Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Loveliest Locale ?

The Most Beautiful Place in Each State


What is beauty, really?

If Rod Serling taught us anything, it's that the word "beauty" means different things to different people.

And, accordingly, different things to different states. In Pennsylvania, it might be a towering skyline. In Nevada, a mountain lake. Every state (and/or Commonwealth!) has its own version of beauty, which is why we polled residents and tourism boards from each to determine what that one must-hit (and must-Instagram) spot is.

And here's what they told us, the 50 most beautiful places in America...

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Berry Benefits

Strawberries Can Reverse Precancerous Progression

Esophageal cancer is not the cancer to get. Five-year survival is only about 13 percent, with most people dying within the first year of diagnosis, but the development of esophageal cancer is a multistage process. We start out with a normal esophagus (the tube that connects you mouth to your stomach), then precancerous changes start to take place, then localized cancer starts to grow, then eventually it spreads and we most likely die.

Because of the well-defined, stepwise progression of esophageal, researchers jumped on it as a way to test the ability of berries—the healthiest fruits—to reverse the progression of cancer. A randomized phase 2 clinical trial of strawberries for patients with precancerous lesions of the esophagus was undertaken.

Six months of eating the equivalent of over a pound of fresh strawberries a day, and the progression of disease was reversed in...

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Links Leader

New manager sees bright future for Walden Lake golf

The troubled Walden Lake Golf and Country Club has a new manager.

Lynn Archibald, owner of Professional Golf Global Group, this week took over management of the aging golf and country club from Visions Golf LLC, which still owns the property.

The 44-year-old Plant City resident promises immediately to update equipment and improve conditions on the 18-hole golf course, The Lakes. A sister 18-hole course, The Hills, will remain closed and is targeted for development.

Archibald plans to reopen the country club’s grill and open a full-service pro shop. The country club’s swimming pool also reopened recently in anticipation of the management change.

“I love this community and I believe we can bring this back to its heyday,” Archibald said.

Bill Griffin, a country club member for 25 years, said all of the golfers have been...

Friday, June 5, 2015

Donut Day !

To celebrate National Donut Day, visit our local donut purveyor, Hole In One.

They are family-owned and have several locations, two of which are here in Plant City--one in the Southern Hospitality shopping plaza, and one across from South Florida Baptist Hospital.

Their donuts are amazing...

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Postal Purchase ?

Downtown Plant City post office up for sale

The Postal Service is hanging a “for sale” sign on the historic downtown post office.

The action comes as no big surprise - the 80-year-old building was closed two years ago over health and safety concerns that included mold and lead-based paint. Since then, the Postal Service has offered little hope that the building at 301 N. Reynolds St. would ever reopen.

Postal officials haven’t set on a price for the 16,402 square-foot building and 27,615 square-foot parking lot. The properties will be sold at market value, and an appraisal has yet to set the price tag, postal spokeswoman Enola C. Rice said.

Postal regulations call for the sale of the property so the agency couldn’t... photo

Monday, June 1, 2015

Congestion Correction

Plant City plans to curb Walden Lake congestion

The city plans to spend $175,000 to ease congestion at the main entrance to Walden Lake at Timberlane Drive and Alexander Street.

The plan includes widening and restriping the pavement to include a second eastbound turn lane and right turn lane for motorists on the west side of Walden Lake who are heading north on Alexander toward Interstate 4. A dedicated right hand turn lane will be established for motorists who are exiting the eastern side of Walden Lake and heading north on Alexander.

A city consultant said the project will alleviate traffic delays, particularly in the peak morning hours.

Timberlane at the intersection will also be repaved. Work is expected to begin in...

Friday, May 29, 2015

Slow Season ?

Forecasters Predict ‘Below Average’ 2015 Hurricane Season


Forecasters expect this year’s tropical storm season to be weaker than usual with zero to two major hurricanes predicted to affect the United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Wednesday.

The announcement came days before the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season on June 1. Hurricane season typically lasts until the end of November.

Overall, the agency predicted 6 to 11 named storms with winds of 39 mph or greater and 3 to 6 hurricanes with wind speeds of 74 mph or greater. Despite the “below average” prediction, officials from NOAA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) stressed that communities typically affected by hurricanes, particularly along the Gulf Coast, should still...

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Supersized Strawberry

Strawberry grown in Japan breaks weight record held for 32 years

Guiness World Records

What a sweet discovery! Farmer Mr. Koji Nakao from Fukuoka, Japan contacted Guinness World Records when he found an unusually large strawberry during harvest.

Weighing in at a whopping 8.82 ounces with an approximate height of 3 inches, length of nearly 5 inches and circumference of nearly a foot, evidence of the mutated fruit was submitted to the GWR team in Tokyo.

Mr. Nakao wanted his daughter to be the first person to taste the strawberry - which she did with enthusiasm. Commenting in the video below, she proclaims the fruit to be "oishii,” which means...

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Fairway Fundraiser

Golfers wanted for fundraiser to help Plant City’s needy

Signups are continuing for an annual golf tournament that helps the needy in the Plant City area.

The fundraiser for Unity in the Community will be May 29 at Bloomingdale Golfers Club, 4113 Great Golfers Place, Valrico. Registration is 7 a.m. and tee time is 8 p.m.

The price is $125 for each player or $500 for a foursome. There are also sponsorship opportunities. Stingray Chevrolet is offering a car for...

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Trivia Test

Local leaders to match wits at Plant City history trivia contest

Longtime residents will square off Tuesday at a competition that will test their knowledge of local history.

Friends of the Bruton Memorial Library are sponsoring History Trivia Challenge at 7 p.m. at Plant City Entertainment, 101 N. Thomas St. Sixteen community leaders, divided into teams of four, will match wits.

Participants will include Al Berry, Michael Cameron, Gail Lyons, Terry Ballard, Jack Gibbs, Marsha Passmore, Rick Lott, Hugh Gramling, Felix Haynes, David Sollenberger and others. Each team captain selected his or her team members.

The game will consist of 20 questions grouped in four categories, with ascending...