Crews dig for school dip's source
Concrete trucks hummed outside Plant City's Trapnell Elementary School on Wednesday as construction crews resumed work on an underground void found last month between two campus buildings. On the surface, there's nothing more than a slight dip in a sidewalk. But that dip forced the relocation of students to two other schools while officials inspected the campus and stabilized the 90- to 120-foot subsurface gap between the cafeteria and administration office. It was one of a rash of ground depressions and sinkholes in the area caused by heavy agricultural water pumping during an extreme cold snap last month. Students should be back to Trapnell within three to four weeks, said Hillsborough school spokesman Steve Hegarty.
Fair offers treats for taste buds, equilibrium
It's time for that annual stomach test known as the Florida State Fair. Gates at the Tampa fairgrounds open at 9 a.m. That means you can grab some "fair squares" — fluffy, deep-fried dough coated with pink sugar — and head for the Tilt-A-Whirl. Or, better yet, go for a spin in the original Batcopter from the old television series. Today's special is unlimited midway rides for $20 after 3 p.m. The fair runs through Feb. 15. For hours, ticket prices and other information, go to floridastatefair.com or call (813) 621-7821.