Saturday, April 30, 2011

Events For Tornado Victims

This Sunday, May 1, at 7:30 pm, a Community Prayer and Worship service will be hosted by The Salvation Army and Christ United Methodist Church in memory and support of all those affected by the recent devastating tornados.

Special music will be performed by the professional singing group, The Sydney Songsters, from Australia. A love offering for tornado victims will be received. The service will be held at Christ United Methodist Church on Old Canton Road. The public is invited to attend.

The MS Braves will host an evening for The Salvation Army, Monday May 2, 2011 during their regularly scheduled game. Clothing donations – new and used - will be accepted by The Salvation Army of Greater Jackson, beginning at 5:30 pm at Trustmark Park.

Those donating a 30 gallon bag or more of clothing will get into the game for ONLY $2! The game will begin with a special performance of the Star Spangled Banner by The Sydney Songsters.

The Salvation Army has 10 mobile feeding units deployed to storm-ravaged areas. Each unit can feed hot meals to 1000 people a day. Two of these units are from The Salvation Army of Greater Jackson, and are serving victims in Oxford, MS. Staff of these roving canteens also provide spiritual and emotional care for victims and responders.

Response and relief efforts will extend into the coming weeks. The most effective form of support is through financial donations. Monetary donations provide economic support of affected areas as well as an immediate answer to specific needs.

Please visit or call 601.982.4881 to donate. You may also text the word “give” to 769-230-3270 and give any amount to this disaster response.

Cindy Cheeks
Director of Events and Volunteers
Greater Jackson Metro
110 Presto Lane, Jackson MS 39206
601.982.4881, ext. 115

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Pet Of The Week - Barney



This week's featured pet is Barney.

Barney was kind enough to send us his resume, check it out.


My name is Barney and I am a beagle mix. I am a small to mid-size dog, I weigh about 32 pounds.

I am a hound so I love singing and sniffing.  I love kids and women. However, because of my past I may be fearful of men until we get to know each other.

I have bursts of energy and love to be outside, but love to be inside and involved in what you are doing.  I would do best with a small yard that has a fence in good repair.  I love car rides, short and long walks, and I love games where you try and hide the treat in a small box and let me figure out how to open.

I am house trained and will shake your hand.  If you scratch or rub in front of my ears, I melt to the floor.  If you are not home and someone comes to the door I'll be sure to let them know I'm on the job.  I prefer to be the only dog, but I will do ok with another male or female dog, but the other dog must understand that I may be a little bossy on occasion.



Looking for 4 legged companionship? Please consider Barney or any of the other pets at The Animal Rescue Fund. 

For more info visit ARF at:

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Dogwood Animal Hospital Moving

Dogwood Animal Hospital and Pet Resort will be moving from their present location at 5310 Highway 25 to a larger facility on Old Fannin Road.

The new clinic, a few doors down from the Farmers Market, has been vacant for some. It formerly housed a vet clinic.

Dr. Andrea Jones (right) told us the existing building on Old Fannin will undergo extensive renovation and a new building added to accomodate hospital patients and boarding.

Dr. Jones anticipates moving her clinic this summer. 

You can learn more about Dogwood Animal Hospital and Pet Resort at their website:

or give them a call at:  601-992-9555.

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Farmington Neighborhood Sale

Farmington Subdivision is having a Neighborhood Garage Sale Saturday, April 30th.

Begins at 6:00am.

Come early for the good deals!

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Radio People Collecting Donations


JACKSON MS - In the aftermath of Wednesday's tornadoes, portions of Mississippi and Alabama are devastated and in need of immediate help. The Radio People of Mississippi and Alabama, 14 stations located in Jackson MS, Meridian MS and Dothan AL, have coordinated with local businesses in order to assist residents and families  who have voiced a desire to help their neighbors.

The Radio People in Jackson will be taking donations at the Flowood Chamber of Commerce beginning TODAY, April 28th, from 5 pm to 8 pm, at their offices off of Lakeland Drive (near El Potrillo). Donations will continue at the Flowood Chamber (starting at 6 am Friday April 29th) until the truck is filled, and additional donation sites around the metro area will be announced Friday.

Currently, families in affected areas are in need of bottled water, diapers, hand sanitizer, and hygiene items (including toothpaste and tooth brushes, soap, washcloths, shampoo, wipes, and sunscreen), as well as cleanup items such as work gloves, plastic totes and tubs, tarps, shovels and trash bags. Tubs and tarps will be critical in helping people salvage what they can find of their belongings.

Authorities are asking that NO CLOTHES BE DONATED AT THIS TIME. However, new or gently used blankets, sheets and towels are being accepted.

In addition, there is a need for on site volunteers to help accept, sort and pack the donated items into trucks. If you would like to volunteer your time, please call The Radio People offices at 601-956-0102.

Additional information is available by calling the Radio People offices at 601-956-0102, or at any of the Jackson area Radio People websites:

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Body Recovered At Rez

A body was recovered this morning at the Barnett Reservoir near Lakeshore Pointe Apartments.

Rankin County Sheriff, Ronnie Pennington, said the victim was a white male.  No identification was present on the body which had apparently been in the water for several days.

An investigation is underway. 

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Castlewoods Golf Course Getting Makeover

Castlewoods Country Club will soon begin improvements to their 18 hole golf course.  The course, designed by the Jack Nicklaus Group, is aptly named "Bear".

This summer the greens will be renovated with with Champion Bermuda turf. Temporary greens will be used until the new greens become playable in September.

Castlewood CC is running several membership specials.  Some fees are waived during this time so if you've been looking for a place for golf, swimming and tennis this may be the time to join.

And, a 19th hole with full service bar is available.

Golf and tennis pros are available to work with players of all skill levels.

Non-members can take advantage of a great deal at their driving range, unlimited balls for only $8.

Castlewoods Country Club is located at 403 Bradford Drive in Castlewoods.

If you would like more information give them a call at:   601.992.1942 or visit their website.

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They're Baaack

Long time boaters at The Rez may recall seeing goats on many of the islands around the lake. The PRVWSD had them removed in the mid-1980's.  We did a story about the goats in December, you can read it here.

TRN reader Lottie Adams recently spotted these critters while jet skiing in Pelahatchie Bay.

They were not put there by the PRVWSD so how they arrived is anyone's guess.

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PRVWSD Board Meeting March 2011

The minutes from the March meeting of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District are available  here.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

NWR Relay For Life This Friday

Northwest Rankin Relay For Life


Reservoir Soccer Complex

Friday, April 29, 2011

Survivor Registration and Reception 5 pm

Event begins 6 pm


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Mona Biddy - Final Chapter

Mrs. Biddy's conviction of manslaughter entitled her to bail, a $20,000 bond was posted and she was released from jail. Her legal team began the lengthy appeals process.

Clarion Ledger photo of Mrs. Biddy ===> 

They were not successful, the Mississippi Supreme Court upheld her conviction and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear her case.

In January of 1974 Mrs Biddy returned to Jackson from Florida where she and her husband were living, she faced a hearing in front of Federal Judge Harold Cox.  Her lawyers had filed motions attempting to prevent her from going to jail, the motions were denied. The Clarion Ledger carried the following description of her.  "Mrs Biddy is small, titian-haired, and pretty.  "She hasn't changed except her hair seemed lighter, looking as though she's spent some time in the Florida sunshine.  She was wearing a purple, mini-skirted coat over a print dress."

On Friday January 25, 1974, 34-year old Carolee Biddy was sent to the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman to begin serving her 20 year sentence.

She served 5 years before being paroled on March 29, 1979.  A Jackson Daily News article reported that she would be returning to Florida.

Read the Clarion Ledger and Jackson Daily News stories here.

A web search turned up a 2010 bulletin from a Florida church announcing two new members, Ted and Carolee Biddy. Presumably they are still living in Florida.

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Meet The Candidates

Boyd Announces For 
Rankin Circuit Clerk

For the past twenty years I, Rebecca “Becky” Boyd, have been privileged to serve as a deputy circuit clerk for Rankin County. The last four years I have held the position of Chief Deputy Circuit Clerk and Office Manager for Mrs. Carol B. Swilley, our present clerk. Mrs. Swilley has decided not to seek re-election, and it is with her encouragement and support, as well as the support of her staff and predecessors in this office, Lanell Ivey and Philip Warren, that I announce my candidacy for the office of Rankin County Circuit Clerk.

Working in your Circuit Clerk’s office for the past twenty years has afforded me the opportunity to develop an in-depth knowledge of every department and every aspect of our court system, both civil and criminal. It has enabled me to have hands on experience managing the day to day operations of the clerk’s office. The primary responsibilities of your Circuit Clerk are dictated by state law and vary from the tasks of completing marriage applications to the complex procedures of preparing appeals to the Supreme Court. This job requires highly detailed, extensive record keeping which can affect lives for years to come. I am confident in my ability to fulfill all the duties of this office and I pledge to serve all the citizens of Rankin County with integrity and honor.

This race should be about whom can best accomplish the vast variety of duties mandated by law of the Circuit Clerk on your behalf. I believe I am the most qualified candidate for this position because I have been doing the work for the past twenty years. You, the citizens, have a twenty year investment in me and I would like to continue to implement my training and experience to benefit all of Rankin County.

I have been married to Bill Boyd for thirty-eight years and we have three sons, Billy Boyd, Jr. (Erin Rushing), Randy Boyd, and Buddy Boyd (April Joseph), and three grandchildren, Melanie, Barrett, and Madalyn Boyd. I am an active member of First Baptist Church of Fannin and have been involved in the support of school and community activities for many years. My parents are Alice and Dewey Norton of Brandon. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education and for the past ten years I have been a night class instructor for the Adult Basic Education and GED program through the Rankin County School System.

There is no substitute for on the job experience. It takes years to learn the many facets of the Circuit Clerk’s office. With twenty years of experience, I possess the necessary qualifications and the disposition to work for you, maintaining the tradition of a competent, efficient, and honest Circuit Clerk for Rankin County. I have worked hard to earn your trust and now I am respectfully asking for your vote and support on August 2, 2011 in the Republican primary for the office of Rankin County Circuit Clerk.

Thank you,

Rebecca ‘Becky” Boyd and facebook

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Running Late

Running a marathon is an enormous accomplishment. Running your first marathon at age 72 is almost impossible to imagine - but - that's exactly what one determined Rez area resident did. 

Meet Bill Stevens.

A Nebraska native, he moved to the Rez in 1974 after joining McRae's Department Stores.  He left them In 1984 and started his own business, Plant and Patio Centers which he ran until his retirement in 2001. 

He also found time to serve on the Board of the Directors of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District from 1992 till 2004. 

Amazingly, he didn't begin his running career until age 69.  He entered a Senior Olympic event in Raymond and did well, after that he was hooked on running.

He joined Team in Training, part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society that trains runners and raises money for cancer patients. Bill raised enough money to earn him a ticket to the Chicago Marathon in 2007.

Bill has completed 9 of the 26.2 mile races and wins or places high in his age group at most of the events he enters.

He took first in the 70-74 age group at this years Mississippi Blues Marathon. 

At age 75 he is still going strong and running 18 to 25 miles a week.  He recently started an exercise program at St. Paul Catholic Church where he is a parishioner.

Bill advises prospective runners to get with a group and start a training program.  Stores like Fleet Feet in Ridgeland work with all ages and skill levels. 

Bill is currently training for a half marathon coming up soon.  Be on the look out for him, he'll likely be the older guy passing a younger guy on the bike trails along Spillway Rd.

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Mona Lee Biddy - Part 7

After Mrs Biddy's arrest the legal wheels began to turn.  A motion for a change of venue was granted due to the enormous publicity given the story.  In May of 1971 Mrs. Carolee Biddy would stand trial for murder in Pascagoula Mississippi.

That trial ended in a mistrial when jurors could not reach a verdict.  A second trial was set for September of 1971. 

On Sunday afternoon, September 5, 1971 Mrs Biddy was convicted of manslaughter, she fainted when the verdict was announced and was carried from the courtroom by her husband, Ted Biddy and defense lawyer Chuck McRae.

She was returned to Jackson the next day and granted bail on Tuesday, September 8, 1971.

Her legal team began the appeals process, famed attorney F. Lee Bailey was hired to handle her appeal to the U. S. Supreme Court.

Read the Clarion Ledger articles about the events here.

Tomorrow we'll bring you the final chapter in the story of Mona Biddy.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Mona Biddy - Part 6

The headline in the Dec. 28, 1970 edition of the Clarion Ledger could not have been more shocking.

Mona's Stepmother Held By 
Police As Murderer

Jackson Police Chief Lavell Tullos gave few details as he made the announcement that Mrs. Carolee Biddy, 31, had been arrested on murder charges. 

Adding a strange twist to the case was the report of an attempted abduction of a second Biddy child, Mona's half sister, Candice. 

The last edition of the Clarion Ledger for 1970 reported that Mrs. Biddy had been denied bond and would be sent to the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield for psychiatric evaluation.  A picture of Mrs. Biddy was shown arriving at the courthouse. 

Read the articles here.

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Rez Patrol Collecting Drugs


On April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Reservoir Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to Kroger Parking Lot at The intersection of Spillway Road and Northshore Parkway. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in 242,000 pounds—121 tons—of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
Four days after last fall’s event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA has begun drafting regulations to implement the Act.

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Register To Vote

Primary elections will be held August 2, 2011, to vote you must be registered 30 days prior to the election.  

Registration is easy and can be done by mail.

We have attached a voter registration form along with the address where it should be mailed.  You can view/print it here.

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Flock A Friend For Cancer

Recent story from a Northwest Rankin Relay for Life Team.  

Could you be next?

There are numerous flocks of pink flamingos in the area this April.  Sunday night the beautiful birds landed at the Rankin County School District office then flew to the Flowood Chief of Police's home.  Just last night they migrated to the administrative assistant to Mayor Rhoads.

Another flock was seen at Northwest Rankin coach Jeff McClaskey's house.  Two more flocks are circling as we speak.  Could your yard be next?  For a donation of $20 you can direct a 12 bird flock to someone's yard overnight.  $30 gets you a super flock of 24 flamingos.

Greatest Day Of My Life - $50

Regular readers of The Rez News know we love to support our local business and art community.  

In keeping with that philosophy we wanted to point out a recent ad in the Jackson edition of Craigslist.  It was spotted in the "Collectible" category.

Don't know about the painting but the description is priceless.


This original painting is a place I visited many years ago. This location is where my wife left me for another man. I call the plainting [sic] "PARADISE REMEMBERED".

As priceless as it is, it is time for someone else to enjoy this location of such a wonderful day.

I also have another masterpiece titled "TELL THE EX MOTHER N LAW WHERE TO GO".

I will deliver to the Brandon or Pearl area.

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KidFest Saturday

KidFest Going on Saturday...don't miss the fun.

Details at

The Schedule for this weekend can be seen here.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Mona Biddy - Part 5

The days following the discovery of Mona Biddy's body at the Barnett Reservoir brought little news as police awaited the autopsy results.

Officials held discussions about jurisdiction as it was unclear whether she was killed in Hinds or Rankin County.

A Hinds County grand jury was about to end it's session but a judge extended it 7 days in anticipation of charges being filed in the case.

An unusual development made the Dec. 17th Clarion Ledger,  Mrs. Carolee Biddy, Mona's step-mother, reported that she had been attacked in the front yard of her home, the home where Mona had lived.  

Read the Clarion Ledger articles for Dec. 16 and 17, 1970  here.

We'll conclude the story of Mona Biddy next week...stay tuned.

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Pet Of The Week

Ever wonder if donating money to an animal rescue shelter is a good investment?  Then read about Tucker, you'll have your answer.

The information below was provided by Animal Rescue Fund of Mississippi Executive Director, Elizabeth Jackson. 

I have attached a photo of Tucker when he first came to us. However, this first shot is after he had been with us for a week. He looked much worse seven days prior to that.

One day last June (2010) we came to the shelter and this very sad, very pitiful dog was tied to our mailbox post like a goat. We got to work immediately helping this poor creature that no one had ever taken care of and began trying to salvage some hope for him.

After much love and many veterinarian dollars he not only survived, he THRIVED.

LOOK AT TUCKER NOW! He is a beautiful and happy dog with the appearance of a mix of chocolate lab and Weimaraner.

He is very affectionate and most attentive. A dog who will sit at his family’s feet and wag his tail when you speak to him.

If you are interested in adopting a pet please consider Tucker or any of the other animals at ARF.

More info is available at the ARF website:

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Earth Day - MMNS

Jackson, Miss. – Celebrate “Earth Day” at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science! Museum educators have planned plenty of activities to keep your family and visiting relatives entertained for the holiday weekend and into the rest of spring. There is no fee, other than regular Museum admission, to attend these events – (please note new admission prices below).

  • April 22 (10am - Noon): Earth Day.  Join the Museum's naturalists for an interactive Amazing Butterflies Fun Friday! See live butterflies, make an insect head band, visit the Earth Day table, and watch a butterfly video in the theater. MUSEUM CLOSED APRIL 24.
  • Now - May 8: "Amazing Butterflies" indoor exhibit featuring a giant maze and live butterflies.
  • May 3 (Noon - 1pm): Lecture - "Restoring Mississippi Delta Habitats: How Green Infrastructure Can Provide Both Water Quality & Wildlife Habitat Improvements". Join Dr. Andy Peck to learn how planting more than 390,000 trees will benefit more than 900 acres of Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge land.
  • May 6, 13, 20, & 27 (10am - Noon): Endangered Species Creature Features - including an Eastern Indigo Snake and Gopher Tortoise.
  • May 7 (10am - 3pm): International Migratory Bird Day. Gather for bird crafts & activities, guided nature walks, and live birds of prey programs. Make your own hummingbird feeder!
  • “WILD about Summer Camps” (June 2011): Call 601-354-7303 for details and to register or visit
  • PLEASE NOTE - April 24 and May 30: Museum CLOSED.

About the Museum: The Museum was recently recognized as Jackson’s Attraction of the Year by the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau. The museum is located at 2148 Riverside Drive in Jackson. Call 601.354.7303 or visit for directions, parking and details about this event and other programs offered by the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, which is a part of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Museum Hours: M-F: 8am - 5pm; SAT: 9am - 5pm; SUN: 1pm -5pm. Admission: $6 adults; $4 children ages 3-18; $5 senior citizens (60+); free for children under 3; free for Museum Members; school teachers with classes: call for group information. Prices and schedule subject to change.

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Flowood Easter Egg Hunt

Flowood is hosting their 12th annual Easter Egg Hunt.

When:  Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 10:00am - 12:00 noon

Where: Liberty Park (Behind the Flowood YMCA)

Bring the kiddies!

(click to enlarge)

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Mona Biddy - Part 4

The front page of the Dec. 9, 1970 edition of the Clarion Ledger carried shocking news.

Sheriff Calls Death Of Child "Foul Play"

Two fishermen discovered the beaten body of Mona Biddy on the banks of the Rankin County side of the Barnett Reservoir near Lakeview Marina.

Jackson Police, Reservoir Security and Rankin County law enforcement officials converged on the scene to begin investigations.

With that news the law enforcement agencies began shifting their efforts from a search operation to a possible murder investigation.

Read the Clarion Ledger article for Dec. 9, 1970 here.

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Recent Fundraiser for Josh Harkins

Fundraiser for Josh Harkins

Josh Harkins, a home-grown reservoir area candidate for Senator, District 20, was recently honored with a Fundraiser and Reception at the Ergon Headquarters in Flowood.

Among the 95 hosts and sponsors of the event were Special Guest: Congressman Gregg Harper, Lt. Governor Phil Bryant, and Flowood Mayor Gary Rhoads. Pictured above from the left are: Flowood Mayor Gary Rhoads, Kevin Watson, Josh Harkins, and Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant.

Josh Harkins grew up at the reservoir living at Glen Cove, Audubon Point and Sunrise Point. He was a volunteer fireman at the Reservoir Fire Department while attending NWR High School. He is a 1997 graduate of Mississippi State University.

Josh has worked in real estate and construction since 1997 and has owned and operated JMH Construction Company since 1999. Josh is a licensed Real Estate Broker and a Mississippi State Licensed Contractor.

Beginning at a young age, Josh has volunteered for numerous Republican candidates, going door to door working to help elect the likes of Kirk Fordice as Governor in 1991 and many others since then. Josh has a long held desire to serve as an elected representative of the people of Rankin and Madison Counties, to be their conservative voice in the Mississippi Senate. He is seeking the seat held by Senator Lee Yancey, who is currently running for State Treasurer.

Josh is married to the former Andrea Scales of Brandon. They are the parents of two daughters, Emerson(6) and Carlysle(4), and reside in Flowood.

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Fred's Breaks Ground On Spillway Rd.

Construction has begun on a new Fred's Dollar Store on Spillway Road.  The location is next to the new MEA clinic.

The 16,000 sq. ft. building will be brick on all sides and have a small monument style sign near the entrance.

We did a story in September 2010 about this store and showed pictures of a similar building and sign.  You can see it here.

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Rankin Republican Women

The Rankin County Republican Women will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, April 25th at the Rankin County Supervisors Board Room located at 211 East Government St. in Brandon.

The meeting begins at 6:00pm.

The speaker this month is Mississippi GOP Chairman Arnie Hederman.

Sign up for their newsletter and get more information by visiting their website at:

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

Questions? Contact Kristen Windham at

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mona Biddy - Part 3

On Sunday, Dec. 6, 1970, Jackson Police Chief Lavell Tullos took personal command of the search for 6 year old Mona Biddy.  The Chief moved the police command post from Lynwood Lane, where Mona lived, to Triangle Mart.

The search expanded to previously unsearched areas.  Temperatures fell into the low 40's and concern mounted for the girl's welfare.

Mrs Ruth Taylor of Mobile came to Jackson upon hearing of Mona's disappearance, Mrs. Taylor was Mona's mother.

Mona was living with her father and step-mother at the time of her disappearance.

The following day Mr. Ted Biddy made a plea for his daughter to be returned to him and added that due to the child's speech impediment and consequent underdevelopment, no identification of a kidnapper could be made by the child.

Mr. Biddy's plea commanded a small section in the Clarion Ledger on Tuesday Dec. 8th as it seemed there was little progress to report.

However, Dec. 8th police got a break, it came from two fishermen at the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

We'll tell you about it tomorrow.

Read the Clarion Ledger articles for Dec. 7 and 8, 1970 here.

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Benefit For The Mustard Seed

The Mustard Seed will be the beneficiary of
Table 100’s first day receipts!!

When: April 22, 2011

Where: 100 Ridge Way, Flowood
(next to Lowes)

What: 1st day receipts to be a fundraiser for Flowood’s own Mustard Seed, a community for adults with developmental disabilities.

Great Food Great Cause

Table 100 is a new restaurant opening soon in Flowood.  They plan benefit events April 22 - 23, afterwards they will close for a few weeks before formally opening for business.

Keep up with Table 100 at their Facebook site here.

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Taking A Survey

Survey crews from the Pickering Firm have been working along Spillway Road this week.

The work is in preparation for a new sewer line project by the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District.

We provided details about the line in an article last September. If you missed it you can read it here.

Rez area resident Slater Thompson (pictured) is a member of the crew.

The project is in the early design phase with construction targeted for late 2012.

Funds are provided by a grant from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Mona Biddy - Part 2

The day is December 5, 1970, the second day of a massive search effort for 6 year old Mona Biddy.

A few points of reference for historical perspective. 

The number one song in America was "I Think I Love You" by the Partridge Family.

The top rated TV show was "Marcus Welby, MD" followed closely by "The Flip Wilson Show"

Russel Davis is Mayor of Jackson.

John Bell Williams is Governor of Mississippi

Richard Nixon is President of the United States of America.

And - the front page of the Clarion Ledger carried a story titled "Searchers Check Out Reports"

Police were joined by school children from Callaway, Council, and Council Manhattan,  members of the National Guard had also assisted in the search for Mona.

The Biddy family said that the child was mentally retarded and "slightly pigeon-toed".   They said she talks little, but has an affinity for stangers.
A disturbing revelation.

Read the Dec. 5, 1970 Clarion Ledger article here.

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Meet The Candidates

Another post in our Meet The Candidates series.

Paul Buisson for Supervisor Press Release
Tea Party Republican is Candidate for Supervisor

For Immediate Release

April 15, 2011


Paul Buisson, a Tea Party Republican Candidate is announcing his candidacy for Rankin County Supervisor District 4.

Buisson said he believes it was fiscally irresponsible for the current Board of Supervisors to increase the county debt by 40 million dollars, spend over two million dollars a year of the county's Rainy Day Fund, and waste valuable county resources on numerous unethical decisions.

"County government must determine the difference between needs and wants, budget according to the needs of departments, and keep spending under control," he said. "Some businesses are barely holding on and any increases in taxes will cost jobs in Rankin County. Spending must be reduced so resources can be saved to pay for large projects as they are needed. We just can't continue to borrow tens of millions of dollars each time we need a new school or road," he said.

Buisson said he also thinks the meetings should be moved to the evening so working people who finance county government can attend and participate. "Contracts, meeting videos, proposed budgets and other information will make county government more transparent," he said.

Buisson said his website documents what he considers problems in Rankin County and offers his solutions along with his goals and objectives for the county. "I encourage voters to visit my website so they can learn where I stand on the issues," he said.

Citizens can visit Paul's website at:

Meet Paul Buisson

A native of New Orleans, my parents raised me in a two-bedroom house shared with four brothers and two sisters. I worked my way through college waiting tables and in 1989, I graduated from the University of New Orleans with a B.S. degree in Business Administration.

As Director of Food and Nutritional Services, I supervised more than 150 employees in four locations for almost ten years. I was directly responsible for maintaining a multi-million dollar budget and I consistently reduced annual costs and streamlined operations.

Since 2002, I have successfully provided consulting services to government and commercial businesses. I have a long history of excellent credit and am proud to have not had a credit card balance since the mid-1990s. If an individual cannot manage his own finances, how can he be trusted with the taxpayers' money?

Patrice, my loving wife of 18 years, spent her childhood in Brandon and is a graduate of Brandon High School. We purchased a home in Brandon, where our children attend public school.

On April 15, 2009, I joined thousands of Mississippians at our state's first Tea Party Rally at the State Capitol. I have been an actively involved member and served on the Board since then.

Voters will likely agree with my stand on just about every issue. If you are ready for meaningful change in Rankin County Government I ask for your vote and your support.

I am Paul Buisson, candidate for District 4 Supervisor.

Paul Buisson


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Monday, April 18, 2011

Mona Biddy - Part 1

If you will, come with us on a journey back in time.  Over the coming days we will tell you about a 6 year old girl named Mona Biddy and the bizarre events surrounding her, it all happened over 40 years ago.   

The story has all the ingredients of a Hollywood mystery.  Crime, coverup, multiple trials, appeals and a legal "Dream Team".

And yes, a Rez connection to the story will be revealed.

Intrigued?  Read on.

The front page of the Clarion Ledger for Friday, Dec. 4, 1970 carried a story titled  "Massive Search Pushed For Child"

A six year old girl, Mona Biddy, had apparently wondered away from her north Jackson home the previous Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

Hundreds of volunteers joined police in a 16 hour search for the girl.  Some feared she might have fallen into a stretch of Hanging Moss Creek near her home.   Pumps were brought in and the creek was drained but there was no sign of the girl.

She was described by her father, Ted Biddy, as brown eyed, standing 3 feet 6 inches tall with brown hair.  The child had a speech impediment which precluded her normal development, she could say "mama" and grunt.  Her legs were poorly developed and she often wore leg braces. 

Bloodhounds were brought to her home but could only follow a trail to Hanging Moss Rd. 

Read the Clarion Ledger story for Dec. 4, 1970 HERE.

More to come.

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Word of Life Opens in Flowood

The Word of Life Church held their first services Sunday, April 17th. 

Pastor Joel Sims spoke to large crowds at each of the 3 morning services.

The opening services came exactly 10 years after the death of the church's founder, Pastor Ronnie Sims, Joel's father.

All are invited to join them, 3 services are held on Sunday - 8:30am, 10:00am, and 11:30am.

A few photos.

The non-denominational church is located at 5419 Highway 25, Flowood, MS.
For more info visit their website:

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Ruth Announces For Rankin Coroner

David Ruth, longtime Rankin County resident today announced his candidacy for Rankin County Coroner.

Ruth has over 25 years of experience in law enforcement, and currently serves as an Investigator with the Rankin and Madison County District Attorney’s Office as well as Deputy Coroner for Rankin County.

“One of the most sensitive times in your life is when the services of the Coroner’s office are needed,” said Ruth, “My commitment to you is that I will treat you and your loved one with the dignity, respect and kindness that you deserve.”

Ruth’s experience/honors include:

• Deputy Coroner, Rankin County
• Investigator, Rankin/Madison District Attorney’s Office
• Chief Investigator, Brandon Police Department
• Patrolman, Brandon Police Department
• 113th Military Police in Brandon
• Volunteer Firefighter in Richland
• Four-time Metro Top Cop
• Honor Graduate of an Advanced Crime Scene course at the Ms. Law
Enforcement Academy

“I want to use my experience as an investigator, my dedication to public service and my compassion for people to serve as your Coroner,” said Ruth, “I am humbly asking for your support and most of all, your vote for David Ruth, Rankin County Coroner.”

Ruth is an active member of Brandon Baptist Church and also serves as President of the Rankin County chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Salute to SSGT Jason Rogers

Don Hartness spent most of Saturday standing at the intersection of Grants Ferry and Highway 25 today.  His way of paying tribute to fallen Mississippi soldier Jason Rogers.

Don is the person responsible for the many flags flying along Highway 25.  If you missed that story you can see it here.

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A Mallard hen and her family of 19 ducklings out for a swim in Pelahatchie Bay.

Great photos from Lottie Adams.

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Waterfest Photos

WaterFest had a great turnout Saturday.  The weather was cool and breezy but the crowd didn't seem to mind.

A few photos.

click any photo to enlarge.

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Salvation Army Mobilized

The Salvation Army of Jackson is feeding tornado victims, emergency personnel, and volunteers in both Clinton and NE Jackson. Assessment of damage is being made by our disaster response teams as we are formulating a plan to assist tornado victims with both short and long term recovery.

Clinton and NE Jackson

Saturday and Sunday, lunch and dinner

The Salvation of Metro Jackson,
Captain Ken Chapman/Area Coordinator Corps Officer

NWR Relay For Life

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Members of the Bluff Buddies team of the Northwest Rankin Relay For Life were collecting donations at the intersection of Spillway Rd. and Hugh Ward Saturday.

From left to right:  Debra Martin, Chloe Eidt, Annelise Eidt, Teresa Eidt.

For more info about the group visit their website here.

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