Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Shop Small

Saturday, November 24, 2012, is Shop Small Business Saturday.  I'd take it one step further and call it Shop Small Locally Owned Business Saturday.

Important News re the Reservoir Community District

Below is an email sent from Homer Burns, President of the Federation of Reservoir Homeowners, addressed to all area homeowners, and concerning the Reservoir Community District:

Dear Reservoir Homeowners,

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Operation P.R.O.P. Benefit Christmas Gala

Century 21 -- Maselle & Associates is sponsoring a Christmas Gala to benefit Operation P.R.O.P. (one of Jim's earlier posts on Operation P.R.O.P. can be found here).  The Gala will take place on December 7, 2012, at Plantation Commons in Madison, Mississippi.  Strung Like a Horse will provide the musical entertainment.  I have it on good authority Santa will arrive at 6:00 p.m., with dinner being served at 8:00 p.m.  Grant Nooe of Grant's Kitchen is sponsoring the meal.  There will be a salute to wounded soldiers, and a silent auction.  Also, renowned speaker, Jessica Cox (who has an incredible story if you'll just check out her website), and local media personality, Linda Allen Ley, will be there as special guest speakers.  The attire is formal per Santa's request.  $50 a seat, and it will be worth every penny.  

RSVP no later than November 26, by emailing Melinda Hutzel at, or call 601.718.4029.

The official webpage for this event can be found here.

Local Legislator Resigns

Yesterday, State Legislator Kevin McGee tendered his resignation as a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives.  McGee represented District 59, which encompasses the Reservoir area of Rankin County, since 2008.  Pursuant to the Clarion Ledger's article, linked here, Governor Bryant will set a special election to fill the vacated seat.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Christmas on Ice

The highly anticipated (especially by my children) Christmas on Ice opens Saturday at the Madison Campus of Baptist Medical Center, at the corner of Highland Colony Parkway and Highway 463.  There will be an ice skating rink, a 125 foot long "ice slide", a 32 foot tall musical Christmas Tree, and a Christmas Story Trail, among other attractions.  In addition, Trustmark is sponsoring a stage for free, nightly concerts.

There is a cost of $15 per person that applies to the skating rink and ice slide only.  All other attractions are free, including the concerts.  The $15 buys you a daily pass and includes skate rental, but not ear muffs.  Check out this page for information on coupons.  

Christmas on Ice is open daily (Noon to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday) and runs through January 6, 2013.  Apparently, the only day it will be closed is December 18, 2012.  

The Clarion Ledger story (found here) on this indicates there have already been 200 birthday parties booked for the venue, along with 40 concerts.  

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Local, Creative Talent on Display

A local group of home school students is putting on a play to raise funds for area families to adopt.  The play is an adaptation of Lucy M. Montgomery's beloved children's tale, Anne of Green Gables.  The play will be performed on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 15-17, at 6 p.m. in the Kid's Life Theater at Word of Life Church, 5401 Lakeland Drive, Flowood.  Local resident, Mrs. Kim Lepone, wrote and is directing this adaptation.  

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.  As indicated, and all proceeds go to help defray the cost for five area families to adopt children, both domestic and international. Contact Kim Lepone at or 601-454-1643 for tickets.

It's a worthy cause.  I imagine these kids worked hard on this.   

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Local Teacher Wins $25,000 Award

Reservoir resident, and Brandon native, Sabrina Morgan, is this year's Mississippi winner of the Milken Education Award.  Sabrina is a first grade teacher at Pearl Lower Elementary.  This award resulted from Sabrina's work in setting up a program challenging students at the elementary school to read 10,000 books in a month.  The honor comes with an unrestricted check for $25,000.  

The Milken Education Award is a national program, described by Teacher Magazine as "the Oscars of Teaching."  The award is funded and presented by the Milken Family Foundation who, to date, has given over $63 million in awards to teachers who go above and beyond.  It's sort of a big deal.  

Read the Clarion Ledger's write up here.  Video of the surprise announcement can be found there, or at the Milken Family Foundation website.  Great stuff!

Lakeland Drive Shut Down Near River

Downed power lines caused authorities to shut down both lanes of traffic on Lakeland Drive the Pearl River Bridge earlier this morning.  The cause was apparently a power pole that snapped around 2 a.m.  As of 7 a.m., authorities opened up Lakeland Drive for rush hour traffic.  However, Lakeland will again shut down at 9 a.m. for further work.

A look at the MS Department of Transportation's traffic cams indicates that as of 7:17 a.m., traffic is moving smoothly.  Take a look at the camera yourself here.

See the Clarion Ledger write up here.

And, some more bad news.  Due to an accident at the Airport Road exit, all traffic eastbound on Interstate 20 is shut down until approximately 9:30 a.m.  It is a parking lot out there.  Therefore, if you must access I-20 from Rankin County, do it in Pearl.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Langford Volunteer Fire Department Fundraiser

The Langford Volunteer Fire Department at 1771 Highway 471, Brandon, MS 39047, is selling "Legendary Langford Style Boston Butts" to raise funds for its important work.  These butts are only $25 for an 8 pounder.  Pre-order by calling Kim Baker at 601.201.5171, or Raymond Spratley at 601.238.0647.  Pick up will be December 8, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., at the fire station.  

Run Off Election November 27

Rankin County will hold a run-off election on November 27 for District 1 and 2 Election Commissioner.  The run-off is necessary insofar as no candidate received a majority of the votes.  

District 1 represents Southwest Rankin County (all West of Highway 49, plus the Cities of Richland and Florence).  In the general election, Kenneth "Kenn" Munn led Kelly Goff Wedgeworth 4,115 votes to 3,284 votes.  

District 2 represents the Reservoir (nearly all residential property North of Lakeland Drive).  In the general election, Thomas E. Yates led Leslie Foshee Lewis 5,396 to 4,826 votes.  

Election Commissioners share the same districts as Supervisors.  A map of the Supervisors' Districts can be found here.  Check the map to see if you are affected by the run-off election.  Keep in mind, the late November date may be a time for vacationing or visiting out of town family.  If so, remember to vote absentee before you leave town.  

Friday, November 9, 2012

Public Notice re Pipeline Across Rez

I note the PRV just issued a Public Notice regarding Denbury Onshore, LLC's, pipeline construction across a portion of the Reservoir.  The location is approximately 1.5 miles South of Highway 43.  The construction will begin on Monday of next week (the 12th of November), and is scheduled to terminate by the end of the year.  Once the construction reaches the present channel, an alternate channel will be made so that boat access can continue.  

Here is a link to the only online copy of the Public Notice I can find at this time.  It is from the PRV's Facebook page.  A map of the actual location of the pipeline can also be viewed there.  Once the PRV updates its website with the Public Notice, I will provide that alternate link.  

Chili Cook Off Coming Up!

As a member of the Flowood Rotary Club, this one hits close to home.  On Thursday, December 6, 2012, the City of Flowood will hold its annual Grand Lighting of the Christmas Lights at Winner's Circle Park.  The lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m.

In addition to the the activities, festivities, and nativities, the City of Flowood, the Flowood Chamber of Commerce, and the Flowood Rotary Club will be hosting a Chili Cook Off, benefiting the charities sponsored by the Rotary Club.  There is no entry fee; anybody with an awesome chili recipe is encouraged to form a team to compete.  Set up begins at noon at the park.  Judging takes place at 5:00 p.m.

Contact the Flowood Chamber of Commerce at 601.932.8007 to enter your team in the cook-off.  

Rotary International, among other things, is at the forefront of eradicating polio throughout the world.  The local Club meets every Tuesday at noon at Table 100.  We are passing out dictionaries to local third graders, we are raising funds for the Salvation Army, we are rolling up our sleeves in the community.  All those motivated by serving others are encouraged to join us.  Take part in an organization that means something.  

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Harvest Festival at the Ag Museum

One of the goals of The Rez News is to inform our reader(s) of interesting and enjoyable events happening in or near the Rez community.  I will tell you of recreational opportunities provided by the City of Flowood, the Museum of Natural Science, the Jackson Zoo, the Children's Museum, the PRV, etc.  We ought to take advantage of local, cultural offerings; it's good to get out and do something.  I hope you don't mind.

One of the events happening in our area is the Harvest Festival put on by the Mississippi Ag & Forestry Museum.  It is running now through November 10, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., and has quite a bit to offer.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

America Recycles Day at the Rez

Hopefully you are familiar with the organization called Keep the Rez Beautiful.  It's webpage can be found here.  I encourage all my readers to visit the webpage and learn more about this volunteer organization.

On Saturday, November 17, 2012, Keep the Rez Beautiful, along with Advantage Recycling, the PRVWSD, Waste Management, Rankin County, and Keep Mississippi Beautiful, are sponsoring America Recycles Day @ the Rez.

Election Results

By 11:00 p.m. last night, the Rankin County Election Commission had counted 52 of 53 precincts, or 98.11% of the vote.  Oakdale, with 3,172 registered voters, was the one precinct that had not been counted.  All of the below numbers are subject to these unofficial results, and Oakdale's uncounted votes.

So far, voters turned in a total of 56,804 ballots.  Not surprisingly, the Romney/Ryan ticket carried Rankin County with 75.04% of the Presidential vote.  Surprisingly, the Green Party's offering of Stein/Honkala actually garnered 85 votes.

In the Senate, Roger Wicker received a higher percentage of the vote in Rankin County than Romney/Ryan (by 1.5%).

Fellow Rankin Countian, Gregg Harper, scared off all but a Reform party opponent in his Congressional Race.  As a result, he coasted to victory with over 88% of the vote.

Rankin County voters also made certain their ideology transferred to the Mississippi Supreme Court.  There, we gave Bill Waller 76.76% of the vote.

More local results after the jump.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


I just returned from voting at the Grant's Ferry Precinct (St. Mark's Methodist Church).  Good turnout so far.  Here is a tip that likely applies no matter the precinct:  Don't just walk up and stand in line.  Investigate whether there are different lines depending on last name.  For example, the line out the door at St. Mark's was solely for M-Ps.  Folks walking up would automatically assume the line was for all voters.  However, the lines for A-G, H-L and Q-Z were short, and completely inside the building.  Someone with the last name of Adams could vote fairly quickly.  Odom, on the other hand . . . .

Voting is such a negligible obligation for the benefit of living in this great country.  I'm thankful every day for our freedom, which includes the right to elect our leaders.

Remember to thank the poll workers.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Table 100 Wine & Cooking School

Table 100 continues their Wine and Cooking School program on Wednesday, November 7, 2012.  See link here.  Anyone who has been to their earlier offerings care to share about the experience?

Friday, November 2, 2012

All Points Bulletin for Kathryn Barkett Byrd

The following is a repost from a Flowood Chamber of Commerce email to all members.  Kathryn Barkett Byrd is a former Miss Flowood, and the daughter of Dr. Linda Barkett, a Dentist in Flowood.  The email, authored by her employer, Tempstaff, Inc., is as follows:

We need your help!  Kathryn Byrd is a TempStaff Staffing Supervisor in our Jackson Office Support Division.  She was recently diagnosed with e.Coli and she has started to go into kidney failure.

Katherine is in desperate need of plasma in order to do her next treatment.....and they need do it today! The plasma does have to be a match of O+, O or AB+.

She is also in need of whole blood.  You do not have to be a match for her blood, she will still get credit if you give.

Please visit your local Mississippi Blood Services location to donate.  If you are unable to donate today, please donate as soon as possible.



Rankin County Elections (Sample Ballot Included)

Tuesday, November 6 is election day.  In addition to voting for President, Senator, Congressman, and Mississippi Supreme Court Justice, there are a couple of elections that effect just those of us in the Reservoir District, to wit:

Election Commissioner (District 2):  Thomas E. Yates, III, is the incumbent.  He is challenged by Sharon Berry and Leslie Foshee Lewis.

School Board (District 4):  Ann M. Sturdivant is the incumbent.  She is challenged by Jeffrey Payne and James Roberts.

A sample ballot for Rankin County can be found here.

Please vote.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Keeping Us Safe During Halloween

Here is a good story on the men and women in uniform keeping our streets safe.  May we never take for granted the benefits of living in such a low crime area.  Beginning at 5 p.m., and at least three times thereafter, Rankin County deputies slowly patrolled my neighborhood's (Millcreek) streets.  I was grateful each time I saw their lights.  I thought it was a cool idea for WJTV to hitch a ride.

The pelicans are back

WLBT reported last night the white Pelicans are back in this video.

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