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Two National Guard Soldiers Receive Promotions

Two National Guard Soldiers Receive Promotions


Spc. Kenneth Serratt didn’t wake up with a hangover this New Year’s Day. Instead, he woke up with three chevrons on his chest.

“It’s definitely a surprise,” said Serratt, who was one of two soldiers promoted Sunday as the first Nevada Army National Guard promotions of 2012.

Serratt, of the 17th Special Troops Brigade, Nevada Army National Guard, was promoted with Spc. Jennifer Palacios. Both soldiers were promoted to the rank of sergeant.

“It’s exciting,” Palacios said. “I had no idea I was getting promoted today.”

Serratt was greeted by his wife and 2-year-old son, Nicholas, after the promotion.

“Hopefully this is the beginning of a long military career,” said Serratt, who is also an engineer at Graham Packaging in Henderson.

Fifth-Grade Gymnast to Compete in National Competition

Isabella Fimbres, a student at J. Marlan Walker International School, competed at the Judges Cup in Las Vegas in November against the best level 7 gymnasts in the state.

She earned her spot on the Nevada State Team that will compete in Indianapolis on Jan. 7, 2012, at the "National Judges Cup Championships."

All 50 states send their finest to compete at a national level. The Nevada State Team consists of six girls and two alternates. At the age of 10, Isabella is the youngest gymnast.

Councilwoman Plans to Step Down

Councilwoman Plans to Step Down


HENDERSON (AP) -- A Henderson City Council member says she'll step down from her elected position Jan. 1 to spend more time with her children and her job directing a charity for homeless teenagers.

Kathleen Vermillion on Monday cited her 19-year-old son's inpatient treatment at a San Diego drug and alcohol treatment center following his recent misdemeanor drunken driving charge in Henderson.

Vermillion blamed her son's troubles partly on her council and charity job schedule, and said she wants to be home more for her 15-year-old daughter and three foster children.

Vermillion is a single mother and founder of the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth.

She was elected to the five-member council in June 2009 and had considered running for the state Senate.

Henderson Man a Finalist in Sexiest Vegetarian Contest

Henderson Man a Finalist in Sexiest Vegetarian Contest


After receiving hundreds of entries from across the U.S. for its 2011 Sexiest Vegetarian Over 50 contest, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) narrowed the field down to six men and six women, and 54-year-old Henderson resident Paul Graham is among the finalists.

The contest is sponsored by PETA Prime, touted as a resource for baby boomers on how to live a healthy, humane and rewarding life.

"Unlike many of their peers who are on medication for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and impotence, older vegetarians tend to be slim and healthy - and that makes them sexier too," PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said. "One look at our radiant finalists and it's clear that their vegetarian diets have already made all of them winners."

Achievement Awards Given to Girl Scouts

Achievement Awards Given to Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada honored 34 Girl Scouts during its recent 2011 Young Women of Distinction ceremony at The Orleans Hotel & Casino.

The Gold Award is Girl Scouts highest earned honor, and is an opportunity for a girl to put her leadership skills, career interests, and personal values together to serve her community. Gold Award recipients:

Eastside Cannery "Lights It Up Blue" for Autism Awareness

The iconic Eastside Cannery building will attract even more attention on April 1st and 2nd, especially during the nighttime hours.  That's because the structure will be illuminated in blue. "Light It Up Blue" is a nationwide effort to encourage businesses and residences to light up their structures in blue light in recognition of those families affected by autism.  The Eastside Cannery, on Boulder Highway is able to change the colors displayed on the building quite easily.  There are roughly 16,000 LED lights on the exterior of the building which can be programmed to change colors or illuminate one particular shade of color.  The blue lights will be visual Friday, April 1st and Saturday April 2nd, which is World Autism Awareness Day.  Every 1 in 110 children is affected by the autism disorder.  More information on Light It Up Blue can be found at www.lightitupblue.org and www.autismspeaks.org.