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A couple of stories on the front page of this week’s edition of The Banner reinforce the adage, “Things are always changing.”

Funding for Louisiana universities and public schools has received some boosts over the years, although teacher salaries and test scores remain under the Southern and national average.

Two months ago, it seemed from all indications that the COVID-19 pandemic was done – now it’s done a 180-degree turn.

By the time the next edition of The Pointe Coupee Banner comes out, public, private and parochial schools in our parish will have logged four days of the school year.

M any of us have heard the lyric “a long, strange trip, indeed,” but it seems appropriate to describe the increasingly bizarre events over the past month.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past month, you know the seriousness of our current situation. On March 6, President Donald Trump declared a national state of emergency to free up billions of dollars in federal resources to combat the COVID-19 coronavirus.

One of the greatest aspects of small-town life is the uniqueness that separates it from that of larger cities. Much of it rests upon the businesses that folks do not find in larger cities.

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I’m sure most of you have heard of the ketogenic diet or the keto diet. Prior to being the new weight loss trend, the ketogenic diet was first used in the 1920s to help treat children with epilepsy.

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It’s satsuma time in Louisiana. Some early varieties began ripening in late September while other varieties will continue to mature through late November on into early December.

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