Just Talkin’ for Nov. 11, 2021

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Congratulations to new Northwestern State President Dr. Marcus Jones. It’s great to continue the legacy of having a Demon through and through at the helm. Dr. Jones was a student, a business administration instructor, assistant professor and associate professor of business law and International Business at NSU. He also served as vice president for university affairs, executive vice president of business affairs and interim president. He even holds a law degree from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge. JT wishes Dr. Jones a long and distinguished presidential tenure at NSU.

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Natchitoches Wood

Today (Thursday) we celebrate Veteran’s Day. (Actually it’s tomorrow because the Post Office is closed for the holiday and we had to print the paper early so you’d get it on time.) As our world becomes more and more unsettling….there’s no better time that to stop and say “Thank You” to all the men and women in our community who answered the all to service. So to all of you who served our country in any of the military branches…we thank you.

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Two of our local teams are advancing into the state football playoffs.  St Mary’s will host Metairie Park Country Day Friday night in Division IV play. The Tigers (8-2) are ranked seventh while their opponent (5-2) is ranked 10th. Natchitoches Central, ranked 20th in Class 5A, will face Woodlawn of Baton Rouge ranked No. 13. That game is in Baton Rouge. NCHS, which hopes to break a two-game losing skid, is 7-3 on the year while Woodlawn is 5-4. Congratulations to these teams and good luck. On a side note, the brand of football played in our area is pretty impressive. Sabine, Winn, Grant, DeSoto, Jackson and Red River all have teams headed into playoff action. Speaking of great seasons… hats off to the Lady Demons soccer team for winning the league as well as the conference tournament.

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JT only skimmed reports on the infrastructure bill…but he has to agree with Congressman Mike Johnson of Benton who called it a “spending bill” more than an “infrastructure bill”. The one bright spot JT saw was the J. Bennett Johnston Waterway making the list for a nationwide share of $9.5 billion. Hopefully they’ll get more than a morsel. Now if you live south of I-10 they’re are funds for undoing damages of the past…like orphaned wells…storm infrastructure, restoration of the Gulf Coast and such. While a lot of projects are getting billions, there’s only $371 million for clean water projects in our state. The bill authorizes an I-14 Corridor from Georgia to Texas (through Alexandria and Leesville)…but it doesn’t fund it. The money we are allocated for roads appears to be aimed at evacuation routes and at-risk costal areas. They say the devil is in the details….and this package seems to have a lot of devils.