Monday, June 27, 2016

Lakeside Pres' New Pastor

I can attest, these two are great.  I handled their closing, they are my new neighbors, Lakeside got a couple of good ones.

Media Release on Independence Celebration

5th Annual Independence Celebration
July 2 at Barnett Reservoir

Skies over both sides of The Rez will light up in freedom July 2 as the Barnett Reservoir Foundation celebrates its 5th annual Independence Celebration at both Lakeshore and Old Trace Parks.

The Saturday event will climax with the dual fireworks show at 9 p.m., with a patriotic music simulcast on MISS103 FM, which will also broadcast the countdown.

During the day, both parks — Lakeshore in Rankin County and Old Trace in Ridgeland — will feature various activities for visitors of all ages. Walk-in traffic will be allowed during the day and the events activities begin at 4 p.m. Admission is free. No coolers or outside food/beverages will be allowed.

Lakeshore will feature the Fenders & Fireworks Classic Car Show from 4-7 p.m., and will have live music featuring Rankin County’s own, Jay Herrington from 4-6:30 and the Dylan Moss Band from 7 until fireworks. There will be kids’ zones, static military displays, food and beverage vendors and a beer garden.

Old Trace Park will feature REZFest from 4-7 p.m., a kids’ event that centers on hands-on educational exhibits with conservation, environmental and recreation themes. The music stage will feature local favorites Brewer and Hurd at 4 p.m. and RockiT from 7 until the fireworks.

The day begins early with the Brain Injury Association of Mississippi’s 5K Splash and Dash run at 9 a.m. at Old Trace. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. For more information, call the Brain Injury Association at (601)-981-1021 or email

Come help us celebrate our nation’s independence. Bring your blankets and/or chairs, shade tents, sunscreen and bathing suits and enjoy the day.

The Independence Celebration is sponsored by the Barnett Reservoir Foundation, IHeartMedia, Ergon, UCI, Kathryn’s Steak and Seafood, Academy Sports and the City of Ridgeland Tourism Bureau.

For more information visit:

Fenders and Fireworks Information

BankPlus Fenders & Fireworks Classic Car Show
July 2 at Barnett Reservoir

The 5th annual Independence Celebration at Barnett Reservoir will include the Fenders & Fireworks Classic Car Show sponsored by BankPlus Saturday July 2 at Lakeshore Park.

Beginning at 4 p.m., classic cars and trucks will compete for prizes that will be awarded to the top five cars, top two trucks and an overall Best in Show.

The entry fee is $30 and must be paid prior to 4 p.m. on July 2. Entry forms, rules and other information are available online at

BankPlus’ Fenders & Fireworks Car Show will be just one facet of the Barnett Reservoir Foundation’s Independence Celebration, which will culminate in a dual firework show on both sides of the lake at 9 p.m. The Foundation will host events at both Lakeshore and Old Trace Parks.

During the day, both parks will feature various activities for visitors of all ages. Admission is free. No coolers or outside food/beverages will be allowed.

In addition to BankPlus’ Fenders and Fireworks Classic Car Show, Lakeshore Park will have live music featuring the Reservoir areas own Jay Herrington from 4-6:30 and the Dylan Moss Band from 7 until the fireworks. There will be kids’ zones, static military displays, food and a beer garden.

For more event information visit:

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Weekly Leader Stories

Articles of note in the latest Weekly Leader:

 - Sheriff's Dept. takes possession of MRAP.  In addition to the Weekly Leader/Rankin County News, the Clarion Ledger covered this story, or you can just check your Facebook status.

 - Work progressing on road linking Pearl, Flowood.  It is anticipated being finished before dove season. Four lanes from Treetops Boulevard to Pearson Road.

 - PRVWSD assembles a "want list".  Linda Horton covers the latest PRVWSD Board meeting. This article highlights a $4.5 million wish list of infrastructure improvements to various aspects of PRVWSD land.

 - SO makes arrest in church. Regurgitation of the Sheriff's Press Release on the St. Mark's UMC burglaries. The second suspect turned herself in, by the way.

 - Brandon looking at feasibility of underground utilities.  Mayor Lee has been busy.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Four Convicted of Armed Robbery in Madison County

Earlier this week, we learned about those who would break the law. Today, we learn about the consequences for breaking the law.  From District Attorney, Michael Guest:
Madison Men Receive Total Combined Sentences Of 115 Years For Attacking Elderly Man Cutting Grass

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

For more information, please contact
Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472 or

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that four men were convicted for the armed robbery of a 66-year old man.

In October 2015, Arthur Jones Luckett was working cutting grass when four men approached him. All were wearing Halloween masks and hoodies to cover their faces and demanded money. 

One of the defendants held a hand-gun to the victim’s head and demanded all of the money on the victim’s person.  The victim gave them $500 in cash and a $50 money order.  While the demand to turn over his money was spoken by the gunman, the victim noticed the voice as someone who had recently worked for him but had been terminated from his job.  The former employee called the victim by name stating, “Arthur, we are going to rob you.”

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Press Release from St. Mark's UMC

Below is the press release from St. Mark's Church:

In the early hours of June 20, Susanna Wesley Hall which houses the
Youth Ministries of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church was broken into
and vandalized. Two women were caught on surveillance video
ransacking and defacing the room with profane graffiti. Rankin County
Sheriff’s Office was given the video record and images were also
circulated on Facebook. Many persons responded with information that
led to the subsequent apprehension of the women involved.
St. Mark’s appreciates the swift action of Rankin County Sheriff’s Office
as well as the concern of our entire community with regard to the
seemingly senseless actions of the perpetrators. Now is the time for
working toward restorative justice for those who committed this crime.
We commit ourselves to prayer on behalf of these two women who felt
the need to lash out against the church. We do not want to let this one
incident negate all the work St. Mark’s UMC has done in the name of
Jesus Christ in our community and throughout the world. We will continue
to do kingdom work, especially now when forgiveness and
reconciliation are so needed.
Rev. Warren Coile
Senior Pastor
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church

I Present to You the Methodist Malefactors

As predicted, the St. Mark's burglars were identified in no time.  Thanks to the Rankin County Sheriff's Department, investigators quickly arrested Elizabeth Lauren Guy who, just as quickly, turned on her accomplice Anna Paige Smith.  Anna, at least, is no stranger to the Rankin County Justice Center.

Jackson Jambalaya has the Sheriff's full press release.

WAPT story.
WJTV story.
Clarion Ledger story.

Stabbing in Riverchase

From the Clarion Ledger:

Witnesses told police the victim was stabbed by Cale Evan Reaves, also 17. Reaves is being charged as an adult based on the nature of the crime. The victim's name is not being released because he is a juvenile.
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Witnesses said the victim was hosting a gathering and a girl at the party called Reaves to pick her up. When he arrived, an altercation between Reaves and the victim began. They ended up fighting in the street, and during that fight, Reaves allegedly stabbed or cut the victim several times.

WAPT Story.
WJTV Story.
WDAM Story.

Monday, June 20, 2016

St. Mark's UMC Burglary***With Update

St. Mark's United Methodist Church experienced a break-in this morning at 2 a.m.  Cameras captured two "persons of interest", a fact these two obviously didn't realize at the time. I doubt it will be long before they are identified.

As predicted, in no time at all, one of the "persons of interest" has been taken into custody:  Elizabeth Lauren Guy.

Jackson Jambalaya has the full press release. BTW, burglary of a church brings with it a possible 14 year sentence.

PRVWSD Board of Director Minutes May 2016

The signed minutes from the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District's May meeting of the Board of Directors are below.  Highlights include:

 - The District adopted several codes concerning with building, maintenance, and inspection of residential properties on District property.

 - The Board voted 3-8 (with one abstention) on an issue involving trotlines in Pelahatchie Bay. Presently, trotlines are not allowed in Pelahatchie Bay. The Vice-Chairman of the Parks Policy Committee requested the regulation banning trotlines be rescinded, and to allow for "attended jug fishing".  That was not a popular request as it was voted down 3-8, a rare divergence from the unanimous votes frequently experienced at the Board.

 - The District's long time real estate appraiser, James Craig, is retiring, and the District is advertising for new appraisal services.

Tri 4 Life in Coming! Get to Training!

Tri4Life Triathlon moves to Lakeshore Park this year.  This is a great, short course triathlon, and it benefits a great organization.  From the website:

TRI4LIFE, the hottest, fastest triathlon in the state, is back again for the 7th year! We are excited to announce a new triathlon course this year and the addition of a 5K Run/Walk! Location is Lakeshore Park in Brandon, on the beautiful Ross Barnett Reservoir. 
 Saturday, August 13th at 7:00 AM. 
Event benefits the Center for Pregnancy Choices, a nonprofit medical clinic that is here to listen, encourage and equip those facing pregnancy decisions.

1/3 Open Water Swim
14.5 Mile Bike Ride
5K Run

Friday, June 17, 2016

Party in Castlewoods

This Week's Rankin County News Articles

Check out this week's Rankin County News. The following are headlines of interest to the Rez:

 - RCSD proposes bond issue for March 17, 2017.  You knew it was coming. "The people are ready for it and realize we are behind," stated RCSD Superintendent Sue Townsend.

 - PRVWSD gearing up for Independence Celebration. July 2 at Lakeshore and Old Trace Parks. Boat parade, fireworks, live music, etc.

 - Bike trail project passes halfway point.  All the details you want on the Flowood bike trail from the Nature Trail to Hugh Ward.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Civil War Relic Show

Many things happening this Father's Day Weekend, including the Glow Run at Old Trace Park, the Race 4 Missions at Crossgates Baptist Church, Barefoot in the Park at Black Rose Theater.  You also have the Civil War Relic Show in Brandon.  More info, and a coupon, below:

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Agenda for Thursday's PRVWSD Meeting

Below is the agenda for this month's meeting.

AT 9:30 A.M. ON THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2016

1. Opening prayer

2. Pledge of Allegiance – W. C. Gorden

3. Request for acceptance of Minutes from the regular meeting held on May 19, 2016

4. Commissioning of Reservoir Police Officer candidate, Robert Lee Sanders.

5. Committee Recommendations:
Budget and Finance Committee:
  I. Discussion of infrastructure improvements.

Shoreline Development and Environmental Quality Committee:
  I. Approval to revision to Plat of Gardens of Windward Bluff lots 40, 41, 42, 43, 44 and 45.
  II. Approval of repurposed scope MOU with MS Department of Transportation for access improvements.
  III. Approval of MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ littoral survey proposal for 2017.
  IV. Discussion of Resolution of West Rankin Utility Authority concerning termination of agreement with the City of Jackson.

Parks Policy Committee:
  I. Approval of Change Order No. 2 for Timberlake Campground Expansion contract with Southern Rock, LLC.
  II. Approval of MS Department of Environmental Quality Grant for recycling bins.
  III. Approval of engineering contract for infrastructure improvements to Timberlake Campground and Lakeshore Park.

Audit Committee:
  I. Approval of three staff and three board members to attend Lower Pearl River Conference “March 2016 Flood” to be held June 21, 2016 in Slidell, LA.
  II. Approval of Per Diem and Travel Report for May 2016.
  III. Approval of Cash Balance Report.
  IV. Approval of June 2016 Docket.
  V. Discussion of FY 2018 Budget

6. Committee Minutes and Miscellaneous Correspondence

7. Executive Director’s comments

8. Executive Session:
Discussion of contract negotiations – personnel.
Discussion of current settlement of litigation and pending forfeiture action.

9. Next Regular Meeting July 21, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. at the main office of PRVWSD

10. Meeting adjourned