A Richland Parish organization is one of 21 delinquent Non-Governmental Organizations that the Louisiana Department of the Treasury has referred to the Louisiana Attorney General’s office.
State Treasurer John Kennedy said his department has concluded its effort to bring 34 delinquent NGOs into compliance with a gubernatorial Executive Order mandating more accountability and transparency in the spending of taxpayer dollars.
As a result, 21 of the organizations, which in total received nearly $2.5 million in taxpayer money, failed to meet their requirements under the law and have been sent to the newly created Office Of Debt Recovery and the Attorney General’s office for immediate legal and collection proceedings.
Community Services of Richland, which had received $30,000 from the state in 2008 is among those organizations. When the matter was brought to the attention of the organization’s executive director, Sharon Gee, in September, she was working with an accountant to file the proper paperwork.
Additionally, 13 organizations, which had been delinquent in their obligations under the law prior to this effort, came forward with sufficient paperwork to technically satisfy the requirements of the Executive Order and avoid referral by the Treasury Department for collection action.
Regardless of their resulting status, Kennedy exercised his authority under the Executive Order to refer a majority of the delinquent organizations to the Legislative Auditor for a full review, similar to one conducted last year of the Just Willing Foundation, to ensure that taxpayer dollars were properly spent.
“Even if an organization has technically come into ‘compliance,’ this does not constitute an endorsement from Treasury of their spending practices,” Kennedy said. “In fact, I continue to have very serious questions and concerns about the accounting methods of these NGOs, and whether they represent a priority expenditure for the state. Taxpayers deserve a full and thorough review to find out where their money went.”
Kennedy also announced that he is referring all 34 original NGOs with compliance issues to the Office of Debt Recovery and the Department of Revenue, for a review to determine whether they properly maintained a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt or “non-profit” status, and if not, whether they owe federal or state taxes.
Under the terms of Executive Order BJ 2008-30, NGOs that receive taxpayer money are required to submit financial documentation to the Treasury in order to maintain their appropriation, or return the funds to the taxpayers. It also provides that the Treasurer “may call upon the Office of the Legislative Auditor and/or the Office of State Inspector General to assist the agency in determining whether Line Item Appropriations are being or have been properly expended.”
To prevent further abuses, Kennedy will ask the Legislature and the Governor to initiate further reforms of the NGO process, such as requiring that any funding of an NGO be done in a separate bill, sponsored by a named legislator and passed with a 2/3 vote in an open session. “No more burying the funding in a 1,000 page budget. No more paying NGOs through intermediaries. No more backdoor funding them through hidden consulting contracts and capital outlay grants,” said Treasurer Kennedy. “The best way to end NGO abuse, in my judgment, is to bring the process into the sunlight.”
By Henry Cumpton
Camille Newsom used to joke (or was she joking) when she said that Elvin Hayes was the third best player behind Harry Lewis and Ronnie Jenkins on that star studded Eula D. Britton team of ‘64.
However, it was Harry himself who ceased speculation on this point when he said that when things were bad for the team, it was Elvin that they all looked for to get them out of trouble.
It was a super team nevertheless, the Dream Team of high school basketball if you will, with Lewis and Jenkins later having stellar careers at Grambling and Hayes going to Houston. It is said that Willie Ricks and Vernon Warner were college material but elected not to go that route.
At Houston) Hayes’ record-setting play set him up as a major participant in what is called the greatest college basketball game ever played. Powerhouse UCLA with seven-foot Lew Alcindor (later Kareem Abdul Jabar) came to town riding a 47 game victory string. They hadn’t lost in two years. The last game the Houston Cougars lost was in the semi-finals of the NCAA Tournament the year before in Louisville against these same mighty UCLA Bruins.
So the stage was set, 47-0 versus 16-0, the Houston Astrodome with the largest crowd ever to see a college basketball game (52,693 paying fans and a few thousand guests and a television audience of 55 million}.
Tip off: Hayes (6’9 1/2”) against the taller Alcindor gets the tip and two passes later he hit his patented turnaround jumper, a steal and a hook shot from the foul line over Alcindor and with another Hayes’ score the Cougars are leading 6-0. He got 16 points in the first 10 1/2 minutes.
At one point the Cougars led by 15 but UCLA was a championship team and came back to trail by only 3 points at half-time. In the third they tied it up 54-54. The Cougars went ahead only to be tied again at 65 with 3:02 left in the game. It was Houston at 69-65 but again tied at 69 with :44 left.
With 28 seconds left on the clock, Hayes was in the corner going into his turn-a-round jumper and was fouled. (Big men can’t shoot foul shots, so they say. In college “The Big E” shot around 60 percent. In the pros he improved to around 70 percent.) The crowd held its collective breath, scared and more nervous than “The Big E” ever thought about being. He said he had a clear and relaxed mind as he stepped to the free throw line and calmly drained both shots.
With a full-court press. the inbound pass hit a Bruin and went out of bounds. “The Big E” took the Cougar inbound pass and ran off 24 seconds (he could dribble, too) before he passed it to his point guard for the final four seconds and the victory.
When the pandemonium had ceased, the tension in the air had cleared and people could think rationally, a review of the statistics shows that the greatest college basketball game ever played was clearly the Elvin Hayes show. Hitting 17 of 25 shots he outscored Alcindor 39-15; he hit 5 of 7 free throws; he grabbed 15 rebounds to Alcindor’s 12. In addition to that, he had four assists and blocked 8 shots. This performance surely had the pro scouts drooling at the mouth.
It was at Houston that Elvis got his nickname “The Big E.” It came from John Hollis, sports writer for the Houston Post, who covered Cougar basketball. While in the navy, John was assigned to the giant aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Enterprise, whose nickname is “The Big E.” He wrote that Elvin Hayes destroys the enemy the same way the Enterprise does and that he is “The Big E” of college basketball.
He continued to be “The Big E” and even more so throughout his Hall of Fame pro career.
“The Big E” is the Grand Marshall of the Kiwanis Christmas Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. A reception follows the parade in the Richland State Bank lobby. If the parade is rained out (I think it will go in case of snow) the reception will still be around 10 a.m.
You can also see him as he is honored at the half-time of the Rayville High basketball game Friday night. Correcting a mistake in last week’s article, the game with Woodlawn will start at 7 p.m. Admission $5. What a bargain, come see a good basketball game and a hometown superstar who is in the NBA Hall of Fame and has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated Magazine.
You can tell your grand children that you saw “The Big E.” Better yet, you an take them to see him for themselves.
Rayville took an early lead against Lake Providence and held on for a 40-28 victory on Saturday.
The Hornets put up 14 points in the opening frame. Rayville scored on a rushing touchdown and a touchdown run.
After taking the lead on a touchdown run in the first quarter, the Hornets were up 21-0 at the half.
The win was a nice bounce back for the Hornets, who lost to Ruston last week, 28-0.
In a non-district game next week, Rayville will take on Bastrop. Both teams are 2-2 on the season. Kickoff time is 7 p.m. at Rayville High School Stadium.
The Delhi Bears football team was beaten 41-20 in Friday’s non-district game against the Madison Jaguars.
The Jaguars are now 2-2 and will next play Lake Providence.
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Hello, hello, to all you dear readers of the Richland Beacon-News -- here I am on Monday of this week, attempting to write another Outlook column. And, I do have a little more to write about, since we have just celebrated Thanksgiving and also - other things have happened. So, we will see what I can bring forth in this week’s effort.
I suppose the highlight for the month of November must be Thanksgiving Day and it was truly special for me (it always is special each year, anyway) but, it seemed more special this year. So, I will just go on and tell you about it without further notice.
My granddaughter, Kristi Wiggins and her daughter, Abby, came from their rural Mangham home to piRayville. We arrived to find a wonderful meal already prepared and on the table - complete with a roasted turkey and dressing along with pecan pie and other good stuff to eat. My, my - did I ever enjoy all that delicious food. At times like that, I have to admit that getting older does have its blessings along with a negative one or two things sometimes......But, as an old song goes something about “accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative” - that’s one of the rules I’ve tried to apply to my life all through the years. It seems to work pretty well for me. But, once in a while, I have to keep reminding myself of that rule.....Oh, yeah.....
After our meal that day, we all loaded into a vehicle with Kirby driving and took off to see some of the parish located north of Hwy 80. We drove along Boeuf River, first on the east side and then on the west side, seeing various farms with nice homes and a church or two that I was familiar with. (During my first years of living in Rayville, I was employed by farm organizations (Soil Conservation Service and then Farmers Home Administration and I finished my office work career as secretary in the Local Draft Board office in the north basement of our parish courthouse. I think the “drafting” ceased about 1972 or 73. (I also think the new courthouse was completed sometime in 1953 - but, I will write more about that later on.)
CHUCKLE #1 - Buffalo were roaming the range when a tourist passed by. The man exclaimed loudly, “Those are the mangiest-looking beasts that I have ever seen!”
One buffalo turned to another and said, “I think I just heard a discouraging word.”
Moving on in today’s effort and to tell of our Thanksgiving afternoon ride over the parish, we drove on out to the area north of Start and explored some of the area there - seeing some lovely homes out in the country. I was really envious of those located either near a river or a lake area. My late husband and I used to go fishing there once in a while and those are also special memories.
We completed our afternoon ride by coming back to Rayville from Start and we drove by Wal Mart to see the crowd gathered there for the special late shopping that day. Oh, my, my, the parking lot was packed with cars and people were everywhere - waiting to get in for the special “late shopping” spree - of which we wanted no part....
It’s now December and that means Christmas arrive in about three weeks and I think it has to be the “very most special” of all of our holidays since it celebrates the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Oh, yes, I do love all the traditional music for this Yule-tide season. I know our choir at Woodlawn will be singing some special music and I look forward to that. I don’t sing in the choir anymore; but, I can still enjoy their efforts and I plan to do just that..Oh, yeah - you betcha!
CHUCKLE #2 - Definition of “Man About Town”- - He’s the type of guy you’d like to be your son; but, you don’t want him to meet your daughter.” (Hm-m-m....????)
So, the sun is shining brightly today and I have written just about enough for this week’s Outlook and my little dog, “Cookie” will be waiting for my return home. I think the weather should be warm enough for us to take our evening walk and we both will enjoy that.
Birthdays are coming up soon for: Brenda Hooks, Neal Smith, Rev, David Lane and Robert Jones on 12/5; for D’Juana Stewart, Crystal Anderson, Jane Pierce, Toni Lambert, Diana Lee and Gordon Sorey on 12/6; Dottie King, Victoria Ross and Lois Arnold on 12/7; Charles Greer, Kenneth Newsom, Wyndel Wroten and Wayne McManus on 12/8; Janet Caston and Shane Starks on 12/9; Ethan Weeks on `12/10 and for Mike Barham on 12/11. And, we wish all of these folks a most happy celebration of their natal day and may they enjoy many, many more....Oh, Yes, indeed.....
PARTING THOUGHT: There are certain things people should not discuss in public and one of these is that they have their Christmas cards all addressed by the middle of November.....Oh, yeah!!
By Melba Hendrix
Peace Begins In The Home And The Heart
Peace is not something you fight for with bombs and missiles that kill, nor can it be won in a “battle of words” Man fashions by scheming and skill for men who are greedy and warlike, whose avarice for power cannot cease, can never contribute in helping to bring this world nearer to peace. For in seeking peace for all people there is only one place to begin and that is in home and heart for the fortress of peace is within!
Well its beginning to look a lot like Christmas every where you go! Have a safe and happy holiday season and don’t forget “the reason for the season”.
The Council on Aging had a wonderful Thanksgiving lunch and gathering last Tuesday.
The lunch was prepared for these little people by Calvin and Amy McKenzie and Doug and Carmen Sullivan and the music was from Mike McKenzie. Those who wanted to get up and dance did. A fun and happy time was enjoyed by all.
There was some thirty plus family and friends who enjoyed Thanksgiving feast at Roy and Barbara McCormick, brothers, sisters, grandchildren and great grandchildren who were there for this happy occasion.
The Cobb family, Jerry and Diane, “Inky” and Paula, Sue Cobb, Cheryl and Tim Kirk all enjoyed Thanksgiving at Ink’s camp. Some hunted some just hung out while others pigged out. They had a great time and it lasted through Sunday.
Louise Cater had an enjoyable Thanksgiving in Vicksburg with her Children and Grandchildren.
Tonya Thompson enjoyed having her children, Menko, Niki, Mara and Juri and her Grandchildren home for Thanksgiving Dinner.
Benny Powell from Dallas ws here for several days with his dad, Ralph Powell.
Here on Friday was Troy and Tina Gwin from Eldorado, Arkansas. They had ben down here visting with Bobby and Ruby Gwin Smith.
Kelsie was home for the holidays that she enjoyed so very much especially with here little newphews, Carter and Aiden. Charlotte Gwin and Debbie traveled over to Purvis Mississippi for Thanksgiving day with Gillis Gwin who is now staying with his daughter, Judy, Troy and Paul.
Happy birthday this week to: Jan Maxwell and Angie Clack on December 5th, Kellie Thompson, Jay Livingston, Jan Peirce, Luke Stowe, Lil Kenny Johnson on December 6th, Joel Rawls, Jack Payne, Chappel Davis, Victoria Ross on December 7th, Annette Vondenstin, Wayne McManus, Travis Rawls, Mitzie Cheek on December 8th, Regina Clark, Addison Greer, Tommy Rawls on December 9th, Ralph Powell (87 years) Bro. David Herrington and Brandon Holly on December 11th. May these celebrate many more happy ones.
Anniversary wishes to: Anita and Tony Brock on December 7th, April and Jason Hale on December 8th, Jenny and David Nix on December 9th. I wish these many more happy years together!
Have a good week! Remember: Why can’t you take a Turkey to Church? Because they use “Fowl” language. Ha!