PEO Chapter W learns about bonsai hobby

Lowell Tilley, president of the Gulf Coast Bonsai Foundation, spoke to PEO Chapter W on July 10 at Darla Kirkley’s home.

Tilley spoke about different trees that can be cultivated as miniatures and displayed some of his bonsai that are more than 50 years old. Tilley is a retired electrical engineer.

High dynamic range topic for LPS meeting

Guest speaker Jay Patel explained the technique of high dynamic range to the Louisiana Photographic Society on July 17. In HDR, the photographer captures highlights and shadows in a series of exposures that are combined into a single image as the eye sees it.

Arts Council of Livingston Parish officers presented the Artist of the Year award to LPS member Kathy Reeves for her contributions to Livingston’s art scene.

In monthly competition with the theme contrasting colors, Sheldon Anderson won first place in Level A, Robin Stevens in Level B and Pam Kaster in black and white. All photo enthusiasts are invited to attend monthly LPS meetings. Visit

Oaks Kiwanis president receives Zeller Award

Bryan Glenn, president of the Oaks Kiwanis Club, received a Walter Zeller Fellowship Award on July 17 at Sunrise Assisted Living.

The award was given in memory of his granddaughter, Cory Noel Gautreaux. The award is presented in honor of a contribution specifically to the Kiwanis International Eliminate Project to protect women and their future babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus. The Kiwanis International goal is to eliminate this disease by the end of 2015.

Texas author addresses Republican Women

Author Karen Watson, of Dallas, spoke about minority conservative values to the Capital City Republican Women on July 17 at the EBR Main Library. Watson wrote “Being Black and Republican in the Age of Obama.”

Lionel Rainey III spoke about the effort to incorporate the city of St. George.

CCRW will celebrate 94 years of the 19th Amendment (women’s right to vote) at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, at the State Archives building. The public is invited. Cost is $25. For information, email

Shiloh Baptist Church awards scholarships

Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church awarded more than $55,500 in scholarships for four scholarship programs during worship services on June 29.

Seven high school students, who are members of the church, were awarded the 2014 Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Scholarships based on academic excellence, church participation, extracurricular activities, community service and financial need.

Recipients are Maya Wilson, Baton Rouge Magnet High School, daughter of Kenneth and Tracy Wilson; Ashley Morgan, Southern University Laboratory School, daughter of Walter and Eloise Morgan; Isaiah Briggs, Southern University Laboratory School, son of Shelia Briggs and Ronnell Briggs; Kacey Moore, University High School, daughter of Cynthia Miller Moore and Irving Moore Jr.; Tristyn Osby-Jackson, Baton Rouge Magnet High School, daughter of Anthony and Cathy Jackson; David Simmons, Baton Rouge Magnet High School, son of Willie Ross and Linda Simmons; Aaron Alexander, Brighton School, son of Jeffrey Alexander and Vickie Alexander.

Three high school graduates who advocate racial harmony through love and being a human bridge between cultures were awarded Shiloh Baptist Church Foundation/Walter Dumas Scholarships. Recipients must be involved in a church or synagogue, be active in school, have a minimum 3.0 GPA and must help to promote brotherhood between the races.

Recipients are David Cleveland, Baton Rouge High Magnet School; Chris-Annie Joseph, McKinley High School; and Alison Poor, Woodlawn High School.

Amanda Taylor Johnson, a graduate student at Southern University, received the Roberta R. Payne Memorial Elementary Education Scholarship.she is the daughter of Annette K. Hawkins and wife of Joshua Johnson.

Andrew Allen, son of Timothy Bradford and Kendra Allen, received the Gordon M. Payne Memorial Technical Career Scholarship for students pursuing technical career.

Arielle Brown, University of Illinois, daughter of Aaron and Darlene Brown, received the Winstonia McKesson Smith Memorial Scholarship. Established by the late Rev. Charles T. Smith in 1986, it is awarded to a member of a Christian church who is a college junior, senior or graduate student with at least a 2.5 grade point average.

For information about the church’s scholarship programs, contact Leslie Vincent, (225) 388-9998 or visit

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