KING NAMED PEOPLES HEALTH CHAMPION: “Little Freddie” King, of New Orleans, was honored as the 10th and final Peoples Health Champion of the 2012-13 National Football League season on Dec. 30 during the New Orleans Saints game against the Carolina Panthers. A Peoples Health Champion is someone who has done something extraordinary after age 65 and who proves that excellence is achieved through experience.
On Jan. 20, 2012, at age 72, King was featured as a musician on the sound track of a major motion picture, his recording of “Cleo’s Back” in “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” King has been a musician for almost 60 years.
As a teenager, he began experimenting with guitar music, combining elements of country blues and urban R&B into his unique style. King has long enjoyed a loyal international fan base, and he remains a major attraction at music festivals in Europe and South America.
VINSON COMPLETES BASIC: Air Force Reserve Airman Shannon D. Vinson graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Vinson is the daughter of Sharon and Gentry Vinson, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2011 graduate of C.E. Byrd High School, Shreveport.
CHRISTAL COMPLETES BASIC: Marine Corps Pfc. Delton R. Christal, son of Ula T. and Delton L. Christal, of Darrow, earned the title of U.S. Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. Christal is a 2011 graduate of St. Amant High School.
ROGERS COMPLETES BASIC: Marine Corps Pvt. Keven L. Rogers, grandson of Thomas J. and Sheryll Johnson, of Denham Springs, earned the title of U.S. Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. Rogers is a 2011 graduate of Denham Springs High School.
LEE COMPLETES BASIC: Army Reserve Pvt. Markell A. Lee has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Lee is the son of Martha Lee and Rodney Lee, both of Baton Rouge, and is a 2010 graduate of Capitol High School.
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