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WEDNESDAY,DECEMBER 31, 2008


COURIER TRIBUNE


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E�EK AND IRROUNDING COMMUNITIES


From visits from presidential candidates to a manhunt
in the streets, political comebacks, property tax reform
and the loss of community leaders, 2008 was a year of
change and transition for Plant City.
STORY, PAGE 8


Striking The Right Chord
The Plant City Community Choir helped ring
in the holiday season with its inaugural
concert at a local church.
Page 14


Moving Ahead
The Durant High School Cougars' boys
basketball team is gaining momentum as
the season progresses.
Page 27


Remembering Jordan
The parents of Jordan Hays, the 9-year-old
killed at last year's Christmas parade, return
to Plant City to honor their son.
Page 29


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Tree Of Remembrance Raises $600 For Pregnancy Center


PLANT CITY - The Preg-
nancy Care Center of Plant
City received $600 recently
from an annual program at a
local funeral home.
Denise Givens, administra-
tor of the care center, accept-
ed the donation from Marsha
Passmore, director of out-
reach for Hopewell Funeral
Home & Memorial Gardens,
6005 State Road 39 S. The
money was raised through
the funeral home's Tree of
Remembrance program.
Each year families are in-
vited to place a ribbon on the
tree as an expression of their
love for a family member as
the holidays approach.

'Mr. Drama'
To Perform In Tampa
PLANT CITY - Trevor Thom-
as of Plant City stays busy all
across the country as a Chris-
tian artist. At 9:30 and 10:45
a.m. Jan. 25 at Tampa Baptist
Church, 300 E. Sligh Ave.,
Tampa, Thomas will perform
his signature presentation
that has earned him the title
of "Mr. Drama."
In high school, he was cast
in every play produced by the


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drama department and went
on to earn his bachelor's
.degree in communication
with a minor in theater per-
formance at the University of
South Florida. He has acted
in commercials, TV and film.
In 1991, at age 18, he began
traveling and performing at
churches and events, and
after much prayer and coun-
seling, he answered the call,
of full-time ministry. He
combines music, mono-
logues, poems and mime
with humor in his perfor-
mances.
He makes about 180 ap-
pearances a year and also
conducts drama workshops
and seminars at churches
nationally.
"My dreams are fulfilled. I
get to do all that I've ever


Hopewell Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens
Marsha Passmore, left, presents the Tree of Remembrance dona-
tions to Denise Givens of the Pregnancy Care Center of Plant City.


wanted to do, all I've ever
known how to do, and serve -
my Savior while doing it,"
Thomas said.
Call (813) 238-5673 for
information on his perfor-
mance in Tampa.,


Weight Loss
Through Hypnosis
PLANT CITY - "I started my
own weight loss of more than
100 pounds in January 2006


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with hypnosis, and it has
been the best New Year's
resolution that I ever made,"
said Darryl Schumacher, a
certified hypnotist.
He will teach a weight loss
through hypnosis seminar
Jan. 8 at Bruton Memorial
Library, 302 W. McLendon St.
The session is free.
Registration is required for
the 7 to 8:30 p.m. class, and
space is limited. Call (813)
757-9215 to register or for
information.

Thank, NFL,
For Trees At Park
PLANT CITY - Trees were
planted this month in Ellis-
Methvin Park by volunteers
and city staff as part of the
National Football League
Environmental Program. This
project was funded by a grant
from the U.S. Forest Service
and is administered by the
Florida Division of Forestry.
Volunteers were from the
Division of Forestry, Uni-
versity of Florida School of
Forest Resources and Con-
servation at the Plant City
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BETTY BRIGGS

Continued From Page 3

campus of Hillsborough
Community College and the
Plant City Garden Club.
The sweet gum and South-
ern magnolia trees were
planted along the northern
edge of the Plant City Tennis
Center, 120 N. Wilder Road,
part of the 46-acre Ellis-
Methvin Park..

Focus TV Spotlights
Christmas Art Show
PLANT CITY - Leo Watson,,
president of the East Hills-
borough Art Guild, reports
that the organization's
Christmas art show at Wal-
den Lake Golf and Country
Club is highlighted on Focus
TV. Go to www.thefocusma-
gazine.com, and click on
episode 14 to view the cover-
age.

Mark Your Calendar
For Distance Challenge
PLANT CITY - It's time to


Plant City Recreation and Parks Department
Planting a sweet gum tree near the Plant City Tennis Center are
recreation and parks director Jack Holland; volunteers, from left,
Kathy Dillon, Margaret Rodwell, Lisa Firm and Cassandra Banning
of the Plant City Garden Club; and Carrie Kotal of the Florida
Division of Forestry. Trees were planted in Ellis-Methvin Park as
part of the National Football League Environmental Program.


register for the 2009 Straw-
berry Distance Challenge,
set to begin at 7:30 a,m, Feb.
14 at the Walden Lake West
Side Polo Field.
Registration .must be post-
marked no later than Feb. 1.
Early registration is $20. The
5K Run/Walk benefits Soul'd
Out, a youth ministry, and


Operation Compassion, a'
national Church of God
ministry to help the poor
and needy. Both are out-
reach programs at Plant City
Church of God.
Medals will be awarded,
and each participant will
receive an official T-shirt. All
ages are invited to partici-


pate.
For information, call (813)
752-4591.

Camellia Society Hosts
Show In Tampa
The Tampa Bay Area Ca-
mellia Society presents its
18th annual Camellia Show
at the Tampa Woman's
Club, 2901 Bayshore Blvd.,
from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.
There's no charge for admis-
sion or parking.
If you would like to enter
your blooms this year, bring
them to the club between 7
and 9:30 a.m. and a society
member will be available to
help you identify it and fill
out an entry card. You need
not be a club member to
enter. Judging by an Amer-
ican Camellia Society certi-
fied judge will begin at 10:30
a.m. A plant sale begins at 11
a.m.
For information, call Mary
Digan at (863) 640-3381.
E-mail items to Betty Briggs at
gabylee@tampabay.rr.com;
mail to The Tampa Tribune,
101 N. Wheeler St., Plant City EL
33563; or fax to (813) 865-4441.


COMMUNITY
EVENTS
January

ARCHIVES EVENT: Plant City
Photo Archives will have its
annual Progressive Tea, Tour of
Historic Homes and Hat Contest
on Jan. 31. Homes include Nate
and Stephanie Kilton's on North
Cbllins Street, Ray and Patti
Brownlee's on North Evers
Street and John and Sally Ver-
ner's on West Calhoun Street.
Tickets will be $30 and may be
purchased at the photo archives
at 119 N. Collins St. or by calling
(813) 754-1578. Reservations
are required.

Ongoing

BELLY DANCING: Turquoise
Mediterranean Grill Restaurant
offers Turkish cabaret belly
dancing provided by the Troupe
Bal Hepsi Dance Ensemble from
7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The res-
taurant is located inside the
lobby of the Days Inn hotel at
301 S Frontage Road, Plant City,
Call (813) 659-8400.
LEARN TO DANCE: Veteran
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Things To Do is a list of some of the
most interesting, upcoming events. For
a complete list of Tampa Bay area
events, see this week's Friday Extra.


Today

Celebrate At Center
Avoid going from place to
place and spend your entire
New Year's Eve at the Tampa
Bay Performing Arts Center,
1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tam-
pa. You have the option to
enjoy dinner at Maestro's, see
the Broadway musical "Spring
Awakening" and/or stay for
the After Party.
First seating is at 5:30 p.m.
for patrons attending the
show. Second seating is at 8
for those not attending the
show. An After Party from 9:30
p.m. to 1 a.m. includes two
drink tickets, party favors,
large-screen TV for the ball
drop at midnight at Times
Square and live music by Vod-
kanauts.
For details, call (813) 222-
1072.

Aqua-Eve At Aquarium
Splash in the new year at
The Florida Aquarium's Aqua-
Eve, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at
701 Channelside Drive, Tam-
pa.
There will be food, beverag-
es, live music by Synchronicity
and a chainpagne toast with
the best view in town for the
midnight fireworks display
over the channel.
Tickets are $100; call (813)
273-4030.

Friday


'50s Flashback
The Florida Orchestra pre-
sents Five by Design in "Stay
Tuned," a tribute to televi-
sion's pioneer era, at 8 p.m. in
Ferguson Hall at the Tampa
Bay Performing Arts Center,


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Tamipa Bay Performing Arts Center
Spend New Year's Eve at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, which features a performance of
the Broadway musical "Spring Awakening." Also available are dinner at Maestro's and an After Party.


Cary Grant and Priscilla Lane A program on growing salvias
star in the Frank Capra'tlassic will be held from 7 to 8 p.m.
"Arsenic and Old Lace." Jan. 12 at Bruton library,


1010 N. Maclnnes Place, Tam-
pa.
With its smooth harmonies,
Five by Design performs clas-
sic songs and famous TV bits'
from the 1950s, along with
nostalgic commercial jingles.
Tickets start at $31. Call
(813) 229-7827.


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Saturday


Dinner Is Served
Dover United Methodist
Church will offer a dinner
from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.. The
menu includes ham/roast


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SNAP is a free online -
community photo gallery


created by your friends and neighbors in the Tampa
Bay area. Come in to look, or upload your photos and
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beef, mashed potatoes and
gravy, green beans, coleslaw,
roll, dessert and tea or coffee.
The meals, $6.50 for adults
and $2.50 for children, will be
available for dine-in or carry-
out at the church, Moores
Lake Road north of Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Take It To The Streets
Downtown Plant City's
streets will be filled with mo-

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THINGS TO DO

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torcycles and motorcycle
lovers from 5 to 9 p.m. for the
monthly Bike Fest. The activ-
ities are centered in and
around Union Station Wel-
come Center, 102 N. Palmer
St.
Call (813) 754-3707.

'Mr. Drama' To Perform
Trevor Thomas, nationally
known as "Mr. Drama," will
perform'at 7 p.m. at Cross-
roads Baptist Church of Lithia,
10405 County Road 39 S., near
Lithia-Pinecrest Road.
He will bring his unique
ministry of drama, miming,
music, singing and more.
There is no admission
charge although an offering
will be taken. Call (813) 737-
1121.


Sunday

Jubilee Day At Shiloh
Shiloh Baptist Church will
hold its annual Trevor Thomrn-


as Jubilee Day with services at
10:15 a.m. and 6 p.m..
There will be a multimedia
presentation including video,
PowerPoint and slides of Tre-
vor Thomas Drama Ministries.
He will be accompanied by his
wife, Sawyer.
There is no admission
charge; an offering will be
taken.
The church is at 1104 Cason
St., north of Interstate 4, Plant
City. Call (813) 794-7445 or go
to www.trevorthomasdrama
ministries.com.

'Upstairs/Downstairs'
The new season of the Hen-
ry B. Plant Museum's "Up-
stairs/Downstairs at the Tam-
pa Bay Hotel" starts at 2 p.m.
at the museum, 401 W. Kenne-
dy Blvd., Tampa.
Step back in time and enjoy
a theatrical, single-character
vignette that brings to life a
tum-of-the-20th-century
Tampa Bay Hotel staff mem-
ber or guest. Based on hotel
research, each character pre-
sents a different perspective of
the time.
The performance is 30 min-
utes and is available with a
museum donation. For de-
tails, call (813) 258-7302.


Dance Afternoon Away
The Lakeland Chapter of
USA Dance's monthly dance
is from 3 to 6 p.m. at Stardust
Dance Center, 1405 S. Collins
St., Plant City.
The dance includes refresh-
ments and music.
Cost is $6 for USA Dance
members and $8 for non-
members. Call (863) 255-8344.

A Comedy Classic
Tampa Theatre's Comedy
Classic Movie Series continues
with Frank Capra's 1944 comic
farce, "Arsenic & Old Lace," at
3 p.m. at 711 N. Franklin St.
Starring Cary Grant, Priscil-
la Lane, Raymond Massey and
Peter Lorre, it's the story of
two seemingly sweet old la-
dies who poison lonely old
gentlemen and bury them in
the cellar.
Tickets are $9 and available
at the box office; call (813)
274-8286.

This Weekend'

Home Improvement
The ultimate craft show for
home:decor returns to the
Charles M. Davis Special


Events Center at the Florida'
State Fairgrounds. featuring
manylocal and national arti-
sans. Shop for handcrafted
furniture, garden art, cozy
quilts, traditional and fine art,
jewelry and wearable art,
handmade soaps, candles,
gourmet delights, holiday
items and more.
The fairgrounds are at 4800
U.S. 301, Tampa. Show hours
are Friday from 5 to 9 p.m.,
.Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m.
Admission for ages 13 and
older is $6 Friday and $5 Sat-
urday and Sunday. Parking is
$5 for cars and $10 for RVs and
buses. Visitors should enter at
the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Boulevard entrance.
For information, go to
www.countryfolkart.com or
call (248) 634-4151.

Upcoming

Enjoy Gospel Music
The Cross Point String Band
from Shelbyville, Tenn., will
be in concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 10
at Harmony Baptist Church,
6008 W. Knights-Griffin Road,
Plant City.
There's no admission al-


though an offering will be
accepted. Call (813) 986-7165.

The Right Moves
Veteran dance instructor
Donna Garzone and a partner
will teach the nightclub two-
step from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 11 at
the Brandon Boys & Girls
Club, 213 N. Knights Ave.
Students will learn the
nightclub two-step, not to be
confused with the country
two-step. Cost is $25 per per-
son or $40 for a couple.
Call (813) 671-3009 or (813)
340-9433.

Learn To Grow Salvias
A gardening program on
salvias will be from 7.to 8 p.m.
Jan. 12 at Bruton Memorial
Library, 302 W. McLendon St.,
Plant City. The class will be
taught by Becky Ellis and Beth
Alence, who are part of the
Master Gardener Division of
the Hillsborough County Ex-
tension Service.
Bring a plant to exchange.
Call (813) 757-9215.
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AREA EVENTS

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dance instructor Susan Staton
gives dance lessons 7 p.m:
Monday at the Red Rose Inn
and Suites, 2011 N. Wheeler St.
Instruction offered includes
rumba, tango, cha-cha, swing
and waltz. Each session is $10,
reservations are not required.
Students are all ages and no-
partner is needed. Call (813)
752-3141. "
FREE CLASSES: The Plant City
water resource management
division will offer the following
free classes:
* Natural Victory Gardens,
6:30 p.m. Jan. 14; learn to grow
your own vegetables and herbs
naturally, even if you don't have
a lot of land. Willow LaMone will
be at the guest speaker at the
meeting at the Corner Store, 121
E. Reynolds St.
* Rain Gardens, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 17; learn howto plant a rain
garden. Marina D' Abreau, Hills-
borough County extension
agent, will provide a presenta-
tion followed by a native plant
drawing at the Utilities Opera-
tions Building, 1500 W. Victoria
St.
* Backyard Habitats, 6:30
p.m. March 19; participants will
learn about making a backyard
habitat and make-their own
concrete garden stone. Class
will be held at the Utilities Main-
tenance Warehouse, 1804
Spooner Drive.
Students should preregister
for classes by calling (813)
757-9289, ext. 2249.
GALLERY SCHEDULE: Plant City
Photo Archives, 119 N. Collins
St., is a museum of historical
photographs and maintains an
exhibit gallery with collections
on display. The gallery is open
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thurs-
days, Fridays and Saturdays.
Admission is free. Call (813)
754-1578.
HISTORIC DEPOT: The Union
Station Welcome Center and
Railroad Museum is open from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday,
Friday and Saturdays. The
historical train depot is at 102 N.
Palmer St. and includes a muse-
um, gift shop and model rail-
road. There is no admission
charge.
MONTHLY MARKET: The His-
toric Downtown Plant City Mer-
chants and Business Association'
has expanded its antiques mar-
ket to include arts and crafts.
The event is held from 8 a.m. to
3 p.m. the second Saturday
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Tribune file photo
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's
Aug. 1 visit was a closely kept secret until his arrival.


Associated Press file photo
Republican presidential candidate John McCain is
greeted by supporters at Parkesdale Farm Market.


I Tribune file photo by JULIE BUSCH
Deaths included the passing of Roy Parke, known as
"the Strawberry King" for promoting the industry.


An Eventful Year

There was plenty of news and excitement, good and bad, for Plant City residents in 2008.


By DAVE NICHOLSON
dnicholson@tampatrib.com
P LANT CITY - The death of
"the Strawberry King," vis-
its by presidential candi-
dates, a shooting that tempo-
rarily paralyzed the city and a
veteran politician's return to
office were among the top sto-
ries of 2008.
The year also saw the re-
opening of Plant City's only
movie theater, city budget
woes that led to the demise of
bus service and a focus on
parade safety.
As the year draws to a close
the Plant City Courier & Tri-
bune looks at some of the
biggest events during the last
12 months.
Thdy include:
* Plant City became part of
the battleground for Florida in


the presidential campaign.
Democratic nominee Barack
Obama and Republican nomi-
nee John McCain visited Plant
City's Parkesdale Farm Mar-
ket.
Obama's Aug. 1 visit was a.
closely held secret until his
arrival. He surprised tourists
who were there when his en-
tourage rolled into the parking
lot for a short stay. McCain, on
the other hand, was greeted by
many supporters when he vis-
ited Oct. 23.
The market, a short distance
from the Florida Strawberry
Festival grounds, long has at-
tracted political candidates.
Former Gov. Jeb Bush and
both Bush presidents were
among those whose campaign
trails to higher office included
stops at Parkesdale.


Reportedly every major po-
litical candidate who had
stopped at Parkesdale's had
won office. McCain's loss to
Obama ended the streak, but
the luck held for the president-
elect.
* Deaths during the year in-
cluded the June 5 passing of
Roy Parke, patriarch of a
strawberry empire that includ-
ed Parkesdale Farm Market.
Parke, who died of a heart
attack at 87, was known as "the
Strawberry King" for his role in
promoting the industry.
Before he had a stroke about
six years ago, Parke arguably
was the area's best-known
grower. He served for years on
the strawberry festival board
and became the unofficial
voice of the industry. He was
the farmer sought most often


by television news crews cov-
ering wintertime freezes.
He developed knacks for
growing berries and for show-
manship, and was among the
first farmers to try innovations
such as using overhead water
sprinklers for freeze protection
* On Dec.. 5, a shootout be-
tween officers and a slaying
suspect resulted in a manhunt
that forced authorities to shut
down many streets, lock down
schools and postpone the an-
nual Plant City Christmas Pa-
rade. The suspect, Fransisco
Rangel, 25, was wanted in a
Dec. 4 shooting that killed one
man and wounded another.
When detectives tracked
down Rangel the next day, he
reportedly fired an AK-47 as-
sault rifle at officers who were
pursuing him, the Hillsbor-


ough sheriffs office said. The
gunfire disabled two detec-
tives' vehicles and killed 58-
year-Qld Candelario Lagunes,
a passenger in a passing car,
authorities said.
Rangel was arrested about
3:40 p.m. that day after a six-
hour manhunt through Plant
City streets that involved near-
ly 400 members of local, .state
and federal law enforcement
agencies. The manhunt didn't
end in time to salvage the
Christmas parade, which was
scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
The parade was rescheduled
for Dec. 19.
Rangel was charged with
one count each of first-degree
murder and second-degree.
murder. He also faces five
counts of attempted first-de-
gree murder of a law enforce-


News Channel 8 photo by JEFF PATTERSON Tribune file photo by JIM REED
A manhunt forced authorities to shut down many Premiere Cinema 8 opened in June with digital sound,
streets and lock down schools on Dec. 5. stadium seating and other enhancements.


Tribune file photo
Property tax reform, resulting in lower taxes, led to
the demise of the city's bus service.























TBO file photo by KEVIN BRADY
Parade safety was an issue after a 9-year-old boy was
run over by a Christmas float last year.


'Tribune file photo TBO file photo by KEVIN BRADY
Robert Brown, second from left, announced in January Mike Sparkman, who left the city commission in 2005,
he wouldn't seek re-election to the commission. defeated Dean Snyder to regain his seat.


Fransisco Rangel was arrested about 3:40p.m. Dec. 5 after a six-hour manhunt through
Plant City streets that involved nearly 400 members of local, state and federal law enforce-
ment agencies. The manhunt didn't end in time to salvage the Christmas parade, which was
scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The parade was rescheduled for Dec. 19


ment officer, one count of at-
tempted murder and other
charges. He was being held
without bail in Orient Road
Jail.
* The year saw the political
comeback of Mike Sparkman,
who became a commissioner
in 1989 and served almost con-
tinuously until 2005, when he
didn't seek re-election. Spark-
man, who served as mayor for
a record six terms, defeated
businessman Dean Snyder in
the April 8 election to reclaim
the same seat he left.
Sparkman said he wanted to
return to the commission be-
cause he missed community
service.
The incumbent for the seat,
Robert Brown, made headlines
in 2007, when he apologized to
his then-wife, Wendy, for hav-


ing an affair. He made no
mention of the infidelity when
he announced in January he
wouldn't seek re-election.
The Browns later divorced,
and he remarried shortly be-
fore his Oct. 12 death at age 49
following a bout with cancer.
* For the first time in 13
years, the Florida Strawberry
Festival's top leadership
changed. Patsy Brooks, who
started as a festival secretary in
1975 and rose through the
ranks to general manager in
1995, retired June 2. Brooks,
known as the "lady in red" for
her many red outfits, never
commented on her departure.
The festival association
board later hired Paul Davis, a
Hillsborough County sheriffs
major. Davis, a 32-year law
enforcement veteran, started


his new post as general man-
ager Dec. 1.
Davis called his new job a
"dream come true."
*The face of downtown
changed the morning of Feb.
8, when a longtime mural was
razed. The mural was about all
that was left standing from a
2005 arson fire that destroyed
nearly a block along Collins
Street.
The mural came down
shortly before Curtis Devane
bought the land where John
Briggs' painting was located.
Devane, who owns a restau-
rant across the street, made
the property and an adjacent
lot a parking lot.
The city in November
agreed to buy both lots, total-
ing about a half-acre, from
Devane for $475,000. Devane


will donate back to the city
$50,000 to use for landscaping
the property, city Commis-
sioner Mike Sparkman has
said. The landscaping, which
could include planters and
vines on trellises, would help
screen the rear of buildings
exposed when the fire destroy-
ed several buildings fronting
Collins. The city eventually
wants to resell the land to a
developer.
+ When Lake Walden Cine-
ma 8 closed in March 2007, the
city was without a movie the-
ater for the first time in de-
cades. For months the screens
were dark, but Texas-based
Premiere Cinemas stepped in
this year.
The rechristened Premiere
Cinema 8 opened in June with
digital sound, stadium seating


and other enhancements.
Premiere Cinema CEO Gary
Moore decided the 16-year-old
theater was worth reopening
after a visit. A sneak peek
grand opening on June 26
played to a mostly packed
house.
The eight-screen theater at
220 W. Alexander St., an an-
chor in the Lake Walden
Square shopping center, was
opened in 1992 by Floyd
Theatres. In 1995, it was ac-
quired by Carmike Cinemas,
which did not publicly explain
why it closed the Plant City
theater.
The city has had at least one
theater, and sometimes sever-
al, for most of its history.
* Property tax reform, re-

See PLANT CITY, Page 11 0-


Tribune file photo
Patsy Brooks, general manager of the Florida Straw-
berry Festival since 1995, retired June 2.


Tribune file photo
The razing Feb. 8 of a mural that survived a 2005 arson
changed the look of downtown.


Lauren Danielle Smith Lauren's identical twin,
was in the Strawberry Kristen Elise Smith, was
Festival's queen pageant. crowned queen.


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PLANT CTW' COMTRIER
Church Directory
(tall .Goo Makiewl.z at

813-865-4438







OFFERINGS
CHRISTIAN WOMEN: The
Plant City Christian Women's
Club will. have a luncheon from
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdaywith
the theme, Queen of Hearts.'
Featured speaker will be Ethel
Stenzel, author of "Connections
of the Heart." Other guests will
include Sandee Sytsma, who will
talk about the Florida Straw-
berry Festival royal court and
reigning festival queen Kristen
Smith will sing. For reservations,
call (813) 651-0383, or (813)
746-2541 or e-mail
celicakix92@aol.com.
SIGNUPS UNDERWAY: The
spring semester of the School of
Music and Arts will begin Jan.
12. Private lessons in piano,
guitar, strings, voice, drums,
brass and saxophone will be
offered for children, teens and
adults. Group classes are of-
fered for preschoolers. The
School of Music and Arts, which
began in 2000 at First Baptist
Church of Plant City, 503 N.


Palmer St., has a qualified staff
of music instructors.Call (813)
750-4878 for fees and schedul-
ing
CALLING ALL CHOIRS: All
choirs are welcome to perform �
two selections at a concert at
Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church, 5201 Horton Road, Plant
City.. The concert will be at 7
p.m. Jan. 16: Elder Correggio
Reaves is the pastor.. Choirs.
interested in taking part should
call (813) 737-3240 or (813)
759-6197 by Jan. 12.
OPEN DOOR BAPTIST:. Open
Door Baptist Church, 702 E.
Alsobrook St., Suite B, Plant
City, has services that include'
Sunday school at 11 a.rm., Sun-
day morning worship at 11 a.m.,
Sunday evening worship at 7
p.m. and midweekworship at 7
p.m. Thursday. Call (813) 441-
4274.
HOPE LUTHERAN: Hope Luther-
an Church, 2001 N. Park.Road,
Plant City, has services that
include 8 a.m. Sunday, Classic


Hope, utilizing a traditional
liturgical style and hymnody;
9:15 a.m. Sunday, family Bible
hour with classes for all ages
beginning at 2; 10:30 a.m. Sun-
day, Blended Hope, a liturgical
blend of traditional and contem-
porary worship styles and
hymns; and 6:30 p.m. Wednes-
day, Living Hope, a contempo-
rary alternative to worship. Call
(813) 752-4622.
LORD OF LIFE: Lord of Life
Lutheran Church, 2104 Mud
Lake Road, Plant City, has Sun-
day services that include con-
temporary worship at 8:30 a.m.,
Christian education/Sunday
school at 9:30 a.m. and tradi- -
tional worship at 10:30 a.m. The
Wednesday Alive program in--
cludes a fellowship meal at 5:30
p.m. and small group study and
activities at 6 p.m. There is no
cost although donations will be
accepted. Call (813) 752-6064.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN: First
Presbyterian Church of Plant .
City, 404 W. Reynolds St., offers
the following schedule:


Sunday: Continental break- .
fast, 8:30 a.m.; Sunday school, 9
a.m., traditional worship, 10:15
a.m. with communion first Sun-
day monthly; Sip 'n Chat in
Schneider Hall follows worship
except first Sunday monthly-
when church members and
guests meet at local restau-
rants; and Puppets with a Pur-
pose, 3 p.m. For puppet min-
istry, call (813) 763-2622.
Monday: Ladies morning
circle, 10 a.m. second Monday
monthly from October through
June in Spires-Room; Cub
Scouts; Pack 733, 6:30 p.m. in
Schneider Hall; and Boy Scouts
Troop 733, 7:30 p.m. in Schneid-
er Hall
- Tuesday: Prayer quiet time, 9
a.m.; and evening circle, 6:30
p.m. second Tuesday monthly
from October through June in
Schneider Hall.
Wednesday: Men's Bible
study, 7 a.m. in Spires Room;
Bible study, 6 p.m. in Schneider
Hall; and choir practice, 7 p.m.


Call (813) 752-6008 for band
practice information.
Friday: Book club, 3 p.m. in
Spires Room.
A nursery is available during
Sunday school, Sunday worship
and Wednesday evening. Call
(813) 752-4211.
FAITH FAMILY OUTREACH:
Faith Family Outreach Church of
Plant City, 1214 W. Reynolds St.,
Suite 2. Services are at 10 a.m.
Sunday. Faith Family Outreach
Church provides Bible-based
teaching in an atmosphere of
love and acceptance. Call the
Rev. Reggie Rivers, at (813)
752-2639 or go to www.ffocpc
.com.
FAITH RIDERS: FAITH Riders in
Plant City holds a motorcycle
ride the third Saturday monthly.
Call (813) 719-1944 or e-mail
FBCPC-FAITHRiders@tampa
bay.rr.com.


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LONE OAK
BAPTIST CHURCH
3505 Lone Oak Road. Plant Cicy
Ph. 754-5278
Sunday School - 1000 A.M
Morning Worship - II 00 AM.
Evening Worship - 6:00 PM.
Wednesday - Adult & Youth Ministries
700 PM
Kerry D. Beaty - Pastor




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3'L3N Ever, Street
Ea.st of Ci\ Hall
S13-754-3519
Pastor Earl Smith

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suiting in lower taxes, led to
sometimes painful budget
cuts. Perhaps none was more
visible than the demise of the
city's bus service. City Manag-
er David Sollenberger an-
nounced the end of Plant City
Transit, with an accompany-
ing annual savings of about
$182,000.
The city began offering pub-
lic transit in 2001 with the help
of .federal grants. But the
grants ran out, and the city
struggled to pay for its bus
service, which also suffered
from spotty ridership.
Riders protested, but the
buses made their final run
June 27. The city sold its three
14-passenger minibuses.
* Parade safety was an issue
as the city dealt with the after-
math of the death of Jordan
"Booka" Hays, who was run
over by a church float while
the 9-year-old Inverness boy
helped distribute candy at the
2007 Plant City Christmas. Pa-
rade. The city formed a parade
safety committee that made
recommendations, including
banning of the distribution of
beads and candy.
Regardless, Christmas pa-
rade organizers this year con-
tinued allowing distribution of
goodies but required they be
handed out rather than tossed.
City commissioners have said
they might revisit parade safe-
ty, but it doesn't seem likely


they will try to enforce a ban
on handouts.
* Spectators may have
thought they were seeing dou-
ble at the Feb. 2 Florida Straw-
berry Festival's queen pageant.
First, Lauren Danielle Smith
was named Miss Congeniality.
A few minutes later, her identi-
cal twin, Kristen Elise Smith,
was crowned queen.
They joined an elite group.
They were the first twins to
compete in the same pageant
since the early 1960s, when
Carolyn and Linda Duyck were
selected as dual first maids.
Kristen Smith called her
crowning a" "blessing from
God." Lauren Danielle Smith
said the two always had been
close, and the two have com-
peted in pageants before.
In July, organizers of the
Florida Strawberry Festival
pageant announced two major
changes starting in 2009: in-
creased academic require-
ments and elimination of the
swimsuit competition. Swim-
wear will be replaced by casual
wear in the Jan. 17 pageant to
crown a replacement for Kris-
ten Smith.
Pageant officials received
complaints that some contes-
tants were wearing swimwear
that was too revealing, even
though they were limited to
one-piece suits. But the com-
plaints didn't factor into the
decision to replace swimwear
with a casual wear competi-
tion, a pageant official said.

Reporter Dave Nicholson can be
reached at dnicholson@tampa
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CHURCH EVENTS

Continued From Page 11
GRACE METHODIST: Grace
United Methodist Church, 1801
E. Cherry St., offers Sunday
service at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday.
school at 11 a.m. Bible study is
at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and
Family Night is at 6:30 p.m. the
third Friday monthly. Call (813)
659-3718.
SHILOH BAPTIST: Shiloh Baptist
Church, 1104 W. Cason St.,
offers Sunday-school for all ages

See CHURCH EVENTS, Page 13 Do-


Holiday Fun

With Flowers

More than 30 people attended the Plant
City Garden Club's "Fun With Flowers"
class on holiday arrangements at Lord of
Life Lutheran Church. Jan Griffin, a national
flower show judge and designer who
taught the Dec. 6 class, offered ideas and
led students through making arrangements
in silver containers that featured silver
balls and red carnations. Lunch followed
with everyone showing off their finished
design. The next "Fun With Flowers" work-
shop will be Jan. 31 with designer Rita Hil-
ton. For information, call club President
Cassandra Banning at (813) 759-1638.


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Respect Christians
And Christmas
Christmas is a celebration of
the birth of Jesus Christ, not a
Hindu snowman, or Buddhist
spirit or atheist belief, or a.
winter solace weather refer-
ence. There are those of dif-
fering faiths or feelings who,
thanks to the precious' free-
doms we have in this great
nation, they are free to exercise
them here. -
Atheists' Day is their day,
Hindu or Buddhist days or
otherwise, is their day to cele-
brate what they believe in, and
it wouldn't be right for Chris-
tians, or anyone, to try to
impose their beliefs on their
celebration. All that Christians
desire is to be treated with the
same respect during their cele-
bration of Christ.
Is that too much to ask?
After all, the reason we cele-
brate Christmas is not for San-
ta Claus or last-minute bar-
gains, but for a more intangi-
ble gift, one of infinite dura-
tion and substance. It's the
eternal promise of peace on


Earth, and goodwill to each
other through the love of Jesus
Christ.
Merry Christmas to all!
GARY KEELER
Plant City

Letter To The
'Other Driver
I hope you have a merry
Christmas. This is for the
young person tailgating on a
recent Wednesday afternoon
on a busy highway, three lanes
of traffic. You almost hit me
once; it was a good thing I had
left over a car length between
me and the car in front so I
could let off my brake and
move forward. That did not
seem to alter how you were
driving; at most you were so
close it was if you were in my
backseat.
Due to your aggressive driv-
ing I was forced to decide to
either hit to the brakes and
stop when the light turned to
caution at a very busy in-
tersection and let you hit me or
go through the light on yellow
hoping you would try to stop. I
looked both ways and saw no


one turning on right in our
path. I decided to go through
as the small car you were
driving could have caused you
to spend Christmas or worse in
the hospital and maybe the
impact sending our car into
another car with a family with
small children.
I am not listing the location
because I hope each person
who follows too close will stop
and think, "Was this me?" Yel-
low lights do not stay on cau-
tion very long, so please keep.
this in mind. Don't make me
or anyone have to make such a
quick decision again. I was in a
wreck many years ago, and it is
no fun.
When I had to stop the first
time and almost got hit, I
could not see a seatbelt on
your shoulder. It could have
been different. In that wreck
years ago I was hit from the
rear while stopped at a light.
If this could save one life, my
wishes for a holiday season
will be filled. Happy holidays
to all.
D. HOWARD
Plant City


-CHURCH EVENTS


Continued From Page 12

at 9 a.m.; Sunday worship
services are at 10:15 a.m. and
6 p.m.; and Wednesday night
worship is at 6:15 p.m. Call
(813) 752-8345.
METS MINISTRIES: METS
Ministries, 1102 E. Laura St.,
,offers restoration and healing
services at 6:30 p.m. the first
and third Sunday monthly. Call
(813) 759-0607 or (813) 754-
1096.
ST. CLEMENT CATHOLIC: St.
Clement Catholic Church, 1104
N. Alexander St., celebrates -
Sunday Mass at 7 a.m. and
10:30 a.m. in English and 8:30
a.m. and 7 p.m. in Spanish;
weekday Masses are 8 a.m.
Monday through Friday. Call
(813) 752-8251.
UNITY CHRIST: Unity Christ
Church, 1119 N. Gordon St.,
offers adult Sunday school at
10 a.m. followed by the 11 a.m.
service and youth Sunday
school. Ongoing classes are
offered Wednesday mornings
and Thursday evenings. Also, a
potluck dinner is offered the
first Sunday monthly after the


service. Call (813) 659-2624.
Send items at least a week before
desired publication date. Include
your name, address and telephone
number. Send to Offerings, The
Tampa Tribune, 101 N. Wheeler St.,
Plant City FL 33563, e-mail to
dnicholson@tampatrib.com or fax to
(813) 865-4441.



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religious organization
offering special inspira-
tion for our community?
Tell us about upcoming
services, guest speakers
and events, and we will
help spread the word in
our Offerings feature.
Contact Dave Nicholson
at dnicholson
,'dtampatrib.com, (813)
865-4432. or 101 N.
Wheeler St., Plant City FL
33563. Please include
the time, date and ad-
dress of the event, a
contact person and a
phone number or e-mail
address. Event notices
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Community singers and musicians make a joyful and triumphant debut at Church on the Rock.


By GEORGE H. NEWMAN
gnewman@tampatrib.com
PLANT CITY - The inaugural
concert for the newly formed
Plant City Community Choir
was presented Dec. 18, along
with 'the. debut of conductor
Joseph G. Mendolia.
The choir performed "'Tis
the Season," a collection of
seasonal songs, instrumentals
and sing-alongs at Church on
the Rock, 301 E. Alsobrook St.
Mendolia, 20, is a former
music student at Plant City
High School and will begin his
junior year at the University of
South Florida in the spring.
"When I first called for audi-
tions, I had no idea what to
expect," Mendolia said. "I was
pleasantly surprisedby the lev-
el of skill shown by those who
responded."
On top of some well-trained
voices, Mendolia was ap-
proached by several, talented
musicians.
"This is a great start for us,"
Mendolia said. "We appreciate
all the help we have received
from the community. The
Church on the Rock is allowing
-us to use the church sanctuary
as a place to practice come


Tribune photo by GEORGE H. NEWMAN
Joseph G. Mendolia, left, the founder and conductor of the Plant City Community Choir, leads the
group in a rehearsal for its inaugural concert Dec. 18. About 100 people turned out to hear the music.


January. And officials at the
Cornerstone Center are work-
ing with us, too."
The concert was a successful
.debut, Mendolia said.
"We were most definitely
pleased with the performance
and the response that we re-
ceived from the audience," he
said.
About 100 attended the con-
cert. Tickets were $5 each to
help with expenses. Some of


those attending were guests of
the choir. But all were encour-
aged to contribute what they
could.
"The complete program
took about 45 minutes," Men-
dolia said. "That included
three sing-along songs."
The audience participated
in the singing .of "Deck the
Halls," "Joy to the World" and
"Silent Night."
One of the scheduled solo-


ists was unable to perform.
Mendolia planned to step in
but woke up on the morning of
the concert and his voice was
gone.
"I asked the performers to
take care of their voices during
rehearsal that week," Mendo-
lia said. "And I was the one
who couldn't sing."
Mendolia solicited pianist
Robert Nicholson, a former
music teacher at Plant City


High School, to save the day.
Nicholson sang "Riu, Riu,
Chiu," a Spanish tune about
the chirping sounds that birds
sing.
"When the concert was over,
it was* a pleasure to see the
looks on the faces of the per-
formers," Mendolia said.
"When they realizedwhat they
had accomplished, completing
their first public performance,
they all had stars in their eyes.
They told me that the look on
my face was priceless."
Mendolia first pursued the
idea of creating a community
choir this past summer. In
September, he attended a
board meeting at the Plant City
Arts Council.
"The board was very im-
pressed with Joseph and his
plans for the community
choir," board member Dodie
White said. "We love the fact
that he is supporting the arts in
his hometown. He is very seri-
ous about his music."
Singers and musicians in the
community choir are: Nick
Collins, Heather Tillotson,

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On School Boundaries
The school district will hold
a community meeting at 6:30
p.m. Jan. 12 to discuss pro-
posed attendance boundaries
for a new elementary school
scheduled to open in August
near Interstate 4 and McIntosh-
Road.
The meeting on Bailey Ele-
mentary's boundaries will be
in the Tomlin Middle School
auditorium, 501 N. Woodrow
Wilson St. The new school,
designed to accommodate 950
students, will draw from the
current attendance areas of
Bryan, Cork, Dover, Knights,
Lopez and McDonald elemen-
tary schools, district spokes-
woman Kristin Jernigan said.
Bailey Elementary is being
built on the same campus as
Strawberry Crest High School.
A boundary meeting has not
been set for that school, also
set to open in August.
The elementary school is
named in honor of local histo-
rian and retired educator D.E.
Bailey Jr.
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Florida Strawberry
Festival In Top 50
The Florida Strawberry Fes-
tival ranked 35th. among the


top 50 largest fairs in North
America, a trade Web site said.
With 550,00.0 visitors in
2008, the festival was just
ahead of the Florida State Fair
in Tampa, where attendance.
was slightly more than
490,000. Other Florida fairs to
make the top 50 list included
the Miami-Dade County Fair
and Expo, 600,000 visitors; and
the South Florida Fair in West
Palm Beach, 598,000 visitors.
The largest fair in the coun-
try was the Texas State Fair in
Dallas, with 2 million visitors,
according to Matt's Carnival
Warehouse, a Web site that
tracks fairs, carnivals and other
special events. Its Web address
is www.carnivalwarehouse
.com.
The festival also was ranked
35th by Venues Today maga-
zine, general manager Paul
Davis said.
Davis called the strawberry
festival "an outstanding enter-
tainment value."
Dave Nicholson

Vegas Snowstorm
Delays Trip Home
Paul Davis, Florida Straw-'
berry Festival general manag-
er, recently returned from his
first visit to the annual In-
ternational Association of Fairs
convention in Las Vegas.
The convention was inter-


testing and informative, said
Davis, who took over the festi-
val helm a month ago. The city
was dressed up for Christmas,
and Mother Nature added an-
other treat: the desert area's
- biggest snowstorm in years.
Davis, who was accompa-
nied by two staff members,
said the weather delayed his
departure for hours. It took
mbre than 15 hours to get back
home, he said.
"It was beautiful, but it was
rough to travel in," he said.
Dave Nicholson

Save Pageant Dates
Next Month
Two Florida Strawberry Fes-
tival pageants will take place
next month.
The Junior Royalty pageant
will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 10 in the
Tomlin Middle School audi-
torium, 501 N. Woodrow Wil-
son St. The festival queen's
pageant is 6 p.m. Jan. 17, also
in the Tomlin auditorium.
Reigning Junior Royalty in-
cludes baroness Kellie Ann
Kirkland; duchess Selena Ber- -
rios; princess Mylie Feaster;
and junior royalty queen Cel-
este Lewis. Junior Royalty is
open.to girls 5 to 15.
Kristen Elise Smith is the
reigning festival queen. That
pageant is for women 16 to 20.
Dave Nicholson


Tribune photo by GEORGE H. NEWMAN
A quartet hams it up during a rehearsal for the new Plant City
Community Choir's holiday concert. From left are Carol Byers,
Lenn Stone, Fern Johnson and Elizabeth Creamer.


FESTIVE START


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Richard Chaney, Tim John-
son, Kevin Kirkwood, Christi-
na Goosey, Lenn Stone, Ja-
cinth Brown, Jean Smith,
Charissa Goosey, Fern John-
son, Elizabeth Creamer, Car-
ol Byers, Angela Capezza,
Nicholson, Ashley Delph,
Shelby Johnson and Tyler
Grimmel.
Mendolia said he is still


searching for venues where
his choir can perform. He
would like to put on four
more concerts between now
and May.
Tryouts and rehearsals for
the 20.09 season are set for
Jan. 19. at The Church on the
Rock. Those interested in
supporting or joining the
choir can call Mendolia at
(813) 263-4091 or e-mail him
at plantcitychoir@aol.com.

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The core of the sanctuary at St.
Peter's was built in 1908. The
building was moved to its cur-
rent location in 1953.


Parishioners
celebrate its
centennial.

By CHERYL KUCK
Tribune correspondent
PLANT CITY - St. Peter's Epis-
copal Church's historical sanc-
tuary turned a century old this
year.
But the building - at least
its core - wasn't always at 302
N. Carey St.
It was built at Wheeler and
Mahoney streets, near the site
.of the modem-day City Hall.
The building was hauled by a
tractor more than 50 years ago
to its current location to make
way for a hotel's expansion.
Members of the congrega-


Photos by CHERYL KUCK
The Rev. Grayson Garvin, from left, the Rev. Fred Diefenbacher, Bishop Gabney T. Smith, Rector
Thomas Thoeni, and the Rev. Robert Martin lead the consecration service at the celebration.


tion celebrated the building's
anniversary Oct. 26 with a walk
that retraced the move..
During. the procession,
prayers and psalms were of-
fered in thanksgiving for a cen-
tury of blessings.
The procession included a


parishioner carrying a cross;
torchbearers with candles; the
adult and children's choirs of
St. Peter's; its rector, the Rev.
Thomas Thoeni; former rector,
the Rev. Grayson Garvin; the
Rev. Robert Martin, assistant
to the current rector; and


church members.
The Right Rev. Gabney T.
Smith, bishop with the Dio-
cese of Southwest Florida, led
the procession into the pictur-
esque church and officiated at
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Members of the congregation celebrate the building's 100th anniversary Oct. 26
with a walk that retraced the move from its original site to 302 Carey St.


Photos by CHERYL KUCK
Sandy Black, Margaret Stephens and Quincey Thoeni hold books, including "100
Years of Cooking at St. Peter's Episcopal Church," related to the centennial.


MOVING HISTORY


Continued From Page 20

a consecration service and
communion.
St. Peter's parishioners Eliz-
abeth B. Cloen and Mary E.
Kafka researched the history of
the church and compiled it in
a book, "The First Hundred
Years." Their work was a chal-
lenge because parish records
were destroyed in a fire in


1920.
According to their book, the
300-member church's roots
date to the late 1800s. The
church congregation met in
several locations until the
move in 1908 to a sanctuary
built for $2,500 at Mahoney
and Wheeler streets.
In 1953, C.H. Moorman,
owner of the old Hotel Plant,
on the 'same block as the
church, offered to exchange
the block of land on Carey
Street for the church lot down-
town because he needed park-


ing space for his hotel and the
church needed room for ex-
pansion. Moorman- paid to
have the entire church build-
ing moved.
The continued growth of the
congregation resulted in the
last major renovation at St.
Peter's in 1984 and caused
great concern as to how ex-
pansion: could be accom-
plished while still maintaining
the integrity of the original
Carpenter-style structure.
Carpenter style uses ele-
ments of Gothic architecture


such as pointed arches, steep
gables and towers. The addi-
tions in 1984 continued in that
style to create a seamless
blending of old and new. Un-
der the direction of Garvin,
transepts were added, trans-
forming the building into the
shape of a cross.
Thoeni presented Garvin
with a special award at the Oct.
26 ceremony. The former rec-
tor tearfully accepted the hon-
or, named for Col. William T.
Whitney, a senior warden of
the church for 32 years.


"My heart will always be
here, and I will be buried here
because this [St. Peter's] is
where my heart is," Garvin
said.
The book chronicling the
church history and a cook-
book, "100 Years of Cooking at
St. Peter's Episcopal Church,"
are available in the 'church
offices. For information, call
(813) 752-5061.

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Club Clips lists meeting times for
clubs and organizations.

VFW: Veterans of Foreign Wars,
Post 4590, meets 7 p.m. the
first Thursdays monthly at the
post, 3709 E. U.S. 92, Plant City.
PILOT CLUB: The Pilot Club of
Plant City meets at 6:30 p.m.
the first Monday monthly at the
home of Nancy Miller. The
meetings include a home-
cooked dinner for $10. The club
is part of an international orga-
nization that raises money for
brain-related disorders. Call
(813) 473-3977.

BUSINESS WOMEN'S ASSOCIA-
TION: The local chapter of the
American Business Women's
Association meets at 11:45 a.m.
the last Monday monthly at
Carrabba's Italian Grill, 1205
Townsgate Court, Plant City, off
Thonotosassa Road south of
Interstate 4. Call Lizzette Sarria
at (813) 764-9516.

,WOMAN'S CLUB: The Woman's
Club of Plant City holds its reg-
ular meetings at 10:30 a.m. the
second Tuesday monthly at the
Woman's Club House, 1110 N.
Wheeler St. Board meetings are
9:30 a.m. the last Monday,
monthly.

JUNIOR WOMAN'S CLUB: The
Plant City Junior Woman's Club
meets at 7 p.m. the second
Thursday monthly at the Wom-
an's Club House at 1110 N.
Wheeler St. Call (813) 928-0211.

BERRY PATCH GUILD: The Berry
Patch Quilt Guild meets-from 10
a.m. to noon Wednesdays for a
sit-n-sew. The club also has
business meetings at 7:15 p.m.
the second Thursday monthly.
The meetings are at the Winter
Visitors Center, 304 Dort St.
Call (813) 752-0679.

CIVITAN CLUB: The Plant City


HEALTH NOTES

PARKINSON'S SUPPORT: A
Parkinson's disease support
group meets from 1:30 to 3:30
p.m. the second Tuesday
monthly at First Baptist Church
of Plant City, 503 N..Palmer St.
Call (813) 431-1422.

ALLIANCE: A National Alliance
on Mental Illness support group
for east Hillsborough County
meets at 7 p.m. the fourth *
Thursday monthly in the Bran-
don area at 1402 Jontilly Place,
near State Road 60 and Hilltop


Civitan Club meets at 7 a.m. the
first and third Thursday monthly
at BuddyFreddys, 1101 Goldfinch
Drive, Plant City. Call (813)
754-4680.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:
Habitat for Humanity of Plant
City meets at 6 p.m. on the
third Monday monthly at Keller
Williams Realty, 1701 S. Al-
exander St. Call (813) 717-7946
or go to www.plantcityhabitat-
forhumanity.org.
LIONS CLUB: The Plant City
Lions Club meets at noon Tues-
days at the Red Rose Inn and
Suites, 2011 N. Wheeler. St. Call
(813) 752-6193.
FEDERATED REPUBLICAN
WOMEN'S CLUB: The Plant City
Federated Republican Women's
Club meets at 6 p.m. the second,
Thursday monthly at the Red
Rose Inn and Suites, 2011 N.
Wheeler St. Dinner buffet is $15.
Call (813) 754-0424.
TOASTMASTERS CLUB: The
Plant City Toastmasters Club
meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at
the Greater Plant City Chamber
of Commerce, 106 N. Evers St.
Call (813) 752-4949.
NOONDAY ROTARY CLUB: The
Plant City Noonday Rotary Club
meets at noon Mondays at the .
Red Rose Inn and Suites, 2011 N.
Wheeler St. Call (813) 299-2233.
ROTARY DAYBREAK CLUB: The
Rotary Daybreak Club meets at
7 a.m. Monday in the commu-
nity conference room, South
Florida Baptist Hospital, 301 N.
Alexander St. Call (813) 363-
7189.
KIWANIS CLUB: The Plant City
Kiwanis Club meets at noon
Wednesday at the Red Rose
Inn and Suites, 2011 N. Wheeler
St. Call (813) 752-6171..
Send Club Clips to Dave Nicholson,
bureau chief, The Tampa Tribune, 101
N. Wheeler St., Plant City FL 33563; or
e-mail to dnicholson@tampatrib.com;
or fax to (813) 865-4441.


Drive. The group is designed to
help the loved ones of those
with mental illness but is open
to anyone who is interested in
supporting mental health issues.
Call (813) 571-9811 or go to
www.namihillsborough.org.

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CRIME TRACKER
This is a partial list of crimes and
service calls reported Dec. 18-21 and
Dec. 23 and 24 to the Hillsborough
County Sheriffs Office. Calls for Dec.
22 were unavailable. Questions about a
specific event should be directed to
the sheriffs office at (813) 247-8200.

33527
Berry Patch Rd, Block 5300, noise
complaint, Dec. 20, 9:45 p.m.
Bethlehem Rd, Block 3500, domestic
violence, Dec. 24, 7:50 p.m.
Bethlehem Rd; Block 3500, prowler,
Dec. 21, 4:51 a.m.
Blackjack Rd, Block 14700, dis-.
turbance, Dec. 24, 11:28 p.m.
Castlewood Rd, Block 4000, person
down, Dec. 20, 3:32 p.m.
Dixon Ave, Block 3000, disturbance,
Dec. 24, 11:35 p.m.
Dixon Ave, Block 3100, stolen vehicle,
Dec. 21, 8:38 p.m.
Double Jack PI, Block 3400, fire, Dec.
23,1:22 a.m.
Dover Rd N, Block 2200, criminal
mischief, Dec. 21,8:27 p.m.
Downing St, Block 14400, distur-
bance, Dec. 20,11:33 p.m.
Downing St, Block 14500, person
down, Dec. 19, 2:59 a.m.
Dr King Blvd E, Block 1300, dis-
turbance, Dec. 18, 3:09 p.m.
Dr King Blvd E/Valrico Rd N, DUI,
Dec. 19, 11:14 p.m.
Dr King Blvd, Block 14400, assault/
battery, Dec. 21, 11:14 a.m.
Fietzway Rd, Block 4700, discharge
firearm, Dec. 24, 2:57 p.m. .
Fritzke Rd, Block 2400, livestock
investigation, Dec. 23, 3:02 p.m.
Gallagher Rd, Block 1700, loose
animal, Dec. 21, 9 a.m.
Gallagher Rd, Block 2800, graffiti,
Dec. 23,7:32 a.m.
Haynes Rd/Lindsey St, discharge
firearm, Dec. IS, 1Q:55 p.m.
Lake Ave, Block 14600, loud party,
Dec. 24, 10:54 p.m.
Lake Ave, Block 14600, noise com-
plaint, Dec. 24, 10:06 p.m.
Lewis Gallagher Rd, Block 13300,
noise complaint, Dec. 19, 3:46 p.m.
Location Withheld, child abuse, Dec.
23, 10:02 p.m.
Location Withheld, missing juvenile/
runaway, Dec. 19, 3:48 a.m.
Nelson Ave, Block 3100, residential
burglary, Dec. 18, 11:53 a.m.
SR 60 E/Dover Rd N, fire, Dec. 21,
3:56 p.m.


Tanner Rd, Block 1100, neighbor
trouble, Dec. 24, 4:43 p.m.
Valrico Rd N/Sydney Rd, DUI, Dec.
20, 10:28 p.m.
Walden Sheffield Rd, Block 14500,
vehicle burglary, Dec. 19, 5:57 p.m.
Wheeler Rd E/Valrico Rd N assault/
battery, Dec. 19, 11:50 p.m.

33563
Beauchamp Rd, Block 4700, resi-
dential burglary, Dec. 21, 10:35 a.m.
US 92 W, Block 5100, criminal mis-
chief, Dec. 21, 12:48 a.m.
US 92-W/Forbes Rd N, disturbance,
Dec. 19,10:44 p.m.

33565
1-4 Eastbound/Branch Forbes, as-
sault/battery, Dec. 18, 3:22 p.m.
1-4 Eastbound/1-4 E Branch Forbes,
business burglary, Dec. 24,5:12 a.m.
Bethlehem Rd N, Block 2400, vehicle
burglary, Dec. 20,11:59 a.m.
- Bruton Rd/Paul Buchman Hwy, fire,
Dec. 19, 4:57 a.m.
Candlelight Ln, Block 1800, dis-
turbance, Dec. 21, 8:02 p.m.
Charlie Taylor Rd, Block 4600,
animal call, Dec. 24, 6:12 p.m.
Chitty Rd, Block 3100, domestic,
violence, Dec. 24,1:59 p.m.
Collins St S, Block 600, bomb sweep,
Dec. 19, 2:20 p.m.
Dennard Ave, Block 6000, dis-
turbance, Dec. 20, 11:07 p.m.
Graceful Oaks Ct, Block 600, vehicle
burglary, Dec. 19,10:29 a.m.
James L Redman Pwy/Trapnell, DUI,
Dec. 20, 7:28 p.m.
Keene Rd/Leaning Pine Ln, DUI, Dec.
19, 10:18 p.m.
Knights-Griffin Rd E, Block 4100,
loose animal, Dec. 23,8:13 p.m.
Lawrence Rd/Wilder Rd N, noise
complaint, Dec. 24, 7:23 p.m.
Location Withheld, child abuse, Dec.
24,1:45 p.m.
Location Withheld, sexual battery,
Dec. 18, 1:54 a.m.
Paradise Oaks PI/Knights-Griffin,
DUI, Dec. 20, 9:12 p.m.
Paradise Oaks PI/Knights-Griffin,
traffic crash/injuries, Dec. 20, 8:09 p.m.
Paul Buchman Hwy, Block 6000,
assault/battery, Dec. 19, 9:13 p.m-.
Paul Buchman Hwy/McGee Rd,
animal call, Dec. 23, 4:53 p.m.
Paul Buchman Hwy/Sam Allen Rd,
theft, Dec. 23, 5:51 p.m.
Robinson Rd, Block 2900, domestic
violence, 'Dec. 24, 11:34 p.m.


Sam Allen Rd E, Block 700, loose
animal, Dec. 24, 9:21 p.m.
Shepherd Rd, Block 4500, loose
animal, Dec. 23, 11:16 p.m.
Shepherd Rd/Cork Rd, loose animal,
Dec. 24,4:04 p.m.
Terrace Dr W, Block 1300, dis-
turbance, Dec. 21,11:44 p.m.
Thonotosassa Rd, Block 6500, dis-
turbance, Dec. 21, 12:31 a.m.
Topreca.Dr, Block 3900, noise com-
plaint, Dec. 24,11:50 p.m.
Trapnell Rd E, Block 100, illegal
dumping, Dec. 18,12:41 p.m.
Trapnell Rd E/James L Redman, DUI,
Dec. 19,6:49 a.m.
Trapnell Rd E/James L Redman,
animal call, Dec. 20, 8:28 a.m.
Trapnell Rd E/James L Redman,
traffic crash/injuries, Dec. 19, 6:24 a.m.
US 92 W/Sugar Creek Dr, traffic
crash/injuries, Dec. 24, 10:27 p.m.
US 92 W/Sugar Creek Dr, traffic
crash/injuries, Dec. 24, 10:28 p.m.
Vermont St N, Block 600, drug law
violation, Dec. 18, 8:09 p.m.
Wallace Branch Rd, Block 2700,
loose animal, Dec. 24, 9:44 a.m.
Wallace Branch Rd/Thonotosassa,
loose animal, Dec. 24,10:05 a.m.
Wilder Lp S, Block 2700, noise
complaint, Dec. 24,10:57 p.m.

33566
Calhoun Rd, Block 5200, noise
complaint, Dec. 24, 7:49 p.m.
Calhoun Rd, Block 5200, noise
complaint, Dec. 24, 7:51 p.m.
Charleston Ave, Block 4800, criminal
mischief, Dec. 18, 4:11 p.m.
Dr King Blvd, Block 5100, distur-
bance, Dec. 23, 6:12 p.m.
Gainer Ln, Block 2300, prowler, Dec.
20, 9:05 p.m.
Horton Rd, Block 5100, domestic
violence, Dec. 18, 6:02 p.m.
Jim Johnson Lp, Block 1200, domestic
violence, Dec. 24,10:40 p.m.
Jim Johnsdn Lp, Block 1300, domestic
violence, Dec. 24, 10:53 p.m.
Johnson Rd W, Block 800, assault/
battery, Dec: 18, 7 p.m.
Johnson Rd W, Block 800, theft, Dec.
18, 9:36 a.m.
Location Withheld, sexual battery,
Dec. 20, 3:25 a.m.
Maryland Ave S, Block 10, criminal
mischief, Dec. 19, 1:07 p.m.
Moll Acres Dr, Block 5100, residential
burglary, Dec. 20, 1:17 p.m.
Mud Lake Rd, Block 2500, traffic
crash/injuries, Dec. 20, 12:09 a.m.
Mud Lake Rd, Block 2800, domestic


violence, Dec. 20, 12:10 a.m.
Murray Farms Lp, Block 3100, dis-
charge firearm, Dec. 19, 9:55 p.m.
Murray Farms Lp, Block 3100, dis-
charge firearm, Dec. 24, 6:25 p.m.
Nesmith Rd, Block 3400, assault/
battery, Dec. 18, 4:38 p.m.
Nesmith Rd/Horton Rd, traffic
crash/injuries, Dec. 19, 10:47 p.m.
Old Hopewell Rd/SR 60 E, traffic
crash/injuries, Dec. 20, 4:04 p.m.
Pandora PI, Block 4800, domestic
violence, Dec. 23, 4:35 p.m,
Pandora P1, Block 4900, noise com-
plaint, Dec. 24, 9:33 p.m..
Parkwood Estates Dr, Block 100,
stolen vehicle, Dec. 21, 6:37 p.m.
Parkwood Estates Dr, Block 100,
theft in progress, Dec. 21, 7:28 p.m.
RiceRd, Block 4200, residential
burglary, Dec. 24, 3:33 a.m.
SR 60 W, Block 2900, prowler, Dec.
21, 8:15 p.m.
SR 60 W/Rain Frog Ln, discharge
firearm, Dec. 18, 2:18 a.m.
Sandy Curve Dr, Block 5200, loud
party, Dec. 24,11:35 p.m.
Sandy Curve Dr/Wallace Rd, loud
party, Dec. 24,9:53 p.m.
Smith Ryals Rd/Beal Rd, illegal
dumping, Dec. 20, 10:57 a.m.
Sparkman Rd, Block 3200, prowler,
Dec. 21, 2:30 a.m.
Sparkman Rd, Block 3200, prowler,
Dec. 21,2:59 a.m.
Trapnell Rd W, Block 4700, theft in
progress, Dec. 21, 2:27 a.m.
Trapnell Rd W/Mud Lake Rd, traffic
crash/injuries, Dec. 21, 5:55 a.m.
Wallace Rd, Block 4600, prowler,
Dec. 23,1:04 a.m.
Wallace Rd, Block 4800, nbise
complaint, Dec. 24, 9:43 p.m.
Wallace Rd, Block 5100, noise com-
plaint, Dec. 24, 9:54 p.m.
Wiggins Rd S, Block 800, person
down, Dec. 23,4:15 a.m.
Wilkinson Dr, Block 1300, noise
complaint, Dec. 24, 11:07 p.m.

33567
Alexander St N, Block 300, assault/
battery, Dec. 19, 6:46 p.m.
Bird Rd, Block 4700, residential
burglary, Dec. 24, 9:03 p.m.
Boca Grande Cr, Block 5400, noise
complaint, Dec. 20,4:31 p.m.
Boca Grande Cr, Block 5400, noise
complaint, Dec. 20, 9:52 p.m.
CR 39 S, Block 7800, loose animal,
Dec. 20, 9:17 a.m.
Connell Rd, Block 5700,.theft in
progress, Dec. 20, 6:03 p.m.
County Line Rd S, Block 7500, noise
complaint, Dec. 24, 9:53 p.m.


Local Chapter

Installs

Officers


Newly elected officers for the
local chapter of the National
Active and Retired Federal
Employees Association were
installed by District 5 Vice
President Jane Lemley, left.
Officers include, from left,
Bob Lemley, president, Lake-
land; Bill Johnson, vice presi-
dent, Lakeland; Pat Staley,
treasurer, Valrico; and Marty
Dickey, secretary, Lakeland.
The Strawberry Chapter of
the organization, which serves
eastern Hillsborough and Polk
counties, offers many pro-
grams and activities for its
membership. For information,
call Lemley at (863) 607-4844.


HEALTH NOTES


Continued From Page 23


6 p.m. first Tuesday nonithi�,
registration is required by
calling (813) 757-8202.
Blood pressure checks: 1
to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the
community resource center
(main hospital lobby). No
appointment necessary.
Cholesterol screenings: 2
to 3 p.m. fourth Tuesday
monthly in community re-
source center (main hospital
lobby). Cost is $25. No ap-
pointment necessary.
Send items to Health Notes, Plant
City Courier & Tribune, 101 N.
Wheeler St., Plant City FL 33563,
e-mail to dnicholson
Otampatrib.com or fax to (813)
865-4441.


Dover Rd S/Lumsden Rd E, traffic
crash/injuries, Dec. 20, 12:38 p.m.
Dover Rd S/Newboume Way, traffic
crash/injuries, Dec. 20, 12:35 p.m.
Durant Rd, Block 7000, disturbance,
Dec. 24, 3:59 a.m.
Edison Rd, Block 8000, discharge
firearm, Dec. 19, 4:49 p.m.
Edison Rd/Nichols Rd, discharge
firearm, Dec. 19, 4:03 p.m.
Helman Creek Ln, Block 5000, noise
complaint, Dec. 23, 7:40 p.m.
Holloman Rd, Block 2300, domestic
violence, Dec. 24,1:12 a.m.
James L Redman Pwy, Block 4100,
disturbance, Dec. 23, 3:35 p.m.
Jerri Lynn Ct, Block 2200, theft, Dec.
19, 9:05 a.m.
Jerry Smith Rd, Block 1000, noise
complaint, Dec. 20, 12:58 a.m.
John Fears Ln, Block 4600, domestic
violence, Dec. 23, 8:10 p.m.
Keysville Rd E, Block 100, distur-
bance, Dec. 24, 11:21 p.m.
Keysville Rd W, Block 600, discharge
firearm, Dec. 24, 11:48 p.m.
Location Withheld, missing juvenile/
endangered, Dec. 18, 7:40 a.m.
Mary Ivy Dr, Block 8500, stolen
vehicle, Dec. 24, 3:01 p.m.
Mud Lake Rd/SR 60 W, traffic
crash/injuries, Dec. 23, 12:18 p.m.
No Name Ln, Block 7300, theft, Dec.
19, 8:33 a.m.
Old Hopewell Rd/Horton Rd, traffic
crash/injuries, Dec. 20, 4 p.m.
Otto Rd, Block 7100, noise com-
plaint, Dec. 20, 10:16 p.m, .
Otto Rd, Block 7100, noise com-
plaint, Dec. 20, 9:50 p.m.
Rogers Rd, Block 1400, disturbance,
Dec. 24, 2:55 a.m.
SR 60 E, Block 3800, business bur-
glary, Dec. 23, 2:40 p.m.
SR 60 E, Block 5300, noise complaint,
Dec. 24, 10:51 p.m.
SR 60 E/CR 39 S, DUI, Dec. 21,3:55
a.m.
SR 60 W, Block 2600, traffic crash/
injuries, Dec. 23, 12:16 p.m.
Trapnell Rd E, Block 1500, hit-and-
run/injuries, Dec. 21, 5:51 p.m.
Woodrow Wilson St N, Block 500,
gang activity, Dec. 18, 10:17 a.m.
Woodrow Wilson St N, Block 500,
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Ideals Foundation Honors Local Soldier


Her sister initiates the recognition ceremony to coincide with her being home on leave from Korea.


By GEORGE H. NEWMAN
gnewman@tampatrib.com
PLANT CITY - Join the Army
and see the world fittingly
plays off a Navy recruiting slo-
gan for many soldiers.
Army Staff Sgt. Tenell Berry,
a lifelong Plant City resident, is
a case in point.
Berry was born is South
Florida Baptist Hospital and
graduated from Plant City
High School in 1994. She at-
tended the University of North
Florida in- Jacksonville for
three years, then transferred to
a dental school in Tampa and
trained to be a dental hygien-
ist.
Berry, 32, is in her eighth
year of soldering and has defi-
nitely seen a large part of the
world. She said she is expect-
ing to see even more of it real
soon.
Berry was recently intro-
duced to members of the
American Business Inter-Net-
work, a networking organiza-
tion that gathers weekly for a
breakfast meeting at Buddy-
Freddys restaurant. Art Moffa,
the president and founder, of
the organization, invited Berry
to speak at the breakfast and
receive special recognition
from the American Ideals
Foundation.
"It is an honor to serve and
be recognized for my service in
the military," Berry said. "I feel


Tribune photo by GEORGE H. NEWMAN
Army Staff Sgt. Tenell Berry receives a certificate of achievement and a commemorative medal from
Robert Moffa, right, founder of the American Ideals Foundation. With Berry is her father, Carl Berry,
left, her sister, Yvonne Berry, and Art Moffa, president of the American Business Inter-Network.


that any opportunity that al-
lows me to share my experi-'
ence with others is the right
thing to do."
Berry's sister, Yvonne Berry,
contacted Robert Moffa, the
foundation's founder, and
asked if he could make the
presentation to his sister.
"Yvonne told me that Sgt.
Berry would only be on leave
from Korea for a few weeks,"


Robert Moffa said. "So we
quickly made arrangements
for the presentation."
Robert is Art Moffa's broth-
er. The two have collaborated
many times ,to honor active,
retired and deceased military
personnel during the past
year.
Berry was honored through
the foundation's Military He-
roes program. Robert Moffa


created the program last year
to recognize members of the
military who have helped pre-
serve freedom through their
service.
Berry, who entered the Ar-
my in 2000, was a fitting recipi-
ent, Robert Moffa said.
"After my initial training as a
dental hygienist at Fort Leon-
ard Wood in Missouri, I was
assigned to Fort Stewart, Ga.


After two years I went to Fort
Hood, Texas, and then back to
Fort Leonard Wood," she said.
In 2006, Berry went back to
Fort Hood and then to Fort
Jackson, S.C., where she was
retrained in military intelli-
.gence administration.
"I was looking forward to my
new responsibilities," Berry
said. "I was deployed to Korea
in November 2007. I am in-
volved with aviation exploita-
tion, where real-time decision-
making in the Pentagon is
made from surveillance vehi-
cles in our command. Mostly I
am responsible for collecting
data and distribution."
Berry believes her next duty
station will be at a U.S. Army
base in Vilseck, Germany.
"My mission there is un-
determined at this time," she
said. "But I'm sure it will be
interesting and exciting."
Eventually Berry is looking
for an opportunity to work as
an Army recruiter stateside.
That might take a while, she
said. Her next promotion to
sergeant first class should
come sooner.
"I'm very proud of my sis-
ter," Yvonne Berry said. "She
really has seen the world. But I
can't wait to get her home
again."

Reporter George H. Newman can
be reached at (813) 865-4451.


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PLANT CITY - Playing four
soccer games in two days,
against top-quality opposi-
tion ,at that, is no easy task.
But the Durant High Cougars
were up to it.
Durant bounced back in a
big way after losing its opener
at, the prestigious High School
Soccer Invitational in North
Tampa. .
Lasl week the Cougars won
four times in a 26-hour span
to come in fifth in the tourna-
ment's Elite Bracket.
"It was very, very difficult.
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Dec. 23 started at 10 a.m. and
then, after not much of a
break, came a 3 p.m. kickoff.
The Cougars first defeated
Lake Mary 2-1 in a somewhat
sloppy outingthat was solved
by penalty kicks, then Durant
took down Stanton Prep with
relative ease.
The Cougars entered the
event with an 8-0 record but
ran into tourney host Jesuit in
the Dec. 20 opener.
Jesuit won 2-1 on a bad-
bounce goal..
But two da ys later, the Cou-
gars had a fantastic set of
results, beating Tallahassee
Lincoln 2-0 and Mitchell 3-2,
the latter victory securing sec-
ond place in Pool 4.
Only the top two finishers
in each.four-team pool played
on the final day of the tourna-
ment.
The four pool winners went
on to settle the overall cham-
pionship while the four sec-
ond-place teams got to con-
tinue playing, with fifth place


the top possible outcome.
A total of 32 teams, split
into the Elite and Premier
brackets, makes up the event,
which was held at the Ed
Radice Sports Complex near
Sickles High. Jesuit fell to last
year's 5A state champ Whar-
ton in the Elite semis, then
Wharton lost the final to small
school power Orangewbod
Christian.
Berkeley Prep won the Pre-
mier Bracket..
"This was the day I was
worried about motivation,
just because they might be
wearing down," Hollings-
worth said after his team con-
cluded its stay at the event.
"They were definitely moti-
vated on the second day. We
pulled it together quite well."
Durant, 12-1, had never
been invited to the tourna-
ment before but more than
earned a return trip. Hollings-
worth said he knew his team
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defeat.
"Once we scored on Jesuit, I
felt, 'Yeah, we can play with
these guys,"' he said.
Cecil Clarke, Durant's phe-
nomenal senior forward, had
the goal against Jesuit. Clarke
also tallied in the last victory.
Billy Fanning had a team-best
three goals during the event
and standout .midfielder Leo
Mesquita scored twice, once
apiece in the -Dec. 22 wins
against Lincoln and Mitchell.
Defender Freeman Bass,
whose younger brother Con-
ner played all five games as
goalie, also had a goal during
the event as did - freshman
Jacob Brumbeloe.
The Cougars were able to
go 4-1 without one starter, as
.David Eisenauer had the flu.
Durant is back in tourna-
ment action, and the two-a-
day routine,. Saturday in the
Wharton Invitational. The"
Cougars play 6A power Alonso
at 8:30 a.m. and Lennard at
5:30p.m.


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Team loads up.
By DAREK SHARP
dsharp@tampatrib.com
PLANT CITY - Six of one has
not been a half-dozen of the
other for the Plant City High
wrestling team this year.
The Raiders, as have many
Hillsborough County squads,
are taking a different and by all
counts much better approach
to scheduling meets this sea-
son. Instead of a slate filled
with -dual meets where two
schools square off, the Raiders
are loading up on multiteam
events.
A popular format, the six-
way meet, has given the Raid-
ers a great chance to wrestle
more.
"Especially for the younger
guys, it's been great," Raider
wrestling coach Nick Ferrario
said. "When it comes to dis-
tricts and hopefully beyond
that, you're probably going to
have to wrestle five times in a
day. This definitely gets the
guys used to being in the gym
all day."
One big benefit of a six-way
meet is it only counts as two
weigh-ins. A team is limited to
18 "weigh-in" events for the
season, and each dual meet
counts as one. While six sep-
arate dual meets would obvi-
ously count for six events, that
number is Qiced signifi..tanl\
with the sLx-way meet ,ldlowing
for a fuller schedule.
And the Raiders have been
doing pretty well in them, go-
ing 3-2 in events at Wharton
and Brandon.
At their own invitational
tournament featuring eight
schools, the Raiders finished
as champions despite not win-
ning their pool. I hilsborough
beat Plant City by two points,
but the Raiders qualified for
the wlrlfiaii,k by finliiini, as
the pool runner-up, then
knocked off oppi -Lc pool win-
ner Armwood.
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By DAREK SHARP
dsharp@tampatrib.com
PLANT CITY - They may not
have won the Alonso Holiday
Classic, but the Durant High
Cougars feel like they are gain-
ing plenty as a team these
days.
Already on a high from win-
ning a down-to-the-wire game
with Sarasota Riverview, Du-
rant claimed two more close
victories and finished as run-
ner-up to Wharton in the boys
basketball tournament held at
Alonso.
"We did a lot of very good
things here," Durant head
coach Jeff Shotwell said after
his team fell 59-47 in the Dec.
23 championship contest.
"Right after losing [to Whar-
ton], they probably don't want
to hear that; they're probably
still a little upset, but I'm
proud of them."
Certainly the Cougars are
getting good at learning how to
play in and, more often than
not, win tight games. On Dec.
19, the Cougars took over first
place in District 6A-8 when
they edged visiting Sarasota
Riverview 60-58.
AJ. Garden hit a shot at the
buzzer for the victory.
That game came on the eve
of the Alonso event, but Du-
rant did not slow down and
went 2-1 there to improve its


overall record to 9-2 for the
season.
Shotwell particularly was
happy with how well his team
hung with Wharton in the
Alonso finals despite missing
two starters.
Guard Jordan Mitchell was
out of town on vacation while
senior forward Denaldi Brad-
ley was out with a toe injury
suffered in the tournament
semifinals.
That forced several reserves
into action, and brothers Ty-
son and Mason Holland, Mike
Lucas and Sean McChord all
logged significant time against
Wharton;
The Cougars started strong
and led 26-21 at halftime, but
went cold not scoring in the
third quarter until 1:08 re-
mained. Wharton took a 33-30
lead into the fourth quarter
and executed its offense well to
pull away.
Tournament MVP Xavier
Owens, a sophomore for the
Wildcats, had the put-away
hoop with a slam-dunk after a
steal as Durant was attempting
to cut the margin back to three
points.
Andre Nation, a sophomore
who is emerging as a Cougar
team leader, had 16 points to
earn a spot on the all-tourna-
ment team. Nation came up
with several phenomenal


blocks defensively on unsus-
pecting Wildcats.
In the semifinals, Durant
came out on the winning end
of a pulsating matchup with
Palm Harbor, 69-67 in over-
time. Garden scored 22 points
but had the wherewithal to
dish off to Dexter Barge for the
winning basket at the end of
overtime.
Nation shut down Palm
Harbor's Tyler Stevenson after
being asked to guard the 6-
foot-6 senior in the second
half. Stevenson had 24 points
in the first half but only four
the rest of the way.
"These close games are
helping us a lot," Barge said.
"Beating Sarasota Riverview
was big, and then these games
[at Wharton] are going to help
us down the road. Because at
the district tournament, we're
probably going to have to win
like that."
Durant trailed Palm Harbor
56-48 entering the fourth quar-
ter before rallying. The Cou-
gars beat Wesley Chapel in the
first round of the tournament
with Thomas pouring in 21
points and Barge adding 12.
The Cougars were set for
action in the Big Blue Classic
in Winter Haven last weekend.
Regular season play resumes
when Durant hosts rival Plant
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berry, which itself scored an
upset of Hillsborough, 48-36,
to win the title.
"That worked out perfectly
for us also," Ferrario said. "We
had five matches and none of
them were against the same
team, which could have hap-
pened, unlike in the six-ways


where you know there are five
different opponents."
The Raider Invitational was
held Dec. 13.
Plant City's top wrestlers are
not a surprise, as returning
state tourney qualifier Travis
Vollick is off to an 8-0 start. He
sat out the first couple of
weeks with a knee injury but is
back at full health.
Fellow senior Colby Clark,
who reached the regional tour-
nament last season, is 13-2
with his lone losses to wres-


tiers from Brandon and
Alonso. Another senior, 112-
pounder Josh Creamer, is 12-1.
"He has more maturity and
maybe toughness than a lot of
112-pounders because there
just aren't that many seniors at
that weight," Ferrario said.
Eddie Rosenbaum, one of
several Raider wrestlers who
also played for the football
team (he participated in the
Hillsborough County All-Star
Game), is 6-1. He joined the
club after the all-star contest.


'Ferrario said first-year Raid-
er football coach Jason Strunk,
who like him comes from the
wrestling-tradition rich state of
Pennsylvania, has been very
helpful in encouraging his
players to wrestle.
One example is freshman
Derek McDonald, who has
never wrestled before but was
sold on the sport and has
gotten off to a nice start. An-
other strong freshman so far
has been Will Joyce, though
don't look for him on the


football field.
"He weighs 99 pounds. I
think I'm going to try and keep
him to wrestling only," Ferra-
rio said.
Plant City is hosting its own
six-way event when it returns
to action Jan. 10. The Raiders
will host Blake, Chamberlain,
Freedom, Leto and rival Du�-
rant. Wrestling will begin at 11
a.m. and go throughout the
day; the Plant City-Durant
matchup will be scheduled for
the final match.


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Members of the Durant High School marching band play "Jingle State Sen. Ronda Storms passes After his initial transportation breaks down, Santa, aka Don Rai-
Bells" as they enter the historic downtown district during the out beads safely to the crowd , nard, catches a ride with tow truck driver D.J. Brewington. Santa
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By GEORGE H. NEWMAN
gnewman@tampatrib.com
PLANT CITY - Santa Claus might not'
have any trouble whisking around the
world on Christmas Eve, bringing every
boy and girl toys and other special gifts.
But on Dec. 19, seeking transportation
in the Plant City Christmas Parade, Santa
hitched a ride on old No. 27, a retired
antique fire engine maintained by Plant
City Fire Rescue. Santa's grand entrance
into the historic downtown was interrupt-
ed by a. mechanical malfunction that
forced Santa to give up his ride and start
hoofing it.
Santa had to be thinking of his team of
flying reindeer as he took to the pavement
with more than a mile to go before
reaching the end of the parade route.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, also
known as Candy Greene, was walking
with a group from South Florida Baptist
Hospital. They were just a .few blocks
ahead of Santa when the truck broke
down. Unfortunately, Santa and Rudolph
missed connections, and Santa was on his
own.


Lifelong Plant City resident Gene Burtz, center, who occasionally plays Santa
Claus, joins members of his family before the start of the parade. They are,
top, Betty Messick; middle row, Kenny Reinhold, Hunter Cribbs and David
Messick; bottom row, Mickey Burtz, Haley Courtney, Burtz, Madison Reinhold
and Monica Reinhold; and hidden, bottom right, Garrett Reinhold.


"Santa could have walked the whole
way," said Don Rainard, who dresses as
the Jolly Old Elf each year for the popular
parade. "Santa heard a loud cheer when
he dismounted the old firetruck and
started walking the route. Kids were
screaming and cheering as Santa
marched up Collins Street."
Santa walked about 100 yards "waving
to the crowd and laughing 'Ho Ho Ho!'"
Rainard said. "He was set to go all the way.
But when word was sent to the North Pole
that Santa needed a ride, help was already
on its way."
Then Brewington's Towing Service
came to the rescue. The Plant City compa-
ny had tow trucks and other 'vehicles
along the parade route.
"When we got word that Santa needed
help, we immediately went to pick him
up," said D.J. Brewington, son of compa-
ny owners David and Diane Brewington.
Soon Santa was in the back of a large,
unmarked pickup truck driven by D.J.,
with his mother and 3-year-old son, Col-

See SANTA RESCUE, Page 30 >-


Family And Friends Gather


To Celebrate Jordan's Life

His time on Earth was "filled with laughter and joy."
By GEORGE H. NEWMAN "There was a big party that coincided
gewman@tampatrib.com with the Christmas parade that night [Dec.
PLANT CITY - In 2007, hardware store 7]," Knotts said. "Cars were parked every-
owner Johnny Knotts spent time viewing where. Otherwise I would have been out
the Plant City Christmas Parade near Laura taking my usual Friday night jog." -
and Collins streets. About 8 p.m., Jordan "Booka" Hays, 9,
He was keeping an eye out for the owner
of the apartment building he lives in. See CELEBRATING JORDAN, Page 30 0-


Fire Rescue Capt.
Nat Hargrove,
dressed in tradi-
tional Scottish
kilt, plays a soul-
ful tune on the
bagpipes in honor
of 9-year-old
Jordan "Booka"
Hays during this
year's Christmas
parade. The boy
was run over by a
float last year
and died.


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was walking beside the float of
Greater Heights Family Wor-
ship Ceriter near where Knotts
was standing. The Inverness
boy, who was visiting family,
was helping the church hand'
out beads and candy when he
was dragged under the wheels
of the 2,500-pound trailer that
served as the float.
Knoits heard a woman
scream and saw the boy under
the trailer. He and three others
instantly moved to help but to
no avail. Jordan died within
five minutes.
Knotts got to know the fami-
ly and this year invited them to
be his guests at the 2008 holi-
day parade, originally sched-
uled for Dec. 5. The parade
was postponed because of a
search for a suspect in two
slaying, but Jordan's parents,
Jerry and Connie Hays, and
Knotts' family and friends, in-
cluding Mayor Rick Lott, still
marked the occasion inside
Knotts Trading and Supply.


SSANTA RESCUE

Continued From Page 29

"by, riding in the cab. Santa,
who was cheered wildly as he
climbed into the back of the
truck, was again riding high.
"It is such a joy for Santa to
see all the little boys and girls
who line the parade route,"
Rainard said. "You can see the
joy on their faces. You can hear
them yelling for a wave, a nod
or a smile from Santa. It is an
experience like none other."
Parade attendance was


down, probably as a result of
the postponement and re-
scheduling of the parade from
Dec. 5 to Dec. 19. The parade
was postponed because of a
Dec. 5 police manhunt for a
suspect in shootings that left
two men dead and one
wounded.
City Commissioner Mike
Sparkman said he felt the pa-
rade 'was successful, despite
the rescheduling.
"Because of the cancellation
and rescheduling, the parade
was small and the crowd was
smaller than usual," he said.
"But the ones who were there
came to the parade to see the


Tribune photo ty GEORGE H. NEWMAN
Plant City police Chief Bill McDaniel halts the Christmas parade to
place a teddy bear on the curb near -where Jordan Hays died dur-
ing last year's parade. At the site are Josh Jordan, left, Jordan's
aunt Rachel Miller, Jordan's sister Katie Miller and Johnny Knotts.


"We sat around the store on
buckets [on Dec. 5] and had a
good and meaningful time to-
gether," Knotts said. "We were
able to find some closure
there. And I think the cancella-
tion of the parade was a good
thing for all of us in the end."
Most meaningful for the
family was the effort to re-
member the little boy who
practically died in Knotts'


arms the year before, he said.
"I feel Jordan's spirit alive in
me," Knotts said. "I feel the
happiness he felt when he was
marching along in that parade.
I feel the joy he would have felt
watching the floats and-bands
pass by this and every year. He
still lives in the love that sur-
rounds him."
Jordan was the kind of
youngster who never got up-


floats and welcome Santa into
town. They were mild' and re-
spectful in their behavior."
Donna Ashley marched in.
the parade with her friend
Sandra High.
"There were some empty
spots along the route that were
filled with people last year,"
Ashley said. "Overall I would
say the crowd was a lot calmer
this year. They seemed more
subdued than before."
The numbers were certainly
down, High said. "Butit was an
appreciative crowd. There was
a lot of clapping. People were
calling out 'Merry Christmas'
back and forth to one another.


set, took an interest in serious
conversations- and loved ev-
eryone, his father said at the
boy's funeral. He also said he
appreciated the many people
who rallied around the family.
Lott said he appreciated the
opportunity to join with Knotts
and pay his respects to the
boy's memory.
"We sat together and shared
a remembrance of Jordan's
life," Lott said. "Johnny
opened the gathering with a
prayer. Johnny spoke about
how his life has taken on new
meaning since last year. I met
the Hays family and friends
and listened as they recounted
stories of Jordan's life. They
talked about ways that he en-
riched them. We talked about
the Christmas parade. They
talked about the excitement
and joy that was a big part of
Jordan's life.
"Their coming to Plant City
was very solemn and mean-
ingful," Lott said.
Jordan was also remem-
bered at the rescheduled pa-
rade on Dec. 19. Several mem-
bers of Jordan's family were
there, and. police Chief Bill
McDaniel stopped during the


I got a good feeling from the
crowd."
The absence of large
amounts of candy and beads
also may have reduced atten-
dance. In October, city com-
missioners approved a resolu-
tion banning distribution of
the goodies during parades.
But they didn't make it illegal,
and the parade committee de-
cided to allow distribution as
long as the trinkets were hand-
ed out and not thrown.
The city took its action after
9-year-old Jordan "Booka"
Hays was run over and killed
by a church float as he helped
distribute candy at the 2007


parade to place a teddy bear at
the site where Jordan died.
Behind McDaniel, the Plant
City Fire Rescue honor guard
held the colors. Fire Rescue
Capt. Nat Hargrove, dressed in
traditional Scottish kilt, played
a soulful tune on the bagpipes.
Jordan's parents did not at-
tend the rescheduled parade.
Knotts downplays his effort,
which included a toy drive in
Jordan's memory.
"God: chose me to be there
when Jordan died," Knotts
said. "He chose me to be with
Jordan when he left this phys-
ical world. He chose me to
speak with so many people
who came by to grieve for
Jordan and his family."
Knotts said "the story is that
Jordan lives on."
"His time on Earth was
short, but it was filled with
laughter and joy. Jordan lives
in me and in everyone who
cares for and loves the people
around them. It is a story, not
of sadness, but of hope
"It's a story of the true joy of
Christmas."

Reporter George H. Newman can
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Sparkman said he didn't
think the city needs to read-
dress the dispersal of candy
and beads at parades although
commissioners may talk about
the time of day parades are
staged. The Christmas parades
are held at night.
"What I have a concern with
is the night parade versus a
daytime parade," Sparkman
said. "The lighting can't be
good enough for nre at a night-
time parade. We'll probably
talk about that at sbme point."

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