Wednesday, August 22, 2012

NWRHS Grand Opening For S.T.A.R.T Center



Northwest Rankin High receives $20,000 grant for student and community career center

Grand Opening scheduled for Monday, August 27, 4-6 p.m., NWR High Library


Brandon, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education has awarded Northwest Rankin High School (NWR) with a $20,000 grant for Mississippi’s first S.T.A.R.T. Center – Student, Teacher, and Adult Research and Technology Center.

The public is invited to a grand opening on Monday, August 27, 4-6 p.m. at NWR’s Library. Attendees can tour the Center and try out new research databases as well as enjoy refreshments and a chance to win door prizes.

The S.T.A.R.T. Center expands the traditional high school college and career center and makes those services available to the local community. NWR’s Library and Media Center will be open daily during school hours, extended hours every other Tuesday evening, and upon special request. Patrons will have access to online courses, research and information on job preparation, test preparation, literacy skill development, and other services.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Rankin School Board Meets Wednesday



Agenda of Special Called Meeting
The Board of Education
Rankin County School District

A Special Called meeting of the Board of Education of Rankin County School District will be held August 22, 2012, beginning at 7:30 AM at Board Room, 1220 Apple Park Place, Brandon.

The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are as listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the order shown on this meeting notice.

Unless removed from the consent agenda and placed under discussion / action, items identified within consent agenda will be acted on at one time with no discussion.


1.  ROLL CALL AND ESTABLISHMENT OF A QUORUM
2.  COMMUNICATIONS TO THE BOARD
3.  CONSENT AGENDA
    A. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES
    B. STUDENT TRANSFER REQUESTS
    C. FIELD TRIP PERMISSION REQUEST
    D. BUS TURN AROUNDS
    E. EXPENSE AND REVENUE REPORTS - JULY, 2012
    F. INTERFUND LOANS AT JUNE 30, 2012
    G. SINGLE SOURCE ITEMS
    H. SIXTEENTH SECTION - BID AWARD - HUNTING AND
       FISHING LEASE - 16-4-2
    I. SIXTEENTH SECTION - H & F LEASE 16-4-3
       - SUPERIOR STILL HUNTING     CLUB
    J. SIXTEENTH SECTION - H & F LEASE 16-6-5
       - DAVIS
    K. SIXTEENTH SECTION - FARM/RES LEASEHOLD
       - 16-7-5 - MCLAURIN
    L. SIXTEENTH SECTION - COM LEASEHOLD - 16-5-3
       - BEVGAR STORAGE, LLC
    M. SIXTEENTH SECTION - UTILITY RIGHT OF WAY
       - 16-4-3 - SOUTHERN PINE    ELECTRIC
    N. MISCELLANEOUS CONTRACTS
4.  PERMISSION TO PURCHASE HANDHELD SCANNERS
5.  BID AWARD - SERVICE VEHICLES
6.  EMERGENCY REPAIRS - RICHLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
7.  PERMISSION TO ADVERTISE REAPPRAISAL NOTICE
8.  PERSONNEL CHANGE REQUEST
9.  ADJOURNMENT OF THE BOARD


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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Waterspout Over Rez Sunday Afternoon

Residents from Paradise Point sent us some great photos of a waterspout that occured around 7pm Sunday evening.  The view is from Paradise Point looking northward toward Northshore Parkway.

Click photos to enlarge.

The water tower at the right of the waterspout is loacated
at the Reservoir Fire Station on Northshore Parkway.









photo submitted by reader in Woodlake

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

FBI Warns Of New Internet Virus

NEWS FROM THE FBI


There is a new “drive-by” virus on the Internet, and it often carries a fake message—and fine—purportedly from the FBI.

Known as Reveton ransomware, it’s described as drive-by malware because unlike many viruses—which activate when users open a file or attachment—this one can install itself when users simply click on a compromised website. Once infected, the victim’s computer immediately locks, and the monitor displays a screen stating there has been a violation of federal law.

Read more at the FBI website HERE

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

TRN Blog Update

The Rez News blog author is having a few health problems (writing this post from a St. D. hospital room).

So the postings will be on a reduced schedule but - we hope back on be back to normal soon.  

Thank you all for your kind words and loyal participation in the blog and helping our reservoir community stay informed of the many things that are important to us all. 



TRN

Monday, August 6, 2012

Rankin County School Board Meets This Week

The Rankin County School Board will meet in Regular Session on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. in the Board room of the Administration Building, 1220 Apple Park Place, Brandon, MS.

The agenda is attached.

Thanks,
Frankie Boone
Administrative Assistant to
Superintendent, Dr. Lynn Weathersby
Rankin County School District
1220 Apple Park Place
Brandon, MS 39042
(601) 825-5590, ext. 203

The mission of the Rankin County School District is to prepare every student with the cognitive and social skills necessary to be productive members of an ever-changing global society.

This email and any attachments to it may be confidential and are intended solely for the use of the individual to whom it is addressed. If you are not the intended recipient of this email, you must neither take any action based upon its contents, nor copy or show it to anyone. Please contact the sender if you believe you have received this email in error.

Copy of agenda HERE.

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Popular Dove Hunting Program Begins August 6th


News From The Mississippi Department
Of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks

Private Land Dove Field Permits Available August 6

Jackson – Hunting permits for Private Land Dove Fields will be available for purchase beginning at 8:00 a.m. on August 6, 2012. The Private Land Dove Field Program is a popular program in which MDWFP biologists work with private landowners to prepare fields and manage public access on private lands.

In 2012, these private fields will be located in Alcorn, Tate, Madison, Kemper, Jones, and Lincoln Counties. These fields were planted to a variety of crops favored by doves, including sunflowers, millet, and corn. Permits allow hunters to hunt three days per week (Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday) during the first two dove seasons. These permits provide an excellent opportunity to introduce youth to hunting, as each permit allows up to two youth to hunt with an adult hunter at no additional cost.

To ensure safety and hunt quality, only a limited number of permits are available for each field. “It is the MDWFP’s goal to provide a safe, quality hunt for Mississippi’s dove hunters. Since these hunts are administered by MDWFP, hunters can rest assured that fields have been prepared properly.” states Scott Baker, Dove Field Program Leader.

Specific information on each field including maps, size of the field, type of crop planted, number of available permits, and cost may be found at www.mdwfp.com/wildlife-hunting/dove-program.

For more information regarding dove hunting in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com/wildlife-hunting or call at 601-432-2199.

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

MDWFP Offers Great Hunting on WMAs

NEWS FROM THE MISSISSIPPI 
DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE 
FISHERIES AND PARKS

Deer, Early Teal, and Rabbit Hunting Applications Available August 1st

JACKSON – Beginning August 1st, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks began accepting draw permit applications for early season teal and deer hunting on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). Applicants must apply online at www.mdwfp.com from August 1 – 31. There will be a charge of $5 for each permit application. Permitted early season teal hunts will be available at Howard Miller and Muscadine Farms WMAs. Permitted rabbit hunts will be available at Nanih Waiya WMA.

Permitted deer hunts are available for at Natchez State Park, Black Prairie, Charles Ray Nix, Hell Creek, Mahannah, Sardis Waterfowl, Sky Lake, Twin Oaks, Trim Cane, and Yockanookany WMAs. Youth and handicapped hunting opportunities are available at Sardis Waterfowl and Trim Cane WMAs. Applicants for youth deer hunts at Sardis Waterfowl WMA must be 15 years of age or younger. Applicants for deer hunts at Trim Cane WMA must have a physical condition which makes them fully dependent on a wheelchair for mobility or be 15 years of age or younger.

For more information regarding Wildlife Management Areas in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com/wma or call MDWFP at 601-432-2199.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Rankin Schools Morn Loss of Long Time Educator

News From The Rankin 
County School District




STATEMENT FROM RANKIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 
SUPERINTENDENT DR. LYNN WEATHERSBY


"Our entire Rankin County School District family is deeply saddened at the passing of Assistant Superintendent Matthew Evans. He passed away yesterday evening playing basketball.

He was a valued member of our RCSD family for 31 years where he provided outstanding leadership to multiple programs and schools within our district. He was a well-respected educator and we will all miss him.
Matthew Evans


Matthew was a lifelong resident of Rankin County and a graduate of Pisgah High School and Mississippi College where he was an outstanding athlete. He was a devoted husband, father and brother and our thoughts and prayers are with his family: his wife, Lois, and three children."



Additional information:
  • Graduate of Pisgah High School and Mississippi College
  • 55 years of age
  • RCSD Assistant Superintendent – 16 years. Responsible for oversight of
    • Federal Program
    • Title I
    • Special Education    
    • Dropout Prevention
    • Adult Education/GED
    • Child Nutrition
    •  Supervised Puckett HS, Pisgah HS, Pelahatchie HS, The Learning Center, McLaurin HS, Richland HS, and Richland Upper Elementary School
  • Outstanding Athlete
    • Played Varsity basketball at Mississippi College, at that time an NCAA Division II school, under Coach Doug Hines
    • Member of MC’s M-Club 

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Florida Fugitive Arrested After Manhunt

Stefan Tyron Bibb, 27
3005 East Gonzales Street
Pensacola, FL 32503
News From The Rankin
County Sheriff's Department

On Thursday August 2nd at approximately 3:30 pm Rankin County Deputy Rebecca Goldman made contact with a stolen silver Chrysler passenger car on Shiloh Road just outside the Brandon city limits.

Deputy Goldman attempted to stop the vehicle near the intersection of Shiloh road and Deer Ridge Road. The driver attempted to evade the deputy and fled south on Deer Ridge Road which is a dead end road. When the suspect made it to the end of the Deer Ridge Road it crashed through a metal gate and then through a barbed wire fence.

The vehicle continued to flee into a field where it crashed into a gully. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Stefan Tyron Bibb, exited the vehicle and fled on foot. A female and two other young adult males were apprehended at the vehicle.

Several law enforcement agencies responded to assist the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office with the hunt for Bibb. The Mississippi Highway Patrol, Brandon Police Department, Flowood Police Department, Pearl Police Department, Richland Police Department, U.S. Marshal’s Task Force, Pelahatchie Police Department along with Metro One Helicopter all responded and assisted in setting up a perimeter and searching for the suspect.

Manhunt Underway In Rankin County ***Updated***

UPDATED:
The suspect was captured shortly after 7am Friday morning walking along Shiloh Road.



WLBT reports on manhunt in Rankin County.


Link to WLBT article

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Rankin Schools Launch Scholarship Resource

News From The Rankin 
County School District

Rankin County School District launches scholarship page for parents and students

Brandon, MS--- Preparing for college can be overwhelming mentally, emotionally and financially. To assist parents and students with this, the Rankin County School District (RCSD) launched a college preparation and scholarship page on the RCSD website to help them with information and financial support. The website has information on various types of financial assistance, college preparation, information on state and out-of-state colleges and universities and the United States Military.

“The scholarship page isn’t just for high school students—it’s for everyone. Even the parents of our youngest students can begin to discover the wide variety of scholarships are available to help with the expenses of college,” said RCSD Superintendent Dr. Lynn Weathersby.

The website lists a variety of scholarships such as academic, athletic, national, state and local, the arts and minority scholarships. Although the scholarship opportunities listed are not exhaustive, it does provide a starting point for scholarship search.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Rez Firefighters Planning 9/11 Tribute


News From The
Reservoir Fire Department


Some of you may remember that several local Fire Departments and civilians groups met at Reservoir Fire Station 1 (on Sept. 11, 2011) to set out on a 9/11 Memorial Run/Walk, we began at Station 1 (on Spillway Road) and worked our way around the Pelahatchie Bay area for a total of 11 miles!

Almost all of the Firefighters completed this tremendous feat in their bunker gear and carrying American Flags - all to show their support for our GREAT Nation!

This was WELL received in the community and turned out to be a Chill Bump raising event - tons of people have asked us to do it again.

So, we will.

This year on 9/9/12 (Sunday) we are going to be putting on the same run/walk along with an event to remember at Lakeshore Park - events at the Park will begin at 1pm.

There will be a kids fun run around the park along with face painting, inflatable jumpies , food, sno cones, a band playing and much much more! We are looking for a great turnout and we would love to get as many Firefighters and civilians to come out and join us as possible! We would love to have you run with us, but if you would rather just come out to the event or stand along the run route and wave a flag that would be awesome too!!

If you want to run/walk but really aren’t sure about running the full 11 miles please come join us for whatever distance you want to run/walk. There is no charge for coming to hang out at the event in Lakeshore Park, the run/walk has a registration fee of $25 and the kids run is $10, you will receive a really cool shirt and goodie bag if you register to run.

All the proceeds from this are going directly to the building fund for the Joseph M Still Burn Center Lodge. Please know that you may join in anywhere along the route and run/walk and all that is required is an American Flag - no need to pay if you don’t want the shirt or goodie bag

Please help us spread the word.  Below is a link to a video that Shannon Sandridge put together for us from the run/walk last year, please take a moment to view it and tell your friends.

Look forward to seeing you there and ..DON’T FORGET TO BRING A FLAG!!!!!!!

Video from last year's event
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LYKHuAqwsg

Questions or need more info?  Contact the station at 601-992-2657
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Thanks,

Josh Swales
Deputy Fire Chief
Reservoir Fire Department
2232 Spillway Road
Brandon, MS 39047
601-992-2657
josh.swales@reservoirfire.com

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Gov. Bryant At Neshoba County Fair


Governor Phil Bryant 
to Address Fairgoers



JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant will outline his vision for a Path Forward for Mississippi when he speaks at the annual Neshoba County Fair on Thursday at 10:50 am in Founders Square, Philadelphia, Miss.

Gov. Bryant will discuss his first seven months in office since being elected Mississippi’s 64th governor, his Mississippi Works initiatives, economic development improvements and other agenda items.

What: Gov. Phil Bryant to give remarks at Neshoba County Fair

When: Thursday, August 2 at 10:50 a.m.

Where: Founders Square, Neshoba County Fair, Philadelphia, Miss.

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Rankin School Board Votes To Settle With Pearl

In a hastily called meeting yesterday, the Rankin County School Board voted to settle a lawsuit between Rankin County Schools and the Pearl Public School District.

The lawsuit, filed by Pearl last year, attempted to change the status of land belonging to the RCSD but within the Pearl City Limits.  The land in question was along the El Dorado Road area and the Patrick Farms subdivisions.

The Rankin School board voted 3 to 1 to agree to the settlement.  Those voting for the settlement:  Cecil McCrory, Grumpy Farmer and Ruth Burgess.  Voting against the settlement was Ann Sturdivant - board member Debbie Tolleson was out of town but had previously voted against the settlement.

Highlights of the settlement:

  • Children living in the annexed area who made choices in previous agreements will be allowed to complete their education in the school of their choice
  • Children living in the annexed will have 1 year from the date of settlement to choose what school district they wish to attend.  
  • After the one year selection option expires all new children moving to the area or those who did not make a choice will be required to attend Pearl Public Schools. 
  • Neither Pearl or the Rankin School District will file any legal action seeking to change the agreement for a period of 12 years. 
  • Rankin County School District will continue to collect the ad valorem tax and pay Pearl a fee for each student in the settlement area that attends Pearl Schools. 
The agreement will have to go before a U.S. District Court and the U.S. Department of Justice before it becomes final.

Copy of the legal documents here:

Consent Order For The Enlargement Of Pearl Attendance Zone

Joint Motion For Approval and Entry Of Consent Order For Enlargement
of Pearl Attendance Zone

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McEwen Receives Award

Northwest Rankin
Middle School Principal
Jacob McEwen

News From The Rankin County
School District


Jacob McEwen named 
Third Congressional  District 
2012 Administrator of the Year


Brandon, MS – Jacob McEwen, principal at Northwest Rankin Middle School, has been named the Third Congressional District 2012 Administrator of the Year by the Mississippi Department of Education.

He has over 26 years of educational leadership and has been employed by Rankin County School District (RCSD) since 1997. He first started at RCSD as an assistant principal at Northwest Rankin High School.

As the principal of Northwest Rankin Middle, McEwen inspires and motivates his teachers and students to succeed. He recognizes the uniqueness of the individual student and challenges them to become lifelong learners.

“I have watched him grow and develop into an accomplished and effective leader,” said RCSD Superintendent Dr. Lynn Weathersby. “As principal of Northwest Rankin Middle he has developed partnerships between the parents and the community that encourage students to succeed.”

He and his wife Sandra are the parents of two children.

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