Just Talkin’ for Oct. 21, 2021

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In just a few weeks (starting around Nov. 1) the Northwestern State President Search Committee will have interviews with the six finalists. Those interviews are said to be open to the public and will be on the NSU campus. The dates and times for interviews will be announced soon we are told. Speaking of the University of Louisiana System, JT hears Chairman James Carter has resigned his seat. He got a better appointment from Gov. John Bel Edwards. Edwards named him to the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans.

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It’s Homecoming week at Northwestern State and there are lots of things for local residents to take part in. Hopefully, visitors from Hammond and our alumni will fill the streets of Natchitoches this weekend. For the second weekend in a row, kickoff is set for 3 p.m. We’ll be facing Southeastern Louisiana. (We were supposed to meet them Sept. 25, but Hurricane Ida cancelled that outing in Hammond.) Because the Southland Conference lost about four members this year, we scheduled Southeastern, Houston Baptist and McNeese twice. The battle for Chief Caddo is no more since Stephen F. Austin left the conference. Wonder if we’ll ever see Chief Caddo again?

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Speaking of seeing things…. JT sure hopes the crowds return to Turpin Stadium. Last week against McNeese, it looked like the student section was larger than the home crowd. That hasn’t happened it years. Someone told JT the attendance was around 7,500 but there’s no way. The seating capacity is listed at almost 16,000. By no stretch of one’s imagination was the stadium half full last Saturday afternoon. BUT it needs to be. If you haven’t made a game yet this season, please make it to the one this Saturday and get involved in the Homecoming festivities.

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JT happened to be out riding around and noticed how pretty the goldenrod looked. Then he remembered the consequences of its beauty….sneezing uncontrollably. Goldenrod and ragweed will be around for a couple of weeks….so will the sneezing, itchy eyes and cough. JT plans on stashing tissue in all his pockets and vehicles.

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The candy holiday, Halloween, is almost here and there seems to be some confusion on when to trick-or-treat, as it always is when Halloween falls on a Sunday. JT checked out the list of Halloween activities such as Witch Way to Main Street and trunk-or-treats and they all seem to be on Saturday, the 30th. But what about good old-fashioned trick-or-treating? Will that be done Sunday afternoon/night or will it be moved up to Saturday as well? JT is hearing the rural residents are opting for the traditional date of Oct. 31 for their candy gathering hayrides and door-to-door visits.

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