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.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

PRVWSD Board Meeting Agenda

PRVWSD Board Proposed Agenda August2016

New Meat Market in the Neighborhood

Remington-Lott Farms opened a Meat Market in the strip mall in front of the Flowood Wal-Mart (where Papa Johns, Hobby Town and Anytime Fitness are). According to their website:
      Remington-Lott Farms is a family owned business located in Canton, Mississippi. . . . Our beef are grass fed and grain finished, with no hormones. That means they graze and eat hay grown locally, being finished on grain while still living on the pasture.
       Our beef is dry-aged for a minimum of 14 days to maximize flavor and the tenderness of our beef.  Dry aging changes beef by allowing moisture to evaporate from the muscle, making it more tender and resulting in a more flavorful taste.  Due to the expensive nature of this process, this type of beef is normally only served in high-end steakhouses and restaurants.  Most beef found in the grocery store has been wet-aged which is a much quicker and cheaper process.  Wet-aged is normally completed within the first few days, there is little to no moisture loss, which leads to a higher weight and higher value at the market, at the expense of less flavor.
     . . . Unlike the grocery who buys third-party and is focused on buying cheaply and moving large quantities at big margins, WE ARE THE PRODUCER - our focus is on one product: beef, and producing it in a healthy, quality manner.  What does that mean?  It means we have control over the entire process "from conception to consumption" and can provide the highest quality to you without making it cost-prohibitive.
They sell at the City of Madison's Farmer's Market, the Mississippi Farmer's Market, and they have another storefront in Gluckstadt. You can find them on Facebook, too.

Monday, August 15, 2016

RCSD Bond Issue Listening Tour

In my humble opinion, the Rankin County School District bond will be the most important issue facing the County in 2017. Four years ago, the District handled the bond miserably (comically, really).  It appears new Superintendent, Dr. Sue Townsend, is making sure to cover all her bases, especially when it comes to opening the lines of communication between the parents/public and the District.

Don't want an obscene amount of bond money directed toward athletic facilities?  Attend the listening tour in our local area and let your voice be heard.

Overcrowding and portable classroom usage an issue for you in the Northwest Attendance Zone? Attend the listening tour in our local area and let your voice be heard.

Not a big fan of public education and don't want your tax money going toward improving our future? Hey, even you have an opportunity to be heard.

Mark your calendar for the September 6, 2016, listening tour stop at Northwest Rankin.  Also, circle March 7, 2017, as the tentative date set for the vote.