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Louisiana at a February meet- ing to be held in Montgomery, Alabama, to form a new South- ;~i ern government and elect the ,~ leaders of that government. i:: The reaction of Ponchatoula i~, citizens to the news of Louisi- ana's secession was not record- ed, but considering the area vote in the 1860 presidential election, and the January 7, 1861 vote for the Louisiana se- cession convention, the reaction may well have been more tern- pered than many other areas of the state where secession fever ran high. Gradually the sense of inevitability, loyalty to Loui- siana, and the desire to defend their homes against a possible Northern invasion brought al- most all local residents to sup- port the rebel cause. Commerce in Ponchatoula continued through the seces- sion crisis with trains of the New Orleans, Jackson and Great Northern Railroad Com- pany steaming through the piney woods town on their way north to Jackson and Canton and through transfers to other lines to more distant points in the upper South and the North, including Chicago. Beyond the rails connecting Ponchatoula with other parts of IGator LIVE MUSIC EVERY SUNDAY the nation, the community was also served by two east-west roads, the newest being the road through the center of town. This road was surveyed and es- tablished under the supervision of town founder James Clarke and was named Pine Street. The pre-existing east-west road which had been used by travelers during the preceding decades ran along the section line between Section 18 (Pon- chatoula) and Section 45 which had been claimed many years before by Alexander Bookter (a principal founder of Spring- field). This earlier road which ran along the present path of Weinberger Road (inside of the present city boundaries) and West McClellan Street contin- ued to be used even as Pine Street increasingly became the main thoroughfare of Pon- chatoula. Outside of the town of Pon- chatoula other roads, which could properly be called wagon paths through the forest, con- nected families living just north of the swamp east of Ponchatou- la (today's Weinberger Road area); other families living in the port community of Wades- borough on the Ponchatoula River; and residents who lived northwest of town in the area than would later be served by the Hoffman Road. These roads, outside of the future corporate limits of Pon- chatoula, were maintained by able-bodied neighborhood men who were called out by the Liv- ingston Parish Police Jury on occasion to refill holes in the road, clear side ditches, and help with repairs on the bridges across creeks and branches. 's Den l ..... THIS S U N DAY 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Old Hwy. 51 South, Manchac, LA70412 (985) 386-7902 Illll, A'r'rli INiI:YI,I G I,l,i; Commercial & Residential Recycling Center 19113 Weinberger Rd- Ponchatoula 985-386-6110 WE BUY Scrap Metal Batteries Lead Aluminum Cans Monday - Friday: 8am - 4pro Saturday: 8am - 12pro Garden of the Month The Garden of the Month for January 2011 has been awarded by the Ponchatoula Gardenettes to Darrell and Pare White of 42166 Pleasant Ridge Ext. Darrel and Pain's lovely home is surrounded by a garden created by Darrell of various plantings including: Compact Holly, Pinkie In- dian Hawthorn, Double Pink Knockout roses, Pink Camel- lias, Lierope, Sky Pencil Holly, a citrus grove of Lemon, Satsuma, Orange, and Cumquat. All, including spectacular Sago Palms that Darrell has raised from "pups." A great landscape truly worthy of the Garden of the Month. (Gar- denette Photo) Gasoline prices going up Average retail gasoline prices in Louisiana have risen 0.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.94 per gallon. This compares with the national average that has in- creased 1.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.09/g, accord- ing to gasoline price website Including the change in gas prices in Louisiana during the past week, prices yesterday Landry Robichaux (TPSO Photo) were 37.4 cents per gallon high- er than the same day one year ago and are 7.1 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has in- creased 8.1 cents per gallon dur- ing the last month and stands 39.3 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. Shannon Brite (TPSO Photo) Prostitutes busted TPSO Report Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of ~t~hree subjects after participating in a prostitution operation. On January 18, 2011, Sheriff Edwards learned of a possible prostitution operation taking place over the internet in our parish. It was learned that several subjects were offering sexual favors over the intent and arranging to meet at local motels in Tangipa- hoa Parish. It was also learned that illegal drugs sales were a pos- sible factor in the arrangement. During the investigation, agents made contact with Shannon M. Brite, 32, of Covington. Undercover agents arranged to meet with Brite and one other female subject later identified as Landry M. Robichaux, 33, also of Covington. Upon making contact with the females at a local motel, Brite and Robichaux offered agents sexual favors for the price of $600. Agents also observed that the females arrived at the motel in a black Cadillac occupied by white male driver. The male remained in the vehicle while the females were inside of the motel. Subsequently the females were arrested and taken into custody for prostitution. Agents then proceeded to contact the male subject stationed in the Cadillac. The male subject identified as, Michael K. Nazar, 44, was found to be in possession of a Glock pistol which was posi- tioned next to him on the passenger seat. Nazar was also arrested and charged with Principle the Solicitation of Prostitution. nesium and hydrochloric acid. Eighth graders Katie Lauga, Ame- lie Gremillion, and Bradley Zeringue are local scholars working on their experiment. Dennis Rowland Cancer Benefit set for Saturday Times Report A cancer benefit will be held Saturday, January 29 at Tamales Ole' Cantina, 155 Northwest Railroad Avenue, for owner Dennis Rowland, with food and music sup- plied by his numerous friends. The event begins at 2 p.m. Rowland is a longtime res- taurateur and tavern owner, a graduate of the Leadership Tangipahoa program, and a benefactor with his wife Mau- reen "Taco" Rowland of a needy school on Mexico's Yucatan Pen- insula. They have their house up for sale to pay some of the bills associated with his throat cancer treatment. John Johnson is cooking gumbo and pastalaya to go with the barbecue. Musicians will perform throughout the event, begin- ning with Larry Crocker and Richard Coody from 2 to 3 p.m. and followed by Michael Ganie, Ellis Bigner, Hector, Anthony Bares, Dwayne Whan, James Bass and The Porch Rockers. Ribbon cutting FROM PAGE1 ance Sale. Enter the drawing for door prizes every hour on the hour and enjoy refreshments while strolling through the shop. You might even win a painting from local artist Nancy LowerS. tritt, who will be on hand. You can meet many of the shop's vendors and Mayor Bob Zabbia will be there at 1 p.m. for the official ribbon cutting ceremony! Local Legion Auxiliary brings home national awards The A~erican Legion Auxiliary held its Mid-Win~er Con- ference 14-16 January 2011 in Alexandria, Louisiana. Two members of Leander J. Kinchen American Legion Auxiliary Unit 47 cam home with six different awards. Miss Shelbilyn Mott (left) won Louisiana Public Relation Outstanding Ju- nior member Award 2011, National Southern Division Out- standing Junior Hist6ry Award and National Outstanding Junior History Award; Department President 2009-2010 Kathy Thristup presented the awards. Cindy K. Newton (right) won National Outstanding Public Relation Award, National Outstanding Senior member Community Service Volunteer Award, and National Outstanding Veteran in the Classroom Award. (Courtesy Photo) PHS athlete-scholar honored Jonathan Kinchen, a senior at Ponchatoula High School, was recently presented a $400 check from McDonald's of New Orleans for being named an A+ Athlete by WWL TV. Jonathan was named Defensive MVP and 1st Team De- fense for District 7-5A, and All-State Honorable Mention. He also earned 1st place honors as a National Junior Olym- pian in Weightlifting this past summer. He has maintained a 3.85 grade point average and has earned college credits in mathematics during his junior and senior years. The money is donated to Ponchatoula High School, and Jona- than has designated the funds be used for weight room im- provements. Pictured are his parents Stanley and Dianne Kinchen and a representative from McDonald's corpora- tion. (Courtesy Photo) Sharing the dream These Ponchatoula High School students recently per- formed a Martin Luther King tribute at the Tangipahoa Parish School Board meeting on January 18. The program consisted of the Pledge of Allegiance, an excerpt and pho- tos from King's "I Have a Dream" speech, and a brass quin- tet playing patriotic songs. Pictured (right to left): Andrew Guillot, Quartermaster; Kayla McCaleb, Band Captain; Ray Siebenkittel, Interact President; Miles Lyons, All-State and Digtrict Honor Band; Deanna Robertson, Drama Club; Colton Vickers, Football team; Nathan Kelly, Senior Class President; and Steven Polk, Key Club President. (PHS Pho- to) Local doll collectors announce show Bayou Bebes of Baton Rouge Doll Show & Sale will be held February 12, 2011, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Milton J. Womack facility, 6201 Flor- ida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA. For further information, contact Ponchatoula's Cynthia or George Orgeron, at 985-386-4291 or at Sell or Buy Anything You want Just $6.49 for 20 words -- Ask about Statexvide Classifieds -- Call 98/386-2877 or editor(a