Author: Kathryn Martin

City of Ponchatoula Christmas Lights

Ponchatoula Christmas Lighting Story

Each year on a Friday evening early in December, hundreds of people of all ages fill downtown Ponchatoula to enjoy “Christmas Lighting” – but how many know the story behind the event and the beautiful lights that stay on throughout the season?

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USS Ponchatoula AO-148

Warship Named In Honor of 1942 Efforts to Collect Scrap Metal

In 1942, the federal government asked Ponchatoula High School to work on a homeroom wartime guidance program. The report which Principal Will Ed Butler submitted was the basis for the national high school victory corps in which youngsters all over the country collected scrap metal and worked to add their bit to wartime efforts.

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CivicSource Auctioneer

City of Ponchatoula Partners with CivicSource to Auction Tax Delinquent Real Estate

The online adjudicated property auctions will eliminate blight while restoring significant, annually recurring revenues to the City from property taxes that had previously gone unpaid. “We are looking forward to our partnership with CivicSource to help return previously vacant land and properties back to use and commerce,” explains Ramona Tara’ Umbach, Tax Collector for the City of Ponchatoula.

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City of Ponchatoula Financially Sound and Debt Free

The mayor began with words few Louisiana municipalities ever hear about their own, “The city is financially sound and debt free.”
Careful planning, careful spending, and careful saving seemed to be the unspoken background of the presentation, showing how it’s possible for a city this size to maintain such a glowing record.

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City Clerk – Jeff Douglas

A graduate of Ponchatoula High School, Douglas brings to City Hall ten years of experience in mechanical seals, afterward earning degrees in Accounting and Economics. To stay current in his field, he is active in the Louisiana Municipal Association of which Ponchatoula is a member, The Louisiana Municipal Clerks Association, its national and its International Institute of Municipal Clerks Association.

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