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Plant City

  1. Carpoolers wanted during Interstate 275 construction

    Transportation

    TAMPA — More than 180,000 vehicles travel along a stretch of Interstate 275 between the Howard Frankland Bridge and the Hillsborough River each day.

  2. Plant City Times & Observer to debut Aug. 1

    Business

    PLANT CITY — A year ago, we launched the Plant City Times to strengthen our connection to one of the area's unique communities. We added staff and extended our coverage, aiming to meet the promise of our name change to the Tampa Bay Times.

    Next week, we take another step.

  3. Plant City softball teams come up short at Little League sectionals

    Community

    The format of the Little League All-Star Sectional tournament makes it so a team doesn't necessarily have to win all of its games to advance.

  4. Bruton Library looks to make changes

    Human Interest

    PLANT CITY — Shelley Schneider likes historical fiction, political commentary and spy novels.

    "I'm addicted to this place," she said.

    Libraries such as Bruton Memorial are ever-changing to stay relevant to their users. “I love it here,” said Shelley Schneider.
  5. National Veterans Wheelchair Games inspire newcomers

    Human Interest

    TAMPA

    As William Mott watched the balls bounce from one end of the tables to the other, his stomach did flips. He hadn't played table tennis since childhood. He was nervous. "I don't want to let myself down and I don't want to let my team down," he said. His only goal: "Hit the ball." He shouldn't have been …

    Silver medalist Daniel Guse, 37, left, a Navy veteran from California, shakes hands Tuesday with William Mott, 50, also a Navy veteran, after receiving their medals at the end of the novice table tennis matches at the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Mott earned a bronze.
  6. Religion notes for July 19 and beyond

    Religion

    South Brandon Worship Center, 4929 Bell Shoals Road, Valrico, is collecting school supplies to donate to the community during a Backpack Outreach event. Volunteers are also needed to work at the event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 10 at the YMCA Camp Cristina, 9840 Balm Riverview Road. Drop off supplies at the …

  7. Plant City farmer wins top agricultural honor

    Human Interest

    PLANT CITY — Steven Mathis built his strawberry farm bit by bit over 30 years.

    Steven Mathis, a strawberry and blueberry farmer, has been named the Agriculturist of the Year by the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business Committee.
  8. Rep. Dennis Ross looks to grow familiarity in Hillsborough

    Politics

    It's no coincidence that U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross is becoming a more familiar face in Hillsborough County.

    Redistricting moved U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, to Florida’s District 15, which includes all of Plant City, Temple Terrace, Brandon and Lutz.
  9. RVR Horse Rescue launches new campaign to end animal abuse

    Pets

    RVR Horse Rescue volunteers, the message is clear: When people see animals suffering they can't wait for someone else to step up and help.

    RVR Horse Rescue’s Kit Kelly works with Star, a horse that had been neglected. The Riverview horse rescue farm takes in neglected horses and rehabs them so they can be adopted.
  10. East Bay Fishing Report

    Outdoors

    Tide-y time. The tides this weekend are awesome for just about everything. Tarpon are chewing well and the big hill tide should be fantastic for the crab flush and grinding tarpon. My guess is they will feed well before the next full moon and then move off to spawn. So if you have not gotten your tarpon fix, now …