Just Talkin’ for Oct. 7, 2021

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Melrose will host a Folk Arts Festival this weekend and JT can’t wait to see what’s in store. It opens at 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. It closes at 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Melrose is one of JT’s favorite historical spots. It’s a beautiful, peaceful location. The excitement of an event taking place there and activities going on brings the enjoyment to a whole new level.

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JT knows there are still some shortages of stuff in local stores due to shipping and driver issues…but there’ a shortage that is not their fault at all. It’s a pending crisis toilet tissue. Judging from the number of homes and yards JT has seen this week that have been wrapped in toilet paper…a shortage is on the way. JT doesn’t know if it’s various homecomings, practicing for Halloween or what, but quite a few families have some cleaning up to do.

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Speaking of Homecoming… Northwestern State will be observing Homecoming this Saturday. It actually begins tonight (Thursday) with the dedication of an outdoor entertainment venue (The Seven Oaks Stage) across the street from the Student Union. The football game between NSU and Southeastern is set for 3 p.m. Southeastern is 3-1 while the Demons are looking for their first victory of the 2021 season. Lots of alumni events will fill the day and the day closes with Boogie on the Bricks beginning at 7 p.m. The event is free and will be at the corner of Church and Front Streets downtown.

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While we’re talking sports, the Southland Conference is getting a new look after four Texas schools and Central Arkansas have moved to new conferences. Lamar, Stephen F. Austin, Houston State and Abilene Christian left the Southland earlier this year and are now members of the Western Atlantic Conference. Rumors were circulating not long ago that McNeese would also exit. Just recently the conference added Texas A&M Commerce (formerly East Texas State). Louisiana schools still in the Southland are Nicholls, Northwestern and Southeastern. The Southland is down four schools at this point….and the changes are not over yet. It’s gonna be interesting.

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The talk of the town is the success of the Natchitoches Central Chiefs. They knocked off Shreveport powerhouse Bryd last week. JT can’t remember when the Chiefs were 5-0, but congratulations to them. St. Mary’s is also doing well, just outside of the Top 10 rankings. Our local sports teams are doing great and we need to show them our support. The Chiefs will host Southwood on Friday night while St. Mary’s will host Block tonight (Thursday).

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If you haven’t been down the portion of Rapides Drive around the old gin recently, you should make the trip. In the open field between Welch Estates and Rapides, the spider lilies, sometimes called surprise lilies, have popped up in abundance. JT saw the lawn service truck there Tuesday and was afraid that would be the end of the lovely fall flowers that announce autumn is finally here. To JT’s surprise, when he drove past that afternoon, the spider lilies were still standing. The lawn service took the time to meticulously mow around each cluster of flowers. JT doesn’t know which lawn service it was, but kudos to them for taking the extra effort to allow the flowers to bloom for passersby to enjoy!