August 28, 2015

June 2014 Feature


Every woman dreams of having a day to be treated like a princess, and this is just what four local women were able to experience during our annual FOCUS on You Makeover.

Family members and friends submitted letters to nominate local women who have been through difficult circumstances, yet continue to give of themselves in large ways without ever asking for anything in return. More...

April 2014 Feature


Now in its 16th year, Plant City’s Relay for Life fundraiser is the longest running and typically one of the top three in Florida.

Each year Plant City High School’s football field and track become the Friday-night-to-Saturday-at-noon community venue where participants, teachers, students, business professionals, community leaders and lots of friends and family gather to show support for the fight against cancer. More...

January 2014 Feature


Since 1930, The Florida Strawberry Festival® has been crowning some of the most beautiful, smart and charming young ladies around at its annual scholarship pageant competition in Plant City. This year will be no different, when on
January 25, the Lions Club will host the families and friends of 20 young ladies who hope to become the 2014 Florida Strawberry Festival Queen. More...

December 2013 Feature


At FOCUS Magazine, we consider ourselves a “good news” publication, and in 2013, our issues were filled with numerous reasons why Plant City is such a great community composed of hard-working, kind-hearted, truly-remarkable people. From highly successful events and fundraisers that boosted our local civic organizations to heart-warming stories that touched all emotions to celebrating local businesses who have achieved above and beyond their expectations, FOCUS Magazine was able to cover it all in 2013. Let’s take a look back at this past year! It was truly one to remember. More...

October 2013 Feature


Each February since 2010, Hank and Sandee Sytsma have hosted a “reunite & reminisce” reunion of former Plant City High School football team members from the 15-year period of 1966-1981 when Hank was their coach. More...

September 2013 Feature


It started as a normal day for Dr. Felix Haynes—former Plant City HCC president and current publisher of the Plant City Times and Observer. He hopped in pool at the Brandon Family YMCA and began his typical workout, sixty lengths in 30 minutes.

As always, Haynes paced himself; however, on lap 19 his body started to ache. He exited the pool, entered the locker room and, feeling weak and short of breath, gently eased himself onto a nearby bench. More...

June 2013 Feature


In early 2003, we, the FOCUS Magazine staff, wanted to find a way to give back to the community. As a result, the annual Focus on You Makeover was born, allowing our readers to nominate fellow friends, family members, and co-workers for a day of much-deserved pampering. More...

April 2013 Feature


In its 15th year as the host field, Plant City High School will welcome one and all on April 19, 2013 to our community’s annual Relay for Life.

The trademarked event of the American Cancer Society is purposed to raise awareness of resources for those suffering from cancer and funds to find a cure. More...

March 2013 Feature


Thanks to a great crowd of friends and supporters, the Focus Magazine 11th Anniversary Party was a huge success.

Held at the increasingly popular Keel & Curley Winery venue, guests had plenty of space to enjoy a buffet dinner served up by Carrabba’s Italian Grill, along with entertainment provided by singer/songwriter Michael McArthur and by the rising stars of the Clemons Road band. More...

October 2012 Double Feature – A


On Friday evening, November 9, 2012, nine local couples will showcase the dancing skills they’ve acquired over the last several weeks. Lesson after lesson after lesson will culminate when each couple participates in the 5th annual Plant City Rotary Club event, Dancing with the Locals. If you’ve never attended, you really should come out and enjoy the entertaining fun firsthand. It’s a take-off of the television show, Dancing with the Stars, but with our own local talent in competition. And each couple only has to learn one dance. After all, it is a one-night event. More...