Thursday, June 30, 2011

Hardware Condolences

Took a trip past the First Stop Hardware today and noticed several notes taped to the door. 

Thought you might find them interesting.

Click on the photos to enlarge.



The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir

Highway 471 Update


The work around the Fannin Water Association office is almost complete.  A hill was cut down to improve visibility for traffic entering and exiting the water department.

A federal highway inspector will be on site Thursday, June 30th to review the work, upon his approval the contractor will be able to complete this phase of the project and reopen that portion of 471 to traffic.


The lights at the intersection of Bay Pointe and Northshore Parkway have been erected.  Additional parts are on order, once all the components arrive the lights can be completed and activated.

Traffic will be controlled by video cameras mounted on the poles.  The cameras will detect oncoming traffic and feed data to control units that will optimize traffic flow.  High Tech!

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir

July 4th Celebration at Craft Center

An Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration at the Mississippi Craft Center

Celebrate the 4th of July at the Mississippi Craft Center, Saturday, July 2, from 10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.

Bring the entire family and have a picnic on the grounds, watch craft demonstrations, and see the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians dance and play stickball.

Traditional crafts will be on display, including blacksmithing, flintnapping, weaving, and pottery making.

Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available for purchase.

Free to the public. Call 601-856-7546 or visit www.mscrafts.org for more details.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

First Stop Hardware - RIP



We recently learned that the First Stop Hardware Store, located in the Reservoir Square shopping center, has gone out of business.

The store has been at that location for many years and will be missed by the many do-it-yourself guys/gals working on week-end projects.

A former employee told us that the owner had been struggling for some time and finally decided to "turned it over to the bank".

A sad day.


The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir

Free Dog Food

Chateau La Pooch & The Snooty Pooch Too have a great special going on -  while supplies last.

Buy 1 bag of Hi-Tek Rations Dog Food and get a 6 pound bag free.

Or

Get 1 free 6 pound bag of Hi-Tek Rations Dog Food with the purchase of a Dog Grooming service.

The offer requires a coupon which you can print here.

They are also offering a "Buy 10 - Get One Free" Hi-Tek Rewards Card.

Hi-Tek Rations are premium quality dog foods with very competitive prices.
The Reservoir location sells a 6 lb. bag of Naturals Grain Free for $10.99 and other Hi-Tek Naturals 6 pound bags for $8.99.  Combine that with the get one free offer and you have a Great Deal.


Hi-Tek Naturals was created in response to the needs of thousands of serious, loving pet owners who want the best for their dogs at a price that makes sense. Hi-Tek Naturals is the highly palatable alternative to so-called premium dog foods, often made with lowest cost formulation approaches that bypass the quality ingredients required for good nutrition.

Learn more about Hi-Tek Rations at their web site:  http://www.hiteknaturals.com/

Please help support our Reservoir area businesses like Chateau La Pooch/The Snooty Pooch Too - a sponsor of The Rez News.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Drowning Update


PRESS RELEASE
Pearl River Valley Water Supply District
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
June 28, 2011

DROWNING VICTIM’S BODY RECOVERED

Reservoir Patrol Officers received a call for service Monday Night of a possible drowning near Lakeshore Park in Rankin County. Officers arrived within minutes and spoke with witnesses who stated Gilberto Alvero Hernandez, 29, of Pearl, Mississippi was swimming from the pier in Lakeshore Park when he began to exhibit signs of distress before going under. Divers from the Reservoir Fire Department along with Officers from the Reservoir Patrol and Rankin County Sheriff’s Office searched until 10:30 PM Monday Night before calling off operations. The body of Mr. Hernandez was recovered at 6:32 AM Tuesday by Reservoir Patrol Officers. “This is believed to be an accidental drowning but the case remains under investigation pending the results of an autopsy” stated Reservoir Patrol Chief Perry Waggener.

Chief Waggener added “As we approach the busy July 4th weekend we would like to remind everyone to be safety conscious. When swimming, know your limitations and do not exceed them. Please remember that boating or swimming and alcohol do not mix. With the expected high temperatures and humidity, stay hydrated with non-alcoholic beverages. The Barnett Reservoir is a resource we want everyone to enjoy but as with any recreational experience, safety should always be at the top of your activity list”

For the latest information on this issue and other related activities on the Barnett Reservoir, please check out our facebook page at www.facebook.com/PRVWSD.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Wreck Update

The following post was on The Rez News Facebook page about the victim in Monday morning's wreck on Spillway Road.


Post by:

Dell Zubkowski

Ann Jensen was killed. She had been a real estate agent here for her whole life. She was a faithful member of St. Peter's Episcopal on Spillway Rd. Her husband Jim is in the hospital and their 3 daughters are by his side. She was a joy to know. Please keep them in your prayers.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir

MSU To Study Rez Water Flow


PRESS RELEASE
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
June 27, 2011

Mississippi State University to conduct studies on the Ross Barnett Reservoir

Over the next several weeks, Mississippi State University will be conducting dye studies on five specific locations on the Barnett Reservoir. These studies will utilize a water trace dye in a low concentration in order to gain a better understanding of water movement in these areas.

Water tracer dyes are used commonly for studies of stream characteristics such as flow rate and mixing and are used nationwide for these applications. The dye dissipates quickly and is harmless to humans, fish, wildlife, and vegetation at the rates used in these studies. Instrumentation is used to obtain the results of the study; however, the human eye may detect a reddish tint to the water in the areas where the dye is applied.

For the latest information and pictures on this issue and other related activities on the Barnett Reservoir, please check out our facebook page at www.facebook.com/PRVWSD.


The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir

Balloon Fest This Friday


REMINDER

Ridgeland Recreation & Parks and Northpark Mall present “Celebrate America” Balloon Glow featuring Darryl Worley

Ridgeland Recreation & Parks and Northpark Mall, in conjunction with the Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest, present the “Celebrate America” Balloon Glow on Friday, July 1, 2011.

Ridgeland’s Independence Day celebration is a tradition for families throughout Ridgeland and surrounding areas. Thousands gather near Northpark Mall for the hot air balloon glow, food and games, local entertainment, star performance by a nationally known country music recording artist, and a spectacular fireworks display.

The annual karaoke contest begins early this year. The competition will move to Center Court inside Northpark Mall on Tuesday and Wednesday evening (6:30-9:00 p.m.), June 28 and 29. The top five finalists from each night will advance to the finals on Thursday night, June 30, at 6:30 p.m. The registration fee is $25. Singers can pre-register by calling Angela at 601-566-0951 or e-mailing at krazykaraokems@yahoo.com. The winner will open the show for Darryl Worley and South of 20 at the “Celebrate America” Balloon Glow on Friday, July 1.

The fun kicks off at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 1 with the karaoke contest winner and opening act South of 20. South of 20 is a local alternative/pop country band that plays country songs that are current, classic and every now and then shows off an original song. South of 20’s performance will be followed by the beautiful sight of hot air balloons glowing at dusk.

As the sun sets, fans will be treated to a performance by country singer Darryl Worley. Darryl has an undeniable knack for connecting with the American public. Now entering his second decade as a hitmaker, he has proven time and again his ability to make music that resonates deeply with listeners.

Over the past decade Darryl Worley has built an impressive career. He has won numerous music industry awards, recorded seven albums, and sold more than 2 million records worldwide. He has charted 19 hits, including the self-penned #1 singles, “I Miss My Friend,” “Awful Beautiful Life,” and "Have You Forgotten.” Darryl has established himself as a well-respected hitmaker in Nashville and has become one of the industry’s most compelling artists.

U.S. Troops around the world continue to inspire Darryl’s life, ambitions, songs and music career. Since 2002, Darryl has traveled overseas nine times to entertain men and women who sacrifice their lives daily for our freedom. Darryl has been awarded numerous honors for his relentless support of the Armed Forces and says his experiences with our nation’s soldiers have forever impacted his life.

The evening concludes with one of the largest fireworks displays in the state. Food favorites such as funnel cakes and barbecue are available throughout the event, along with children’s activities such as a moon jump and slides. “Celebrate America” Balloon Glow starts at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 1. Admission is free. Activities will be held on the Balloon Glow field between Northpark Mall and Pear Orchard Road. Spectators should park in the Northpark Mall parking lot.

For more information, check our Facebook page at Ridgeland Recreation & Parks or contact the Ridgeland Recreation and Parks Department at 601-853-2011.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir

Monday, June 27, 2011

Drowning At Rez

Update Tuesday Morning:
The body was recovered early Tuesday morning.




The Reservoir Fire Department, The Rankin County Sheriffs Department and The Reservoir Patrol responded to a drowning call at 8:16pm Monday evening at the Barnett Reservoir.  

Emergency crews arrived at Lakeshore Park, on the Rankin County side of the lake, after being notified that a swimmer had gone down in the area between the park and Timberlake Campground. 



Authorities said a 28 year old Hispanic male was swimming with family and friends when he screamed that he was in trouble, then went under.   

Several witness attempted to pinpoint the exact area for divers and rescue boats.

After almost two hours of searching the efforts were called off.

Rescue boats and dive teams will return at first light Tuesday morning to resume the operation.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir

Wreck On Lower Road

Update: The female passenger on the motorcycle died from her injuries.



An SUV and motorcycle collided at the intersection of Reservoir Park Rd. (the road to the soccer fields) and the Lower Spillway Road.  The driver of the SUV and two passengers on the motorcycle were transported to a local hospital.




The accident occurred around 11:30am Monday morning.  Traffic was tied up for almost an hour. 


The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir

Who's Running In Madison and Rankin

The qualifying deadlines for 2011 candidates has passed - so - the race is on.

Primary elections are August 2nd.

Sample ballots should begin appearing soon, until then the following list will provide Rankin and Madison County voters with the names of who is running for what.

Candidates for statewide, district and legislative races can be found at each party's website.

For Democrats click HERE.

For Republicans click HERE.
 



Madison County, Mississippi
2011 Candidates

Chancery Clerk:
Arthur Johnston (Republican)

Circuit Clerk:
Lee Westbrook (Republican)

Coroner:
Alex Breeland (Republican)

County Attorney:
C. Allen Phillips (Republican)

Sheriff:
Randall Tucker (Republican)
Brad D. Harbour (Republican)
Jimmy R. Houston, Sr. (Republican)
Mark Sandridge (Republican)
James M. Cox (Republican)
Ted Smith (Democrat)

Superintendent of Education:
Ronnie L. McGehee (Republican)
Patrick L. Henderson (Independent)

Surveyor:
Richard T. Tolbert (Republican)

Tax Assessor:
Gerald R. Barber (Republican)

Tax Collector:
Kay Pace (Republican)

Supervisor, District I:
John Bell Crosby (Republican)
Leland L. Hennington (Republican)

Supervisor, District II:
Ronny Lott (Republican)
Richard (Dick) Hutchinson (Republican)
Danny R. Chandler (Independent)

Supervisor, District III:
D.I. Smith (Republican)
Gerald Steen (Republican)
Billy Redd (Republican) - WITHDREW 6/8/2011

Supervisor, District IV:
Karl M. Banks (Democrat)
Robert Maloney (Republican)
Theresa Mayfield (Republican)

Supervisor, District V:
Paul Griffin (Democrat)
Robert K. Easley (Republican)
Rev. Tony McBride, Sr. (Democrat)
Michael Jolly (Republican)
Ray Parker (Democrat)
Shirley Simmons (Democrat)
David M. Buchanan (Republican) - DISTRICT CHANGED BY REDISTRICTING

Justice Court Judge, District I
Gregory J. Weber (Republican)
Kenneth “Trey” O'Cain (Republican)
Marsha Weems Stacey (Republican)

Justice Court Judge, District II
Mamie Chinn (Democrat)
Walter L. Johnson, Jr. (Democrat)

Justice Court Judge, District III: 

Terry C. Hawkins (Republican)
Bill Weisenberger (Republican)
Ernest W. Stewart (Republican)
Dean Johnson (Republican)- DISQUALIFIED
Robert W. Mayhue, Jr. (Republican) - WITHDRAWN 4/19/2011
Michael M. Louvier (Republican) - MOVED CANDIDACY TO DISTRICT IV

Justice Court Judge, District IV:
Carole A. Davis (Republican)
Anthony Gagnard (Republican) - WITHDREW 6/9/2011
Kimberly L. Wood (Republican)
William P. Featherston, Jr. Esquire (Independent)
Bruce McKinley (Republican)
Gigi Gibson (Democrat)
Michael M. Louvier (Republican)

Constable, District I:
Mike Brown (Republican)
Kelvin McKenzie (Republican)
Heath R. Ivy (Independent)

Constable, District II
Johnny Melvin Sims (Democrat)

Constable, District III:
William “Bill” Weisenberger (Republican) - WITHDRAWN 1/21/2011
Will Weisenberger, Jr. (Republican)

Constable, District IV:
Pat Buchanan (Republican)
Matt Shackelford (Republican)
Mike Raffield (Republican)

Source:  Madison County Web Site


RANKIN COUNTY ELECTION
COUNTY CANDIDATES FOR THE AUGUST 2, 2011

DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY


CONSTABLE, DISTRICT 4
DWIGHT DENARD BROWN

SHERIFF
GEORGE F BROWN III



RANKIN COUNTY ELECTION
COUNTY CANDIDATES FOR THE AUGUST 2, 2011

REPUBLICAN PRIMARY

CHANCERY CLERK
MITCH CHILDRE
LARRY SWALES

CIRCUIT CLERK
REBECCA “BECKY” BOYD
C N (BRAD) BRADSHAW
BECKY BISHOP FONTAINE

CONSTABLE, DISTRICT 1
VON BROWN
WAYNE KING

CONSTABLE, DISTRICT 2
BRAD A PATRIDGE

CONSTABLE, DISTRICT 3
BARRY BEAN

CONSTABLE, DISTRICT 4
TIM GARDNER
SANDY K SANDERS

CORONER
SCOTT LEAVITT
JIMMY LEE ROBERTS
DAVID RUTH

COUNTY ATTORNEY
RICHARD H WILSON

JUSTICE COURT JUDGE, DISTRICT 1
RICHARD REDFERN

JUSTICE COURT JUDGE, DISTRICT 2
PRENTISS M GRANT
CHARLES A LINDSAY JR
JOHN SHIRLEY
FORREST WELKER

JUSTICE COURT JUDGE, DISTRICT 3
JOSHUA MCCRORY

JUSTICE COURT JUDGE, DISTRICT 4
KEN FAIRLY

SHERIFF
BRYAN BAILEY
GARRICK J BOOKER
GLEN MCCOY

SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION
CHARLES LYNN WEATHERSBY

SUPERVISOR, DISTRICT 1
DALE BRIDGES
JARED K MORRISON

SUPERVISOR, DISTRICT 2
SCOT ALLEN
GLENN ANGLIN
WOOD BROWN
DERREL PALMER

SUPERVISOR, DISTRICT 3
KEN MARTIN
GREGORY WILCOX

SUPERVISOR, DISTRICT 4
PAUL BUISSON
WALTER M JOHNSON
ROBERT R (BOB) MORROW
LOUIE PARKMAN JR

SUPERVISOR, DISTRICT 5
JERI AUSBON
JAY BISHOP
HOWARD LEE

TAX ASSESSOR
JOHN A SULLIVAN

TAX COLLECTOR 
JUDY FORTENBERRY

Source: Rankin County Web Site

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Americana III

More great historical photos. These come from a Library of Congress collection taken by photographers for The Farm Security Administration and The Office of War Information.  They date from the Great Depression through World War II and feature a new invention called Kodachrome film. Kodachrome made it's debut in 1935.

Photos and captions credit: The Library Of Congress.

Click on any of the photos to enlarge.


Title: Washing one of the Santa Fe R.R. 54 hundred horse power diesel freight locomotives in the roundhouse, Argentine, Kansas. Argentine yard is at Kansas City, Kansas
Creator(s): Delano, Jack, photographer
Date Created/Published: 1943 March


Title: P-51 ("Mustang") fighter planes being prepared for test flight at the field of the North American Aviation, Inc., plant in Inglewood, Calif.
Creator(s): Palmer, Alfred T., photographer
Date Created/Published: 1942 Oct.


Title: Part of the cowling for one of the motors for a B-25 bomber is assembled in the engine department of North American [Aviation, Inc.]'s Inglewood, Calif., plant
Creator(s): Palmer, Alfred T., photographer
Date Created/Published: 1942 Oct.


Title: Lunchtime brings a few minutes of rest for these women workers of the assembly line at Douglas Aircraft Company's plant, Long Beach, Calif. Sand bags for protection against air raid form the background. Most important of the many types of aircraft made at this plant are the B-17F ("Flying Fortress") heavy bomber, the A-20 ("Havoc") assault bomber, and the C-47 heavy transport plane for the carrying of troops and cargo
Creator(s): Palmer, Alfred T., photographer
Date Created/Published: 1942 Oct.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Voter Registration Deadline

Plan on voting in the upcoming primaries?
If so you must be registered by July 2, 2011 at 12:00pm.

Registration is easy and can be done by mail.  If you prefer you can drop the form at your local Circuit Clerks office.

We have attached a voter registration form along with the address where it should be mailed or delivered.

You can view/print it here.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir

Safe Driving Course

St. Paul Catholic Church hosting 
AARP Senior Adult Driver Safety Course.


Where:
St. Paul Catholic Church
Family Life Center
5971 Highway 25
Flowood, MS

When:
Tuesday, June 28
12:30pm - 5:00pm


Mississippi Law requires insurance companies to provide a reduced automobile insurance rate to drivers over age 55 who complete an approved safety class.

You don't want to miss out on this discount!

Cost is $14 per person ($12 for AARP members) to cover class materials and completion certificate. Pay by cash or check on the day of the class. Bring your driver's license with you. At the end of the class, you will receive a certificate that qualifies you for a premium discount.

Questions?  Contact Monica Walton at sradults@saintpaulcatholicchurch.com or by calling 601.992.9547 ext. 103 to reserve your place in this class.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Message From Mark Baker

The qualifying deadline for the 2011 state elections has passed, and no one is running against me for the District 74 seat in the Mississippi House of Representatives.

I am truly humbled by the confidence placed in me by my constituents to continue to serve the interest of District 74. 

It is a great honor to serve and even greater to be given the opportunity to do so in such manner. 

Rest assured that while I will not be campaigning in my district this summer, I will be working throughout the state to get Republicans elected to the House.

Mark Maker
Representative, House District 74


The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir

Republican Women Meeting

Rankin County Republican Women
June Meeting

Meeting will be held Monday, June 27,  2011, at the Richland Community Center, 410 East Harper Street, Richland, MS (behind Walmart).

Social time is at 6:00 p.m. with the meeting beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to an insightful speaker, plans for discussed for next month's Meet the Candidates.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Friday, June 24, 2011

Rankin County Candidate

Jackson Jambalaya ran a story today about a candidate for Rankin County Justice Court Judge, District 2 (the Rez area).

You can see it here.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir

Big Debate Saturday

The Central Mississippi Tea Party is sponsoring a Republican Primary Gubernatorial Debate on Saturday, June 25th.

The event will be held at Northwest Rankin High School from 3:00pm till 5:00pm.

Lt. Governor Phil Bryant, Dave Dennis, and Hudson Holliday will be fielding questions and sharing their positions on the issues.

Like to ask a question?  You can.
Send your question to:  centralmsteaparty@gmail.com

Other details available from the debate brochure here.

Or the CMSTP web site here.


The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir

Thursday, June 23, 2011

New Boat Ramp


Preparations are underway for a new boat ramp at Fannin Landing.

The current launch, between Palisades and Arbor Landing, will be replaced by the new facility.  The new launch will be moved south of it's current location (towards Palisades) by approximately 100 yards. 

Plans call for two 25 foot wide ramps with 3 floating piers.  Work will fully begin once the PRVWSD gets approval from the Corps of Engineers.

A breakwater is planned that will provide shelter from the wind.

The work will be done by the PRVWSD staff and is expected to be completed next year.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir

Denbury Is Back

News from the PRVWSD.

PRESS RELEASE

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
June 22, 2011


DENBURY ONSHORE CONDUCTING SURVEY ON THE BARNETT RESERVOIR

Starting today and over the next several weeks, Denbury Onshore will be conducting a marine survey on the Ross Barnett Reservoir. In conducting this survey, Denbury will be placing cane poles with flagging and buoys with flagging in areas of the lake. There will be no explosives or vibrations as a part of this survey.

For the latest information and pictures on this issue and other related activities on the Barnett Reservoir, please check out our facebook page at www.facebook.com/PRVWSD.


The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Drowning Victim Update

On April 28th of this year authorities recovered the body of a white male near Lakeshore Pointe Apartments. 

We provided information about the victim in a post here.

We contacted Bryan Bailey, with the Rankin County Sheriff's office, to get an update on the investigation, his response follows.

We still have not identified the drowning victim. 

Investigators have gone door to door in several areas around the reservoir in an attempt to ID the person.  We have checked all state wide and regional missing persons reports with no match. 

Recently we submitted a photo of the victim to a law enforcement bulletin which is distributed in the southeastern United States. 

Investigators are still working on the case.

Bryan Bailey
Undersheriff, Rankin County


If you have any information that may help this investigation please contact the Rankin County Sheriff's Office at 601-825-1480.


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Ross Barnett Reservoir

PRVWSD Claims Docket

The latest Claims Docket for the PRVWSD is available here.

The docket is a detailed listing of expenditures by the District.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

PRVWSD Board Minutes

Minutes from the May, 2011 Board of Directors meeting of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District are available here.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Blimp


An alert Rez resident sent us this photo of a blimp cruising around Pelahatchie Bay Monday afternoon.

We contacted Jackson Air Traffic Control who told us it was passing over on it's way to Hawkins field in Jackson.

No identification was visible and ATC couldn't tell us who it belonged to.  

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Fred's Construction

Last week the new Fred's had a foundation. 

This week the foundation is gone and the dirt pad is visible.

What gives?

We stopped and spoke with one of the construction workers, he told us the project architect didn't like what he saw and required them to dig up the old foundation and pour another.

Something about cold joints. 


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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Monday, June 20, 2011

Rez Neighborhood Parks

A growing problem for the neighborhoods along Spillway Rd. is the "mini-parks", parks and boat launches embedded within the subdivisions. 

The parks were once private, designated for the use of the residents of the subdivision where the park was located.  The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District even issued bumper stickers to residents so the Reservoir Patrol could identify park users.

In 1987 the PRVWSD settled a law suit that had been in the courts for a number of years.  The result of that settlement caused many changes for area residents.  Law and Fire protection was stopped by the PRVWSD,  the local county or municipality picked up that responsibility.  The PRVWSD also stopped providing street maintenance and garbage pickup.  The mini parks were also a casualty - what was once used as a marketing tool to lure property buyers, your own private boat launch/park, was taken away and turned into a public facility.

The parks are now a big problem for neighborhoods.  More boat owners plus the explosive growth in the number of jet ski's has caused in increase in demand for launch facilities. Summer weekends see a huge increase in traffic in and out of these parks.


The photos above are Bay Park and Forest Point,  two very popular weekend spots.   The photos were taken Saturday,  June 16th -  11 cars in Bay Park and 10 in Forest Point.

The PRVWSD changed the rules after that 1987 settlement and required new developments to have Homeowner Associations with mandatory dues paid by each leaseholder.  A portion of the dues would be used to maintain any parks in those subdivisions, and the parks could be private.   The older subdivisions never had such requirements.

The result is obvious - the private Fox Bay landing,  on June 16th, had 3 cars in the parking lot. 




Last year the PRVWSD sent a questionnaire to residents in Forest Point and Audubon Point seeking their opinions about the parks.  The letter sent to the Audubon Point II residents is shown below.

Dear Audubon II Leaseholder:

Over the years, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District has received numerous complaints about the amount of vehicle traffic, loitering, noise, and trash generated at the neighborhood parks, located at Audubon Pointe Drive and on Martin Drive. It appears that most of the traffic using these parks and boat ramp are non residents of Audubon Pointe Subdivision. 

In order for PRVWSD to perform minimal maintenance in these parks, they must be open to the public at large. One solution to resolving this problem would be to close the parks and convert them into residential leased property. 

The PRVWSD would like to know the wishes of the residents of Audubon Pointe Subdivision regarding this issue.

Please check two of the options below, sign and return bottom portion to PRVWSD:

Leave Audubon Pointe Drive/ Boat Ramp property as is
Convert Audubon Pointe Drive/ Boat Ramp to residential leased property
Leave Martin Drive/ Boat Ramp property as is
Convert Martin Drive/ Boat Ramp to residential leased property

Name:

Address:

Please return to:
PRVWSD
P.O. Box 2180
Ridgeland, MS 39158


According to the PRVWSD the survey produced the following results.

In Audubon the count was 61 to leave the Audubon Point Drive Park as is and 6 to convert to residential property.  The count was 57 to leave the Martin Drive boat ramp as is and 9 to convert it to residential use.

A list was submitted to the PRVWSD and signed by 65 residents stating the use of the boat ramps in Audubon Point and Forest Point should be for the sole use of the residents and not the outside public.

At this time the PRVWSD has taken no action on the parks. 

The park problem is one that the Stennis study will examine, hopefully they can offer options to resolve the problem.

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Rez Sunset

A beautiful Rez sunset submitted by an Audubon Point resident.

Thanks Mary!



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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Ridgeland Balloon Glow - 2011


Ridgeland Recreation & Parks and Northpark Mall present “Celebrate America” Balloon Glow featuring Darryl Worley



Ridgeland Recreation & Parks and Northpark Mall, in conjunction with the Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest, present the “Celebrate America” Balloon Glow on Friday, July 1, 2011.

Ridgeland’s Independence Day celebration is a tradition for families throughout Ridgeland and surrounding areas. Thousands gather near Northpark Mall for the hot air balloon glow, food and games, local entertainment, star performance by a nationally known country music recording artist, and a spectacular fireworks display.

The annual karaoke contest begins early this year. The competition will move to Center Court inside Northpark Mall on Tuesday and Wednesday evening (6:30-9:00 p.m.), June 28 and 29. The top five finalists from each night will advance to the finals on Thursday night, June 30, at 6:30 p.m. The registration fee is $25. Singers can pre-register by calling Angela at 601-566-0951 or e-mailing at krazykaraokems@yahoo.com. The winner will open the show for Darryl Worley and South of 20 at the “Celebrate America” Balloon Glow on Friday, July 1.

The fun kicks off at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 1 with the karaoke contest winner and opening act South of 20. South of 20 is a local alternative/pop country band that plays country songs that are current, classic and every now and then shows off an original song. South of 20’s performance will be followed by the beautiful sight of hot air balloons glowing at dusk.


As the sun sets, fans will be treated to a performance by country singer Darryl Worley. Darryl has an undeniable knack for connecting with the American public. Now entering his second decade as a hitmaker, he has proven time and again his ability to make music that resonates deeply with listeners.

Over the past decade Darryl Worley has built an impressive career. He has won numerous music industry awards, recorded seven albums, and sold more than 2 million records worldwide. He has charted 19 hits, including the self-penned #1 singles, “I Miss My Friend,” “Awful Beautiful Life,” and "Have You Forgotten.” Darryl has established himself as a well-respected hitmaker in Nashville and has become one of the industry’s most compelling artists.

U.S. Troops around the world continue to inspire Darryl’s life, ambitions, songs and music career. Since 2002, Darryl has traveled overseas nine times to entertain men and women who sacrifice their lives daily for our freedom. Darryl has been awarded numerous honors for his relentless support of the Armed Forces and says his experiences with our nation’s soldiers have forever impacted his life.


The evening concludes with one of the largest fireworks displays in the state. Food favorites such as funnel cakes and barbecue are available throughout the event, along with children’s activities such as a moon jump and slides. “Celebrate America” Balloon Glow starts at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 1. Admission is free.

Activities will be held on the Balloon Glow field between Northpark Mall and Pear Orchard Road. Spectators should park in the Northpark Mall parking lot.

For more information, check our Facebook page at Ridgeland Recreation & Parks or contact the Ridgeland Recreation and Parks Department at 601-853-2011.


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Friday, June 17, 2011

Lower Road Getting Makeover

PRESS RELEASE
Pearl River Valley Water Supply District
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
June 16, 2011

CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN ON THE BOB ANTHONY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

Construction is underway on the Bob Anthony Roadway Improvement project. Funding for this project has been made possible through federal transportation grants administered through the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

The project is estimated to be complete by the summer of 2012. This project will include the resurfacing of the lower road and its adjoining bike trail, the addition of multi-use trail sections that would allow one to travel from the intersection of Post Road and Yacht Club Road in Ridgeland to the corner of Spillway Road and Old Fannin Road in Rankin County, the widening of the curve on the Bob Anthony Parkway upper road near Breakers Lane, and the reconfiguration of the entrance to the Rankin Landing.

Lane closures will be necessary at times for this project; however, lane closures will be avoided during rush hour.   Additional notices will be given prior to lane closures.

For more information on this release and other Reservoir related topics, please visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/PRVWSD.

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New Residents At Main Harbor

A resident at The Breakers sent us this photo of a proud mom and her babies enjoying the waters of Main Harbor.




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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pet Of The Week


This big boy is Tonka. Tonka is a basset lab mix and appears to be put together with Tonka toys….. hence his name.

He is a sweetheart with a huge sense of humor, who loves to play and loves to tease. Tonka weighs approximately 65 pound, is very smart and good on a leash.



He would love to be someones house dog/companion and would be very loyal to someone who chooses to give him a chance with their family.

Sounds like a great dog, right? Here is the saddest part, despite how wonderful this dog is, he has been at the ARF shelter for around 5 years and 9 months! YEARS PEOPLE! That's OVER 2,000 days!

Sadly, Tonka came to the shelter as a hurricane Katrina rescue, and was unclaimed by his former owners. Somehow this beautiful black dog has time and time again been overlooked by people. Throughout the years he has seen his pen mates and pen neighbors adopted as he patiently waits for his new home.

Won't you help?


If you are interested in a pet check out Tonka or any of the other pets at the Mississippi Animal Rescue League.


Visit their website: http://www.arfms.com/

and their Facebook page:
http://www.causes.com/causes/24243-animal-rescue-fund-jackson-ms?recruiter_id=13592371


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Rankin County Supe Meeting - June 15

The Rankin County Supervisors met Wednesday, June 15th to conduct county business.

A copy of their agenda is available here.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

PRVWSD Board Meeting - June

The PRVWSD Board Meetings are held at the Reservoir Main Office at 115 Madison Landing Circle, Ridgeland, MS.
The meetings are open to the public.




AGENDA FOR A MEETING OF THE BOARD OF
DIRECTORS OF THE PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER
SUPPLY DISTRICT HELD AT THE DISTRICT'S MAIN
OFFICE, AT 9:30 A.M. ON THURSDAY, JUNE 16,2011

1.  Opening prayer - Vernard Murrell

2.  Pledge of Allegiance - W. C. Gorden

3.  Request for acceptance of Minutes from a regular meeting held May 19, 2011.

4.  Report from Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks - Ramie Ford

5.  Report from Attorney:

6.  Recommendations:

Shoreline Development and Environmental Quality Committee:

a.  Renew Interlocal Agreement with the City of Ridgeland for recyclables

b.  ATMOS easement request

c.  Permission to advertise for term bid for pavement maintenance repair and improvements

d.  Harborwalk extension request

e.  Proposed lease of property at Hwy 25 and Holly Bush Road

f.  Permission to enter an MOD agreement with MDOT for
    guardrail installation

7.  Consideration and approval of Cash Balance Report

8.  Consideration and approval of Claims Docket

9.  Patrol Report

10. Executive Director's comments

11. Next Regular Meeting - July 21,2011 at 9:30a.m.


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ARF Fundraiser Coming Up

JOIN US FOR A PARTY!

MUDPUPPIES HOWLING AT THE SUMMER MOON



A FUNDRAISER BENEFITING ANIMAL RESCUE FUND OF MISSISSIPPI
Sanctuary for Mississippi rescued animals

JUNE 29TH, 6:00 p.m.—10:30 p.m.
CRAWDAD HOLE
1150 LAKELAND DRIVE
(by Smith Wills Stadium)
JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI

$45

APPETIZERS, PEPSI PRODUCTS, BEER, CRAWFISH (of course), DESSERTS

MUSIC  by
JAMBEAUX BIGG BAND

Sponsors include ASAP Printing, Pepsi, The Crawdad Hole, Southern Beverage, Wells Fargo Advisors


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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Harborwalk Lease Extensions

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District heard from the developer of Harborwalk Monday afternoon.  Mr. Jim Burwell asked a board committee to grant extensions for two components of his lease agreements. 

The first would extend, by one year, the requirement that he commence construction of a hotel planned for the site. 

The second sought a one year deferral of leasing an additional parcel of land called for in the original plan.  In consideration for the deferral a penalty would be paid to the PRVWSD.

The committee agreed to the requests and will recommend to the full board of directors that the extensions be granted.

Mr. Burwell said he is committed to seeing the project through to completion but admitted that financing is a challenge in today's markets.

Reservoir official said Mr. Burwell was current with his lease payments which total over $500K a year.


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Dam Construction

It's been a while since we had a Rez history lesson so let's get caught up. 

Today's photo is an aerial shot of the early construction phase of the dam.  We've annotated the first picture to indicate points of reference, the second photo is original.  

Best guess on this photo is late 1960 to mid 1961.

Enjoy.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Eyesore

The Reservoir Square Shopping Center was once the center of commerce for the Rankin County side of The Rez.

The center was anchored by a Jitney Jungle, a blessing for residents who previously had to travel quite a distance for food.

Remember Mill's Pharmacy? The HoneyComb? Bill's Dollar Store?
Others?

Then came Winn-Dixie, they later moved out after building a new facility (the current Kroger location).


It's painfully obvious that the shopping center has fallen into disrepair and become a giant eyesore.

Graffiti covered walls around The Rez?

Would you ever have believed it?

Absentee owners obviously do not care.


That white substance by the door is bird droppings.

Unattractive and unsanitary.

We contacted the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District and asked if they were doing anything about the property.

We were told the building does fall under their Property Maintenance code and they have sent a letter to the owners notifying them of code violations. We were also told the owners have till the end of June to respond.

According to information provided to us by John Sigman, Executive Director of the PRVWSD, the building owners have responded that the buildings are to get a facade makeover and the design is underway. 

Lets hope that happens.

However, hard questions must be asked.

This building has been neglected for years, why has it taken so long for action?

As always, your ideas and opinions are invited. 

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Rez Photos

A few Rez photos from Will Jacob.






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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Jazz

Ran across the following ad while going through old newspapers at the Mississippi Department of Archives.

The year, 1972.

Anyone remember the best jazz guitar player in Jackson?

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The picture in the ad didn't turn out well - but it's the same photo that appeared on one of Skeet's records. 




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Flowood Seniors

News From Flowood Senior Coordinator, Chere' H. Stegall

This month we will be at Flowood Baptist Church next to the Library on Tuesday’s.

You can park in the Library Parking Lot and then go down the steps to the activity room. If you need directions call me 601-955-6993


Tuesday
June 14 11:00 am - Until     Games & Cards

Wednesday
June 15 11:30 am - 1:00 pm   Soup or Salad for the Soul
                             Bible Study                              
                            (Library Conference Room)
We will start a new study on Romans 12, Lunch Provided

Thursday
June 16 10:00 am - 12:00 pm  Flowood Senior Health Fair
                             Flowood Library, sponsored by
                             J’s Mobility Inc.
                             Door Prizes, 
                             Health Screenings, 
                             Hearing Check
                             Blood Pressure Readings, etc.

Tuesday
June 21 11:00 am - Until     Games & Cards

Tuesday
June 28 11:00 am - Until     Games & Cards

Wednesday
June 29 11:30 am - 1:00 pm   Soup or Salad for the Soul
                             Bible Study
                            (Library Conference Room)
Continue with Romans 12      Lunch Provided



DANCE LESSONS

We are considering having ballroom dance lessons starting in October on Thursday evening’s at the Flowood Library. Kristopher Hamel would be the instructor from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, there is no charge for the lessons.

Kristopher has been teaching and competing ballroom (American & Latin Style) as well as Country Western Dance for over 10 years. He is an excellent instructor and we would be very blessed to have him teach our seniors. If you are interested please give me a call so we can get him scheduled @ 601-955-6993.


Chere' H. Stegall
Senior Coordinator
Flowood Prime Time Seniors
601-992-4440 or 601-955-6993

Twin Harbor Homeowner Meeting

The Twin Harbors Homeowners group will meet Monday evening.

Date: 
Monday - June 13, 2011

Time:
6:30pm

Location:
Old Rice Road Baptist Church - Sanctuary


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Friday, June 10, 2011

Meet The Candidates


Judge John Shirley
    seeks re-election as
    Justice Court Judge, District 2

Judge John Shirley is seeking re-election as Justice Court Judge for District 2.  In announcing his re-election, Judge Shirley said "I am honored to have served Rankin County for the last 12 years as Justice Court Judge, and I continually strive to ensure that innovative measures are used keep the crime rate low. I firmly believe that Rankin County citizens deserve to live without fear of becoming another crime statistic. I have a strong record of holding criminals accountable for their actions - just ask any law enforcement officer. Rankin County has the reputation of having the best justice court in the state. At a recent seminar, when discussing domestic abuse, one of the speakers from another county complimented Rankin County Justice Court Judges for their prompt and efficient handling of domestic abuse issues."

Judge Shirley has 24 years of courtroom experience, including the last 12 years as the current Justice Court Judge. He is the ONLY candidate with experience as a Judge, as a Prosecutor, and as a Law Enforcement Academy Instructor.

Judge Shirley is the ONLY candidate selected by a Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court to serve on the Commission on Judicial Performance, an agency that investigates allegations of judicial misconduct. He has served on the Commission since 2004 and was reappointed in 2008. Since 2004, while serving on the Commission, he has reviewed judicial misconduct allegations, participated in and conducted hearings, and made recommendations to the Mississippi Supreme Court that have included removal of a judge from office.

Judge Shirley is the ONLY candidate selected by a Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court to serve on the committee that reviewed domestic violence issues and made significant recommendations that were enacted by the legislature.

Judge Shirley is the ONLY candidate who has received training at National Judicial College, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and American Prosecutors Research Institute.

Judge John Shirley and his wife, Martha, a public school teacher, have two children, Alisha and Rachel, and they are members of Pinelake Church. He is a member of the Mississippi Justice Court Judges Association, Mississippi Council of Youth Court Judges, Rankin County Bar Association, and Mississippi Bar Association, and a former member of the Mississippi Prosecutors Association and Rankin County Republican Executive Committee. He is also a former prosecutor in Circuit Court, County Court, Justice Court and Youth Court.

Judge Shirley said "if I am re-elected, I will do my part to ensure that Rankin County continues to have the best justice court system in the state, and I will ensure that all of my decisions continue to be based on the law and the facts and NOT based on politics."

When asked about possible changes, Judge Shirley said "I believe that Rankin County Justice Court would benefit from a drug court component, a mental health court component, and a domestic violence court component. Every day our law enforcement officers and crime victims are placed in harms way by those committing crimes while under the influence of drugs or who have an untreated mental illness. These law enforcement officers and crime victims need protection, and the court should be able to tailor appropriate penalties while also attempting to ensure that drug addiction, untreated mental illness, and domestic violence issues are addressed."

You may contact Judge John Shirley at 601-992-8589 or at John@JudgeJohnShirley.com


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Help The Firefighters


Langford Volunteer Fire Department Holds Fundraiser


BRANDON, Miss. – Langford Volunteer Fire Department in Rankin County is getting
ready to kick off its annual fundraiser to raise money for new gas and chemical detection equipment.

“We aren’t just raising money to put in some mysterious bank account,” said Chief Mike Ellis, Langford Volunteer Fire Department. “The money is going to be used on something tangible, equipment that may one day save lives and property in our community.”

The department’s goal is not only to raise money for the much-needed detection equipment, but also give residents and businesses a chance to be a part in making a difference.

The department is selling plate dinners with chicken, baked beans, potato salad and a roll for $7 the weekend of June 10 – 11 (11am - 3pm) at their station on highway 471.  “That Friday, businesses can buy multiple plate dinners, and we will deliver them if they order 10 or more,” said Ellis. “Saturday, anybody can come to the station and pick up a
plate.”

The new gas detection system has the technology to identify chemical substances and gas leaks, allowing the Langford Volunteer Fire Department to mitigate the potential hazard in a safe and efficient manner.

“Our communities have local industries that produce a number of chemicals, such as insecticides,” said Ellis. “It’s our job to protect those communities from any accidents that can happen, and this equipment makes that possible.”

Tickets are now on sale for the fundraiser. For more information on how to purchase your tickets call the Langford Volunteer Fire Department at 601-825-0088 or email
langfordvolfiredept@gmail.com.



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