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Desoto ,me here on his journey? !i!i ON ROUGE-.People'who have t certain 16th century artifacts in a may help solve the mystery of )los route through the state ing to Harvard archaeolog's H:rran/uDreSta:tod i Y e " p . the interior parts of the South- !s "- il/lffter almost 450 years, much of  route in Louisiana remains !.! Own. Dr. Brain says' at this point it P to archaeology to provide  for pinpointing the route. '' . Brain and his colleagues are :i! the help of individuals who oonUmeters  ound 16th century beads, bells eeapons called halberds. Through  eological study, the places where Bells ,. artifacts are found can be linked , ptlons of Indian villages that . )to s men visited. Artifac of the type al, mclated with : known that DeSto and his army DeSto and his men: bells from : ki in Florida in 1539 and made Coahoma County, Missitppi and a r way west to the Mississippi River.  halberd fi'om Pontotoc County, Missis- 0  I of 1541, they crossed the river sippi. ,.n,M.,.,. - ' here in northwestern Mississippi bottom. an their travels in Arkansas. The most distinctive type of 16th din hypothesizes that DeSto and century beads is known as the Nuevo den followed the Ouachita River Cadiz bead. This bead is usually long (.5 into Louisiana to the present-day to 2 inches) and tube shaped, square in Halberd 0fJonesviile. The expedition then cross-section and constructed of 3 rtheast to the place, near Lake layers of glass. The inner layer is often ph, where DeSto died. The dark blue or black, the middle layer is nts of the army traveled over- white and the exterior is a turquoise to across northern Louisiana to cobalt blue. I, then turned back, returning to Halberds were the principal weapon lian villaae where DeSoto died. of the 16th century foot soldier, and  r ing no food there, the men consisted of an ax blade coupled with a - 1 north to another village, probably pike fitted to the end of a long wooden here in Madison or East Carroll shaft. Today, usually only the iron es. There, they built boats and, in halberd head is found, since the 3, floated down the Mississippi wooden shaft has decayed. t to the Gulf, eventually making If readers know about artifacts of this 'Vay to Mexico. type, please take three steps: (1) record [ I'OLsON^LIZCD r,J other parts of the South,, 16th the precise location where they were [ rmvJcf _ ry artifacts linked to DeSoto s men found, (2) refrain from digging any of I: 1'1 :been found along the path the the sites, and (3) write Dr. Jeffrey P. is believed to have followed. To Brain, Peabody Museum of Archaeology , however, no one has reported and Ethnology, Harvard University, II hese artifacts in Louisiana. Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, Massa- to's men gave glass beads and chusetts 02138 or contact Richard A. I bells as gifts to the Indians. The Weinstein, archaeologist at. Coastal bells, known as hawk bells, are Environments, Inc., .1260 Mare Se3 , t an inch in diameter with wide Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802, ( ) handles and large holes in the 383-7451. ad hghts won t slow" ' )u down in 4-1aned Ponchatoula Staff Report The Highway Department completed the four laning of the downtown region re should be fewer red lights to this week, building a four lane main the flow of traffic in downtown street on the east side of Pine to meet :ltoula when Bob Adams. a state the four lane omplete earlier from l- engineer finches synchrg 55tthe-d. rficsignalson'PineS'treet. Heading out o! Ponchatoula and lYor Charles Gideon said that he driving east the final stages of road work Ilde the request this week. can be seen stretching to the parish line, , a resurfacing and widening project that .... is supposed to enhance the two lane road with hard shoulders such as the one built between Springfield and Pon- 1 chatoula. l II Merchants and professionals doing ,.. I,II || business on East Pine had the parking in D r' 11 front of their businesses and offices I F jJ changed to parallel parking from the historic angle parking. __ - _ The new parking scheme has come ) /' I' D I/" L.I under repeated criticism from owners of   I  |  I I downtown businesses, who say it has cut down on commercial traffic because __ it is more difficult for shoppers to park $,--If--l f"/hA and cuts down on the number of I     k f  parking spaces available. Others say the t, ,.-rP..--.. new parking and four-laning has VV rl I / i- W/a L L encouraged speeding downtown. P-155/80/B-12 ......... P-155/80/B-13 ll''A"tr "jk kk'lt '" P-165/S0/B-13 BUY $2999 USA ;.185/75/B-14 P195/75/B-14 ,- -  ,'" sk " "J "  P-205/75/B-14 600 $3 Ready Cty P-235/75/B-15 P-215/75/B-15 capta stry _ _ _ to city in this state who came to the city P-205/75/B-I 5 anonymously, rented a car, checked into a motel, and in casual dress went P-225/75/B-.14 about the town sounding out the citizens on how they felt about life there, the P-215//5/B-14 government, the weather. Having col- I-ected an earful of negative responses from gas station attendants, care owners _iljroo and the like, the man of industry decided against moving his business to that town. Backer said that when P r ice i n I u d e s . advance scouts are sent out to a 10unting Balancing prospective new industrial site an attempt is always made to gauge the St e m . To x e s local attitude. Ponchatoula native and Tangipahoa Industrial Development Foundation  /.rnlk,l, director Charles Gibson praised the local industrial board members, as did  ' .v,,, . Van Sickle, who assured all present he tew & U s e d would highly recommend industries and businesses seeking to locate in T, r e s oon,,o o ,o , Ponchatoula. As part o[ their training, citizens on ..I,: Ponchatoula's industrial board have i5 S" W" R' R" A re, been contacting existingbustnesses here . __ in an effort to keep them in Poncha- toula. In one industrial situation the 86 ,4303 local board was able to win state bene- " fits for a local company which its owners - I did not know existed. THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, AUGUST 21, 1986, PAGE THREE Local olympians leave senior games gold in Alexandria Staff Report had a great.time trying." Part of the nationwide senior olympics, The seniors were entertained by The the third annual event was sponsored Senior Olymp!ans from our area Blue Chambray band from the state by the Louisiana Nursing Home Ass- competed Saturday in the statewide prison at Angola, the xie Darlings ciatton. games at Rapides Parish Coliseum in dance team, the.Shriners Desert Whee! . Itcuiminated weeks of practice by the Alexandria, backed by local fans. Unit, MacHutt the anti-crime dog, and local seniors and pitted the winners of Paul Guitreau Jr., administrator of Blppothe Hippo. regional olympics against each other on Belle Maison Nursing Home, reported England Air Force Base provided a the state level. Ponchatoula was host to that olympians Lucina Cicet (horse- color guard, and Rep. Raymond the regional olympics leading up to this shoes), Alice Sanchez (discus). and Laborde acted as master of ceremonies, event. Josephine Alphano (softball) had a eat time but didn t win any medal ('nlln'd tt'f 4.# r ....... vvAxx,..x Vlk, ILU .. Joel Hemphill coached the eam. He thanked volunteers Miss Sarah Eubanks and Miss Brenda Jones for charge civic clubs full rate helping the seniors compete, praised his staffers Evelyn Williams and Lisa Craw- ford for their contributions to the com- petition, and Hardy Williams for piloting the van donated for the occasion by the First Methodist Church of Ponchatoula, as well as Belle Maison's dietary depart- ment for packing the special lunches. Mrs. Lisa Crawford commented, "Everything was fantastic from the great picnic lunch to the ride up there, and the competition itself. With 79 nursing homes there was some really stiff com- l:etition. We didn't win anything but we Staff Report By a 3-2 vote the Ponchatoula City Council shot down a proposed ordinance that would have exempted service organizations from paying building permit fees. 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