Just Talkin’ for Thursday, April 15, 2021

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Please don’t forget that absentee voting is going on until Saturday. We have a Board of Elementary and Secondary Education seat to fill and parish voters (those outside the corporate limits of Natchitoches) have the important one-cent sales tax renewal for Solid Waste. The Solid Waste renewal is the tax that was not placed on the ballot last year for its 10-year renewal in an oversight. It’s important for two reasons. One is that it fully funds the solid waste program in the parish. Secondly, any funds over the operational expenses can be used for road improvements. JT understands that last year $500,000 was made available for parish road improvements. So please vote on these ballot issues.

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JT keeps liking the changes Mayor Ronnie Williams Jr., is introducing at the City Council meetings. Monday, he used two videos for the prayer and Pledge of Allegiance. In the first, the Rev. Altorio Holden, pastor of Living Word Ministries led the prayer and in the second, the kindergarten class at L.P. Vaughn led the pledge. Nothing cuter than a bunch of kindergarten kids!

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Congratulations to the Demon football team in picking up a win over nationally ranked Incarnate Word last Saturday. Like most of their games this spring. …it was a real nail biter. The Demons kicker, Eddie Gorina , nailed a 32-yard field goal as time ran out to capture a 49-47 victory. In this short six game season, the Demons have been within striking distance of a victory every game because of their never say die attitude. JT offers a big salute to the Demons players and coaches for their tenacity this season.

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Baton Rouge becomes the hub of activity this week as the Louisiana Legislature went into session on Monday. You never really know what to expect when they are in session. Sometimes simple bills that address an issue become totally different because of amendments or deals made by lawmakers. Someone once told JT that the legislative process is like making sausage. It’s not pretty but the final result is usually good.

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If you didn’t get your taxes sent off today (April 15), don’t worry. The snow and ice storm has given you an extension until June 15. So, for those of us who normally seek an extension this week…you won’t need it.

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