Just Talkin’ for Aug. 30, 2018


It sure is hot! But that is the south. It sure is dry! A dip in the pool or lake sounds nice to JT but Sibley and Cane River are both low. Too bad the pumps aren’t working on Cane River. The water levels would be stable and no one could see the trash left along the banks.

This “drug den” on Berry Avenue was demolished Wednesday morning.

There were some happy neighbors on Berry Avenue Wednesday morning as Regional Construction tore down a drug den for the City. Neighbors say it was a haven for addicts and was a blight on their street. Several people sat in lawn chairs as the structure fell down under the crushing blows of heavy equipment. They say the police rousted two people from the house so demolition could begin. Kudos to Planning and Zoning Director Juanita Fowler who placed an emergency demolition ordinance before the City Council Monday. Juanita described the house as horrendous and the worst she had seen in her years at the City. JT is sure the neighbors agree and welcomed a different kind of activity Wednesday morning. Richard Watson asked JT to remind retired teachers and also current teachers of the big meeting Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Natchitoches Central Atrium. Dana Vicnair, head of the teacher retirement system, and Rodney Watson, the No. 2 man under former Supt. of Education Cecil Picard, will be there to update retirees and teachers on their retirement system. There will be a reception plus entertainment by the award-winning NCHS orchestra. Richard says that he hopes current teachers will attend since they are associate members.