Clinton students lauded for honesty, integrity

Olive Masonic Lodge 52 presented Honesty and Integrity Awards to Silliman Institute high school juniors Anna Armstrong and William Douglas on Oct. 28. They were chose by Silliman faculty, teachers and peers.

Armstrong is the daughter of Kyle and Karen Armstrong, of Clinton. Douglas is the son of Steve and Tirzah Douglas, of Clinton.

Worshipful Master Dennis Seymour and guest speaker Betsy Jones presented the students with a check and a framed certificate. Jones emphasized the influence this achievement has on the community. Clinton Clerk of Court David Dart spoke about receiving the 1996 Honesty and Integrity Award.

LSU graduate promoted to Navy rear admiral

Navy Rear Adm. Keith M. Jones was promoted to his rank on Oct. 4 at the Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter.

Jones, a Ferriday native, holds an bachelor’s degree from LSU and an MBA from California State University-Bakersfield. He was commissioned through Office Candidate School in 1984.

Jones is the first African-American flag officer in the history of the United States Navy’s Supply Corps (Reserve Component).

White graduates from Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Keith M. White graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. White earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Lisa J. Smith and stepson of Reggie Smith, both of Baker, and is a 2014 graduate of Scotlandville Magnet High School.

Harper graduates from Army basic training

Army Pvt. Derrick Harper has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He is the son of Brock and Michelle Knight, of Baton Rouge, and stepson of Carlos Smith, of Atlanta, Georgia, and is a 2014 graduate of Woodlawn High School.

Gunter graduates from Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman Bionca D. Gunter graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Gunter is the daughter of Eddie and Tonia Kinchen, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2011 graduate of Belaire High School.

Davis graduates from Army basic training

Army Pvt. James A. Davis has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He is the son of Michael Davis, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2014 graduate of Belaire High School.

Two area animal groups receive $5,000 grants

The Capital Area Humane Society and Spay Baton Rouge will each receive $5,000 grants from the BISSELL Pet Foundation to support their spay/neuter efforts. The grants will help fund surgeries for low-income residents and trap-neuter return programs for cats

Established in 2011 by Cathy Bissell, the BISSELL Pet Foundation provides assistance to shelter and rescue programs and creates awareness about pet overpopulation, in the hopes of finding every pet a loving home.

The Capital Area Animal Welfare Society is a 100 percent volunteer and donation-based organization. Founded in 1979, it is the oldest nonprofit animal welfare group in Baton Rouge. It works to reduce euthanasia by operating a trap, spay-neuter and release program for feral cats.

Since its inception in 2006, Spay Baton Rouge has assisted in spaying and neutering over 11,700 pets for those who would otherwise be unable to afford the surgery.

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