Southern Mississippi graduates announced

The University of Southern Mississippi held fall commencement exercises Dec. 12 on its Hattiesburg campus.

Area graduates are: Amy Lynn Enos, Baton Rouge, master of science; Andrea Ellen Hill, Carencro, bachelor of science; Shelbee Marie Rodgers, Greenwell Springs, bachelor of arts; Ellen Elizabeth Bailey, Hammond, master of professional accounting; and Taj Lane Lopez, New Iberia, master of science.

Johnson completes Air Force basic training

Air Force Reserve Airman Victoria M. Johnson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Johnson is the daughter of Angelon Johnson, of White Castle, and Paul R. Johnson, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2012 graduate of East Baton Rouge Laboratory College Prep High School.

Bourque completes Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman Kaleb K. Bourque graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Bourque is the son of Daniel J. Bourque, of Covington, and Tina M. Picard, of Lafayette, and is a 2014 graduate of Parkview Baptist School.

Forest High reunion scheduled for June 27

An all-class reunion for Forest High School will be held from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, June 27, 2015, at the Thomas Jason Lingo Community Center, 10284 La. 17, Oak Grove. Contact Sharron Van Meter Miletello at (318) 464-7776 or The reunion website is

CASA recognizes its Volunteers of the Month

Capital Area Court Appointed Special Advocates Association has recognized its Volunteers of the Month for 2014.

They are: Brenda Redpath, January; Geraldine Griffin, February; Roy Berthelot, March; Karen Foote, April; Holly Phillips, May; Flo Nguyen, June; Michael Dufour, July; Marvin Taylor, August; Rolanda Gibson, September; Mike Kavanaugh, October; Eileen Russo, November; and Suzanne Cambre, December.

CASA’s 142 volunteers speak up for the best interests of abused and neglected youth living in foster care to help them reach safe, permanent homes. Volunteers are needed for CASA to continue providing an advocate for every child who needs one. The next volunteer training course begins Jan. 6.

CASA will hold orientation sessions at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, and noon Saturday, Dec. 29. Call (225) 379-8598 or visit for future dates and details.

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