MOWW selects Webb as top law enforcer

The Lt. Gen. Troy H. Middleton Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars presented its 2014 Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer Award to East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Sgt. Jordan Webb on Jan. 6 at the Baton Rouge City Club.

EBRSO Maj. Bryan White, chief of detectives, highlighted the importance of responsive law enforcement and the role of the sheriff’s office in protecting the community. White, who nominated Webb for the award, said Webb is a standout investigator in the Armed Robbery and Burglary Division. Sheriff Sid Gautreaux credited Webb with clearing three bank robberies and said Webb consistently goes the extra mile to assist victims, other investigators and agencies.

Webb’s wife, Jessica, accompanied him. He received the award from the chapter commander, retired Lt. Col. Patrick L. Widner.

Yura selected to play harp at Carnegie Hall

Rachel Yura, a sophomore at Runnels High School, has been chosen to participate in the 2015 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. She will play the harp in the famous concert hall in New York City on Feb. 22 as a member of the Honors Orchestra and Concert Band.

About 10,000 students are nominated for the program each year, but only 500 are chosen to participate. Rachel is the third Runnels student selected for the Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall.

Rachel’s interest in playing the harp started when she was a fifth-grader. The Runnels harp program had just been started by harp instructor Rebecca Todaro and Gladys Runnels. She has taken harp as part of her daily schedule at Runnels every year since then, for five years with Todaro and now with Runnels harp instructor Gabriela Werries. Rachel is a harpist with the 2014-15 Louisiana Youth Orchestra and has performed with the Louisiana Junior Youth Orchestra. She has also played her harp at several charity and business events and a wedding.

The High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall, which is open to students in grades 9-12 in the United States, Canada and some international schools, brings together accomplished young musicians for several days of rehearsal under renowned guest conductors in preparation for a performance in Carnegie Hall.

Rachel is the daughter of Thomas and Brooke Yura.

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