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Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014

Dave Nicholson

Tribune Staff

Plant City garbage rates not likely to rise

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PLANT CITY It appears the city will forgo a scheduled 3 percent increase in city sanitation disposal rates.

Dover couple dance their way to the top at national championships

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PLANT CITY – Lelia Blevins said she had to trick her husband Carl into taking their first lesson in ballroom dancing.

Gospel group in concert Sunday at local church

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PLANT CITY The Southern gospel group Midnight Cry will perform 6 p.m. Sunday at Harmony Baptist Church, 6008 W. Knights Griffin Road.

Florida Strawberry Festival named top tourism event

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PLANT CITY The Southeast Tourism Society has named the Florida Strawberry Festival to a monthly list of the top 20 events.

Plant City winery sues two residents who opposed its rezoning

- A Plant City winery has filed libel and slander lawsuits against two residents who spoke out against its highly contested request for rezoning to allow it to brew beer and serve it by the glass.

Plant City Marshalls grand opening celebration starts 8 a.m. Thursday

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PLANT CITY – The grand opening celebration for the city’s first Marshalls will be from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday.

Free film offered Sept. 23 on ‘Freedom Riders’

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A film that focuses on the civil rights movement’s Freedom Riders will be shown 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at the John R. Trinkle Center on the Plant City campus of Hillsboro...

Plant City 1-year-old with Down syndrome wins hearts, spot in charity’s video

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

Plant City church offering Sept. 27 ‘Men of Courage’ seminar

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PLANT CITY – For years, the Plant City Christian Center has offered workshops to build up the spiritual and personal lives of women.

Plant City resident Art Wood retiring after 17 years at credit union’s helm

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PLANT CITY Art Wood was serving in the Air Force when he happened to volunteer at the base’s credit union.

Gospel quartet plays Sunday at Seffner church

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SEFFNER CrossFire Gospel Quartet will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday at Mango Church of God, 5306 McCranie St., Seffner.

Sept. 27 festival in downtown Plant City to feature fall planting supplies, antiques

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PLANT CITY – You don’t need a green thumb to enjoy the Sept. 27 GardenFest and More, organizer Cassandra Banning says.

Dover church celebrating landmark

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DOVER Syndey Baptist Church will celebrate its 105-year history with Sunday homecoming festivities that include dinner on the grounds.

Sign up now for Nov. 1 Plant City mud run

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PLANT CITY – Advance, discounted registration is now available for a Nov. 1 obstacle mud run that helps two charities.

Diabetes management series starts Sept. 15

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PLANT CITY South Florida Baptist Hospital will offer a series of weekly classes on diabetes management starting Monday.

Days numbered for Wi-Fi in Plant City park

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PLANT CITY The city plans to terminate free Wi-Fi service in downtown’s McCall Park in October.

Plant City church celebrating 93rd homecoming

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PLANT CITY Lone Oak Baptist Church will celebrate its 93rd homecoming Sunday with a dinner on the grounds and special music.

Plant City area Girl Scouts need more leaders

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PLANT CITY The Girl Scouts of West Central Florida is seeking adults who are willing to serve as leaders – and role models for the girls.

Plant City 1-year-old with Down syndrome wins hearts, spot in charity’s video

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PLANT CITY – Brooklyn Rollins may have just turned 1, but she has the kind of a smile that can light up a room.

Marshall High’s final graduating class turns back clock to 1969

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PLANT CITY – For a time, the former classmates were Dragons once again.

2 Plant City police veterans make sergeant

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PLANT CITY Plant City police Officer Signe Polk and Detective Robert McLellan have been promoted to sergeant.

Women’s conference Sept. 20 at Plant City church

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PLANT CITY The Women’s Mission of St. Mary’s Community Church is holding its annual women’s conference from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 20.

Turkey Creek High Gobblers plan annual picnic next month

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PLANT CITY Graduates of Turkey Creek High School will hold their annual alumni picnic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4.

Children can fish for prizes at Sept. 20 fish derby

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PLANT CITY – Kids, get ready to wet a line.

Annual meeting Sept. 27 on historic cemetery

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PLANT CITY – Hopewell Church Old Cemetery Inc.’s annual meeting and picnic will be held at noon Sept. 27 at Hopewell Baptist Church, 6001 S. County Road 39.

Plant City library hosting Monday gardening program

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PLANT CITY A free gardening program, “Foundation Plantings Do’s and Don’ts,” will be offered from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Bruton Memorial Library.

Downtown Plant City cafe reopens Saturday after summer break

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PLANT CITY The Whistle Stop Cafe will reopen for the season Saturday following a summer break.

Walden Lake road to be rebuilt due to problems

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PLANT CITY – The city plans to hire a contractor to rebuild about 75 percent of Timberlane Drive because the road's base is crumbling,

Plant City gives new manager raise before he starts job

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PLANT CITY — The new city manager hasn’t yet worked his first day but he’s already gotten a raise.

Plant City mom on mission to eradicate muscular disease

- Shawn Santos has a simple explanation for her mission to raise awareness of spinal muscular atrophy, a rare genetic disease.

Plant City hospital sponsoring weight loss surgery programs

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PLANT CITY South Florida Baptist Hospital is sponsoring two programs this month on weight loss surgery.

Late historian’s writings a treasure trove for history center

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PLANT CITY — A nonprofit that preserves the area’s heritage recently received some of the writings of a retired educator who literally wrote the book on Plant City history.

Plant City Community Chorale seeks more singers

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PLANT CITY Singers interested in taking part in the Plant City Community Chorale’s Christmas concert should come to rehearsals Sept. 8 and 15.

Silk design class Thursday at 1914 Plant City High School Community Center

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The East Hillsborough Historical Society, which is based in the community center at 605 N. Collins St., will host the class sponsored by the Arts Council of Plant City.

Local movie makes cut in national contest

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A short, low-budget film that Matthew Glover created with about 20 family members and friends has survived the first round of judging in a national contest.

Extra lanes to help traffic flow at Walden Lake

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PLANT CITY – The city will add lanes on Timberlane Drive to curb wait times for motorists exiting from the west side of Walden Lake.

Plant City church plans Saturday fish fry, yard sale

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PLANT CITY St. Mary’s Community Church will have a fish fry and yard sale starting at 7 a.m. Saturday at a fish market at Alsobrook and Maryland streets.

Saxophonist performs Sunday at Turkey Creek church

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PLANT CITY Saxophone player Nathan Woodward will perform a concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at Turkey Creek First Baptist Church.

Plant City YMCA’s ‘Strong Leader’ honored for always lending helping hand

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PLANT CITY George Banning was praised for his leadership, determination and compassion as he was presented with the Plant City Family YMCA’s Strong Leader of the Year award.

Plant City church to salute working men and women

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PLANT CITY First Church of God Plant City will serve free hot dogs and soft drinks from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to honor working men and women.

Tampa man charged in 1979 death of Plant City mother

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Orthneil Kelley said he never gave up hope that his mother’s killer one day would be brought to justice.

Plant City mom works tirelessly to help find a cure for daughter’s disease

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Shawn Santos has a simple explanation for her mission to raise awareness of spinal muscular atrophy, a rare genetic disease.

Plant City hospital offers Saturday class on breastfeeding

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PLANT CITY South Florida Baptist Hospital will hold a course on breastfeeding from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Plant City’s library director retires after 23 years on the job

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PLANT CITY — Library Director Anne Haywood, who vastly expanded and improved Bruton Memorial Library, has retired after 23 years on the job.

Tickets on sale for Sept. 25 Diamonds & Denim fundraiser

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Break out your best denim and dancing shoes.

Fountain working again at Plant City park

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The city is running the fountain from 5 to 10 p.m. daily at the 11.2-acre park at Grant and Hunter streets. The city is monitoring the fountain, and its hours of operation will be extended if it continues to work properl...

Register now for Plant City youth football

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PLANT CITY Registration is underway for the 48th season of the Plant City Recreation and Parks Department/Optimist Youth Flag Football Program.

Plant City girl, 17, charged with DUI-manslaughter in traffic death

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A 17-year-old Plant City girl has been charged with driving under the influence-manslaughter in the Feb. 2 death of a man who was delivering The Tampa Tribune.

Baton twirling team wins trophy case of awards at national competition

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Ten members of Patrick’s Patriots Twirling Corps won 20 awards as a team and individually at a recent national competition.

High ranking Tampa administrator selected as Plant City manager

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The city of Tampa’s public works and utility services administrator has been selected as Plant City’s new city manager.