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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Dave Nicholson

Tribune Staff

PCHS valedictorian, salutatorian leave mark on school

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PLANT CITY – Vanessa Cortes and Yessica Chavez Grimaldo have been best friends since the third grade.

Plant City clears way for development of 30.6 acres at I-4 and Alexander Street

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PLANT CITY – The city has approved rezoning that clears the way for commercial development at the northeast corner of the Interstate 4/Alexander Street interchange.

Four seniors earn top honors at Strawberry Crest High

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DOVER – Strawberry Crest High School is unique in this area because it has two sets of valedictorians and salutatorians.

Seniors ready for next step in life’s journey

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PLANT CITY – The high school days are almost over for the area’s nearly 1,450 seniors.

Durant High’s valedictorian, salutatorian are focused and driven

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Durant High School

Plant City Photo Archives announces contest winners

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PLANT CITY Ashlyn Yarbrough won the Plant City High School division and Stephanie and William Varney won in the adult competition of a photojournalism contest.

Blind pianist featured at Arts Council of Plant City fundraiser

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PLANT CITY – A local musician who is blind and autistic will be the featured performer at the Arts Council of Plant City’s annual summer concert.

Hillsborough’s 4,500 safety patrol members rewarded with picnic

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The protective vest and helmet were a bit large for 11-year-old Miguel Deleon.

Plant City High sophomore wins county award for helping others

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PLANT CITY – Ashlyn Yarbrough credits her parents, Mike and Lori, with instilling in her the desire to lend a helping hand.

Walden Lake Community Association votes to fight golf course development

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The board of the association that represents Walden Lake’s homeowners has voted to join the legal fight against proposed development of a closed golf course.

Plant City area high schools list names of graduating seniors

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PLANT CITY About 1,450 seniors will receive their diplomas starting next week from the four high schools in the Plant City-Dover area.

Couple engaged at strawberry festival sets a date

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PLANT CITY A Pinellas County couple who were engaged at the 2015 Florida Strawberry Festival after dating for 20 years will hear wedding bells this fall.

Retired Plant City banker, leader Hilman F. Bowden dies at 91

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Hilman F. Bowden, a retired banker who made a mark on such institutions as the Florida Strawberry Festival and Tampa Sports Authority, died Saturday. He was 91.

Student, first in his family to attend college, wins prestigious HCC award

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PLANT CITY – Michael Agustin is very modest about his selection as the winner of a prestigious Hillsborough Community College award.

Country music video to debut May 29 at Uncle Mike’s in Plant City

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PLANT CITY – Matt Glover, a local filmmaker, said he’s very proud of the music video he shot for country singer Hoyt Hughes.

Aug. 10 public hearing eyed for Walden Lake golf course rezoning request

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PLANT CITY – The city may set an Aug. 10 public hearing on rezoning that would clear the way for development of the shuttered Walden Lake golf course.

Fund helps local teachers afford college

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PLANT CITY Terry Bonilla and Ramona Matthews, who have taught in the child-care centers of Redlands Christian Migrant Association for a combined 49 years, recently received scholarships so they can pursue college degrees...

Bealsville plans summer celebration of 150th anniversary of founding

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PLANT CITY – Community leaders are planning to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Bealsville this summer with four days of festivities.

Plant City High principal retiring after 31 years at the school

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Colleen Richardson has been a part of Plant City High School for so long that she considers the students, teachers and other employees more than just acquaintances.

Accused wrong-way driver arrested in fatal Plant City crash

- A warrant for vehicular homicide was issued today for a Dover man after police say he drove the wrong way in a Monday night crash that killed a woman riding a motorcycle, and he was arrested this afternoon.

Local seniors recognized for achievements

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PLANT CITY Nine seniors at area schools have been named finalists for the National Merit and National Hispanic recognition programs.

Local leaders to match wits at Plant City history trivia contest

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PLANT CITY – Longtime residents will square off Tuesday at a competition that will test their knowledge of local history.

Golfers wanted for fundraiser to help Plant City’s needy

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PLANT CITY Signups are continuing for an annual golf tournament that helps the needy in the Plant City area.

Law enforcement officers honored at annual banquet for a job well done

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PLANT CITY – Officers who rescued people in peril, arrested poachers and helped keep the highways safe were honored Tuesday at an annual banquet.

Plant City student advances in club’s speech contest

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PLANT CITY A Plant City girl will compete Saturday in the North Florida District Finals of the Optimist Club’s annual Oratorical Contest.

Plant City High’s cosmetology students take another state title

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PLANT CITY – Jade Curren said she looks forward to her weekly visits to Plant City High’s cosmetology department because the budding hairstylists make her look like a Disney princess.

Plant City ranch extends its flower stroll to this weekend

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PLANT CITY – If you missed Sunflowers at the Ranch, you’ll have one more shot this weekend.

Retiree visits Plant City Photo Archives in search for ancestry

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PLANT CITY Richard and Mary Ellen Plant recently visited the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center to learn more about Henry B. Plant, for whom the city was named.

Packaged meal company opening food prep, packaging center in Plant City

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— A packaged meal company based in Tampa plans to open a culinary center in a Plant City late this year.

Original NRG members’ final performance together Friday at talent show

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PLANT CITY – The four remaining founding members of a youth singing group will perform their swan song at a Friday talent show where they will also serve as emcees.

Longtime Plant City restaurant closes

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PLANT CITY Chancy’s Catfish Shack closed late last month after 25 years of operation.

Plant City leaders ask for divine guidance at National Day of Prayer

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PLANT CITY – A former Army sergeant who lost a leg and his sight in Iraq said his faith helped him survive his horrific wounds.

Plant City plans forum to attract commercial, industrial development

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PLANT CITY Business and city leaders are hosting a May 6 meeting to tout Plant City’s potential for commercial and industrial development.

Bike Fest roars back into downtown 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday

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PLANT CITY Bike Fest returns to downtown Saturday with live music, vendors and motorcycles on display.

Book chronicles Plant City woman’s battle over morbid obesity

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PLANT CITY Karen Gillman remembers as a high school junior being 10 pounds overweight and thinking of herself as “the fat girl.”

Photo archives and history center hires associate director

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PLANT CITY – A nonprofit that preserves old photos and historic documents has hired an associate director.

Sunflowers on the Ranch features walk in the country

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PLANT CITY – First, it was a corn maze.

Police chief receives residents’ accolades for helping improve traffic safety

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PLANT CITY Residents were so happy over the new four-way stop in their neighborhood that they didn’t want to miss the chance to thank the official who played in key role in making it happen.

Lifelong Plant City resident feels blessed to turn 100

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PLANT CITY – Verna C. Keen Harris said there’s really no big secret to a long life.

Growers backing development of robotic strawberry harvesters

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PLANT CITY – A company backed by strawberry growers in Florida and California is developing a high-tech robot that can pick and package berries in the field.

Retired colonel loves second career teaching horseback riding

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PLANT CITY – Donn Mann said he could have enrolled his 14-year-old daughter, Amorianna, in riding lessons much closer to their Sarasota home.

Mayor mixes politics, anniversary

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PLANT CITY Mayor Rick Lott’s 24th wedding anniversary was April 13, which happened to be on the same day as the regular city commission meeting.

Blueberry festival features music, food and U-pick fruit

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PLANT CITY Entertainment, food and the chance to pick your own blueberries will be part of a celebration that opens Friday to help commemorate the end of the blueberry harvest.

Tomlin plans April 24 open house to show off mural of school mascot

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PLANT CITY – Tomlin Middle School has an oversized mural of its mascot – the tiger – thanks to the generosity of some former students.

Plant City jeweler mixes business, pleasure on trip to LA

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PLANT CITY Jewelry store owner Joe Grimes found time to enjoy California during an annual trip he takes in search of the latest bling.

Dynamic director credited with helping Plant City Boys & Girls Club’s rapid growth

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

Teens can enjoy games at library

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PLANT CITY Bruton Memorial Library’s monthly Teen Game Zone will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Library program focuses on finance

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PLANT CITY Lisa Leslie of the Hillsborough County Extension Service will present a program on cash flow management from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 23 at Bruton Memorial Library.

Well-known evangelist headlines Plant City tent revival

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PLANT CITY – A service led by well-known minister and evangelist Rodney Howard-Browne will kick off an old-fashioned tent revival that returns to Plant City for the 26th time.

Downtown car show’s 18th anniversary Saturday at McCall Park

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PLANT CITY – About 350 vehicles are expected to be on display Saturday as the Strawberry Classic Car Show marks its 18th anniversary.