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Whistle Stop closes for summer in Plant City

Downtown eatery closes for summer The popular Whistle Stop Cafe is closed until Sept. 6 so owners Marti and Jerry Lofstrom can take some time off. The Lofstroms have closed the Whistle Stop, 102 N. Collins St., every summer since they opened 18 years ago. Marti and Jerry, a columnist for the Plant City Courier, will chronicle their summer trips on the restaurant's Facebook page.
Plant City's July 4 celebration a real blast Fireworks, games and entertainment will be part of the city's Fourth of July celebration at Plant City Stadium. The parking lot at the stadium at 1810 E. Park Road opens at 5:45 p.m. and gates, concessions, games and entertainment start at 6 p.m. There will be a special salute to the military and the national anthem at 9 p.m., followed by the fireworks at about 9:15 p.m. There is no admission charge; parking is $5 per vehicle. The rain date is Friday, July 5. For information, call (813) 659-4255 or go to www.plantcitygov.com and follow the recreation and parks department link. 'Indoor yard sale' to benefit seminary Evangelical University and Seminary's annual Indoor Yard Sale will be from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 13 and 20. The sale will be held on Evangelical's campus at 105 E. Baker St. in historic downtown. To donate items, call Evangelical's office at (813) 659-1903 to make arrangements for drop off. For information, call J. Myrle Henry at (813) 752-4094. No one hurt in $1.2 million fire Officials are estimating $1.2 million in damage from a June 24 fire at a Tampa Electric Co. operations facility. No one was injured but there was damage to TECO vehicles and property, a report by Plant City Fire Rescue said. The fire broke out about 5:15 p.m. in a truck at the TECO garage at 1308 W. Grant St. Firefighters who arrived at the facility off Alexander Street found heavy flames and smoke coming from three trucks and two forklifts under an awning, a report said. The truck where the fire started had been having mechanical problems, the report said. Dave Nicholson
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