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September 11, 1986

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Letters to the editor Local tax election Dear Mr. Editor: On September 27, 1986, the rural people of Tangipahoa Parish will again have a chance to help solve a very noticable and serious problem in our parish-Namely, fix our roads. We are being asked to vote for a two cent sales tax in the rural area. Sure it is another tax but we are already paying this same tax in the towns when we make our purchases there. They are getting their streets fixed with the tax we pay. This is good. Good for them and good for us, because any improvement to towns are improve- ments to the parish. The rural people will not be paying an additional two cent tax in the towns if this tax passes. You will pay the two cent only on what you buy outside the town limits. A very small change in the tax we pay in a year if you stop to think Vote for Proposition No. 1 Dear Bryan, I would like to put political rhetoric aside for a moment and address a matter of great consequence to all Louisianians...a sound educational system. Without it there will be no jobs, no progress, and few prospects of a brighter tomorrow. Therefore, ! strongly urge all voters to vote FOR Proposition No. 1, a proposed constitutional amendment which will appear on the September 27th ballot. If this amendment passes, the bulk of the one-time "8-G" settlement, which most likely will be the state's last major oil and gas windfall, will be deposited into a Permanent Trust Fund and dedicated solely to enhancing education. Only the interest earnings from this fund can be spent, thus ensuring a perpetual source of funding for quality educational programs. No one can deny that such use of one-time monies makes more sense than spending these funds for recurring purposes. We simply cannot afford to Thanks Dear Editor: On behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association l would like to thank all the volunteers that helped with the Jerry Lewis Telethon. ! had close to 50 volunteers within the 24 hour telethon. The phones and road blocks were manned by volunteers from Catholic Daughters of America, American Legion Auxiliary Unit #47 and Unit #109, VFW. Auxiliary #3652, D.A.V. Auxiliary, Ponchatoula Jaycees, Hammond Jaycees, Ponchatoula AAR.P., Ponchatoula C.O.P.E., Cub Scouts and Kappa Alpha. Extra special thanks to the crew and owner of WFPR/WHMD radio station for sponsoring the telethon. Also a special thanks to our co-sponsor with our phones Ponchatoula Homestead. I would like to thank the merchants how little you buy outside of the towns. Town people who make purchases in the rural areas will in turn help us with our roads. Even with this tax all roads will not be fixed right away but as each road is fixed it brings the road we use most closer to being fixed. No matter what road Is fixed it is better than nothing, as we can expect now. Without the tax all you can do is talk and gripe about the roads and weather. When you point your finger at someone you blame, remember that as you point that finger that same hand is pointing three fingers at YOU. Lets start trusting our jurors and give them something to work with. A Trusting Neighbor Leonard Kraft 1202 Hoffman Rd. Hammond, La. sacrifice our future in order to balance the budget for one year. Face it. Louisiana has suffered enough from too much bad news and too few triumphs. We now have a golden opportunity to emerge as a leader in the educational arena by creating the largest education trust fund in the country. That is good for our image and our children. That is the reason I authored this amendment. Just as i have attempted to put politics aside for the purposes of this letter, I am asking all candidates involved in the September election to join me in setting aside September 16th as a day to campaign not for our indi- vidual political futures, but for the future of our state. My sole purpose as I travel around the state on this date will be to encourage each and every voter to vote FOR Proposition No. 1; to vote FOR a better educational system and a better Louisiana. Thomas H. Hudson State Senator who fed the volunteers during the tele- thon. They were: Joe's Hi Ho, Popeye's Fried Chicken, McDonald's (Hammond Square Mall) and Winn Dixie. A special thanks to Pets, Pets, and Pets for the use of the fish bowl and Lowe's for the use of "IV for the telethon. A special thanks to you for giving over $2,700.00 to "Jerry's Kids". This money will stay in our area to help kids with Muscular Dystrophy. If you did not call in your pledge you can still do so. Call 924-7744. Every little bit helps. Thank yo-mmond and Poncha- toula for the donation you made. Cindy K. Newton Chairman- 1986 Pledge Center Coordinator Muscular Dystrophy Telethon Perrin's PTO officers Perrin Early Learning Center PTO president is Mr=. Jean Hill. Joining her in leadership roles at the school are Fro officers Vice President Mrs. Ann Phillips, Secretary Mrs. Susan Gator cage progress Staff Report While construction on Ole Hardhide's cage may seem to be as slow as a sleeping alligator, contractor Ronnie Perrin predicts construction will be complete by the end of September. He reports that public support of the project is continuing at a high level, with sales of five dollar personalized bricks to be used in the new cage selling briskly. Brick donations are still being accepted Wild, Treasurer Mrs. Jan Hoffman, Reporter Mrs. Nancy Kinchen and Parliamentarian Mrs. Pat Rodriguez. (Times Photo) by Chamber of Commerce officers and by cage chairman Mrs. Joel Smith. Perrin said that progress has not been noticeable because work so far has con- centrated on the cage's new plumbing. When completed he says the cage will be more humane for the giant reptile, and more eye-pleasing for visitors, adding that Doug O'Bannon is supposed to build a municipal fountain as part of the project. Deaths in our community MRS. JOY ESTHA GAHN WHITE Mrs. Joy Estha Gahn White, 49, a native and resident of Hammond, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 1986, at Tulane Medical Center, New Orleans. Visitation was at Harry McKneely and Son Funeral Home, Hammond. The funeral was 10 a.m. Tuesdayat Holy Ghost Catholic Church, followed by burial in Rose Memorial Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, T.C. Gardner White, Hammond; two daughters, Judith Marie Perrone, Deerprk, Texas, and Katherine Sue Failer, Hammond; a son, Mark W, White, Prairieviile; her parents, James and Rita Gahn, Hammond; two sisters, Karen Griffin, Amite, and Catherine Glass, Austin, Texas; and five grandchildren. LLOYD ALFRED RYAN Uoyd Alfred Ryan, 80, a native and resident of Ponchatoula, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 1986 at Belle Maison Nursing Home. Visitation was at Harry McKneely and Son Funeral Home, Ponchatoula. Burial was in Ponchatoula Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Gracie Marie Babin Ryan, Baton Rouge;six sisters, Mary R. Darouse, Mildred and Maxine Berthelot, Rista Berseygay, Louise Bonicard and Julia Ragan; a brother, billy Ryan; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruby Threeton and Gertle St. Pierre; and a brother, Norvld Ryan. THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, SEPTEMBER 11, 1986, SEC. A., PAGE Sherman Phares Sherman Phares, owner of Sherman's Glass and Radiator, was captured by Times lensmen Friday as he helped put some of the finishing touches on his new business location. Only two weeks away from completion, the new and larger Sherman's Glass and Radiator will be located on Hwy. 51 at Hoffman Road near Barringer Drive. Besides his time-tested repu- tation for quality glass and radiator work, Phares' business Is also an official Louisiana vehicle inspecUon station. Local motorists can have their cars Inspected for brake tags while they are inspecting the new busine location. (Times Photo) IN SERVICE ARMY Capt. Thomas E. Barnes, son of Dorothy A. Barnes of 312 Sibley Lane, Ponchatoula, La., has arrived for duty with the 2nd Armored Division Forward, West Germany. The move was made as part of the U.S. Army's Cohesion Operational Readiness and Training (COHORT) System. COHORT is designed to enhance mission effectiveness and strengthen unit cohesion and esprit de corps by providing soldiers the opportunity for long-term identification with their units. Barnes is a company commander. His wife, Llnda, is the daughter of Lindsey L. and Alberta Martin of 1649 Front St., Bogalusa, La. ARMY Army Private Wayne M. LeSieur Jr., son of Viola B. Smith and brother of Sonya A. Haggard, both of Robert, La., has arrived for duty with the 1st Armored Division, West Germany. LeSteur is a combat engineer. His wife, Shirley, is the daughter of Paul H., Mandeville La., and June LaDell of Picayune, Miss. AIR FORCE Air National Guard Airman Frank S. Pellichlno, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Peilichino of Star Route, Poncha- toula, La., has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. During the six weeks of training the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization and customs and received special training in human relations. In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Boy Scout Round-Up Scoutmaster, Leonard Kraft, of Boy Scout Troop 101 announces a troop round-up meeting at the Ponchatoula American Legion Home on September 16 at 7 p.m. Any boy that is-- 1.11 to 16 years old. 2. Has a desire and time to learn and live the outdoors 3. Wants to learn leadership, citizenship and fellowship 4. Wants to have fun while this Should be at this meeting with one or both of his parents to hear more. Any one that rejects disci- pline need not come. For more Information call 386-2669. Rube Rogers found innocent A jury found former Tangipahoa Parish Police Jury Rube Rogers innocent of a firearms charge last week. Rogers had been charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a fire- arm. The jury of fivi., men and seven women deliberated nearly three hours before retumtn 9 the not guilty verdict. Assistant District Attorney Louis Sherman, who prosecuted the case, asked that the jury be polled after the verdict was read. The minimum ten jurors said they supported the verdict. Two said they did not. Defense attorney Jimmy Dukes said the mandatory sentence for conviction on the firearms charge would have been three years in prison. Dukes said he was pleased. He said he had used witnesses to show that Rogers did not own the weapons that were seized during the raid at his home near Springfield on January 9, 1984. "He wasn't home and did not know the guns were there," Dukes One of Rogers' fiends testified had left three rifles at Rogers' while he went shopping in the day of the raid. Sherman had argued that of the guns was not In question. "The charge And there Is no question were1 his house, and that he was a felon," the prosecutor said. Rogers was a police juror from to 1976. He was subsequently of felony drug charges. Rogers' legal problems are not Some marijuana was also found home during the 1984 raid by police. Sherman said the state will Rogers on a charge of possession marijuana with intent to distribute. 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