December 24, 2008 RSS feed / Top News

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Ocala National Forest: Unique and nearby

We tend to play the reluctant tourist in the place where we live and work. Busy with jobs and family, we usually take time to explore our own environment only when outof town visitors expect us to serve as their local tour guides. More...

Edison & Ford Winter Estates sets holiday hours

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates holiday hours are as follows: • Dec 24 - Early closing with tours from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (last tour tickets sold at 2 p.m. More...

Holiday light technology could be the secret to growing better crops

It's the time of year when festive lights outline rooftops and driveways, but University of Florida researchers have a different reason to celebrate the same technology that's becoming popular yule-time décor — better-growing crops. More...

Colonial Bank fulfills 150 children's Christmas wishes this season

Colonial Bank employees and customers joined forces to make the holiday season brighter by providing gifts to 150 children through the Children's Home Society of Florida. More...

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Arts & Entertainment News

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Welcome the new year with the arts

Many venues offer a New Year's Eve performance and party

If you love the arts, then there's no better way to welcome in the new year. Whatever your taste, you can celebrate the turn of the page to 2009 appreciating and enjoying the arts, whether it's musical or theatrical. More...

Gorgeous George: The Outrageous Bad-Boy Wrestler Who Created American Pop Culture

By John Capouya (Harper Entertainment, $25.95)

It is rare when a pro wrestler is considered a transformational figure for society. More...

Fairytales come true at Christmas

"Christmas decorations are about magic," says Mark Vanagas. Those who step into the Neapolitan home he shares with wife Dot Auchmoody can't help but agree. Every December the couple transforms their home into a Christmas fairyland. More...

Hints for a safe New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve parties and alcohol can be a deadly combination, officials with Southwest Florida Addiction Services warn. "Alcohol consumption typically peaks during the holiday season. More...

New flight service opens from Fort Myers to Marathon

Continental Connection announced new air service between Fort Myers and Marathon in the Florida Keys. More...

Shell Point earns coveted 5-Star rating

Only Lee County retirement community to rate so high

Shell Point Retirement Community was the only Lee County nursing facility to earn five stars recently from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. More...

Americans driving less, even with dropping gas prices

October decline sharpest since 1971

Americans drove more than 100 billion fewer miles between November 2007 and October 2008 than the same period a year earlier, said U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. More...

Master gardeners hold workshops for public

A series of free public workshops presented by master gardeners will give expert advice and practical application for use around the home and garden. More...

Business News

Walk-in clinics becoming big business in Southwest Florida

Urgent-care facilities bridge growing gap between ERs and family doctors

Not long after Lance Dunning moved to Cape Coral from upstate New York in 2006, the 62-year-old RV salesman caught a nasty virus. It was over a weekend and he wanted to be at work Monday morning. More...

Businesses being creative in tough economy

Sewing center owner consolidates for better customer service

When stores started closing around Carol Vealey-Ellis, the business owner began to think. She figured a cool head is what would save her four-year-old sewing machine dealerships and education business, A Stitch Connection. More...

Real Estate News

New Model Center Park opens at Magnolia Landing

Viewing the model residences at Taylor Morrison's Magnolia Landing community in North Fort Myers is now a convenient, pleasant experience for potential homebuyers. More...

Report: Baby Boomers want smaller, manageable space

With 77 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964, it is no wonder that builders and developers look to this generation of "Baby Boomers" as trend setters in the housing market. More...

Lee BIA names 2009 officers and directors

The Lee Building Industry Association announced it new officers and board of director members for 2009. More...