P.A. native named Houston’s Firefighter of the Year

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HOUSTON - Two Houston firefighters, one who is a native of Port Allen, were honored last Wednesday as Houston’s "Firefighter of the Year."

The heroes are from Ladder 18: Cpt. Brad Hawthorne and Port Allen native, Engine operator Dewayne Wyble.


They were honored for their part in a rescue of a trapped construction worker on March 25, 2014, that received national attention after a video of the rescue went viral on YouTube.

"Thirty-one years, this is the highlight of a career. You never expect it, you go about doing your job every day," said Wyble.


Addis woman sentenced to prison for fraud

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United States Attorney Walt Green announced the sentencing of Renee Elise Beard, 50, of Addis, Louisiana.

Beard previously pled guilty on December 2, 2013 to wire fraud in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343.

Beard was sentenced today by United States District Judge James J. Brady to 27 months imprisonment and a term of 2 years on supervised release following imprisonment.


BHS students participate in SU band camp

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Music has proven time and time again to better the lives of individuals, especially children.

Programs such as Southern University’s High School Band Camp and teachers like Anthony Hollins, band director at Brusly Middle and Brusly High schools, are giving these young artists the opportunity to learn and shape themselves in a safe, creative way, and that is more than great to see.

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