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Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Nicholson, Dave

Tribune Staff

Plant City church plans Saturday fish fry, yard sale

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PLANT CITY St. Mary’s Community Church will have a fish fry and yard sale starting at 7 a.m. Saturday at a fish market at Alsobrook and Maryland streets.

Saxophonist performs Sunday at Turkey Creek church

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PLANT CITY Saxophone player Nathan Woodward will perform a concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at Turkey Creek First Baptist Church.

Plant City YMCA’s ‘Strong Leader’ honored for always lending helping hand

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PLANT CITY George Banning was praised for his leadership, determination and compassion as he was presented with the Plant City Family YMCA’s Strong Leader of the Year award.

Plant City church to salute working men and women

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PLANT CITY First Church of God Plant City will serve free hot dogs and soft drinks from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to honor working men and women.

Tampa man charged in 1979 death of Plant City mother

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Orthneil Kelley said he never gave up hope that his mother’s killer one day would be brought to justice.

Plant City mom works tirelessly to help find a cure for daughter’s disease

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Shawn Santos has a simple explanation for her mission to raise awareness of spinal muscular atrophy, a rare genetic disease.

Plant City hospital offers Saturday class on breastfeeding

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PLANT CITY South Florida Baptist Hospital will hold a course on breastfeeding from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Plant City’s library director retires after 23 years on the job

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PLANT CITY — Library Director Anne Haywood, who vastly expanded and improved Bruton Memorial Library, has retired after 23 years on the job.

Tickets on sale for Sept. 25 Diamonds & Denim fundraiser

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Break out your best denim and dancing shoes.

Fountain working again at Plant City park

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The city is running the fountain from 5 to 10 p.m. daily at the 11.2-acre park at Grant and Hunter streets. The city is monitoring the fountain, and its hours of operation will be extended if it continues to work properl...

Register now for Plant City youth football

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PLANT CITY Registration is underway for the 48th season of the Plant City Recreation and Parks Department/Optimist Youth Flag Football Program.

Plant City girl, 17, charged with DUI-manslaughter in traffic death

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A 17-year-old Plant City girl has been charged with driving under the influence-manslaughter in the Feb. 2 death of a man who was delivering The Tampa Tribune.

Baton twirling team wins trophy case of awards at national competition

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Ten members of Patrick’s Patriots Twirling Corps won 20 awards as a team and individually at a recent national competition.

High ranking Tampa administrator selected as Plant City manager

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The city of Tampa’s public works and utility services administrator has been selected as Plant City’s new city manager.

Imagination, mechanics go into artist’s miniature fire truck

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Robert G. Woods has faced a lot of difficult tasks in his more than 10 years as a metal sculptor.

Farmers take a bow at annual Plant City awards breakfast

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Dale McClellan, who grew his family farm into a $65-million-per- year business, was honored Wednesday as Plant City’s agriculturist of the year.

Sculptures becoming a popular tourist draw in Plant City’s downtown

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

Wilson Elementary’s new teachers wash away competition at annual breakfast

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PLANT CITY Wilson Elementary School’s new teachers made a big splash - figuratively speaking - at an annual breakfast that welcomes educators to the Plant City area.

Teachers, principals look forward to a new school year

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PLANT CITY Principal Jennifer West says she’s been looking forward to Tuesday for some time.

Plant City native on the card for Saturday mixed martial arts fighting bouts

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PLANT CITY David Craft said he learned one thing very quickly when he first tried his hand at mixed martial arts:

Volunteers honored for years of service to refuge for troubled teens

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PLANT CITY Cindy Churchill struggled for composure as she thanked volunteers for helping run her haven for troubled teens for decades.

Plant City winery supporters, opponents to square off

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People who oppose Keel and Curley Winery’s rezoning for beer brewing and sales say they don’t want to shut down the business.

Sculptures add to small town charm. mayor says

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PLANT CITY – Ten bronze sculptures on display in and around downtown through Nov. 1 are a perfect fit for Plant City’s image, Mayor Rick Lott said.

County commissioners to decide Tuesday on winery rezoning request

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PLANT CITY Many neighbors who live near Keel and Curley Winery say they don’t want to close the 11-year-old business.

New children’s librarian returning to the profession she loves

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For three years, Mary Hoover tried her hand as a traveling poker dealer — going from casino to casino to work at championship tournaments.

Weeks of rehearsals pay off starting Friday for children in “Little Mermaid Jr.”

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PLANT CITY – Desiree Dunphy said it was only natural that her 18-year-old daughter Charizma wanted to take part in a children’s theater musical that opens Friday.

Teenager celebrates his 16th birthday with solo flight

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PLANT CITY – Like many teenagers, Ryan Schultz wanted to drive as soon as he turned 16.

Plant City man hopes short film leads to shot at directing feature movie

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Matthew Glover, with the help of about 20 friends and family members, spent a recent weekend working under the hot July sun in dreams of hitting it big in Hollywood.

Pete Rose’s locker hangs around long after his career ended

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

Monday is Plant City chamber night at baseball game

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PLANT CITY The inaugural Plant City Chamber Night will be 6:30 p.m. Monday at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland.

Plant City officer fired for hiding chief’s affair wants job back

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A veteran police sergeant who was fired in January for helping to cover up a former police chief’s affair is suing to get his job back.

Plant City hospital offers weight loss surgery program

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PLANT CITY South Florida Baptist Hospital is sponsoring an Aug. 11 program on surgical weight loss.

Pete Rose’s locker hangs around long after his career ended in disgrace

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PLANT CITY – Pete Rose isn’t much more than a memory at Plant City Stadium.

Softball federation making pitch for hall of fame museum at stadium

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PLANT CITY – It has been years in the making, but a permanent tribute to the sport of softball may finally be rounding third base.

‘Little Mermaid’ opening Aug. 8 at community theater

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PLANT CITY An adaption of a Disney classic will open Aug. 8 at Plant City Entertainment theater, 101 N. Thomas St.

Summer help needed at tourist information center

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PLANT CITY – The help wanted sign is out at the Plant City Tourist Information Center.

Soon-to-close haven for troubled girls gives $100,000 to Methodist children’s home

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PLANT CITY – Steppin’ Stone Farm donated $100,000 to the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home as the refuge for troubled teenage girls prepares to shut down for good.

Plant City library offers reading incentives for adults

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PLANT CITY The adult summer reading program continues through the end of August at Bruton Memorial Library, 302 W. McLendon St.

Plant City softball star invited to national tryout

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PLANT CITY USA Baseball has announced that 40 players, including Plant City’s Kendall Dawson, have been invited to try out for a national women’s baseball team.

$5.8 million project under way on SR 39

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PLANT CITY – Work crews will be a familiar sight through mid-2015 on a 3.1-mile stretch of State Road 39, also known as James L. Redman Parkway.

Life-threatening disease becomes her life mission

- Becky Dame, a bone marrow transplant coordinator at Moffitt Cancer Center, has had two of the life-saving procedures during her more than 20-year struggle with leukemia.

Commissioner denies revenge is behind suggestion to eliminate assistant city manager

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City Commissioner Billy Keel suggested at a recent budget workshop that the city consider a number of budget cuts, including the elimination of Assistant City Manager Bil...

Plant City commissioner won’t face tampering charges

- City Commissioner Billy Keel won’t face criminal charges on allegations he tried to dissuade a witness from cooperating with a misconduct probe.

City commissioners unhappy with consultant’s short list for city manager

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PLANT CITY – City commissioners voiced varying degrees of displeasure with a consultant’s list of nine finalists for city manager.

Open houses this week at Plant City dance studio

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PLANT CITY Dance Connection, 507 N. Wheeler St., will have open houses from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday for prospective students.

Plant City chamber seeks help welcoming new teachers

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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

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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

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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

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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

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