Happy Birthday to Lisa Cutrer Gill, of Amite, Jan. 20; Harold Wall, of Chipola, Jan. 22; Greg Varnado, of Amite, Jan. 23; Christy Sessions Kervin, of New Orleans and formerly Independence, and Roy Gill, of Holden, both Jan. 24; Rita Allen, of Easleyville, Holly Jones Pellerito, of Grangeville, and “yours truly,” all Jan. 25; and Hannah Ayers, of Woodstock, Georgia, Connie Cutrer Davis, of Amite, and Betty Allen Bardwell, of Easleyville, all Jan. 26.

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Congratulations to St. Helena Parish sheriff’s deputy George Baker and his new partner, Gundy, in the rescue program Universal K-9. This is a new program to Sheriff Nat Williams and his crew.

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Congratulations to the St. Helena football players on their first-team honors for Class 7-A District squad.

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Teachers honored in St. Francisville were Carla Jackson, Teresa Pritchard and Karlyn Jones. Jackson was honored with 2015 Louisiana Teacher of the Year.

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The first-class machinist grads of the Baton Rouge Community College Jackson Campus, on Dec. 17, consisted of six students, five men and one woman. Bravo.

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DEMCO employees honored for their years of service included Julie Burns and James Wells, 35 years; Levy Sibley, 30 years; Darren Harrell, 25 years; Matt Reid, 20 years; Trent Bigner, Chad Norred, Austin Hudson and Mike Chiasson, 15 years; Tommy Klein, Jamie Barry, Cecil Grady, Jonathon Crowder and Phillip Harris, 10 years; and Jimmy Holden, Nick Saucier, Corey Sharpe, Jake Lane, Chastity McClure, Andy Castello, D.J. Doguet, Travis Glascock and Lee Guilliot, five years.

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Love and prayers are extended to these families who lost these loved ones: Jennifer Lynn Broussard and Frank A. Coley.

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There are times when it seems like the light of God is dimmed because of the things in your life blocking it out. If we walk in His light today, we may discover anew that God’s light, Jesus, is always shining on our hearts. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:6 that it is God who commanded light to shine out of the darkness, who has shone in our hearts. Paul goes on to say: We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed, perplexed but not in despair, persecuted but not forsaken, struck down but not destroyed,” in verses 8-9. In our dark circumstances, God’s light is always shining in our hearts.

Fran Snoddy writes Butterfly Wings for The Advocate Extra. Contact her at (225) 777-4363.