Manatee High Marching 'Canes band wins grand champion award
MANATEE -- The Manatee High School Marching 'Canes won the Grand Champion award Saturday at the Lion's Pride competition in Tampa.
Manatee High beat 13 bands from Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Marion, Hendry, Hillsborough and Manatee counties for the title.
Each band was evaluated for music performance and effect, general effect, marching and maneuvering, percussion, auxiliary and drum majors.
The 155-member Manatee High Marching 'Canes band is directed by Jim Bruce, Linda Boone and Amber Platowski.
-- Herald staff report
State College of Florida to renovate student union
LAKEWOOD RANCH -- State College of Florida will contract with DeLesline Construction Inc. to renovate the Student Union at SCF Bradenton to include a café-type dining area with video gaming stations, an expanded Club Hub, a new university admissions office, and reconfigured public safety offices.
The Manatee-Sarasota District Board of Trustees gave its approval Wednesday at a meeting at SCF Lakewood Ranch.
In other SCF news, six student-athletes were named National Junior College Athletic Association Athletes of Distinction, 54 were named to the Suncoast Conference All-Academic Team and 39 student-athletes earned Florida College System Activities Association All-Academic Team honors based on their grade point averages. SCF Manatees women's volleyball, women's softball and men's baseball teams were named 2012-13 NJCAA All-Academic Teams. SCF softball also was named the FCSAA Female Academic Team of the Year.
The next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at SCF Lakewood Ranch.
New College in prescription drug take-back day
SARASOTA -- New College Campus Police will collect unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
Anyone with expired or unwanted prescriptions are encouraged to turn them in for safe disposal. Participation in the drug take-back day is anonymous.
The National Take-Back Initiative is a program of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement.
The campus police drop-off station is at 501 College Drive. Information: 941-487-4210
Manatee Central Library admissions seminar set
MANATEE -- A Manatee County Central Library two-hour seminar called "College: Getting in and Paying For It" runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9.
The seminar will feature guest speakers who will offer admissions and scholarship advice.
Manatee celebrates School Bus Safety Week
MANATEE -- The Manatee County School District is in the midst of National School Bus Safety Week with activities through Friday to raise awareness of transportation safety and laws concerning illegally passing school buses.
The Florida Highway Patrol and Manatee County Sheriff's Office will follow buses and increase patrols where illegal passing of buses is prevalent. Activities include special safety banners and safety reminders at the Matzke Complex to show appreciation for district bus drivers.
SCF to hold 'Overcoming our Fears' lecture on Halloween
VENICE -- State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota and Venice Green Teams will host a Halloween guest lecture called, "Overcoming Our Fears: Snakes," at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at SCF Venice.
The event is free and open to the public.
University of South Florida biology doctoral student Adam Emerik will present the lecture.
-- Herald staff reports