December 21, 2016 RSS feed / Top News

Follow Lee sheriff’s office crime prevention tips for holiday safety

Burglars view the holidays as their chance to steal cash, credit cards and gifts from your home, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office warns.  Make sure your doors, sliders and windows are locked, even if you are leaving for just a few minutes. More...

FineMark CEO Joe Catti receives award from Lee Health foundation

Joe Catti, founder and CEO of Fine- Mark National Bank & Trust in Fort Myers, is this year’s recipient of the Frank Haskell Humanitarian Award from Lee Health Foundation.  Mr. More...

Know it all about holiday safety? Here’s a refresher for Florida folks

The holidays are a great time for family and friends to create many memories together. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reminds residents to drive safely, don’t drink and drive and be a responsible host. On the road More...

Fund established in memory of Jordan Ashley Gutheim

The Gutheim family has established the Jordan Ashley Gutheim Foundation Fund, a fund of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.  The fund was established in memory of Jordan Gutheim, a 20-year-old graduate of Evangelical Christian School and More...

Lee Health hospitals receive accreditation in heart failure care

Lee Health hospitals have earned full heart failure accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care and The American College of Cardiology. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

Truckin' on

The Allman Brothers Band is done, but drummer Butch Trucks is doing his best to keep the spirit of that long-running and influential group alive with his new group, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band. More...

‘Art is the Highest Form of Hope’

And other arts-related books from 2016

Books about the arts are tiny miracles. They instruct, support, nudge, challenge, provoke, inspire. They introduce us to new worlds, new concepts, new thoughts. They stretch our mind and help us expand our own creativity. More...

Come on in, ghosts of Christmas past — and bring Kleenex

THE DIVA DIARIES

Every single year I tell myself that I’m going to have the most sparkly, fun, festive holiday season ever. More...

117th Christmas count is for the birds

A partridge in a pear tree, two turtledoves and three French hens have little to do with the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count.  The same is certainly true of four calling birds, six geese a laying and seven swans a sw More...

Lee County sheriff’s detective, dispatcher receive top honors

Two Lee County Sheriff ’s Office members have been recognized by the Southwest Florida Police Chiefs Association for their accomplishments.  Detective John Lathrop was recognized as the 2016 Officer of the Year and Communications Superviso More...

Steps we can take toward finding gratitude

Emily’s holiday party was nothing short of dazzling. Emily was stunning as usual Emily’s husband, Rob, was the perfect host. More...

Beware online schemers, Lee sheriff’s office warns

If you shop on Amazon.com, listen up.  The Lee County Sheriff’s Office notes that AARP is reporting that a convincing and credible looking email purportedly being sent by Amazon is currently making the rounds to inboxes of holiday shoppers More...

Citizen of the Year nominees sought

Nominations for exemplary civic-minded Lee County citizens are being accepted for the 2016 Paulette Burton Citizen of the Year Award. More...

The Florida spring of John T. Murphy — the man who built the Burroughs Home

John Thornburg Murphy, from Helena, Mont., built what is accurately referred to today as the Murphy–Burroughs home. More...

The new LaCrosse is one Buick for all

BEHIND THE WHEEL

“Make new friends, but keep the old; those are silver, these are gold.” Joseph Parry died a few months before Buick was established in 1903, but his lyrics almost seem like he knew the new 2017 LaCrosse sedan.  More...

Business News

Doing it all

Successful caterers must be talented chefs, create amazing food, have a strong staff, be terrific at marketing — and get along with all kinds of clients.

This is not catering: You put some fancy appetizers together or you rustle up a three-course supper for 15 or 50, slap it in some Tupperware, run it over to a rich person’s house, reheat it on their stove if you have to and serve it up with goo More...

Interest rate hike mostly a blip, but strengthens U.S. dollar abroad

MONEY & INVESTING

As most of you have probably heard by now, the Fed decided to raise its short-term target rate by .25 percent last week. So what does that mean for the average person? Not a whole heck of a lot. More...

Campaign produces more than 1,600 food items for Community Cooperative

Pushing the Envelope Inc. recently completed its sixth annual CAN IT! Campaign to combat hunger in Southwest Florida. More...

Real Estate News

Modest expansion predicted

Existing-home sales are forecast to muster only a small gain in 2017 because of increasing mortgage rates and shrinking consumer confidence that now is a good time to buy a home, according to new consumer survey findings and a 2017 housing forecast u More...

Upgrades are standard at Majestic Palms Condominium

Purchasing a new home is an exciting time for most buyers, but many times, the excitement soon turns to disappointment when they learn that they will have to spend much more money than anticipated for the home of their dreams. More...

Allure caters to environmentally-conscious buyers

Developers of ALLURE, the new, luxury condominium planned for the Historic Downtown Fort Myers River District, are incorporating amenities and conveniences that utilize natural resources and are important to environmentally conscious buyers. More...