November 1983

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 21, 2007


A LaPlace man was struck by a train Tuesday, Nov. 1, 1983. Kerry Clement, 28, was sitting on the railroad tracks approximately 1,000 feet west of Main Street in LaPlace. The train engineer apparently blew the horn and put on the emergency brake, but Clement did not move.

Air National Guard Airman Robert L. Boriel, son of Dennis and Iris Boriel of LaPlace, has graduated from the U.S. Air Force electrical power production specialist course at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.

Eighty-five pounds of marijuana were seized from the ship General Dabrowski while it was docked at the Reserve anchorage, according to Edward Nowell, public information officer for the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office. Earlier in the week the same ship had been stopped in New Orleans where 100 pounds of marijuana that was out in the open was seized. While in Reserve a customs agent assisted in uncovering the additional hidden marijuana.

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” was presented at St. John Theatre Nov. 18, 19 and 20. Joyce Harvey of Reserve played the role of “Domina.” Ricky Oubre of LaPlace played one of the Proteans.

The play was directed by Denny Childs of LaPlace. Andre LaBorde, a disc jockey for WSMB radio in New Orleans played the part of “Miles Glorius.” Tickets were $6.

The Nov. 2 meeting of La Busy Bees was at the home of Ruth McKenzie with Beverly Summerheld acting as co-hostess. Former member Mary Cook was welcomed back to LaPlace and Bessie Evans was invited to join the club. A food bank was planned by the club and former president Ann Terrio was presented with a “thank you” plaque for past service. Mickie Colebeck, personal color analyst for Chroma International, gave a demonstration, with club member Lovell Smith as a model.

The IRS was trying to locate local residents or former residents who have not received their tax refunds from the government. LaPlace: Robert Shinard; Norman Banks; Winston Holiday; Tites E. and Fannie C. Johnson; Jo Ann Lloyd; John S. Martin; Richard Reddicks; Melanie Templet; and Wilda White. Reserve: Donald K. Brower Jr. Des Allemands: Craig Pizzolato.

Students with a 3.5 or above grade point average made the Destrehan High School principal’s list. Students were: ninth graders Cassi Baker, Diane Cuti, Lisa Durapau, Kimberley Evans, Jose Gonzales, Gregory Jeansonne and Brian Joseph; tenth graders Crissi Bailey, Danielle Madere and Debbie Suriano; eleventh graders Susan Hymel, Douglas Schultz and Dawn Smith; twelfth grader Angela Hoffman.

The official St. John election totals came in as St. John the Baptist Parish ended its police jury system of government in favor of a parish council.

Arnold Labat became the first parish president when he defeated Lester Millet 8,702 to 6,471 votes.

Sheriff Lloyd Johnson defeated Carl “Butch” Baloney 10,469 to 4,929 votes in the race for Parish Sheriff.

Harold Montegut Jr. defeated Robert Becnel 7,680 to 6,824 votes in the race for Court Clerk.

Richard “Dale” Wolfe defeated Cleveland Farlough 4,253 to 3,450 votes in the race for councilman-at-large for District A.

William “Bill” Terry defeated Hary Madere 3,510 to 3,086 votes in the race for councilman-at-large for District B.

The Saint Joan of Arc Vikings won the Catholic Football league championship beating the St. Peter Rams 36-8. This marks the second consecutive year the Vikings have won the championship. Quarterback Mark Loup enjoyed a field day in leading the Vikings to the 28-point win over the Rams.

Loup threw a pair of touchdowns to Darrin Duhoun. Todd Drexel also scored on an interception return for 102 yards and from the tailback spot for two rushing touchdowns. Tight end John Roussel added two more touchdowns.

Transportation Secretary Paul Hardy announced that all oversize and overweight vehicle movements would be prohibited on Thanksgiving Day.

Hardy said the decision was made at the recommendation of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety to provide maximum safety for motorists traveling on state highways during the holiday period.

R. K. McCord was appointed vice president of refining for Marathon Petroleum Company. McCord would take over the responsibilities for all Marathon refining activities. McCord replaced C.H. Barré, who elected to take early retirement.

Quotes of the Week:

“Everything you said is on tape. We’ll hold you to it.”

-St. John Baptist Parish School Board President Alvin Perret about the only bid for for an accounting computer system from Burroughs Corp. in New Orleans.

“You don’t get all the flack. They want to know if I’m the lawyer or the liar.”

-St. John School Superintendent Albert T. Becnel in answer to a comment by board legal counsel Daniel Becnel Jr. that his office gets all the complaints when sending letters to people owing delinquent taxes.

“I’m not going to shut up until I’m finished.”

-St. John school board President Perret in a semi-argument with board member Martin Bonura.

“Why would you recuse yourself? You’re not kinfolk?”

– St. John school board President Perret again. Perret asked Bonura why he recused himself because obviously Bonura and Madeline Jasmine, a black woman, were not related. Bonura said he had reasons for recusing himself.