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Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

Nicholson, Dave

Tribune Staff

Company signs contingency deal for Plant City country club

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PLANT CITY — A company that has developed shopping centers in Tampa and beyond for decades has agreed to buy the troubled Walden Lake Golf and Country Club.

Bruton Memorial children’s librarian says goodbye; takes job in Ocala

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PLANT CITY Kate Chang, who was known for endearing herself to youngsters as Bruton Memorial Library’s children’s librarian, has taken a similar job in Marion County.

Al Berry steps down as strawberry festival director after 43 years of service

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PLANT CITY – His name couldn't be more fitting for someone who helped shape the Florida Strawberry Festival: Al Berry.

Diseased plants, weather blamed in 30 percent drop in area strawberry production

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PLANT CITY – Disease that wiped out millions of plants as the season dawned set the stage for an area strawberry harvest plagued by low production and lost profits.

Plant City resident receives doctor of chiropractic degree

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PLANT CITY Ryan Humphrey, a Plant City resident, received his doctor of chiropractic degree at commencement exercises last month at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Florida campus.

Local Easter celebrations include egg hunt, parade and worship

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PLANT CITY – One of the area’s premier Easter-related events is celebrating a major anniversary this year.

View latest styles at Plant City church’s fashion show

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PLANT CITY St. Mary’s Community Church will present its annual fashion show, Springtime at Tiffany’s, at 5 p.m. April 26.

Plant City officials want expanded authority over abandoned golf course

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PLANT CITY — City code enforcers are recommending toughening the city’s public nuisance law so they can require mowing of virtually all of a shuttered golf course.

Plant City bluegrass concert features The Roys, four other bands

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PLANT CITY – A brother and sister act will headline a spring concert sponsored by the Central Florida Bluegrass Association.

Plant City police investigating violent death of 36-year-old man

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PLANT CITY Plant City police are investigating the death of a 36-year-old man.

Youths receive accolades and more at Florida Strawberry Festival livestock banquet

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PLANT CITY - Youngsters who showed swine and steers at the Florida Strawberry Festival were praised Thursday for their dedication and hard work at an annual livestock banquet.

Florida Strawberry Festival director steps down after 43 years

- Al Berry, who helped guide the Florida Strawberry Festival for more than four decades as one of its directors, has stepped down.

Plant City puts Walden Lake golf course development proposal online

- The rezoning file for proposed development of a closed Walden Lake golf course is now available at a click of a computer mouse.

Archery part of ‘Hunger Games’ event for teens

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PLANT CITY Teenagers will have the chance to shoot a bow and arrow as part a two-day event sponsored by Bruton Memorial Library with a “Hunger Games” theme.

Plant City putting Walden Lake golf course development proposal online

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PLANT CITY The rezoning file for proposed development of a closed Walden Lake golf course will soon be available at a click of a computer mouse.

Class of ‘46 donation dedicated to matriarch of family of restaurateurs

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PLANT CITY Children have a treasure chest full of toys to keep them occupied at Bruton Memorial Library, thanks to the generosity of the Plant City High School’s class of 1946.

See the latest styles at Plant City fashion show

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PLANT CITY Clothing from area stores and boutiques will be featured at a Friday fashion show and luncheon sponsored by the GFWC Plant City Woman’s Club.

Recreation and parks tapping into social media

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PLANT CITY – When dads and daughters attended an annual dance sponsored by the city recreation department, moms and other family members didn’t have to wait for photos from the evening.

Teenager named Plant City Family YMCA’s youngest volunteer of year

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PLANT CITY – Emily Colburn was just 9 when she first developed a passion for lending a helping hand.

Community band to perform Thursday at Plant City church

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PLANT CITY The Eastern Hillsborough Community Band will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 1107 Charlie Griffin Road.

Students recognized for academic achievements

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PLANT CITY A dozen Plant City High School students were recently named Tampa Tribune honor students.

Annual tent revival April 14-19 in Plant City

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PLANT CITY A tent revival featuring gospel preaching by area pastors and special music is returning for the 25th year.

Sollenberger says his old office still feels like home

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PLANT CITY – David Sollenberger said he never dreamed he'd be back behind the city manager's desk after he retired in 2010.

Celebrate spring at Sunday dance in Plant City

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PLANT CITY Spring is in the air, and Terri Lynn and Michael Goodrich of Chuzto Dance want everyone to celebrate at a dance from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Soon-to-close home for troubled girls to be donated to Florida Baptist Children's Home

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PLANT CITY — A farm that has turned teenage girls away from self-destructive paths for four decades soon will have a new owner — and, most likely, a new Christian mission.

Former students to reminisce about their days at a ‘strawberry school’

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PLANT CITY – There was a time in Plant City when the school calendar was often set by the strawberry planting season.

Couple honored for helping restore two Plant City area landmarks

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PLANT CITY – Bill and Gwen Thomas were the perfect fit for the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center’s annual award for historic preservation, Executive Director Gil Gott said.

Calling telephone company employees, retirees

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PLANT CITY Current and former employees of GTE/Verizon are invited to an annual reunion from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and the home of Sam and Carol Conrad.

Outgoing city manager says his departure is bittersweet

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PLANT CITY Greg Horwedel says he looks back on his years at City Hall with pride but he's eager to tackle a new challenge as second in command with Hillsborough County government.

Wish Farms to open Duette strawberry field for U-pick to benefit charity

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Wish Farms will open a strawberry field in Manatee County for U-pick from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to benefit Redlands Christian Migrant Association.

Plant City High, Tomlin Middle students take first in annual speech competition

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PLANT CITY – Two Plant City students who placed first in a local civic club’s speech contest will compete in the next level of competition April 17 in Mulberry.

Strawberry festival lends a helping hand to needy with food bank donations

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PLANT CITY – The United Food Bank of Plant City received 22,000 cans of soda, 289 pounds of canned food and more than two tons of meat, thanks to the Florida Strawberry Festival and buyers at its livestock auctions...

Plant City OKs regulations on donation bins

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PLANT CITY Many of the more than 50 donation bins scattered around town should soon disappear.

Plant City honors two deceased leaders

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PLANT CITY The families of two former city commissioners who died in February were presented with city proclamations honoring their service.

Plant City teen sets youth fishing derby record with mudfish

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PLANT CITY The youth fish derby had just gotten under way when 15-year-old Cameron Jenkins spotted a big one lurking just off shore.

Dance lessons offered Tuesdays at Brandon Recreation Center

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PLANT CITY Donna Garzone and Carlos Guerra are teaching ballroom/Latin dancing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Brandon Recreation Center, 502 E. Sadie St.

Sign up now to play golf for a good cause

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PLANT CITY – The registration deadline is April 4 for an annual golf tournament that raises money to provide free health screenings for needy Plant City youngsters.

Plant City Special Olympics basketball team earns shot at national title

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PLANT CITY – David “Bud” O’Callaghan first started working with Special Olympics five years ago as a Plant City High School student.

Plant City librarian to offer tips for online job searches

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PLANT CITY Adult Services Librarian Lisa Kreutter will teach a class, “How to Find a Job Online,” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. April 2 at Bruton Memorial Library.

Youngsters can try their hand at inventing at Plant City summer day camp

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PLANT CITY – Elementary school teacher Paul Coletti said the summer day camp he is sponsoring at Plant City’s First Baptist Church will educate as well as entertain.

Community choir hopes to inspire audiences with opening concert

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PLANT CITY – The Plant City Community Choir will open its sixth season with a pair of concerts of spiritual songs and music of inspiration.

Plant City artist featured for second time at library

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PLANT CITY As a youngster, Richard Wagner showed promise as an artist.

Plant City's retired city manager to return to job on interim basis

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PLANT CITY A familiar face is returning to the city manager's office.

Cupid’s arrow finds its mark at the Florida Strawberry Festival

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PLANT CITY – Britney Meisch went to the Florida Strawberry Festival on a whim, expecting nothing more than to spend a fun day with her boyfriend, Luke Fleming.

Strawberry grower releases children’s book

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PLANT CITY – Wish Farms has released its first children’s book, “Misty the Garden Pixie,” which will help entertain kids while giving them useful information about farms and healthy eating.

Strawberry Festival attendance lifted by good weather

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PLANT CITY — The Florida Strawberry Festival proved to be a popular draw again this year.

Vote on donation bin law rescheduled for Monday

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PLANT CITY – City commissioners rescheduled a final vote on a law that would ensure that clothing dropped off at donation bins benefits charities and not private businesses.

Strawberry Crest places fifth in national cheerleading competition

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DOVER – Strawberry Crest High School’s cheerleaders ended their season in a big way.

Veterans reunited in Plant City with chopper that flew in Vietnam

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PLANT CITY — Jay Hays remembers the day he left Vietnam and paused to take a last look at the helicopter that had taken him into combat zones dozens of times.

Trio of singers to help raise money for local arts council

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PLANT CITY – Pop music, wine and hors d’ oeuvres will be part of a Sunday fundraiser to benefit the Arts Council of Plant City.