On March 2, Governor Rick Scott will present school recognition funding awards to Lee County schools at Harns Marsh Elementary School 9:30 a.m.
Harns Marsh Elementary School is located at 1800 Unice Avenue North in Lehigh Acres Fl
The search is on for a driver who slammed into the back of another car that had stopped for emergency vehicles attending to another accident.
The Florida Highway Patrol says the accident happened just before 11 p.m. Saturday on Lee Blvd. approaching Joan Ave. in Lehigh Acres.
Investigators say a car heading eastbound stopped for emergency vehicles attending to a crash in the road when a silver Infiniti slammed into the back of the first vehicle, then drove off.
Troopers searched for the hit and run driver, but did not locate anyone. If you have any information in this case, please contact the Florida Highway Patrol at 239-344-1700.
By BILL LEVY (Click Here to see photos)
It only seemed natural that the Florida Gulf Coast University women’s basketball team, which has accomplished so already this season, would close their regular season out with another memorable game; a 78-47 victory over Jacksonville University on Saturday night in front of 3,121 at the Alico Center. With the win, the 21 ranked Eagles are now 26-2, and a perfect 14-0 in Atlantic Sun Conference play. Their win streak is now at a program best 22 games, which is third in the country. They are now scheduled to host the University of North Florida on Friday in the Atlantic Sun Quarterfinals.
Before the game, seniors Anthi Chatzigiakoumi and Jenna Cobb were honored in a special Senior Night ceremony.
“It was nice,” said Chatzigiakoumi, a 6’1” forward who hails from Athens, Greece. “It was nice to see all the people come out and see us.”
By Manuel Navarro, FGCU Eagle News
The most prolific backcourt in college basketball, Brett Comer and Bernard Thompson, say farewell to Dunk City
Florida Gulf Coast University seniors Brett Comer and Bernard Thompson have a connection that’s moved beyond the basketball court and for them it’s family.
“The last four years with Brett have been amazing,” Thompson said. “He’s my best friend. He’s been like my brother.”
Thompson and Comer are the most prolific senior backcourt in the NCAA today with the duo combining for 3,191 points, 1,041 assists, 260 games played, 253 games started and 7,713 minutes in their four years.
Comer and Thompson will forever be remembered for their “Dunk City” run to the Sweet 16 in 2013 going through No. 2 seed Georgetown and No. 7 seed San Diego State.
“Just being out there on the court after we won with all the guys and the fans that all traveled out there is just stuff you will never forget,” Comer said. “It has to be the best basketball memory or thing that I’ve ever accomplished along with everybody in this gym.”
What was supposed to be a simple tennis shoe exchange turned into a violent armed robbery and led to the arrest of four SWFL teenagers, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office
LCSO Deputies say it all began Thursday night when they received a call regarding a robbery in Lehigh Acres.
The victim told deputies he had arranged a meeting to trade a pair of Nike Foamposite shoes and $80 cash for two pairs of Air Jordan shoes.
While the victim was interviewed, detectives recalled a recent crime with the same suspect and vehicle descriptions. Further investigation led them to check out a residence at 812 Monroe Avenue in Lehigh Acres. (more…)
Scavenger Hunt Friday, The Lehigh Acres Gazette is having a scavenger hunt TODAY the winner gets pair Women’s FGCU reserve seat tickets to the last regular season home game Saturday March 28 at 7 pm.
Clue #1 Look for the envelope with Clue#2 at the Wooden Nickel
According to GasBuddy; The transition from ‘winter blend’ to ‘summer blend’ gasoline always brings increases in retail gasoline prices, but nothing you’ve seen over the past year is likely to match what GasBuddy anticipates over the next two to three weeks.
“Wednesday brought a big price rally in gasoline markets and gasoline wholesalers are seeing huge increases,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. “Wholesale prices today alone have increased coast to coast from 10 to 27 cents per gallon; and when you add that on top of the increases that occurred earlier this month, it’s inevitable that retail prices will climb aggressively in weeks ahead.”
“Just since Monday, Feb. 2, wholesale prices nationwide have increased by an average of 54 cents per gallon,” DeHaan added. “And the west coast, by far, has seen the steepest increases, with Los Angeles wholesale pricing up $0.96/gal., San Francisco up $0.84 and the Pacific Northwest up by $0.73.”
Lehigh Acres Spring Festival 3/13 – 3/21. Armbands & Tickets presale. These prices are only available until the fair opens. Only $60 for an armband that is good for the whole week the fair is open!!! Once the fair opens it is $25 for the AM and $25 for the PM armbands just for 1 day!!! Or get 18 tickets for $10. Contact Rosa Stewart at 239-826-6021.
Dick Vitale, college basketball’s most recognizable analyst and ambassador visited FGCU to sign copies of his new book “It’s Awesome Baby! 75 Years of Memories and a Lifetime of Opinions on the Game I Love” and attend the men’s basketball team’s game against North Florida.
Proceeds from the purchase and book signing event benefit the V Foundation, and children who are battling cancer. FGCU raised over $5000.00 for V Foundation.
During one of the media time outs in the game Dickie V. got up and danced with the E-gals.
In his book, the ESPN commentator speaks about the game, his life and his fondest memories in this special memoir celebrating his 75th Birthday. “It’s Awesome Baby!” is packed with never-before-published, behind-the-scenes color photos throughout to take the reader inside the storied career of one of sports broadcasting’s true legends.
Vitale has coached at every level from junior high to the NBA. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. Vitale has also been honored with the Curt Gowdy Media Award and several Ace Cable Awards for outstanding television commentary.
The V Foundation – formed in 1993 by ESPN and former college basketball coach Jim Valvano – is one of the nation’s leading cancer researching funding organizations, and the one which is most near and dear to Vitale. In nine years, the annual Dick Vitale Gala has raised more than $12 million for pediatric cancer research.
The Fort Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis held the 7th annual Calusa Bug Chase 5K run and BUG Crawl on Jan. 31, 2015 at the Calusa Nature Center in Fort Myers. The race benefitted the Fort Myers-Metro Kiwanis Club’s BUG (Bringing Up Grades) Program. There were 205 registered participants who traveled the trails at the nature center and a portion of the asphalt bike path on Ortiz. The race was timed with Chrono Track Bib Tag Technology, and was supervised by the Fort Myers Track Club.
Title Big Bug Sponsor for the race was Pool Pros, LLC. The McGregor Clinic, Nova Southeastern University, Paychex, Charlie Dodson of State Farm, Great Clips, Leslea Ellis, LLC, Professional Awards of America, LLC, United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee, Law Offices of Thomas Dryden, P.L., Island Aire of Southwest Florida and Ludden Insurance also committed to sponsorships. The Bagel Factory of Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres Gazette, Sun Harvest Citrus, IBERIABANK, Target and Calusa Nature Center were in-kind sponsors. Sponsorships raised $2,950. Proceeds from the run are still being calculated by the Fort Myers Track Club.
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Despite the electricity from another standing-room-only sellout crowd and the emotions of Senior Night, the FGCU men’s basketball team (21-8, 11-2 Atlantic Sun Conference) had its 10-game winning streak snapped at the hands of North Florida (19-11, 11-2 A-Sun) Wednesday evening at Alico Arena, 76-62, in a battle between two teams fighting for the regular-season championship.
On Senior Night, it was redshirt sophomore Marc-Eddy Norelia (Orlando, Fla./Olympia HS/Tulane) who posted a career evening with 19 points on 9-13 shooting as the southpaw scored FGCU’s first 10 points of the game. Redshirt junior Julian DeBose (Washington, D.C./St. John College HS/Rice) and redshirt senior Jamail Jones (Atlanta, Ga./Montverde Academy/Marquette) both added 12 points, while senior Brett Comer (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park HS) dished out 10 assists to go along with six points and six rebounds.
With the setback, FGCU and UNF are now tied for first place in the A-Sun, but UNF owns the tiebreaker over the Eagles by virtue of two head-to-head wins. Both teams have one regular-season game remaining as the Ospreys hosts Stetson (9-20, 3-10 A-Sun) and the Eagles visit Jacksonville (9-21, 3-10 A-Sun) on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Don Black, Jr. has been charged with one count of Second Degree Murder and one count of Attempted Second Degree Murder in this case. Black was arrested in Orlando on a Lee County Sheriff’s Office Warrant. He is currently being held in the Orange County Jail awaiting extradition to Lee County.
Detectives are investigating this incident as a homicide. The decedent has been identified as Alexavier Chaz Jennings.
On February 18, 2015, at approximately 10:07 p.m., deputies responded to the area of John Ave. S., between Douglas Lane and Arthur Lane, for a Suspicious Person call.
Upon arrival, and due to the nature of the incident, deputies began a death investigation. Major Crime’s detectives arrived on scene and have assumed the investigation.
Lehigh Little League President John Phillips provided an updated The Lehigh Acres Kiwanis Club on the League activities at Wednesday morning Kiwanis meeting. Also Sr. V. President Stevan Guevara spoke about the softball program and its three divisions he oversees.
According to Phillips there are over 560 youth participating in their programs.
Lehigh Acres Kiwanis Club presented a check for $1000.00 to the program
The Rotary Club of Lehigh Acres presents the Race in the Park in conjunction with the Lehigh Spring Festival on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8:00 AM at Veterans Park, 55 Homestead Road South, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936. Get the details and register online here: http://
The Associated Press is reporting that Florida Gov. Rick Scott is officially suspending a standardized test that the state’s 11th graders were supposed to take this spring.
Scott on Tuesday signed an executive order that directs Education Commissioner Pam Stewart to suspend the test.
The governor last week said that there was too much testing going on in Florida’s schools.
Scott has said he planned to use his executive power to stop the administration of the English language arts test for high school juniors. The test is based on new standards drawn primarily from Common Core standards.
But some school districts said they would not suspend the test without an official order from state officials.
Scott wants legislators to repeal the law that authorized the test, but it’s not clear if that will occur.
Lehigh Acres man was killed Monday night when he walked into the path of a car on Lee Boulevard.
The Florida Highway Patrol says Amilkar Mayea was trying to cross the road at Joan Avenue North at 9 p.m.
He walked into the path of a 1999 Toyota Corolla driven by Gladys Estevez of Fort Myers.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers say the intersection does not have a crosswalk.
No charges are being filed in the incident.
Lehigh Acres Middle School Nurse Gabby Camarda teaches a CPR class to students at the school. Pictured is Nurse Camarda with students from an Avid Class. Students will be certified in CPR procedures when they complete the training.
Lee County sheriff’s detectives have identified the victim in what they say is a homicide investigation in Lehigh Acres.
Luis Enrique Vazquez-Ocasio, 36, was found suffering from serious injuries at his home at 4950 Centennial Boulevard.
Deputies were called to the scene at 12:51 a.m. Saturday.
Vazquez-Ocasio was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital where he later died.
The case is being worked as a homicide by the sheriff’s office crime unit.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.