Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bald Eagle at the Rez

The symbol of our great Nation was recently photographed surveying his domain at a secluded spot on the main lake.  Many thanks to Hays Collins for providing this photo.  

Conservation Celebration

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is celebrating 80 years of Conservation this weekend.  On November 3, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science is admission free between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.  In addition to the awesome Dinosaur exhibit, they will have laser shooting, a zip line, creature features, archery, face painting, etc.  

Weinermobile coming to Rankin County Today

Come visit the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile at Brandon's local Kroger and get your limited edition Wiener Whistle while supplies last!

Monday, October 29, 2012


Apparently the surge brought in some unwanted pets up in New Jersey:

New Grocery Store Coming to the Rez

Anyone driving down Spillway Road has likely noticed new activity in the Reservoir Square Shopping Center on Spillway Road.  Look for a Ramey's Marketplace brand grocery store to fill the Old Jitney Jungle/Winn-Dixie location.  See one of Jim's old post's on this location here.

Laurel Park Apartment Fire

Sunday evening, a portion of the Laurel Park Apartments, located across Lakeland Drive from Lowe's Home Improvement Store, went up in flames.  Quoting from the write-up on wlbt.com, "[w]itnesses say they heard a boom, then saw smoke and flames coming from the attic [of Building 37]".  Depending on which news outlet you use, either seven or eight families' units were destroyed.

Clarion Ledger's write-up can be found here.

Photo was taken by Lashetta Wilder and can be found at wlbt.com.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Crechale's is Coming!

WLBT posted on its website that Crechale's Restaurant, a staple of the City of Jackson for 42 years, will soon be moving operations to Flowood!  See link here.  I remember my grandparents introducing me to Crechale's when I was little.  I'd sit quietly while they and their friends would enjoy fellowship around a good meal.  I enjoyed the atmosphere, and the taste of those onion rings stayed with me for a long time.  When I returned to the Jackson area after graduating college, I was pleased to see that little changed, either in atmosphere or quality of food.  Another good pick-up by the City of Flowood and, apparently, a corollary benefit of Puckett Machinery moving out of Jackson.  Thoughts?

Area Halloween Happenings

- Haunted House.  Lake Harbor Fire Department is having a haunted house this Friday and Saturday.  The frights begin at dark and stop when the last body leaves.  Admission is $5 a person, and there will be a concession stand available in case you lose your supper.  Take the Goshen Springs or Sandhill Exit from Lakeland Drive/Hwy 25, and follow the signs.  Click the link for more details.

- Dark Zone Haunted House.  This weekend, the Exchange Club of Crossgates hosts Dark Zone behind Rogers Dabbs Chevrolet.  Park at the soccer fields and a haunted hay ride will guide you to the fun.  $8 admission this weekend.  They also have light concessions.  I hear folks are dying to go.  Click the link for more details.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

City of Flowood's Kids Night Out

On the evening of Wednesday, October 31, 2012, the City of Flowood is sponsoring Kid's Night Out at Liberty Park, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Liberty Park is located behind the Flowood YMCA on Liberty Road.  There will be a petting zoo, there will be plenty of space jumps, there will be carnival games, and, yes, there will be candy!  Come in your favorite costume, bring your kids.  If you don't have kids, borrow some.  The best part about it is it's free.  MISS 103 will provide music; the Northwest Rankin Art Department will provide face painting, and there will be a ton of other activities going on.  Chick-Fil-A, McLaurin High School Key Club, Hungry Howie's, Flowood Kiwanis, Liberty Baptist Church, Flowood Baptist Church, Crown Trophies, are more are all helping provide this activity for area families.  There's plenty of parking.  Everyone's welcome, just be careful to watch for miniature ghosts, super heroes, and princesses.  Contact the Flowood Parks and Recreation Department if you have any questions.  601.992.4440.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Northwest Rankin Baseball Smoke Off

Start preparing your Thanksgiving table now by ordering a Boston Butt ($30; 7-8 lbs), Turkey ($35; 10-12 lbs), or Ham ($40; 8 lbs) from the NW Rankin Baseball Team.  Call Coach McClaskey at 601.992.2236, or talk to a player, to order.  You can pick up your order on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. by the athletic fields behind NW Rankin High School.  Delivery can be arranged for orders over $250.

Spillway Road at the Rez: Making the Rez Beautiful

The Rez News is back! And for starters, we wanted to share some positive news out here at the Rez in honor of our friend, Jim McDowell In short, we've all missed Jim and his tenacity for getting things done and for his leadership in our community. Jim would have loved to see this! His committment to the Reservoir Community was unwavering. This past weekend a number of people were out and about enjoying the unusually warm October weekend and making some improvements to the new park area along Spillway road (see map below for the area).

September crime reports for PRVWSD

Monday, October 22, 2012

State Champions

Congratulations to the Lady Cougars of Northwest Rankin High School for earning the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A Championship for Slow Pitch Softball!  On Saturday, October 20, 2012, the Lady Cougars defeated Grenada High School 17-3 and 2-0, sweeping a best-of-three series.  The games were played at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland, Mississippi, and showcased the Lady Cougars' offensive, and defensive, skills.  Great job, Cougars!  If you know one of the girls on the team, let them know how proud you are of them for this accomplishment.

Photo courtesy of Laurie Johnson.

Rankin School Board meets Wednesday

The Rankin County School Board will meet in Special Session on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. in the library at Brandon High School, 3090 Hwy. 18, Brandon, MS.

 The agenda is attached below.

We're back.

The Rez News is back. Jim McDowell was a good friend of mine and I know how much his blog and the Reservoir meant to him. He was a one-man archive of all things Ross Barnett Reservoir. It seemed a shame to see his work go away when he unexpectedly left us a few week ago. Jim was loved and well-respected by many. This blog was his baby and it deserves a better fate than to disappear into internet never-never land.

 His son and I are now operating TRN. Jim told me more than once Jackson Jambalaya inspired him to start his blog. He always thought the people who lived around the Rez were not properly represented and had no voice. If there was one thing he believed in, it was in helping his neighbors have more of a say in how they are governed than they do now. Jim later started posting more news about Rankin County but the Rez above all is what mattered most to him. We are going to keep the blog going in the same vein as Jim did: a source of info and dialogue for those who live around the Rez.

 A group of us will be contributing authors. Senator Josh Harkins will keep us updated on all things legislature. I'll keep posting the crime reports, PRVWSD minutes, and other relevant information. Kaptain Kangaroo is a Rez Rat and will contribute as well. There are some others who have agreed to contribute on a regular basis. Feel free to submit your photos, suggestions, and tidbits as we move along. If there is a bake sale on Spillway or something happening on the Ridgeland side, even a lost dog, tell us about it. Feel free to email me at kingfish1935@gmail.com. This blog is going to be a team effort so any offers to join the team are welcome.