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Saturday, Jan 31, 2015

Dave Nicholson

Tribune Staff

New chamber chairman looks forward to a year of growth for Plant City

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PLANT CITY – Michael Cameron set three goals for the year as he took the chairman’s gavel for the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce.

Plant City officer cleared in killing of man who stabbed ex-girlfriend

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PLANT CITY — A Plant City police officer was justified when he shot and killed a man who repeatedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend and apparently set her home on fire in November, state investigators say.

Valentine’s Day chili cook-off canceled

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Editor's note: This event has been cancelled.


 


PLANT CITY – So you think you’re chili cook is the best around?

Downtown motorcycle shows halting after Feb. 7

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PLANT CITY – Bike Fest, which has been a downtown staple since 2002, will cease being a monthly event after the Feb. 7 show.

Garden Club’s flower show Feb. 5 at Walden Lake

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PLANT CITY – A flower show that has been held for a half-century will pay tribute to two of the city’s oldest cornerstones: railroads and farming.

Queen’s court member steps down to pursue pageants, other opportunities

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PLANT CITY – The program for Saturday’s Florida Strawberry Festival queen’s pageant includes the photos and bios of the 2014 queen and court.

Strawberry festival queen taking away a lifetime of memories

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PLANT CITY – Jessi Rae Varnum said she’ll offer the following advice to the young lady who takes her place as reigning Florida Strawberry Festival queen:

Retired credit union president appointed to Plant City planning board

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PLANT CITY – When Art Wood retired last fall after four decades in the credit union business, he said he wasn’t planning to spend time in a rocker.

Plant City church offers special services in ‘red, white and blue’

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PLANT CITY – Inspirational speaker Andrew Phipps will be featured at services entitled “I Love America” at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday at Harmony Baptist Church.

Longtime strawberry festival leader to be honored

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PLANT CITY Al Berry, who served as a Florida Strawberry Festival director for 43 years, will be busy accepting accolades in the next few weeks.

Plant City’s new library director returning to her hometown roots

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The head librarian at a Christian school near Atlanta has been named the new director for Bruton Memorial Library.

Search for gunman resumes after Plant City slayings

- Two men were found shot to death outside some apartments on State Road 60. A manhunt for a suspect was set to resume this morning.

Famed chef to show off culinary skills to help Plant City food bank

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PLANT CITY – A chef perhaps best known for his appearances on reality TV will be featured at an annual fundraiser for the United Food Bank of Plant City.

Librarian at Georgia Christian school to take helm at Plant City library

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PLANT CITY The head librarian at a Christian school near Atlanta has been named the new director for Bruton Memorial Library.

Students win top honors at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Breakfast

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PLANT CITY Some of the youngest members of the community received top honors at an annual breakfast in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sign up now for Plant City youth soccer

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PLANT CITY – Children 4 to 18 years old are eligible to participate in the annual Plant City Recreation and Parks Department/Optimist Youth Soccer Program.

City engineer fired; assistant city engineer quits in protest

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PLANT CITY – The city is looking for two new employees to replace City Engineer Brett Gocka, who was fired, and Assistant City Engineer Kishor Desai, who resigned in protest.

One dead, three hurt in Plant City wreck on I-4 ramp

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PLANT CITY — A 61-year-old Winter Haven man was killed and three other men injured Friday when a car turned in front of a pickup truck on Alexander Street at the Interstate 4 interchange.

Tickets now on sale for Jan. 31 Florida Strawberry Festival queen’s pageant

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PLANT CITY Tickets went on sale today at three locations for the Florida Strawberry Festival’s queen pageant.

Girl Scouts taking orders for cookies through Jan. 25

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PLANT CITY – Get your sweet tooth ready for a once a year treat, courtesy of the local Girl Scouts.

Don Walden named area’s Realtor of the Year

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PLANT CITY – Don Walden entered college in the late 1940s thinking he’d graduate and take over his father’s Plant City Chevrolet dealership.

Burger King eyes site on Thonotosassa Road

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PLANT CITY Preliminary plans have been filed for a Burger King on Thonotosassa Road at the Gold Finch Drive intersection.

Charity fashion show is Jan. 23 at Plant City High

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PLANT CITY The ninth annual Every Buddy is Beautiful fashion show will be 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Plant City High School auditorium.

Assistant children’s librarian opens a new chapter: retirement

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PLANT CITY – Debbie Clark’s love of Plant City youngsters inspired her to spend nine years as assistant children’s librarian at Bruton Memorial Library.

Signups Jan. 24 for Florida Strawberry Festival Baby Parade

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PLANT CITY – Registration for the Florida Strawberry Festival’s popular Baby Parade will be from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Jan. 24 at the offices of Hillsborough Title.

Signup through Feb. 14 for new Plant City Colts baseball, softball teams

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PLANT CITY – The Plant City Colts youth sports program is reviving its baseball league after more than two decades.

Ohio minister, singer to lead Plant City revival

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PLANT CITY Bishop Rance Allen will lead revival services 7 p.m. Jan. 22 and 23 at St. Mary’s Community Church, 907 E. Laura St.

State lawmaker feels honored to speak at MLK leadership breakfast

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PLANT CITY – State Rep. Darryl Rouson said he believes that the best way to honor slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is through helping others.

Meet the candidates for Florida Strawberry Festival queen

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PLANT CITY - Fifteen young women from the Plant City area will compete Jan. 31 for Florida Strawberry Festival queen.

Plant City’s first black detective dies at 81

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Roosevelt “Bobby” Miller didn’t carry a gun when he became one of Plant City’s first black police officers in the 1960s, his brother David Smi...

New city manager sees 2015 as a banner year for the city

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PLANT CITY – The city begins the New Year with a relatively new leader who sees a bright future ahead.

Author’s talk focuses on offbeat Florida

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Award-winning freelance journalist Lynn Waddell will be the featured speaker at the 7 p.m. Jan. 15 meeting of the Friends of Bruton Memorial Library.

Family mourns boy, 4, fatally injured in Plant City strawberry field

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Hayden Hitchcock was only 4, but he made an impression to last a lifetime on those around him.

Tears flow as couples dance one final time at Plant City’s Stardust Dance Center

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PLANT CITY Bonnie Bell first caught Phil Eckenrode’s eye four years ago at the Stardust Dance Center.

Longtime Plant City resident dies at 109 years old

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Betty Everidge, who may have been this community’s oldest resident, has died a month shy of her 110th birthday.

Plant City’s annual celebration of transportation moves to new month

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PLANT CITY The annual Planes, Trains & Automobiles is moving to February.

Closed Plant City park slated for March reopening

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PLANT CITY — A popular park that has been closed for most of the year is expected to reopen by March 1.

More retro police vehicles on the way in Plant City

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PLANT CITY The city’s fleet of white patrol cars with blue and gold decals continues to dwindle as the department switches over to its retro color scheme.

Stardust owners sorry to close but they have many happy memories

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Thanks for the memories

Faith-based school outgrows its campus, relocates to larger quarters

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PLANT CITY Nicole Williams saw her dream come true when she founded a faith-based school in 2012.

New park in redevelopment area to include fountain, unique character

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PLANT CITY – The city’s newest park is expected to be ready for a ribbon cutting in about a month.

Wawa reaches new heights with Plant City sign

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PLANT CITY – The sign at Interstate 4 and Thonotosassa Road advertising the new Wawa is the chain’s tallest in Florida.

Youths flocked to popular football program

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PLANT CITY More than 230 players competed in the recently completed annual youth flag football program sponsored by the Plant City Recreation and Parks Department and Optimist Club.

Help feed the needy through United Food Bank

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PLANT CITY United Food Bank of Plant City is asking for donations of frozen turkeys and nonperishable foods to help feed the needy at Christmas time.

Christmas Lane keeps spreading holiday cheer

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Christmas Lane by the numbers

Happy memories left for those who danced at Stardust

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Editor’s note: A version of this story published in a community section of The Tampa Tribune

Entry deadline is Thursday for parade

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PLANT CITY Leola McDonald has been named marshal of the Jan. 17 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Parade.

Singer’s Christmas carols help shoppers get into the spirit of season

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PLANT CITY – Twice a day during the Christmas season, Felton’s grocery store doesn’t need any amplified background holiday music.

Woman’s bonds with former exchange students remain strong over the years

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PLANT CITY – It’s been more than 20 years since Jo Reynolds said goodbye to the last foreign exchange student who stayed at her home.

Lone Oak Baptist’s Christmas cantata is Friday and Sunday

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PLANT CITY Lone Oak Baptist Church’s sanctuary choir will present its annual Christmas cantata, “Christ was Born for This,” at...