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Saturday, Dec 20, 2014

Dave Nicholson

Tribune Staff

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...

Stardust will be missed by those who danced there

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PLANT CITY – Donna Garzone has many happy memories hosting dance parties at the Stardust Dance Center over the last decade.

Bealls Outlet in Plant City planning expansion, new look

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PLANT CITY – Bealls Outlet plans to expand into the space occupied by the Stardust Dance Center starting early next year.

Plant City motorcyclist killed in crash; other driver cited

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PLANT CITY A 36-year-old motorcyclist was killed and the driver who turned into his path was cited for driving without a license, Plant City police said.

Children’s librarian wants to make a difference in kids’ lives

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PLANT CITY – John Russell, who said he loves inspiring youngsters, is the new children’s librarian at Bruton Memorial Library.

Tampa Theater plans Dec. 18 showing of Christmas movie starring Plant City native

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PLANT CITY – A “feel-good” Christmas story starring Plant City native Charleene Closshey will be shown 7:45 p.m. Dec. 18 at the historic Tampa Theatre.

Wawa now open, $250,00 pledged to ease interchange’s congestion

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PLANT CITY – A developer has agreed to pay $250,000 to help improve the Interstate 4-Thonotosassa Road interchange where Wawa opened a store this week.

New pastor’s enthusiasm breathing new life into one of area’s oldest churches

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DOVER – When Jimmy Evans decided he was ready for a pulpit of his own after more than 25 years of church service, he and his wife Lisa asked for divine guidance.

Exhibit of World War II uniforms to commemorate conflict’s major battles

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Ron Bushaw wants to make sure the sacrifices of millions of soldiers during World War II never are forgotten.

Plant City Wawa celebrates grand opening with free coffee

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PLANT CITY The Wawa’s convenience store at Interstate 4 and Thonotosassa Road is offering free coffee through Dec. 14 to celebrate its grand opening.

Exhibit of World War II uniforms to commemorate conflict’s major battles

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PLANT CITY – Ron Bushaw wants to make sure the sacrifices of millions of soldiers during World War II are never forgotten.

Amorous canines not welcome at Plant City’s new park

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A version of this story appears today in some community sections of The Tampa Tribune.

City commissioners order demolition of charred and crumbling historic home

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PLANT CITY –Time has run out for a fire-damaged, nearly 100-year-old home in the heart of a historic district.

Father-daughter musicians headline Dec. 13 Florida Opry

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A father-and-daughter duo is making an encore performance Dec. 13 at the Florida Opry.

Color barrier at Plant City hospital broken 50 years ago

- Russell and Peggy Goodwine said they weren’t looking to shatter any racial barriers when they rushed their infant daughter to South Florida Baptist Hospital a half century ago.

Food and drink part of Plant City fundraiser to benefit boxer rescue

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PLANT CITY A parade of foster pets, and vendors selling food, wine and beer will be part of a Dec. 7 event to benefit the Florida Boxer Rescue group.

Suspect charged in robberies in Tampa, Plant City

- A suspect arrested in a Tampa bank robbery faces additional charges, including robberies at a Tampa GameStop and two Plant City convenience stores.

Needy students get new shoes through club’s generosity

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About 50 students at Cork Elementary School were walking about campus Wednesday with happy feet.

Bok Tower mansion’s Christmas decor has Plant City connection

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PLANT CITY A mansion on the grounds of Bok Tower Gardens is looking a lot like Christmas – thanks in part to owners of a Plant City shop.

Hillsborough County Farm Bureau president gets second term

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Kenneth Parker, executive director of the Florida Strawberry Growers Association, has been re-elected president of the Hills- borough County Farm Bureau.

Color barrier at hospital broken 50 years ago this week

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PLANT CITY – Russell and Peggy Goodwine said they weren’t looking to shatter any racial barriers when they rushed their infant daughter to South Florida Baptist Hospital a half century ago.

Fundraiser sees record response

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LAKELAND – A walk to fight a rare childhood disease raised $27,100, far exceeding its $20,000 goal.

Christmas tree lighting, parade next week in downtown Plant City

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Santa Claus is probably getting ready right now to make his way from the North Pole to Plant City.

Plant City bank’s new chief guided by Christian principles

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— Andrew Samuel was 17 when he moved from his native India to Pennsylvania to attend a small Christian college.

Lincoln Elementary second-graders put their imaginations into inventions

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PLANT CITY Aniston Aimsworth said she wanted to create something practical for her exhibit for Lincoln Elementary Magnet’s Invention Convention.

Plant City Pig Jam opens Friday for two-day run

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PLANT CITY – Some of the best barbecue around will be available at the 12th annual Pig Jam, which for the first time includes two days.

Longtime banker looks forward to more family, leisure time in retirement

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PLANT CITY – After nearly three decades, Floyd Hall said he still loved his job at the helm of Sunshine State Bank.

Bank’s new president to use Christian principles as he sets course for growth

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PLANT CITY – Andrew Samuel was 17 when he moved from his native India to Pennsylvania to attend a small Christian college.

Florida Strawberry Festival entertainment lineup includes Reba, Kevin Costner

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PLANT CITY Reba, John Legend, Alabama and a band led by actor Kevin Costner will be among the headline entertainment at the 2015 Florida Strawberry Festival.

Plant City homeless camp gone, but big mess awaits cleanup

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Editor’s note: A version of this story appeared in the community sections of The Tampa Tribune.

Laughter soothes the soul, Christian comedian says at Plant City fundraiser

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PLANT CITY – A generous dose of laughter was mixed with a very serious message at the Pregnancy Care Center’s largest fundraiser of the year.

Homeless camp is gone but mess remains

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PLANT CITY – Authorities say they have effectively closed a large homeless encampment hidden in woods in one of the city’s most affluent neighborhoods – but a huge amount of trash was left behind.

Convention to lift a joyful noise on Sunday at HCC

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PLANT CITY About a half-dozen groups are scheduled to appear Sunday at an annual gospel music concert.

Students help Plant City commemorate Veterans Day

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PLANT CITY Children took center stage as Plant City paused to remember those who have fought and died for their country.

Officer’s fatal shot halts attack in burning home

- The officer likely saved the lives of a woman being stabbed by a man as well as her two daughters, who were inside the Plant City home, Police Chief Ed Duncan said.

Three win awards in sculpture photo contest

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Three people won awards for taking the best photos with the bronze sculptures that were on display for four months around downtown.

Bricks engraved with veterans’ names dedicated at Plant City memorial park

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PLANT CITY It’s fair to say that the Dahlke family has done it share to serve its country.

Businesses, charity take annual awards for leadership, community service

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PLANT CITY Four businesses and a charity won first place at an annual awards banquet sponsored by the chamber of commerce and economic development council.

Former classmates relive memories at Pioneer Heritage Day

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PLANT CITY — The annual Pioneer Heritage Festival turned into a personal trip down memory lane for Stuart Hicks and others.

State may spend $800,000 to ease congestion near Plant City Starbucks

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PLANT CITY – The state is planning improvements at Thonotosassa Road and Interstate 4 to ease congestion around Starbucks that’s likely to get worse when a convenience store opens next door.

Kids can learn about computer gaming at library

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PLANT CITY Bruton Memorial Library will offer tips on computer gaming for children from 3 to 4 p.m. Nov. 10.

Cheerleading is more than shaking pom-poms at Fierce Athletics

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PLANT CITY – Lindsey Hoover said she wanted to combine two of her passions, her faith and her love for coaching cheerleading, when she opened a business of her own this summer.