Monday, October 20, 2014

Joe Mac Hudspeth at Flowood Rotary Tuesday, October 21

Reservoir area resident, author, and wildlife photographer, Joe Mac Hudspeth, will present tomorrow (Tuesday, October 21, 2014), at the Flowood Rotary Club. Noon at Table 100.  If you haven't seen him present his slideshow, I recommend it.  Guests are invited.

Check out his webpage here.

More Fall/Halloween Festivals this Weekend.

Boo at the (Jackson) Zoo on Friday and Saturday, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  It’s Halloween at the Zoo, so bring your little ghouls and boys for trick-or-treatin’ at the Zoo! 
General Admission: Adults $9.25/Children $6.75; Members: Adults & Children $3.00 each.
A Costume Parade, Carnival Games, Monster Mash Dance Party, Face Painting & Photo Booth! PLUS – A Life Size Candy Land Area AND Free Carousel & Train Rides!  There will also be a Haunted Hay Ride!  This event has all your Halloween Features right in one place – At The Jackson Zoo!!!!!

Park After Dark at the Children's Museum and Museum of Natural Science this Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
River of Life Church hosts a Community Block Party on October 25, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Free games, inflatables, costume contests, food, giveaways, trunk or treat, etc.
Of course, you have the Smokin' on the Rez BBQ and Blues Fest this Friday and Saturday.

Witchcrafted, sponsored by the Craftmen's Guild of Mississippi, begins Saturday, and runs through Halloween.  5k Run, Pumpkin carving contest, decoration making contest, and culminates with a Monster Bash on Halloween Night.
Trustmark's Red Beans and Rice Festival at Trustmark Park, benefiting Stewpot's ministries is on Saturday.
Mississippi Agricultural Museum's Great Pumpkin Adventure takes place Wednesday through Saturday.  Hayrides, snacks, and your choice of pumpkin.
Cap it all off with a Reformation Celebration at Lakeland Presbyterian Church; games, food, costumes (nothing scary, please) , and lots of candy.

Care to venture out a bit further this weekend, check out the Great Delta Bear Affair in Rolling Fork.

Friday, October 17, 2014

New Haunted House to Add* UPDATED

*UPDATED*  Be advised, there is significant information on line indicating this is a scam. The website is still up, and it still lists Jackson, MS as a location. I certainly would not buy tickets to this thing online.  Rather, (if I was into this sort of thing) I would buy tickets at the door.

So, apparently there is a company called "America is Haunted", that operates high-end haunted houses around the country, including one in Jackson, Mississippi.  The Jackson version is called Terror in a Barn, and is located at 197 North Gallatin Street, Jackson, MS.  It takes 45 minutes to an hour to complete, and is limited to ages 17 and older.

According to the America is Haunted website:

America Is Haunted is a night time experience designed to take you back to the fright-filled  state Halloween should be. With more than 42 locations around the country we have built a two-year track record of sold out haunts! Our unique combination of eccentric gory entertainment draws tens of thousands in revellers annually.

Inside the technicolour maze a selection of horrific surprises awaits as you visit an inner chamber where things take an incredibly scary turn. Here, visitors are taken into a maximum-security prison taken over by the unhinged inmates.

Get some fresh air as revelers drift towards Night of The Dead and join adult spirits.  It is believed that the gates of hell are opened and the spirits come back to visit their families.  Only no one here is related to them!

Groupon is offering a deal for the next two days.  The description from the Groupon site:

As Halloween approaches, dozens of macabre vistas appear across the country, frightening but somehow also beckoning groups of visitors. The masterminds behind these apparitions? America Is Haunted, a company that has fear down to a science. That starts with the element of surprise, as each location holds its own secrets and scares. Six terrifying mazes, eight mini-shows, more than 300 monsters, goblins, and ghouls including larger-than-life rats, spiders, and gargoyles, as well as interactive experiences, gory vignettes, and costumed actors await throughout each attraction. The escorted journey may begin with a disorienting, technicolor maze where each turn brings guests face to face with some new horror. Other locales might include a maximum-security prison where the inmates run wild or a grocery store where the cereal is all the healthy kind.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Rankin Counties Blues Trail Markers (Part II)

Rankin County's three Mississippi Blues Trail markers stretch to the farthest points of the county, all close to the county line.  Only one commemorates an individual, the other two 

1. Piney Woods School.  This marker begins: "The musical programs of the Piney Woods School have produced many fine artists over the decades, including bluesman Sam Myers, who sang in vocal groups while attending a school for the blind located here. The International Sweethearts of Rhythm, a renowned all-female jazz orchestra, was founded at the school, and the original members of the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi first sang together here as members of the Cotton Blossom Singers."

2.  Gold Coast.  This marker begins: "This area of Rankin County, formerly called East Jackson and later the Gold Coast, was a hotbed for gambling, bootleg liquor, and live music for several decades up through the 1960s. Blues, jazz, and soul performers, including touring national acts and locally based artists Elmore James, Sonny Boy Williamson No. 2 (Rice Miller), Sam Myers, Cadillac George Harris, and Sam Baker, Jr., worked at a strip of clubs along Fannin Road known to African Americans as 'cross the river.'"

3.  Rubin Lacy, Pelahatchie.  This marker begins: "Rubin Lacy was one of the most talented and influential artists in Mississippi blues during his short career as a secular performer. The grandson of a minister, Lacy was born in Pelahatchie on January 2, 1901. He was a well-known blues performer in the Jackson area and the Delta until 1932, when he put his guitar down and became a preacher. In the 1950s he moved to California, where he died on November 14, 1969. He is buried in Pelahatchie."  * Following the erection of the marker, it was discovered Rubin Lacy is actually buried in Bakersfield, California.

The level of research that go into these markers is remarkable.  I encourage you to explore the MS Blues website and learn more.  One of the Reservoir's own sits on the MS Blues Commission, Bobby Peoples.

Rankin County's Blues Trail Markers

"The Mississippi Blues Trail was created by the Mississippi Blues Commission in 2006 to place interpretive markers at the most notable historical sites related to the birth, growth and influence of the blues throughout (and in some cases beyond) the state of Mississippi." Wikipedia.

According to the Blues Trail website: "The Mississippi Blues Trail markers tell stories through words and images of bluesmen and women and how the places where they lived and the times in which they existed–and continue to exist–influenced their music. The sites run the gamut from city streets to cotton fields, train depots to cemeteries, and clubs to churches."

The MS Blues Commission staked the first marker in 2006, in Holly Ridge, Mississippi, honoring Charley Patton.

Without Googling, can anyone tell me the location of Rankin County's three MS Blues Trail markers?  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Interim Supervisor Named

Rodney Keith has been named interim supervisor for District 2 of Rankin County.  Check out Kate Royals' article on this at the Clarion Ledger, there, you will get to know Rodney better.  He will serve the remaining 14 months of Wood Brown's term. Rodney agreed not to run for the position next year.

From the article: "When this position came open it was an opportunity for me to give even more to the county and the party for 14 months," Keith said of his decision to seek the seat.

Smokin' on the Rez Coming Up

The 2nd Annual Smokin' on the Rez comes up October 24 and 25.  Find all the information you need at the Barnett Reservoir Foundation webpage.  There, you will learn about the music line-up, the Bicycle Poker Run, Smokin' T-shirts, football viewing opportunities at the event, and much more.  As a matter of face, you need to be checking the Barnett Foundation Reservoir website frequently.  They are doing a good job of keeping it updated with info.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NWR Lady Cougars Tearing Up Slowpitch Softball Again This Year!

Congratulations to the NWR Lady Cougars Slowpitch Softball Team for recently clinching the No. 1 seed in the District with a 21-4 record.

The first round of the playoffs begin this afternoon at 4 p.m. against George County.  It is a best of 3 series.  The second round of the playoffs will begin Saturday, the 18th.  The South State Championship will be on October 21, and the State Championship game will be the 25th.

According to Coach Mike Armstrong, "the Lady Cougars have a very good chance of reaching some the goals they set this season.  Sometimes, when we get on a roll and hit the ball up and down the line up, I think we are as good as the 2012 team that won the 6A State Championship.  We do a good job of pitching and playing defense each game so with that, we can be successful if we are focused and ready to play."

Come out to the games tonight at the NWR Fields and support the Lady Cougars!

Fundraiser for State Sen. Josh Harkins

As we approach the legislative session of a statewide office election year, be ready for fundraisers. In his first few years in office, the Reservoir area's State Senator, Josh Harkins, has concentrated his efforts on successfully passing Reservoir-specific legislation. He is having a fundraiser this afternoon.  Join Ergon for a reception honoring State Senator Josh Harkins and hosted by Lt. Guv. Tate Reeves.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Please Be Careful Out There

What this mainly means for me is a bunch of pine needle raking tomorrow.

St. Mark's Fall Fest

PRVWSD August 2014 Board Minutes

The minutes from the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District August 2014 Meeting, held at the Palisades Subdivision, are posted below.  Highlights include:

   -- The Board approved the purchase of a residence for the Assistant Manager of the Timberlake Campground; I believe it is a mobile home for $71,792.77.

   -- The Board approved a proposed 1% property fee for new lots platted in the Lost Rabbit Subdivision. The money shall be used to retire certain bonds related to the Lost Rabbit development at a faster rate. The Board then approved the settlement reached by the parties in the Lost Rabbit litigation.

   -- The Board gave Harbor Walk an additional year extension to begin construction on the ethereal "Hotel Valencia". They have now until July 1, 2015, before necessitating construction.

   -- Safe Harbor Marina may soon get a restaurant.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Come Hear Coach Peterson Speak

Northwest Rankin High School Head Football Coach, Tyler Peterson, will speak to the Flowood Rotary Club at lunch at Table 100 on Tuesday, October 14, 2014.  The event will start at noon.  You are welcome to join us and hear what Coach Peterson has to say.  Lunch is $10.00.  Not a bad deal for Table 100.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Shoreline and Audit Committee Agendas

The various committees of the PRVWSD meet in the afternoon of Monday, October 13, 2014.  The agendas for each will be posted below:

Shoreline Committee Agenda:

1. Property Maintenance Report. (Dee Mitchell)
2. Consideration of lease modification Top-It-Off Events (Phillips) (John
3. Approval of Lost Rabbit Phase B1 conceptual plat layout. (John Sigman)
4. Approval of lease for Lost Rabbit Phase B1 to MCAS, Inc. (John Sigman)
5. Approval of lease of 3 acre parcel to Lost Rabbit HOA. (John Sigman)

Audit Committee Agenda:

1. Approval of Per Diem and Travel for September, 2014
2. Approval of Cash Balance Report for October 2014
3. Approval of Claims Docket for October 2014
4. Review of delinquent lease reporting.
5. Approval of $35.00 service fee for certified letters service of process

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Park After Dark

This event is fantastic.  I encourage all to take your children.  You get an experience at both the Natural Science Museum and the Children's Museum.  I hope you take advantage of it.  Your children will thank you.