsan Alsalman, D.O. - Emergency medicine, obtained his osteopathic degree from Des Moines University of Osteopathic Medicine. More...

City TV station moves to new channel

The City of Fort Myers television station has moved from Comcast Channel 12 to Comcast Channel 98 as of Dec. 16. More...

Homeless Coalition holds candlelight vigil

In 2008, at least 15 homeless individuals lost their lives while living on the streets or in shelters in Lee County. The Lee County Homeless Coalition's 12th annual Candlelight Vigil will be held on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m. More...

Caregiver support group meets monthly on Sanibel Island

The Dubin Alzheimer's Resource offers a monthly support group meeting for caregivers of individuals with memory impairment. Typically, the group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. More...

Flat tire - It could be a scam

The Lee County Sheriff's Office asks that everyone be extra vigilant while walking through parking lots this holiday season. More...

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Arts & Entertainment News

when in doubt, you can always get them the gift of music

With apologies to Louisa May Alcott and her character Jo, Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without tunes. More...

'The Other Shepherds Play' opens at Theatre Conspiracy

Theatre Conspiracy presents "The Other Shepherds Play" Dec. 1 7 through 20 at 8 p.m. More...

Chain of Fools: A fictional memoir by Charles Stupidnski

By Charles Sobczak (Indigo Press, trade paperback)

"Chain of Fools: A fictional memoir by Charles Stupidnski" is the latest offering from Sanibel author Charles Sobczak. More...

The Battle of the Bulge — Dec. 17, 1944, remembered

The haze that covered the Meuse River at Givet, a town at one of the northern tips of France, lifted by late morning on Dec. 16, 1944. More...

Gold 'Eagle' coin appears as anonymous gift in red kettle

Salvation Army still shy of its annual goal

For the third year, a special golden surprise dropped out of one of The Salvation Army's kettles: a $20 Liberty Eagle gold coin that had a small label affixed to its case with these words carefully printed, "In memory of Mimi. More...

Edison State College unveils a new logo

Represents the college's expanded mission

In August, Edison College was renamed Edison State College. The historic change was just the beginning of Edison State's expanded mission. Edison State President Dr. More...

CROW launches T-shirt design contest

The Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife invites students in kindergarten through 12th grade to enter a T-shirt design contest in celebration of its upcoming 40th anniversary and the grand opening of its new Visitor Education Center and wildlife h More...

Support group helps those dealing with Alzheimer's disease

A support group specifically for individuals coping with a diagnosis of early stage Alzheimer's disease or other related dementia is offered by the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center. More...

Dog club holding conformation classes

The Greater Fort Myers Dog Club, Inc. is starting a conformation training class for AKC-registered purebreds. Conformation class teaches how to show a dog in a show ring or gives you practice if you already know how. More...

Business News

Recession channels more business for psychics

People dumping traditional experts for a peek at the mystical

Psychics in Fort Myers say the collective negative energy caused by the recession has led more people to seek their counsel. More...

Lee launches $25 million business incentive

At a time when tightening credit markets are limiting dollars for economic development, Lee County has responded with a $25 million incentive fund that can provide capital for expansion and relocation. More...

Appointment-only boutique to open doors to public Dec. 18

Janet Marie Studios plans to help the holiday shopping challenged with an open house on Thursday, Dec. 18, from noon to 7 p.m. More...

Real Estate News

Lee home sales on pace to eclipse sales in 2006 and 2007 But median price continues to shrink

Last month, 730 existing single-family homes sold in Lee County — an increase of 139 percent over last year, said a report by the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach, Inc., which tracks home sales in Lee County. More...

Harbour House more than half sold

Fort Myers Beach resort condominium under construction

More than half of the 34 units within Fort Myers Beach's newest resort condominium are under contract. Harbour House at the Inn is a mixeduse resort condominium located adjacent to the Matanzas Inn on Fort Myers Beach. More...

Bonita Bay reports sales up 38 percent over last year

The number of new home sales in Bonita Bay Group communities was 38 percent higher during the first three quarters of 2008 than during the same period of 2007. More...