a longtime Louisiana soul singer and pianist, will receive a $25,000 National Heritage Fellowship at a ceremony Sept. 25 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The award was announced June 4 by the National Endowment for the Arts. Fran is among nine artists receiving the honor, which recognizes folk and traditional artists in the U.S.
Cultural Elite Dance Academy
was the statewide overall "top producer" for Lemonade Day 2013, when more than 13,000 children across Louisiana started their own lemonade stand "businesses" while also raising money for local charities. Cultural Elite Dance Academy made $1,597, and donated $100 to Breast Cancer Research. A full list of top finishers is at www.louisiana.lemonadeday.org.
St. Tammany Fire District No. 1
collected 11,000 pounds of food to send to Journey Church in Norman, Okla., for area residents recovering from last month's devastating tornadoes. The Slidell Police Department, Jennings Police Department and several faith-based organizations collected and sent an additional 18,000 pounds of food.
Arlen "Benny" Cenac Jr.,
pleaded guilty in federal court June 5 to charges of making false statements to the Federal Election Commission. Cenac used his personal and business accounts to channel illegal campaign contributions to U.S. Sens. David Vitter ($15,000) and Mary Landrieu ($25,300) using cashier's checks bearing the names of his relatives, friends and business associates. The senators were not aware of the scheme, according to the feds. Cenac faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 5.