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Thursday, December 1,1983--3rd Year, Number 10 ['- T/MF00 5o Half Price For Subscribers See Coupon- Page Two  BRYAN T. McMAHON Editor & Publisher rage of homemade firebombs at Ponchatoula High School Y night destroyed the office of al A J. Bodker and would Utted the school were it not for t action of the Ponchatoula _eer Fire Department l police and firemen were on [ene moments after a security at the school reported the ,bing at 8:02 p.m, tel Erlo McLaurin Jr. said that t n had the fire under control en minutes. He estimated the Lhad gotten only a five minute Slart on his volunteers. k five fire trucks. 40 firemen |aSsistance from Independence l:rnmond to successfully beat |blaze whic left in shambles the ase cypress panelled office of :rincipal ruining many school L l:ersonal keepsakes in the [aSt'ov Cocktails" were apparent- ,0wn from the front lawn of the It , through Bodker's second 0ffice window and the windows radjoining office. Fire caught in [CYPress wall of the principal's , endangering classrooms on ird floor, some of which suffer- Oke damage. high school was my greatest n since becoming fire chief," ented McLaurin. "I have to end my men for putting in of monotonous night training [ill It made the difference." |'lYing fast on the scene were bers of the local police force. Sheriff's Deputy John Dahmer llis men, and officials with the .Fire Marshal's Office ers quickly rounded up the three explosive bottles of gasoline or kerosene with rag fuses stuffed in them that did not explode when they were thrown at the school. And they attempted to determine from glass fragments how many' firebombs did hit their mark and explode. City Councilman and volunteer fireman Dave Perkins guessed as many as five firebombs found their targets and went off, igniting their spilled liquid when the bottles shattered. He made clear that this was speculation, not an official count of the firebombs that went off. In the pro-dawn hours of Wednes- day, as this edition was going to press, city police were piecing to- gether leads in te case and were planning to interview suspects. There was at least one eyewitness who gave a statement to police. Bodker, who arrived after the fire was put out in his office, told teh Ponchatoula Times he hd no sus- pects in the firebombing. In spite of the fact that his office and numerous irreplaceable artifacts and keepsakes were ruined, Bodker ws adamant about keeping the school open. Asked if there would be classes this week, he shot back immediately, Asked if there would be classes this week, he shot back, "Yes sir. We'll have school. We won't let a little thinq like this stop us." Main- tenance workers were put to the immediate task of cleaning up the school for classes Wednesday. School Board President Danny Dufreche was one of the firest on the scene, at the wheel of the fire department's big Mack truck (in his capacity as volunteer fireman). "When I drove the big Mack up l saw flames in the office. They had been burning behind a curtain and at first you couldn't see them. He was obviously disgusted with the school attack. One of the first to tour the school after the firemen went in was School Board Member lake Bailey, who emerged to comment that the Local family feuds way to fame, fortune Staff Report It might have started as a game for the television folks out in California, but before it was all over the Ordoyne family of Ponchatoula turned itself into a group of highly-paid TV personalities. Lucien and May Ordoyne, together with their children Lisa, Phil and Mrs. Sy McNamara, were the big winners on Family Feud this past week, winning $17,650 in cold cash (less what the tax man takes) and a list of luxurious gifts, The pre-taped shows featuring the River Road family will appear on ABC television at 11 a.m. the week of December 26 (Channels 8 and 2 for local viewers). The action is over for the Ordoyne family now though, and they are still basking in the enjoyment of their free vacation out West and their record- breaking winning streak. Mother May Ordoyne says she is turning her share of the prize money (given out in five serarate checks) to daughter Mrs. L.ura Monger of Richmond, who missed getting on the show but turned up in California to cheer on her siblings and her damage would hve been far worse had not the volunteers arrived when they did and handled the job so professionally. John Dahmer, whose father served as local fire chief for years, was quick to cordon off the front lawn and classroom areas as his detectives searched for evidence and then went door-to-door in the neighborhood seeking clues. "This is an obvious case of arson. We'll be working it with the fire marshal and the local police." he said. Both Councilman-At-Large Julian Dufreche and Mayor Collins Boni- card commented that a fire at the high schoo had always been a serious threat due to the highly- flammable fat pine used in the vintage structure. A follow-up report will appear in the next editon of The Ponchatoula Times. it it I it li it it it it it it I i it tl , MY PONCHATOULA00 it By OLE HARDHIDE it it The Alligator it it What has become of Virgil Never one to sit still for long, it Jenkins the Sign Man, the Henry Arnold was pacing round happy mad prophet of Poncha- and round my cage the other it toula, riddle teller, and ban day limbering up his voice for it vivant? the auction he's yodeling down it Virgil, you haven't made an at the Hayride Building Friday, it appearance in public since you December 7: "What is my bid stood up for beer and beer for thJsgenuine, bathed in pond it drinkers everywhere in that water, alligator, including the parents.  memorable and impassioned coins you see here on his back? " Mrs. Ordoyne said her husband's share of the prize loot would likely be Council on behalf of an ill-fated Julius Guichet says he found speech delivered to the City Do lhearb,000... (Whoa Henry) used to raise the house another  the perfect gift f,or dad over at  MalatovCocktatls three feet,' a move doubtless Iocal pub. No riddles for the schoolchil- My Ponchatoula s own public prompted by last Spring s catas-  dren, no mad impossible calcu- gallery run by The Ponchatoula Destruction Malatov Cocktails with rag wicks Tuesday s high school blaze, trophic rise of the Tangipahoa River, it lations to boggle the 4-Hers of Artisans in The Craft Box, just a it and filled with kerosene or gasoline (Staff Photo) which flows by the couples home. our planet, no position papers quick four footed walk from LlOnal items damaged in the were recvered frm the scene of l-Jsa and Phil are said t have several I on the creeping movement to here. Local artists Maudie  plans for spending their winnings, battle even beer! Now Virgil, Henderson and Dot Perrin have  of P.H.S. Principal A.J. In addition to the money the game  it'll r are spread out in an adjoin- suppose Ole Hardhide just up painted some fantastic country show contestants won a wide variety and left Ponchatoula undefended scenes on hand saws and table .aSsroom. The blaze was so hot of gifts, "everything from vacuum like that? (How about a visit to saw blades. Buy dad a saw he office that it melted several cleaners to,, cameras to Chinese I the cage?) can't use. He'll love you for it," ! t. (Staff Photo) ginger jars. K Hey Joey Kraemer, this gator advises my friend Mr Guichet. Atthebaseofthebonanzawasthe  hopes you enjoy carrying golf Walking back to my cage 1  expense-paid trip to California, It clubs. That sweet Tracey Ourso overheard an out-of-towner ]kr/./ome-[,/./ome footed by ABC, which included hotel  youre marrying Saturday has approach Reggie Pevey looking  accommodations, a rental car, a golf in her blood! (When Dago for some property ,in ,the area. liberal restaurant allowance, all of | Ponchatou|a which contributed to what Mrs. it Kraft goes to kiss the bride I'd Are you a, broker?' "Ira broker, keep a club handy for any time than you,' replied the real estate i Ordoyn,e termed 'the best week of  over five seconds), man,. ushering him into his rDIANEDUMAINEMARTINEZ my life.  Janet Pevey, the decathalon's office. it included a Thanksgiving Day  answer to pharmacy, has found  l've found a perfect, enchanting of this earth t rest Principal's office This was the grim scene Tuesday the principal's office. night at Ponchatoula High School in (Staff Photo) Community Garden Club a boon to Ponchatoula By VIOLET COLLIER Times Garden Editor PART TWO During the year 1949 the Men's Garden Club was organized. I bet you never even knew we had a Men's Garden Club. Paul Williams, James Barranger of our town were very active members. Dr. E.E. Puls was president of the Tangipahoa Parish Mens" Club. They held their meetings in the Log Cabin. Speakers from the Reuter Seed Co. came over and gave lectures on what to plant and how to take care of your plants and bulbs, etc. "[he mayor at this time was Smith Guther and ne gave them a welcome speech and of course our club ladies cleaned and decorated the Log Cabin and were hc,esse ,c a delicious diPnvr tirol ;,is ,- , .... d as the one SEE PAF FOUR train trip to San Francisco for rail buff Lucien Ordoyne and the family, and a car tour of California's vine- yards arranged by son Phil. During the game itself, Susan was cited by her mother as the family member who had the correct quick answers that began the Ordoyne family's assault on the game show's cash reserves and viewers will be able to see her excel on the Fast Money portion of the show. "! think it broke all records," said a proud mother. Given time to reflect back on how the family finally lost the fifth round of the contest, after taking all comers for a week, Mrs. Ordoyne attributed the fatal fall to trying to keep up with the fast-paced schedule of the game show, but mostly to being outfoxed by themselves. She explains it like this: "At first you play for un, and the answers are obvious. They just pop out. Then you start playing for money. Then you tend to complicate your answer, you give tricky answers to simple questions." Look for the Ordoynes on the final day missing answers such as "card arable" and "'lumpy gravy." an excellent reason to travel to Baton Rouge. If your real desti- nation is Ponchatoula and it Tami Wells was spotted with her pretty fingers sticking out of rubber gloves, grabbing cold, my weary thought! Loua it is smitten Co-ol FALL breezes help to cleanse Il us all, that ! have come t a near perfect place; e best - of open space.  here yet give a nod, a e of the hand - and time of day  " Wisdom enough to say "Welcome" still not seem to mind tf eore not home spun. c. e s - blue skies enough for all - "Could call tht8 a little country town, as some do,  be likely correct, but rather put it down as --1 ...my !il ha, n ow ! have now found "the' piece of this here Earth - our home - sweet home ; Ponchatoula it slimy, gritty oysters and furtively you're flying in from out-of-state, jabbing a mean looking oyster it's markedly cheaper to fly into knife at them in a prying process it the Baton Rouge airport over akin toblg time wrestling. Won't it New Orleans' (Thanks Janet, someone buy the pretty co- it but Ole Hardhide is happy right owner of Aw Shucks a pearl it it where he's at and this reptile wouldn't trade your - brrrrrr - it snow ski weekends in Oregon, it or your mountain climbing, or your hang gliding or whatever it other subzero superwoman sport I you practice tn that perpetual daiquiri you call a state, for a it single sunny afternoon in the it gator pond). Aw Shucks, Gary Lavigne, it that's a real nice permanent it wave you've got there, fella. ] bet my artist buddy Terri Bentley is envious when you trip the light fantastic together. (l tried to give my tail a permanent it once, but the curl just wouldn't hold). it Folks over at The Depot are worried about Teddie Kraft. "He's been quiet lately," reports it his favorite can opener, looking necklace and put an end to this it spectacle? it Rumor out Millville way is that a little diver is expected in the family of Duane and Andree Dyer. it Uptown, Becky Eymard the it pianist is reported to be having a serious high-tech thin9 going it with her drummer. (The town is not dull, deceptively placid to the eye of the visitor, true, like a it picnic scene over a missile silo a moment before The Day Of.) Becky's "drummer"incidently is it an obnoxious little electronic boxthat emits a chonka-chonka it psudo-drum sound known to dissolve human teeth by the  third tune. it Say Kathy Welles, could you maybe drop in the mayor's ear the great bargains and benefits II concerned. (Sounds serious). SEE PAGE TWELVE