Tuesday, April 30, 2013

National Day of Prayer, May 2; Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 2, 2013.  The City of Flowood will recognize this day at noon at the G. Chastaine Flynt Library in Flowood.  The theme is "Pray for America" 'In His name the nations will put their hope' Matthew 12:21".

Mayor Gary Rhoads will host his Prayer Breakfast at 7:45 a.m., on Friday, May 10, 2013, at Northwest Rankin High School.  Tickets are $5.  Fresh Cut catered last year.  Hopefully, they are doing the same this year.

Speaking of Fresh Cut Catering, they are having an open house today from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.  They are located at 108 Cypress Cove in Flowood (behind Jimmy Lyle's Carpeting).

Alcohol sales at the Reservoir

Many bills were introduced in the Legislature this past session affecting the Reservoir.  Most of the attention focused on either the Overlay or providing municipal powers to the District.  One bill that stayed under the table, for the most part, would have provided "resort status" to the Rankin County side of the PRVWSD.  "Resort status" does not mean cabanas, water slides, and spa treatments.  Rather, in terms used by the Mississippi Legislature, resort status means alcohol sales, specifically liquor.  If you haven't notices, liquor sales are absinthe from Reservoir-area restaurants.

Certain pockets in Rankin County have resort status, Flowood being one.  If you ask the owner of Cerami's, he credits Flowood's resort status with giving his once sluggish business a shot in the arm.  As a matter of fact, Alissa Cerami stated to WLBT, "[w]e wouldn't have stuck around in this area if it wasn't for being able to serve liquor and wine."  Thus, as far as Cerami's is concerned  the proof is in the pudding.  Bob Crechale indicated liquor will be a determinable factor on where he moves his restaurant; the inference being, he prefers the Reservoir area.  Further, the City of Brandon is presently pushing for liquor sales.  Reaction from Brandon residents include both cheers, booze, and a little whining on both sides.  Detractors say the proposition is whiskey, err, I mean risky.  Proponents say Brandon is presently scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to good restaurants.  

This hot topic has been brewing for a while.  Ultimately, resort status for the Reservoir died in committee.  Bob Crechale may need to ponder a while longer where to move his restaurant.  What are your thoughts?

Monday, April 29, 2013

PRVWSD Regulations: Moor Than You Likely Need to Know

Last week we discussed the exciting world of no wake zones.  This week, we take up mooring of boats.  In common dialect, to moor means to anchor, berth, or dock.  Nautical dictionaries refer to mooring in permanent terms.

Rule 2.2 of the District Regulations covers this topic; it does not refer to mooring in permanent terms.  For boats under twenty-seven (27) feet in length, it is unlawful to moor in open waters within the Reservoir Project Area except on a temporary basis, and only with the owner or operator aboard.  "Temporary basis" is not defined, but the requirement of having the owner/operator aboard seems clear.  Rule 2.2(e) gives the District the power to remove any boat moored in violation of this rule and to recover all costs of removal.  Costs of subsequent impoundment are not mentioned, though that is likely implied.

Brandon Day(s) This Weekend

Below is some of the announcement from the City of Brandon's official webpage.  It should have all the information you need concerning Brandon Day festivities.  

Brandon Day festivities for 2013 will be May 2 – 4, 2013.
Unlike in years past when there was an admission charge to enjoy musical events on stage, this year’s performances will be FREE to the public! The City is trying to keep cost to a minimal so more visitors can enjoy the attractions of Brandon Day 2013.
  • Thursday, May 2nd- Carnival Rides, 5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. at Shiloh Park
  • Friday, May 3rd- Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, 8:00 a.m. at Shiloh Park Pavilion
  • Friday, May 3rd- Sr. Adult Hamburger Picnic, Noon, at Shiloh Park Pavilion
  • Friday, May 3rd- Family Movie- “Wreck It Ralph”, 8:00 p.m. at Shiloh Park- Families can bring their blankets and enjoy this great movie with lots of refreshments available.
  • Saturday, May 4th- 5K benefitting Brandon Fire Department, 8:00 a.m. at Shiloh Park
  • Saturday, May 4th- Talent Show, 9:00-5:00 at Shiloh Park Pavilion
  • Saturday, May 4th- Jason Miller Band, 6:45 p.m. on the big stage
  • Saturday, May 4th- Headline Entertainment Skylar Laine, 8:00 p.m. on big stage
  • Saturday, May 4th- Fireworks Show, 9:00 p.m.
Carnival Rides are Thursday from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Friday from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
For more information, please call 601.825.5021.         
We thank Crossgates River Oaks Hospital, River Oaks Hospital, and Reckitt Benckiser for sponsoring Brandon Day 2013.
3rd Annual Battle of Brandon BBQ! http://www.battleofbrandonbbq.com/    Call Greg Owen for more details:  601.278.7108.

Friday, April 26, 2013

St. Mark's Garage Sale

St. Mark's United Methodist Church's Annual Garage Sale is coming up Saturday, May 4, 2013, from 7 a.m. to noon in the Christian Life Building.  The evening before (Friday, May 3), St. Mark's holds a live auction and allows for early admission into the garage sale.  Admission to the Friday event is $5.  The special, or "big ticket" items are usually auctioned off that this event.  Mark your calenders for this fun community event.  

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Best High Schools in Mississippi (According to US News and World Report)

Using the criteria of Student/Teacher ratio, College Readiness, and proficiency in Algebra and English, U.S. News & World Report issued its opinion on the best schools in Mississippi.  Not surprisingly, there is a Rankin County School in the top 4 (ranked 2088th nationally).  What is striking is it's Pelahatchie Attendance Center.  Northwest Rankin appeared to score high -- well above average on college readiness and English proficiency, and slightly above average on algebra -- but a high student/teacher ratio appears to have kept it from a top spot.  

Without a doubt, there are far more comprehensive, and accurate, rankings available. If you search for best Mississippi high schools (or some variation thereof), you will discover any number of different rankings.  For example, this website, billing itself as the web's most useful K-12 search, states Pisgah High School is top in the State (NW Rankin #48).   

Overcrowding in the Northwest Rankin attendance zone is obvious; the recent decision to keep rising 6th graders at their respective elementary school this upcoming school year, is particularly ominous.  What other issues, if any, do you see affecting our NW Rankin Schools?  

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Mississippi Wildlife Federation's Outdoor Photography Contest

Reprinted from the web:

Youth and Adult Outdoor Photography Contest
Deadline June 1, 2013! - Enter now!
In an effort to make this contest better and more accessible to all, the Mississippi Wildlife Federation is happy to announce we are now accepting entries electronically! Please follow the instructions online to upload your photos.

Youth ages 10 – 18 and adults are invited to submit photographs for entry no later than June 1, 2013. Participants must submit entries electronically. Overall winners will be announced Sunday, August 4, 2013 during the 27th Annual Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza at the Trade Mart in Jackson.

Project Rezway Tomorrow!

Mississippi Craft Center, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Wine/Hors d'oeuvres/Silent Auction/Runway fashion show.  $25 a ticket.

The funds raised by this benefit pay for tree plantings and litter cleanups in the Reservoir area.

Project Rezway webpage.  Pictures from last year's event.  Facebook Page.

Here's the write-up:

Project Rezway is a recycle fashion show set for April 25 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Craft Center in Ridgeland. The show features apparel and accessories composed of at least 75 percent recycled materials. Keep the Rez Beautiful, a nonprofit in the Ross Barnett Reservoir area, is looking for designers to compete in the show. Designers must be 16-years-old or older. Tickets cost $25, and all money raised pays for tree plantings and litter cleanups in the Reservoir area. The event aims to raise awareness to the importance of recycling and shows how commonly discarded items can be put to use again. Major sponsors include the Rezonate! Initiative, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Kathryn's Steakhouse, The Naked Grape, Barnett Reservoir Foundation, Keep Mississippi Beautiful and Pearl River Valley Water Supply District. Interested in learning more? Contact us at keeptherezbeautiful@gmail.com.

Horizontally challenged flyer after the jump.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Gov. Bryant's Run for Health

Below is an email from the Reservoir's own, Governor Phil Bryant about a 5K run this weekend in Jackson.

For the second year in a row, Gov. Phil Bryant is urging Mississippians to join him on a run through downtown Jackson in an effort to help fight obesity in our state and help raise money for the Batson Children’s Hospital.

Gov. Phil Bryant’s 5K Run for Health will take place on Saturday, April 27. The race begins at 8 a.m. at the Mississippi Trademart in Jackson, Miss., and will wind through downtown Jackson.

PRVWSD Regulations: No Wake!

The PRVWSD Regulations contain a number of rules that carry criminal-like penalties related to use of Reservoir property.  Some have serious implications, like Rule 11.1, which prohibits registered sex offenders from utilizing District campgrounds (fine of $1,000.00 and/or 15 nights in the box).  Others are more affable, like Rule 9.1, prohibiting feeding Canada Geese (that means you, every kid who has eaten at Cock-of-the-Walk).

I will walk through a few in the upcoming weeks, focusing today on Regulations affecting No Wake Zones while boating.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Animal Health Fair This Weekend

This is a reminder about the Rankin County Animal Health Fair this weekend.  According to Sheriff Bailey, Crooked Creek Animal Hospital, Rankin County Animal Adoption Center Foundation, MSSPAN "Big Fix Clinic", and Hills Science Diet, will also be attending the Fair.  While you are there, take time to talk with the folks from Rankin County Animal Adoption Center Foundation, and learn about the services they provide.  From what Ralph Foster tells me, this is a much needed addition to Rankin County.

Langford Fire Department Boston Butt Fundraiser

Friday, April 19, 2013

Off Topic -- Scam Alert

I imagine many of the readers of this blog are veterans (or their families), and as a result, use USAA for many of their insurance and/or banking needs.  I do, and I recently received the below email.  It is a scam.  

It is not unusual for me to receive this type of email from scammers posing as legitimate banking institutions I don't do business with, i.e., Wells Fargo or Bank of America.  As a result, they are flushed down the email pipe with my delete button immediately.  However, this one gave me pause since I do bank with USAA and it is so similar to legitimate USAA emails.  A quick reading of the email exposed numerous typographical errors -- a tale tell sign of a scam.  Also, all legitimate emails to me from USAA refer to me by my full name (not "Valued Customer"), and have the last four digits of my USAA number in the upper right hand corner.  

If you receive this email, do not click on any of the links.  Delete it immediately.  The fact that veterans, their widows/widowers, or their families, are targeted by this boils my blood.  

To ensure delivery to your inbox, please add USAA.Web.Services@customermail.usaa.com to your address book.

Account Update Notification
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Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for banking online with USAA, At USAA your security is our primary concern during our daily customers account security update, we are unable to verify your account,Due to error(s) detected in your account security details.

Therefore your access to use our online banking services is limited, You are required to verify your account security details in order to start using our online banking services as normal.

Click on verify below to update your account correctly

We hope you find our Internet Banking service easy and convenient to use.

Ashley Machin
Yours sincerely

Digital Banking Director

Please do not reply to this e-mail. To send a secure message to USAA, please contact us.

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Rankin County Cleanup Week

Below is information received concerning the Rankin County Solid Waste Department.  My question: what is a "white good?"

April 29th - May 4th, 2013

During the week of April 29th - May 4th, Rankin County will conduct a Spring Cleanup.

There will be 10 locations around the county that will accept items from the public.

          Bulky Items                  Household Garbage
          White Goods                Batteries
          Waste Tires                  Flammable Products
          Trash, Limbs                 Acid

Drop-off sites will be operated from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the following locations.
  1. Brandon-Recyling Center, 710 Marquette Road
  2. Florence-Old Unit Barn, 406 White Road, Florence
  3. Pearl - 201 Compactor Road, Pearl
  4. Pelahatchie-Old Unit Barn, Brown Street
  5. Puckett-Means House Moving
  6. Reservoir-Station 3 on Northshore
  7. Richland-Club House on Cleary Road
  8. Plantation Shores-Parking Lot at Richmond Drive & Lewis Road
  9. Star-Old Wood Yard on Mangum Drive
  10. Pisgah-Sandhill Library
If you have any questions, please call the Rankin County Solid Waste Department at 601-825-9213

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Business After Hours Postponed

Tonight's Mississippi Braves game I encouraged you to go to way back when has been postponed due to inclement weather.  If you don't know what I'm talking about, check the link.  $5 gets you a ticket, a meal, your children an "all-you-can-play wristband", and a good chance at door prizes.  When this thing gets rescheduled, make plans to go.  

Area Race Calendar

Lately, more and more "races" have been popping up in the Reservoir area, 5K's, 10K's, triathlons, etc.  As a runner, I enjoy not only the local options, but also the fact exercise is being brought to the people.  Flowood and the PRVWSD, with its beautiful scenery, and miles of running/biking trails, is the perfect location for these types of events.  Go ahead and mark your calendars for a portion of the upcoming year with the following local races (further information can be found in the links).  Unquestionably there will be more to come.  

April 27 -- Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency 8K (4.97 miles)  Begins and ends at MORA's Lakeland Drive/Liberty Road location.  

May 4 -- Run for Blood 5K (3.1 miles).  Mississippi Blood Services in Flowood.

May 11 -- Run Up For Downs.  (3.21 miles)  Old Trace Park in Ridgeland.

June 1, 2013 --- Heatwave Triathlon on the Ridgeland side of the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

Either September 8 or 15 -- 9/11 Memorial Run around Pelahatchie Bay.  

October 26 -- Fit 2 Lead Costumed Race -- Flowood YMCA.  More info coming soon.  

November 2 -- Flower Power Race in Flowood.  No additional information available, but the date is saved on Mississippi Race Timing's webpage.

Every third Thursday of the month, Stinky Feet hosts a group run down East Metro Parkway.  They request a $5 donation that will completely go to a chosen charity.  Today, that charity is Team Andrew, a local boy battling leukemia and complications associated therewith.  

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Flowood Arts & Crafts Festival

The Flowood Art & Crafts Festival is coming up Saturday, April 27, 2013.  The event will be held on Market Street at the Dogwood Festival Shopping Center between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For booth space, call 601.992.4440.  Vendor Application below.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Rankin County Heritage Day

In addition to the Highland Bluff Spring Fling, this Saturday, April 20, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Central Mississippi Regional Library System and the Rankin County Historical Society are sponsoring a Rankin County Heritage Day on the Brandon Library grounds.  

Highland Bluff Spring Fling

This looks like it will be a lot of fun.  Highland Bluff Elementary School is having its Spring Fling this Saturday at Northwest Rankin High School Performing Arts Building.  There will be inflatables, carnival games, teacher dunking, magic acts by Dorian, a crazy hair booth, and so much more.

Also, there will be a blood drive in honor of local boy Andrew Cross, bravely fighting Leukemia.

Visit www.highlandbluffpvo.com/springfling for more details.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Close Encounter of the Reptilian Kind

Back story:  In the Winter of 2008-09, my friend, Hays Collins and I are kayaking in the flooded Mule Jail Swamp between the Pearl and the Jackson Country Club.  The water is higher than I have seen it, so exploring over previously dry land is easy.  Wildlife, in response to the high waters, is also easy to find.  During our paddle, we unexpectedly spot a couple of alligators who entered the freezing waters from their flooded holes.  Due to the time of year and the cold waters, their behavior is quite erratic.  We spot one alligator playing around on a log on the surface.  I had my video camera ready, but the alligator submerges as I start rolling film . . . .

Zoo Brew

As a father of two, I view the Jackson Zoo as valuable asset to the City of Jackson.  Obvious to anyone who has been there in the past decade or three, the zoo is always in need of additional funds.  Zoo Brew is a great way to experience the zoo, while at the same time sampling food and drink from around the metro area.  

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Mudbug Bash to Benefit the Moulder Foundation

Big time crawfish boil, two weeks from today at Mudbugs off Old Fannin Road.  The Young Professionals of the Flowood Chamber are putting this on.  A portion of the proceeds will go to the Moulder Foundation, set up for Danny Moulder.  

Hidden Hills Subdivision Garage Sale

Hidden Hills Subdivision has its garage sale Saturday, crack o' dawn.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Info on Poker Run Associated With Bonny Blair's Sea Bugs and Sud's Festival

I do not know what a Poker Run is, but apparently it has something to do with a bike.  Money raised goes towards Pelahatchie Chiefs youth baseball, so it's all for a good cause.  

Bonny Blair's 2nd Annual Sea Bugs and Suds Festival

Saturday, April 20, 2013, beginning at 1 p.m.  Other events in conjunction with this festival are a Poker Run to benefit the Pelahatchie Chiefs Youth Baseball, and the grand opening of Bonny Blair's neighbor, Steel Horse.

Wild Game Supper Coming Up

Mark your calendars for a wild game supper sponsored, in part, by St. Mark's.  Below is an email received:

Rankin Metro Churches Plan fund Raiser for Habitat for Humanity
A team of Rankin County United Methodist Churches is planning a Wild Game Banquet on the evening of Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the Brandon Civic Center.  The dinner will raise $30,000 for Habitat for Humanity, Metro Jackson, to build a home in Rankin County.  This project was started by a coalition of Men's Ministry Groups from St. Mark's, Crossgates, the Pointe and Brandon First.
The legendary, Paul Ott of "Listen to the Eagle" will be the featured speaker.  There will be wild game samples, including deer poppers, deer sausage, duck gumbo, fish and a whole hog served along with a catered barbeque meal.  Exhibitors will be present and door prizes awarded during the dinner. 
Tickets are $25 and going fast.  If you are interested in tickets, please contact our St. Mark's representative, Robert Pitts, at $601-720-1520.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

87.7 FM Flowood

Some may not know the Reservoir area has a radio station.  87.7 FM Music, Sports, Talk, broadcasts out of Flowood.  Among their other offerings, they carry Jackson Prep and Hinds CC football/basketball.  They station carres area churches on Sunday morning, and "easy listening" at most other times.  The offerings are so "easy listening", I admit to recently turning the dial to 87.7 and almost immediately falling asleep.  The Flowood Compass recently carried a good article on the radio station.  You can find a link to the Compass article here.

Flowood Municipal Elections Information

The City of Flowood holds non-partisan elections, meaning the candidates do not run as Republican, Democrat, Tea Party, etc.  As a result, unlike the City of Pearl, there will be no primary election on May 7.  Instead, all candidates will be listed on the ballot at the general election held June 4.  Voter registration for the general election ends at noon May 4.

Mayor Rhoads and Ward 3 Alderman Kirk McDaniel escape without contests; however, the remaining races may shape up to be interesting.  

In Ward 4, the Mayor's son, Dusty, is the incumbent.  He is being challenged by Ronnie Bagwell, the former Battalion Chief of the Flowood Fire Department.

In Ward 2, former City Alderman Bob Shearer is running against the incumbent, Alderwoman Kathy Smith.  

Incumbent Alderman Deron Harmon faces two challengers for the Ward 1 seat, Darrell K. Lindsey and Brenda Brown Marshall.  

Most of the candidates have published announcements in the Rankin County News, containing information on their positions on issues and visions for the future.  

Monday, April 8, 2013

PRVWSD Board of Directors Minutes for February 2013

PRVWSD Board of Director Minutes for January 2013

The January 2013 Minutes for the PRVWSD Board of Directors are below.  In them, board member, Trey Bobinger, discusses two of the legislative bills tossed around this past session concerning the Reservoir.  

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Latest Edition of Gator Tales (Updated)

The latest edition of Gator Tales is out.  This is the newsletter put out by the PRVWSD, updating residents on what's going on in the area.  In it, you will find information on four new members of the Board of Directors, the new park entrance fee, Independence Day celebration, and Master Planning Survey, among other topics.  

This was taken from the PRVWSD's facebook page, which I remind you is a decent place to get up to date info from the PRVWSD headquarters.  

Gator Tales comes after the jump. [The earlier Gator Tales, published on April 7, contained an error, which has since been corrected by the PRVWSD.  I publish the correct Gator Tales below]

Friday, April 5, 2013

Parkinson Disease Charity Race Tomorrow

Readers:  There is a 10k/5k race tomorrow morning at Lakeshore Park, benefiting the American Parkinson Disease Association.  Registration begins at 6:30 a.m.  Registration sheet is below.

Question For the Readers

Lately, the Flowood police has been blocking one of the turn lanes on Flowood Drive, preventing folks from using it to turn left onto Old Fannin Road.  Good or bad?  It's helped rush hour congestion at that intersection, or made it worse?  Discuss.  

I've always thought we should have a police presence at that intersection, just not for that purpose.

Table 100 Keeps 'Em Coming

Mother and Son Event Set for April 26

The Rankin County Father/Daughter Valentine's dance is wildly popular.  Previously sad little boys have the chance to spend a fun afternoon with mom at an event just for Moms (or Grandmoms) and Sons on April 26, at Bass Pro.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Nature Fest This Weekend

Below is verbatim from the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science website:

NatureFEST! 2013 is a festival, a nature outing, and a fascinating Museum trip all wrapped into one exciting day. From live reptiles to watching divers feed the fish in our giant aquariums, NatureFEST! offers something for everyone.
Young budding scientists can interact with our expert biologists and researchers, and take a behind the scenes tour. Outdoor enthusiasts can go geocaching on the Ranger Rick trail, practice archery and laser shooting, dig for fossils, learn basic fire building skills, enjoy a stroll through the Museum's native plant garden, or inhale the sweet aromas of spring on a guided tour of our nature trails.

In the mood for a water adventure? Hop in a canoe and paddle down the Pearl River with John Rusky of the Quapaw Canoe Company (canoe rides sponsored by Buffalo Peak Outfitters).

Visitors can also meet and be inspired by acclaimed author, recording artist, and naturalist/storyteller Doug Elliott, meet a gopher tortoise, interact with the aquatic touch tank, explore our new Rainforest Adventure exhibit, be amazed with "Bubbleology" (the science of making large bubbles), watch an expert coppersmith in action, build a giant Zyghoriza floor puzzle, explore a floor map of North America, get their faces painted, browse the native plant sale and the "Back to Nature" Photography Contest Winners Exhibit, and much more!

Hungry from all the fun and activities? Garden to Fire PizzaBackyard Burgers and Bruster's Real Ice Cream will be at NatureFEST, too!

NatureFEST! takes place Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Museum. Check back here and www.facebook.com/msnaturalscience for updates on NatureFEST! activities. Activities and schedule are subject to change.

Note: Consider starting your day with experienced birders and members of the Jackson Audubon Society for the Family Bird Walk from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. at LeFleur's Bluff State Park Campground: Mayes Lake (enter through Gatehouse off of Lakeland Drive). Meet in the parking lot of picnic area near the Pavilion  BRING BINOCULARS, WATER,INSECT REPELLENT AND A SNACK. BINOCULARS AVAILABLE FOR LOAN, CALL 601-832-6788 IN ADVANCE TO RESERVE A PAIR. After the walk, head to the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science for NatureFEST.

Regatta Subdivision Neighborhood Garage Sale

Be advised the Regatta Subdivision will hold it's annual neighborhood garage sale this Saturday.  All folks that want to participate set up in front of their house.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Flowood Rotary Club College Scholarship

The Flowood Rotary Club is accepting applications for its $500 college scholarship program.  The deadline is April 29.  Be advised, the award is not based on academics, but rather demonstrated community service.  The Club will be giving two $500 awards through this program.

Eligibility requirements are below:

Applicant must be a resident of the Northwest Rankin Attendance Zone and a graduating senior of an accredited public high school, that has been accepted to an accredited 4-year college, 2-year college or accredited vocational training program. They must be able to demonstrate that they have reached out to others through community service or through promotion of world peace through international cooperation and understanding. 

Application after the jump.

Copy of Rankin County Supervisor's Letter Asking for Veto

Attached is a copy of the letter all Rankin County Supervisors wrote to Governor Bryant seeking a veto of House Bill 1584.  Interesting.  And thanks to a reader who posted this link to Clarion Ledger columnist, Sam Hall's take on this.  

Master Plan Survey Thoughts

I took the Master Plan Survey.  To my disappointment, there was little concern for zoning and/or regulation of land usage on PRVWSD property.  Rather, the survey seemed trivial, with topics like whether more drinking fountains should be installed at area parks.  I would like to see more substance inserted into the survey, i.e., how should the PRVWSD use existing land for future commercial development, or what are some ways the PRV could generate additional revenue.  I hope to be able to make the May 13, 2013, meeting at Northwest Rankin Middle School (6 p.m.), to discuss community input on the Master Plan.  

For those who also took the survey, what are your thoughts?  

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

More Info on the Rez Krewe Virtual Marathon

Previously, I posted information on the virtual marathon fundraiser the Ross Barnett Reservoir Foundation is putting on to raise funds for the Independence Day Celebration.  Below is more information and an application.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Proposed Car Tag

Below is the draft of the proposed Reservoir Car Tag.

See some of Jim's prior posts on this subject here, and here.

The Application comes after the jump.

Master Plan Survey

Posted further down the page is information on an upcoming community meeting to discuss the PRVWSD's development of a Master Plan.  As part of the information gathering process, the PRVWSD is soliciting members of the community to complete an online survey.  See information sheet below.  [aside: I've taken a number of surveys using surveymonkey before.  It is safe.  You don't have to worry about surveymonkey using your information to spam you with emails.]  You can begin taking the survey here.

All those with a voice should be heard on this issue, and  this survey is one of the avenues the PRVWSD will use to listen.  I encourage you all to fill it out.  I plan to fill it out after work and I'll share my thoughts in the comments to this thread.  

PRVWSD Master Plan Information

The PRVWSD just posted on its Facebook page the following information concerning a Master Plan.  Essentially, the PRVWSD is in the process of developing a Master Plan, similar to Master Zoning Plans conducted by Counties with zoning power.  The efficacy of future apartments/condos, neighborhoods, boat ramps, parks, etc., will, presumably, all be on the table.

If the PRVWSD has the same power to zone, then this will be an incredibly important meeting to attend and provide input. I'm sure this will be a major topic of conversation on this blog for a while.

South Rankin Food Resource Center

South Rankin Food Resource Center's mission is to feed those in need in Rankin and Simpson County.  The center started as an outreach of First United Methodist Church of Richland.  For nearly eight years, the Center had been doing good in Rankin County for Rankin Countians.  Check out the website here.  

Kristin McClendon, the catalyst of the Center inspired a food drive for the month of April, in celebration of her birthday.  The Flyer is below.  I am proud of Rankin County taking care of its own.