Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Plant City community briefs

Bing museum taking bids for restoration

The Bing Rooming House Museum is pushing ahead with the second phase of its restoration.

The museum at 205 S Allen St. was once a hotel for African-Americans during the segregation era. Athletes and celebrities stayed during trips through town.

In 1999, James Washington, who grew up in the 1920s-era house, deeded the property to the Improvement League of Plant City so it could be restored and converted to a museum focused on local black history.

In September, the Improvement League unveiled the restored first floor, including one of the bedrooms where the Bing family lived. Now, after raising $65,000, the league is accepting bids from contractors to restore the second floor and rear living quarters. Bids must be received by 5 p.m. Aug. 6. The second floor contained eight bedrooms for overnight guests.

During segregation, the Bing House served as one of only four area rooming houses for African-Americans. Negro League Baseball players stayed there when in town to play the Plant City Aces. Musicians Muddy Waters and James Brown stayed overnight when they stopped by, local historians say.

Concert will mark church's 105th year

Cedar Grove Baptist Church celebrates its 105th anniversary this weekend with a gospel performance by the Gulf State Quartet. Admission is free. The concert is set for Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. Cake and coffee will be served during intermission. The "homecoming" celebration continues Sunday with a worship service at 11 a.m. led by the Rev. Fred Wright. A covered-dish lunch will follow. Call (813) 967-6532 for more information.

Planning panel has a vacancy

The city is looking for applicants to the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission. Appointments to the citizen-led agency are voluntary. Go to plantcitygov.com for the application. The deadline to return completed forms to the Plant City Clerk's Office is Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Neighborhood notes

PLANT CITY

Bruton library hosts video game program

Bruton Memorial Library, 302 W McLendon St., is offering a video game summer program in meeting room A/B on Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. Students must be entering grades 5-12 in August to participate. Gamers may use the library's PlayStation console or laptop computers. Call the library at (813) 757-9215 for more information.

Plant City community briefs 07/19/12 [Last modified: Thursday, July 19, 2012 4:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Gators rally past Kentucky, streak hits 31

    Blogs

    LEXINGTON, Ky. — For the second week in a row, Florida found itself storming the field in a game that came down to the last second. A 57-yard field-goal attempt by Kentucky kicker Austin MacGinnis came just a few feet short of making history and snapping a 30-year losing streak, as the No. 20 Gators escaped a …

    Florida wide receiver Brandon Powell (4) scores a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Lexington, Ky.
  2. Pen makes it way too interesting as Rays hang on for 9-6 win

    Blogs

    A couple of home runs provided the news pegs of the night for the Rays, but it was more topical to talk about what nearly happened as they hung on for a 9-6 win over the Orioles.

    Lucas Duda's three-run homer in the third inning was the Rays' record-breaking 217th of the season, as well as his …

  3. An attempt to project what Rays will look like in 2018

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — We know what the Rays look like this year: a team that had enough talent but too many flaws, in construction and performance, and in the next few days will be officially eliminated from a wild-card race it had a chance to win but let slip away.

    Adeiny Hechavarria, high-fiving Lucas Duda, seems likely to be brought back.
  4. Trump fallout: Bucs' DeSean Jackson to make 'statement' Sunday

    Bucs

    Bucs receiver DeSean Jackson said Saturday that he will make a "statement" before today's game against the Vikings in response to President Donald Trump's comment that owners should "fire" players who kneel in protest during the national anthem.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) makes a catch during the first half of an NFL game between the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.
  5. Kriseman invites Steph Curry to St. Pete on Twitter

    Blogs

    Mayor Rick Kriseman is no stranger to tweaking President Donald Trump on social media.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman took to Twitter Saturday evening to wade into President Donald Trump's latest social media scuffle