'Ragamuffin' to premiere at SCF Feb. 6

January 29, 2014 

State attorney to speak to GOP women

BRADENTON -- The Women of Manatee County Republican Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave., W. Guest speaker Ed Brodsky, state attorney, will speak at noon on medical marijuana and drug court issues in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Lunch is $17. RSVP by Wednesday.

Information: 941-795-6381.

Manatee deputy honored after saving teen's life

MANATEE -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has named Deputy Grant Steube as Deputy of the Month for January.

Sheriff Brad Steube said Deputy Grant Steube responded Dec. 22 to assist EMS with a teenage boy who had consumed an excessive amount of alcohol. The deputy determined other juveniles at the scene were not being truthful about the incident. In order to interview one of the juveniles, Steube entered a home and found him seemingly asleep, but barely breathing with gurgling noises coming from his mouth.

Steube called EMS back to the residence and at the hospital doctors determined his lethal alcohol level caused respiratory failure.

"(Steube's) quick and proper response allowed the teen to receive the medical attention he needed and possibly saved his life," the sheriff said.

Baskets for Breast Cancer and Bake Sale set Feb. 8

BRADENTON -- Registration is open for a pine needle basket class scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Carlton Arms of Bradenton Lakeside Clubhouse, 1099 Carlton Arms Blvd.

Class fee is $35. Proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure to fight breast cancer, so class fee is tax deductible.

Participants will take home a handmade pine needle basket while helping fight breast cancer. The class is designed for beginners or a fun girls' afternoon out.

Baked goods will be for sale, with proceeds going to fight breast cancer.

Pre-registration required.

To register: Suzanne Niemann, 352-208-1761 by Monday.

'Ragamuffin' Florida premiere at SCF Feb. 6

MANATEE -- The State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota Film Club will sponsor the Florida premiere of a new film, "Ragamuffin: The True Story of Rich Mullins," co-produced by SCF alumnus Ryan Bodie, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Neel Performing Arts Center at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W. A preview performance is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Starring Michael Koch as Rich Mullins and produced by Color Green Films in association with Ryan Bodie Films, "Ragamuffin" is the story of Christian musician Rich Mullins who walked away from fame and fortune to live on a Navajo reservation and teach children music. The film captures Mullins' journey from his emotionally damaging relationship with his father to his struggle with alcohol and drug addiction that plagued him until his untimely death in 1997.

Mullins' music was lauded by best-selling artists, including Amy Grant who said: "He was captivating…the music was so full of emotion."

Bodie, owner of Ryan Bodie Films and producer at Studio 26 Productions in Bradenton, graduated from SCF with an associate in arts degree with an emphasis in film. While at SCF, he took classes under Del Jacobs, SCF professor and Film Production Technology program manager.

Following the evening film screening, Bodie and Dave Mullins, Rich Mullins' brother and co-producer of "Ragamuffin," will participate in a question-and-answer session.

Tickets are available online at iTickets.com for $10 and the Neel Performing Office box office, 941-752-5252.

Dalton steps up as Employee of Month for January

MANATEE -- Joy Dalton has been named Employee of the Month for January by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

For two weeks beginning Dec. 21, the off-duty employment coordinator was on vacation and no one was assigned to cover those tasks, including distributing.

"This was especially significant due to deputies needing their money for the holiday season," said Sheriff Brad Steube.

Dalton's past experience in the unit led deputies to contact her about the payments. She called the Ops Center and found a large quantity of mail in the off-duty employment office, retrieved it and worked late to log and post more than 50 checks.

She did the same days later without being asked.

-- Herald staff reports

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