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Thursday, Oct 23, 2014

Dave Nicholson

Tribune Staff

For Durant students, school supplies are as close as the campus store

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PLANT CITY Roberta Lamothe needed some note cards before classes started on a recent day at Durant High School.

Plant City dance school sponsoring Saturday scavenger hunt

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PLANT CITY The Dance Connection, 507 N. Wheeler St., will hold a scavenger hunt starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Plant City club offering course on flower arranging

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PLANT CITY The Plant City Garden Club will host a workshop, Have Fun with Flowers, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Model aircraft will take to the skies Oct. 23-25 in Lakeland

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More than 130 large, professionally built radio controlled aircraft will take part in 12 O’Clock High, an event at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.

Plant City woman’s native wildflower garden wins statewide honors

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Colorful butterflies sometimes seem to outnumber the plants in Joanne Mason’s garden.

Christmas Parade set for Dec. 5; sponsors needed

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PLANT CITY – Organizers of the Dec. 5 Christmas Parade are seeking sponsors to help stage the event that heralds in the holiday season.

Insurance company celebrating golden anniversary

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PLANT CITY – Long before the era of cell phones, Mark Poppell recalls his father stopping at least once a day at a pay phone to check in with his insurance office during family vacations.

Health screenings, refreshments part of center’s open house

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PLANT CITY South Florida Baptist Hospital’s Cancer Resource Center will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

New owner still pondering future of shuttered home for troubled teen girls

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PLANT CITY The Florida Baptist Children’s Home has taken ownership of the shuttered refuge for troubled teenage girls, but the property’s future hasn’t been decided.

Garden takes statewide honors for its Florida wildflowers

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PLANT CITY – Colorful butterflies sometimes seem to outnumber the plants in Joanne Mason’s garden.

Karate school offering self-defense class for women

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The class is open to females 12 and older and will focus on techniques to counter an attacker. The course will also include tips on how to avoid such crimes as parking lot attacks, purse snatchings and carjackings.

Longtime gospel singer to perform Oct. 19 at Plant City church

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PLANT CITY Danny Funderburk, affectionately known as America’s Favorite Tenor, will perform Oct. 19 at Harmony Baptist Church.

Historic preservation official has productive trip to national conference

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PLANT CITY – Plant City Photo Archives and History Center Executive Director Gil Gott recently attended a national conference of an association of museums and historical societies.

Plant City volunteer, lupus activist dies after battle with disease

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Cindy Holland was a passionate supporter of youth recreation programs, and not even her fight with a life-threatening disease could keep her from lending a helping hand.

Florida Opry’s first show of season is 6-9 p.m. Saturday

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PLANT CITY The Florida Opry kicks off its new season with a three-hour show starting at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Three arrested on cocaine trafficking charges after search of Plant City home

- Investigators arrested three men, and seized more than 7,000 grams of cocaine and 6 pounds of marijuana, following a two-month investigation of drug trafficking.

Company planning 125-unit apartment complex off I-4

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PLANT CITY – Plans have been submitted to city hall for a 125-unit apartment complex at the southwest corner of Frontage and Son Keen roads.

Plant City rancher, businessman Varnum dead at 76

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Three things shaped the life of A.H. “Hank” Varnum: his humble upbringing, his love of family and his take-charge personality, his son, Scott, said.

Kids can learn about crafts at Plant City library

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PLANT CITY Children can make a Halloween-themed wreath at a free class at Bruton Memorial Library that starts at 3 p.m. Monday.

Food bank can restock its shelves with $25,000 donation

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PLANT CITY – When George Banning was named the Plant City Family YMCA’s Strong Leader of the Year, a childhood friend told Banning he wanted to make a donation to his favorite charity.

Plant City church to host anniversary celebration

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PLANT CITY Brother Gene Bell and the Holy Propheteers of Bartow will celebrate their singing anniversary at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Gospel Mets Ministries.

It’s a girl for Plant City couple

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PLANT CITY Jonathan and Annemarie (Smith) Kephart of Plant City recently welcomed a daughter, Alicen Louise.

Annual Plant City fundraiser features entertainment and wild game dishes

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PLANT CITY – If you have taste buds that enjoy wild game and a heart for charity, circle Oct. 24 on your calendar.

Downtown Plant City festival’s eclectic merchandise draws a crowd

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PLANT CITY – Betsy Lieberman, an independent consultant with Tomboy Tools, said she was happy with her first visit to GardenFest of More.

Allen Chapel AME Church to honor pastor with celebration

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PLANT CITY – A historic Plant City church plans to honor its pastor with two days of worship and fellowship.

Celebrate fall on dance floor Sunday at Stardust

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PLANT CITY Break out your dancing shoes and welcome in fall from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Stardust Dance Center.

Farmers market reopening pushed back to Oct. 8

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PLANT CITY The reopening of a farmers market has been postponed for a week due to wet conditions.

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...