Former first lady Laura Bush draws large crowds in SWFL
Updated 04/06/2011 at 10:44 p.m.
Former first lady Laura Bush said hello to people as she signs copies of her book, "Spoken From The Heart," at Books-A-Million at Mercato on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 in North Naples. About 350 people showed up for the event.
Scammed & damned: Victims unable to collect from contractor convicted of fraud - VIDEO
Published 02/17/2011 at 2:27 p.m.
The Griffiths are among 31 others in Southwest Florida who are owed a total of more than $200,000 from Cardin who has been convicted of the crime but hasn’t been paying for it.
Gotta move: Ballroom dancing continues surging popularity in Naples
Published 02/11/2011 at 4:02 p.m.
Naples is known for white sandy beaches and golf courses galore. But residents and snowbirds looking for more than outdoor recreation are finding a home indoors — on a ballroom dance floor.
VIDEO: Barbecue competition heats up at first annual Ziggy Dick's BBQ Cook-Off & Festival
Updated 01/09/2011 at 12:42 a.m.
It was smokin’ at the Collier County Fairgrounds on Saturday for the first annual Ziggy Dick’s BBQ Cook-Off & Festival.
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VIDEO: Long holiday lines at post office may indicate recovering economy
Published 12/16/2010 at 4:23 p.m.
The shipping lines at the post office may take a little longer to get through than last year. Records show there has been a modest increase in volume this holiday season, according to Richard Barber, Naples postmaster.
VIDEO: Cold days best for manatee viewing
Published 12/06/2010 at 5:16 p.m.
The chilly weather in Southwest Florida makes for a great day for manatee viewing. On cold days the mammals seek refuge in warm water, like the lagoon at Manatee Park located off of Palm Beach Boulevard in Fort Myers.
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Snowfest brings cool fun to Naples
Updated 12/04/2010 at 5:40 p.m.
From sled rides to snowballs kids took in both the snow and the Florida sunshine at Snowfest in Naples on Saturday. For many it was a first time experience playing in the snow.
VIDEO: Dachshund in wheelchair drawing attention from potential owners
Published 11/20/2010 at 5:09 p.m.
If every dog has its day, this is certainly Ru Ru’s. The wheelchair-bound dachshund has captured the hearts of the community and beyond, and his 15 minutes of fame will likely land him a new home.
VIDEO: Volunteers cover surprising breadth of jobs at NCH
Published 11/20/2010 at 4:37 p.m.
Cecilia Koncsol never thought she would be getting up at 4:30 in the morning in her retirement, but she has decided to trade in extra sleep for some quality time with newborn children.
PHOTOS: New baby porcupines, sloth at Naples Zoo
Published 11/17/2010 at 6:10 p.m.
Two African crested porcupines were born at the zoo last month. The zoo also recently rescued a two-toed sloth and his mother.
VIDEO: Bokamper's serves up TVs and touchdowns
Published 10/07/2010 at 3:35 p.m.
Former Miami Dolphin Kim Bokamper tackles the Naples market with his eponymous sports bar.
VIDEO: Gulf Coast High band leads in size and spirit
Published 09/24/2010 at midnight
The Gulf Coast High School Shark Marching Band is big and loud.
VIDEO: Luck be a lady: East Naples woman talks about $1 million scratch-off
Published 08/26/2010 at 5:06 p.m.
East Naples resident Patti Decker buys a lottery ticket or two every day with no conceived plans of striking it rich. Tuesday was a different day. She hit a $1 million jackpot.
More sea turtles nesting on Collier, Bonita beaches
Published 08/15/2010 at 3:36 p.m.
Before sunrise, Maura Kraus starts the day riding along Vanderbilt Beach looking for tracks, a sign a sea turtle has nested. However, after a tropical depression dumped heavy rain on Southwest Florida last week, instead of discovering tracks, Kraus found ...
VIDEO: Local kids in need pick out new shoes for school
Updated 08/09/2010 at 5:42 p.m.
Three hundred local kids in need will start school in two weeks with new shoes.
VIDEO: Supervisor of Elections expects increase in voter turnout
Published 07/30/2010 at 2:49 p.m.
During the past six years Collier County elections have attracted only 18 percent of the voters. That turnout pales in comparison to presidential elections when 70 percent or more of Florida voters cast a ballot.
Gators 101: How to stay safe
Published 07/15/2010 at 8:16 a.m.
In the wake of a local teen losing his hand to an alligator, we offer a list of tips to stay safe in waters near these creatures.
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Howdy neighbor: Rick Scott, Collier Democratic offices in same plaza
Updated 07/01/2010 at 10:16 a.m. 1 Comment
The Marquesa Plaza will be campaign central this election season.
VIDEO: Darren McGrady, former chef to Princess Diana, to cook in Naples
Published 06/25/2010 at 3:28 p.m.
Chef Darren McGrady has had a dream career cooking at Buckingham Palace for Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth. It all started with a bird’s eye view at Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding and a little determination.
VIDEO: Naples job fair offers hope to unemployed
Updated 04/23/2010 at 5:29 p.m.
This is the first time the Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has hosted a job fair in Collier County.
VIDEO: Library use increases despite cuts in hours
Published 04/02/2010 at 8:14 a.m.
It’s a perfect case of reading between the lines. The economy may be causing some cuts at the Collier County Public Library but it hasn’t stopped the people from using it.
VIDEO: Last-minute tax tips to help you save money
Published 03/31/2010 at 11:34 a.m.
Laura Sklow, senior tax advisor at H&R Block in Naples, sat down with Daily News video reporter Carrie Wise to answer a few tax questions. The deadline for filing is April 15.
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Melissa Gilbert, 'Little House' cast helps build a home
Updated 03/11/2010 at 8:51 a.m.
The cast of “Little House on the Prairie: The Musical” hammered away on a little home in Naples Wednesday.
VIDEO: Mentalist Gerard Senehi bends forks, reads minds
Published 02/23/2010 at 12:32 p.m.
He bends utensils and reads minds to both entertain and spark a curiosity for the unknown.
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Hundreds perform in annual Citrus Park Mardi Gras parade
Published 02/16/2010 at 5:27 p.m.
It was a party at Citrus Park in Bonita Springs Tuesday morning. The annual Mardi Gras parade featured more than 550 participants.
VIDEO: Q&A with best-selling author James Patterson
Published 02/15/2010 at 5:15 p.m.
Best-selling author James Patterson appeared in Naples on Monday as a guest speaker at the 2010 Nick Linn Lecture Series hosted by the Friends of the Library of Collier County. During his visit he sat down for an interview with ...
VIDEO: New auto program offered in Collier
Published 02/10/2010 at 4:18 p.m.
In a good economy or bad, Jeffrey Painter wants his students to be able to get a job.
VIDEO: Meet the candidates running for Naples City Council
Published 01/13/2010 at 9:10 a.m.
Five candidates are campaigning for three seats on Naples City Council. Voters will have their say on Feb. 2. The top three vote-getters will win the spots on council.
VIDEO: Holiday greetings to the troops
Published 12/21/2009 at 12:07 p.m.
Know someone serving in the military that won’t be home for the holidays?
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Senate candidate Marco Rubio delivers a right swing during Naples stop
Updated 11/16/2009 at 9:25 p.m.
Rubio, the former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, is seeking the Republican nomination for the seat heald by Mel Martinez, who is stepping down. In the primary, he is running against Gov. Charlie Crist, who is overwhelmingly beating ...
VIDEO: 'Thriller' dancer shares moves with students
Published 10/29/2009 at 1:21 p.m.
Fort Myers dance instructor Cheryl Sington danced alongside Michael Jackson in the “Thiller” music video. She was the zombie bride dancing to the right of Jackson. Twenty-six years later, she is reliving the experience by teaching the dance to her ...
VIDEO: Bears eat 'bond' to mark end of Naples Zoo loan
Updated 10/23/2009 at 2:34 p.m.
The black bears at the Naples Zoo had their cake and ate it, too.
VIDEO: 10 things you need to know about red-light running cameras in Collier County
Published 10/17/2009 at 11:30 a.m.
Red light running cameras are nabbing thousands of drivers across Collier County. Before you get caught, here are 10 things to know about red light cameras.
VIDEO: Raising awareness for Lou Gehrig's disease in Southwest Florida
Published 09/18/2009 at 4:40 p.m.
An effort to drive awareness to ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is underway at Coconut Point Mall in Estero this weekend.
VIDEO: Restoring the Naples Depot
Published 07/23/2009 at 3:57 p.m.
Workers are hammering away at a restoration project at the historic Naples Depot. The goal is to restore the building to the way was in 1927 when the first Seaboard Air Line train arrived at the station.
VIDEO: Foreclosures get a makeover
Updated 03/31/2009 at 4:31 p.m.
A local non-profit is beginning to see the benefits of its plan to fix up foreclosures.
Check it out: Spencer Clark plays 'Rock 'n' Wine Dinner Shows'
Published 08/28/2008 at 4:58 p.m.
Spencer Clark is passionate about wine and music, and has found a creative way to combine the two. The part-time Marco Island resident tours the country presenting what he calls “Rock ’n’ Wine Dinner Shows,” an event that couples his ...
A bounty hunt from hell
Updated 06/29/2007 at 11:32 p.m.
After 37 days and a cross-country hunt, two bondsmen and bounty hunters, known only as Cobra and Tank, finally caught their fugitive. Christopher Riendeau of East Naples was wanted for failure to appear in court on various drug charges and ...