Just Talkin’ for Jan. 9, 2020


JT hears we’ve got a Natchitoches resident on the front lines of the disturbance in front of the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. Josh Axom reportedly is working a canine unit for a private contractor and is on the grounds of the embassy that was attacked Dec. 31. He has been messaging folks back home with updates about the conditions and what’s going on.

According to one of his messages, he says the people are actually glad the United States is there. The national media, some foreign governmental officials and some in congress may want to have you believe otherwise, but he says that’s not the case.

We should all say a little prayer for Josh and all of our men and women serving and protecting our country … and for their safe return home.


There’s going to be some major “ swearing” in a few days. Not that kind…JT’s talking about “swearing in” of public officials. JT bets Parish President Rick Nowlin is eagerly counting the days until John Richmond is in charge. Then we have the swearing in of new State Senator for the 31st District Louie Bernard. He’ll be the first person elected from Natchitoches Parish in almost 25 years.

There may be some “swearing” of the other kind Friday afternoon when qualifying closes for Natchitoches Mayor and City Council. That’s when we will know who did…and didn’t qualify for the April elections.


JT understands former Chief Offensive Coordinator James Wilkerson has accepted the football head coaching job at Natchitoches Central. Wilkerson, a 2005 NSU graduate, spent about five years (2003-08) at St. Mary’s as an assistant and as their head coach, has been at Byrd High School. He went to Byrd in 2009 and has been there for all but the 2015 season he spent on the staff of Chief Coach Brandon Helms. Welcome home coach and we wish you good luck.


The Natchitoches population is going to take a little dip this weekend as loyal Tiger fans head to the National Championship game in New Orleans. The game is Monday night, but JT hears some of the Tiger faithful are leaving as early as Thursday. JT is told it takes a lot of planning…even for tailgating…for a game of this significance.

Geaux Tigers!


Parish Council member Pat Ward-Hoover attended a productive meeting Saturday with the residents who live on Fish Hatchery Road. About 60 people turned out to meet at the home of Mickey and Randy Chambers. Mickey says it was a productive meeting with a good group of folks who felt like they got answers to many of their questions.

“It’s not only about the people who live there, it’s also about emergency personnel being able to get down the road without running in a ditch,” Mickey says. The group has appointed two spokespersons to represent them at the next Parish Council meeting. Mickey also points out that many tourists travel on Fish Hatchery Road when seeing Cane River. She knows because she’s often giving them directions.