Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Plant City notes

Plant city

Related News/Archive

USE Barbecue expertise to become a judge

Grill masters will have a chance to challenge their taste buds this fall. The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce is taking applications for its annual Kansas City Barbecue Society Judges School.

The school, from 6 to 9 p.m., Oct. 14 at Johnson Barbecue, will qualify individuals to judge Kansas City Barbecue Society competitions. Certified judge Stephen Smith of Ocala will teach the course.

Registration is $65 for society members and $100 for nonmembers. To register, call (813) 754-3707. A KCBS event is just around the corner. Plant City will host a competition Nov. 17 at the Randy Larson Softball Four-Plex, 1500 S Park Road.


Diamonds & Denim Gala helps hospital

Reservations are being taken for next month's Diamonds & Denim Gala to benefit South Florida Baptist Hospital.

Past galas have raised more than $800,000 to help the hospital's surgery center, obstetrics unit, pediatric unit and community outreach programs, event chairwoman Kim McElveen said. Diamonds & Denim started in 1997.

Guests can win a diamond ring donated by J&G Jewelers. The 16th annual event is set for 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Florida Strawberry Festival's expo building. Tickets are $50 per person and sponsorships run $250 to $5,000. Call (813) 757-1277.


Donations needed for new teachers

The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce is seeking donations for Thursday's New Teacher Coffee event to welcome educators who are new to east Hillsborough County public schools.

About 150 teachers and administrators are expected at the annual breakfast at the Florida Strawberry Festival's expo building. The event typically includes gift bags stuffed with pencils, pens, note pads and other donated teaching supplies. Or, as event coordinator Amy Nizamoff noted, "basically anything a business would like to donate to help teachers in their classrooms."

To donate, call (813) 754-3707.

Rich Shopes can be reached at or (813) 661-2454.

Neighborhood notes

Plant City notes 08/09/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 9, 2012 4:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. McConnell trying to revise the Senate health care bill by Friday


    WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is aiming to send a revised version of his health care bill to the Congressional Budget Office as soon as Friday as he continues to push for a vote before Congress' August recess.

    Protesters rally against the Senate Republican health care bill Wednesday on the east front of the Capitol building.
  2. Police raise likely death toll in London high-rise blaze


    LONDON — The number of people killed or presumed dead in the London high-rise fire has inched up to 80, but the final death toll may not be known for months, British police said at a grim briefing Wednesday.

  3. Rick Baker gives himself a "B" in 1st debate against Rick Kriseman


    Rick Baker gave himself a “B” in his first debate against Mayor Rick Kriseman.

    Rick Baker chats with supporters at a fundraiser at St. Petersburg Yacht Club Wednesday evening
  4. Companies, governments assess damage from latest malware attack


    PARIS — Companies and governments around the world on Wednesday counted the cost of a software epidemic that has disrupted ports, hospitals and banks. Ukraine, which was hardest hit and where the attack likely originated, said it had secured critical state assets — though everyday life remained affected, …

  5. Details of Trump's travel ban still being finalized


    WASHINGTON — Senior officials from the departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security labored Wednesday to finalize rules for visitors from six mostly Muslim nations who hope to avoid the Trump administration's revived travel ban and come to the United States.