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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Dave Nicholson

Tribune Staff

Plant City High sophomore headed for Optimist youth speech world championship

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PLANT CITY – Plant City High School sophomore Caroline Brummer recently earned a place in the Optimist International’s inaugural youth speech contest world championship.

Traffic lights operational at congested I-4 interchange in Plant City

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PLANT CITY Lights are for the first time controlling traffic at the eastbound Interstate 4 exit ramp and Thonotosassa Road.

Community invited to join in day of prayer

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PLANT CITY – Plant City’s annual observance of the National Day of Prayer will be from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, 302 W. Reynolds St.

Strawberry Crest honors seniors who earned college through academics

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DOVER Strawberry Crest High seniors whose grades earned them admission to colleges from Florida to France took a bow Wednesday.

Global solutions team advances in international competition

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PLANT CITY A team of University of Tampa students, who are being advised by a Plant City resident, have advanced in an international competition for the best solutions to global problems.

Plant City ranch blossoms in flowers for annual event

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PLANT CITY – The Futch family will open their ranch for the next two weekends for the second annual Sunflowers on the Ranch.

City commission candidates agree and disagree on best course for city

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City commission election

Judges hand out nearly 20 awards at annual Plant City Garden Club flower show

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PLANT CITY – About 200 people viewed the Plant City Garden Club’s annual flower show featuring the theme, “Travel the World.”

Plant City funeral director wins customer service award

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PLANT CITY Those who work with Tammy Spurlock at Wells Memorial and Event Center say she’s all about customer service.

Florida Strawberry Festival saluted for putting Plant City on map

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PLANT CITY – Florida Strawberry Festival President Dan Walden accepted an award for the festival’s role in shaping local history – but made it clear that he wasn’t taking the credit for its ac...

Well-known Plant City consultant earns doctoral degree

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PLANT CITY – It’s now Dr. Jennifer Closshey.

Plant City proposal would prohibit medical marijuana sales unless federal law changes

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PLANT CITY – Medical marijuana may or may not be approved by voters in November.

Bread of Life building sold to Hispanic Baptist church

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PLANT CITY – It was an answer to prayer for two Christian ministries.

Budding super sleuths feel right at home at Plant City club

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PLANT CITY – Magnifying glass in hand, Shilea Woodard looks carefully over the fingerprint for arches, loops and swirls.

Saturday workshop at church will help guide families in difficult health care decisions

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PLANT CITY – As a parish nurse, Barbara Barton sometimes finds families facing some tough health care decisions when a loved one is incapacitated by an accident, illness or a condition such as dementia.

Fundraising concert to feature doctor who is also a pianist

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PLANT CITY – A well-known ophthalmologist and pianist will present a piano concert Saturday evening sponsored by the Arts Council of Plant City.

Plant City 6-year-old doesn’t let big one get away at fishing derby

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PLANT CITY Aleena Brown didn’t let her youthful age stand in the way of landing a whopper at the Plant City Youth Fish Derby.

Family mourns man killed at Plant City gas station; police search for second suspect

- Mike Beson’s last moments were spent trying to protect his wife, Bonnie, from two men — at least one of them armed with a gun — who wanted to take her purse at a gasoline station.

Man at HCC’s Trinkle center helm doesn’t let lack of vision stop him from excelling at work

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PLANT CITY – Bart Butler, who has been blind since 2005, was desperate for work when he called Hillsborough Community College’s Plant City campus in search of a job.

Former Little Miss Plant City queens invited to April 30 competition

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PLANT CITY Winners of the Little Miss Plant City contest during its nearly 50-year history are invited to return for this year’s competition.

Plant City Family YMCA gets $17,325 for helping out at Florida Strawberry Festival

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— The Florida Strawberry Festival recently presented the Plant City Family YMCA with a check for $17,325 for the nonprofit’s work parking cars during the annual cele...

Wilson Elementary fifth-graders get a real civic lesson at City Hall

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— Fifth-graders from Wilson Elementary School got a first-hand look at city government recently with the help of Mayor Rick Lott.

Contract awarded for $7.43 million county government office building

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— A building that will house several Hillsborough County government agencies is expected to open in late 2017.

Students at school that faded into history plan annual reunion

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— The annual Cork Academy reunion will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. April 16. Anyone who attended, taught or worked at Cork Academy is invited to the reunion at Cork Elementary...

Plant City Family YMCA’s volunteer of the year selected for her dedication, hard work

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Natalie Sweet first visited a YMCA as she was growing up in a seaport town in Massachusetts.

Walden Lake golf course owner drops adult congregate living facility from plans

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— The owner of a shuttered Walden Lake golf course has dropped a 90,000-square-foot adult congregate living facility from development plans.

Strawberry Crest High invites community to meet new ag teacher, mentors

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Strawberry Crest High will hold a meet and greet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 14 for its new agriculture teacher and members of a committee that will serve as mentors to agricult...

Two headed for runoff for Plant City commission seat

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PLANT CITY — A business owner and a retired Marine are headed for a runoff for the city commission seat being vacated by Billy Keel.

City hires consultant to help find developer for Midtown

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PLANT CITY The city has signed a $48,000 contract with an engineering consultant that will help find a developer for redevelopment of the 85-acre Midtown area.

Plant City voters to head to polls to pick new commissioner

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City commission election

Retirement home residents show off skills at art show

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PLANT CITY – Gladys Vollick first learned to knit when she was in high school.

Walden Lake golf course owner drops adult living facility from development plans

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PLANT CITY — The owner of a shuttered Walden Lake golf course is dropping a 90,000-square-foot adult congregate living facility from development plans.

Lifelong Dover resident celebrating her 100th birthday

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DOVER – Cecil Godwin, known affectionately as the “sausage lady” because her longtime job cooking and serving samples of the meat to Publix customers, is about to turn 100.

Contest open for photos and short stories with Plant City area history spin

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PLANT CITY – Plant City High School students and adult residents of the Plant City area can enter an annual photojournalism contest sponsored by a local nonprofit.

Children concert to include African songs and dances; gospel favorites

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If you go

Plant City’s annual Easter egg hunt 10 a.m. Saturday at sports complex

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PLANT CITY – The Easter bunny is set hop over to the Otis M. Andrews Sport Complex at 10 a.m. Saturday for the 27th annual egg hunt.

Plant City High’s class of ‘66 planning 50-year reunion

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— Plant City High School’s Class of 1966 is planning a reunion June 10-12 that includes a banquet and a tour of the 1914 Plant City High School Community Center.

Plant City always rolls out red carpet for big-name politicians

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Sarah Palin’s visit to the Florida Strawberry Festival in support of Donald Trump is just the latest example of political heavyweights making campaign swings through the winter ...

Congressman Ross announces re-election bid

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PLANT CITY Congressman Dennis Ross, a Lakeland Republican whose district includes the Plant City area, announced last week that he will seek re-election to his fourth term .

Florida Strawberry Festival enjoys bumper crop of good weather

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Mother Nature played a key role in one of the Florida Strawberry Festival’s best runs in recent years.

Assisted living center residents to show off art

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THONOTOSASSA - Strawberry shortcake will be served 2 p.m. Friday at an art show at Stone Ledge Manor assisted living center, 12006 McIntosh Road, Thonotosassa.

New treatments OK’d to fight citrus greening

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PLANT CITY – State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has approved temporary use of three bactericides to fight citrus greening.

Palin stumps for Trump at Strawberry Festival

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Tribune staff

Multifamily proposed as option to ACLF in Walden Lake golf course rezoning

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PLANT CITY – The owner of a shuttered golf course has submitted revised plans that would allow construction of multifamily units on 10.4 acres proposed for an adult congregate living facility.

Retiree puts second eating title under his belt with shortcake contest victory

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Leon Silcox proved Thursday that he loves shortcake as much as Krystal hamburgers.

Judicial candidate with Plant City roots has royal connections

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PLANT CITY Tampa attorney Carl Hinson posed for a photo Monday week with Florida Strawberry Festival Queen Haley Riley – but it was more than just a Kodak moment.

Weather, floats and bands make for a grand Florida Strawberry Festival parade

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Editor’s Note: A version of this story ran recently in The Tampa Tribune. We are reprinting it here for our Plant City Courier readers.

Plant City students advance in club speech contest

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PLANT CITY – Plant City High School student Caroline Brummer and Marshall Middle School student Gavin Hessler won a annual speech contest sponsored by the local Optimist Club and will advance to the next level of ...

Singer Charlie Wilson plans to get his share of berries at Florida Strawberry Festival

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PLANT CITY – Charlie Wilson said he has at least a couple of reasons to look forward to his 7:30 p.m. Saturday concert at the Florida Strawberry Festival.

Strawberry Crest High graduate wins Miss Tampa, to compete for state crown

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PLANT CITY– Morgan Boykin said she had long imagined what it would be like to compete for Miss Florida.