Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Day Trips 3 -- Grand Gulf Military Park

The Vicksburg National Military Park steals much of the civil war spotlight in Central Mississippi, and rightfully so.  The battle for Vicksburg was an important one for the Union and solidified their ultimate victory. That park is a glorious reminder of our past; it should be visited, often. Federal oversight and Federal money make that park, along with the Natchez Trace, the jewel of the National Park System in Mississippi.  But that is a day trip for another post.  

Today, I want to remind you of the State run Civil War battlefield just south of Vicksburg, and just north of Port Gibson, the Grand Gulf Military Monument Park.

According to its website:
In May of 1962, the Grand Gulf Military Monument Park was officially opened, dedicated to preserving the memory of both the town and the battle in which occurred there. Located eight miles northwest of Port Gibson, Mississippi off Highway 61, this 400 acre landmark is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and includes Fort Cobun and Fort Wade, the Grand Gulf Cemetery, a museum, campgrounds, picnic areas, hiking trails, an observation tower, and several restored buildings dating back to Grand Gulf's heyday.
Park guests can step back in time and relive history as it was made. Beginning at the museum, you can trace the development of Grand Gulf through early photographs, maps, scale models, and authentic artifacts found in the area. Coaches and carriages bear silent witness to the days when Grand Gulf was bustling with people; while Union and Confederate uniforms, cannon balls, and muskets remain to tell of the fierce fighting that took place during the latter stage of the Civil War.
The old town of Grand Gulf has an interesting history and the museum displays items from the early days of the booming town. Also in the museum are items such as a Mastodon bone, Civil War artifacts, items used and paper artifacts from the early 1800's up to the 1950's. Day visitors & campers are surprised at this wonderful park and museum. In the near future come and visit the past, at Grand Gulf.

PRVWSD July Board Minutes

Below are the minutes from the PRVWSD's July meeting.  Highlights include:

 - The appraiser used by PRVWSD recently retired. The Board advertised for replacements and hired two -- Jean McCartyu from Madison County and Ryan Nunley from Rankin County.

 - Repair to the seawall in Sunrise and Paradise Pointe subdivisions continues.

 - The plans and design for the three comfort stations at Coal Bluff Campground, Old Trace Park and Lakeshore Park were approved.

 - The Board approved advertising for three new kayak launches, one for Pelahatchie Shore, one for Brown's Landing, and one for Ratliff Ferry.  The one at Turtle Creek Nature Area cost $20,000! That is a bit higher than I expected.

 - The District's budget submission to the legislative budget committee for fiscal year 2018 is the same as fiscal year 2017.

PRVWSD Board Minutes - July 2016 - Scanned Executed

Friday, August 26, 2016

Project First Responder -- Back the Badge Event

611 Tactical and the Lee Garland/Rita Jensen Team of Re/Max Alliance present the Project First Responder -- Back the Badge Event.  Friday, September 9, 2016, at the Lake House on the Rez.  It starts at 6:30 p.m. and features live music (the RedHots), a live auction, and a chance to win a Honda CR-Z.  The event honors the men and women of law enforcement who place their lives on the line for us every day.  The best part about it is the money raised supports area law enforcement.  The next best part about it is it's free to get in the door.  RSVP's are necessary though; you can do that here.

Go to the event's Facebook page to see some of the great items for auction.  They have Loge Level Saints v. Panthers Tickets, Dixie Deer Blind, High Heaven Flights, and more.

I have in my possession raffle tickets for the Honda CR-Z.  $50 a ticket, and only 1500 are being sold.  Let me know if you want one.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

St. Mark's UMC Outreach Ministries

From St. Mark's UMC:

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church at 400 Grant’s Ferry Road in Brandon is offering the following resources: GriefShare: A Grief Workshop—Journey to Healing is for those who are grieving the death of a family member or friend, and it will take place on Sundays from 2:00-4:00 starting September 11th.  Also, we will offer DivorceCare, a support group for those going through separation or divorce, from 4:00-6:00 on Sundays, starting September 25th.  Both groups will last for 13 weeks and include helpful videos and small-group discussion.  Both have a registration fee of $20 for all the sessions. Partial Scholarships are available. For more information or to register, go to saintmarksum.org or call 601-992-2131.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Foundation for RC Public Schools Golf Tournament

The registration form for the 8th Annual Foundation for the Rankin County Public Schools Golf Tournament (this year, played at Castlewoods Country Club) is below.

RCSD Bond Info

The Listening Tours start tonight, and will be in Pisgah Monday the 29th.

Red Eagle 67 5K

Sixty-seven Mississippians died on the field of battle in Iraq and Afghanistan. No memorial here pays tribute to their sacrifice. Dr. Mike Lorence, USMC Veteran and board member of Stinky Feet Athletics has plans to change that.

Saturday, September 3, 2016, at Flowood's Nature Park, Dr. Lorence and Stinky Feet will host the inaugural Red Eagle 67 5K race.  100% of the net proceeds from the race will go to Team Red White and Blue.

Let Dr. Lorence explain it to you:

Register here.  Sisu Race Timing is facilitating the race, so you know it will be done right.  Another great service to the community brought to you by Stinky Feet Athletics.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Damaged Trees Along Hugh Ward

An astute reader sent in these photos of the trees in the meridian of Hugh Ward Boulevard. Anyone have information on what, or who, damaged these trees?

Little Cougarette Dance Clinic

Portion of Flowood Drive Closed

MDOT advises that the portion of Flowood Drive between Airport Road and Liberty Road (as it runs underneath Lakeland Drive) will be closed in both directions beginning this evening at 7 p.m.  It will reopen at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning. Unfortunately, the purpose is not to widen that portion of Flowood Drive, but rather to perform work on the Lakeland Drive bridge.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Freshii in Dogwood

Dustin Cardon of the Jackson Free Press wrote about the new restaurant in Dogwood, Freshii:
Freshii is a restaurant franchise dedicated to using entirely fresh ingredients with nothing fried or frozen.
"We don't even have a freezer here in the restaurant," Newcomb said. "We get all of our ingredients from local farms and ranches every day. I've worked as a farmer outside of Yazoo City for 30 years, so I know the value of fresh food."

Freshii's menu includes items such as wraps, yogurt, salads, smoothies, burritos, and vegetable and fruit juices. Customers can create their own custom orders from any ingredient, even with dishes such as soup. In addition to using all fresh food, Freshii also uses biodegradable bowls and utensils for the sake of the environment and donates part of all sales toward setting up gardens and food centers in Africa.
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Freshii is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. For more information, visit freshii.com. Freshii also has an app available for iPhone and Android that displays a menu and allows customers to place their orders through the app.

For the full article, click here.

Day Trips 2 -- Sky Lake

The Delta is a world unto its own, provincial and proud. Though I have no roots in the Delta, I enjoy being there, and Sky Lake Wildlife Management Area -- just north of Belzoni in Humphreys County -- is one of my favorite places.

The Wildlife Management Area, by itself, is tedious to non-hunters, I'm sure; instead, it is the Boardwalk and Paddling Trail that hold the interest.

Take a couple of left turns off of Highway 7 between Belzoni and Itta Bena and you will eventually come to the Boardwalk. It is out in the middle of nowhere. Even if you are looking for it, it can be tricky. When you get to it, you will find a gravel parking lot, a classroom building, an open area picnic pavilion with bathrooms and water fountains, a small amphitheater, a short walking trail, and  . . . something else.  You will also find a gaping hole leading from the bright, sunlit day-use area, into a dark, shadowed, nether-region, leading into the cypress swamp. This is the boardwalk.

From the Wildlife Mississippi webpage for Sky Lake, a little history:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

How to Help Flooding Victims

There are numerous ways in Rankin County to help the folks of La. and South Mississippi, here is just one of them:

         The City of Brandon is collecting non-perishable items for flood victims in South MS and LA. There is a tremendous need. They ask for hygiene products, cleaning supplies, canned goods, bottled water, etc (no clothing). Drop off point is at the Brandon Municipal Complex (39042). They are collecting through Sunday. The flyer gives the times and further info.

Brandon Amphitheater Video

From the City of Brandon:
This morning Brandon announced the groundbreaking of the New Amphitheater and Park. Representatives from Brandon, Red Mountain EntertainmentWier Boerner Allin ArchitectureNeel-Schaffer, Inc. spoke about the many positive aspects of the Brandon Amphitheater at The Quarry.