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Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014

Nicholson, Dave

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Plant City chamber seeks help welcoming new teachers


PLANT CITY The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce is asking business owners for donations or prizes for the annual New Teacher Coffee.

Plant City police seeking new officers


PLANT CITY The Plant City Police Department has hung out the “help wanted” sign for new officers.

5 percent pay raises planned for city employees for 2014-15


PLANT CITY – Interim City Manager David Sollenberger has budgeted the first raises that many city employees have received in five years.

Plant City considering update of cell tower regulations


PLANT CITY The city is pondering wide-ranging changes in regulations on new cell towers and antennas.

Bronze sculptures on display in downtown Plant City through Nov. 1


PLANT CITY – A July 28 ceremony will celebrate the temporary display of 10 bronze sculptures around downtown.

‘Legally Blonde’ musical opens Friday at Plant City community theater


PLANT CITY Pamela Heaps said she was enchanted with “Legally Blonde” when it hit the silver screen a few years ago.

Retired sheriff’s colonel pins on badge as Plant City police chief


PLANT CITY Ed Duncan was sworn in Monday as the 23rd police chief in the city’s nearly 130-year history.

Plant City cloggers excel at Georgia competition


PLANT CITY A local clogging team took several first place trophies recently at a competition near Atlanta.

Plant City locations make the cut for book on best 100 places in Tampa area


PLANT CITY – Kristen Hare said when she and her family first relocated from the Midwest, she was eager to visit Disney World and the beaches.

Elvis festival to pay tribute to the legacy of the king of rock 'n' roll


PLANT CITY – Elvis may be long gone, but Vickie May is doing her best to keep his memory alive.

Dine on spaghetti, help Plant City community theater


PLANT CITY Plant City Entertainment will hold a spaghetti supper fundraiser Saturday to benefit the community theater’s upcoming summer musical comedy, “Legally Blonde.”

Walmart files plans for liquor sales its Plant City store


PLANT CITY – The makings for a margarita will soon be as close as the local Walmart.

City manager recommends replacement of playground equipment at Courier Field


PLANT CITY The playground set at Courier Field, 703 N. Wheeler St., is showing its age and needs to be replaced, city officials say.

Gospel group kicks off Seffner church’s concert series


SEFFNER Reflectsons, a gospel group from North Florida, will be featured in concert 6 p.m. Sunday at Mango Church of God.

Bathroom makeover makes life easier for parents of child who can’t walk, sit upright on her own


PLANT CITY – Six-year-old Brooklynn Santos’ parents physically struggled to bathe their daughter, who has a genetic disease that has progressively weakened her muscles and sapped her strength.

Christian comedian to headline Nov. 11 Pregnancy Care Center banquet


PLANT CITY Christian comedian Mike Williams will be featured at the Pregnancy Care Center of Plant City's annual banquet on Nov. 11.

Plant City cancels monthly food truck rallies


PLANT CITY The city has canceled monthly food truck rallies that have been held since May in McCall Park.

Plant City High graduate headed to grad school at Vanderbilt


PLANT CITY Briana Corzine Wyzinski, a Plant City resident, recently graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University and has set her sights on graduate school.

Bathroom makeover makes life easier for ailing girl


Six-year-old Brooklynn Santos’ parents physically struggled to bathe their daughter, who has a genetic disease that progressively weakens her muscles and saps her ...

State officer takes a second bow


PLANT CITY A state wildlife officer who recently won top honors at a Plant City law enforcement appreciation dinner has received more accolades.

Plant City concert raises $3,530 for veterans families


PLANT CITY Plant City Community Chorale’s patriotic concert, “A Tribute to Our Heroes,” raised more than $3,500 for a nonprofit that provides housing for families of injured veterans.

Celebrate the 4th with games, fireworks at stadium


PLANT CITY – Independence Day will be celebrated with entertainment, children’s games and fireworks starting at 6 p.m. Friday at Plant City Stadium.

Motorcycle show canceled due to holiday weekend


PLANT CITY Plant City’s popular Bike Fest won’t be held Saturday due to the holiday weekend.

Celebrate nation’s independence at Plant City dance


PLANT CITY There won’t be fireworks, but dancers of all abilities can celebrate the holiday weekend on the dance floor.

City special events director’s job to be eliminated Oct. 1


PLANT CITY – The city is laying off the employee responsible for staging special events after less than a year on the job.

YMCA gymnasts to compete on a national stage


BRANDON – Months of practice will be put to the test starting Thursday for 20 young gymnasts from the North Brandon Family YMCA.

City clerk breaks knee on a not-so-restful vacation


PLANT CITY City Clerk Kerri Miller has been hobbling around City Hall on crutches ever since she returned from a week’s vacation on Anna Maria Island.

Area YMCA gymnasts looking forward to competing on national stage


PLANT CITY – Months of practice will be put to the test starting Thursday for young gymnasts Alessandra “Alex” Cappucci and Kelsey Slone.

Mayor Rick Lott wearing glasses for the first time


PLANT CITY If you think Mayor Rick Lott looks a bit different these days, you’re not imaging things.

Plant City keeps opening prayers


For as long as anyone can remember, city commission meetings have started the same way: The mayor asks the audience to stand for a word of prayer, followed by the Pledge ...

Cookie sales, other fundraisers pay off as Plant City Girl Scouts tour Washington


PLANT CITY – Eight Plant City Girl Scouts who together sold 4,000 boxes of cookies recently enjoyed the fruits of their labor: A four-day trip to the nation’s capital.

Plant City cafe owners to say, ‘see you in September’

- Jerry and Marti Lofstrom are closing their Whistle Stop Cafe after Saturday for their annual summer break.

Traveling exhibit of sculptures goes on display in mid-July in downtown Plant City

- The life-size bronze sculptures that adorned downtown for four months in 2012 were such a hit that a similar exhibit debuts in a couple of weeks.

Furniture, clothing among items for sale at Plant City church garage sale

- Gospel METS Ministries, 1102 E. Laura St., will have a big yard sale from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Strawberry festival archives yield interesting letter to FSU’s Doak Campbell

- The Florida Strawberry Festival’s research into its history has uncovered a faded 1949 letter addressed to Doak Campbell, whose name is immortalized on Florida State University’s football stadium.

Winery compromises in rezoning bid

- A winery north of Interstate 4 that is seeking a rezoning needed for beer production has agreed to limit noise and traffic.

Plant City couple’s private eye son stars in ‘Cry Wolfe’ cable TV show


PLANT CITY – John Wolfe said his son Brian never talked much about his work as a private detective in Los Angeles.

Three Plant City siblings never missed a day of school


PLANT CITY – When Zack Koch graduated this month from Strawberry Crest High with perfect attendance, he was continuing in a family tradition.

Tattoo shop sues Plant City to open in historic downtown


PLANT CITY — The owner of a Plant City tattoo shop is suing the city for refusing to allow him to relocate to a building he owns in the historic business district.

Longtime Plant City Family YMCA member picked as Strong Leader of Year


PLANT CITY – Bob Eukovich says he isn’t surprised that George Banning, a member of his regular exercise group, has been singled out for the Plant City Family YMCA’s top award.

Local twirlers to compete next month in national competition


PLANT CITY – Ten members of Patrick’s Patriots Twirling Corps are practicing their best moves for national competition at the University of Notre Dame.

Plant City basketball team strikes gold at national Special Olympics


PLANT CITY – The eight members of a Plant City Special Olympics basketball team proved Thursday that they are second to none.

Retired sheriff’s colonel to be Plant City police chief

- A retired Hillsborough County sheriff’s colonel was named Friday as Plant City’s new police chief.

Florida Strawberry Festival photos, memorabilia sought for history book


As its 80th anniversary approaches, the Florida Strawberry Festival is compiling its history.

Yard sale Saturday at Plant City church

- Household items, clothing and more will be available at a yard sale at Greater Love Christian Center, 1109 N. Franklin St.

Local graduates honored for 13 years of perfect attendance


PLANT CITY Zack Koch and Luke Bramlett were recently honored for a feat achieved by few: 13 years of perfect attendance.

Plant City police officer suspended following arrest

- A veteran Plant City police officer was suspended without pay Monday after his arrest on a domestic violence charge.

Plant City police to add video cameras to uniforms


PLANT CITY The Plant City Police Department is buying 40 clip-on video cameras that will record each officers’ contact with members of the public.

Fireworks and games part of Plant City’s July 4th festivities


PLANT CITY – Plans are in high gear for the annual July 4 celebration at Plant City Stadium.

Breastfeeding class June 28 at South Florida Baptist Hospital


PLANT CITY Expectant mothers and support persons are invited to attend a class on breastfeeding from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 28 at South Florida Baptist Hospital.