Just Talkin’ Lagniappe for Sept. 1, 2022

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JT joins the list of those who are lauding Natchitoches’ own Jimmy Hyams on his induction into the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame.
Jimmy got his start as Sports Editor of the Natchitoches Times when he was just 16 years old and a student at Natchitoches Central. He stayed on as editor through his graduation from Northwestern. He is now with WNML radio in Knoxville, Tenn., where he has earned more than 50 writing awards and is the only person to be named both Sportswriter of the Year and Sportscaster of the Year in Tennessee.
Congratulations to an NCHS and Northwestern Alumni and a really nice guy.
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The pre-season high school football poll for the various classifications is now out.
Remember this is before the first game is played. The only area team to make the Top 10 is Many with a number one ranking in Class 2A.
St. Mary’s didn’t crack the Top 10 but was a #13 in Class 1A.
We wish our entire local and area teams the best.
By the way…this Friday, Natchitoches Central will host Woodlawn, Lakeview will host D’Arbonne Woods and St. Mary’s is in Abbeville.
Northwestern State has a 2 p.m. (CST ) contest on the road against Montana Saturday.
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Labor Day Weekend is here and so commences the jockeying for political statewide offices.
While qualifying for statewide offices won’t happen until next year….Labor Day is when people start… or have someone else…float their name as a potential candidate.
Some are hinting and others say if the current incumbent doesn’t run…they will.
That’s what caused the name of former Congressman John Fleming to pop up in the race for Lt. Governor. Fleming, who put himself under self-imposed term limits in Congress, is interested if the current Lt . Governor Billy Nungesser is not. (Nungesser says his is running for Governor…but like JT said before…qualifying is still a ways away.)
It’s also a spot that Speaker of the House Clay Schexnayder and Senate President Page Cortez have expressed interest in seeking.
Nothing is ever official until qualifying is over.
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JT is a space nerd of sorts and was really disappointed Monday when they cancelled the morning launch of the rocket Artemis.
They were fighting weather issues to get Artemis in the air, but mechanical problems kept popping up cancelling the launch. The next possible launch time would be on Friday.
In his explanation of the cancellation, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson put it pretty exact when he said, ‘’This is a very complicated machine, a very complicated system, and all those things have to work and you don’t want to light the candle until it’s ready to go.”