LMTA Championship winners announced

The 2016 Louisiana Motor Transport Association Truck Driving Championships were held March 18-19 in Baton Rouge. There were 108 drivers totaling about 175 million accident-free miles participating.

Individual winners are:

Grand Champion: Eric Courville, Breaux Bridge, FedEx Freight.

2016 LMTA Driver of the Year: Henry Bruster, UPS Freight, Port Allen.

Straight Truck: First place, Corey Mitchell, Shreveport, Fed-Ex Freight; second, Jeffery Trim, Baton Rouge, FedEx Ground; third, David Walker, Hodge, Hercules Transport.

Three-Axle Van: First, Joseph Brown, Zachary, FedEx Freight; second, Chris Hall, Shreveport, FedEx Freight; third, Leroy Williams, Zachary, XPO Logistics.

Four-Axle Van: First, Xavier Theriot, Shreveport, FedEx Freight; second, Jordan Beni, Marion, Brookshire Grocery; third, Todd Watson, Baker, FedEx Freight.

Five-Axle Van: First, Louis Scaruffi, Kenner, C&S Grocers; second, Calvin Cannon, Springfield, C&S Grocers; third, Larry Peltier Jr., Brusly, Martin Brower.

Five-Axle Tank: First, Kyle Mitchell, Baton Rouge, FedEx Freight; second, Gary Tyler, Monroe, Brookshire Grocery; third, Mickey St. Andrie, Oakdale, Quality Transport.

Five-Axle Flatbed: First, Curtis McMellon, Calhoun, XPO Logistics; second, Joseph Vital, Port Allen, FedEx Freight; third, Henry Cockerham, Denham Springs, UPS Freight.

Twins: First, Mark Judson, Maurice, FedEx Freight; second, Damien Hebert, Lafayette, XPO Logistics; third, Richard Gibbs, Shreveport, FedEx Freight.

Sleeper: First, Eric Courville, Breaux Bridge, FedEx Freight; second, Chad Rudesill, Tickfaw, FedEx Ground; third, Darrell Robichaux, Metairie, AAA Cooper.

Step Van: First, Cheramie Courville-Finnan, Breaux Bridge, FedEx Ground; second, Andrea Nixon, Port Allen, FedEx Ground; third, Randy Guillory, Lake Charles, FedEx Ground.

Mechanics Award: Alfred Wire, Covington, C&S Grocers.

Rookie of the Year: Jordan Beni, Marion, Brookshire Grocery.

Team Trophy: Walmart Stores, Opelousas.

Audubon DAR members attend state conference

John James Audubon Chapter members attended the Louisiana Daughters of the American Revolution State Conference March 10-12 at the Baton Rouge Hilton Capitol Center.

Chapter members attending were Regent Margaret Tyler, Vice Regent Georgia LaCour, Yvonne Lewis Day, Norma Gerace, Liz Walker, Sue Blanchard, Glenda Carlile, Sue Badeaux, Betty Jo Snellgrove, Carole Gloger, Shirley Newsham and associate member Charlotte White.

Woodlawn High School teacher Ashley Heyer Casey received the American History Teacher Award from White, who is state historian. The chapter received over three dozen awards, including a Historic Preservation Award and Best Scrapbook.

Tyler was elected state third vice regent, White was elected treasurer and Gloger was appointed parliamentarian.

DAR membership is open to women 18 and older who can prove lineal, bloodline decent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage and death. For information, email bjgjsmoky@bellsouth.net.

Waddill UDC presents medals to two veterans

The Joanna Waddill Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy presented two National Defense Medals March 14 at the State Archives.

Recorder of Military Service Awards Jan Grace presented a medal to James Harold Stegall, who served in the Air Force during the Vietnam era. The second award was awarded posthumously to Arthur Joseph Fontenot Jr., who served in the Army in the Korean War. Arthur Joseph Fontenot III accepted for his father.

Chapter Historian Nola Labat spoke on chapter namesake Joanna Fox Waddill. Grace, who is registrar, welcomed new members Amanda and Sarah Fontenot.

UDC membership is open to women 16 and older who are blood descendants, lineal or collateral, of men and women who served honorably in the Army, Navy or Civil Service of the Confederate States of America, or gave material aid to the cause. Also eligible are women who are lineal or collateral blood descendants of UDC members or former members. For information, email Grace at jang12@cox.net.

Lamar addresses Chronologically Gifted

C harlie Lamar, former general counsel of Lamar Advertising and founder of the Lamar Family Foundation, talked about community responsibility and his devotion to Alzheimer’s Services to the Chronologically Gifted and Talented of Broadmoor Presbyterian Church March 17 at Charlie??s Place.

Alzheimer’s Services sponsors Charlie’s Place, which is named for Lamar, Charlie Valluzzo and the late Charlie Spera.

The family foundation gives $800,000 in grants throughout Louisiana annually, and Lamar said this post-retirement job is demanding. He serves on many boards and arts organizations. The World War II Museum and other groups are beneficiaries.

He introduced his wife, Carole, who talked about her passion for animal welfare and who fosters rescue dogs.

Barbara Auten, executive director of Alzheimer’s Services, spoke about its programs, which include the respite center, caregiver support groups, TLC Activities and an annual educational conference and memory screenings.

Auten and Debbie Little gave tours, including the library and a landscaped garden, where clients may plant and grow vegetables and herbs, including rosemary, said to improve memory. Each guest left with sprigs of rosemary. Jeri McCullough assisted with the luncheon.

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