From files of the Daily Leader

October 1980

Anacoco senior Gaitha Love was crowned West Louisiana Forestry Festival queen. She is the 27th person to hold the title.

City Administrator Prentice McKellar suggested possibly increasing the city vendor’s license fee from $10 to $25 to discourage out-of-town roadside sellers of various merchandise.

BargainTown on North 3rd next to the Vernon Theater is offering men’s Levi’s or Wrangler jeans for $12 during Festival-Rodeo Week. The entire stock of mens caps and hats is $1 each.

Leesville Fire Chief Allen Williams has completed 30 years with the city department. He has been chief since April 1966.

Larry Crain, superintendent of the Leesville State School, will transfer to another branch of the state agency which operates the federal and state-subsidized mental retardation facility. He has been on the staff of the all-boys school since 1964.

Vernon Sheriff Frank Howard said inflation is making a mess of his department’s budget, creating the probability of a deficit when the next audit is conducted.

State Sen Bryan Poston of Hornbeck said a $2.1 million contract has been awarded to Louisiana Paving of Ruston for construction of a bridge over Bayou Anacoco on U.S. 171.

Fort Polk held court martial proceedings unprecedented in its history as a private first class was found guilty of the murder on base of two DeRidder civilians in a dope deal gone bad. Lloyd Shanks, Jr., 20, was sentenced to life in prison. A co-defendant will be tried next month.

The State Bond Commission has delayed action on a $2.6 million industrial development bond to build a Walmart in Leesville.