Saturday, July 22, 2017

DivorceCare at St. Mark's UMC

From St. Mark's UMC:

St. Mark's United Methodist Church at 400 Grants Ferry Road in Brandon is offering two classes to the community coming up soon. DivorceCare is a 13-week class offering hope to those dealing with the pain of separation and divorce. Each week, participants will watch a video dealing with topics such as anger, depression, forgiveness, and loneliness; then divide up into small groups for discussion. DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K) is a special group to help children heal from the hurt caused by the separation and divorce of their parents. At our weekly DC4K group, kids ages 5-12 make friends with other kids who understand what it feels like when parents get divorced.

There will be a special orientation meeting for DC4K on Sun 8/13 from 4:00-6:00, and then DivorceCare and DC4K will start on Sunday 8/20 from 4:00-6:00. There is a one-time fee of $20 for each group (partial scholarships are available). For more information about DivorceCare, contact Merriam Smilley at 601-452-0861 or merriamsmilley2201@comcast.net. For more information about DC4K, contact Betsy Schetter at Betsy.Schetter@millsaps.edu.

If you know you would like to register for DivorceCare, click here.If you know you would like to register your child(ren) for DC4K, click here.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wildlife Extravaganza

Always a favorite event for me, the Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza, is a couple of weeks away. Serving as the Mississippi Wildlife Federation's primary fundraiser, the Extravaganza kicks off Friday, August 4, 2017, at 2 p.m. at the Mississippi Trade Mart.

This year, Jim Shockey headlines

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

RCSD School Supply List

Much to your child's chagrin, school year 2017-18 is peeking around the corner.  Here is a link to the Rankin County School District School Supply List.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Rez Articles in Rankin County News

This week's Rankin County News has the following items of interest to Reservoir residents:

 - Supervisor Daniel Cross, District 2, was appointed President of the Rankin County Board of Supervisors.

 - Rankin murder suspect pleads guilty to charges in Kansas.  Alex Bridges Deaton, whose nationwide murder romp began in Rankin County, pleaded guilty guilty to one count of attempted murder and one count of aggravated robbery in Kansas.

 - There is a nice spread of photos from the Millcreek July 4 Parade.

  - NWR Cougar football camp nears.  July 24-26, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at NWR Cougar Stadium. Registration is $80, and includes food, drink and a tshirt.  Registration is open for grades K-7.

 - Revamped Refuge Golf Course in the works.  The Refuge Golf Course will be closed for 18 months for redesigning and refurbishing.  A number 9 hole that ends at the clubhouse, perhaps?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

PRVWSD Board of Directors Minutes for May 2017

Below are the minutes from the PRVWSD Board of Director minutes for May, 2017.  Highlights include:

  - New software for the Rez Police Department.
  - The plan of action for relieving the spillway landings of litter is outlined: "it will be peer pressure from other fishermen that will keep the litter in check. Those that do not want to see the area closed will help with policing the other users and remind them to dispose of their litter properly so that all do not suffer from the actions of a few."
  - Approval for a dog park at Lakeshore Park obtained: "The . . . group has already collected the funds necessary to begin the development of the park . . . ."
  - Look for lighting improvements at Timberlake Campground.
  - Discussion of short term vacation rentals initiated, but tabled for further discussion.
  - Neel Schaffer Engineering awarded the engineering services contract for the badly needed overlay of the upper spillway road.
  - Bobby Cleveland's contract was approved for fiscal year 2018.  While I'm sure the contract was provided at the meeting, the online copy of the minutes did not have it attached.
  - A late addition to the agenda was approval of an interlocal agreement with West Rankin Utility Authority for sewage service for an 118 acre development on the Northshore (not on PRVWSD land). The agreement was approved, but not without dissension.
  - Finally, there is a need for master electrician services.  The job will be bid.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Parks Policy and Executive Committees Agendas

AGENDA
PARKS POLICY COMMITTEE
Monday, July 17, 2017 3:00 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of June 12, 2017 meeting.

2. Discussion of Down River Cleanup efforts.

3. Consideration and approval of final change order and project closeout for the Timberlake Paving Project.

AGENDA
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Monday, July 17, 2017 4:00 p.m.

1. Discussion of future of Main Office Building.

PRVWSD Shoreline Development Committee Agenda

AGENDA
SHORELINE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Monday, July 17, 2017 3:30 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of June 12, 2017 meeting.

2. Review and award of real estate proposal received for Invitation No. 159, a parcel at Rankin Ramp, Brandon, MS.

3. Consideration and award of contract for Seawall Construction Project Phase II at Sunrise Pointe and Paradise Point (litigation settlement phase 2).

4. Consideration of selection of engineer for the construction phase of the Upper Spillway Road Overlay Project.

5. Review of Arbor Landing Phase 3A construction plans.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Area Triathlons

The 8th Annual Tri4Life triathlon is around the corner.  600 yard swim, 14 mile bike and a 5K run. Billed as the "hottest, fastest triathlon in the state", this race benefits the Center for Pregnancy Choices.

Register here.
Volunteer here.
Here is the Facebook Page.

The kids have an option this weekend in the Mississippi Kids Triathlon at Reunion in Madison County.

Get all the info you need here or here.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Here is that Rez Fire Department Article on Chief Berry I Promised

Link to Northside Sun's article on Chief Berry.  A huge and constant "thank you" to all public servants.

County Seat Farmers Market

Yesterday was the first County Seat Farmers Market at the Rankin County Multipurpose Pavilion on Marquette Road.  You have another shot at it on Thursday, July 20, 2017.

Harvey's Fish House is cooking the catfish plates (MS farm raised, btw), and there are hot dogs and fresh veggies, too.  Another great addition to Rankin County!


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Northside Sun Highlights Chief Berry

In a rare Rankin County drive-by, the Northside Sun weekly included a nice front page write up on Reservoir Fire Chief, Scott Berry.  They haven't posted the most recent edition online.  I will be sure to post a link when they do.  In the meantime, if you run across a copy on the newsstand, it is worth a read.

Monday, July 3, 2017

County Subdivision Ordinance Changes

Rankin County published proposed changes to the subdivision ordinance.  Those proposed changes as are highlighted in yellow below.  Interesting reading.  It looks like many of the changes are designed to provide additional oversight by the County of subdivision infrastructure.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Cougar Club Fundraiser

Below is an email circulated to area businesses.  If you are interested in being a part of this, I encourage you to contact Jeff or Toby directly (phone numbers are below) for more info.

The Northwest Rankin Cougar Club would like to offer everyone in the Flowood and Brandon Reservoir community an opportunity to help in a massive fundraising effort at Northwest Rankin High School (NWR). The Cougar Club is an all-sports booster club that was created by Coach Jeff McClaskey and Coach Toby Collums roughly 18 months ago with the goal being to raise much needed funds to make our athletic department what it deserves to be, the absolute best in the state of Mississippi. As you know, the Flowood area is one of the fastest growing areas in Mississippi, so obviously the NWR school zone is booming as well. Team sports and school clubs are a driving force behind all communities because they help in bringing members of that community together. Here at NWR we have more than 30 sports and clubs which encompass more than 800 students and student athletes. With all this being said, you can see the need for you and our community to come together and help give these youth the absolute best high school experience that we can offer. I have attached several different opportunities for you to review that would show your support of our students and the community.  These possibilities range from basic advertisement such as signage, to commercials via our wifi sports coverage and/or video board corporate sponsorships. Your consideration in this endeavor would be greatly appreciated by all of our children here at Northwest. If you have any questions feel free to contact our Athletic Director Jeff McClaskey @ 601-573-7522 or Assistant Athletic Director Toby Collums @ 662-401-9915. We truly look forward to hearing from you and GO COUGARS!
Jeff McClaskeyAthletics DepartmentNorthwest Rankin High School601-992-2242Fax # 601-992-6005

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Empire Truck Sales Fireworks

In addition to all the other Independence Day celebrations posted about below, there is another on the actual Fourth of July you may want to check out.  Empire Truck Sales in Richland has a big 4th of July Fireworks celebration.  No kidding.  From their Facebook page:

Yes, we are having our annual Fireworks Show this year and you can be a part of it πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ’₯πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ It will be held on Tuesday, July 4th @ 9 pm. Like our Page, Share this post and comment liked and shared and you will be entered into the drawing. Enjoy front row seating including FREE food and FREE entertainment with plenty of room for you and your family to stretch out and make memories! We will announce the three winners of the parking passes on Friday, June 30, 2017.

More Info on Independence Day Celebrations at Rez

Looks like the PRVWSD and Barnett Reservoir Foundation are going all out for Independence Day Weekend.  Enjoy!