Just Talkin’ Lagniappe for Oct. 15, 2022


As we approach Halloween….JT ran across an article saying Louisiana has over 70 ghost towns and is home to one of the most paranormal active sites in America.
Of course the term “Ghost town” has a double meaning. One is that it is associated with paranormal activity and the other…is a town permanently abandoned by its inhabitants, because of a business decline. These ghost towns died out for various reasons. Many of the ghost towns were former stops on rail lines, or sawmill towns.
Natchitoches Parish, in fact, has one “Ghost” town…Victoria. There was no indication where Victoria was located. If you know…how about letting JT know.
Neighboring Sabine and Desoto parishes had a few on the list of ghost towns. Frierson Benson, Kingston and Hollingsworth were listed in DeSoto while Sabine had towns of Fisher, Kingston, Gandy, Peason, Christie and Loring to name a few.
The Myrtle Plantation in St. Francisville is known as a hot spot of paranormal activity.
JT has visited The Myrtles and taken the tour of the house. He didn’t experience any unusual activity….but then again, maybe they were scared off by JT’s presence.
It seems that the death of Fairgrounds Field in Shreveport (former home of the minor league Shreveport Captains baseball team) might be a little premature and she may still have a little life left in her.
JT was told the same group than manages the Globe Life Stadium, home of the Texas Rangers, is interested in the property.
The company is looking to construct a baseball/soccer complex on the site.
JT also heard Natchitoches might be the site of a call center training facility.
He’s told Northwestern and Bossier Parish Community College are talking about partnering with a training center on the Northwestern campus.
Not sure what all that entails, but more bodies on campus is a good thing….as long as they are not “robo” callers.
Is it good news?…or bad news?….JT can’t really tell.
Louisiana’s composite score on the ACT College readiness exam dropped for the fifth straight year. We were at 18.1 this year, after being 18.4 last year. The national average is 19.8, which also dropped from last year’s 20.3. The perfect score is 36.
We were better than only four other states: Mississipi, Alabama, Nevada and Oklahoma.
On the surface…that doesn’t sound very good.
Here’s a monkey wrench though…. Louisiana is among a short list of just six states that require all high school students to take the ACT. And statistics show that only about 42% of high school graduates actually enroll in college.
The answer to the ACT we really need is…what was the average score of those students who enrolled in college? And JT’s not sure that can be determined.