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Thursday, Jul 30, 2015

Dave Nicholson

Tribune Staff

New pastor at First United Methodist says he already loves job, Plant City

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PLANT CITY – The Rev. Doug Pareti had never spent much time in Plant City before he accepted an assignment as pastor of First United Methodist Church.

Commissioner Sparkman assails city’s annual contribution to chamber of commerce

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PLANT CITY – City Commissioner Mike Sparkman was highly critical at a budget workshop of the city’s annual contribution to the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce.

Former Turkey Creek High School girls dean fondly remembered as strict but kind

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PLANT CITY – Nevoline Cowan was fair and kind as Turkey Creek High’s dean of girls.

More than 3 years later, families of two women still wait for answers

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PLANT CITY – There are no easy days for Bud and Grace Moriarty, whose daughter Kelly vanished from Plant City shortly before her partial remains were discovered on a Pinellas County shore.

Tribute artists to compete at annual Elvis contest at Strawberry Festival grounds

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PLANT CITY Elvis is long gone, but his fans can relive his music Saturday at an annual competition for the best tribute performer to The King.

Chamber seeking sponsors for Nov. 21-22 Plant City Pig Jam

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PLANT CITY Planning is already under way for the next Plant City Pig Jam.

Free physicals available at Aug. 1 back to school fair in Plant City

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PLANT CITY Free physicals will be available for children kindergarten through the 12th grade at an Aug. 1 back to school fair.

Weight loss company names Plant City woman to advisory panel

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PLANT CITY – Karen Gillman, who lost 145 pounds with gastric surgery, has joined a patient advisory board for a company that makes weight loss products.

Plant City civic club collecting school supplies for needy children

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PLANT CITY Donations of school supplies are being sought for children in need in an annual drive.

Walden Lake golf course plan gets another thumbs-down

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Visions Golf plans to ask the city to postpone a rezoning hearing in the wake of a city report recommending denial of its plans to develop parts of a shuttered Walden Lak...

Car maker’s foundation helps children’s hospital foundation

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PLANT CITY Doctors, children with cancer and others were on hand as Hyundai Hope On Wheels donated $50,000 to St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Foundation of Tampa.

Democrats to talk about voter registration Monday at Plant City library

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PLANT CITY The Plant City Area Democrat Club will meet 6:30 p.m. Monday for training on voter registration.

City’s new and improved Web site launches Thursday

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PLANT CITY – Want to report to the city an abandoned home or overgrown lot?

Teen book club meets Tuesday at Bruton Memorial Library

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PLANT CITY Do you love reading? Looking for something new? If so, join the Teen Book Club that meets monthly at Bruton Memorial Library.

As Plant City continues to draw down reserves, officials worry about future

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PLANT CITY – The city is facing the same dilemma as many families facing financial hard times: You can’t live off your savings forever.

Children can explore different fields at HCC summer camp

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PLANT CITY – Children who are as much as a decade or longer away from high school graduation are spending their summers at Hillsborough Community College.

City clerk re-elected to board

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PLANT CITY City Clerk Kerri Miller has been elected to the Florida Association of City Clerks’ board of directors for the third consecutive year.

Super hero party Thursday at Plant City library

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PLANT CITY Children in kindergarten through the fifth grade can make crafts, play games and win prizes at Bruton Memorial Library’s Superhero Bash.

Historic downtown Plant City building back in compliance

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PLANT CITY City code inspectors say Cornerstone Center has removed overgrown vegetation and an infestation of wasps that led to the city issuing code violations last month.

Ford dealership buys old Plant City motel

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Jarrett-Scott Ford has purchased the old Royal Oak Motel at 1706 E. Baker St., next to the dealership.

Government agencies raise red flags over Walden Lake golf course rezoning

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Two agencies have filed objections to a much-discussed proposal to develop homes and an adult congregate-living center on the shuttered Walden Lake golf course.

New minister takes pulpit at Cork United Methodist Church

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PLANT CITY – George Hatmaker grew up as a preacher’s kid but drifted away from the church as a teenager.

Plant City High administrator named principal at Tomlin

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PLANT CITY A top administrator at Plant City High is leaving to become principal at Tomlin Middle School.

Plant City resident starts ‘funeral concierge business’

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PLANT CITY – When Lisa Riley-Shepherd decided to open her own business, she drew from her own experiences.

Meals on Wheels helps make sure Plant City's needy don't go hungry

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PLANT CITY – Sheila Pearson said she volunteers her time at Meals on Wheels in Plant City because a similar charity in another state helped her mom.

Help welcome new Plant City area teachers

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PLANT CITY The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce is asking businesses to help sponsor an annual event that welcomes new teachers to Plant City area schools.

Hundreds say ‘Happy 90th’ to woman who made mark on strawberry festival, farming

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PLANT CITY Veteran Florida Strawberry Festival entertainer Dennis Lee may have said it best about Helen Parke.

Sing-along for children Tuesday at Plant City library

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PLANT CITY Children from kindergarten through fifth-grade can listen and participate as Christine VanHorn uses her guitar to lead a time of music from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bruton Memorial Library.

Plant City food bank needs help

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The charity at 702 E. Alsobrook St., Suite H, needs non-perishables such as soups, cereals and juice. There’s a particular need for peanut butter.

Beloved Plant City High teacher loses battle with cancer

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Leslie Rice twice fought cancer but never let the disease keep her out of the classroom.

Party to celebrate Parkesdale’s matriarch’s 90th birthday

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PLANT CITY – A party from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Florida Strawberry Festival grounds will celebrate the 90th birthday of the matriarch of a family known for its deep roots in the berry business.

Adults can dance for fitness and fun at Bruton Memorial Library

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PLANT CITY Gargee Joglekar will teach “Bollywood Dancing: A fun fitness class for adults” from 6:30-7:15 p.m. Monday at Bruton Memorial Library.

Internal medicine specialist opens office in Plant City

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PLANT CITY Internal Medicine Associates of Plant City has announced the opening of the practice of Dr. Yvonne Braver, M.D., at 511 W. Alexander St., Suite 2.

Work on parks targeted for late 2015 competition after months of delays

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Two stalled park projects, including the re-opening of Snowden Park and construction of six fields at Ellis-Methvin Park, are expected to be completed in December.

July deemed ‘park and recreation month’ in Plant City

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PLANT CITY Mayor Rick Lott has proclaimed July as Park and Recreation Month in Plant City.

Children flock to Plant City’s summer programs

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PLANT CITY – The Plant City Recreation and Parks Department’s summer program has seen a 30 percent increase in attendance over last year.

Plant City ponders an economic development commission of its own

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PLANT CITY Local leaders are looking into the possibility of forming an economic development commission for Plant City.

Plant City High student named intern

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PLANT CITY Plant City High School rising senior Katelyn Scott is the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center’s new summer intern.

July 4 celebration to include children’s games, entertainment and fireworks

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— Independence Day will once again be celebrated with a bang at Plant City Stadium.

Plant City’s new ambulance has fresh look, smoother ride and better fuel economy

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PLANT CITY When you are critically ill, probably the last thing you need is a bumpy ambulance ride to the hospital.

Lots of Hugs Learning Center combines fun, faith and the 3 Rs

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0ourdan Anderson, Ezion Reaves and Eden Williams say there’s plenty to like at the Lots of Hugs Learning Center.

Boy, 9, shot after taking mom’s boyfriend’s gun in Plant City

- A 9-year-old Plant City boy was seriously injured today when he was shot in the cheek after he and his two brothers took a gun from their mother’s locked bedroom.

City keeps residency requirement for library board

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PLANT CITY City commissioners refused to change a policy requiring that members of the library board live inside the city limits.

Daily feedings move to Winter Visitors Center

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PLANT CITY The city has signed a lease with a nonprofit that will coordinate daily meals for the needy at the Winter Visitors Center.

Work on parks targeted for late 2015 competition after months of delays

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PLANT CITY – Two stalled park projects, including the re-opening of Snowden Park and construction of six fields at Ellis-Methvin Park, are expected to be completed in December.

Downtown Plant City cafe closes for summer break

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PLANT CITY Downtown’s Whistle Stop Cafe has closed until the first week in September as owners Jerry and Marti Lofstrom take their annual summer vacation.

Taste of Plant City, home show coming to Florida Strawberry Festival grounds

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PLANT CITY Simply Events of Tampa will present the Mid–Florida Summer Home Show & Taste of Plant City next month at the Florida Strawberry Festival’s Expo Hall.

South Florida Baptist Hospital offering class in kicking smoking habit

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PLANT CITY South Florida Baptist will hold a class on kicking the smoking habit from 6 to 8 p.m. July 2.

Plant City leaders hope revived program can boost downtown preservation

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A version of this story published in the Plant City Courier.

Plant City to celebrate holiday with a bang

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PLANT CITY The city is expecting thousands of people July 4 for the annual Independence Day celebration at Plant City Stadium.