Community column for April 25, 2014

KC Council honors Martin, Simoneauxes

Mervin and Evelyn Simoneaux were named the March Family of the Month and Clyde Martin III was named as the March Knight of the Month by the Rev. Maynard Hurst Knights of Columbus Council 9016 on April 10.

Martin was honored for his work with the six Friday Lenten fish fries held at St. Louis King of France Parish. The proceeds support the council’s charities.

The Simoneauxes work many hours at the Lenten fish fries and take part in various activities of the council and the St. Louis King of France parish. They work together helping with the parish fair and various jobs for the church.

Four from Troop 51 named Eagle Scouts

Four members of Boy Scout Troop 51 received the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor April 2 at Jackson United Methodist Church: Aaron Day, Kyle Lanoue, Michael Lord and Whit Vidrine.

To become an Eagle Scout, a Scout must earn 21 merit badges, hold a leadership position, plan, develop, raise the needed funds and give leadership to a service project helpful to a community organization.

Day, son of Lisa Ray and Ray Day, is a sophomore at Zachary High School. His Eagle project was to fingerprint children and provide information sheet to the parents. He earned 35 merit badges.

Lanoue, son of Chris Lanoue and Jan Lanoue, is a junior at West Feliciana High School. His Eagle project was to paint and repair the preschool department and library at the First Baptist Church of Jackson. He earned 25 merit badges.

Lord, son of Thomas Lord and Ada Lord, is a senior at West Feliciana High School. His Eagle project was to build benches for the First United Methodist Church property located on U.S. 61 North. He earned 34 merit badges.

Vidrine, son of Jody and Susan Vidrine, is a junior at West Feliciana High School. His Eagle Scout project was to extend a cross country running trail at West Feliciana High School, which included building a foot bridge.

Vidrine earned 37 merit badges.

Clinton graduates from Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman Tamicia R. Clinton graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

Clinton is the granddaughter of Herbert Cotton, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2011 graduate of Bartlett High School, Anchorage, Alaska.

Istrouma Class of 1964 to hold 50-year reunion

The Istrouma High School Class of 1964 will hold its 50-year reunion July 11-12 at the Holiday Inn South. For information, email or visit

Louisiana soldiers third in Warrior Stakes event

A squad of soldiers from the Louisiana National Guard’s 1021st Engineer Company, based in Covington, placed third in the grueling Warrior Stakes competition March 25-27 in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

Warrior Stakes evaluates physical fitness, warrior tasks and battle drills. A total of 36 squads competed, including squads from another Louisiana unit, the 844th Engineer Company, based in Pineville.

The team included Sgt. Victor Turner, of Alexandria; Sgt. Chad Bryson, of Springfield; Sgt. John Rayburn, of Covington; Spc. Tyler Varnado, Baton Rouge; Spc. Billy Sparks, of Archibald; Spc. Donald Lambert and Spc. Ron Louis, of Denham Springs; and Spc. Christopher Foster, of Covington.

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Compiled by Advocate staff writer George Morris. The Community column runs every Tuesday and Friday in The Advocate. Items should be submitted to Community, Advocate eatplaylive section, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821, or emailed to Events should be submitted in a timely fashion. By submitting photos to The Advocate, you agree that they can be published in any of The Advocate’s print or digital publications.