Monday, May 21, 2018
News Roundup

Plant City post office closes for basement repairs

Repairs prompt post office closure

The post office in downtown Plant City was shut down June 27 for repairs after a postal employee found deterioration in the basement.

The Postal Service is directing consumers to the branch at 2501 Walden Woods Drive until repairs are made to the 78-year-old structure at 301 W Reynolds St. The Postal Service did not say when it will reopen.

Agriculture awards are announced

The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2013 agriculture award winners.

They are: Agriculturist of the Year, Steven C. Mathis; Ag Educator of the Year, Emily Petrilli; Agri-Business of the Year, Wish Farms; and Supporter of Youth in Agriculture, Jon Poppell.

The winners will be presented Aug. 14 at 7:30 a.m. at the Salute to Agriculture Contact Breakfast at the Evelyn and Batista Madonia Sr. Agricultural Show Center at the Florida Strawberry Festival grounds. Tickets are $15. Call the chamber at (813) 754-3707 for reservations.

Festival gets new spokeswoman

KeeLee Tomlinson, the spokeswoman for the Florida Strawberry Festival the past four years, has announced she's leaving the festival to start a small retail business. Her last day was June 27. She was replaced by Lauren Der, 23, a former teacher at Plant City High and the 2009 Strawberry Festival queen.

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