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Friday, Oct 31, 2014

Dave Nicholson

Tribune Staff

Body of missing Tampa mother of 5 found

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PLANT CITY — Mel and Sharon Ardelean never held out hope that the disappearance of her daughter Misti Whitfield would have a happy ending.

Ceremony planned to dedicate new engraved bricks honoring veterans

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PLANT CITY – Bricks engraved with the names of veterans will be dedicated in a short ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 10 at Veterans Memorial Monument Park at Courier Field.

Monthly dance is Sunday at Stardust

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PLANT CITY Show off your best moves from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Stardust Dance Center.

Senior hopes to brighten veterans’ holiday

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PLANT CITY A Plant City High School senior will be at a car dealership on Nov. 8 collecting Christmas gifts and other supplies to help veterans at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital.

Middle school students gathering supplies to help hospitalized veterans

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PLANT CITY – A magazine article about a Marine who lost his legs in an explosion on the other side of the world has inspired a group of middle school students to reach out to wounded veterans.

Walden Lake celebration to include food and fun

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PLANT CITY – Free food samples, games and more will be part of the Walden Lake Family Fun Day & Taste, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Community Polo Fields, 3035 Griffin Blvd.

Christmas-themed movie starring Plant City native set for Tuesday release

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PLANT CITY — Charleene Closshey is getting the best possible Christmas gift a bit early:

Annual festival takes a page out of Plant City history

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PLANT CITY – The clock will be turned back a century or so for an annual festival that pays tribute to Plant City's history.

Community theater sailing into next show

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PLANT CITY Tickets are on sale for Plant City Entertainment’s next show, the classic musical romance, “South Pacific.”

Kids in costume can get treat at market

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PLANT CITY Vendors at the Plant City Local Harvest Market will offer treats Wednesday for children in costume.

Dover church conference focuses on international missions

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DOVER Sydney Baptist Church will hold its 13th annual International Mission Conference Sunday, Nov. 1, starting at 6 p.m. with a meal featuring international dishes.

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

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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.