Thursday, October 27, 2016

Trick or Treat Monday

A few readers have asked whether the County will move door-to-door trick or treating to the evening of Saturday, October 29, rather than Monday, October 31, 2016.  Short answer is "no".

The County and its various municipalities do not set alternate dates for trick-or-treating. Your respective neighborhood associations wield a different power in that regard, and they may recommend an alternate date.  This has occurred in the past, but not this year.

My neighborhood (Mill Creek) is trick-or-treating on Monday evening. Avalon, Hidden Hills, Farmington Station, Castlewoods, etc., all Monday night. I've heard of no neighborhood that is changing that line up.

Don't forget about your Rez area alternative: the City of Flowood hosts it's big Kids Night Out on Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Liberty Park (behind the Flowood YMCA).

If your church will also have an alternative that night, let us know in the comments.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Big Deal Color Run in Flowood

The Youth at St. Paul's Catholic Church host the Big Deal Color Run in Flowood on Thursday, November 3, 2016. It's only $25 if you register before race day. The money raised goes to a great charity (Palmer Home for Kids).  Local superstar, Rob Oates and his company, Sisu, is providing the race timing.

Go to this website to register.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Another Update on the Rez Dog Park

Six days ago, I gave you an update on the Rez Dog Park.  I have another.  Since October 19, Beneful has donated an additional $3190 in matching funds related to recent donations.  This is through their Dream Dog Park Effect.  Momentum continues.

Veterans Day Ceremony

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Mustard Seed Needs Your Help

Here is another way to do a bunch of good in your community:

The Mustard Seed is about to build a residence home for the boys, and performing other enhancements to their campus.  As part of that, they are having sod being delivered sometime this evening.  Without going into too many details, the sod is being delivered all at once, rather than on different days.  This is where the urgency lies.  They will have nineteen pallets of sod to put out on Tuesday and Wednesday, from 7:00 am until dark.  They could use your help and muscles!

If you or anyone you know might be interested in helping out (even if for just 30 minutes) please contact Erin at

Most of us have visited the campus at least once over the years, and understand how special of a ministry this organization services.  Please forward this on to any person or group you feel might wish to contribute.  If you have no experience laying sod, don’t fret.  It is an unskilled labor task that even I can do.  The Seedsters will be there providing drinks for us.  So, all a volunteer needs to bring is a pair of gloves.

Press Release from Keep The Rez Beautiful

Friday, October 21, 2016

Smokin on the Rez This Weekend!

Below is info from the Barnett Reservoir Foundation website:
The 4th annual Smokin’ on The Rez BBQ and Music Festival will be held Oct. 21-22 at Old Trace Park overlooking Barnett Reservoir in Ridgeland.
Visitors will enjoy the aroma of pork cooking over burning hardwood as pit-masters compete in the Memphis BBQ Network-sanctioned culinary contest.
On Friday night, admission is FREE.
On Saturday, the $10 admission to the event will include a BBQ plate of pulled pork and sides.  The BBQ plates will be served beginning at 12:00 p.m. Saturday until the supply is exhausted.   Saturday’s music begins at noon with Traveling Jane, followed by Chris Gill and the Soul Shakers.
The annual cornhole tournament will be held on Saturday afternoon. Registration begins at noon, with play beginning at 1pm. Entry is $40 per team. 1st place cash prize is 60% of the total tourney entry fees, plus a set of custom-built “Smokin’ on The Rez” cornhole boards. 2nd place prize is 40% of total entry fees.
A children’s area will be located in the grass area near the stage.
Beer, water and other beverages will be sold on site. No outside coolers will be allowed.Smokin’ on The Rez is made possible by the Foundation sponsors, including Southern Beverage, Academy Sports, IHeart Radio, plus a grant from Mississippi Tourism’s Visit Mississippi program.

Get Ready

Thursday, October 20, 2016

School Bus Accident on Lakeland Drive

There is an accident involving a short Rankin County School District bus at the intersection of Lakeland Drive and Luckney.  It appears a yellow mustang ran up under the rear of the bus. Traffic is backed up to Castlewoods as a result.  Consider using alternate routes.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Update on the Rez Dog Park

Below is an update provided to me from a supporter of the proposed dog park at Old Trace Park.  The long as short of it is, every dollar you donate between now and November 15 will be doubled by Beneful:

With only three dog parks in the entire state and none anywhere near Jackson, your dogs are long overdue. The Ridgeland community has been hard at work to raise the funds needed to bring the first-ever dog park in Central Mississippi and Beneful, a Purina dog food company, took notice!
 To help bring the Dog Park At The Rez in Ridgeland, MS to life, the Beneful Dream Dog Park Project team has kicked off their GoFundMe campaign with $5,000 and will continue to match donations, dollar-for-dollar, up to an additional $5,000 now through 11/15. The dog-loving community has already secured the initial funding needed, and these are the final dollars they need to make their dog park dream a reality!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Treat Street and Glow Run

Last year, the Rankin County Chamber of Commerce combined a "trick-or-treat" type event for kids with their annual glow run. They called it "Treat Street and the Annual Glow Run".  The results were wildly positive. This year, they are expanding for the anticipated increase in crowds. It will be the place to be on the evening of Thursday, October 27, 2016.

It takes place at the Clyde Muse Center on Hinds County Community College-Rankin Campus in Pearl. It starts at 5 p.m. Arm bands are $5. Your children will get that much in candy, guaranteed.

At 6:30 p.m., the Glow Run starts in the parking lot. The course meanders through the Hinds CC campus until it reaches Highway 80, then goes through Pearl High School before coming back to the parking lot of the Muse Center.  The weather should be good for the race. There is a 5K race and a 1 miler for kids 12 and under.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

No Tomb of Doom

According to its website, there will be no Tomb of Doom this year.  This Madison County favorite fell victim to the elements.

Also, I can't find any info on the Lake Harbor Volunteer Fire Department Haunted House.  If anyone knows info, good or ill, let me know and I will post it.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Fall Neighborhood Garage Sales

There are some Rez area neighborhood yard/garage sales tomorrow morning:  Hidden Hills, Farmington Station, to name a few. There is also a "Huge 3 Family Garage Sale" in Mill Creek.  If you know of

Thursday, October 13, 2016

RCSD Responds to Threat Against Brandon High

Rankin Countians in Most Influential Top 50

The Mississippi Top 50 is a new thing. It's brought to you by the Y'all Politics Blog and Supertalk Mississippi.  Capitol Resources and Tower Loan have a hand in sponsoring the event.  It was
created to recognize those that help, by virtue of their position and talent, move the conversation in Mississippi forward. Mississippi is graced with tremendous talent in government, the political sphere, business, media and culture.
This is an annual list of the people judged to be the most influential leaders in the state. This bipartisan selection of leaders comes from the ranks of local, state and federal elected and appointed officials; political leaders; government affairs professionals; public policy advocates; economic development professionals; business leaders; media professionals and other leaders. 
Thirty of the Top 50 are within the category of "Elected or Appointed Government Officials.  That list was released yesterday.  Of those thirty, four have Rankin County ties:  Governor Phil Bryant, Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, Congressman Gregg Harper, and State Rep. Andy Gipson.  

It's nice to have that kind of influence in Rankin County.