The state's $3.1-million repaving project on Interstate 4 between McIntosh and Branch Forbes roads recently hit a milestone.
Crews finished repaving the interstate and related roadways, about four months after the project began. Workers are expected this week to install rumble strips on the shoulders, which would be the final work until the pavement is restriped in September, after the Labor Day weekend, state Department of Transportation spokesman John McShaffrey said.
No more detours or lane closures are expected until restriping begins, he said.
Updated information on closures and detours will be posted at www.myTBI.com
The 3.2-mile stretch of highway needed repaving due to age, McShaffrey said.
Take a turn on stage
Auditions are 7 p.m. Aug. 7 and 8 for Plant City Entertainment's production of the rock opera, "Jesus Christ Superstar."
People auditioning for the play should come prepared to sing a minute of any song, and be familiar with the "Jesus Christ Superstar" score.
Call-backs are Aug. 10.
The cast list calls for performers 13 or older, with a small group of 5- to 12-year-olds needed for a chorus scene.
For information, call director Domin Pazo at (813) 677-8045.
The show will be performed Nov. 9, 10, 11, 15, 16 and 17. All performances are at 8 p.m. except for Nov. 11, which is a 2 p.m. matinee.
All auditions and performances will be held at the community theater, 101 N. Thomas St.
Dine on fish, enjoy gospel music
Fried fish and gospel music will be offered Aug. 11 at Sydney Baptist Church, 1510 Cre Road, Dover.
The fish fry starts at 5 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. with a concert featuring The Gibbs Family of Titusville.
There is no charge for the meal or concert, although donations will be accepted.
The Gibbs Family also will be in concert during the church's 11 a.m. Aug. 12 worship service.
For information, call (813) 659-1559 or (813) 754-9674 or go to www.sydneybaptistchurch.org.
Back-to-school physicals, immunizations offered
Hillsborough County Public Schools and the Back-to-School Coalition of Hillsborough County are co-hosting free physicals and immunizations across the county, including locally from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
The physicals are available to any child entering a Florida school for the first time in kindergarten through 12th grade. Parents or legal guardians must accompany their children at all times and immunization records are required for children to receive free immunizations. No sports, Head Start, or day care physicals will be available.
In Plant City, the physicals and immunizations will be offered at the Ed and Myrtle Lou Swindle Medical Arts Center, 1601 W. Timberlane Drive.
For information or to schedule an appointment, call (813) 443-3048.
Rich Glorioso lauded by League of Cities
State Rep. Rich Glorioso, a Plant City Republican, has received an annual legislative appreciation award from the Florida League of Cities.
The league's legislative advocate, Casey Cook, said the retired Air Force colonel was always honest and made himself available to listen during his eight years in the Legislature.
Cook presented the award to Glorioso during Plant City's July 23 City Commission meeting. Glorioso served six years on the City Commission before the Walden Lake resident was elected to the state House. He can't seek re-election due to term limits and is now running to be the Hillsborough County elections supervisor.
Glorioso called it a "great honor" to represent Plant City and the rest of his district covering portions of East Hillsborough County.
City offers condolences over mass shooting
City commissioners are sending a letter of sympathy to officials in Aurora, Colo., in the wake of a deadly mass shooting at a movie theater.
Commissioner Mary Mathis said the city near Denver is in "all our prayers." Mayor Mike Sparkman is signing the letter on behalf of Plant City.
Former graduate student James Holmes, 24, is accused in the July 20 theater shooting that killed 12 people and injured another 58 during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises."
Plant City police to play role in RNC security
Plant City police officers will help patrol next month's Republican National Convention in Tampa.
City Manager Greg Horwedel said the city will make available about 20 officers, including six who will be on bikes and three on motorcycles. The Tampa Police Department will reimburse the city for its costs, such as wages.
The Plant City Police Department will adjust its schedules to ensure there are enough officers on duty here.
YMCA offers deal in school supplies drive
The Plant City Family YMCA is waiving its $49 enrollment fee for new members who bring in supplies for its back-to-school drive.
The YMCA is collecting backpacks, pencils, notebook paper and more to donate to needy children, Executive Director Eric Poe said. The supplies can be dropped off through Aug. 31 at the Plant City Family YMCA, 1507 YMCA Place, just off Alexander Street.
Regardless of the amount of supplies dropped off, the $49 fee to join the YMCA will be waived, he said.
For information, cal Poe at (813) 757-6677.
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South Florida Baptist Hospital is offering two informational sessions this month on weight- loss surgery.
Physicians from the hospital will discuss the surgery, including the adjustable gastric band. The hour-long sessions will be held in the community conference room at the hospital, 301 N. Alexander St.
The free sessions include 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8, with Dr. Stephen Butler; and 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Aug. 23 with Dr. C.R. Hall.
Registration is required by calling (813) 644-6720.