Archive for July, 2017

Lincoln School Board Tuesday

07/10/2017

The Lincoln Parish School Board will meet Tuesday, July 11, 6:00 PM, Central Office, 410 South Farmerville Street.

Here is the agenda.

There are quite a few personnel changes, as is common between school terms.

See here the list.

Lincoln Jail, GNLCDC on Audit Noncompliance List

07/10/2017

Two North Louisiana agencies that we have reported upon have turned up on the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Non-Compliance List – The Lincoln Parish Detention Center and the Greater North Louisiana Community Development Corporation.

The agencies apparently did not submit their annual audits in a timely fashion.

According to Louisiana’s Revised Statutes (RS 39:72.1), state funds can be withheld for as long as they remain on the list.

A. Notwithstanding any contrary provision of law, no funds appropriated in the general appropriations act, the capital outlay act, or other appropriation act, shall be released or provided to any recipient of an appropriation if, when, and for as long as, the recipient fails or refuses to comply with the provisions of R.S. 24:513.

Ruston Board of Aldermen to Meet Monday

07/09/2017

Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will meet Monday, July 10, 5:30 PM, Ruston City Hall, 401 North Trenton.

Here is the agenda.

The annual property tax ordinance will be introduced, with a final vote to be set at a later meeting.

The proposed millage rates are the same as was levied last year, a 5.25 mil rate for ordinary expenses, and a 2.92 mil rate for maintenance and operation of recreation buildings and equipment.

Former Homer Mayor Pleads Guilty to Felony Malfeasance

07/06/2017

Former Homer mayor pleads to malfeasance

KTBS-TV3 Shreveport

Former Homer Mayor Alecia Smith has pleaded guilty to malfeasance charges that arose out of an investigation into the diversion of town funds for her personal use. She received a suspended prison sentence and was ordered to repay the town for what she took.

Smith pleaded guilty in Claiborne District Court to two felony counts of malfeasance in office. As part of a plea agreement with the state attorney general’s office, she was fined $1,000, ordered to make $6,647.51 in restitution within two years and placed on three years probation.

Smith — who lost a bid for re-election in December 2014 — was arrested earlier that year after a Louisiana State Police investigation. She was initially charged with six counts of malfeasance in office. Prosecutors dropped three of those charges as part of the plea agreement.

During her guilty plea, Smith answered the judge’s questions about her understanding of the proceedings and the guilty plea but did not make any additional statement.

Investigators who reviewed town records said Smith diverted town funds for her personal use from 2011 to 2013, including using the town credit card when she was on personal trips. Smith falsified public records to justify the expenses in order to get reimbursed, investigators said.

Investigators also said Smith used a town credit card to download non-work-related audio files and data to her personal computer. Smith also didn’t pay her town water bill, which at one point grew to more than $800.