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Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014

Dave Nicholson

Tribune Staff

Volunteer with ‘passion’ for God becomes church’s first assistant pastor

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PLANT CITY – Betty Bricker and her husband Phillip were searching for a place to worship when they attended a Sunday service at Plant City First Church of God.

Plant City insurance agent charged with stealing $200,000 from elderly clients

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A Plant City insurance agent and financial advisor will serve at least 21 months in prison on a charge she defrauded elderly clients of $200,000, officials say.

Learn to kick the tobacco habit with help of class in Plant City

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PLANT CITY South Florida Baptist Hospital is sponsoring a smoking cessation class from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

David Sollenberger praised for a job well done as he steps down as interim city manager

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PLANT CITY – David Sollenberger says he means it this time – his days as city manager are over.

Entries sought for photo contest that focuses on downtown sculptures

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PLANT CITY – Shutterbugs take note: you can win accolades for photos of people posing with the sculptures on temporary display around downtown.

Plant City 1-year-old hits big screen in Times Square

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PLANT CITY A video that included Brooklyn Rollins, a 1-year-old with Down syndrome, premiered last month on Times Square, much to the delight of her proud parents.

Plant City awards sidewalk contract at park

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PLANT CITY A Lithia company has been awarded a more than $130,800 contract for sidewalks at Ellis-Methvin Park.

Code enforcement reports successes in Walden Lake

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PLANT CITY The corporate owner of Walden Lake Golf and Country Club has come into compliance with city codes regarding the condition of its golf courses, a city report said.

Family with Plant City roots doesn’t win TV game show but has great time

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Sign up now for Plant City scarf design class

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PLANT CITY A class in intermediate silk scarf design will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the 1914 Plant City High School Community Center.

Starbucks adding parking, reconfiguring drive-through

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PLANT CITY – Starbucks at Interstate 4 and Thontosassa Road is planning some changes to alleviate congestion – an issue that will likely only get worse when a convenience store opens next door.

Turn in old, unwanted drugs Saturday at pharmacy

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PLANT CITY The Plant City Police Department is partnering with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to collect expired and unwanted medication.

South Florida Baptist names new patient care director

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PLANT CITY Teresa Colletti, who has 39 years of nursing experience, has been named South Florida Baptist Hospital’s new patient care director.

Strawberry Festival theme reflects landmark anniversary

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PLANT CITY—The Florida Strawberry Festival’s 2015 theme, “Come Join the Party!” pays homage to the celebration’s roots.

Oct. 2 golf tournament to benefit Plant City youth recreation

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PLANT CITY The 20th annual Plant City Optimist Club/Plant City Recreation and Parks Department golf tournament will be held Oct. 2 at Diamond Hill Golf & Country Club, Dover.

Signups ongoing for Halloween-themed women’s softball tournament

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PLANT CITY – Call it a softball tournament for women – with insomnia.

Dover couple dance their way to the top at national championships

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Lelia Blevins said she had to trick her husband Carl into taking their first lesson in ballroom dancing.

Golf fundraiser to help Plant City club buy shoes for needy kids

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PLANT CITY Signups are ongoing for the Plant City Junior Woman’s Club’s second annual Charity Golf Tournament.

Plant City couple celebrate birth of son

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PLANT CITY Jonathan and Valrie Humphrey of Plant City recently welcomed the birth of a son, William Armistead Humphrey.

For 130 years, Plant City Courier has served the community

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PLANT CITY – Dick Elston can honestly say he gave his blood, sweat and tears when he worked for the Plant City Courier.

Final chance Monday to sound off on Plant City budget, tax rate

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PLANT CITY City commissioners will hold their second and final public hearing Monday on the city’s proposed budget and tax rate.

Local family gets a turn on the ‘Feud’

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Angela Johnson and her mother, Janet Wright, were watching “Family Feud” over the holidays when Johnson had an idea.

State ethics agency clears Plant City commissioner of misuse of power

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State ethics officials havefound no merit to allegations that City Commissioner Billy Keel tried to use his influence to silence a key witn...

Plant City garbage rates not likely to rise

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PLANT CITY It appears the city will forgo a scheduled 3 percent increase in city sanitation disposal rates.

Couple dances their way to top at national championships

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PLANT CITY – Lelia Blevins said she had to trick her husband Carl into taking their first lesson in ballroom dancing.

Gospel group in concert Sunday at local church

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PLANT CITY The Southern gospel group Midnight Cry will perform 6 p.m. Sunday at Harmony Baptist Church, 6008 W. Knights Griffin Road.

Florida Strawberry Festival named top tourism event

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PLANT CITY The Southeast Tourism Society has named the Florida Strawberry Festival to a monthly list of the top 20 events.

Plant City winery sues two residents who opposed its rezoning

- A Plant City winery has filed libel and slander lawsuits against two residents who spoke out against its highly contested request for rezoning to allow it to brew beer and serve it by the glass.

Plant City Marshalls grand opening celebration starts 8 a.m. Thursday

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PLANT CITY – The grand opening celebration for the city’s first Marshalls will be from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday.

Free film offered Sept. 23 on ‘Freedom Riders’

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A film that focuses on the civil rights movement’s Freedom Riders will be shown 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at the John R. Trinkle Center on the Plant City campus of Hillsboro...

Plant City 1-year-old with Down syndrome wins hearts, spot in charity’s video

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

Plant City church offering Sept. 27 ‘Men of Courage’ seminar

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PLANT CITY – For years, the Plant City Christian Center has offered workshops to build up the spiritual and personal lives of women.

Plant City resident Art Wood retiring after 17 years at credit union’s helm

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PLANT CITY Art Wood was serving in the Air Force when he happened to volunteer at the base’s credit union.

Gospel quartet plays Sunday at Seffner church

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SEFFNER CrossFire Gospel Quartet will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday at Mango Church of God, 5306 McCranie St., Seffner.

Sept. 27 festival in downtown Plant City to feature fall planting supplies, antiques

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PLANT CITY – You don’t need a green thumb to enjoy the Sept. 27 GardenFest and More, organizer Cassandra Banning says.

Dover church celebrating landmark

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DOVER Syndey Baptist Church will celebrate its 105-year history with Sunday homecoming festivities that include dinner on the grounds.

Sign up now for Nov. 1 Plant City mud run

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PLANT CITY – Advance, discounted registration is now available for a Nov. 1 obstacle mud run that helps two charities.

Diabetes management series starts Sept. 15

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PLANT CITY South Florida Baptist Hospital will offer a series of weekly classes on diabetes management starting Monday.

Days numbered for Wi-Fi in Plant City park

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PLANT CITY The city plans to terminate free Wi-Fi service in downtown’s McCall Park in October.

Plant City church celebrating 93rd homecoming

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PLANT CITY Lone Oak Baptist Church will celebrate its 93rd homecoming Sunday with a dinner on the grounds and special music.

Plant City area Girl Scouts need more leaders

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PLANT CITY The Girl Scouts of West Central Florida is seeking adults who are willing to serve as leaders – and role models for the girls.

Plant City 1-year-old with Down syndrome wins hearts, spot in charity’s video

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PLANT CITY – Brooklyn Rollins may have just turned 1, but she has the kind of a smile that can light up a room.

Marshall High’s final graduating class turns back clock to 1969

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PLANT CITY – For a time, the former classmates were Dragons once again.

2 Plant City police veterans make sergeant

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PLANT CITY Plant City police Officer Signe Polk and Detective Robert McLellan have been promoted to sergeant.

Women’s conference Sept. 20 at Plant City church

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PLANT CITY The Women’s Mission of St. Mary’s Community Church is holding its annual women’s conference from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 20.

Turkey Creek High Gobblers plan annual picnic next month

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PLANT CITY Graduates of Turkey Creek High School will hold their annual alumni picnic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4.

Children can fish for prizes at Sept. 20 fish derby

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PLANT CITY – Kids, get ready to wet a line.

Annual meeting Sept. 27 on historic cemetery

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PLANT CITY – Hopewell Church Old Cemetery Inc.’s annual meeting and picnic will be held at noon Sept. 27 at Hopewell Baptist Church, 6001 S. County Road 39.

Plant City library hosting Monday gardening program

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PLANT CITY A free gardening program, “Foundation Plantings Do’s and Don’ts,” will be offered from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Bruton Memorial Library.

Downtown Plant City cafe reopens Saturday after summer break

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PLANT CITY The Whistle Stop Cafe will reopen for the season Saturday following a summer break.