The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has announced the conviction of a Rayville resident who fraudulently received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Child Care Assistance Program benefits.
“DCFS has a zero tolerance for fraud,” said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier. “I am very glad to see that these men and women who concealed information or lied in order to obtain benefits were not only identified and prosecuted, but ultimately convicted of fraud in a court of law.”
Fleurette Williams of Rayville was sentenced in the 5th Judicial District Court to eight years hard labor, which was suspended, placed on five years active supervised probation after illegally obtaining $15,408 in SNAP benefits. Williams received these benefits after under-reporting her income and falsifying wage verification forms and was ordered to make full restitution to DCFS within 55 months.
Williams was also disqualified for a minimum of twelve months from the program.
Individuals are encouraged to report cases of suspected fraud in SNAP, FITAP, CCAP or the Kinship Care Program by calling the DCFS toll-free hot line at 1-888-LAHELP-U (1-888-524-3578) and selecting option 7 from the main menu or by visiting www.dcfs.la.gov/reportfraud.
DCFS uses a number of tools to identify potential fraud of benefits, including cross matching information with federal and other state agencies and its award-winning Geographic Information System technology.
DCFS seeks to recover ineligible benefits from individuals who receive them due to fraud or error by intercepting federal income tax refunds, withholding eligible benefits through recoupment or through administrative or court ordered repayment.
Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, along with the Office of Cultural Development and the Office of State Parks, will celebrate Poverty Point’s June 22 inscription to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s World Heritage List at 10 a.m. Oct. 11 at the site.
The ceremony will include the unveiling of the UNESCO World Heritage Site plaque and remarks by Senator Mary Landrieu and dignitaries from the U.S. Department of the State and the U.S. Department of the Interior. The ceremony will be followed by a community event including free food and living history demonstrations beginning at 11 a.m.
Poverty Point is the 22nd World Heritage Site in the U.S. and joins the ranks of others worldwide including the Great Wall of China, Stonehenge in England and the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Poverty Point was the U.S. Department of the Interior’s lone nomination for world heritage status—adding to the site’s accolades as a National Historic Landmark, National Monument and Smithsonian Affiliate. The 3,400-year-old site is considered one of the most culturally significant Native American sites in the U.S. Programs and tours are offered daily and show visitors how life might have been for the prehistoric inhabitants of the area.
“This is a huge win for Louisiana. I don’t think people realize how impactful this will be to northeast Louisiana’s economy,” Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said. “The World Heritage designation solidifies Poverty Point as one of the world’s greatest archaeological treasures, and we are excited to welcome new and returning visitors to the site Oct. 11.”
Poverty Point is the largest, most complex U.S. archaeological site of its age. Its size was not matched for at least 2,000 years. Its design is unlike any other site in the world—a massive earthen complex with six mounds; six concentric, C-shaped ridges; and a large, flat plaza. Archaeologists believe Native Americans moved 25-million cubic feet of dirt to build the earthworks. In addition to its impressive size and design, a widespread trade network also existed at the site with artifacts discovered from as far away as present-day Iowa.
Poverty Point World Heritage Site is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $4 and provides access to the site’s museum, video and tram tour. Children under 12 and senior citizens are admitted free. Poverty Point is located in West Carroll Parish, east of Monroe, on La. Hwy. 577. For more information, visit www.PovertyPoint.us or call 888.926.5492.
On Sunday, August 3, 2014, the Louisiana State Champion Rayville Dixie Angel Allstars presented for opening ceremonies at the Alabama Theatre at North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The 2014 Louisiana State Champions are Molly Allen, Mary Madilynn Bennett, Rylee Gibson, Ashlyn Sepulvado, Moriah Adams, Katelyn Branch, Olivia Dannehl, Gabrielle Riggins, Gracie Rowton, Kaleigh Smith, Morgan Tumilson, and Amelia Williams. The Rayville Angel Allstars are coached by Tom Allen, Dan Branch, Kenny Sepulvado, Lyle Bennett, and Chris Dannehl.
After drawing a first round bye, the Louisiana ladies defeated Florida by the score of 14-13. The game was a nail-biter which see-sawed back and forth several times and took two extra innings to complete.
The Louisiana State Champions were led by pitchers Mary Madilynn Bennett, Ashlyn Sepulvado, and Gabrielle Riggins. The Louisiana Allstars came from behind on three different occasions to claim the win. Down by three runs in the bottom of the 7th, Rylee Gibson walked, Ashlyn Sepulvado singled, and Mary Madilynn Bennett doubled to score two runs.
With one out, Amelia Williams and Gracie Rowton singled. At this point, one of the stars of the state tournament and the World Series, Gabrielle Riggins, came to the plate and doubled in the winning runs. Gabrielle Riggins was three for four in the contest with three doubles. Other Louisiana Allstars with runs batted in were Molly Allen, Rylee Gibson, Mary Madilynn Bennett, Olivia Dannehl, Amelia Williams, and Gracie Rowton. The game was the closest and best game of the entire World Series according to the tournament directors.
Later on the same day and despite Ashlyn Sepulvado’s two hitter, the Louisiana ladies lost to Virginia, the eventual tournament runner-up, by the score of 3-1. The Louisiana champions actually outhit Virginia three to two with Gabrielle Riggins going two for two and Rylee Gibson going one for two. However, there were more Virginia base runners and more of them driven in to insure the Virginia victory.
On Wednesday, August 6th, Mary Madilynn Bennett and Gabrielle Riggins faced only twelve batters and combined for a no-hitter with Louisiana defeating Alabama by the score of 10-0.
Amelia Williams at rover made three spectacular plays to insure and preserve the no-hitter.
Amelia Williams also contributed with a two RBI triple in the contest. The ladies from Rayville scored five runs in the first and five runs in the third to force elimination. The final two runs in the third were driven in by Kaleigh Smith.
Scoring in the game were Molly Allen, Katelyn Branch, Rylee Gibson, Ashlyn Sepulvado, Amelia Williams, Gabrielle Riggins, and Olivia Dannehl.
On Thursday, August 7th, with only three teams remaining in the tournament, the Louisiana State Champions’ run came to an end as the Rayville girls fell to the eventual champion, Georgia, by the score of 3-0. The Louisiana ace, Mary Madilynn Bennett, walked none and threw strikes, which Georgia hit and which Louisiana defended.
The Louisiana infield was very busy and very efficient, recording twelve putouts in the game. The Georgia runs came on a bunt single and two hard hits to right field.
The superb infield for the Louisiana Champions was Ashlyn Sepulvado at first base; Molly Allen at second base, Rylee Gibson at shortstop; Gracie Rowton at third base; Katelyn Branch at catcher; and Amelia Williams at rover. The outfield consisted of Amelia Williams at rover; Gabrielle Riggins, Olivia Dannehl, Morgan Tumilson, Kaleigh Smith, and Moriah Adams.
The Dixie and tournament officials noted that the Louisiana team was the best defensive team at the tournament.
After receiving their awards, the Louisiana State Champions retired from the complex where Georgia ultimately was crowned the Champion and Virginia was runner up.
The Rayville Dixie Belles out-scored opponents 151 to 34 over six district tournament games and nine state championship tournament games to win the state title and are now qualified to play in the World Series. Players are Madison Frith, Macey Lee, Hannah Bickford, Micheala Lewis, Caitlyn Swain, Leann Franks, Marissa Crocket, Asia Wallace, Emily Neathery, Maggie Lee and Emily Hamm. Coaches are Darryn and Amber Frith.
By Melba Hendrix
Hello, hello for the first time in the month of October of this year. (I am actually writing this on the last Monday of September; but, it will not get printed for publication until the first Thursday in October. So, we have to admit that this year is moving on as we enter into the last quarter of it.
And, I still don’t have any new and/or exciting news to convey to our readers - just more of the same old, same old. But, if we think about that a few moments, we may realize that’s not such a bad situation, either......????? (I could have ill health to report of myself or family members; but, I am so happy to report that I don’t have a single ache or pain anywhere in my body and I take no medication except a couple of vitamin preparations. At my age, that is a pretty good record, I think........Oh, yes.....
Anyway, we are moving on into this fall season and I love it as my little dog, “Cookie” and I get out to take our usual late afternoon walks. She struts along like a little queen (which she really is) and I hold on to her leash to keep her from pursuing any objects which might attract her.
There are some pecan trees in our usual path, so Cookie and I are watching for the time when the pecans will start falling. I do love a good pecan pie and I look forward to making some of those in the near future, especially for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Oh, yeah........
CHUCKLE #1 - The young man and his sweetheart were out walking and they had cut across a field when a large, vicious-looking dog suddenly ran out barking at them. They both fled, but the young man soon out-ran the girl.
“But, Bill,” she protested, pantingly. “I thought you said you would face death for me?”
“Yes, I would, sweetie,” he called back as he picked up more speed. “But, that dog ain’t anything like dead.” (??!!!
I was happy recently when the weather became a bit cooler and more comfortable for sleeping at night without the air conditioner running. Me? It doesn’t have to get “frosty” inside for me to be comfortable. Just cool it down a little.......
I attended Woodlawn Baptist Church as usual on this past Sunday and enjoyed being in my Ladies Class and then the preaching service which followed. Our sweet pastor, Rev. Roger Johnson always delivers an inspiring message after the choir performs the special music. Then I went home to be with Cookie and enjoyed spending time with her. She is always ready to greet me with a warm welcome when I return home.
CHUCKLE #2 - The dentist was about to leave his office with his golf bag on his shoulder, when the phone rang. “Oh, doctor, I am in great pain,” whined a voice, “and, I must see you at once.”
“I am so sorry” replied the dentist firmly. “But, I already have an appointment to fill eighteen cavities this afternoon.” ?????
So, what else is coming up in the way of events around here. I know I am not the sharpest knife in the kitchen drawer these days; but, I do get out and about once in a while. In fact, I just received an invitation to the first fall meeting of the “Saints Alive” club at First Baptist Church here.
Some-how I became a member of that club some years ago and I attend occasionally - so we’ll see about that. I choose my extra activities rather carefully and they are few and far between......
We have some birthdays coming up soon for some of our local folks and they are as follows: Kristen Traxler, Adam Townsend, Sue Greer, Mary Taylor and Katie Miller on 10/2; Randy Romero and Leanne Graham Smith on 10/3; Charles Willoughby on 10/4; Sandy Miller, Forest O’Neal and Noah Hall on 10/5; Joyce Posey, Claude Mercer, Justin Hall and Hayley Spencer on 10/6 and for Julie Barton, Deborah McQueen, Allison Young and Margy Thompson on 10/8. May all of these birthday folks celebrate their natal day in a most special manner and we wish them many, many more to come in the future....Oh, yes, indeed!!!!!
And that will just about bring another Outlook effort to a close for one more week.
Here’s wishing all of you readers much good health and happiness in the days ahead. Oh, yes.... can’t have too much of those...........
PARTING THOUGHT: Overweight may be hereditary - it surely shows up in your jeans. Oh, yeah.........
By Shirley Thompson
How Much Does A Prayer Weigh?
Louise Redden, a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her face, walked into a grocery store. She approached the owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries. She softly explained that her husband was very ill and unable to work. They had seven children and they needed food. John Longhorn, the grocer, scoffed at her and requested that she leave the store. Standing beside the counter was a customer who overheard the conversation came forward and told the owner that he would stand good for whatever she needed. The grocer asked the lady if she had a list. She replied, “yes sir”. He told her to put her grocery list on the scales and whatever the list weighs, I will give you that amount in groceries. Louise hesitated a moment with a bowed head and got a piece of paper from her purse, scribbled something on it and laid the piece of paper on the scale with her head still bowed. To the amazement of the grocer, the scale went down. The grocer, turned slowly to the customer and said, “I can’t believe it”. The customer smiled and the grocer started putting the groceries on the scales. The scale did not balance so he continued to put more and more groceries on them until they would hold no more. Finally he grabbed the piece of paper from the scales and looked at it with greater amazement. It was not a grocery list. It was instead a prayer which said; “Dear Lord, you know my needs and I’m leaving this in your hands.” The grocer stood in stunned silence, Louise thanked him and left the store. The customer handed a $50 bill to the grocer and said it was worth every penny of it. It was sometime later that the grocer discovered the scales were broken; therefore, only God know how much a prayer weighs.
Traveling here from San Jose, Ca. was Bobby, Sarah, Justin, Jared and Jason Garner. They were here to visit Danny and Judy McKnight celebrating the Little/McKnight family reunion. Of course they came to see me for ice cream. Ha. Thursday brought Juanita Grisby and Faye Little from West Monroe over for a brief visit. Better than none at all.
Joday Stokes rode up to Bastrop to have breakfast with Lance Stokes. They traveled to the Waffle House in Sterlington. Yum Yum. Sunday afternoon, Bobby and Sue Hales and Phil and Betty Albritton from West Monroe rode up on their motor bikes (they were not excited about a gravel road they had to go on.) Raised on a gravel road years ago. Ha!
Celebrating their first birthday was Logan and Luci Swain. Their celebration took place over at Kiroli Park in West Monroe. Cake, ice cream, cola and more was for everyone who come, grandmother’s grandfather’s Aunts, uncles, cousins and frieds and big sister, Natalie. Logan and Lucy proud parents are Joe and Amy Swain. May they celebrate many more!
Happy Birthday this week to: Stacey Maxwell, Corey Mayhall, Jennifer McLemore, Mack Haygood on October 2nd, Noel Johnson, Cheryl Cardovo and Tyler Stanley on October 3rd, Phil Albritton on October 4th, Everette Calloway on October 6th, Angie Morris, Connor Miles on October 7th, Ellie Grisson, Floyd ad Lloyd Swain, Taylor Thomas on October 8th. May these celebrate many more happy ones! Anniversary wishes to Cindy and Keith Holly on October 2nd, Janet and Ralph Cheek on October 8th, I wish these many more happy years together!
Have a good week. Please call and share your news.
Remember: Nature gives a man corn but he must grind it, God gives man a will but he must make the right choices.
Don’t forget, I now have more of the Small Milltown Holly Ridge books by Sue Cobb so come by!