Just Talkin’ Lagniappe for April 3-4, 2021

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Old-timers have said for decades that you shouldn’t plant your spring gardens until after Easter because there was going to be one more cold snap around Easter. Well, the Easter cold snap theory remains in tact. One thing JT did notice Friday was another day out of school for kids. It sure seems like they have been out a lot this year with COVID, the ice storm and the holidays. JT recalls the time students had to have 180 days of instruction. If that’s still the case, JT figures the kids would probably have to continue school till almost July. If you’ve wanted to see some creativity in education…just watch as they figure a way to begin the summer break in accordance to the school calendar that was adopted a year ago.

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D&D Construction

We get another chance to vote later this month when the Solid Waste Tax comes up. (It’s for outside the city limits and the ballot issue says it is a 10-year tax for operating and maintaining the Solid Waste Department and for the improvement of roads in Natchitoches Parish.) It’s anticipated the tax will generate around $2.2 million a year. Absentee voting starts Saturday, April 10 and closes Saturday, April 17. The election is Saturday, April 24. Also on that ballot is the selection of a Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) member. All voters in the parish get to vote on this item.

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JT was a little surprised over the reaction we got on a small story in the paper a few weeks back. It was about the possibility of a bill that would come up this session allowing gun owners to carry their handguns in public. At first JT thought we had a computer glitch when he was told the story was clicked on over 20,000 times in just over a week. JT doesn’t own a handgun….but if everybody that clicked on the story does…he’s definitely going to get one.

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Well…the dry spell continues for our Demon Football team. Thursday night they fell to Sam Houston State 24-16. That makes us winless in five outings with one final game on the road at Incarnate Word in San Antonio April 10. That also makes the string of losses six in a row. It started with the final game of the 2019 season. The last at home victory for NSU was Nov. 9, 2019, when they beat Lamar 31-13.