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Wednesday, Sep 02, 2015

Dave Nicholson

Tribune Staff

Biblical Learning Institute expands students horizons with accredited courses

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PLANT CITY The Biblical Leadership Institute is entering its new year in a partnership with a church and a prestigious seminary that will enable students to take accredited classes for the first time.

Plant City making parks handicap-accessible

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PLANT CITY – The city expects to spend a total of $250,000 over the next five years to make nine parks more accessible to the handicapped.

Sedita praised as man of faith who offers a helping hand

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PLANT CITY – Joe Sedita challenged others to help make their community a better place to live as he accepted the Plant City Family YMCA’s Strong Leader of the Year award.

State lawmakers tout successes, vent frustrations at annual breakfast

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The audience got to hear first-hand from area lawmakers about what’s happening in Tallahassee at the annual Eggs n’ Issues Legislative Wrap-Up Breakfast.

Volunteers deliver 1,000 backpacks to help needy kids

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More than 1,000 needy youngsters in the Plant City area will have the school supplies they need thanks to the efforts of a civic club, charity and car dealership.

Plant City’s ‘Billy the Kid’ earns mention in book about infamous outlaw

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— A new book on Billy the Kid includes a lengthy passage of a Plant City resident who, for a time, made a living portraying the infamous outlaw.

Work getting under way on Walden Lake improvements

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Motorists who encounter long waits when they exit Walden Lake at Timberlane Drive and Alexander Street will soon be getting some relief.

Tickets on sale for Sept. 12 dinner theater benefitting Bruton Memorial Library

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— Food, fellowship and fun for a good cause will be part of a mystery dinner theater for Bruton Memorial Library.

Longtime finance director known for penny-pinching ways looks forward to retirement

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There’s a saying around City Hall that a penny of taxpayer money doesn’t leave city coffers without Martin Wisgerhof’s scrutiny.

Deaths of elderly Plant City siblings remain under investigation

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PLANT CITY — Police are hoping a home computer might provide clues to what led to the apparent murder-suicide of an elderly brother and sister.

Plans filed for model home center off Interstate 4

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PLANT CITY The city is reviewing plans for a sales center for prefabricated homes.

Photo Archives official to attend national conference

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PLANT CITY Plant City Photo Archives and History Center Associate Director Shelly Drummond has been awarded a scholarship to attend the American Association of State and Local History’s annual meeting in Louisvill...

Plant City welcomes new teachers at annual breakfast

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PLANT CITY – Maylin Torres-Ramirez said she wanted a theme that was contemporary and fun for the cheer she and other first-year Wilson Elementary School teachers presented at the New Teacher Coffee.

Walden honored for committee service

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PLANT CITY Don Walden was recently presented with a plaque honoring him for his 12 years on the citizen’s advisory committee of Hillsborough County’s Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Plant City-based company advances toward robotic strawberry harvester

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PLANT CITY A company working to perfect an automated strawberry harvester has obtained its first patent, for a device that can quickly pick berries from the plant.

Plant City schools preparing for opening bell following summer break

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Students at Faith Christian Academy will have more room than ever – not to mention a gym and lunchroom – when they return to classes.

Florida Strawberry Festival’s Strawberry Ball moving to new date

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PLANT CITY One of the Florida Strawberry Festival’s signature galas is moving from January to April.

Plant City woman wins national honors for ‘passionate’ customer service

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PLANT CITY – A Plant City resident recently won H&R Block’s top award for outstanding customer service.

Retired accountant to be honored by YMCA for ‘making a difference’ in community

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Joe Sedita, who for years has volunteered with organizations ranging from his church to the Cub Scouts, will be recognized for his efforts Aug. 25 by the Plant City Famil...

Tale of futuristic theme park in the sky is Plant City author’s first novel

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PLANT CITY – Shelly Drummond has written short stories but never penned a novel until she was inspired by her daughter’s entry into a writing contest.

Turkey Creek High grads planning annual reunion

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Graduates of Turkey Creek High School will hold their annual reunion from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Florida Strawberry Festival’s Arthur Boring Building.

Plant City hires new CFO

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PLANT CITY Diane Reichard has been named the city’s new chief financial officer.

Christmas Lane relocating from Dover to Florida Strawberry Festival grounds

- An elaborate Christmas display that has delighted the young and old alike for three decades is moving from Dover to the Florida Strawberry Festival’s Expo Hall.

Farmers and their supporters take a bow at annual Salute to Agriculture

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PLANT CITY Farmers and others who have volunteered their time for such causes as helping youngsters with Florida Strawberry Festival livestock contests were honored Wednesday at an annual awards breakfast.

Video depicts ‘bigfoot’ at Plant City area park

- A video that purports to show a large, man- or ape-like creature in Alderman’s Ford park has been making the rounds on the Internet.

Congressman tours Plant City dairy operation

- U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross got an inside look at the process behind dairy products last week during a tour of the busy Southeast Milk plant.

Some Plant City residents unhappy with plans for development with 2,640 homes

- Despite objections from some neighbors, city commissioners changed a parcel’s zoning to allow a development of up to 2,640 homes and 345,000 square feet of commercial space north of Interstate 4.

Drug and alcohol rehab center proposed at Red Rose Inn

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— The Red Rose Inn & Suites was once an oasis for travelers and hungry diners drawn by its Southern charm and hospitality.

Opponents of golf course rezoning continue petition efforts

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PLANT CITY Walden Lake residents who oppose re-zoning that would clear the way for development on a former golf course are seeking more signatures on a petition supporting their position.

Library plans reading, conference room

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PLANT CITY Bruton Memorial Library plans to install a glass wall to create a reading and conference room in a portion of the library.

Hospital sponsored seminar to teach kids, families on nutrition and fitness

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PLANT CITY South Florida Baptist Hospital will sponsor at an Aug. 12 seminar for children and families on healthy eating and physical fitness in preparation for the start of the school year.

More information about Plant City government now a click away

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PLANT CITY – The city’s new and improved website is up and running without any major glitches.

Marshall High class of ‘65 to celebrate 50th reunion, perfect season in football

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PLANT CITY – Marshall High School’s class of 1965 will have their 50th reunion Friday and Saturday.

Sunshine Bank appoints CFO, board member

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PLANT CITY Jermaine Crosson has been appointed senior vice president, chief financial officer of Sunshine Bank.

Bread of Life’s building for sale but its mission isn’t over

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PLANT CITY For more than two decades, Bread of Life Ministries has been a beacon of hope to some of the area’s neediest people.

New planning board hearing on Walden Lake rezoning probably 2-3 months away

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PLANT CITY – The city has delayed a public hearing on the rezoning petition for a shuttered Walden Lake golf course at the applicant’s request.

Commissioners OK zoning modification for 2,640-home development

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PLANT CITY – Over the objections of some neighbors, city commissioners have given a green light to a zoning modification for a development of up to 2,640 homes and 345,000 square feet of commercial space north of ...

Rotarians welcome new president, present awards

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PLANT CITY The Rotary Club of Plant City recently installed Jeremy Burris as president, replacing Brian Griffin, who had a successful year at the helm.

All invited to camp’s performance

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PLANT CITY Students who attended Lots of Hugs summer camp will show off some of what they learned 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Performance Night.

Three years after women disappeared, families still wait for answers

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Editor’s note: A version of this story published in the Plant City Courier.

Gospel sing, fish fry Aug. 8 at Dover church

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DOVER The Gibbs Family will be featured at a Saturday Aug. 8 gospel sing and fish fry at Sydney Baptist Church.

Graduates of Georgia college help alma mater as volunteer recruiters

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PLANT CITY – William H. Bryant and David A. Smith graduated from Fort Valley State University more than four decades ago.

City planning raises for employees, new fire station

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PLANT CITY – The city’s proposed new budget includes 2.5 percent raises for most employees and money for a new fire station to cover the growing northeast area.

Plant City’s First Baptist selects new worship pastor

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PLANT CITY – A Virginia minister who is an accomplished musician will soon be the worship pastor at Plant City’s First Baptist Church.

New pastor at First United Methodist says he already loves job, Plant City

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PLANT CITY – The Rev. Doug Pareti had never spent much time in Plant City before he accepted an assignment as pastor of First United Methodist Church.

Commissioner Sparkman assails city’s annual contribution to chamber of commerce

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PLANT CITY – City Commissioner Mike Sparkman was highly critical at a budget workshop of the city’s annual contribution to the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce.

Former Turkey Creek High School girls dean fondly remembered as strict but kind

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PLANT CITY – Nevoline Cowan was fair and kind as Turkey Creek High’s dean of girls.

More than 3 years later, families of two women still wait for answers

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PLANT CITY – There are no easy days for Bud and Grace Moriarty, whose daughter Kelly vanished from Plant City shortly before her partial remains were discovered on a Pinellas County shore.

Tribute artists to compete at annual Elvis contest at Strawberry Festival grounds

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PLANT CITY Elvis is long gone, but his fans can relive his music Saturday at an annual competition for the best tribute performer to The King.

Chamber seeking sponsors for Nov. 21-22 Plant City Pig Jam

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PLANT CITY Planning is already under way for the next Plant City Pig Jam.