Thursday, March 31, 2011

Dogs And Insurance

Dog owners, does your homeowners insurance provide liability coverage for dog bites?

We found an interesting article that discusses the issues surrounding dog ownership and liability.  A good read, you can see it here.

According to the Insurance Institute of America the average cost of a dog bite claim in 2009 was $24,840.  

If you own a dog it might be a good idea to call your agent and see if you are covered.  

Many governments require liability insurance for specific breeds, Rankin County has such a ordinance, you can read it here.

Wonder where your pooch stacks up among the most popular breeds?  The American Kennel Club has the answer, here is the top 10.  The entire list can be seen  here.

BREED 2010 2009 2005 2000
Labrador Retrievers
German Shepherd Dogs
Yorkshire Terriers
Golden Retrievers
Shih Tzu

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Rapids Closing - Condos Coming

According to an article in the March 3, 2008 issue of the Mississippi Business Journal.

The MBJ story provides an interesting history of how Rapids On The Reservoir got it's start and what caused it's demise.

And, news that a new condo project would be built on the site.  We came to know it as Mandalay.

Read the article HERE.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bay Pointe Golf

Our stop by Bay Pointe Resort and Golf Club was rewarded with a special treat.  Coach Eddie Payton was there with members of his Jackson State University golf team.

Coach Payton is as much a legend in collegiate golf as his late brother Walter was in the NFL.  Sports Illustrated did a great article about Coach Payton, check it out here.

We had the group stop for a moment so we could get a photo.  Coach Payton(right) and one of his players, Maurice Jeffries.  Maurice is a junior from Peachtree City, Ga.

Bay Pointe is open to the public and offers single or family memberships.

Resident pro, Brent Belton, invites everyone to come out to play.  Lessons are available for all ages and skill levels.

The course is open from 7am to dusk every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Monday through Thursdays the green fees, including a cart, are $36 (before 2pm) and $27 after 2pm.
Weekend fees with cart are $41 before 2pm and $27 from 2pm until dusk.
Family memberships are $110 and that gets you golf, a cart, and access to the driving range and swimming pool. 

The pro shop carries all the necessities and (this is important) they have a 19th hole.

Bay Pointe is located at the intersection of Northshore Parkway and Highway 471. 

Learn more about this great Rez area attraction by visiting their web site.

Or give them a call, the pro shop can be reached at 601-829-1862

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Fat Gourd Stables

About a mile east of Highway 25, on Holly Bush Road, is a sign indicating the entrance to Fat Gourd Farm.

It's was a farm for generations, but no longer.  The property, owned by the Warren family, is now a stable and home to about 50 horses.

We recently stopped by for a visit with resident manager, Dan Warren.  Dan's day job is an animal control officer with the Rankin County Sheriff's Department.  When not rounding up strays he helps tend to the operation of boarding horses.

Dan said his family started the stables in 1978, they filled to capacity during the 1979 flood and have been full ever since.  If you want to board a horse there you'll have to get on a waiting list.

According to Dan's mother, the term Fat Gourd originated during the Civil War. In those days people didn't trust banks, one alternative was to stash one's savings into gourds.  If you appeared to have wealth you were known as a Fat Gourder.  Seems the farm's owners liked the term and applied it to their operation.  Fat Gourd Farm has been around since the early 1800's. 

While there we met a couple of cowgirls. 

Meet Daisy Brasher and her horse Trigger.  Daisy is a regular at the
stable and tells us she loves her horses.  
 (click photo to enlarge)

The back of Daisy's shirt caught our eye as she 
stood by her other horse, Marilynn.

Another cowgirl, Ali Honeycutt and her horse Cocoa. 

Ali gets ready to saddle up Cocoa.  

The best way to learn more about Fat Gourd Stables is to drop by on a weekend.  If you're lucky you might see Daisy or Ali, if so be prepared to talk about horses. 

(note: click on any of the photos to enlarge)

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Cat House Opening Near Rez

For kitty cats! What were you thinking?

The Animal Rescue Fund of Mississippi (ARF) is building a shelter for cats at their Holly Bush Road location near The Rez.  The new building, scheduled for completion in May, will provide space for 40 cats.

ARF is a no kill facility that provides shelter for over 200 dogs.

Elizabeth Jackson, Executive Director and founder of ARF, moved the operation to Rankin County after receiving a grant to buy land in the county.  Her motivation was the fact that the county had one of the highest rates of stray and abandoned animals in the state.

The shelter receives no tax dollars for support.  Individual donations make up 98% of their operating funds, the remainder comes from private grants.  

Would you consider helping ARF?

There are multiple ways to help this great cause. Of course the first is money, the shelter has to feed, vaccinate, and spay/neuter the many animals that come into their care. Please consider making a donation, learn how by visiting their website at:

One time or recurring donations can be made via Paypal or Pledge and Click.

Another easy way to help is by donating supplies such as dog food, treats, and kitty litter. The Kroger stores at Spillway and Castlewood's provide containers near their exit doors for donations. While shopping pick up items in the store, pay for them then leave them in the cans on your way out. The items will be picked up by volunteers and taken to the shelter.

If you buy pet food please pick a Purina product. The animals are fed only one brand of food to minimize dietary problems.

Volunteers are also needed for various chores around the shelter including dog walkers.  Walking can provide benefits to the creatures on both ends of the leash.

Church groups and Scout troops are encouraged to volunteer their time.


Many dogs and cats are available for adoption, if you are considering a pet please make ARF your first stop. 

More info can be found at their website (here) regarding availability and requirements.

ARF is located at 1963 Holly Bush Road, approximately 6.6 miles east of Lakeland Drive.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Rez People

Stories about Rez area people are a popular feature of this blog, we've done quite a few and intend to do more.

A new section has been created that will make it easier to locate past articles.  The Rez People tab, located near the top of the page, will take you there. 

Have a special skill, talent, or gift - or know someone who does?  Let us know so we can tell more stories about our neighbors.  

Contact us at:

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Lakeshore Park Mid 60's

 (click to enlarge)

An aerial shot of the eastern side of the main lake.

The peninsula in the lower portion of the photo is Lakeshore Park.  Just above it is the area where Sportsman's Marina is today.

The shoreline in the upper right is now Palisades.

Our best guess on a date for this photo is early 1965.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Truck In Rez Update

We heard from the wife of the driver who lost control of his truck on Red Dot Road last weekend.  (story here)

She told us he was home from the hospital and doing well.  The medical consensus was that a combination of being overheated, dehydrated, and an improper dosage level of his blood pressure medicine caused him to black out.

She also wishes to convey her thanks and appreciation to the "angels" who fearlessly entered the water to rescue her husband and son.

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Republican Women Meeting Monday

The monthly meeting of the Rankin County Republican Women will be held Monday, March 28th, at 6:00pm at the Pearl Public Library. 

The meeting is open to the public and all are invited to attend.

You can sign up for their newsletter and get more information by visiting their website at:

More info is available at their Facebook site:
and Twitter (@rcrwms)

Questions? Contact Kristen Windham at

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PRVWSD Claims Docket

See the monthly expenses of The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District.

View the docket  HERE.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Furniture Refinishing

Alford's Furniture Refinishing has opened at 1584 Old Fannin Road behind Pawn Stars of Mississippi.

Owner Jim Alford has been in the business a long time and can repair and refinish almost anything you bring him. 

Business hours are 8 to 5 Monday through Friday and 9 to 1 on Saturdays.

From retouching to refinishing, they do it all. 

Free estimates on work they perform and  estimates for insurance claims or shipping damage are available for a fee.

Give them a call at 601-919-9911

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Iron Florist Competition

"The Guild Honors Its Own" Luncheon and Iron Florist at Mississippi Craft Center

The Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi will hold its annual luncheon to honor volunteers, Tuesday, March 29th, at 11:30 a.m. at the Mississippi Craft Center. This year, the luncheon will feature four local florists in an "Iron Florist" competition. Attendees will watch an exciting scramble of talents as florists finish a timed event. Their arrangements will be judged by the attendees and a crowd favorite will be named. The four arrangements will be raffled for lucky attendees to take home.

Local florists represented in the contest are (from left to right)  Marian Bowen, Pedals and Pails; Tom McIntyre, A Daisy A Day Flowers and Gifts; Mariah Baird,Green Oak Florist,  not pictured, Wendy Putt, Fresh Cut Floral and Catering.

Handcrafted products from the Gallery at the Center will be showcased to give attendees ideas for spring home gardens or items to hold spring flowers in the home.

The general public is invited to share in the experience of the luncheon and "Iron Florist." Cost of the luncheon is $10. Monies raised benefit the Education Programs of the Guild. For more information or to make reservations, call 601-856-7546 or visit

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Minutes From Feb. PRVWSD Board Meeting.

Latest minutes from the PRVWSD Board of Directors meeting.


The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District was held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at the District’s main office. The meeting was called to order by Samuel Mitchell, Chairman, who presided.

Those Present: Samuel Mitchell, Jim Carraway, Vernard Murrell, Phillip Crosby, W. C. Gorden, Pete Burkes, Kenny Latham, John Arledge, Trey Bobinger, John Locke, Keith Allen, Robert Webb

Those Absent: Jack Winstead, Don Brazil

Others Present: John Sigman, Jim Tohill, Michelle Guy, Susan McMullan, Perry Waggener, Craig Hunt, Jim McDowell, Dr. Madsen – MSU, Linda Horton, Rayford Hudson, Roy Edwards – Rankin County, Dr. Homer Burns, Bert Case, Dustin Barnes, Dr. Wiseman – The Stennis Institute of Government, Dr. Markham – The Stennis Institute of Government, Gary Harkins, Josh Harkins

Parkinson Charity Race This Saturday


Expect traffic delays this Saturday on Northshore Parkway due to the following event. 
The race starts from Lakeshore Park at 8:00am and should be completed by 10:00am.   Registration will be open until noon Friday.

The 2nd annual Parkinson Awareness Charity Race is on.

Details and registration info available at the Mississippi Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association website here.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Affinity For Abstracts

Meet a very talented Rez area artist, Catron Williams.

A Jackson native, she migrated to the reservoir 30 years ago.

Her early artistic expressions with pencil and charcoal gave way to a love of color.  Today she uses acrylic's and mixed media to create stunning abstract works.

Some samples of her work.

From Catron's bio:

Catron’s hope is that her paintings prompt the viewer to sense and explore their own emotional and conceptual territories, especially the uncharted realms.


Catron's paintings are shown exclusively at Southern Breeze Gallery at The Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland, visit her online gallery here.

You can learn more about Catron at her website here and follow her on Facebook here.

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Little Willie's Opens Today

The "New" Little Willie's BBQ opens today at 10:30am, their new location is in the shopping area adjacent to the old Rapid's.

Stop by and give them a try, the new owners tell us the food will be as good as when "Little Willie" was doing the cooking. 

We published a copy of their new menu in an earlier post, you can see it here.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Truck Runs Into Rez Saturday Afternoon

A truck carrying a man and his young son drove off Red Dot Road Saturday afternoon and sank in 10 1/2 feet of water.  A medical condition caused the driver to become disoriented and lose control of the vehicle.

Three people near the scene dove into the water to rescue the passengers.  According to Chris Ledford, one of the rescuers, the driver was confused and needed help getting out of the truck.  The little boy kept his cool and followed the instructions of the rescuers who helped them get out of the truck and onto a boat that came to help.  

The truck floated about 50 feet from the shoreline before sinking.

Rescuers: Chris Ledford (left) and Matthew Abernathy
had their fishing trip interrupted with an 
unexpected swim.

Emily Parker also jumped in to help.

The Reservoir Patrol used a boat with side imaging sonar to locate the truck.

Divers Todd Yelverton and Mark Morris from the Ridgeland Fire and Rescue team located the truck and connected cables to the submerged vehicle. 

After the rescue one of the firefighters put his jacket over the youngster to keep him warm.  It appeared that the thrill of wearing the jacket made him forget about the ordeal he had just been through. 

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

New Layout For Rez News

We've given The Rez News a makeover and hope you like the new look.

Also added changes to accommodate smartphone users.

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Big In Art

We love to feature the talents of Rez area people. 
While the next artist is not in our zip code (or species) the talent is undeniable. 

Meet somone big in the art world.

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Eat Mor Chikin - Stop SMA

Chick-Fil-A in Flowood is supporting a fundraiser for Stop SMA.

On Monday, March 21, from 5 to 8pm, 10% of in store sales will go toward Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Please tell your friends about the event and help spread the word to every family about SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy).

Learn more about SMA at

We must find a  cure/miracle/treatment for SMA this year.  SMA, the number 1 Genetic Killer of our children.

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Friday, March 18, 2011


A pretty good indication that you are going to have a bad day.

This call was dispatched around 8:35am Friday morning to a Ridgeland Animal Control officer.

If the player does not work in your browser click HERE to listen to the MP3.

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Walmart Boating & Fishing Event

Walmart, a sponsor of FLW bass fishing tours, is having an outdoor fishing and boating exhibition this weekend at their Flowood location.

Activities for children will be available along with exhibits from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks and the Natural Science Museum.

Robert Curtis with Gameover Bowfishing, and the owner of the boat pictured above, will be offering raffle tickets for an all expense paid bowfishing trip for 4. 

Fishing and pleasure boats will be on display from Smith Marine and special pricing is available.

The event will run Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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Water Rates Going Up For PRV Customers

Get your water from the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District?
Get ready to pay more. 

Pearl River Valley Water Supply District
Press Release - 03/17/2011

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District will increase its water and sewer rates effective with the March usage cycle. Customers will see the increased rates in the bills received in April. The yearly 5% rate increase was authorized by the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board in 2007. An average bill for 8,000 gallons of water will increase by $1.55 per month.

This adjustment in rates is necessary due to increasing cost of sewage transportation and treatment and water production. The District has increased costs in fuel, power, supplies, chemicals and regional sewer authority fees.

The new rates will be:

Volumetric charge for water will be $2.91 with an increase of $0.14
Volumetric charge for sewer will be $3.48 with an increase of $0.17

The District has surveyed surrounding cities which include Jackson, Flowood, Ridgeland Madison and Brandon the comparison showed the average bill for 8,000 gallons of water was within cents of most cities surveyed.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Pawn Stars

We received several emails about the business pictured above, Pawn Stars of Mississippi.  The business is located on Old Fannin Road near the Pump It Up location.

Most readers wondered how a pawn shop could open in the area since Rankin County recently passed ordinances restricting where pawn shops (and certain other businesses) could open.  The answer is - Pawn Stars was granted a building permit by Rankin County before those ordinances, (and the preceding moratorium) went into effect. 

We contacted the owner of the business, John Alford, who spoke with us about his plans and gave us a tour of the building.   After the tour we can tell you, this is not going to be your average pawn shop. 

They will offer traditional money lending functions (pawns) but won't be selling things you would normally see in a pawn shop.  No chainsaws, TV's, or power tools.

Instead, their inventory will be high end jewelry, antiques, art, and collectibles.  

The showroom area will have custom built showcases and a professionally designed interior.

Two full time jewelers will be employed to design and manufacture unique items and perform jewelry repair.  Appraisal services will also be offered.  Gold and silver bullion will be offered for investors.

Security will be tight, an off duty police officer will be present during store hours and 32 security cameras have been installed to monitor the entire building. 

If the construction goals are met they plan to open on April 4th. 

We'll be there to get some photos and tell you more about it, stay tuned.

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News From Indiana

Yes, it's a long way from The Rez - and we don't normally post national news items but...

Since it's St. Patrick's Day we'll make an exception.

This story from Fox News was too good to pass up.

Indiana City Chooses Not to Name Building After Harry Baals

Read the story HERE.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Painting With Water

The Rez area is home to many talented people. Allow us to introduce you to one, Paul Buford.

We recently met Paul at Jo's Diner where he told us how his path to a degree in architecture led to a part time career as an artist.  

Paul noticed an artistic streak in many of his professors at Mississippi State and decided to add art classes to his curriculum.  There he discovered a love for watercolors.

He is an architect with the firm of Canizaro-Cawthon-Davis and spends his days designing and drawing building plans.   But at home it's a brush and watercolors - doing what he loves, painting old things. Cars, trucks, barns, whatever he can find. 

Paul will have a booth at the upcoming Sweet Potato Queen's Zippity Doo Dah Parade/Festival in Fondren, stop by and say hello.   

He does commissions and sells prints and originals on his website HERE.
Be sure to click on the Rides and Original sections.

Got a special photograph that you treasure?  Consider having Paul turn it into a painting.  Contact him at:

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fundraisers for NWR Relay For Life

Another benefit coming up and a tasty way for to support the fight against cancer by helping the Northwest Rankin Relay for Life team.

A bake sale will be held Saturday, March 19 at St. Stephen's Reformed Anglican Church, 5049 Lakeland Drive, Flowood MS.

Hours are 10:00am until noon.
Soups, casseroles, cakes, pies, jams, jellies, cookies, bread and muffins will be available.

All proceeds go to American Cancer Society's Northwest Rankin Relay For Life.  Questions?  Contact Carolyn Magruder (601) 919-9897.

Also, The Bluff Buddies team of the Northwest Rankin Relay For Life is hosting a benefit golf tournament Saturday, April 2 at Meadow Oaks Golf Course.

$75 per person with proceeds going to American Cancer Society's Northwest Rankin Relay For Life.  Details in
at the Northwest Rankin Relay For Life website HERE.

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Flood Awareness Week

Chief of The Reservoir Patrol, Perry Waggener, sent us this info to share with everyone about Flood Awareness Week, March 14-18. 

Useful and interesting info.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

The Bear Facts

Meet some of Mississippi's newest residents, (the little black furry ones). 

These 6 to 8 week old Black Bear cubs, two males and a female,  are proudly displayed by researchers studying bears in our state.

Stephanie Simek (left) and Brittany Waller (right) are graduate research assistants with Mississippi State University.  Brad Young, center, is the Black Bear Program Leader for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks.

This den check occurred two weeks ago in Bolivar County, the team tranquilized the mother, examined the cubs and took these photos for all to see. 

The mother had previously been trapped and fitted with a tracking/GPS collar.  The collar takes a reading of the bear's location several times a day and stores the data in the collar.  With the bear tranquilized, the collar was removed and the data downloaded to a computer.  The researchers use the information to track the bear's movements and it provides clues to their preferred habitat.

Brad estimates there are about 120 bears in Mississippi, most of that population lives along the banks of the Mississippi River.  Some bears are known to be on the Gulf Coast and along the Pascagoula River basin.

The cubs were implanted with a microchip that will be a permanent record of their identity. If ever recaptured the chip will provide future researchers with identification information.   

While bears can be very intimidating creatures, Black Bears are very shy and avoid encounters with people. 

Brad told us that there have not been any confirmed reports of bears around the reservoir area but said it's certainly possible for them to exist in the large stretches of woods along the Pearl River.

There are two great videos and much more information about Black Bears at the the MDWFP web site, check it out here.

Many thanks to Brad for allowing us to share these pictures.

Note:  click on any of the photos to enlarge them. 

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Chateau La Pooch

We would like to welcome a new sponsor to The Rez News.

Chateau La Pooch and The Snooty Pooch Too

We recently told you about their new location at The Rez, if you missed it you can see it HERE.

Need to board your dog while you take a Spring Break?
They got you covered with great facilities and excellent service.

Take advantage of their money saving coupon for Rez News Readers, click the Pooch Coupon link under their ad or visit the "Coupon" tab at the top of the page.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Early Photo of Dam Location

(click photo to enlarge)

Very early photo showing the area east of the Pearl River where the dam would be constructed.  The Pearl River can be seen crossing the dam in the lower portion of the photo.

The spillway would be constructed approximately 1/4 mile east of the river crossing.

This aerial view shows the clearing for the dam but very few trees removed from the main lake area and the spillway construction had not yet begun.

Our best guess is that the shot was taken in 1960.  

If you click on the photo and zoom in on the upper portion you can see Pelahatchie Creek, which also crossed the dam, and the old GM&O railroad.

The old railroad crossed the dam near the emergency spillway area and would have run through the area that later became the Rapids parking lot.

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Ridgeland Natchez Trace Century Ride

Go the distance this spring at the Natchez Trace Century Ride in Ridgeland, and enjoy a scenic bike ride on the beautiful, historic Natchez Trace Parkway. The ride will take place on Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 a.m., and will start at the Ridgeland Recreational Center. (directions here)

With your choice of distances from 25, 50, 62 and 100 miles, it is perfect for all ages and ability levels. Sign up the whole family.

A registration fee of $35 includes ride, t-shirt and post-ride meal. Late registration fee will be $45 after April 1. To register for the ride click here.

For more information on the ride, contact Ridgeland Recreation and Parks at 601-853-2011 or go to

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