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Hurricane Ian cleanup begins between Venice and Punta Gorda

Cleanup of debris and water began Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, between Venice and Punta Gorda after Hurricane Ian made landfall in Southwest Florida. → Read More

Sip Sip Hooray: 2022 Southwest Florida Food and Wine Fest at FSW

Scenes from the live auction at the 2022 Southwest Florida Food and Wine Fest at FSW → Read More

North Fort Myers veterans honored by their neighbors

North Fort Myers residents honored three of their neighbors for their service to the country Saturday. One of them, Harry Long, a pilot in the 485 Bombardment Group in World War II, received a letter from U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio thanking him for his service. "I'm not often speechless, but they had me speechless here for a while," said the 94-year-old Long, who said his friends had surprised him… → Read More

XXXTentation Viewing: 'Long live X, we love you man'

A six-hour, open-casket viewing was held for fans of South Florida rapper XXXTentacion. Around a thousand fans, who came from all over, waited outside for a couple hours or longer to get in. → Read More

Great Jones finds Fort Myers home

Dave Diaz, a 1998 Cape Coral High School graduate and resident, co-founded and works at what he calls the “heart” of Great Jones with Jay Goldklang. → Read More

ARM releases news on extensive undercover investigation into several slaughterhouses in Lee County

ARM set out to investigate the Rancho Las Delicias and Rancho Santa Barbara farms, in 2015. Investigation of a third farm, Rancho Antony & Roman, began in March 2017, and a fourth farm, Rancho Cabrera, in December 2017. → Read More

Lee County Sheriff's Office take animal cruelty very seriously

LCSO investigates every animal cruelty case by the books. → Read More

Immigration and five ways to obtain a green card in Kreyol

Director Sergo Caprice was with guest Max Maromontel, pastor and founder of a new non-profit, Lee County Refugee Center. Maromontel was helping listeners understand their legal options under U.S. immigration. Video is in Kreyol. → Read More

Astro-Durance is becoming the next national fitness craze

Patty Cummings, the owner of Astro-Durance, is taking her product to a national level after teaming up with David Lyons. She’s looking to further her brand, appearing on national podcasts and a fitness reality show starring bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno. → Read More

Former Stoneman Douglas student couldn't miss this

Brothers, Tristan Celestin, 19 and a Freshman at Florida Gulf Coast, Aidan, Celestin, 14, Pompano High School, attended the March for Our Lives rally in Fort Myers Saturday. Tristan graduated from Stoneman Douglas last year. → Read More

Fort Myers youth headed to March for Our Lives in D.C.

Fort Myers youth are headed to the March for Our Lives in D.C. with a sponsor who's been marching for political and social change since the 1960s, Willie Green. → Read More

SW Florida Storytellers: Tattoo Tales with Angela Page

Angela tells the story of her 'Fruit Matura' tattoo, and how a chance meeting in San Francisco inspired a personal mantra. → Read More

SW Florida Storytellers: Tattoo Tales

There’s a good story to tell behind every tattoo. Robyn shares how a Tervis tumbler inspired an unforgettable tattoo session — and learning to love the results. → Read More

SW Florida Storytellers: Tattoo Tales with Matthew Fread

Matthew tells the story about how two different tattoos in his life — an expiration date and a blue dot — have inspired him to live every day to the fullest and take nothing for granted. → Read More

SW Florida Storytellers: Tattoo Tales with Mary Dugan

Mary tells the story about her beloved dog, Scooter Pi, and the meaning behind her tattoo that she shares with her housemates. → Read More

SW Florida Storytellers: Tattoo Tales with Celia Rubin

Celia tells the story behind her father's tattoo, and the promise she's made to herself that we all never forget. → Read More

Do you feel safe in your school?

A round table of Lee County high school students gathered by The News-Press in the wake of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has them answering, 'Do you feel safe in your school'. → Read More

Golden Apple Teacher Award Winner: Patrick Hanrahan

Patrick Hanrahan a teacher at Ida S. Baker High is a 2018 Golden Apple Teacher Award Winner. → Read More

Golden Apple Teacher Award Winner: Brooke Przespolewski

Brooke Przespolewski at Gulf Elementary is a 2018 Golden Apple Teacher Award Winner. → Read More

Golden Apple Teacher Award Winner: Maria Rose

Maria Rose at Edison Park Creative & Expressive Arts School is a 2018 Golden Apple Teacher Award Winner. → Read More