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shopping Barbie dolls bouncing in her head.
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girl's answer to that familiar question as she
es. sat perched on his lap during a visit to the
PAGE ]4 Plant City Church of God last week: "What do
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what it's about." with a gift.
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CLASSIFIED Now in its fifth year, Operation Compassion
PAGE 16 provides groceries from its food pantry to
needy individuals and families twice a week.
CROSSWORD Special luncheons like the one last Saturday
are organized for holidays, including Thanks-
PAGE B giving and Easter.
The ministry is meant to help those who
MILY LIVING have fallen on hard times, such as Erica Ram-
PAGE 8 irez and her husband, Elias Vaca, of Plant
............... City, who have received assistance in the
CITY DIGEST past. Ramirez, 29, sustained an injury that
PAGE 4 left her unable to work.
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TONY MARRERO/Staff photo
Santa shares a gift and a smile with Victoria Ontiveros, 5, during Operation Compassion's
annual Christmas luncheon, held at the Plant City Church of God on Dec. 18.


Growers Dodge Mother Nature's Chilling Bullets

Heres a preview of
what you'll find in
The Tampa Tribunes
Plant City section
L A rural church
west of Plant city
turned 150 years old
this year

Lance Ham got more sleep than he proba-
bly. expected Monday night into Tuesday
Ham, owner of I Farm For You off State
Road 39 north of the city limits, got out of bed
every two hours to check the thermometer.
The moment it dips below 32 degrees, it's
time to run the sprinklers to douse his straw-

berry fields to form a protective layer of ice
over the plants and fruit.
"It's when you're running the water that
you have to stay up constantly," Ham said.
Despite a forecast that warned the temper-
ature could dip below freezing for several
hours Tuesday morning, the mercury never
reached that critical point at Ham's farm or at
most farms in the area, said Ila Crocker,
spokeswoman for the Florida Strawberry
Growers Association.
"We dodged a major bullet," Crocker said..
"Everything is fine."
Crocker said only a handful of growers at
most needed to turn on the water, and those

that did got through the night without any
Growers were busy checking equipment on
Monday in anticipation of a prolonged
"When (forecasters) say it could freeze for
four hours, that sets off alarms," Crocker
But only the areas that are typically colder,
such as Dover, saw freezing temperatures
and only for a short time. It was the same last
week, during the first major cold snap of the
year, Crocker said.
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New Year's
Eve Celebration
Plant City Corner.stone
Center will present the 3id
annual New Year's Eve
Celebration Dec. 31 at 9
p.m. at Old Village Shop-
pes, 108 S. Collins St.
Music by Alien Higginbo-
tham and The Ranch Hand
band and other peiform-
ers. Midnight Communion
with the Rev. Ron Chur-
chill. Donation: $10. Call:

Singles' Night Out
First Baptist Church of
Plant City invites all sin-
gles to its Singles' Night
Out Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at The
Singles' Building, 103 E.
Baker St.
Meetings, which are
offered the second Satur-
day of every month, con-
sist of a guest speaker, live
Christian music, coffee
bar, door prizes. fellow-
ship and more
Child care, by reserva-
tion, is free.
Call: 752-4104.

City commission
The Plant City City,
Commission meets the
second and fourth Mon-
days of the month at 7:30
p.m. in the Nenie Mae
Draughon Auditorium at
city hall, 302 W. Reynolds
The next meeting will be
Jan. 10 due to the holiday

Gardening program
A gardener's program
on Camellias with master
gardener Eileen Hart will
be offered Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.,
at Bruton Memorial
Library, 302 McClendon
St. Call: 757-9216.

Car show
The Plant City Chamber
of Commerce hosts the
Strawberry Classic Car
Show in downtown near
McCall Park on the third
Saturday of every month

See CALENDAR, Page 5

Calendar kids
The Courier's 2005
calendar artists show
off the work that
earned them their
month. Each child
also received a $50
savings bond and
attended a cake
party at The Courier
office. From left:
Nicole Charette,
March, Jessica
Lozano, July; Garrett
Strobel, June; Taylor
Adams, December;
Misty Bratton,
November; Loretta
Schools, August,
Tyler Bridges,
February; and
Kristopher Bridges,
September. Not
shown are: Emily
Buzza, January;
McKenzie Hostetter,
April; and Jimmy
Valdez, May and

Shovels Signify Official Start To Lake Construction

As much as the late Sam Cooper did for
the community, it's only natural that a
project meant to both.alleviate flooding
and beautify the area should be named
after him.
That was the consensus of friends and
* city', officials on Dec. 17 during the
groundbreaking ceremony for the Samuel
SW. Cooper Lake in Lincoln Park.
"He left a legacy and we want to
remember him for that," said Mayor Mike
Sparkman, who was among the city offi-
cials and Cooper family members who
dug gold shovels into the grass and dirt at
the site where houses once stood.
Cooper was a longtime community
activist who was a vocal proponent for
civil rights. He served on the city's code
enforcement board for many years and
was a deacon at Mount Moriah Mission-
ary Baptist Church on Warren Street. He
died in 2002 at the age of 63.
Though bulldozers were already snap-
ping trees nearby, the groundbreaking
marks the official start to a project that
has been years in the making.
Formerly called Jenkins Pond for its

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Samuel R. Cooper and his mother Janice
Cooper shovel the first bit of dirt during
a groundbreaking ceremony for the
Samuel W. Cooper Lake Project on
Dec. 17.
location near Jenkins Street on the city's
east side, the project will include a 10-
acre lake to help alleviate flooding in the
Lincoln Park community. The lake will be
part of a passive park with a walking/

exercise trail, landscaping, benches and
decorative lighting.
The city worked for months to pur-
chase the property and homes on the site
to allow for the construction and sought
the community's input on what kind of
amenities to place there.
Jim McDaniel, the city's community
development director, said Bud Nabong,
the city's former pubic works director,
came up with the idea many years ago.
"We always thought it would much too
expensive, but the city commission
stepped up to" find funding to do it,"
McDaniel said.
'-The city awarded the $1.67 million
project to Southwest Contracting of
Odessa. Construction is being funded by
the city's Community Redevelopment
Trust Fund, Water and Sewer Fund and a
federal block grant.
"This will turn another page in my
memoir," said Cooper's widow, Janice,
who manned a shovel during the ground-
breaking and remembered her husband
as a warm, loving, caring "people
"I'm very happy," she said.
The Coopers were high school sweet-
hearts and were married for 39 years.
"It's truly an honor," said Samuel R.
Cooper of the project named in his

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GEURGE H. NEWMAN/Stafl photo
Joyce Jordan, center, the director of Unity in the Community, a fundraising group that benefits local charitable organizations, distributes a total of
$21,500 to the representatives of three groups recently. Mac McKendrick of Meals On Wheels of Plant City, left, Linda Lawson of the United Food Bank
and Tim Mitchell, representing Feed Plant City, were recipients of the proceeds collected through several fundraising events held this past year by
Unity. Anna Reitz, background, is a board member assisting Jordan at Unity in the Community.

Season Of Giving

Above left, Tom Jones, right, manager of Alcoa's Plant City plant, and Ellie Hicks,
second from left, Alcoa's senior human resource specialist, present a check for
$6,500 to Plant City YMCA branch manager Tima Midyette, third from left, and
Jenny Belmar, the Y's senior program director. Jones and Hicks presented the
check on behalf of the Alcoa Foundation, which supports causes in the each of
the communities Alcoa has a facility. The Plant City plant made a specific request
to help the YMCA after hearing about flooding problems on the playground. The
money will be used to fix the playground and help fund the YMCA's Scholarship
of Giving program, which allows low-income residents to join based on a sliding
scale. Above center, on behalf of the Alcoa Foundation, Jones and Hicks present

$6,500 to Felix Haynes, left, president of Hillsborough Community College's Plant
City campus, HCC Foundation board member Jennifer Closshey, and Adrienne
Garcia, right, HCC Foundation's executive director. The money will help fund
scholarships for students enrolled at the Plant City campus. Above right, John
Willis, a partner and vice president of Hopewell Funeral Home and Cemetery,
presents several checks totaling $750 to Mary Alice Hendricks, executive director
of the Pregnancy Care Center in Plant City. This is the third year that Hopewell
has contributed the proceeds from its Tree of Remembrance program to the
Center, which provides guidance and resources to mothers facing an unexpected

Antique Street Fair Is History After Attendance Declines

The Greater Plant City Chamber of
Commerce has put the Antique Street
Fair on the shelf.
The Courier learned at deadline
Tuesday the chamber was ending the
street fair due to lack of attendance.

"The numbers weren't as high as we
would like to see them and attendance
had been declining the past year," said
chamber spokeswoman Sheila Hed-
lund. "If interest regains in the future,
they'll look at starting it back up."
The event, held on the second Satur-
day of the month in McCall Park, cele-
brated its first anniversary in October.
It was one of the chamber's three
monthly events. The Bike Fest is held
on the first Saturday of the month, the
Strawberry Classic Car show on the

third Saturday.
Hedlund said officials had not
decided on a replacement for the
Ken and Gloria Battle, owners of
Antiques & More, 105 S. Evers St., were
surprised to hear of the event's demise.
The couple didn't set up a booth for
the street fair but said it brought in
business. They opened their shop early
for the event.
Gloria Battle said the weather, espe-
cially hurricanes, had something to do

with low turnout. Ken Battle had
another idea.
"I. don't think it was promoted as
much as I thought it should have been
so that it would grow," Battle said. "My
expectation would be that it would
grow and get larger."
Ken Battle said he might consider
taking part in an effort to help revive
the event if there was enough interest
among his fellow antique dealers.
"I hate to see it go by the wayside,"
he said.



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The project, which includes a lake surrounded by a park, will help
alleviate flooding in the Lincoln Park neighborhood as well as
provide a focal point for the community.

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father's memory. "It's so nice
to be able to see that people
appreciate the work he did."
The younger Cooper, who
now lives in Clermont, recalled
walking through the neigh-
borhood on his way to and
from school.
Sparkman called Cooper "a
true friend" and said he was
always quick to bring a smile
wherever he went, especially
when he acted as master of
ceremonies for the Improve-
ment League of Plant City's
annual Martin Luther King Jr.
"He was a jokester and kept
us in stitches," Sparkman
City Commissioner Mary
Yvette Thomas-Mathis, who

Continued From Page 3
from 4 to 9 p.m.
The next show will be Jan.

Unity fundraiser
Unity in the Community, a
fundraising group whose
mission is to help feed Plant
City's needy, now offers food
during the Bike Fest and
Strawberry Classic Car Show
at the Plant City Community
Bingo Hall, 105 Arden Mays
Blvd., from 5 to 9 p.m.
The group sells hot dogs,
Polish sausage, chips, cookies,
cakes and pie, and coffee, soda

grew up near and still lives not
far from the site, said she is
hopeful the community will
take ownership of the project.
"We're going to have to
keep this park up and make
sure the rules and regulations
are followed," Thomas-Mathis
Trucks are expected to soon
begin hauling away roughly
115,000 cubic yards of dirt,
said Robert VanValin, project
manager for Southwest Con-
tracting. He asked the com-
munity to stay away from the
site to avoid injury during
Officials said the project
should be completed in six

and water.
The next sale will be during
the Jan. 15 car show.
Call: 752-1275.

Bike fest
The Greater Plant City
Chamber of Commerce hosts
its Bike Fest the first Saturday
of every month from 5 to 9
p.m. in and around McCall
The next fest will be Feb. 5
due to the New Year's Day hol-

Options For
New Years
Plant City residents who
want to get out of the house
but stay in town have a couple
of options for New Year's Eve
this year.
The Plant City Cornerstone
Center, 315 N. Collins St., will
present its third annual New
Year's Eve Celebration begin-
ning at 9 p.m.
Admission is a $10 dona-
tion. Proceeds benefit the res-
toration and maintenance of
the center, which is the former
sanctuary of the First Baptist
Allen Higginbotham and
the Ranch Hand Band will
headline the event. Other per-
formers include vocalist Holly
Stein, a former member of the
Florida Strawberry Festival
Court; Abundant Praise gospel
group; Ray Barber, known for
hits "Because tf You" and "On
Top of Old Smokey"; and Tina
A midnight breakfast will
follow the performances.
Breakfast tickets are available
in advance only; show tickets

can be purchased at the door
or in advance at the Old Vil-
lage Shoppes, 108 S. Collins
For more information, call J.
Myrle Henry at 752-4084.
Those willing to spend a
little more might consider a
"New Year's Eve Extrava-
ganza" at The Ramada Inn
Plantation House, 2011 N.
Wheeler St.
There will be dinner in the
inn's Red Rose Ballroom and
dancing to Buck Ram Platters
and Our Own Destiny. The
evening also includes a cham-
pagne toast, party favors, mid-
night balloon drop and a
brunch at 1 a.m.
Participants can crash right
there at the hotel. Price for the
evening is $299 per couple
including room; or $199 for
dinner and party package. Call
752-3141 for reservations.

Light Of Memory
The memory of deceased
loved ones lives on this holi-
day season at Wells Memorial
Funeral Home.
The funeral home is burn-

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A memorial candle burns at
Wells Memorial Funeral Home
in honor of more than 240
deceased loved ones whose
names are on the list nearby.

ing a memory candle this year
through the month of Decem-
ber. A list with More than 250
names is perched nearby.
Someone mentioned the
idea to Wells employee Verna
"I thought it was great way
to let these people, and let
their families know, that they
are not forgotten," McKelvin
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Those in the industry are that near-perfect weather is
hoping Mother Nature is kind on tap through Dec. 27, with
to them after the unprece- high temperatures in the 50s
dented hurricane season left and 60s and lows in the high
them scrambling to set plants 30s and 40s.
on time. Perfect berry growing
weather is highs in the 60s and "As long as the weather con-
lows in the 40s, Crocker said. tinues the way it is, the straw-
At press time on Tuesday, berry crop looks strong and
the National Weather Service's we're really excited," Crocker
seven-day forecast indicated said.

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Include photographer's name, contact person's name
and phone number and a brief description, including
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Poverty Is What

Stokes Overpopulation

H ere are a few facts
gleaned from "The
Complete Idiot's
Guide to Geography," a book I
highly recommend even if
you aren't an idiot.
Roughly three-quarters of
Earth's surface is water. Of the
remaining one-fourth, which
is the land area, half is
uninhabitable, such as the
poles, rocky and high moun-
tains, swamps and deserts.
That leaves one-eighth.
About three-quarters of that
cannot be used for growing
food because the land is too
dry, too cold, too steep, too
rocky or too infertile, or it has
been built over with urban
areas, factories, parking lots,
roads, houses, schools and
That leaves one-thirty-
second to grow food for 6
billion people. And even here,
the topsoil is eroding at an
alarming rate.
I know the daily headlines
about purely contemporary
events give us all enough to
worry about, if worrying is
one of our hobbies. However,
looking down the road, the
population explosion remains
the human race's chief threat.
It's not an immediate threat.
It's one of those slowly
developing threats that, if we
are not perceptive, will sneak
up on us.
Illegal immigration, which



is one of the hot contempo-
rary topics, is one aspect of
population growth. When
people face starvation or
unendurable poverty, they
will, if they can, move to
greener pastures, and for
millions and millions of
people the United States is
that greener pasture.
Moving to a better place for
economic survival is as old as
the human race. That's what
our ancestors did when they
made those risky crossings of
the Atlantic to get to a conti-
nent that at the time was
mostly a harsh wilderness.
. Mexico has 103 million
people and with its economic
system, where a few families
control most of the wealth, it
cannot provide jobs for that
See REESE, Page 7

The Courier welcomes letters
to the editor and guest commen-
taries. Letters and commentaries
can be on a wide range of subjects,
and should be made as legible as
possible. Please include author's
signature, and telephone number
for verification purposes. Sub-
missions will be edited to meet
legal, grammatical and stylistic
Send submissions to:
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Plant City, FL 33566
Fax: 754-3725

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One big mistake we all
make around this time
of year is to romanti-
cize Christmas to the extent
that we create something
synthetic, turning Dec. 25
into a holiday without the
substance to do anything
more than a) stoke nostalgia
and b) move the economy
Mea culpa. I am as guilty as
anyone in this regard.
Sometimes I wonder if I'm
maybe more receptive to the
smell of spiced tea than the
bitter bouquet of-frankin-
cense or myrrh; more
attached to the aroma of
fresh, baking bread than the
baser fumes of the stable;
more prepared to celebrate
stockings in front of a warm
fire than a cold night behind a
crowded inn.
So this week I asked myself
what I would have left if:
Someone took away my
All the brightly wrapped
presents disappeared
Police removed the lights
from the front of my house
The singing of seasonal
songs was banned
Any reference to Christ-
mas was purged from the
public record
The Food and Drug
Administration decreed a
moratorium on any food item



destined to tip my calorie
total north of the recom-
mended daily allowance
Well, apart from getting
appallingly close to what
some people would have us
believe America should look
like once we erase the scourge
of Christianity from our
public conscience, we would
still have pretty much every-
thing that matters about the
celebration the whole world
dances around but seldom
gets too close to every
When God took the
unprecedented and outra-
geous step of entering this
finite world as a helpless
child, he cut to the essence of
everything humankind was

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True meaning of

For many of us the joy of Christmas
is unmasked at the mall, the parking
lots, the marked down sales, and the
glitter. There is something slightly
sinister lurking beneath the joy, a
sense of irritability and tension bred
by relentless materialism and the
frustrated desire for true peace and
On Dec. 25, Christians around the
.world will celebrate the birth of the
Savior, Jesus Christ. He was born,
Scriptures tell us, for the sole purpose
of redeeming humankind from its sins,
to give us hope through His death and
resurrection so that we live life on
Earth spreading the Good Word and
are rewarded with eternal life in
On Dec. 15, Kathy Lofstrom, my
sister-in-law and well-loved employee
at the Whistle Stop Cafe, claimed the
promise of Christmas. She died of pan-
creatic cancer and went to sleep, that
restful sleep that awaits us at the end
of this hard life on earth.
During this Christmas season as our
family and friends remember Kathy we
observe the true meaning of Christmas
and His promise. We dare to believe in
the mystery of faith and our better
angels because they give us purpose,
to pursue a better world for our
children's sake, for their children's
Jerry Loftstrom
Plant City


Political Correctness Steals True Meaning Of Holidays

H anukkah has ended. Christ-
mas is almost here.
It's a shame we're so afraid
of offending people these days as we
tiptoe around the true meaning of
these religious events.
Christmas isn't Xmas, it's "Christ-
mas," as shortened from its original
spelling Christ's Mass; the celebra-
tion of the birth of Jesus Christ.
And Hanukkah isn't the Jewish
interpretation of the December
holiday season. It is the Jewish
Festival of Lights, an eight-day
commemoration of rededication of
the Temple by the Maccabees after
their victory over the Syrians.
In an attempt at diversity and
inclusion, we often find ourselves in
a state of compromise.
Why there's even a movement
now to eliminate the religious
references to these holidays alto-
gether and just say "The Holiday
Season"; making it a time to cele-
brate family, gift-giving and Santa
Claus. And of course, the great god:
If Christians and Jews tried to
water down the real meaning of
Kwanzaa or the winter solstice two
other well-known December holi-
days it's likely they'd find them-
selves on the wrong side of a lawsuit.
I don't say that because I think the
people who celebrate. those holidays
are any better, stronger, or more
determined than those of us who
celebrate Christmas and/or Hanuk-

kah. But only those who celebrate
Christmas and Hanukkah espe-
cially Christmas are in the majority.
And it has become the fashion to
penalize the majority in the name of
diversity and inclusion. Just ask any
able-bodied, white,
Protestant male.
Inclusion of
minorities is impor-
tant. When we don't
include everyone, we
should be sued.
I stood up for
inclusion in the '60s
PENNY during the civil rights
FLETCHER movement And as a
practicing Christian, I
often make myself
unpopular in both the "right wing" and
"left wing" camps with statements like
"I believe Jesus Christ was a liberal."
I don't care.
You see, that's the whole point of
this rambling holiday column. We
shouldn't have to care who we offend
with our statements of belief. Or with
our symbols, or celebrations of those
When the "principle" of inclusion
is used to stamp out the true mean-
ing of religious holidays traditionally
important to the majority of people
in the area, something has gone
radically, radically wrong.
Why not allow a manger scene -
and a menorah on public property,
side by side? The laws of this country

were founded on Hebrew laws (oh
no, you mean from the Bible?)
Take the seven-year bankruptcy
principle for example, which was
based on the Hebrew Year of Jubilee.
Anyone with any knowledge of the
Bible oopss, I said it again) can point
to dozens of similarities between
U.S. laws and codes and Old Testa-
ment law.
Of course, if we put up manger
scenes and menorahs, we'd have to
allow other religions to put up their
symbols, too. We might have to allow
a Wiccan to erect a symbol. We might
even have to let someone construct a
monument to the Greater Principle
of the Universe, or in the case of
atheists, maybe even a monument to
some Great Void.
Let citizens draw a medicine wheel
or astrological table or signs of the
Chinese zodiac on the ground if it
supports their beliefs.
I'm sure we'd all see something
eventually to which we would take
offense. But let's not forget about the
First Amendment. Its intent wasn't to
do away with differences, or to fear
them, but to extend the same
privileges to everyone, no matter
who they are or what they believe.
Let's stop trying to take the
religion out of religious holidays.
They are what they are and that
should be that.
Penny Fletcher is the editor of The
Courier's sister papers, The Sun and
South Shore News.

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amount of people. That's why
the Mexican government
actually encourages people to
enter the United States
illegally. Here they get jobs'
and most of them send
money back home to their
families in Mexico.
The populations of the
Central American countries
have also grown beyond the
capacity of those govern-
ments. El Salvador has 6.3
million people; Guatemala,
13.3 million; Honduras, 6.5
million; Nicaragua, 5 million;
Panama, 2.8 million; and
Costa Rica, 3.8 million. Of
these, only Costa Rica and
Panama have fairly strong
economies. The rest mainly
because of corruption and
political upheavals are dirt-
poor. That's why, for example,
there are more Salvadorans in
Los Angeles than in El
Salvador's capital.
You can stop a few illegal
immigrants, but it's nearly
impossible to stop a migra-
tion of people, and that's
what the United States and
Europe are now beginning to
experience. If you think we
have a problem now, wait
until that 6 billion becomes 7
billion in 2013 and 10 billion
in 2100.
Contraception and abor-
tion notwithstanding, the best
way to control population
growth is with economic
prosperity. In countries that
are poor, which our country
once was, children are a
source of cheap labor and
parents' only hope for social
security in their old age. In
prosperous countries, most
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are expensive, and therefore
they tend to limit the size of
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a means of survival and
security. People who are
struggling to survive don't
have time to worry about
population growth or the
environment. They do what
they have to do just to stay
alive. Child labor and even

child prostitution are not
things families do by choice.
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limit our own population
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Frank Hobkirk and Melissa
Hobkirk of Plant City anno-
unce the engagement of their
daughter, Shannon Michelle
Hobkirk, to Robert Lee All. He
is the son of Lem Fender and
Billie Shreve of Lakeland.
The bride-elect is a 1999
graduate of Plant City High
School and attends Hills-
borough Community College.
The prospective groom is a
1997 graduate of Lake Gibson
High School.
A March 2005 wedding is
planned at Eastside Baptist
Church in Plant City.


City Commissioner Mary Thomas-Mathis and her husband Tony Mathis relax at Ed Verner's holiday
party held after the Christmas tree lighting in McCall Park.

Sibling Rivalry, Holiday Wishes

Milene and Dallas Powell's
kids just keep on keeping
them guessing.
Remember how son
Matthew made an announce-
ment at his sister Melissa's
surprise birthday party in
November at Bella Rosa
fair. Melissa has
BETTY (date Aug. 6)
BRIGGS with a surprise
of her own. She
Columnist will make her
parents grand-
parents (date
Aug. 4).
I know Milene and Dallas
are wondering what's the next
surprise. Congratulations to

It was a bright night for
politicians. I don't particularly
like politics, but I met two
politicians (both in bright red)
I like at a recent downtown
party of Ed Verner's after the
tree lighting at McCall Park.
I captured City Commis-
sioner Mary Thomas-Mathis
and her husband, Tony
Mathis, with stars in their eyes
and overhead. The newlyweds
have promised to e-mail on
how they met. Sharon Dicks
told me months ago it's an
interesting story. I'll be
I also captured new state
Rep. Rich Glorioso on camera
(in his Christmas shirt), but
he had just hit the target a
delicious meatball and was
getting ready to pop it in his
mouth. Let's hope this is a
good sign for things to come
in Tallahassee.

Host David Hawthorne, right, and guests Shelby Bender and
Chris and Randy Larson gather to share some holiday cheer at
the Hawthornes' recent holiday party.

David and Vicki Hawthorne
had their annual Christmas
party the other night. It's
always fun seeing old Plant
City friends and new faces.
Andrew Connell, formerly
from Andrews on the Park,
catered the event. His family's
new deli shop, Nana's, is at
111 W. Reynolds St.
There was a most delightful
harpist downstairs in their
historic house. The only
uncivilized moment of the
evening took place on the
third floor (David's Den),
when the music was turned
up a few notches and David's
longtime friend from Hous-
ton, Bob Ruffin, tried to teach
this columnist how to dance!
Sorry about the toes, Bob.
David's two granddaugh-
ters showed their granddaddy
a few new dance moves, or
maybe he showed them, and
grandson Joey gets the host-
with-the-most award, as every
time I saw him he was
greeting guests and asking if
they needed anything.
Marisol and Thomas
Krasner and their new baby

daughter from Miami,
Richard Cartoon of Atlanta,
Vicki's sister, Robin, and
nephew, Brett Nerad, just out
of the military and headed to
Indiana University, were just
a few of the out-of-town

The Market Restaurant's
Christmas tree is red, white
and blue, with photographs of
those serving in the military.
Caleb Johnson (Marines),
William Wacaser (Navy),
Maggie Hehn Hyman's new
husband, Travis (Coast
Guard), are among them.
Maybe Lynne Halleran will
put hubby Kevin's picture up?
He has graduated from Officer
Candidates School and will be
going to Fort Huachuca, Ariz.,
soon to get his orders pro-
cessed. He'll probably be
headed to Iraq, she says.
I hope you all have a special
Christmas and our prayers
will follow the military
families into the coming year
See BRIGGS, Page 9

Air Force Airman Joseph D.
Ficarrotta has
from basic
military train-
ing at Lack-
land Air Force
: ~Base, San
He is the
son of Jody
Ficarrotta and Kathy
Ficarrotta of
Plant City and is a 2002 gradu-
ate of Plant City High School.

Navy Seaman Apprentice
Paul A. Gutierrez recently
completed U.S. Navy basic
training at Recruit Training
Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
Gutierrez is a 2003 graduate
of Plant City High School of
Plant City. He is the son of
Kathy and David Gutierrez of
Plant City.

James R. Jones has gradu-
ated from the Army ROTC
Leader Development and
Assessment Course, also
known as "Operation Warrior
Forge," at Fort Lewis, Tacoma,
Jones received an associate
degree in 2002 from Hills-

borough Community College
in Plant City.
He is the son of Gladys M.
Jones of Plant City.

Navy Seaman Recruit
Joshua C. Leatherwood
recently completed U.S. Navy
basic training at Recruit Train-
ing Command, Great Lakes,
Leatherwood is a 2002 grad-
uate of Durant Senior High
School. He is the son of Lisa D.
and Kenneth C. Leatherwood
of Dover.

Stacie N. Randolph has
been promoted to the rank of
technical sergeant in the U.S.
Air Force.
Randolph is a unit training
manager with the 11th Com-
munication Squadron at Bol-
ling Air Force Base,
Washington, D.C. She has 14
years of military service.
She is the daughter of Elsie
Holloman and Robin Allen of
Henderson, both of Cleveland,
Ohio. Her husband, Darryl, is
the son of Eddie Randolph of
Plant City and Erma Campbell
of Haines City.
The sergeant is a 1987 grad-
uate of the Cleveland School
of Arts.


The following births were
reported at Brandon Regional
Oct. 5
A daughter, Riley Marie Par-
rish, to Jennifer L. Hadas and
Joseph C. Parrish Jr. of Plant
Oct. 28
A son, Evon Neil Falconer,
to Kenisha Lewinson and
Evon Falconer of Plant City.
Nov. 7
A daughter, Ariana Alexa
Marie Perez, to Theresa Leo-
netti-Perez and Manuel Perez
of Plant City.
Nov. 13
A daughter, Danielle Fey
Price, to Deborah and David
Price of Plant City.
Nov. 23
A daughter, Kendall Austin
Donaldson, to Lisa Westmiller
and Scott Donaldson of Plant

Nov. 29
A son, Bradley Wade Bar-
field Jr., to Shelly and Bradley
Barfield of Lakeland.
Dec. 1
A daughter, Emily Claire
Coker, to Jacquelyn Fioren-
tino and Joseph T. Coker of
Plant City.
Dec. 2
A daughter, Ryleigh Grace
McInnis, to Aimee and
Michael McInnis of Plant
Dec. 5
A son, Tyler Dale Dixon, to
Karen and tracy Dixon of Plant
Dec. 6
A daughter, Katelyn Marie
Gil-Collazo, to Zaritza and
Luis Gil of Plant City.
A daughter, Arianna Shaye
Hazell, to Michelle Mannor-
Gullekin and Nathanial Hazell
Jr. of Plant City.

If you would like to submit an item to The Courier, email it to

Robert All and
Shannon Hobkirk




Adult & Community School
Plant City Adult & Community School is now
offering classes in certified nursing, computer,
cosmetology, driver education, ESOL, GED,
home health aide for C.N.A., pottery, quilting
and typing.
Classes begin Jan. 5 and Jan. 6.
Call: 707-7147.

Music, arts school
First Baptist Church School of Music and
Arts is now accepting enrollment for its spring
The school offers private lessons in piano,
strings, voice, guitar, drums, woodwinds and
brass. There also is a group drama class that
will present the play "All the World's a Stage"
under the direction of Trevor Thomas.
Call: 752-4104.

Crisis Center seeks volunteers
The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay seeks volun-
teers to provide crisis counseling on its 24-hour
crisis hot line.
Day, evening, and weekend shifts are avail-
able. No experience is necessary; training will
be provided. Call: 969-4991.

New YMCA offerings
The Plant City Family YMCA, 1507 YMCA
Place, has a new offering:
Holiday sports camp: for children in kin-
dergarten through age 12. The camp will be
from 7:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 27-31.
Cost is $15 dollar per day or $55 per week for
members. Nonmembers, $20 per day, $75 for
the week.
Call: Josh, 757-6677.

Student art on display
The following Tomlin Middle School stu-

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for a safe return home.

To accommodate most of
our schedules, the Briggs'
celebrated Christmas early.
And what a wonderful night it
was. The neighborhood was
alive with lights and activity -
most of our street had put out
luminaries for the Historical
Society Christmas Tour of
Neighbor Jimmie Dan
Robinson was taking his
grandkids on a sleigh ride up
the street actually it was a
wagon hitched to his riding
mower. Jeff Jackson crossed
the street (without his guitar,
though) and visited awhile.
David Green came by with a
delicious homemade to-die-
for cheesecake. And then all
five of my grandkids
unleashed their energy on
food and presents.
In the cool of the evening,
we took a walk downtown to
see the lights in McCall Park.
It was car show night and
though most of the cars had
left by the time we got there, a
lone Santa was sitting under
the Christmas tree. My son-
in-law said, "This would never
happen in Naples the line
would be down the block."
My son bought all the kids ice
There's one tradition we
have that I find especially
enjoyable. I let the grandkids
each pick out and take home
a Christmas decoration from
off my bird tree I collect
birds and butterfly decora-
I love seeing them search
the tree and then suddenly
their eyes turn big and bright
when they see the one they
like. So far, they've never
picked the same one.

dents will have their artwork on display through
December at the Florida Blood Services Center,
1902 James Redman Parkway: Lauren Clark,
Austin England, Stacey Geil, Darren Goodwald,
Angel Lopez, Sterling Novotny, Andrew Orso,
Terrence Peeples, Erica Santiago, Jeimy Sar-
zoza-Sanchez, Amy Scheffer, Justin Turner and
Peter Vo.

Art Guild art shows
The East Hillsborough Art Guild will display
art through December at the following loca-
Bruton Memorial Library Quilts on dis-
Florida Blood Services in Plant City- Angie
Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce
- Melitha Everett.
Park Side Cafe Jossie de Q. Azorin.
Orange Blossom Tea Room Jane Bur-
Paso Fino Association Rick Boyette.
The Plant City Courier/Tampa Tribune -
Debra Bryant and Jossie de Q. Azorin.
For information about the artists or exhibits,
call Jossie de Q. Azorin at 754-2366.

GED classes
The Adult and Community Education pro-
gram offers free general equivalency diploma
and English classes to anyone .18 years and
Classes are Mondays and Thursdays from 6
to 9 p.m. at Esther D. Burney Elementary, 901 S.
Evers St.
Free day care is provided while students are
in class.
Call: Rojina Durant or Jennifer Giorgio, 707-
7334, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m.
and 2:15 p.m.

Of course, we were sorry
Nick and Jena couldn't be
here, and she actually thought
about flying down alone for
the weekend, but with a bad
puppy and a new husband,
she decided to be here in
spirit and voice her cell
phone was pretty busy
keeping track of us that night.

May you enjoy your family

and friends and the simple
things in life this blessed

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Christian Women's Club
The Plant City Christian
Women's Club plans its "Oh
What a Musical Day" lun-
cheon for Jan. 4 at 11:30 a.m.
at Walden Lake Golf and
Country Club. The cost is $11
The luncheon will feature
concert soloist Diane Muise.
For reservations and com-
plimentary nursery, call
Dorinda, 764-8385, or Dinah,
717-9127, or e-mail dori- Reservations
and cancellations are neces-

Class of '65
The Plant City High School
Class of 1965 will hold its 40th
reunion June 10-11.
Classmates are asked to call
Peggy Gibbs with their current
address and phone numbers.
Also, those with information
on other classmates or who
wish to find out more about
the event can may call Gibbs
at 754-1092.

Lions Club
The Plant City Lions Club
meets Tuesdays at noon at
Shelby's Restaurant, 110 E.
Reynolds St.
Call: Judy Barta, 752-6193.

Plant City Class of '58
The Plant City High Class of
1958 meets for breakfast the
fourth Tuesday of the month
at 8:30 a.m. at Fred's Farmers
'Market Restaurant, 1401
Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Call: 659-0421.

Civil War unit
Step into the ranks of his-
tory as a Southern cannoneer
and join the Milton Light
Artillery, Co. A.
Milton is a Civil War re-
enacting unit based on an
actual 1860s Florida battery.
Milton re-enacts more than 15
battles a year and includes
civilian and nursing impres-

sions. E-mail info@miltona- or visit

FAMU alumni
The Florida A&M University
National Alumni Association,
Plant City Chapter, meets the
second Thursday of each
month at 6 p.m. at Mount
Moriah Missionary Baptist
Church, 911 E. Warren St.
Call: Bea, 752-0451.

Strawberry Toastmasters
The Strawberry Toastmas-
ters Club, the city's second
Toastmasters club, meets
every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in
the Community Room at
South Florida Baptist Hospital,
301 N. Alexander St.
Call: Kathie, 719-7668.

Plant City Toastmasters
The Plant City Toastmasters
Club meets Thursdays at 7:30
a.m. at the Plant City Cham-
ber of Commerce, 106 N. Evers
St. Call: Hal Brewer, 752-4949.

Plant City Rotary
The Plant City Rotary Club
meets Mondays at noon at the
Ramada Inn, 2011 N. Wheeler
St. Call: Bill Hermance, 707-

Turkey Creek Class of '61
The Turkey Creek High
School Class of 1961 has
monthly meetings the first
Thursday of each month at 6
p.m. at BuddyFreddys, 1101
Goldfinch Drive. The meet-
ings are informal and all class-
mates including nongraduates
are invited. Teachers and staff
are also invited.
Call: Elaine Rogers Lister,

VFW Post 4590
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 4590 meets every first
and third Thursday of the
month at 7 p.m. at 3709 E. U.S.
92. Call: 754-7880.



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Fiangelical Plant (Ith I10" Charlie griffin
Rd. "599383
Frt Prehl Iterl/an Plant (h-
404 If R erols "i2t t211
Walk ilth God ifinistrn. 15140 SR 5"4.
Doi er, 659-0930
Plant (ih 2203 5tratnber Dr. 2i' t694
first. 103} I Johnson Ra. "7 496h
5/. Mark united Church
2914 Ilthia-Pinecrest Rd. la/rico., 85.0998
(ark. 4815 i Sam Mllen Rd. "54-3233
Dot er fir. Mfoore s lake Rd at .fethodlst
Churcb Rd, 659-It/5
First Plant (ih,: 303,. lien St. "5-3519
Grace: 1801 E. Cbern 5/. 659-3"18
Sunset Heights. Waller Dr "5-2;41
Springhead: 2305 Spartman Rd, "52-5"51
St. lake: 809 Laura St, "5-6051
rbonotosassa. Fort King HIn,
at Mistletoe Dr. 986-'135
linlt' Plant Citv.: 02 W. english /.

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at 10:30 p.m.
perip/'icrt' t e'c de n.'Si-c' c- wates.
o'f God 'Oli!!'g Hde tic f/,.
TriadUivtii. Cl 'ur'n.t Eve
Ci:/l/light \)i li/ut[,

December 25th at 10:00 a.m.
I fie C.,,/ 4 1i rI Oc .If .i',Pn, Ct, ill/.
rl' Hioli Comt Illtlupi

December 26th at 9:15 a.m. Clhriran.u is' cage ofL
The' /eii Con!'ar Have a BIcssed Holiday Seoa

Doter. Do er Rd Douning . 659-2600
Allen Ch(bapel 1109 E. Laura St. "52 "389
Hfount Oie 1113 I. Madison St
Mount Ofive: Horton Rd. ". 2628
.lsamblea .posiolica. 1501 (olson Rd,
.Ip toll Church of Jesus Chbrist:
1212 I.F Remnolds, 1"-5130
Abundant life: Pineerst Rd, lthia.
S 685--42M0
Bethany: 9804 Harney Rd, onotosassa.
Cah-ar Fellowship: 11/0 .. Gordon St.
S Doer First: SR 5"1 & Pettie Rd. 689-03-I3
Faith temple. 1-4 at Hillsborougb-Polk
Count line, 52.0532
Faith lighthouse. 3409 SR 39 IV. "52-1885
First Plant Ct,. Charlie Griffin Rd.
W of SR 39 "52-3351
Fort .Aafia: Corner of South Hwi. 39
& S ille) Rd., '3"-656
Keml/.lle: .R 640. "3r-80
Mount lion. I-i- at Thonotosassa Rd.
Pleasant Groie lurker Creek Rd. "3"-3529
I cton Worship (enter: (ounh line Rd.
"5 -6089
Svdnev: tdwes' Rd, b/10 mi t of
Sydne'-Domer Rd. 659-0532
I k Turkeek O Iarkes reek Rd,

.Amha. lurker (reek Rd. \ oj SR 60.
.atai Baptist 222 M.1afia (/brd, Rd.
.Intiorb: Iorton Rd., 3"-3210
Beren 5R39 5 "3"J'-1232
Bethanx. (ork Rd. "52-9209
Bethel: 801 U. Renfro St. "5t-22J9
Benlak: Alien 6 (ounhl line Rd. ll hia,
Bible: Charlie G6riffin Rd. "52-28'"5
Burmbth od temple. Euclid Dr 6 SR 5"i.
(alimn Free Will. 3539 frapnell Rd E.
Cedar Grove.: E. 1vwlle Rd "3"-1234
Central oft/lbia: Phnerest & he)ille Rd
Church on the Rock: 301 .Asobrook.
(ommunitr Christian: 1310 A. Shannon A.I.
Crossroads. R 39 S. Pinecrest. ""-.1211
Dover Lastside. Countryside Baptist Church,
2820 6allagher, 5'1-8200
Dower First. N. Gallagher Rd, 659-0203
Eastside: 1318 E.Calhoun St. "5/-2681
East thbonotosassa. McIntosb
& Knights-Griffin Rd. 986-1346
Faith Temple Primitfie-
808 IT. Washington St. "54-6661
First Baptist Church of idum. HMid w Rd.
First Baptist lithia: Intersection of SR39 6
lithia-Pinecrest Rd "3"-1121
First Plant Cit.' 503 N. Palmer, "52-4104
First /honotosassa Missionarp:
Ifntosah Rd. 986-4"56
Harmom Baptist Church: 6008 W. KnFgbts
griffin ,l 986-'165
Hopeweelk SR 39S.- "3"-3053

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St. Clement Catholic Church

December 24.
Friday Christmas Vigil Mass
4 30pm [Englishl Family Liturgy wih Children s Nat[iviy
7.00 pm ISpanishl Family Liturgy with Children s Nativity
11'30 pm Choir Christmas Carols
12 00 Midnight Mass (Enghlsh)

San Jose Mission
iocatel at 3224 San Jose Mission Dr
(Off of 574 Doverl
IIO0 pm Polada
12 00 Midnight Mass [Spanishl
December 25
Saturday Christmas Day Masses
7 00am lEnglisnh. 8 30amr ISpanisn
I) 30 amr Eruglishl
9 T1 rv,, will f,, ,n 5 I ,ji i AI r ,t i ,! ii hi
doq y ar th hou,h h.,'n, t 'll t,.,l r -, p
ort :rh h A t h,:lI r \l/rinj tlwh.

December 26 Sunday Solemnity of the Holy Familv
7:00 am [English) 830 am (Spanishl.
10'30 am IEnglish) 12 15Spm (Spanish)
7 00 pm ISparnoShl

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PlntCty(ff14,Ei t 21 South) 813)'752-825


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ghts Paul BuchnaIn lnHm. "52 19"2
anon. Branch forbes Rd. "52 21106
e Oak. lone to mk Rd. "54-52"8
nl Morlab freenull
ren &Jolhnson 51. "54-439"
ntl .1orahn Freenill 202 (olson Rd.
nt Ollie 604 U. Ball St. "54-3831
Hope Freenill Baptist Cmurrh
1 Sydnel Dmoer Rd., Doier
,M. Zion Freewill. 3041 Daniels Rd..
bsLde- r100,. Franklin St. "52-2"9
mood. UrportRd, "52-599
it (it. Primitire: 509 N. Evers St.
sant Grove First: .urker (Creek Rd
lh: II. ferrae Dr. "51-'445
Mghead.- iggins Road. "54-48"9
luke Mtssionan: 108 S. IamenelI St.
Kan's Ifreewill. Hunter & Warren St.
an' lissionan: 1801 $5. 601.,
Ian s Primtitre Baptist Churrh.
E. lauram "~5-1616
ey: 1510 CreRd, 659-1502
'ke Creek Counumnit
is Church. 5'" S. irke
k Rd, "3. 1221
rev (reek First: rapnell Rd. "52-"890
on-'mItssionan: MItaki Rd
side- 2503 Granfleld.lir e.
'eburst Rd: 901 N. Whiteburst Rd,
Little Union Prim tile Baptist
Cnrbh: 15510 39tilthia.
St. Clement: 1104N. Alexander St.
V. Wilder Re 938 N. Wl*der Rd
Cork: Cork oa- "52-1521
laura St: 1310 L aura St,
Springbead Wiggins Rd. '5--1485
CHRISTIAN (Disciples ol Cnnst)
First: 2108 Tnolosassa Rd 752-
Conerstone Chris/ta.
Mdntosb R NofSR 574
New Grace. 1214I E la aSt
CHURCH OF GOD (Cleveland. Tenn )
Calime Communitm:
5209 Snilb- ls Rd
Dor. Douwing St. 659-2900
Plant Ct/s. 2103 Mudlake Rd.
IDrke Creek. Hrke' Creek Rd
at SR60, '3"-I331
Tbonolosassa. I02 N. Tailor Rd.
CHURCH OF GOD (Anderson Inaiana)
Kinsi- lirst: 2808 Kinsirev A..
Seffer. 65'-'500
Pla t CIv: Grae fellowship
"13.4lsokrookS5, 361-8190
First: N Gordon and Baker St.l,
Gospel abernacle: llen &
I 1anes St
St. Peer's: 301 N. Care' St

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December 24th

December 31st at 7:00 p Berrir U.,i f,arr ie,
)d.o, and Bid eF.nv,'ell to
2004 l/n 1in Ci,1,'.
\',/r/lp .l, Holi Cornimn

Hope Lutheran Chu
2001 N. Park Roa
11/4 mile South of 1--4'
(813) 752-4622
Rev. Dean R. Pfeffer, Pas

Sfity Christ Church

Join Us For Our Annual

Christmas Eve

Candleligh ting Service

Dec. 24th at 7:00pm
Music & Refreshments

1911 N. Gordon St..
Plant City. FL 33563 N:r'i

First United Methodist

Church of Plant City

303 N. Evers Street Downtown Plant City
acrosss from C, Hall padkang, lo

8-00 am- Chapel Communion Service
9-00 am- Contemporary Worship In The Wesley Centre
10-00 am- Sunday School IChildren Adult)
11:00 am- Traditional Worship In The Sanctuary
5-00 pm- Wesley Centre Fanmules with young children
7:00 pm- Sanctuary -Traditional Lessons & Carols
1100 pm- Christ Mass Ancient service with traditional hturgy,
chants and Holy Communion In The Sanctuar

Youth Fellowship
Sunday & Wednesday Evenings
It Wit'e thilfionlto t oirS
Dr. Alan L. Bea% er
Senior Pastor
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Lord of Life events
Lord of Life Lutheran
Church, 2104 Mud Lake Road,
plans the following events in
Sunday worship schedule:
contemporary worship
service, 8:30 a.m.; Christian
Education .class, 9:30 a.m.;
traditional worship service,
10:30 a.m. On Dec. 26, there
will only one service, at 9:30
Christmas Eve services:
family service, 5 p.m. The chil-
dren in the congregation will
present a play as part of the
special Christmas Eve worship
service; candlelight service, 11
New Year's Eve gathering,
Dec. 31 at 6 p.m.
There will be a lasagna
dinner, followed by games
and other activities.
There will be a quiet room
available for children who
can't make it to welcome in
the New Year.
The congregation will cel-
ebrate the season of Epiphany
each Sunday, beginning Jan.
On Jan. 23, congregation
members will prepare and
serve dinner to students at the
University of South Florida
Chapel Center.
Lord of Life hosts the event

twice each year.
Call: 752-6064.
Hope Lutheran holiday
Hope Lutheran Church,
2001 N. Park Road, plans the
following holiday services:
Christmas Eve family-
centered candlelight worship,
7:30 p.m. The message is
titled, "It's a Boy!" and is based
on Isaiah 9:6 and Luke 2:19.
Christmas Eve traditional
Christmas Eve candlelight
service with Holy Commu-
nion, 10:30 p.m. Message for
this service is titled: "God's
Christmas Carol" and is based
on John 1:14.
Christmas Day A casual
and informal service with Holy
Communion, 10 a.m. The
theme is, "What Did You Get
for Christmas?" and is based
on Isaiah 62:10-12.
Dec. 26 Sunday service
with Holy Communion, 9:15
a.m., based on Galatians 4:4,
titled "No Returns Allowed."
Dec. 31 New Year's Eve
service, 7 p.m. The theme is
based on Ecclesiastes 3:1-8,
"There is a Time for Every-
All services will be under the
direction of Hope's pastor, the
Rev. Dean Pfeffer.
Call: 752-4622.

Divine Family Worship Center
The nondenominational
Divine Family Worship Center
offers services Sundays at 11:
15 a.m. at the Comfort Inn,
2003 S. Frontage Road.
Call: 643-8989.
Bible study program
The women's ministry of
Bethany Baptist Church offers
a Bible study, "Beloved Disci-
ple: The Life and Ministry of
John," Wednesdays at 9 a.m.
Brunch will be served each
week and child care will be
The church is at 3409 N.

Cork Road.
Call: 752-9209.
Torah study
Torah study, teaching and
instructions from Genesis to
Deuteronomy, is Tuesdays
from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Plant
City Garden Club, 1112 N.
Wheeler St.
Information: 654-2222 or
Musical theater program
The First Baptist Church
School of Music will offer a
musical, theater program for
its fall semester.

Classes will meet once a
week for 45 minutes and will
prepare to perform the play "A
Partridge in a Pear Tree."
The semester will conclude
with a dessert theater presen-
Call: 750-4878.

Breakthrough Youth Ministry
Breakthrough Youth Minis-
try meets Mondays from 7 to 9
p.m. at New Hope Worship
Center, 803 W. Mahoney St. All
youngsters in grades six to 12
are invited.
Call: Nancy, 754-9289.



The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce has
experienced a rebirth in recent years and, in turn,
is credited with bringing revitalization to Plant
City's downtown district and to the
rin Lil usnsconn y



On Thursday, Jan. 27, we
will publish a Greater
Plant City Chamber of
Commerce special section
in the Plant City Courier.
We'll take a look at the
people, programs and
events that helped
make this happen.
Your message
will reach 11,143*
homes in the Plant
City area. In addition
2,000 copies of this
section will be provided
to the chamber for its use
to promote the area and
its businesses throughout the
year, giving your business
exposure far beyond the
publication date.

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Publication date: Thursday, Jan. 27, 2
Ad reservation deadline: Friday, Jan.

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7, 5 p.m. *Source: Sunbelt Newspapers



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