Sunday, October 31, 2010

Car Of The Week

We spotted this great looking 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air this week. Reservoir resident Kenny Mims was driving around and let us take a few photos of his beautiful classic Chevy.

The 1955 model year brought about a complete transformation of style and engineering for Chevrolet. Boxy cars of the past were replaced with smooth sleek lines, fancy interiors and more powerful engines.  Chevrolet's was proud of the styling and gave it a catchy name, "Motoramic".

The car has the "Blue Flame" 6 cylinder engine and a 3 speed manual transmission with overdrive. The transmission was affectionately called a 3 on the tree.

The price, you ask?  The sticker on this car would have been $1668.

Step back in time and watch this television ad for the new 1955 Chevrolet.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Letter To Reservoir Area Homeowners

This email was recently sent to many Reservoir area residents by Homer Burns, President of the Federation of Reservoir Homeowners.

October 28, 2010

Dear Reservoir Homeowners,

On October 14 of this year, I was informed about a new business venture to be built on Lake Village Circle near the southwest corner of the Spillway and Grants Ferry.  In response to information of that development, I called Mrs. Gale Jones at the Lake Village Learning Center, and she invited us to a presentation on Monday night, October 25.

Clovis's Angels

Charlie's Angels?  That's so yesterday.

Meet Clovis's Angels.

More Halloween fun.  The pastoral looking chap in the middle is Rankin County Administrator, Clovis Reed, surrounded by members of his angelic staff. 

The "Reverend", his "Angels", and TheRezNews wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

Roses Bluff

Our old photo for this week is an aerial shot of Roses Bluff. The newly constructed boat slips of what would become The Jackson Yacht Club can be seen on the right side of the bluff.

No date on the photo so mid 60's is as close as we can guess.

(click on photo to enlarge)

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween At The Circuit Clerks Office

We stopped by the Rankin County Circuit Clerk's office this morning, as usual their friendly, courteous and well dressed staff was eager to help.   

Casual Friday?  No, just good Halloween fun.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

Name That Bar

(Click the photo to enlarge)

Today we are playing "Name That Bar".

A reader sent us this photo.  It was across from The Dock in Main Harbor.

What's your guess?

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

The Reservoir Square Shopping Center

The first strip mall at the reservoir was the Reservoir Square Shopping Center. It was a blessing to the residents when the Jitney Jungle opened there, the rez finally had its own grocery store.

Winn-Dixie was the next grocer to occupy the spot, they moved out of Reservoir Square after constructing the building that is now occupied by Kroger. Winn-Dixie only operated the new store for a short time before financial problems forced them to close. Of course Kroger came along and saved the day.

The old Jitney/Winn-Dixie site has been vacant for many years. Craig Haskins is the leasing agent for the property and spoke with us about it.

The leaseholder of the shopping center is GJ Realty in New York, they own numerous shopping centers including one in Clinton. Craig is actively trying to lease the property and meeting with a potential tenant next week.

He assured us that he is looking for a "quality" retail tenant who will be compatible with the area.

The space is 32,000 square feet and the owner will consider sub-dividing it. If you know of a potential tenant give Craig a call at 601-684-4964.

There is a interesting Wikipedia article about the history of Jitney Jungle, if you would like to see it click HERE.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Flag

We had a comment and response this morning that is worthy of it's own space.

The comment:

Concerning the tower, this morning I noticed how terribly torn/tattered the American flag was flying above the tower. That is a disgrace! They need to replace it.

Proud wife of a military pilot serving this country 

The response:

Thanks for the observation. We replace the flags often; about every three
months. As a veteran I hold the flag in great respect. I will ask Dick
Gilbert (control tower manager) to order some new flags.

John Sigman, PRVWSD

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

Latest On The Grants Ferry Project

The Rankin County Planning Commission met this morning and reviewed the agenda that will be presented to the supervisors on Monday, Nov 1 at 9:00am

Here is what will be discussed.

A request will be made by Gale Jones to rezone the parcel on Grants Ferry from P1 to C2. In addition, they will ask that for a variance for their proposed childrens's entertainment center, the variance is needed as they are proposing less parking spaces than the county requires.

The apartments will not be on Monday's agenda. The county has not received site plans for the apartments so nothing can happen on that item until plans are filed.

If you have comments about the zoning request or the entertainment center you have several options.

  • Show up at the public hearing on Monday morning and voice your concerns directly to the supervisors. The meeting is at 211 East Government St. in Brandon.
  • Email Roy Edwards with your comments, Roy is Directory of Community Development for the county and will report to the supervisors the feedback he receives.  His email address is:
  • Call Roy and speak with him directly or leave your comments on his voice mail, Roy's number is 601-824-2570.
We'll be at the meeting Monday and keep you informed of what goes on.

We do encourage you to comment, the county officials want your input.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

Trick Or Treat

Halloween is on Sunday but many city and county officials are suggesting that children trick or treat on Saturday night.

We made a few calls and this is what we learned.

Rankin County is suggesting that children do their trick or treating on Saturday evening.

Flowood has not made an official announcement on the subject but will be hosting a "Kids Night Out" on Saturday evening from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.  The event will be held at  Liberty Park located behind the Flowood YMCA.

Ridgeland is asking that children trick or treat on Saturday night.

Tonight, they are having their annual  Trunk or Treat event.  Below is info from a  Ridgeland web site.

The City's Trunk or Treat event will be held on Thursday, October 28, 6 to 8 p.m. at Freedom Ridge Park.  Please bring a bag of candy.  If you would like to volunteer, please call the Rec and Parks office at 601-853-2011. 

This annual event is for the entire family, offering something for everyone, including carnival games, hayrides, face painting, and lots of treats! Volunteers decorate and fill the trunks of their vehicles with candy and prizes. Children go trick-or-treating from vehicle to vehicle, just like they were walking from house to house. City of Ridgeland departments, local church groups, businesses, civic organizations, and other volunteers offer games and fun activities. Trunk or Treat is held at Freedom Ridge Park in October. 

Everyone have a happy and safe Halloween!

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Update To The Update

The story on the Grants Ferry development prompted one commenter to describe it as "fluid", an understatement it seems.

We received an email from Roy Edwards with the Rankin County Community Development Department letting us know the situation has changed, again.

The text from his email:

I just got off phone with architect for Gale Jones and they want the hearing to go forward as originally planned. The indoor recreation facility to be on the property that is currently zoned P-1. They are rethinking the independent living facility. What will be before the Board of Supervisors Monday will be a rezoning request to build the skating rink and a parking variance.

We will keep you posted.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

Spillway Road Construction Update

We spoke with the developer of the property next to Regions on Spillway.  Here is the latest.

A Fred's Dollar Store is still planned for the lot across the new road from the MEA Clinic.  The store exterior would be similar to the photo above, that store is located in Bartlett, TN.

Rankin County asked that a small "monument" style sign be used for identification.  The store is targeted for a first quarter 2011 opening.

The street for the development is nearing completion and work may finish on it this week.  The MEA clinic is progressing and scheduled to open after the first of the year.

We were told that no other businesses have committed to the area at this time.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi 

The Escalating Lease

In the good old days the leases for property at The Rez were fixed amounts over a 60 year term. In 1983 things changed. We wrote about "The Lawsuit" a short time back and the escalating lease was one of the changes brought about by the legal action.

If you missed the lawsuit article you can see it HERE.

Today's bit of history is an article that explains the PRV's logic for implementing the new type lease where the rate increased 10% every 5 years.

The article was published July 14, 1983.

Read it HERE.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Update On Grants Ferry Development

We spoke with Roy Edwards this afternoon about the proposed development on Grants Ferry Road. Roy is the Director of Community Development for Rankin County, he provided us with the following update.

The site plan submitted to the county for the children's entertainment center was withdrawn today and a new plan submitted in its place. The new plan will still require a public hearing as the it calls for fewer parking spaces than the county requires. That hearing will be scheduled for a later date.

A site plan for the apartments has not yet been filed so that topic WILL NOT be on the supervisors agenda Monday, Nov. 1.

The request to rezone the property from classification P1 to C2 will be the only topic discussed Monday that is applicable to this project.

Rankin County zoning ordinances are online, if you would like to read about P1 and C2 click HERE.

We will follow what happens with this property and keep you informed.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

New Development Proposed On Grants Ferry

A zoning hearing is scheduled next week to discuss a proposed development on Grants Ferry Road. The location is across the street from Rhoda's School of Dance & Gymnastics.

Gail Jones is seeking permission to construct a children's entertainment center on the back portion of the property. On an adjacent parcel she is proposing a 10 unit independent living apartment complex for seniors and a strip mall.

Ms. Jones met with a group of homeowners Monday night to discuss her plans and answer any questions. Here is what we learned.

This board was displayed at the meeting and shows the proposed layout. Grants Ferry Road is on the right side of the drawing, the upper left is the apartments, the entertainment center is in the lower left and the strip mall in the upper center. The lone entry and exit street runs off of Grants Ferry, it is shown between the row of black dots in the center of the board.

The children's entertainment center would be called "Gympanzee" and contain inflatable jumping toys, miniature bowling lanes, arcades, and a skating rink. A food concession and small retail area would also be in the 32,000 square foot facility. The building could hold as many as 300 people.

The apartments would contain 10 units with space to add 5 more in the future. Two floor plans were show, both were less than 700 square feet. Ms Jones indicated that a she would apply for a HUD Section 202 grant to finance the apartments. Below is a brief description of the Section 202 purpose.

The Section 202 program helps expand the supply of affordable housing with supportive services for the elderly. It provides very low-income elderly with options that allow them to live independently but in an environment that provides support activities such as cleaning, cooking, transportation, etc. The program is similar to Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities (Section 811)

Ms Jones indicated that the entertainment center and apartments would be the first developments, the strip mall would come later.

The zoning request will be held at the Rankin County Board of Supervisors office at 9:00am Nov. 1, 2010.  The public is invited to make comments on this or any matter before the zoning committee.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

Monday, October 25, 2010

Poisoned Dog Cemetery

Three Prong Road is a quiet, lightly traveled stretch that's home to a small group of reservoir area residents. It's no different than hundreds of other county roads, people move there to get away from crowds and traffic. Kids ride bikes and family dogs chase away pesky squirrels, a safe place to live.

Or so it seems.

A short drive down the road lets you know something is amiss, at the roads edge a sign declaring a "Poisoned Dog Cemetery" looms over 9 small white crosses, each bearing a name:
  • Lefty
  • Tazz
  • Wendy
  • Smokey
  • Slippin
  • Bubba
  • Sam
  • Emily
  • Daisy
The sign and crosses were put there by resident Jim Pippen. Slippin was his black lab who met a terrible fate, he was poisoned. Slippin was not the first neighborhood dog to die in that manner so Jim decided to do something about it.

Determined to stop the killings, Jim took samples of Slippins remains and sent them to a lab for chemical analysis. The $1500 report verified his suspicions, Slippin was poisoned with the agricultural chemical Temik.

Many of the residents had a good idea of who was killing their pets when they called the Rankin County Sheriff for help. The investigators could not find enough hard evidence to make an arrest, all they could do was warn people to keep their pets in their yards or risk them becoming the next victim.

That advice didn't set well with Jim, an ex marine and Vietnam veteran. He decided to call on his military experience and engage the enemy with psychological warfare.

He erected signs to put the killer on notice that he and the other neighbors knew how their pets were killed and they would not tolerate it any longer. Jim said 12 dogs were poisoned over the course of 15 years and he wanted Slippin to be the last.

So far the strategy has worked, no dogs have been poisoned since the mock cemetery was put in place two years ago. Jim's not ready to declare victory yet but he and the other neighbors are breathing a little easier.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Off The Leash For Epilepsy

The Epilepsy Foundation of Mississippi is hosting its 3rd annual Off the Leash fundraiser on November 6, 2010, from 11:00am – 3:00 pm at Lakeshore Park at the Barnett Reservoir.

This year’s dog competitions will include a Best Costume Contest, Cutest/Ugliest Dog Contest, and Most Talented Dog Contest.

More information can be found HERE.

The Rez News
Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

Mo FoMoCo

This weeks classic is another Ford product, a 1964 Galaxie 500 convertible.  The car was spotted at the hardware store in Reservoir Square shopping center.  The owner, a reservoir area resident, has owned the car for 20 years and done some restoration including a new coat of paint.  The car has 132K original miles.

A simple uncluttered instrument panel and lots of leg room.

This car has a 352 V8, most XL's had the more powerful 390 engine.
In 1964 a Ford dealer would have sold you this car for around $3000 

A few facts about 1964:
  • Lyndon Johnson was President
  • Average price of a home was $20,500
  • Average price of a gallon of gas $0.30
  • Cost of a postage stamp $0.05
  • Dow Jone High for the year 891 

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Reservoir Level

It doesn't take a statistician to spot the trend above, the graph shows the water level in the reservoir for the last 60 days.

The lack of rain has taken a toll on the lake as it's already near winter level. This is not by design, the PRV normally starts dropping the water level in November.   

The PRV is contractually obligated to a minimum discharge rate at the Spillway, unfortunately the inflow into the lake is less than the discharge rate. The current rate of discharge combined with evaporation causes the lake to drop about a tenth of a foot every 3 days.

The U.S. Geological Survey tracks the lake level, you can view it at the following link.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

Friday, October 22, 2010

Brashear Creek

This sign caught our eye on a recent crossing into Ridgeland. It's at the intersection of Lake Harbor and Harbor Drive.

What is interesting is that the name of the creek is misspelled, it should be Brashear Creek.

The sign sits atop a diversion canal that was built in the early 1960's, its purpose was to divert the flow of Brahsear Creek away from the area where Main Harbor was going to be built. The canal empties into the Pearl River below the Spillway.

This section of a topo map shows the Main Harbor area with the creek channel that once flowed through it, the creek ran right under The Breakers.  An examination of the oldest topo map we could find shows two creeks flowing into the reservoir area near Main Harbor, Brashear and Culley Creeks.

The topo didn't provide a clear answer as to which creek ran through the Main Harbor area but both were diverted to flow into the canal so that Main Harbor could be built. 

Why is this important, you ask? It's all to set the stage for our "Old Photo Of The Week" segment. The picture below shows the Main Harbor area before it filled, the old creek channel can be seen meandering through the harbor (bottom center). The upper portion of the photo shows the Pearl River flowing through the main lake area, the dam is on the right.

Remember,you can click on the photo to enlarge it.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Update On The Rapids Property

The foreclosure on the Mandalay Development is complete and BankPlus is now the holder of the lease for the old Rapids on the Reservoir property.  This week the bank asked the PRV board to modify the existing lease so they could market the property for commercial development, it is currently designated for multi-family dwellings.

The board discussed the request at this mornings board meeting and unanimously granted the request. Board member Robert Webb said "We need to be cautious and sensitive to the needs of the residents and be very careful with any development, commercial or otherwise, that goes there".

Rankin County District 2 Supervisor Wood Brown attended the meeting and spoke in support of commercial development.  He said that the bank has informed him of their intent to start an immediate clean up of the property including demolishing the old buildings.   

One other lingering issue has also been resolved,  BankPlus granted Mr. Roy Nichols permission to conduct his Christmas Tree sale in the parking lot area of the Rapids property.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

September PRV Board Minutes

Minutes from the September Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board of Directors meeting.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

Karate Lessons Offered At The YMCA

The YMCA is offering Karate lessons for all ages and skill levels.

You can get more information HERE.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Press Release From PRV

October, 2010

Barnett Reservoir Announces Two Organizations That Will Benefit Area

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (“PRVWSD”) is pleased to announce the official founding of two organizations that will benefit the Barnett Reservoir and have a positive impact to the areas surrounding the large body of water.

The Barnett Reservoir Foundation will have an important role in the overall economic development and promotion of public interest as related to the Barnett Reservoir. Secondly, Keep the Reservoir Beautiful has officially become an active affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, the largest nationwide volunteer organization, which will help promote beautification efforts in and around the Barnett Reservoir project area. Together, these two organizations will assist with community involvement, awareness and citizen input to impact the future and growth of the Reservoir area.

Jack Winstead, President of the PRVWSD’s Board of Directors, stated “we are pleased to have these two organizations join us in making the Reservoir area be the very best that it can be for all.”

The Barnett Reservoir Foundation was created on the concept of having outside input and interest from citizens in and around the reservoir area to provide support and guidance for future economic development needs. The Barnett Reservoir Foundation will be an excellent opportunity to offer public support and also to allow the reservoir area community leaders and citizens to have a voice on decisions being made by the PRVWSD. The primary purpose of the Barnett Reservoir Foundation will be to: promote public interest in the Ross Barnett Reservoir; raise funds for projects, studies, designs and equipment to preserve and enhance the water quality and water supply; provide vision for the future; and address needs that will improve the quality of life for residents and enhance recreational opportunities for visitors.

The Barnett Reservoir Foundation has officially appointed its officers for the years 2010 - 2013, they are: Buddy Medlin, President; Dr. Homer Burns, Vice President; and Rayford Hudson, Secretary/Treasurer. Of the eleven members which will serve with the officers are Doug Berry, Kenneth Jackson, Gene Delcomyn, and Paul Chamblee. Together, these members will seek support and cooperation from interested individuals and businesses that want to have a substantial impact on the Barnett Reservoir. “I am excited to be a part of the Barnett Reservoir Foundation and honored to be President of the Board. I look forward to working with the very capable Foundation officers and members” Buddy Medlin. Membership classifications for the Foundation include active and lifetime memberships. For more information, please contact Buddy Medlin at 601-353-8333 or Michelle Guy at 601-605-6898.

Keep the Reservoir Beautiful has officially been accepted as one of the nation’s newest 600 affiliates of the Keep America Beautiful network. The newly formed group will be focusing on beautification and improvement of public spaces, waste reduction and recycling. Jeannine May, Reservoir resident will be serving as Executive Coordinator in a volunteer capacity to coordinate efforts along with a team of members to implement the program. Training in the near future will be provided by Keep America Beautiful and is being funded through a grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. “We are honored to join other local Keep Mississippi
Beautiful and national affiliates who are already combining education with hands-on stewardship to make their communities cleaner, greener, safer and more livable.” Jeannine May, Executive Coordinator, Keep the Reservoir Beautiful. For more information on Keep the Reservoir Beautiful, call (601) 919-1486 or (601)605-6898.

“The prospect of additional community involvement is very exciting to the staff and Board of Directors of the PRVWSD. We look forward to many projects and initiatives from these groups” John Sigman, Executive Director, PRVWSD.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

The Rez Patrol and Radar

Seems we have an urban legend brewing.  Several people have reported receiving Facebook messages claiming the Reservoir Patrol has acquired radar and is writing tickets at a frenzied pace.

Not true.

Here are the facts.

Mississippi law specifically states what law enforcement agencies are permitted to use radar, The Reservoir Patrol and county sheriff departments are not on the list.

Neither The Reservoir Patrol nor The Rankin or Madison County Sheriff Departments use radar to enforce speeding laws.  

We spoke with Reservoir Patrol Chief, Perry Waggener, who confirmed this. He did mention that most of their patrol cars have video cameras installed and those units may appear to some as radar.  The Chief also reminds everyone that part of the west side of the dam is in the Ridgeland city limits and their PD does have radar. 

The Reservoir Patrol does have a gadget that uses radar to monitor speed but not for enforcement purposes. It is pictured above and called a "traffic calming device".

They position it at different locations to remind drivers of the posted speed limit and their rate of speed. The device also gathers statistics, one sampling covered a 141 day period of time and reported that 64% of all traffic was exceeding the speed limit.

In the last 36 months there have been 8 fatal car accidents around the reservoir area, excessive speed played a part in each of them. So, please drive carefully and don't become the next statistic.

Below is the Mississippi Code that defines who can and can't use radar.

§ 63-3-519. Use of radar speed detection equipment; authorization and limitations.

It shall be unlawful for any person or peace officer or law enforcement agency, except the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol, to purchase or use or allow to be used any type of radar speed detection equipment upon any public street, road or highway of this state. However, such equipment may be used:

1. By municipal law enforcement officers within a municipality having a population of two thousand (2,000) or more upon the public streets of the municipality;

2. By any college or university campus police force within the confines of any campus wherein more than two thousand (2,000) students are enrolled;

3. By municipal law enforcement officers in any municipality having a population in excess of fifteen thousand (15,000) according to the latest federal census on federally designated highways lying within the corporate limits.

The Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol will not set up radar on highways within municipalities with a population in excess of fifteen thousand (15,000) according to the latest federal census.

The Rez News
Brandon, Mississippi

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


It's not far back to sanity
At least it's not for me
And when the wind is right you can sail away
And find serenity
The canvas can do miracles
Just you wait and see
Believe me

Beautiful words from the Grammy Award winning song "Sailing" by Christopher Cross.

Had Chris spent some time with the Central Mississippi Soaring Association the song might have been called "Soaring".  It's hard to imagine a more serene place than sailing thousands of feet above the earth hearing nothing but your own heartbeat and the sound of the wind rushing over long slender wings.

Most weekends CMSA members gather to enjoy their hobby at Woodbridge, a development between Highway 471 and the Barnett Reservoir. Two runways at the subdivision stay very busy when the weather is agreeable.

While graceful in the air, the planes are awkward on the ground. At rest they lean over and require support from a wing. But, they were made to fly and fly they do.

The gliders are towed into the sky by a plane that dusted crops in a previous life.

Pilot Mike Smith prepares to launch a sailplane into the skies over the reservoir.


With suitable weather conditions the planes are capable of enormous feats.  Boyd Robertson, a CMSA member and instructor, said the gliders are towed to an altitude of 2500-3000 feet, once released they can stay airborne for hours and fly great distances. Recently, a member took off from Woodbridge and flew to Greenwood, MS.  and back. The following weekend the same pilot made a round trip to Tallulah, LA.

The Central Mississippi Soaring Association welcomes new members and offers pilot instruction.   

Over the next few days we will bring you more information about the CMSA, it's members and post more photos.  

And, we'll tell you how you can go soaring!    

Stay tuned.

(Remember, you can click on any photo to enlarge it.)

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, Mississippi

Monday, October 18, 2010

PRV Board Meetings

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board of Directors and their committee's meet once a month to conduct the business of the Ross Barnett Reservoir. Several meetings are scheduled this week, dates and times are listed below.

The meetings are open to the public and held at the PRV office located at 115 Madison Landing Circle in Ridgeland.

Meetings this week:
  • Oct. 18 2:30pm Audit Committee
  • Oct. 18 3:30pm Shoreline Committee
  • Oct. 21 8:30am Parks Policy Committee
  • Oct. 21 9:30 Full Board Meeting
Most people don't have a chance to attend the meetings because of when they occur. Suggestions have been made to the reservoir management that a board meeting be held at night, possibly quarterly, so that more residents would have a chance to participate.

What do you think, is an occasional board meeting a night a good idea?

Beginning today we will start publishing the minutes of each board meeting so that everyone will have a chance to keep up with PRV events.

The latest adopted minutes are from the August 2010, September will be available soon.

The Rez News
Brandon, Mississippi

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Car Of The Week

You can go to the grocery store like everyone else, or you can go in style.

This beauty was parked at Kroger parking lot on Saturday and caused a few heads to turn.  It's a restored 1965 Ford Thunderbird convertible.

The car is owned by Forest Point resident Russ Griffith.

Like it?  Why not buy it, it's for sale.

The Rez News
Brandon, Mississippi

Saturday, October 16, 2010

How About A Poll?

The internet has introduced us to an interesting phenomenon, the online poll. We see them at all sorts of web sites, they seek our opinions about politics, sports, and mascots for Ole Miss.

Deer hunters will be taking to the woods soon and Rankin County officials are using a poll to get your thoughts on the following question.

Would you be in favor of the Board of Supervisors providing dumping locations for deer carcasses during deer hunting season?

Don't let another minute pass, go to the county web site and cast your vote.

Click HERE and we'll take you there.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Ridgeland, Mississippi

Friday, October 15, 2010

Rummage And Bake Sale

The Women's Ministry at Lakeside Presbyterian Church is sponsoring a rummage and bake sale on Saturday, October 16th.  The sale will held in the gym, hours are 7:00am till 2:00pm.

Lakeside is located at 2070 Spillway Road.

Rankin County Public Hearing

The Rankin County Board of Supervisors met Friday morning and discussed a couple of topics about the reservoir area.

In an earlier post we told you that a home on Fannin Landing Circle was the subject of a rezoning request. (original article HERE.) The Supervisors granted the variance request that will allow the owners to operate a Bed and Breakfast on the property.

The supervisors also heard comments on proposed changes to the county land use map and zoning ordinances.

Several reservoir area residents voiced concerns over future commercial development of the area and suggested the board adopt a policy that recognizes the unique needs of the most densely populated unincorporated area of the county.

The board voted to defer any action on the plan until the suggestions could be reviewed by the Rankin County Community Development Department and Central Mississippi Planning and Development District.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Ridgeland Mississippi

The Spillway

We know you history junkies need another old picture to get you through the weekend so here is a shot of the Spillway when it was just a baby.

The lower part of the photo is the main lake area, the Pearl River can be seen at the top. The wing wall on the left (east) side of the spillway had been completed but the west wall was still under construction.

Notice the 10 "things" at the lower right of the photo, those are the massive steel gates that would later fill the 10 openings in the spillway. 

We did an article about the control tower back in July. It contained some interesting information about the operation of the spillway and discusses the gates.    

If you missed that article or would like to re-read it click HERE.

Remember you can click on the photo to enlarge it.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir
Ridgeland, Mississippi

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Rankin Land Use And Zoning Hearing

The Rankin County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to the county land use map and zoning ordinances.

Some reservoir area residents have asked the supervisors to consider and "Overlay District" for county lands near the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District.  An overlay district would allow the county to implement zoning rules that would only apply to the district and not affect other parts of the county.

This is important to the area due to the large population density, commercial growth for densely populated areas needs to be well regulated.

The meeting starts at 9:00am Oct. 15 at the Rankin County Administration Building, 211 East Government St. in Brandon.

The supervisors want your input to this important decision.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir

Bed And Breakfast

There are some very nice homes on Fannin Landing Circle. This one was discussed at the Rankin County Planning Commission meeting Wednesday morning and will be the topic of a public hearing Friday morning, Oct. 15th.

A request has been made by owners Ronald and Joni McClain that would permit them to turn the home into a bed and breakfast.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir

Community Barbecue

St. Peter's by-the-Lake Episcopal Church will be hosting a Fall "Community Barbecue" on Sunday, October 17th from 11am to 1pm.  Barbecue chicken plates with delicious sides and a drink will be available for only $8, children's plates are $4. 

Everyone is invited to attend the church service at 10am and stay for a wonderful lunch.  If you can't make it for church then stop by for a take out plate.

St. Peter's is located at the intersection of Spillway Road and Hugh Ward Blvd.

Questions?  Call the church office at 601.992.2691.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mandalay Property Sold

A foreclosure sale for the Mandalay Development (old Rapids Water Park) took place on Tuesday.  The Rankin County Chancery Clerks office said a deed for the property was recorded for the new owner, Oakhurst Development Inc.

BankPlus, who initiated the foreclosure last month, is affiliated with Oakhurst Development. 

We have contacted the bank seeking a comment on their plans for the property, we will pass that on to you when we hear from them. 

Low Head Dam

An old photo of the Lowhead dam area, dated 1966.  Great shots of some old cars, the dark colored car at the bottom of the picture is a very sporty 1966 Ford Fairlane 500, above it a 1965 Ford Fairlane, to its left is a 1950 Plymouth.  The car on the dam is a 1954 Oldsmobile.   
Click the photo to enlarge.  

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Royalty On The Rez

Two new residents recently moved to The Rez, King George and Lady Emma.  The birds with the regal names are Mute Swans and can usually be seen in the Main Harbor area. They arrived from Chicago about a month ago and are slowly adjusting to their new home.

Swans are huge birds, notice how the two Mallards on the right side of the photo are dwarfed by their size.

King George, on the left, is 3 years old and Lady Emma is 5 months old.   They are shown here having an afternoon snack.

Here are a few facts about swans.
  • Male swans are called cobs
  • Female swans are called pens
  • Baby swans are called cygnets
  • They are native to Europe
  • They are called Mute Swans because they make very little noise
  • The males can grow to over 30 lbs and have wing spans of up to 10 feet.
Swans are very territorial and don't particularly like Canadian Geese.  A company in Chicago found a way to exploit this behavior and created a thriving business renting swans to frustrated home and business owners wanting to be goose free.

The following video shows the swans in action.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

November 18, 1962

Finally, a break from black and white photos.

The picture above was dated Nov. 18, 1962 and shows the main lake area as viewed from the east side of the lake looking west. The lower portion of the photo shows the old G. M. and O. railroad trestle crossing Pelahatchie Creek.

The center portion of the photo is the Pearl River flowing to the spillway.

You can click on the photo to enlarge it or see a hi-res photo HERE.

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Harborwalk Version 1.0

Todays blast from the past is from the September 1, 1977 edition of the Clarion Ledger. The article is about a proposed convention center at the Ross Barnett Reservoir and the tepid response it was receiving.  Charlie Moak was the reservoir general manager at the time and made this profound statement about the venture: "I think the problem is money".

Seems it still is.

However, the article is an interesting glimpse into the past and evidence that history does repeat itself. 

See it HERE.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Tuesday's Schedule

Thought we would help you plan your schedule for Tuesday.  Copy the following information into your smartphone and you won't miss a thing.

11:00am to 4:00pm 
Attend the foreclosure sale at the old Rankin County Courthouse in Brandon.  Bid on the old Rapids On The Reservoir property. 

Attend the town hall meeting with U.S. Senator Roger Wicker at the Northwest Rankin High School auditorium. 

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Next time you drive across the upper road of the dam see if you can spot a creature similar to the one pictured above. It is a Cormorant, a migratory bird that is an incredibly efficient fisherman.

They are easy to identify, they sit very low in the water and have long slim necks and pointed bills.

They are a major nuisance to Mississippi catfish farmers costing them millions of dollars each year. Farmers use noise cannons and other techniques to scare them away from the young catfish.

Often they can be seen with wings outstretched, they do this to dry their wings before flight. Cormorants require a long distance to takeoff and dry wings are a must.

In the winter they will congregate with the many White Pelicans that visit the reservoir.  It is not uncommon to see large flocks of the two in the main lake 

In some parts of the world they are used to catch fish for people. The video below show a fisherman using Cormorants to catch his supper. At the beginning of the video you will see him tying a string around a birds neck. The string restricts the birds neck from expanding so that it can't swallow any fish that it catches.

It is a fascinating video.

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Lawsuit

Ever wonder why the Reservoir Patrol is not the primary law enforcement agency for the residential areas on reservoir property?

At one time they were. The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District not only provided police protection but fire protection and garbage pickup to all leaseholders.

Why did they stop? A lawsuit happened.

The story begins in 1982 when the Hinds County Board of Supervisors voted to seek an injunction against what they considered to be an unlawful tax on their residents. It took several years for an agreement to be reached but the resulting settlement forever changed the way the PRVWSD could spend money.

Over the next week we will bring you more information about that story so stay tuned.

The attached article from the Clarion Ledger documents the opening shots fired by Hinds County.

Read it HERE.

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

A Car From The 60's

Several photos from the early 1960's have been posted recently including one of a 1962 Piper aircraft.  In a sense of fair play it seems only right to give equal time to General Motors. 

This car was parked in front of Jo's Diner Friday morning.

The car, a 1962 Oldsmobile Super 88, belongs to Robert Atherley and is a classic.  A flawless red paint job and a bright white vinyl top instantly caught our eye. 


For those of the Honda/Toyota generation we like to show you something that your parents and grandparents enjoyed, it was called leg room.

Robert is seen here in the "cockpit" of his Super 88 and looking pretty comfortable.

In those days the front seats were built more like couches than something in a fighter plane.

The color coordinated fuzzy dice are a nice touch, don't you think?

If you were thumbing through your latest issue of Life Magazine in those days you might have seen an ad like this.

Friday, October 8, 2010

More History

You history fix for today is an aerial shot from 1962 or 1963. It's been marked up to help the aerial photo challenged, click on it to enlarge. 

You can see an original copy of the photo HERE.

A couple of notes.

Notice the area around the trestle, it was built south where Pelahatchie Creek crossed the road bed. When the bridge was completed a diversion canal was built that caused the waters of the creek to flow under the trestle and reconnect with the original creek bed in the main lake. With that accomplished the railroad bed could be completed. And, of course, the left side of the trestle is Pelahatchie Bay and the right side is the main lake.

Also, follow the route of Pelahatchie Creek through the main lake area, it crossed the dam less than a quarter of a mile from the eastern end of the dam, then turned west and flowed into the Pearl River just below the spillway.

Da Plane

A few days back we ran this photo showing the main lake before it filled.

An alert reader noticed the numbers on the side of the plane and did a search of the Federal Aviation Administration website.  Amazingly, the plane is still registered and flying.

We contacted the owner who told us the plane belongs to the Wright Brothers, Dr. Michael Wright, of St. Joseph, MO,  and his brother Ted of St. Louis.  They have owned it for the last 7 years and still fly it today.  

He could not believe his eyes when we directed him to The Rez News picture of his 48 year old plane.   He said they call the plane "Old Paint" because it still has its original paint.   

Dr. Wright has accumulated a history of the plane from various FAA records and told us that the plane, a Piper PA-24-250, left the factory on Mar 3, 1962 and was delivered to its first owner, North Jackson Air Service in Madison, MS.  After a couple of other local owners it left Mississippi for good.

It is a small world.