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Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014

Plant City rolling out new colors for police cars


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City Manager Greg Horwedel likes to say the city is going "back to the future" with its new look for police cars.

The city is replacing cruisers with the familiar blue and white paint with ones that are black and white. The first patrol cars with the new color scheme are just hitting the streets.

The black and white police cars are reminiscent of an earlier era. The city is rolling out the new colors as cruisers are replaced, at the rate of about five or six per year.

The entire fleet should be black and white in about five years, Horwedel said.

The city switched to art deco style, black and white police motorcycles about two years ago.

He's now 'Dr. Raburn'

A Plant City native recently received his doctoral degree in religion from prestigious Duke University.

Michael Raburn's PhD is his latest academic accomplishment since he graduated in 1988 from Plant City High School ranked 51st in his class.

He also has a bachelor's in theological studies from Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn.; a master's in theological studies from Lee University; and a master's in theology from Duke in Durham, N.C.

The son of Bobby and Sally Raburn began his college career as an engineering student at the University of Florida, but decided on a different career path after the first year.

He has an interest in the ministry and over the years has taught college courses and recently became a minister at The Vineyard North, a church in Wakefield, N.C., near Raleigh.

The 42-year-old speaks five languages and his future plans include writing books, his mother said.

"Obviously we are very proud of him," she said.

Sculptures won't make an encore this year

Eight bronze sculptures that were displayed last summer downtown were a big hit.

So the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center - which arranged for the display - was hoping for an encore this year.

It turns out that won't happen.

Artist J. Seward Johnson's The Sculpture Foundation in Santa Monica, Calif., doesn't have any sculptures available until next spring, photo archives Executive Director Gil Gott said.

The foundation loans sculptures created by Johnson for public display across the nation.

Gott said his nonprofit will pursue leasing the sculptures in 2014.

Last year, vistors came from all over to view the collection that was on display.

Dover resident gets recognition for good grades

Bradley Young, of Dover, a junior at Mercer University's School of Engineering, was named to the President's List and Dean's List for the school's spring 2013 semester.

Inclusion on this list requires students to meet rigorous grade point average standards for the School of Engineering. Mercer, based in Macon, Ga., has about 8,300 students in 11 schools and colleges.

2 commissioners sworn in for new terms

City Commissioners Billy Keel and Rick Lott were sworn into office June 10 for fresh three-year terms.

Keel is serving his first full term; he was appointed to the commission last fall to take the place of Dan Raulerson, who resigned to take a seat in the state Legislature.

Lott was sworn in for his fourth term.

Neither Keel nor Lott drew an opponent for the spring city election and returned to office without having to mount a campaign.

Plant City resident graduates from Walsh College

Lisa Poole of Plant City recently graduated from Walsh College with a master's in business administration.

Walsh College, based in Troy, Mich., has 4,500 students.

Festival is just for seniors

The seventh annual Fun Rest and Jamboree for seniors will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 26 at the Florida Strawberry Festival's Expo Building.

More than 80 exhibitors will provide information on services and programs in the area that appeal to seniors. South Florida Baptist Hospital will sponsor health screenings such as for bone density, cholesterol, blood pressure and more.

There is no charge for admission, parking or coffee. Lunch will cost $5.

There will be door prizes and entertainment will include Denise Looney, Fritzy the One Man Circus, Richie Merritt of the Marcels, and others.

For information, call (813) 653-1988.

Dave Nicholson

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