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GE Thursday, January 23, 1986--5th Year, Number 17 Subscribers pay half price And get free home delivery! See coupon - Page Two mo ,, ,,_, PONCHATOULA TIMES SOe L Local citizens give views on Gov. Edwin Edwards' gambling proposals Do you support Governor Edwin Edwards' plans to raise money for the state by asking the State Legislature to legalize Patsy Mclntyre - 'Tin for it if it brings in money and it is used for the school system." Steve Boudreaux - "l think they ought to go through with the lottery. There are too many people for it. I'm for the gambling casinos so long as they're kept in New Orleans," Rod Sparnecht - "l wouldn't mind it so much if they keep orga- L casino gambling in the New Orleans area and call an election to let Louisiana voters decide if they want a state lottery? nizeo crime out of it, which I don't think is possible On the other hand I believe a lottery would be relatively easy to protect from the mob, so l am for a lottery." Kathy Apperson "'l don't think (Oov. Edwards) is doing it for the state. I think he's looking after himself for some money to pay his way out of that seam. Why should he start helping the state n ow?'". Bill Graziano - "1 think it's a bad idea myself They should cut overhead at,.:] concentrate on the tourist trade." Leslie Fletcher - "Td be for that lottery but there's too much corruption involved in the casinos. I haven't seen a state yet where the lottery wasn't successful though." Tommy Motichek - "I'm against the casinos but ! could go along with the lottery. We have too much corruption in the state and gamblincl would.hrinq in more/" Esther Perrin - "1 don't think it would be run honestly. It wasn't the first time we had a state lottery and the federal government had to shut it down. Are we better now or worse? On the other hand. the moneywould be good, and people are gambling anyway." AI Courouleau - "I'm for it. Why let the politicians have all the furF' Chris Stauder: "I'm in favor of it 100 percent. 1 enjoy gambling. Why go out of state to do it. It will be good for the state too. The federal government will be keeping close watch, so rm not worried about corruption." f,// ; George Cutler - "i think it is a ; good idea. I'm not much of a gambler myself and 1 doubt I'd go down there much but rm not againt it. It would raise a lot of money." Ron Perrtn - "l want to study it, the profits and the crime rates. The detriment would be mostly to the New Orleans restaurant business. I'm against the lottery because it takes the money from the poor and distributes it across the state." Buddy Dufreche - "l believe it will go to a vote of the people and the people will approve it." , t Ponchatoula airman IIICOHI'Oi3ATI:D AUGUST. lTT",laii ' to be buried Saturday o 1,\\; Tuesday, June 12, 1888. 0 , ' QUARTERLY TWENTY DOLLAR DRA'00I00G Staff Report - NEW ( ,= O O O I X The body of Vonchatoula airman THISTMVENTI ENTITLES THE HOLDER Alexander has .been identified by THEREOF TO ON OF SUCH PRIZE A8 military investigators probing the mid- MAY BE DRAWN a Jl IN THE WITHIN-NAMED ,/j ] jQ Af December crash of a military charter in DRAWING, IF PREIUE  PAYMENT BEFORE THK M/'.' ,l,,t,(, Newfoundland. EXPIRATION OF S FROM THE DATE OF ......  - - Funeral servi are tentatively set for SAID DRAWING. i:  Saturday at the Ponchatoula Community 98-year-old La. Lottery ticket Ponchatoula's Lester Cook holds three ] 888 La. Lottery tickets Staff Report It snould be noted that the legislature Three rare 1888 Louisiana State kottery Company tickets in Lester ook's collection of family treasures :ecalls the last time Louisiana was the lambling capital of the nation. If Coy. Edwin Edwards has his way. -ouisiana voters will soon have a hance to decide if a state lottery will be )rought back to help solve some of LOUisiana's financial ills. The nearly-century old raffle tickets held by the well-known Ponchatoula P.ostal worker are already winners, even though they would be worthless in a modern lottery and didn't earn a penny r Cook's great-great-grandfather rastus Cook, who bought them the same year he died. Cook says he has already turned down some fairly substantial offers to )urchase the tickets which were found v a relative in Wellington Ohio in a amily journal and sent'to lonchatoula or safekeeping two years ago. As the face of the tickets indicates. the Louisiana State Lottery Company. the private concern which operated the lottery, was incorporated by the Louisiana Legislature August 17. 1868. at that time was made up of carpetbaggers whose notoriety includes manifold tales of corruption and scandal, augmented by open bribery and ribald, drunken legislative sessions. Two New Yorkers were the main figures of the lottery operation, John A. Morris and Charles T. Howard. Their corporation received from the 1868 Legislature an exclusive 25 year franchise to conduct the lottery, which was supposed to be charitable in nature but was profitable in practice, for those who ran it. The lottery in its first year made one million dollars, an even more incredible sum in those days than it is today. But even though that princely figure sky- rocketed upwards of $60 million a year. the state never received more than $40.000. the amount of the annual pledge included by law in the lottery incorporation which went to Charity Hospital. The lottery company was allowed by law to keep half of what it brought in. As much as $500 million annually was spent by Americans in nearly every state of the Union before the "'Golden Octopus." as its detractors called it. went out of business in 1893. Large chunks of the operating funds, according to historians, went to bribe legislators "from a special fund set up at the Iottery's inception, to insure it would not be made illegal by the same law- makers who helped create it, with bribes starting at $50,000 in gold coins, according to one historian. In an effort to make the lottery appear respectable an annual payment of $30,000 apiece was made to General P.G.T. Beauregard of New Orleans and to General Jubal A. Early of Virginia, two famous Confederate Civil War generals who had fallen on hard financial times following the war. Beauregard's and Early's signatures are printed on the backs of all three lottery tickets in Cook's possession. Above their signatures was the following message from the two heroes: "We will personally supervise, manage and control the drawing, and all the arrange- ments therefore, wherein the number representing this ticket may be drawn. and see that it is conducted honestly, fairly and in good faith...'" The tickets themselves were distributed Dennis Hebert to reign as king Staff Report Ponchatoula's Dennis Hebert will trade his legislator's suit for a king's yal robes as he and his vfe Evelyn u! reign as king and queen of Pon- Chatoula's Carnival celebrations. The Second Annual Mardi Gras Costume Dance is being held this year at Stanley Cowen's B!u February 7. Only 100 ticke s Room o13 have been :i printed for the event, cosdng ten dollars i per couple and available at The 'onchatoula Times City Hall. i Jackson's Medi-Thrift, and at Poncha- toula Pool & Spa. Members of the royal court named by i the hosting Mayor's Committee for a Better Ponchatoula include: o.f_ Justice Eddie Layrisson, Du-'- oi Main Su-eet Ginger Zachmann, chess of Miilville Nettle Watts, Duke of Wadesboro Limp Berthelot, Duchess Energy Jeanne Zaleski, Duke of ovington S,N. "Cramps" Fitzmorris, Duke of .Bedico Bobby Stanga, Duchess ' manchac Wanda Cortez, and Duke of Manchac Mark Cortez. Music for the costume-only dance will bepro.vide,d by the popular local group "'Hashback", PLEASE SEE PAGE TWO contingent including a general will attend the service, according to Mayor Charles Gideon who says he was contacted by Washington Monday. Several medals will be awarded post- humously by the military and Gideon has ordered city flags to fly half mast in tribute to the dead member of the 101st Airborne. Local flags flew at half mast over the Christmas holidays in honor of the Pon- chatoula High School graduate, whose burial was delayed because of difficulties faced by investigators trying to positively identify victims of what is believed to be the worst militarly disaster of its kind in U.S. history and the worst air disaster of any kind in Canada's history. TV dinner co, wants to move. here Staff Report Mayor Charles Gideon said that a frozen 1 dinner company interested in locating in Ponchatoula could help the city win government fund to develop an industrial park to attract still more business here. While he would not name the manu- facturer which Gideon says has already met with Donnie Layrisson and other owners of the old Valmy Building on North Fifth Street, he did say the firm would specialize in Louisiana Cajun dinners, seafood and vegetables which would be ,purchased and prepared locally. "He (the company representative) said the Valmy Building would be small for the plans being made by the company, but it could be used at the start, with a bigger plant to come," said the mayor. Gideon said that such interest expressed by a company willing to locate here is exactly what is needed to secure state or federal funding for a proposed Ponchatoula Industrial Park, rumored to be located on the site of the recently-closed Crown Zellerbach mill. Mayor's Committee for a Better Ponchatoula The Mayor's Committee for a Better Ponchatoula is working hard to prepare for the February 7 Mardi Gras Costume Dance. The group includes (left to right) Eva Schum, Butch Mevn, Barbara Meyn, Melvin Allen D.D.S., Mary Methvin, Henry. Arnold, Mayor Charles Gideon, Cindy Newton, James McKnight, Douglas Daigle, Ann O'Bannon, Bob Troyer, Doug O'Bannon, Marie Troyer, Jean Arnold and Johanna Daigle. (Times Photo) Lions Club to buy land, build home Staff Report The Ponchatoula Lions Club has voted to borrow up to $200,000 to purchase land and a large building to house the city's largest service club. Lions Club members approved a recommendation to purchase close to 3.5 acres of land owned by club member Stanley Cowen for $85,000. The land is located within the city limits and faces East Pine near the city limits. Building Committee Chairman Wallace "Sonny" Wells and club president Gary Stanga are among those members now seeking financing for the project and proposals for the metal building. Rep. Dennis Hebert seeks voter views on gambling By BRYAN T. McMAHON Editor & Publisher Representative Dennis Hebert of Ponchatoula has asked The Ponchatoula Times to help him poll his constituents regarding Coy. Edwin Edwards' plan to raise money for the state through gambling. Specifically, Edwards has already told the Legislature that he intends to ask it during the upcoming session to lay the legal groundwork for the opening of gambling casinos in New Orleans and nearby parishes south of the lakes. The governor says he will ask the legislators to approve a voter referendum on a state lottery. Rep. Hebert and fellow lawmakers across the state are already being barraged by organized attempts to sway their vote on this issue. Hebert indicated he would welcome the grassroots opinions of his constituents before he makes up his mind on the issue. Those not contacting the state representative directly at his Ponchatoula office, 386-8636, are urged through the Letters To The Editor page to share your views with him in The Ponchatoula Times, P.O. Box 743, Ponchatoula, La. 70454. This informal poll seeks two answers: Are you in favor of being able to vote on the question of having a statewide lottery? Are you in favor of the Legislature voting to allow casino gambling in New Orleans and other parishes south of the lakes? I MY PONCHATOULA By OLE HARDHIDE The Alligator l suppose by now everyone knows that I almost had Officer James McKnight for a midnight snack Monday (or Tuesday, if you happen to be on that side of the second that ticks midnight). It was a classic! l decided that instead of ordering out for pizza from New York-style or from Mr. B's (or by homing in on dinner with Penny and Rod where they build a pizza homemade from the pan up under Whttey's thin-sliced andouille instead of pepperoni), I would eat Officer McKnight. Now you must remember that this is not like gulping down a pizza delivery boy and then enjoying the pizza for dessert because Officer McKnight carries a big iron on his hip (instead of a loud radio in his car like the pizza delivery boys). I had to be sneaky. So the first thing ! did was I cut the water off to my pond by slipping into my secret basement and simply turning my private valve. That was enough to wake up the man whose primary duty in city service is to keep water flowing to the local reptile - Douglas O'Bannon the Giant Irishman. Doug's so braced for catastrophe, and as Red Cross director has watched so many disaster films, that he was wearing a great boot on his head and trying to get his big socked foot into an orange hard hat by the second ring of the phone. It was my Men In Black dialing up to tell him at midnight that Ole Hardhide's water had mysteriously stopped and wouldn't he please get down to the cage before UPI and AP broadcast the scandalous bad treatment of Oie Hardhide to the world (I am to alligators what The Refrigerator is to Bears). Anyway, he hurried right over. An alligator doesn't live long in the swamp before he starts learning all the tricks of all the other swamp critters, such brother opossum, and it was like him I was playing when the Giant Irishman crept into my cage on loud feet looking for the plug in the water line. l saw him but 1 played like l was watching a dream movie on the inside of my eyelids; even threw in a fake snore or two. 1 wasn't willing to risk my teeth on the steel-kneed Celt. It was curious Officer James McKnight, Sweet Smelling James on the bacelorettes like to call him, Jovial James of the Good Taste as his fellow males are given to describing him, James the Juicy, as I have always thought of him since last summer when l nearly nibbled his digits off when he tried to cart me off to an alligator race (imagine!), Officer McKnight was easing behind Doug O'Bannon into my cage. Oh I was patient, and how l held my breath and waited, imperceptively bunching my muscles for the great leap, just as soon as he got overconfident and too far from the cage door to do him any good. The Giant Irishman was following my plan better than I could have ever hoped when he began kidding the good-tasting officer about being such a chicken. (Oh I wish he hadn't used that word.) My muscles sprang like rat traps released, each of four bunched legs pushing me aloft and as I clawed at empty space like an alligator frantically swimming in air (which I was), my nimble dinner beat a retreat that ended on the safe side of the cage gate that my salivating jaws crashed into. !'11 have you for dinner yet, Officer James McKnight! But first I'm going to relax at either the Daigles over in Millvllle or at the Craigs out Dunson Road way and enjoy watching Jackie Vaughan puff up and down the field Sunday at the Superdome, where lesser attractions include the Bears-Patriots game. Word has reached the cae he's been tapped for referee duty during the Superbowl (How about that. ). Tell me Wendy Curtis, of Pumpkin Center by night and Martha Vinyard's 5th grade by day, you re such a hot salesgal, what keeps your school chocolate from melting? I bet Mrs. Lynn Schroeder over at the new Westminster Place on First Street would buy a bar of sweets for all of my sweets moving into the fancy new senior citizen apartments. Is infamous parallel parking going to cause an uproar when it comes to the eastside main street churches? Stay tuned to this station. Somewhere back in the speedier-than-light time when Miss Vlckie Mathews was becoming Mrs. Vickie Jenkins someone forgot to shower the bride (you could have just come down and hopped into my pond Vickie). All that's being set right Saturday (better late than never 1 suppose). Anyway, have a riotous good time. PLEASE SEE PAGE TWO