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Saturday, Jul 04, 2015

Dave Nicholson

Tribune Staff

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hillsborough dedicates $2.3 million fire station in Springhead

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Fire protection in the Springhead area has come a long way since Charles Bell started the first volunteer fire department in the 1960s.

Durant High graduate in running for national award for community service

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PLANT CITY Daisy Alvarez devotes many hours to helping others.

2012 Florida Strawberry Festival queen makes college dean’s list

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PLANT CITY Former Florida Strawberry Festival Queen Chelsea Bowden was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Samford University.

Four area students never missed a day

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PLANT CITY Nine recently graduates, including four who attended school in the Dover-Plant City area, were honored recently for having perfect attendance from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Business, city leaders hope new program can boost downtown preservation

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PLANT CITY City and business leaders are hoping to revive a program that the say will promote and strengthen downtown.

Local artists’ work on display at Bruton Memorial Library

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PLANT CITY – Some of the East Hillsborough Art Guild’s best works are on display this month at Bruton Memorial Library.

Bruton Memorial encouraging summer reading with heroes-themed fun

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PLANT CITY – Priscilla Davis has found a great way to entertain her three visiting grandchildren this summer.

Plant City Fire Rescue commended for helping detect severe heart attacks

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PLANT CITY – The American Heart Association recently presented an award to Plant City Fire Rescue for taking measures to help save patients who have severe heart attacks.

Award-winning Plant City utilities departments add new honors

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PLANT CITY – The municipal employees who supply some of the most basic services to the city’s 36,000 residents have added new awards to their collection of trophies.

Plant City church to weave biblical stories, fun into vacation Bible school

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PLANT CITY A water slide, display of animals and other fun will be part of Plant City Community Church of the Nazarene’s annual vacation Bible school.

Mother delivers baby in elevator at Plant City hospital

- The parents planned on the baby being born by induced delivery. Instead, nature took its course between the second and third floors of the hospital, and out came all 18 inches and 4½ pounds of Addison.

Plant City wants wasps, overgrown vegetation removed from historic building

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City code inspectors have ordered the removal of wasps that have built nests on one of downtown’s more historic buildings.

Hearing on Walden Lake golf course rezoning moved to 6 p.m.

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PLANT CITY The time for the planning board’s Aug. 13 meeting on Vision Golf LLC’s request to rezone a shuttered Walden Lake golf course has been moved from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Organizers of fundraiser to help library looking for sponsors

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PLANT CITY – A nonprofit that supports Bruton Memorial Library is making plans to present its 16th Mystery Dinner Theatre.

Registration open for June 27 ‘Men of Courage’ seminar

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PLANT CITY – A June 27 seminar at a local church will help men strengthen their spiritual and personal lives.

Plant City mourns beloved barber who died in apparent electrocution

- Westley Hancock attracted quite a following in Plant City, where he operated Bruce’s Barbershop — named in honor of his granddad — for 12 years. Tuesday night, Hancock died in an apparent electrocution ...

Plant City police aim to streamline ticket-writing

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PLANT CITY The city is spending $11,627 for 18 portable printers that save officers’ time when they issue traffic citations.

Plant City parents delight in son’s second season as TV private eye

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PLANT CITY – A television show starring a veteran private eye whose parents live in Plant City has returned for a second season on Investigation Discovery.

Bealsville invites everyone to its 150th birthday bash

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PLANT CITY – Henry Davis believes the slaves who founded Bealsville in 1865 shaped the generations to come.

Plant City High student wins humanitarian award

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PLANT CITY Rising Plant City High School senior Deanna Rodriguez has received the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award in recognition of her community service.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Mayor Rick Lott sworn in for another term

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PLANT CITY – Mayor Rick Lott may have been nearly 8,000 miles from City Hall and without a printed Bible handy, but that didn’t stop him from being sworn in for his second consecutive one-year term.

Longtime Plant City chemist tries new formula: retirement

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Harold Falls was about 10 years old when he and a buddy with a chemistry set learned to make gunpowder with ingredients from a drug store in their hometown in rural Virgi...

Plant City Meals on Wheels needs volunteers

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PLANT CITY Meals on Wheels has once again hung out the “help wanted” sign.

New manager sees bright future for aging, troubled Plant City golf and country club

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The troubled Walden Lake Golf and Country Club has a new manager.

Photographer whose shots included both famous and ordinary folk dies at 74

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Bud Lee photographed the likes of Clint Eastwood, Mick Jagger and Jane Russell in a career that spanned four decades.

Plant City adopts memorial marker policy

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PLANT CITY A widow’s request has prompted the city to adopt a policy allowing memorial markers on city maintained streets.

Do you know your super heroes?

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PLANT CITY Teens can participate in a trivia contest on super heroes from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Bruton Memorial Library, 302 W. McLendon St.

Plant City High graduate named school’s principal

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Tomlin Middle School Principal Susan Sullivan is switching campuses to take the top job at her alma mater, Plant City High School.

Longtime Plant City chemist’s new formula: retirement

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PLANT CITY – Harold Falls was about 10 when he and a buddy with a chemistry set learned to make gunpowder with ingredients from a drug store in their hometown in rural Virginia.

South Florida Baptist Hospital plans new 17-bed intensive care unit

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PLANT CITY South Florida Baptist Hospital has announced plans to open a new 17-bed intensive care unit in 2016.

Plant City officers praised for rescue

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PLANT CITY Two Plant City police officers who rescued a woman and her teenage daughters from grave danger were honored recently at the local Optimist Club’s annual Respect for Law Dinner.

Blackout erases footage of Strawberry Crest High’s commencement speeches

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Strawberry Crest High School International Baccalaureate valedictorian Anuj Desai was just starting his commencement speech.

Retired CPA named Plant City Family YMCA’s Strong Leader of Year

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PLANT CITY Joe Sedita will be honored Aug. 25 as the Plant City Family YMCA’s Strong Leader of the Year.

Plant City High Class of ‘64’s annual reunion June 27

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PLANT CITY Members of the Plant City High School’s Class of 1964 will hold their annual reunion June 27.