Wednesday, December 17, 2014

This Week at the Rez

·        Holiday Schedule for PRVWSD
The Governor has revised the state holiday schedule and the PRVWSD will now be closed on Thursday, December 25th and Friday, December 25th for the Christmas Holiday.
·        Consumer Warning
We have become aware that PRVWSD residents are receiving letters from a repair management corporation offering to insure buried water lines. 
The PRVWSD has no relationship with any such vendor and does not authorize or endorse this service. 

·        BASS to help The Rez celebrate 50th year

In 2015, Barnett Reservoir will celebrate its 50th year of impoundment.  The lake was filled in 1965 and immediately became a bass fishing destination.  Two years later in 1967, a young salesman from Alabama in Jackson for business — and some recreation with old friends — fished on The Rez.  That night, after dinner at Crechale's Restaurant on Highway 80, Ray Scott came up with the idea of tournament bass fishing on a regional scale, with grass roots appeal that could build the sport and industry. Thus was born the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society.  It's only fitting then that BASS will help celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Rez, kicking off its Central Division Open series at the Madison Landing March 12-14. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Big Man at Winner's Circle Park

The City of Flowood is a generous host for Santa Claus.  Practically all Winter, Winner's Circle Park is the scene for "Christmas in the Park".  The Park is filled with Christmas lights, children, and laughter.  Some days, the Big Man himself makes an appearance!  

Santa will be at Winner's Circle Park tonight through the 20th between 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.(according to the City of Flowood's website).  After that, he's strictly in the toy making business. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

MS Blood Services to be at University Physicians (Grants Ferry) on Wednesday

From a friend:

MS Blood Services bus will be at the University Physicians Grants Ferry Parking Lot on Wednesday, December 17, between 10 am and 3 pm.  Everyone is welcome to drop by and donate. 

Blood donations are always needed to directly help the people of our community.  My son Andrew is doing well, but he occasionally needs blood products to support him during his treatment for leukemia.  The Children’s Cancer Clinic at Batson receives all of its blood products from MS Blood Services. 

Your donation can help save a life.   Consider coming out to donate.  It usually takes around 30 minutes.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Revamped Website for Rankin County

Check out the new and improved official website for Rankin County, Mississippi.  It received a facelift and it's much easier to maneuver and find information.  I assume it is still a work in progress. They only list 10 employees and only two phone numbers in their "Staff Directory".

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Brandon Head FB Coach Leaves for Madison Central

Tangentially appropriate to the Reservoir (it is a rival, and his cousin is the head ball coach at NWR). Brad Peterson, Head Football Coach at Brandon will replace legend Bobby Hall at Madison Central High School.  See the Clarion Ledger's story, here.  Peterson was 50-18 at Brandon.

Chief Dewitt's Retirement Party

As reported earlier, Chief Johnny Dewitt retires as top cop at the Flowood Police Department at the end of the year.  If so inclined, you are invited to attend a "come-and-go" retirement party at the G. Chastaine Memorial (Flowood) Library on Friday, December 19, 2014, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.  The celebration is sponsored by the Flowood Chamber, and they are requesting you RSVP to 601.932.8007 (but that seems a bit much for a come-and-go).  

Polar Express at the Flowood Nature Park

The City of Flowood again hosts a special "Movie-n-Moonlight" this year at the Nature Park and Fitness Trail on Flowood Drive.  The City will show Polar Express on Thursday, December 18, 2014. The film will begin at dusk.  Bring your blankets and pack your supper.  Hot cocoa will be served, courtesy of the City and Renasant Bank.  Last year, over 300 folks attended this showing, so come early to claim your spot

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Wounded Bald Eagle Found Near Reservoir- UPDATED - Jackson, MS

*UPDATE -- Feds offering $2,500 reward for info leading to the arrest of the

There is a real winner out there somewhere, having shot the protected symbol of America.

Excerpts from's account:

RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -On Sunday, a man hunting at the Three Prong Hunting Club, in Sand Hill, found two bald eagles sitting on the ground.
The men called local authorities, including the Mississippi Department of Wildlife and a local animal rehab group to get some help.
While trying to help the eagle with blood on its head, the other managed to fly away. 
The eagle was rushed to North Jackson Animal Hospital where it's being treated by Dr. Adrian Whittington and his staff.

"No one should be shooting an eagle under any circumstances," said Whittington. "I can't think of a reason why you would shoot a bird like that." 
Dr. Whittington says X-rays of the bird revealed several shotgun pellets lodged in his skin, but it's not known if those injuries are new or are old. What is certain is the bird refuses to fly.
Doctors have begun giving the bird medicine, and food, and plan to begin the rehabilitation process.
"Get him eating first, then once we feel comfortable with that we'll start flight conditioning," said Dr. Whittington. "That's where we get this bird in a position where he can fly 20 feet.  Then once were sure of that, at that point and time we'll consider releasing the bird."

If you have any information that can help, please contact the Mississippi Department of Wildlife.

PRVWSD December Board Meeting

The various committees of the PRVWSD Board of Directors meet this coming week in preparation for December's full Board meeting.  That full meeting will be Thursday, December 18, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at PRVWSD headquarters in Ridgeland.

Parks Policy Committee meets 12/16 at 3:00 p.m.
Shoreline Development and Environmental Quality Committee meets 12/16 at 3:30 p.m.
Executive Committee meets 12/18 at 9:30 a.m.
Audit Committee meets 12/18 at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Mobile Home off Northshore Causeway

So, this has sparked just a bit of controversy; let's open the discussion on it.  The other day, the PRVWSD began installing the Assistant Manager's residence at Timberlake Campground.  The current Manager's residence is being torn down to make way for additional pads.  Take a gander at the pictures below.

First, let's get the devil's advocate/tough love stuff out of the way:

1.  This isn't something the PRVWSD sprung out of nowhere.  For months, there have been lengthy discussions held, including the exact model of the home, location, and time of construction, at PRVWSD Board Meetings.  Objections could have been made to the Board of Directors by the public at those times.

2.  It doesn't look at worse than some of the jalopies not fit for the junk yard already taking up permanent residence on the border of Northshore Causeway in this campground.

3.  I haven't seen the plans, but I've been told significant landscaping will be taking place to provide a buffer from Northshore Parkway.

4.  There is an existing campground/trailer park, a storage rental business, and apartment complex right there together.  With that zoning combination, stuff like this is bound to happen.

5.  The PRVWSD makes too much money on these campgrounds to roll over.  That is why they wanted to expand over into Lakeshore Park last year.  That is why they are expanding within the existing Timberlake Campground now. And this won't be the end of it.

All that being said, this is not a move I recommend the PRVWSD make.  The PRVWSD should be doing everything it possibly can to remove existing eyesores and improve the aesthetics.  We are blessed with the most beautiful view in the Jackson Metro area.  We should be exploiting that, not smearing it.  

And another thing, keep in mind this is a product of your "new and improved" PRVWSD Board of Directors, which includes a higher number of leaseholders.  Your concerns need to be directed to them.  They voted for it unanimously.  See June 2014 minutes; all in favor.  See March 2014; all in favor.

More pictures below.

News on Numerous Coming Soons

Reader, Chris Merck was kind enough to post pictures on The Rez News Blog's Twitterfeed (@thereznewsblog) of the ongoing construction at Turtle Creek Point Park:

An the soon to be opened, Revell Ace Hardware:

He also mentioned Smokehouse Barbecue is coming to the old Pizza Hut/Spill Grill location.  I also heard a rumor Mugshots was building a location across the Spillway in Ridgeland, close to Buffalo Wild Wings.  

And, about that Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen.  View the menu here.  

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Winner's Circle Park Grand Lighting Tonight!!!!

Remember folks, the City of Flowood's Grand Lighting of the (Winner's Circle) Park and Chili Cook Off is tonight!  Get there around 5:30 p.m., if not earlier.  Santa, train rides, hot cocoa, and community.

Sponsored by the City of Flowood and Flowood Chamber of Commerce.  

Turtle Point Nature Trail

In comments to a post below, Chris Merck identified several new businesses or parks coming to the Reservoir area.  One of those was the Turtle Point Nature Trail.  For those unfamiliar with the park and kayak launch being built between Turtle Creek and Forest Point Subdivisions, see our old posts here and here.  Keep the Rez Beautiful has worked hard on this.  Much of the credit goes to them. Anyone know a tentative opening date?  I haven't heard.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014