Dickey’s BBQ Pitt to open next month: Lee Waskom is expecting to open Dickey’s Barbecue Pitt Oct. 2. The restaurant is on University Drive across the street from the NSU entrance. Waskom says the specialty is brisket but the eatery will offer a selection of barbecue sandwiches, sausage, ham and turkey. It will be open from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. 363 days a year, closing on Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Dickey’s will have a drive-thru and a limited number of tables inside. Catering is a specialty of the restaurant that is the largest barbecue franchise in the country with 460 locations. The Natchitoches store will have three to nine people on staff. There will be daily specials and customers can order online. "Low and slow" is how Waskom describes the cooking process. The meat is marinated 24 hours before hitting the pit. Waskom trained as a pit master and learned the business while working in the Dallas area. He mastered the techniques of barbecue and customer service during stints at three Dickey’s. "The most important thing I learned is you don’t run out of ribs and macaroni and cheese. If you do, people start throwing things at you!"

The City of Natchitoches Recreation Dept. presents an After School Tutoring Program at the John Below Center in Breda Town. The program is free to anyone between the ages of 5-12. The program days and times are Monday-Friday from 3-7 p.m. For more information, call Regina Layton at 318-357-3891.