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Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014

Nicholson, Dave

Tribune Staff

Pete Rose’s locker hangs around long after his career ended in disgrace

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PLANT CITY – Pete Rose isn’t much more than a memory at Plant City Stadium.

Softball federation making pitch for museum, hall of fame at Plant City Stadium

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PLANT CITY – It has been years in the making, but a permanent tribute to the sport of softball may finally be rounding third base.

‘Little Mermaid’ opening Aug. 8 at community theater

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PLANT CITY An adaption of a Disney classic will open Aug. 8 at Plant City Entertainment theater, 101 N. Thomas St.

Summer help needed at Plant City’s Tourist Information Center

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PLANT CITY – The help wanted sign is out at the Plant City Tourist Information Center.

Soon-to-close haven for troubled girls gives $100,000 to Methodist children’s home

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PLANT CITY – Steppin’ Stone Farm donated $100,000 to the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home as the refuge for troubled teenage girls prepares to shut down for good.

Plant City library offers reading incentives for adults

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PLANT CITY The adult summer reading program continues through the end of August at Bruton Memorial Library, 302 W. McLendon St.

Plant City softball star invited to national tryout

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PLANT CITY USA Baseball has announced that 40 players, including Plant City’s Kendall Dawson, have been invited to try out for a national women’s softball team.

$5.8 million project under way on SR 39

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PLANT CITY – Work crews will be a familiar sight through mid-2015 on a 3.1-mile stretch of State Road 39, also known as James L. Redman Parkway.

Woman turns bout with life-threatening disease into her life’s mission

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PLANT CITY – Becky Dame was a college freshman when a stomach ache. The trip to the infirmary led to an unexpected and life-changing diagnosis: leukemia.

Commissioner denies revenge is behind suggestion to eliminate assistant city manager

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City Commissioner Billy Keel suggested at a recent budget workshop that the city consider a number of budget cuts, including the elimination of Assistant City Manager Bil...

Plant City commissioner won’t face tampering charges

- City Commissioner Billy Keel won’t face criminal charges on allegations he tried to dissuade a witness from cooperating with a misconduct probe.

City commissioners unhappy with consultant’s short list for city manager

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PLANT CITY – City commissioners voiced varying degrees of displeasure with a consultant’s list of nine finalists for city manager.

Open houses this week at Plant City dance studio

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PLANT CITY Dance Connection, 507 N. Wheeler St., will have open houses from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday for prospective students.

Plant City chamber seeks help welcoming new teachers

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PLANT CITY The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce is asking business owners for donations or prizes for the annual New Teacher Coffee.

Plant City police seeking new officers

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PLANT CITY The Plant City Police Department has hung out the “help wanted” sign for new officers.

5 percent pay raises planned for city employees for 2014-15

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PLANT CITY – Interim City Manager David Sollenberger has budgeted the first raises that many city employees have received in five years.

Plant City considering update of cell tower regulations

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PLANT CITY The city is pondering wide-ranging changes in regulations on new cell towers and antennas.

Bronze sculptures on display in downtown Plant City through Nov. 1

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PLANT CITY – A July 28 ceremony will celebrate the temporary display of 10 bronze sculptures around downtown.

‘Legally Blonde’ musical opens Friday at Plant City community theater

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PLANT CITY Pamela Heaps said she was enchanted with “Legally Blonde” when it hit the silver screen a few years ago.

Retired sheriff’s colonel pins on badge as Plant City police chief

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PLANT CITY Ed Duncan was sworn in Monday as the 23rd police chief in the city’s nearly 130-year history.

Plant City cloggers excel at Georgia competition

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PLANT CITY A local clogging team took several first place trophies recently at a competition near Atlanta.

Plant City locations make the cut for book on best 100 places in Tampa area

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PLANT CITY – Kristen Hare said when she and her family first relocated from the Midwest, she was eager to visit Disney World and the beaches.

Elvis festival to pay tribute to the legacy of the king of rock 'n' roll

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PLANT CITY – Elvis may be long gone, but Vickie May is doing her best to keep his memory alive.

Dine on spaghetti, help Plant City community theater

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PLANT CITY Plant City Entertainment will hold a spaghetti supper fundraiser Saturday to benefit the community theater’s upcoming summer musical comedy, “Legally Blonde.”

Walmart files plans for liquor sales its Plant City store

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PLANT CITY – The makings for a margarita will soon be as close as the local Walmart.

City manager recommends replacement of playground equipment at Courier Field

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PLANT CITY The playground set at Courier Field, 703 N. Wheeler St., is showing its age and needs to be replaced, city officials say.

Gospel group kicks off Seffner church’s concert series

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SEFFNER Reflectsons, a gospel group from North Florida, will be featured in concert 6 p.m. Sunday at Mango Church of God.

Bathroom makeover makes life easier for parents of child who can’t walk, sit upright on her own

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PLANT CITY – Six-year-old Brooklynn Santos’ parents physically struggled to bathe their daughter, who has a genetic disease that has progressively weakened her muscles and sapped her strength.

Christian comedian to headline Nov. 11 Pregnancy Care Center banquet

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PLANT CITY Christian comedian Mike Williams will be featured at the Pregnancy Care Center of Plant City's annual banquet on Nov. 11.

Plant City cancels monthly food truck rallies

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PLANT CITY The city has canceled monthly food truck rallies that have been held since May in McCall Park.

Plant City High graduate headed to grad school at Vanderbilt

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PLANT CITY Briana Corzine Wyzinski, a Plant City resident, recently graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University and has set her sights on graduate school.

Bathroom makeover makes life easier for ailing girl

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Six-year-old Brooklynn Santos’ parents physically struggled to bathe their daughter, who has a genetic disease that progressively weakens her muscles and saps her ...

State officer takes a second bow

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PLANT CITY A state wildlife officer who recently won top honors at a Plant City law enforcement appreciation dinner has received more accolades.

Plant City concert raises $3,530 for veterans families

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PLANT CITY Plant City Community Chorale’s patriotic concert, “A Tribute to Our Heroes,” raised more than $3,500 for a nonprofit that provides housing for families of injured veterans.

Celebrate the 4th with games, fireworks at stadium

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PLANT CITY – Independence Day will be celebrated with entertainment, children’s games and fireworks starting at 6 p.m. Friday at Plant City Stadium.

Motorcycle show canceled due to holiday weekend

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PLANT CITY Plant City’s popular Bike Fest won’t be held Saturday due to the holiday weekend.

Celebrate nation’s independence at Plant City dance

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PLANT CITY There won’t be fireworks, but dancers of all abilities can celebrate the holiday weekend on the dance floor.

City special events director’s job to be eliminated Oct. 1

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PLANT CITY – The city is laying off the employee responsible for staging special events after less than a year on the job.

YMCA gymnasts to compete on a national stage

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BRANDON – Months of practice will be put to the test starting Thursday for 20 young gymnasts from the North Brandon Family YMCA.

City clerk breaks knee on a not-so-restful vacation

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PLANT CITY City Clerk Kerri Miller has been hobbling around City Hall on crutches ever since she returned from a week’s vacation on Anna Maria Island.

Area YMCA gymnasts looking forward to competing on national stage

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PLANT CITY – Months of practice will be put to the test starting Thursday for young gymnasts Alessandra “Alex” Cappucci and Kelsey Slone.

Mayor Rick Lott wearing glasses for the first time

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PLANT CITY If you think Mayor Rick Lott looks a bit different these days, you’re not imaging things.

Plant City keeps opening prayers

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For as long as anyone can remember, city commission meetings have started the same way: The mayor asks the audience to stand for a word of prayer, followed by the Pledge ...

Cookie sales, other fundraisers pay off as Plant City Girl Scouts tour Washington

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PLANT CITY – Eight Plant City Girl Scouts who together sold 4,000 boxes of cookies recently enjoyed the fruits of their labor: A four-day trip to the nation’s capital.

Plant City cafe owners to say, ‘see you in September’

- Jerry and Marti Lofstrom are closing their Whistle Stop Cafe after Saturday for their annual summer break.

Traveling exhibit of sculptures goes on display in mid-July in downtown Plant City

- The life-size bronze sculptures that adorned downtown for four months in 2012 were such a hit that a similar exhibit debuts in a couple of weeks.

Furniture, clothing among items for sale at Plant City church garage sale

- Gospel METS Ministries, 1102 E. Laura St., will have a big yard sale from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Strawberry festival archives yield interesting letter to FSU’s Doak Campbell

- The Florida Strawberry Festival’s research into its history has uncovered a faded 1949 letter addressed to Doak Campbell, whose name is immortalized on Florida State University’s football stadium.

Winery compromises in rezoning bid

- A winery north of Interstate 4 that is seeking a rezoning needed for beer production has agreed to limit noise and traffic.

Plant City couple’s private eye son stars in ‘Cry Wolfe’ cable TV show

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PLANT CITY – John Wolfe said his son Brian never talked much about his work as a private detective in Los Angeles.