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A future for branch banking? While so many have closed, our local banks vow to remain viable

September 14, 2023
Despite at least a dozen local bank branch closures in as many years, local “brick-and-mortar” banks are still a part of local banking habits. And they may well be around for the foreseeable futur…

Gettin’ some weathah down heah! Yikes!

June 22, 2023
Weather was the top story this week, as we went from sweltering hot with little rain to some decent storms and rainfall. There were even a few tense moments on Father’s Day morning when the phone …

‘Hurricane survival’ seminar scheduled for next week in Punta Gorda

June 15, 2023
Charlotte County Libraries and History will present “After The Storm – Hurricane Survival,” a panel discussion featuring experts who will share their advice to help you better survive a major weat…

A Better Shot Foundation awards five scholarships to seniors

May 25, 2023
A Better Shot Foundation is pleased to award five graduating seniors $5,000 renewable scholarships this year. In addition, over $55,000 was awarded to renewing scholars.   Stefan Iwasiw from No…


December 29, 2022
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OBITUARY: Barbara Witham

December 9, 2022
Barbara ‘Barbie’ Haynes Witham, 77, passed away, Sunday, December 4, 2022 at the Sussman House. A complete obituary will be published at a later date, and a celebration of life will be announced i…

Be an ‘ark’ angel with

December 22, 2017
■ BY SUE ERWIN Boca Grande resident Libby Frazier is spearheading a campaign to “Build an Ark” to help a community of people who are lacking the basic necessities to sustain healthy lives. For the …

Profile Adair Newman

August 10, 2017
Adair Newman appreciates spending peaceful days in Boca Grande. She lives on the island with her daughter, Carol Stewart, and her son-in-law, Doug. Carol is a Broker/Associate at Michael Saunders R…

Coast Guard rescues three off Gasparilla Island

August 4, 2017
■ STAFF REPORT The United States Coast Guard has been busy with weather-related activity lately, including a recent rescue just off the Gasparilla Island coast. The Coast Guard and Charlotte County…

*BOOM* over Boca Grande

July 7, 2017
■ A beautiful array of fireworks lit the Fourth of July night sky here on the island, over both the Gulf of Mexico and the Boca Grande Bayou. Gasparilla Island was seriously hopping for the entire …