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Monday, Nov 24, 2014

Dave Nicholson

Tribune Staff

Fundraiser sees record response

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LAKELAND – A walk to fight a rare childhood disease raised $27,100, far exceeding its $20,000 goal.

Christmas tree lighting, parade next week in downtown Plant City

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Santa Claus is probably getting ready right now to make his way from the North Pole to Plant City.

Plant City bank’s new chief guided by Christian principles

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— Andrew Samuel was 17 when he moved from his native India to Pennsylvania to attend a small Christian college.

Lincoln Elementary second-graders put their imaginations into inventions

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PLANT CITY Aniston Aimsworth said she wanted to create something practical for her exhibit for Lincoln Elementary Magnet’s Invention Convention.

Plant City Pig Jam opens Friday for two-day run

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PLANT CITY – Some of the best barbecue around will be available at the 12th annual Pig Jam, which for the first time includes two days.

Longtime banker looks forward to more family, leisure time in retirement

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PLANT CITY – After nearly three decades, Floyd Hall said he still loved his job at the helm of Sunshine State Bank.

Bank’s new president to use Christian principles as he sets course for growth

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PLANT CITY – Andrew Samuel was 17 when he moved from his native India to Pennsylvania to attend a small Christian college.

Florida Strawberry Festival entertainment lineup includes Reba, Kevin Costner

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PLANT CITY Reba, John Legend, Alabama and a band led by actor Kevin Costner will be among the headline entertainment at the 2015 Florida Strawberry Festival.

Plant City homeless camp gone, but big mess awaits cleanup

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Editor’s note: A version of this story appeared in the community sections of The Tampa Tribune.

Laughter soothes the soul, Christian comedian says at Plant City fundraiser

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PLANT CITY – A generous dose of laughter was mixed with a very serious message at the Pregnancy Care Center’s largest fundraiser of the year.

Homeless camp is gone but mess remains

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PLANT CITY – Authorities say they have effectively closed a large homeless encampment hidden in woods in one of the city’s most affluent neighborhoods – but a huge amount of trash was left behind.

Convention to lift a joyful noise on Sunday at HCC

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PLANT CITY About a half-dozen groups are scheduled to appear Sunday at an annual gospel music concert.

Students help Plant City commemorate Veterans Day

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PLANT CITY Children took center stage as Plant City paused to remember those who have fought and died for their country.

Officer’s fatal shot halts attack in burning home

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Three win awards in sculpture photo contest

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Three people won awards for taking the best photos with the bronze sculptures that were on display for four months around downtown.

Bricks engraved with veterans’ names dedicated at Plant City memorial park

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PLANT CITY It’s fair to say that the Dahlke family has done it share to serve its country.

Businesses, charity take annual awards for leadership, community service

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PLANT CITY Four businesses and a charity won first place at an annual awards banquet sponsored by the chamber of commerce and economic development council.

Former classmates relive memories at Pioneer Heritage Day

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PLANT CITY — The annual Pioneer Heritage Festival turned into a personal trip down memory lane for Stuart Hicks and others.

State may spend $800,000 to ease congestion near Plant City Starbucks

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PLANT CITY – The state is planning improvements at Thonotosassa Road and Interstate 4 to ease congestion around Starbucks that’s likely to get worse when a convenience store opens next door.

Kids can learn about computer gaming at library

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PLANT CITY Bruton Memorial Library will offer tips on computer gaming for children from 3 to 4 p.m. Nov. 10.

Cheerleading is more than shaking pom-poms at Fierce Athletics

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PLANT CITY – Lindsey Hoover said she wanted to combine two of her passions, her faith and her love for coaching cheerleading, when she opened a business of her own this summer.

Plant City says goodbye to traveling sculpture exhibit

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PLANT CITY Ten bronze sculptures that were on temporary display in downtown for four months have been sent on their way to the next city.

Hospital offers babysitting advice

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PLANT CITY South Florida Baptist Hospital will offer a babysitting training class Nov. 11 for young people ages 11 and older.

Walk, children’s games part of fundraiser to fight rare genetic disease

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PLANT CITY – An area nonprofit that raises money to fight a rare childhood disease will hold its biggest fundraiser of the year Nov. 15 at a Lakeland park.

Police mum on remains of Plant City woman

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PLANT CITY — Mel and Sharon Ardelean never held out hope that the disappearance of her daughter Misti Whitfield would have a happy ending.

Ceremony planned to dedicate new engraved bricks honoring veterans

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PLANT CITY – Bricks engraved with the names of veterans will be dedicated in a short ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 10 at Veterans Memorial Monument Park at Courier Field.

Monthly dance is Sunday at Stardust

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PLANT CITY Show off your best moves from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Stardust Dance Center.

Senior hopes to brighten veterans’ holiday

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PLANT CITY A Plant City High School senior will be at a car dealership on Nov. 8 collecting Christmas gifts and other supplies to help veterans at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital.

Middle school students gathering supplies to help hospitalized veterans

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PLANT CITY – A magazine article about a Marine who lost his legs in an explosion on the other side of the world has inspired a group of middle school students to reach out to wounded veterans.

Walden Lake celebration to include food and fun

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PLANT CITY – Free food samples, games and more will be part of the Walden Lake Family Fun Day & Taste, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Community Polo Fields, 3035 Griffin Blvd.

Christmas-themed movie starring Plant City native set for Tuesday release

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PLANT CITY — Charleene Closshey is getting the best possible Christmas gift a bit early:

Annual festival takes a page out of Plant City history

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PLANT CITY – The clock will be turned back a century or so for an annual festival that pays tribute to Plant City's history.

Community theater sailing into next show

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PLANT CITY Tickets are on sale for Plant City Entertainment’s next show, the classic musical romance, “South Pacific.”

Kids in costume can get treat at market

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PLANT CITY Vendors at the Plant City Local Harvest Market will offer treats Wednesday for children in costume.

Dover church conference focuses on international missions

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DOVER Sydney Baptist Church will hold its 13th annual International Mission Conference Sunday, Nov. 1, starting at 6 p.m. with a meal featuring international dishes.

For Durant students, school supplies are as close as the campus store

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PLANT CITY Roberta Lamothe needed some note cards before classes started on a recent day at Durant High School.

Plant City dance school sponsoring Saturday scavenger hunt

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PLANT CITY The Dance Connection, 507 N. Wheeler St., will hold a scavenger hunt starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Plant City club offering course on flower arranging

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PLANT CITY The Plant City Garden Club will host a workshop, Have Fun with Flowers, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Model aircraft will take to the skies Oct. 23-25 in Lakeland

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More than 130 large, professionally built radio controlled aircraft will take part in 12 O’Clock High, an event at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.

Plant City woman’s native wildflower garden wins statewide honors

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Colorful butterflies sometimes seem to outnumber the plants in Joanne Mason’s garden.

Christmas Parade set for Dec. 5; sponsors needed

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PLANT CITY – Organizers of the Dec. 5 Christmas Parade are seeking sponsors to help stage the event that heralds in the holiday season.

Insurance company celebrating golden anniversary

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PLANT CITY – Long before the era of cell phones, Mark Poppell recalls his father stopping at least once a day at a pay phone to check in with his insurance office during family vacations.

Health screenings, refreshments part of center’s open house

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PLANT CITY South Florida Baptist Hospital’s Cancer Resource Center will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

New owner still pondering future of shuttered home for troubled teen girls

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PLANT CITY The Florida Baptist Children’s Home has taken ownership of the shuttered refuge for troubled teenage girls, but the property’s future hasn’t been decided.

Garden takes statewide honors for its Florida wildflowers

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PLANT CITY – Colorful butterflies sometimes seem to outnumber the plants in Joanne Mason’s garden.

Karate school offering self-defense class for women

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The class is open to females 12 and older and will focus on techniques to counter an attacker. The course will also include tips on how to avoid such crimes as parking lot attacks, purse snatchings and carjackings.

Longtime gospel singer to perform Oct. 19 at Plant City church

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PLANT CITY Danny Funderburk, affectionately known as America’s Favorite Tenor, will perform Oct. 19 at Harmony Baptist Church.

Historic preservation official has productive trip to national conference

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PLANT CITY – Plant City Photo Archives and History Center Executive Director Gil Gott recently attended a national conference of an association of museums and historical societies.

Plant City volunteer, lupus activist dies after battle with disease

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Cindy Holland was a passionate supporter of youth recreation programs, and not even her fight with a life-threatening disease could keep her from lending a helping hand.

Florida Opry’s first show of season is 6-9 p.m. Saturday

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PLANT CITY The Florida Opry kicks off its new season with a three-hour show starting at 6 p.m. Saturday.