Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Flowood Chocolate Festival

Say what now, what now?

Thursday, February 8th
2018 Flowood Chocolate Festival
Market Street 
Chocolate tasting and special discounts from local vendors, Project Yumway, live music and more!
Proceeds to benefit participating local high school art departments
Tickets-$10.00
Children 12 and under-free
5:30pm-7:30pm

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Free Legal Clinic for Rankin County

I will be there to help.  If you qualify, please contact Steve Edwards as soon as possible to set up your appointment.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Baseball/Softball Signups Happening Now at NWRAA

Registration is now open for Northwest Rankin Athletic Association Baseball.  Registration runs until February 4, 2018.  Ages range from 3 to 15.  All the details are here, including rules, pricing, etc.

Softball registration is also open until February 4, 2018.  Details here.  There is a one day camp at Northwest Rankin High School on January 20, 2018.  Session 1, concentrating on offense, is from 9 a.m. to noon.  The defense session starts at 1 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m.  $20 for each session.  Registration info about the Softball camp can be found here.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

4 Qualify for Rankin County House Race

Four individuals qualified in the special election to run for House District 60, the seat previously held by Representative John Moore.  They are:

  - Fred Shanks
  - Bob Morrow
  - Jim Giles
  - Morris Mock, Jr.

You can head over to the official Rankin County map to see the house lines.  The special election will be February 20, 2018. 

Thursday, December 28, 2017

India Oven on Hugh Ward

There is an Indian restaurant in the Sunoco gas station behind Walgreens on Hugh Ward Boulevard.  It is called Indian Oven -- Cuisine of India.  There is a lunch buffet from 11:30 to 3 p.m., and dinner starts at 4 p.m.  

I imagine the food will need to be dynamic to survive in a gas station.  That is all I know.  If anyone has tried it, please comment below about your experience.  

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Analysis of PRVWSD Police Department

As promised, here is the analysis of the Reservoir Police Department, as performed by PRVWSD.  This analysis was requested by the Mississippi Legislature.


Friday, December 22, 2017

PRVWSD Submits Report to Legislature

Media Release
For Immediate Release
21 December 2017

PRVWSD Submits Legislative Report

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board of Directors on Thursday submitted an extensive analysis of its Reservoir Police Department to the Governor, Lt. Governor, and the Mississippi House and Senate, as required by the 2017 Legislature in House Bill 1520.

PRVWSD, which oversees operation of the 33,000-acre Ross Barnett Reservoir and 17,000 acres of properties surrounding it, is a special fund agency that operates on self-generated revenue from leases, water/sewage service, campgrounds and timber sales. Though it receives no general fund money from the state, its budget requires annual legislative approval.

A provision in the 2017 budget bill, H.B. 1520, directed PRVWSD to prepare a report on its staffing and manpower allocation, with an emphasis on its police department.

PRVWSD conducted surveys of its residents, researched its financial and employee records and statistics, and contacted the law enforcement agencies in surrounding counties and communities regarding the presence and assistance from the Reservoir Police. In its Executive Summary, the Board of Directors concluded that the analysis “shows clearly that the Reservoir Police serves the community and state well, and should continue in its present form.”

[*Blog editor's note:  I requested a copy of the analysis/report and will share with my readers if it is made available]

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Filling Station

Here is the Facebook page for The Filling Station, which is the latest restaurant iteration on Flowood Drive, between Airport Road and Liberty Road. 

Below is a pic of their menu from the Facebook site.  A trusted friend swears on the fried ribeye sandwich. 


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Agenda for Upcoming PRVWSD Board Meeting

AGENDA FOR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF
DIRECTORS OF THE PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER
SUPPLY DISTRICT HELD IN THE DISTRICT’S
MAIN OFFICE, RIDGELAND, MS
AT 9:30 A.M. ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2017

1. Opening prayer
2. Pledge of Allegiance – W. C. Gorden
3. Request for acceptance of Minutes from the regular meeting held on November 16, 2017
4. Commission of officer candidate Justin Lewis Hunter
5. Committee Recommendations:
Law Enforcement, Asset Protection and Emergency Management Committee:
     I. Adoption of HB1520 Analysis of the Staffing and Manpower Allocation of the PRVWSD Police Department.
Shoreline Development Committee:
     I. Approval of Arbor Landing Phase 2B Final Plat and Covenants.
     II. Approval of Change Order No. 1 to Hemphill Construction on Seawall Rehabilitation Project Phase 2 at Sunrise and Paradise Point Subdivisions.
Parks Policy Committee:
     I. Rejection of all bids received for Madison Landing Boating Facility Breakwater Project, approval of revision of scope of project, and approval to advertise revised project for bid.
Budget & Finance Committee:
     I. Award of contract to purchase of 3,950 meter registers to Central Pipe Supply, Inc.
Audit Committee:
     I. Approval of Attorney Generals FY2018 Legal Services Agreement.
     II. Approval of Per Diem and Travel Report for Board of Directors for November 2017.
     III. Approval of Cash Balance Report.
     IV. Approval of December Claims Docket.
6. Committee Minutes and Miscellaneous Correspondence
7. Executive Director’s comments
8. Next Regular Meeting January 18, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at PRVWSD Main Office.
9. Meeting adjourned.

Update on McClain General Store

Buddy and Joni posted an update about the General Store coming soon to Holly Bush Road. 

McClain General Store is housed within a 2800 square foot building; however, the General Store is not your typical store. The General Store takes us back to a time when everything that you could need is in one place. Within the store you will find: a bakery that features fresh baked breads and goods made daily; a butcher shop that will cut your meat to order, not to mention the smoked bacon; a Takery where you can get everything that you need to complete a meal consisting of homestyle southern staples; an outfitters that has everything a hunter would need; and unique merchandise that is Mississippi made. Did we mention there are also two restaurants within the building: A Southern fare buffet and a Steakhouse?

Complete post here.

Monday, December 18, 2017

What is Simple Burger

I note a restaurant called Simple Burger is going in the Dogwood shopping center where the old Lenny's used to be.  Being a burger connoisseur, my interest piqued.  However, a quick search of the interwebs didn't pull up much of anything but a scant Facebook site with a link to a website that doesn't exist

Further investigation turned up a Simple Burger, LLC, registered with the Mississippi Secretary of State.  In fact, it looks like Simple Burger may be brought to you by the same folks that own/operate Jo's Diner.  If so, giddy up!

St. Marks UMC Announcements

A couple of announcements from St. Marks UMC on Grant's Ferry Road:

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 1:30-3:30 starting January 14th.  Also, we will offer DivorceCare, a support group for those going through separation or divorce, from 3:45-5:45 on Sundays, starting January 14th.  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.

Nativity Walk tonight (Monday, December 18, 2017), from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. It's a come-and-go event, and you move at your own pace.  

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

John Moore Leaves the House

State Representative John Moore resigned abruptly last Friday, leaving much of Rankin County without representation in the lower chamber of the legislature this upcoming session.  Now, the scramble is on to find a candidate who can win a special election.  This type of candidate must be able to raise substantial funds quickly ($35,000+), and instantly put together a team to get out the vote.  

Without question, the advantage will go to a person who can solidify the City of Brandon vote.  The powers that be in the City of Brandon will understandably want to have influence on choosing the right candidate.  Below are links to maps of the district lines.  Moore's district is District 60.  The City of Brandon (less Crossgates and Eastgate), Monterey, and Robinhood constitute the major population centers of this district.  

This will be interesting to watch.

District 60 Map.
Article from NE Daily Journal.
Mississippi Today article.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Country Christmas Show at the Ag Museum

Look past the cascading line of performers and head down to the Ag Museum for a Country Christmas Show with the Ranch House Opry Band this Saturday.  The Rez's own JES is performing!  The show will start right after the Gingerbread Marketplace ends.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Plan Your (Christmas Themed) Weekend

Santa is at Northpark Mall all week and weekend.
- Ridgeland has the Wonderland of Lights everyday until 10 p.m. at Freedom Ridge Park.
- City of Pearl will light their Christmas Tree on Friday, December 8, at 6:30 p.m. 
- City of Flowood has a Holiday Open House on Friday, December 8, at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Table 100.
- Christmas Wonderland ice skating and ice slide is going on through the holidays at the back parking lot to Trustmark Park in Pearl.  If you have kids, you must check it out.
- Gingerbread Market starts at the Ag Museum at noon on Friday, and their Country Christmas starts at 5 p.m.
- There is a totally local Christmas Market in Richland on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.
- Beauty and the Beast is at New Stage Theatre

And much more.