Wednesday, November 30, 2011

PRVWSD Claims Docket

The latest Claims Docket for The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District is available HERE.

The Docket is a detailed listing of the agency's monthly expenses.

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Barnett Reservoir

Floating Parade Canceled

Ridgeland Parks and Recreation has canceled Saturday's Floating Christmas Parade at The Rez.  

But, the parade for landlubbers is still on.

More details here.

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Barnett Reservoir

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fred's Grand Opening Friday


Friday’s Opening of fred’s Super Dollar At Reservoir


MEMPHIS, TN. (November 28, 2011) – The Reservoir will be introduced to the unique shopping experience of fred’s Super Dollar with the grand opening of a new store at 8:45 a.m. on Friday, December 2. 

Special offers and activities at the new 16,000-square-foot store at 1898 Spillway Road will help celebrate the occasion. There will be free product giveaways and customers can register for a chance to win a $100 shopping spree to be held once a day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

The fred’s Super Dollar is the new-store concept for Fred’s Inc. This new-store prototype offers the famous low prices and wide variety of merchandise that fred’s Super Dollar is known for, all in an improved, customer-centric shopping experience. Changes in store layout, lighting, shelving, aisle widths and signage have made this new prototype a unique and appealing shopping environment. 

“We have conducted extensive qualitative and quantitative research into what our customers and our competitors’ customers want in a shopping experience,” said Dave Mueller, SVP Sales and Marketing for Fred’s Inc. “We feel fred’s Super Dollar will deliver the ideal size, product mix and store flow to accommodate customers who are looking for a quick in-and-out shopping trip, or those who want a full bargain-hunting shopping experience.”

The new store features an expanded food selection that doubles traditional fred’s Super Dollar food offerings with additional breakfast foods, quick meals, beverages and more. Customers will also find a wide selection of recognized national brands as well as fred’s brands.

The fred’s Super Dollar also includes a state-of-the-art pharmacy experience. The pharmacy will feature a drive-through window providing easy pick-up and drop-off of prescriptions.  Conveniently located in the front of the store, the pharmacy offers a friendly, knowledgeable staff that is available to answer health-related questions. From the pharmacy, to in-store help, to check-out, customers will notice a friendly overall in-store atmosphere. 

“We believe the Reservoir community will be attracted to the new fred’s Super Dollar, and that they will be thrilled by every aspect of the service, product variety, pharmacy and the ease of the shopping experience,” added Mueller. 

Grand Opening activities will begin with the official ribbon cutting at 8:45 am on Friday, December 2. During the opening ceremony, fred’s Super Dollar will present donations to Northwest Rankin High School.

The first 150 customers will receive a free fred’s Super Dollar reusable shopping bag and the first 35 customers will also receive a coupon for a free 10-ounce bag of LAYS chips, redeemable at the new store. Customers may register for a $100 fred’s Super Dollar shopping spree that will be given to one customer each day from Friday, December 2, through Sunday, December 4. Grand 

Opening festivities include: 

Friday, December 2
8:45 a.m.
  • Ribbon Cutting ceremony with local dignitaries, including members of the Rankin County Chamber of Commerce, and fred’s Super Dollar team members. 
  • National Anthem performed by Northwest Rankin High School band.
  • Presentation of community donations to Northwest Rankin High School.
  • First 150 customers receive a free fred’s reusable tote bag.
9:00 a.m.
  • The Reservoir Police Department will provide FREE child identification cards, coloring books, and stickers.
  • The Fire Department will provide FREE toy hats and badges for kids and have a fire truck display.

The hours for the Reservoir fred’s Super Dollar are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Pharmacy hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed on Sunday.

For additional information, please call the store at 601-992-6414 or the pharmacy at 601-919-9989 or visit the company website  www.fredsinc.com.

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Barnett Reservoir

Monday, November 28, 2011

Crosswalk Proposed

Thelma Kumar, a Reservoir area resident, recently appeared before the Shoreline Committee of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District and the Rankin County Board of Supervisors.  She asked each group to consider putting a flashing light and crosswalk at the Reservoir Fire Station/Community Center.

 She cited the need for a crossing similar to the trail crossing on Highway 471.

Hwy. 471 crossing

A copy of the letter she presented to each group follows:



Proposal:

To add a Community Crosswalk, with an Amber Flashing / Caution Light or a Full Signal Light, on Spillway Road, which would be adjacent to the Reservoir Community Center, Library / Fire Station, and in conjunction with the updated and newly paved Biking / Walking Path along the Spillway Road.

Reasoning:

1) Currently there is no safe access to the new “Public Spaces” now available such as the Reservoir Library, Community Center and Botanical Park Trail for Residents on Foot or Bicycle. Spillway Rd. acts as a barrier between the paved Bicycle / Walking Path to its North and the Reservoir Public Library and newly constructed Community Center to its the South.

2) A Crosswalk along with a Caution Signal would instruct Auto traffic to Yield to Pedestrian foot traffic and allow Pedestrians and/or Bicyclists to cross Spillway Rd. more safely.

3) I have personally witnessed Auto Vehicles moving at high rates of speed along Spillway Rd. by the Reservoir Fire station just when Pedestrians (often Children and Parents with Strollers) are trying to cross the road in order to access the Reservoir Library and the other the Public Spaces, (Botanical Park Garden Trail and the new Community Center).

4) A Caution Signal would not only remind Drivers to slow down for the Cross walking public but would also help the Fire Station function more safely and efficiently in an emergency. This could potentially reduce the response time for the emergency personnel.

In Conclusion:

With all the lovely features already in place along Spillway Rd. and Reservoir amenities I ask that you please take this proposal into consideration for the betterment and safety of our community. I would be very happy to work with other community groups in the Reservoir area in order to get this proposal accomplished. Please let me know if a petition is in order.

Thank you for your consideration,

Thelma H. Kumar

The County and PRVWSD agreed to consider her proposal.


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Barnett Reservoir

MDEQ Monthly Newsletter


The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality publishes a newsletter each month with interesting articles and photographs.

This month's edition has interesting facts about giant sharks that once roamed Mississippi, 30+ million years ago. 

The newsletter is available HERE.

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Barnett Reservoir

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Rez Scenes

Photos submitted this week. 


Pelican photos by Russ Warner - taken January 2010





Sunrise photos by Karen Cadle



Got some great photos of The Rez?  Share them with our readers.  Send to: thereznews@gmail.com

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Barnett Reservoir

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Birds Of Prey


BIRDS OF PREY

Live Birds of Prey Demonstrations
11:00am and 1:00pm

On November 26, David Hall of the Wildlife Outreach Foundation is coming to the Museum with his Raptor Ambassadors.

His exciting presentation will give visitors the chance to see live hawk up close, as he explains their importance to the environment. 



Visitors will also learn about the types of predatory birds living in Mississippi and about the vital role our hawks, eagles, and owls play in the food chain.

For more information visit the Museum's website here or their Facebook page here.




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Barnett Reservoir

Friday, November 25, 2011

Ridgeland Christmas Parade - 2011


2011 Ridgeland Christmas Parade

“A Star Spangled Christmas”

The Ridgeland Recreation and Parks Department and the Ridgeland Beautification Committee are proud to present the 2011 Ridgeland Christmas Parade. This year’s theme is “A Star Spangled Christmas.”

This year, the Ridgeland Recreation & Parks Department 10+ year sponsors will serve as the Grand Marshals. They are making a difference in our community and share the City’s vision for the future. So please join us as we honor M&F Bank, The Orchard, Madison County Journal, BankPlus, WLBT and Waggoner Engineering.

The parade will take place on Saturday, December 3, 2011, at 2:00 p.m.

The route will begin at the Holmes Community College Campus in Ridgeland. The parade will begin eastbound on Ridgeland Avenue, turn southbound on Maple Street, then turn westbound on Jackson Street, then northbound on Sunnybrook Road and finish back at Holmes Community College. West Jackson Street will be closed from Sunnybrook Road to Maple Street during the parade.

For more information, contact Wendy Bourdin at 601-853-2011 or visit the Ridgeland Parks and Recreation Facebook page.

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Barnett Reservoir

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Here's hoping the Bumpuses' hounds don't get your turkey!

Happy Thanksgiving. 




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Barnett Reservoir

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Return Of The Pelecanus Erythrorhynchos

Editors note:  This is a re-post of an article from last December.  We've had several reports of sightings of these magnificent birds.  


But you may know them as White Pelicans. 

This time of the year we are visited by real snow birds.  White Pelicans make an annual migration to the warmer southern climates and The Rez is a favorite spot for many.

They are huge birds that can weigh up to 20 pounds with 9 foot wing spans. 

Unlike Brown Pelicans who dive for their food, White Pelicans swim for their meals.  Often working in groups, they will circle and entrap their prey.

The small islands in the main lake and bay are favorite spots for them to congregate.   

These photos were taken in Pelahatchie Bay.






White Pelican
Taken on Pelahatchie Bay
photo:  Danna Sanders

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Ross Barnett Reservoir

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

PRVWSD Supports Rankin Overlay District

The Board of Directors of The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District approved the concept of an Overlay District at their monthly meeting last week.

The grassroots effort to establish the overlay district has seen hundreds of local homeowners attend numerous meetings to discuss issues faced by the densely populated area - some regulated by the PRVWSD and some by Rankin County. 

Dr. Homer Burns, President of the Federation of Reservoir Homeowners, gave a brief presentation outlining the need for the district.  He stated that some areas around the reservoir are showing their age and the overlay district can provide a structure to allow Rankin County and the PRVWSD to cooperate on commercial and residential property ordinances in order to preserve property values and improve the quality of life for area residents. 

At the meeting a map was presented showing a draft copy of the proposed overlay district. A copy of the map is available here.  

PRVWSD Executive Director, John Sigman, commented that he has participated in many of the homeowner meetings and told the board the concept is not new - he referred to overlay districts currently used by Jackson and Ridgeland.

The PRVWSD Board unanimously approved the concept with the understanding that some functions, such as zoning and building permits, would remain under their control.

Mr. Sigman sent a letter to the Rankin Board of Supervisors advising them of his board's action.  A copy of that letter follows.


November 18, 2011

Rankin County Board of Supervisors
Attn: Mr. Wood Brown
211 East Government Street, Suite A
Brandon, MS 39042

REFERENCE: Reservoir Area Overlay District

Dear Mr. Brown:

At its meeting Thursday the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRVWSD) Board of Directors voted to approve the concept of a County overlay district that would include PRVWSD property. The area includes PRVWSD lands in Rankin County located south of and including Arbor Landing. The PRVWSD consents to County enforcement of ordinances, as approved by the PRVWSD, on these properties.

The PRVWSD does retain its jurisdictions including but not limited to:
1. Land use and zoning,
2. Building permitting,
3. Water quality control and lake management, and
4. Recreational use of the Barnett Reservoir,

The PRVWSD looks forward to involvement in the development of the overlay district as it progresses. The PRVWSD reserves the right to approve each ordinance prior to enforcement by the County.

If you have any questions, please call.

Very Truly Yours,

John G. Sigman
General Manager

Dr. Burns said the process of creating the overlay district involves numerous steps and will likely take many months to complete.

The next step will be to seek a similar approval by the Rankin County Board of Supervisors.

Update:  The Clarion Ledger has a story on the overlay district here.

 
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Barnett Reservoir

Monday, November 21, 2011

Second Annual Turkey Tuesday


The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson will host the 2nd Annual Turkey Tuesday event tomorrow, November 22nd from 10 am – Noon featuring family fun and special activities about turkeys.

Examine turkey feathers under a microscope, make your own turkey call, and learn what turkeys eat for lunch!

Also, Master Falconer David Hall will be at the Museum this Saturday, November 26 from 10 am – 2 pm with live birds of prey demonstrations at 11 am and 1 pm.


The Museum will be closed on November 24 & 25, 2011; December 24 – 26, 2011; January 1 – 2, 2012.

Visit the Museum's website for more info:
http://museum.mdwfp.com/


The Rez News
Barnett Reservoir

PRVWSD Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes from the October PRVWSD Board of Directors meeting. 


P.R.V.W.S.D – Regular Meeting October 27, 2011
Page 1

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE BORAD OF DIRECTORS OF THE
PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT HELD ON
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2011 AT 9:30 A.M. IN THE OFFICE OF THE
DISTRICT LOCATED AT 115 MADISON LANDING CIRCLE, RIDGELAND
MS 39157.

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, October 27, 2011
at the District’s main office. Jack Winstead, President, who presided, called
the meeting to order.

Members Present:   Jack Winstead, Jim Carraway, Ramie Ford, Trey Bobinger
                              John Arledge, Vernard Murrell, Kenny Latham,
                              Phillip Crosby, W. C. Gorden, Samuel Mitchell

Members Absent:    Keith Allen, Robert Webb, Pete Burkes, John Locke

Others Present:      Jim Tohill, David Ash, John Sigman, Greg Burgess, 
                             Perry Waggener, Craig Hunt, Jason Temple, Susan McMillan,
                             Steve Clark, D. Mitchell, Sharon Larry, Jim McDowell, 
                             Linda Horton, Homer Burns, Mark Beyea

Nichole Goss introduced Ms. Laura Hemphill as the new reception of the Pearl River Valley District.

Steve Clark introduced Ms. Deanna “D” Mitchell as the new Special Projects
Officer of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District.

Under approval of the minutes of a regular meeting of the Board of Directors 
held on September 15, 2011, a motion was made by Kenny Latham, seconded
by Phillip Crosby, for the minutes to be approved as presented. The vote was
as follows: For: Winstead, Carraway, Ford, Bobinger, Arledge, Murrell, Latham,
Crosby, Gorden, Mitchell. Abstained: None. Against: None. MOTION CARRIED
UNANIMOUSLY

Ramie Ford presented the Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Report. Mr. Ford commented on safety issues in connection with hunting. 

Report for Attorney. Jim Tohill stated that the next time he and David Ash 
appear before this Board, Watkins, Ludlam, Winter & Stennis will be known
as the Jones Walker Law Firm. 

Jim Carraway presented the following: Shoreline Development and
Environmental Quality Committee recommendations: 

a.  Approval of just compensation for easement on Old Rice Road, 
     Carol Lovelace Property. John Sigman stated that the District would
     like to purchase easements between Twin Harbors and Catfish Landing
     to provide future utility services. He stated that the District has already
     purchased an easement from Dr. Shaw. John Sigman stated that the District
     had the Lovelace property appraised and he recommends to the Board 
     of Directors approve just compensation in the amount of $ 3,475.00
     for the Lovelace property. A motion was made by Jim Carraway, seconded
     by Vernard Murrell, approval of purchasing an easement along Ms Carol 
     Lovelace property.  The vote was as follows: For: Winstead, Carraway, 
     Ford, Bobinger, Murrell, Latham, Crosby, Gorden, Mitchell.
     Abstained: None. Against: None. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

b.  Approval for MWH to conduct the 2011 regular inspection of the Reservoir
     Dam. Greg Burgess presented the proposal by MWH for the annual visual 
     inspection of

P.R.V.W.S.D – Regular Meeting October 27, 2011
Page 2

     the dam. He stated that the price for 2011 is not to exceed $ 35,000.00.
     Greg Burgess is asking for permission for MWH to conduct the 2011
     Reservoir Dam Inspection. A Motion was made by Jim Carraway, seconded
     by Phillip Crosby, approval of MWH to conduct the 2011 Reservoir Dam
     Inspection. The vote was as follows: For: Winstead, Carraway, Ford,
     Bobinger, Murrell, Latham, Crosby, Gorden, Mitchell. Abstained: None. 
     Against: None. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

c.  Acceptance of bid for the Long Reach Excavator. Greg Burgess stated that
     the District conducted the bid opening on October 18, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. 
     He stated that five companies placed bids. Greg Burgess stated that the 
     lowest bid came in from Mid-South Machinery, Inc at $ 126,874.00. 
     Greg Burgess stated that staff is asking for permission to accept Mid-South
     Machinery bid at $126,874.00. A motion was made by Jim Carraway,
     seconded by Samuel Mitchell to accept Mid-South bid of $ 126,874.00 
     for the Long Reach Excavator, Bids Exhibits to the minutes. The vote was
     as follows: For: Winstead, Carraway, Ford, Bobinger, Murrell, Latham,
     Crosby, Gorden, Mitchell. Abstained: None. Against: None.
     MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

d.  Approval of Supplemental Engineering Agreement No. 1 to Harbor Walk 
     Trail Project. Greg Burgess stated that last month the Board of Directors
     approved the Supplemental Agreement No. 2 to the construction contact 
     for the Harbor Walk Trail Project at which time the Engineering part of
     the project was not ready for consideration. Greg Burgess stated that this
     agreement is to add $ 22,806.15 to the original agreement. A motion was
     made by Jim Carraway, seconded by Samuel Mitchell, to approve entering
     into Supplemental Agreement No. 1 with Neel-Schaffer, Inc. to the Harbor
     Walk trail Project. The vote was as follows: For: Winstead, Carraway,
     Ford, Bobinger, Murrell, Latham, Crosby, Gorden, Mitchell. Abstained: None.
     Against: None. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

e.  Approval to accept proposal from Neel-Schaffer for development of public
     Right-of-Ways ADA Compliance Survey and Transition Plan. Greg Burgess 
     stated that MDOT has indicated that the District will need to develop a plan 
     in order to keep Federal funds. Greg Burgess stated that Neel-Schaffer will
     conduct a study on all of the public right of ways, such as the parking lots
     and bike trails. Greg Burgess stated that the proposal of the Compliance 
     Survey & Transition Plan is not to exceed $ 60,000.00. A motion was made
     by Jim Carraway, seconded by Phillip Crosby, to accept proposal from
     Neel-Schaffer for development of public Right-of-Way ADA Compliance 
     Survey and Transition Plan. The vote was as follows: For: Winstead,
     Carraway, Ford, Bobinger, Arledge, Murrell, Latham, Crosby, Gorden, 
     Mitchell. Abstained: None. Against: None. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

f.  Approval of ratification of the final change order for Coal Bluff Campground 
    Sewer and Electrical Improvements. Greg Burgess stated that the Coal Bluff
    project started a couple of months ago. He stated that the change order is
    to reflect a reduction of the original price in the amount of $ 10,326.00.
    A motion was made by Jim Carraway, seconded by Samuel Mitchell, approval
    of final ratification of change order for Coal Bluff Campground Sewer and 
    Electrical 

P.R.V.W.S.D – Regular Meeting October 27, 2011
Page 3

    Improvements. The vote was as follows: For: Winstead, Carraway, Ford,
    Bobinger, Arledge, Murrell, Latham, Crosby, Gorden, Mitchell. 
    Abstained: None. Against: None. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY
 
Upon consideration of the per diem and travel for the month of September,
a motion was made by Samuel Mitchell, seconded by Phillip Crosby, that the
report be approved. The vote was as follows: For: Winstead, Carraway, Ford,
Bobinger, Arledge, Murrell, Latham, Crosby, Gorden, Mitchell. Abstained: None.
Against: None. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

Upon consideration of the cash balance, a motion was made by Samuel
Mitchell, seconded by Kenny Latham, that the report be approved. The vote
was as follows: For: Winstead, Carraway, Ford Bobinger, Arledge, Murrell, 
Latham, Crosby, Gorden, Mitchell. Abstained: None. Against: None. MOTION
CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

Upon consideration of the monthly claims docket and discussion of several
items, a motion was made by Samuel Mitchell, seconded by W. C. Gorden, 
that the claims docket be approved. The vote was as follows: For: Winstead, 
Carraway, Ford, Bobinger, Arledge, Murrell, Latham, Crosby, Gorden, Mitchell.
Abstained: None. Against: None. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

Chief Waggener presented the Patrol Report. Chief Waggener stated that have
been writing more citations for parking the parks after dark. John Sigman
stated that the District will post new signs on parks from sunrise to sunset. 
John Sigman state the Chief Waggener issued over a hundred tickets within the 
last three weeks. 

John Sigman provided an update on the following subjects:
• FEMA ( Flood Zones)
• Signs on Spillway Road at Fire Station
• Christmas Dinner after Board Meeting in December

Greg Burgess provided an update on the Bob Anthony Parkway Project.
Jack Winstead provided reassignments of committee memberships and
redefined committee duties. 

There being no further business to come before the Board of Directors at this 
time, the meeting was adjourned at 10:05 a.m.

_____________________________
Jack H. Winstead, Chairman

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RCSD Award Winners

Rankin County School District Honors October Faculty and Student of the Month Winners

Brandon, MS – The Rankin County School District in joint efforts with the Rankin Chamber of Commerce Education Committee and other community sponsors, recently honored the monthly winners.

Each month an administrator, teacher, staff member and student are honored for their outstanding contributions. Faculty, students, parents and community members nominate individuals throughout the district who they feel are deserving of this recognition. The nominations are then sent to a committee that selects one winner from each category.

October winners for Rankin County School District are Administrator, Johnny Jones, Rankin County School District; Physical Plant Director, Teacher, Warren McKay, Pisgah High School; Staff Member, Jackie Blackwell, Flowood Elementary School and Student, Kaitlyn McCarty, Northwest Rankin High School.





Pictured back row from left are RCSD School Board President Ann Sturdivant, RCSD Superintendent Dr. Lynn Weathersby and Johnny Jones. Front row from left are Warren McKay, Kaitlyn McCarty and Jackie Blackwell.

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Barnett Reservoir

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Rez Scenes

A few Rez area photos.


Main Harbor

Great Blue Heron - Main Harbor

Main Harbor Swan

Fall Maple Tree
Caspian Tern at Rankin Landing - photo: Russ Warner
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Barnett Reservoir

Saturday, November 19, 2011

PRVWSD Seeks Comments

News From The PRVWSD 

PUBLIC NOTICE

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRVWSD) would like your help in evaluating the District’s outdoor public facilities. In particular, the public is asked to provide feedback on the conditions that may limit accessibility for persons with disabilities. The results of the evaluation will be used to develop a plan to improve ease of access at the District’s facilities.

The evaluation is focused on outdoor facilities. The locations that are being evaluated include sidewalks, multi-use paths, campgrounds, parks, piers, public parking lots, and boat launches. A listing of the facilities and their locations are provided below.

The public is invited to provide comments regard accessibility in writing to the PRVWSD c/o Neel-Schaffer, Inc.,1230 Hwy 51 North, Madison, MS 39110 or by telephone at 601-898-8118. In order to be considered in evaluation, comment must be received by December 12, 2011. E-mail comments will be accepted at: mark.beyea@neel-schaffer.com. Please include the phrase “Accessibility Evaluation” in the subject of e-mail messages.

PRVWSD Public Facilities

Multi-use paths:             Spillway Rd (Ridgeland to Hwy 471)
                                     MS Hwy 471 (Spillway Rd to North Shore Pkwy)
                                     North Shore Pkwy (Spillway Rd to Hwy 471)
                                     Post Rd (Old Trace Park to Yacht Club)
                                     Fannin Circle (North Shore Pkwy to Fannin Landing)
                                     Botanical Gardens, 2230 Spillway Rd, Brandon

Campgrounds:                Timberlake,143 Timberlake Dr, Brandon
                                     Goshen Springs, 4248 Hwy 43 N, Rankin Co.
                                     Coal Bluff, 1107 Coal Bluff Rd, Lena
                                     Low Head Dam, 1190 Park Rd, Lena
                                     Leake County Water Park, 1190 Park Rd, Lena

Parks, Boat Launches      Brown’s Landing, Hwy 43, Madison Co.
& Piers:                          Fannin Landing, Fannin Landing Cir, Rankin Co.
                                      Goshen Springs Ramps, Hwy. 43, Rankin Co.
                                      Hwy 43 Pier, Hwy 43, Rankin Co.
                                      Hwy 471 Ramp & Pier, Hwy 471, Rankin Co.
                                      Lakeshore Park, North Shore Pkwy, Brandon
                                      Madison Landing, Madison Landing Cir, Ridgeland
                                      Old Trace Park, Post Rd, Ridgeland
                                      Pelahatchie Shore Park, North Shore Pkwy, Brandon
                                      Pipeline Rd. Ramps, Rankin Co.
                                      Rankin Landing, Spillway Rd
                                      Ratliff Ferry, Madison Co.
                                      Safe Harbor Ramp, Hwy 43, Rankin Co.
                                      Spillway Rd Ramps, Spillway Rd below dam
                                      Ramps & Parks in the following subdivisions:
                                              Audubon Point, Bay Park, Forest Point, 
                                              Harbor View, Lake Harbor, Turtle Creek, 
                                              Waterwood, Twin Harbors

Other Facilities:              District Office, Madison Landing Cir, Ridgeland
                                      District Maint. Facility/ Reservoir Patrol Office, 
                                      100 Reservoir Park Dr, Brandon

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Barnett Reservoir

LSU vs Ole Miss

GAME DAY
LSU vs Ole Miss
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011
Oxford, MS
6pm

TV  ESPN

This rivalry always stirs memories of that famous game played in Baton Rouge on Halloween night, 1959.

LSU and Ole Miss were topped ranked teams in the country - the game, won by LSU 7 to 3, made Billy Cannon a legend.

On October 27, 2009 the Jackson Touchdown Club held a 50th anniversary celebration of the game.  Players from both teams attended along with LSU's coach Paul Dietzel.  Memories were recalled along with amusing anecdotes.   

A JTDC member gave us a recording of the evening and we've posted it on YouTube.  It's a very entertaining piece of football history.

The first clip shows the two scoring plays followed by Coach Paul Dietzel's comments.
Links to the remaining clips follow. 



Second video
features LSU's Paul Dietzel and Billy Cannon

Third video
features Billy Cannon

Fourth video
features Billy Cannon and Ole Miss player Warner Alford

Fifth video
features Ole Miss players Charlie Flowers and Bobby Ray Franklin

Sixth video
features Ole Miss players Bobby Ray Franklin, Robert Khayat, Richard Price, Marvin Terrell

Seventh video
features Ole Miss player Jake Gibbs

Eighth video
features Ole Miss player Jake Gibbs

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Barnett Reservoir

Friday, November 18, 2011

Winter Wonderland Opening Soon

You might have noticed the flurry of activity at the old Rapids parking lot.

It's Nick Trees - they will be back this year selling fresh Christmas trees. And, like last year, a portion of each sale will be donated to Batson Children's Hospital at the University Medical Center.

But, this year there's more.    

A big event for children  - Nick's Winter Wonderland will transform the area into a winter carnival. There will be rides, a petting zoo and food vendors.  Another fun addition will be the "Nick Train" - it's all aboard for an old fashioned train ride around the carnival.      

Food?  They got it - funnel cakes, hot dogs and, what is sure to become a Christmas favorite, Fried Green Tomato Hamburgers will be available.  Three Rivers Restaurant will also have a booth so come hungry. 

Tree sales will begin the day after Thanksgiving, the tent will be open 7 days a week from 9am till 9pm.  Nick's Winter Wonderland will open weekends - Friday from 3pm till 9pm -  Saturday and Sunday from 10am till 9pm.

A private event will be held the day before Thanksgiving for the Batson Hospital.  Current and former patients, staff and friends of the hospital will be enjoying the rides and food.

Buy a tree from Nick Trees and help Batson - a great deal.

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Barnett Reservoir 

Arts & Crafts At St. Marks

There will be an Arts and Crafts Fair at St. Marks Methodist Church this Saturday, November 19th.

Hours are 9am till 4pm.

Many great items will be available - just in time for Christmas. 

The sale will benefit the small children's school.

St. Marks is located at 400 Grants Ferry Rd.

For more information contact amie@stmarksum.org

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Barnett Reservoir

Thursday, November 17, 2011

School Board Recognizes Legislators

Brandon, MS – The Rankin County School Board recently recognized legislators from Rankin County at its November board meeting. “These men go over and beyond the call of duty to help the Rankin County School District, and we are proud of all they do to assist us on a daily basis,” said RCSD Superintendent Dr. Lynn Weathersby.

Northwest Rankin High School’s National Art Society, under the leadership of Mary Jane Cox designed and painted plaques for each legislator.

click to enlarge

Back row from left are RCSD Superintendent Dr. Lynn Weathersby, Rep. Andy Gibson, RCSD School Board Vice President Cecil McCrory, RCCSD School Board President Ann Sturdivant and Sen. Dean Kirby. Front row from left are RCSD School Board Trustee David “Grumpy” Farmer, Rep. Tom Weathersby, RCSD School Board Secretary Debbie Tolleson, Rep. Ray Rogers, Rep. John Moore, Sen. Josh Harkins and RCSD School Board Trustee Dr. Ruth Burgess. Not pictured are Sen. Perry Lee, Rep. Mark Baker and Rep. Kevin McGee.

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Tis The Season?


Spotted Wednesday at the Kroger on Spillway - while driving through the parking lot with the air conditioner on high.

Ho Ho Ho

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Pet Of The Week

Pet Of The Week
Billy Bob



This is Billy Bob. Some recent ARF supporters recently watched as a car pulled over in Jackson, and threw this pup onto the street before speeding away. Thankfully these good samaritans were quick enough to snatch him right up.


After a healthy bill from the vet, this pup found his way to the ARF shelter! He is full of energy and has tons of personality. Billy Bob weighs approximately 30 pounds. He would love to meet you!

To learn more about Billy Bob and the other pets available for adoption visit the ARF web site here and their Facebook Page here.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Rankin Supervisor Meeting

The Rankin County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday, a copy of their agenda is available here.

At the meeting County Consulting Engineer, Charles Parker, gave the supervisors an update on the Old Fannin Road widening project.  He told the group that efforts are on hold pending approvals from MDOT.

The project involves state and federal money and requires MDOT's blessings before proceeding.  Mr. Parker told the supervisors that he has contacted Central Mississippi Transportation Commissioner, Dick Hall, to see if he can expedite the process. Once MDOT gives the county the green light the project can be put out for bids.

Part of the meeting was observed by 24 Rankin County school students who are part of the Rankin County Youth Leadership group.


The group, sponsored by the Rankin County Chamber of Commerce and the Mississippi State University Extension Service, learns leadership and business skills and visiting  various businesses and government operations around the county.

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Flood Insurance Update

News From The PRVWSD 

Have you received a notice from your mortgage company stating you must buy flood insurance?  If so send a copy of it to the PRVWSD.   Read on.

PRVWSD Discusses Flood Insurance Problems With FEMA

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRVWSD) today discussed recent flood insurance program problems with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Many PRVWSD leaseholders have received letters indicating that their homes may now be in a special flood hazard area and that they have to purchase flood insurance. “This comes as a surprise to most homeowners as their homes have not been in a special flood hazard area in the past,” said PRVWSD General Manager, John Sigman.

Some mortgage companies are requiring homeowners to buy flood insurance that, in many instances, can cost thousands of dollars per year.

“We are encouraged by the response from FEMA today,” said Mr. Sigman. He further noted that FEMA would like to see more examples of these letters received by homeowners from mortgage or insurance companies. If you have received such a letter, fax it to the PRVWSD at 601-856-2585.

Mr. Sigman said, “The PRVWSD would like to thank Senator Cochran’s office for setting up today’s discussion and thank Senator Whicker’s and Congressman Harper’s office for participating.”

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Don On Duty



Castlewoods Resident, Don Hartness, spent Veterans Day doing what he does every patriotic holiday, standing at the intersection of Castlewoods Blvd. and Highway 25 waving a flag.

He assumes his position at daylight and stands there till dark - proudly displaying the American Flag and waving to passing motorist.  It's his way of paying tribute to the men and women who serve and have served in our military.

Don is also the person responsible for the flags flying from the light poles along Hwy 25 in Flowood.

If you missed our story about Don and the flags you can see it here.

Thanks Don for what you do.

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Rez Homeschoolers Performing

On Thursday, November 17 at 2 p.m. and again at 6 p.m., and on Friday, November 18 at 6 p.m., the Reservoir Area Christian Home Educators (ReACHE) drama team will be performing a three-act play called The Thread That Runs So True by Reginald Lawrence, based on the book by Jesse Stuart.

The story takes place in a coal-mining town in the Appalachian hills of Kentucky in 1925. The play tells the true story of the early life of Jesse Stuart, a young man who later became the poet laureate of Kentucky and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1955. Jesse Stuart is an energetic, ambitious, and sometimes hot-headed young man of 18 who feels called to go into the rural community near his hometown and teach in their one-room schoolhouse, encouraging this backward community to take the education of their children more seriously than they have in the past.

Along the way, Jesse is challenged to learn a few things himself with the support of his students, including the ever-encouraging Don Conway, the amazingly intelligent Budge Waters, feisty Grandma Binion, a 65-year-old first grader, and the sweet Naomi Deane Norris, a young lady who just might win Jesse's heart.

Jesse is faced with many obstacles, humorous situations, and a town bully who, at 20 years old and nearly six and a half feet tall, makes a very imposing enemy.

The play will be performed at the Word of Life Church on Lakeland Drive. There are only three performances, and seating is limited, so you will want to get your tickets early. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets may be purchased through any ReACHE member or you can contact

Kim Lepone at kim.lepone@lepone.com

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Fred's Opening Soon


The Fred's Super Dollar on Spillway Rd is opening December 2nd. 

Fred's corporate headquarters in Memphis sent us the following info on the new store. 




MEMPHIS, TN. (November 11, 2011) – Brandon, MS, will be introduced to the unique shopping experience of fred’s Super Dollar with the grand opening of a new store at 8:45 a.m. on Friday, December 2nd.

Special offers and activities at the new 16,000-square-foot store at 1898 Spillway Rd. will help celebrate the occasion. 

There will be free product giveaways and customers can register for a chance to win a $100 shopping spree to be held once a day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The fred’s Super Dollar in Brandon is the new-store concept for Fred’s Inc. This new-store prototype offers the famous low prices and wide variety of merchandise that fred’s Super Dollar is known for, all in an improved, customer-centric shopping experience. Changes in store layout, lighting, shelving, aisle widths and signage have made this new prototype a unique and appealing shopping environment. 

“We have conducted extensive qualitative and quantitative research into what our customers and our competitors’ customers want in a shopping experience,” said Dave Mueller, SVP Sales and Marketing for Fred’s Inc. “We feel fred’s Super Dollar will deliver the ideal size, product mix and store flow to accommodate customers who are looking for a quick in-and-out shopping trip, or those who want a full bargain-hunting shopping experience.”

Brandon’s new store features an expanded food selection that doubles traditional fred’s Super Dollar food offerings with additional breakfast foods, quick meals, beverages and more. Customers will also find a wide selection of recognized national brands as well as fred’s brands. 

The fred’s Super Dollar also includes a state-of-the-art Pharmacy experience. The pharmacy will feature a drive-through window providing easy pick-up and drop-off of prescriptions. Conveniently located in the front of the store, the pharmacy offers a friendly, knowledgeable staff that is available to answer health-related questions. From the pharmacy, to in-store help, to check-out, customers will notice a friendly overall in-store atmosphere.
“We believe the community of Brandon will be attracted to the new fred’s Super Dollar, and that they will be thrilled by every aspect of the service, product variety, pharmacy, and the ease of the shopping experience,” added Mueller. 

Grand Opening activities will begin with the official ribbon cutting at 8:45 am on Friday, December 2nd.
The first 150 customers will receive a free fred’s Super Dollar reusable shopping bag and the first 35 customers will also receive a coupon for a free 10 ounce bag of LAYS chips, redeemable at the new store. Customers may register for a $100 fred’s Super Dollar shopping spree that will be given to one customer each day from Friday, Dec. 2nd, through Sunday, Dec. 4th. 

FRED’S offers the products customers need most at the lowest prices everyday.
For more information, please visit www.fredsinc.com


Other grand opening events are being planned so expect an update soon.


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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Body Recovered At Rez


The body of Christopher Scott Ingraham, 50, was recovered at 10:21 Sunday morning near the area where he fell from his fishing boat.  

(previous story)

Mr. Christopher and his wife were fishing in the Barnett Reservoir about 2 miles north of Highway 43. He apparently lost his balance and fell from the front of his boat.  The Reservoir Patrol was notified at 12:44 Saturday afternoon.   

Rescue teams searched the area Saturday but called off the search around 4pm due to darkness and the cold water temps - search operations resumed at 7:00 Sunday morning. 

The Madison County Coroner took possession of the body, it will be sent to the State Crime Lab for an autopsy.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Fisherman Missing After Fall From Boat

At 12:44 Saturday afternoon The Reservoir Patrol received a call from a woman reporting that her husband had fallen from their fishing boat and she could not locate him.

The two had launched their boat at Tommy's Trading Post and were fishing in an area known as Black Lake, approximately 2 miles up river from Highway 43.

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According to Reservoir Patrol Chief, Perry Waggener, Christopher Scott Ingraham, 50, from Vicksburg, was standing on the front deck of his fishing boat while trolling, the boat rocked, possibly hitting a stump, causing the man to lose his balance and fall into the water.

Chief Waggener was told the man could not swim and was not wearing a life jacket.



The fisherman fell from this boat

James Arrington, a Terry resident, was the first person on the scene.  He was traveling down river when he noticed a woman waving her arms trying to get his attention.  He stopped and motored to her location, she explained what happened and Mr. Arrington began searching the area.  He noticed the end of a fishing rod sticking up and retrieved it, then a hat surfaced near the rod.

Another fisherman stopped to help but they agreed to go back to the boat launch for help. They got to the docks just as rescue teams from the Lake Harbor and Reservoir Fire Departments were arriving.   

The rescue teams were led to the area where divers entered the water and began searching.   

Shortly after 4pm the search was called off.  The searchers assembled at the boat launch and exchanged information - they will resume the operation at 7AM Sunday morning.  



The Reservoir Patrol issued the following press release Saturday evening.

A man was reported missing to the Reservoir Patrol this afternoon after falling from his boat. Christopher Scott Ingraham, 50, of Vicksburg, Mississippi was fishing with his wife in the Pearl River approximately 2 miles North of Highway 43 when the incident occurred. Officers from the Reservoir Patrol & Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks as well as Rescue Personnel from Lake Harbor Fire Department responded to the call at 12:44 PM. Divers from The Reservoir Fire Department & Rankin Emergency Operations Center worked until dark before operations were suspended for the day.

“Divers were hampered by the water temperature limiting their effective time in the river.” stated Perry Waggener, Reservoir Patrol Chief. “When we resume operations tomorrow morning the Pearl, Madison & Ridgeland Fire Departments will have divers on hand to assist Reservoir Divers by frequently rotating fresh personnel in the water. Additionally, personnel from the Langford Fire Department will be supporting the operation with specialized equipment. American Medical Response and Madison County Emergency Operations Personnel will also be at the scene.”

Emergency Personnel will resume the search at 7 AM tomorrow.


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PRVWSD Meeting

Location: PRVWSD main office at 115 Madison Landing Circle in Ridgeland.
The meeting is open to the public.


AGENDA
SHORELINE DEVELOPMENT AND 
ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY COMMITTEE
Held on Monday
November 14, 2011 1:00 P.M.

Old Business:

1. Status Report on Property Maintenance Code
    D. Mitchell


New Business:

1. Consideration of lease extension of Reservoir
    Square Shopping Center – John Sigman

2. Approval of final plat for Arbor Landing - Greg Burgess

3. Update on Burns Cooley Dennis Preliminary 
    Geotechnical Design – Greg Burgess

4. Discussion of proposal Overlay District
    John Sigman

5. Report of patrol activities in the parks
    Perry Waggener