Just Talkin’ for Oct. 13, 2022

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The headline read “Forecast projects rural LA’s ‘funk’ to worsen”.
The report said the 29 parishes of Louisiana that are outside the metropolitan areas are going to see continued population declines. In the last 10 years, only three rural parishes showed any growth. That’s not news to us because we saw it all to well when state reapportionment kicked us in the gut.
Like we mentioned last week about NSU enrollment drops and the effect it has on the community, the impact of the exodus of population also has a detrimental effect on local business and retail sales.
If we can’t find what we want here, because retailers can’t make a go of it because the population base won’t support them, we are forced to the metro areas and they get the sales tax revenue for their parish.
Of course the story JT read didn’t offer any advice or solutions for rural communities… only that our out migration would cause problems for the metro communities in the future.
It all got JT to wonder…who (if anyone) is working on solutions to curtail our out migration problems?
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JT heard of someone paying their utility bill entirely in pennies at the city’s payment office the other day. He’s not sure what kind of statement the account holder was trying to make, but it apparently had something to do with the account showing a balance of 11 cents.
While JT appreciates that the minuscule charge is probably the result of an overpayment, it got him paying more attention to turning the lights off when he leaves the room. With more mild weather and a little luck maybe he’ll have the opportunity to pay his next bill in pennies too.
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The performance last week by New Orleans’ Taysom Hill sure gave a boost to the Saints fans hopes.
Hill pretty much did it all in the Saints win over Seattle. He had three touchdown runs, a total of 112 yards rushing, one touchdown pass of 22 yards and returned kickoffs in the New Orleans 39-32 victory.
JT will definitely be turned in this Sunday when Hill takes on Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals.
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This weekend the Melrose area will host more visitors with the Melrose Fall Fest set for Saturday and Sunday.
There are over 50 vendors with booths of their handcrafted items on the grounds of Melrose. Of course there will be food and home tours. It runs from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and on Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Melrose Fall Fest does require an admission fee.
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While we’re talking about upcoming events, NSU will celebrate Homecoming next weekend, Oct. 21 and 22. There are lots of activities scheduled that culminate with the Demons hosting Southeast Missouri in the Homecoming Football game.