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Saturday, Mar 28, 2015

Dave Nicholson

Tribune Staff

Berry praised for making mark on Plant City history as he receives Heritage Award

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PLANT CITY Al Berry was deemed a walking history of Plant City as he received an annual award for helping preserve the city’s past.

City commission forum April 2

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PLANT CITY The Plant City Area Democratic Club is sponsoring a candidate forum at 6:30 p.m. April 2 for the city commission race.

Surveys gauge how Florida Strawberry Festival impacts local businesses

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PLANT CITY – So just how much money does the Florida Strawberry Festival bring to Plant City, including area businesses?

Plant City antique store moving to a new location April 1

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Depot Antiques is preparing to move from the Reynolds Street address that the business has occupied for about a year.

Tickets on sale for April 11 Garden Club fashion show and luncheon

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— An award-winning garden will be the venue for an April 11 fashion show sponsored by the Plant City Garden Club.

Youngsters can learn to invent at Plant City summer camp

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PLANT CITY – A summer camp that seeks to combine fun with science is returning for its second year in Plant City.

Raiders win big in patriotic contest

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PLANT CITY Three Plant City High School students took the top three spots in a recent essay contest sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars’ District 4.

Sale of downtown Plant City post office pondered

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PLANT CITY A top postal official is reviewing the potential sale of the downtown post office, which was shuttered in June 2013.

Historic former Plant City church building faces uncertain future

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A decade ago, a group that wanted to save the former home of First Baptist Church was brimming with optimism.

Revised Plant City motorcycle show schedule announced

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PLANT CITY Bike Fests will be held May 2, Oct. 3 and Dec. 5, according to the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce.

U-pick field open Saturday to benefit 4-H

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PLANT CITY – Strawberry farmer Carl Grooms will open his fields for U-pick from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday to benefit students in 4-H.

Plant City clogging team wins big at state contest

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PLANT CITY A local clogging team needs to clear out more room in its trophy case.

Historic former church building faces uncertain future

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PLANT CITY – A decade ago, a group that wanted to save the former home of First Baptist Church was brimming with optimism.

Shot from Plant City pistol range hits home; no one hurt

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Gary D. Hazen said he was enjoying a relaxing Sunday afternoon with his family when he heard a crash like breaking glass at his back door.

Saturday fundraiser to help Down syndrome support group

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PLANT CITY Food, music, costume contests and dancing will be part of a Saturday fundraiser for a support group for families of children with Down syndrome.

Plant City hires new engineer

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PLANT CITY – A Lakeland resident has been named as the new city engineer.

Children’s craft class Monday at Plant City library

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PLANT CITY Children will make strawberry-related crafts from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday at Bruton Memorial Library.

2 recording artists to play at Turkey Creek church

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PLANT CITY Recording artists Jody McBrayer and Nathan Woodward will be in concert 6 p.m. March 22 at Turkey Creek First Baptist Church.

Plant City High students advance in speech contest

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PLANT CITY High school sophomore Ashlyn Yarbrough took first place in a recent Rotary Club Speech Contest.

U-pick field open Saturday to benefit charity

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

Plant City police to get new K-9s

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PLANT CITY The Plant City Police Department is buying two new police canines.

Kids fishing derby to include memorial tribute to longtime volunteer

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PLANT CITY – Deborah Haldane isn’t sure she could have kept Plant City’s kids fishing derbies going over the years without T.J. Vail’s help.

Strawberry Crest cheerleaders win school’s first state title

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DOVER – Strawberry Crest High’s varsity cheerleaders started out the season determined to make a lasting mark on the school.

With singer’s help, St. Pete man proposes to longtime girlfriend at strawberry festival

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PLANT CITY — After dating Trace Woolverton for 20 years, Willie Hunt decided it was finally time to pop the question.

Plant City golf course owner moves to dismiss residents’ lawsuit

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The corporate owner of the troubled Walden Lake Golf and Country Club wants a judge to throw out a lawsuit that seeks to stop development on a closed 18-hole golf course....

Cooks can win cash and trophies at March 28 chili cook-off

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PLANT CITY – So you think your chili is the best around?

Florida Strawberry Festival goes out in a big way

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PLANT CITY — Sunday’s traffic on Interstate 4 was horrendous, vendors ran out of shortcake and Reba sold out 20 minutes before show time at the Florida Strawberry Festival.

Bruton Memorial Library group to sell books on the cheap

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PLANT CITY Friends of the Bruton Memorial Library will hold a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Ice Cream Social Dance group to dance Sunday at Strawberry Square

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PLANT CITY – A social dance that lost its longtime venue with the closing of the Stardust Dance Center has found a new home.

State agriculture commissioner praises Plant City for hometown feel

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PLANT CITY – Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam praised both the strawberry industry and Plant City during a keynote speech at the annual Strawberry Salute breakfast.

Musical comedy opens March 13 on Plant City stage

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PLANT CITY The Franzie Life Theatre will present “Mid-Life The Crisis Musical” starting March 13 at Plant City Entertainment.

Winners of strawberry festival hot dog eating contest to compete in New York

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PLANT CITY Nathan Biller of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Mary Bowers of Dana Point, Calif., won the inaugural hot dog eating contest at the Florida Strawberry Festival.

Reserve seat now for Al Berry tribute

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PLANT CITY The reservation deadline is March 13 for the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center’s annual Heritage Award banquet.

Men can sample wild game, enjoy fellowship at charity fundraiser

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PLANT CITY A March 20 event for men only will help raise money for some of the Rotary Club’s favorite charities.

Area Girl Scouts selling cookies from booths through March 15

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PLANT CITY Girl Scouts will be selling cookies outside local shopping centers and businesses through March 15.

Victory tastes sweet for winner of strawberry festival shortcake eating contest

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PLANT CITY — Augie Sierra likes strawberry shortcake a lot. It might be a while before he craves the dessert again, though.

Preaching, singing part of Plant City church anniversary celebration

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PLANT CITY Harmony Baptist Church will celebrate its 21st anniversary Jubilee with a week of special services.

YMCA offering free water safety courses for kids

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PLANT CITY – The Plant City Family YMCA will offer free lessons next week to teach children how to be safe in and around water.

Veteran humbled by Firefighter of Year honors

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PLANT CITY – Eric “E.J.” James once thought he’d follow in his father’s footsteps into law enforcement.

Plant City High graduate promoted to Air Force colonel

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PLANT CITY – L. Alan Estes had one major goal when he entered the Air Force in 1993, his father Lewis recalls.

Girl slightly injured on kiddie ride at Florida Strawberry Festival

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PLANT CITY — A young girl was slightly injured Sunday when a light fixture fell onto a ride at the Florida Strawberry Festival, officials say.

Strawberry picking competition raises $76,000 for good cause

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PLANT CITY The second annual Bright House Networks Strawberry Picking Challenge, hosted by Wish Farms, raised $76,000 for Redlands Christian Migrant Association.

Florida Strawberry Festival’s Pioneer Village like a glimpse into history

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PLANT CITY One of the Florida Strawberry Festival’s longest running attractions has nothing to do with country singers, carnival rides or its signature juicy fruit.

Oak Ridge Boys enjoy many encores at Florida Strawberry Festival

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Oak Ridge Boys bass singer Richard Sterban doesn’t recall the exact year the country group first took the stage at the Florida Strawberry Festival.

Strawberry festival parade delights the crowd with music, beads and more

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PLANT CITY — Nine-year-old Katie Hamilton said there was a trick to getting a lot of beads at the Florida Strawberry Festival’s Grand Parade.

ESPN crews again shine spotlight on Chelsea Baker

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Editor’s note: A version of this story appeared in the Plant City Courier.

Plant City club benefits from lawmakers’ leftover campaign money

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PLANT CITY Two state lawmakers donated $500 each in leftover campaign donations to the Plant City Boys & Girls Club.

Sara Evans returns Tuesday to the Florida Strawberry Festival stage

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PLANT CITY – Sara Evans is hoping for warm weather when she travels to Plant City for her 7:30 p.m. Tuesday concert at the Florida Strawberry Festival.

Seven new recruits pin on badge at Plant City Fire Rescue

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PLANT CITY – Seven new workers were sworn in recently at an agency likened to a family – Plant City Fire Rescue.

Florida Strawberry Festival has smooth opening

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Suzie Seagers knew her first destination on the Florida Strawberry Festival grounds before she walked through the gate Thursday morning.