Friday, August 30, 2013

Free Tennis Clinic for Kids at the Rez Y!

Real Deal Tennis, which runs the teaching clinics at the Reservoir YMCA is offering a free tennis clinic for children aged 4-18.  The free clinic is Tuesday, September 3, 2013, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.   Register here, and go to this website for more information.  From the website:

Clinic is free for anyone, age 4-18, but participants must register.

Only one registration per family needed, but please let us know how many siblings are coming.

We welcome all ages and levels, and new players, too.  Kids will be grouped according to age and ability.

We have racquets to borrow, if needed.

Happy Labor Day Weekend

Enjoy this video from 2010 entitled "Rezonate: the Past, Present and Future of the Ross Barnett Reservoir".

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Mudbugs is Back Open (Just in Time for Football)!

Mudbugs Crawfish and Catering just finished what they are calling Phase One of renovations to what used to be the old shack behind the Old Fannin Produce Stand.  Take a look.  They are serious about being an all-year hangout and live music venue.  I've enjoyed watching the growth of this business and wish them continued success and growth.  I look forward to seeing the next stages of this renovation.  

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Warning: Graphic Photos Below

Not too long ago, I editorialized on the burgeoning issue with litter below the spillway.  See my post here, along with a common sense solution to the issue.  Today, I picked up the Weekly Leader from my driveway to find an article on this issue, along with some disgusting photos.  My favorite are the countless blue night crawler containers.  For the love of all that is pure and beautiful, are you too lazy and thoughtless to bring even that out when you are through fishing for your supper?

We Still Have a Week to go in August, Kroger!

Kroger to unveil new policy of rolling out decorations 6 months in advance of all holidays.

Calendar of Events at the Flowood Library

The Flowood Library offers a lot to our community.  Here is a link to their calendar of events.  There is always

The Blake is Hiring

Remember our post about The Blake?  It will soon open on the East Metro Parkway and, right now, they are hiring.  See the notice below.  If you are interested, go to this website to find out more about these positions.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Flag Island, the PRVWSD is Talking To You.

The PRVWSD issued the below announcement concerning abandoned property on PRVWSD lands.  

This indicates inhabited campsites are exempt.  Camping is allowed on PRVWSD property.  "Camping" is not generally defined in PRVWSD regulations. However, camping within 1/2 mile of a platted subdivision is defined in PRVWSD Rules and Regulations as:

"residing on or using property for one or more nights for living accommodation purposes, such as sleeping activities or making preparations to sleep or storing personal belongings (including but not limited to clothing, sleeping bags, bedrolls, blankets, backpacks, food, drink, kitchen utensils and similar material), making any fire, erecting any tent or make-shift covering, residing in a parked vehicle or assembling for the purpose of camping. These activities constitute camping when it reasonably appears, in light of all the circumstances, that a person(s) is utilizing the space in a manner contrary to this regulation."

Obviously, this affects temporary structures upriver.  I could not find rules or regulations related to inhabited vs. uninhabited campsites, though I guess it's common sense if there is an uninhabited campsite on public property, the owner abandons it at his own risk.  

Ratliff Ferry Trading Post is For Sale

The Ratliff Ferry Trading Post and Campground is officially for sale.  The owners posted the following on Facebook: "Ratliff Ferry is for sale! We are ready to retire!  If you are interested or know anybody who might be, please call 601-859-9586".

Upcoming 9/11 Half Marathon

I like the medals for the 9/11 Memorial Half Marathon finishers.  Stinky Feet, the Reservoir Fire Depart-ment, PRVWSD, and the rest of the planning committee have done an outstanding job organizing this event for the Reservoir community.  

There are so many ways to get involved outside of actually running 13.1 miles.  Volunteers are needed to man water stations, help with the kids 1 mile run, etc.  

If you want to run, register online here.

If you want to volunteer, contact me at, or Amie Cain at

Monday, August 26, 2013

Accident on Lakeland Drive

As of 4:03 p.m., there is an accident at the intersection of Airport Road and Lakeland Drive, affecting the East bound lane on Lakeland.  Drive safe and don't gawk, or you'll cause another accident.

Update:  Cleared as of 4:55.

Clarion Ledger "A Day In The Life" at the Reservoir

The Clarion Ledger provided considerable paper to the Reservoir this past weekend with their "Day-In-The-Life" segment.  Their day began at the Pelahatchie Trading Post, continued on to Shucker's for lunch, and ended at the Overlook in Ridgeland. Between all the food and fishing, they cover the Timberlake Campground, Reservoir YMCA, Spillway control tower, Reservoir Patrol, and the Craft Center.  The video is here; worth watching to see friends talk about what they love at the Reservoir.  Good piece.  

They also provided a whimsical photo-montage of the CARA Dog Days of Summer Pet Parade from this past weekend at Pelahatchie Shore Park.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Blood Drive for Neighbors in Need

Human nature never ceases to surprise me; sometimes in bad ways (like when I drive down Lakeland Drive during rush-hour), and oftentimes in beautiful ways.  Mississippians, especially, have prodigious, charitable hearts, that overflow when blessing neighbors in need.  I have seen this first hand as a member of Team Andrew.  Right now, there are two families in the Hidden Hills neighborhood that also need our prayers and, more specifically, our platelets and blood.

See the flyer below sent by the Hidden Hills Neighborhood.  There will be a blood drive in the neighborhood on September 8, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the two families noted in the flyer.

The Dog Days of Summer Weekend

Get your body moving at 8 a.m. at Old Trace Park in the Morgan Stanley, Make a Wish 5K.

And then have your dog blessed at Pelahatchie Shore Park at 10 a.m.

Then take in the Mississippi Craft Show at the Trademart, where they want you to know they are not a flea market.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Possible Conference Center Coming to Reservoir

Found Rabbit is that land between the Natchez Trace and the Reservoir on the other side of Twin Harbor from Lost Rabbit (just look here).  Presently, it consists of 161 acres of timber land.  At the August 15, 2013, Board meeting, the PRVWSD voted to begin exploring options to lease and develop that property. PRVWSD will solicit proposals from developers in time for review during the October Board meeting. Apparently, a mystery developer already approached the PRVWSD with a proposal to build a 30,000 square foot conference center, hotel, marina, and public golf course.  

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Brandon Passes Liquor Sales

Yesterday, voters in the City of Brandon voted convincingly to allow the sale of liquor by the glass in restaurants.  3,051 for and 1,910 against.  The Clarion Ledger pointed out an interesting fact:  more people voted in the liquor referendum than in the municipal elections, 1,800 more, in fact. 

Indepth WLBT coverage here.
Even more indepth WJTV coverage here.
WAPT here.
Clarion Ledger here.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Pearl River Wildlife Management Area

From the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Wildlife Management Area User Guide:

One does not have to own land or even have access to private land for outdoor recreation. The Mississippi Wildlife Management Area (WMA) system is expansive and diverse. It includes 52 areas encompassing over 665,000 acres. Mississippi WMAs offer great opportunities for family and friends to enjoy outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, trapping, bird watching, hiking, and wildlife viewing.

The Pearl River WMA, covering 6,000 acres, lies outside your back door.  Many see the entrance to the Pearl River WMA just on the Madison County side of Highway 43, but how many have ever driven down the dirt road leading into the unknown?  Once you pass the permit station off Hwy 43, a well-maintained dirt road -- called Pipeline Road -- straddles the border between swamp and tree.  It eventually leads just south of the Natchez Trace, then parallels the Trace northwest.  Wilderness is found on both sides of the road. 

The land is ours, the public's.  While its most popular use is for hunting (deer and duck), it is open and available to all.  There are plenty of great kayaking spots off the road that lead into the swamp, with the water level determining how far into the reeds one can go.  Hiking, bike riding, bird watching, fishing, good old-fashioned exploring, these are all activities ripe for the Pearl River WMA.  The last time I kayaked in the Pearl WMA, I was surrounded by Nutria in the reeds.  Alligators were not too far off in the shallows.  

As far as deer hunting goes, in 2010, 44 deer were harvested (and reported) from the WMA.  That number dropped to 29 last year.   

What do you need to take advantage of this beautiful property?  All persons using a WMA must possess an annual statewide Wildlife Management Area User Permit, which I believe is $15.  More information can be found at or by calling the WMA at 601-432-2199.

An interactive map is located here.  A map detailing the various "wildlife openings", aka, best hunting or viewing sites, is here.  There is even a handicapped hunting area; here are the rules related to handicapped hunting.  Unfortunately, the Rules and Regulations specific to the Pearl WMA are not provided online; however, the general rules, applying to all state WMA's are below the jump:

Monday, August 19, 2013

Rumor Mill

I heard a restaurant by the owners of Rick's Place in Byram, Mississippi, will open up a similar style restaurant where Jo's Diner used to be.  This place will serve breakfast and they like the classic cars.  They probably will do just fine.

Friday, August 16, 2013

City of Brandon Votes on Liquor By the Glass

The City of Brandon goes to the polls Tuesday, August 20, to vote on whether to allow liquor by the glass to be sold at area restaurants.  Here is a Facebook Page set up by the group Better Brandon Now.

Mayor Lee's quote on the issue sounds like something from The Onion:  "I am middle-of-the-road, because of the people I engaged with as I began my process of running for office was if I talked to 10 people, I will find four of those who are adamantly against, four of those are going to be adamantly for, and you got two in the middle that are going to be middle-of-the-road. So that's my position on it," said Mayor Butch Lee.

Do we have predictions on whether it will pass, readers?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Article Clarifying New Hunting Properties Around Rez

Bobby Cleveland published an article on the MS Sportsman's webpage providing details of the new draw hunts offered by the PRVWSD.  

Here's a snippet:

Imagine having the opportunity to hunt in a bottomland hardwood area in Mississippi, where no hunting has been allowed for more than 50 years. That’s about eight generations of deer that know no hunting pressure.
Impossible, you say?
For 26 hunters this fall and winter, that chance will become reality when Barnett Reservoir opens about 400 acres below the main dam to deer hunting for the first time since the dam’s construction.
It will be archery only, with hunters selected by an application and draw process.

Here is my respectful editorial:  $300 for a weekend hunt below the Spillway is too much.  $200 for a weekend hunt on Pelahatchie Bay is too much.  Of course, if there are people who will pay that, more power to the PRVWSD; but I don't think they will get a lot of takers on this.  And all due respect to Mr. Cleveland, I don't know if I'd refer to PRVWSD property as "prime".  Let us not confuse Rankin with Claiborne County.  

Anyway, the article links to the hunting maps, provides dates for the draw, everything you need.

Hilton's 10th Annual Tailgate Party

The Jackson Hilton on County Line hosts it's 10th Annual Tailgate Party August 22, 2013, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The Hilton transforms one of its ball rooms into a huge Business After Hours with plenty of networking, food, drink, door prizes, etc.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Mississippi College GRE and GMAT Prep Courses

Want to go back to school, or keep living on the parent's dime?  Here are couple of courses for you.  

Whitetails Unlimited Banquet

The Rankin County Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited hosts their annual Banquet Saturday, October 26, 2013. While that is a long way off if you are simply interested in attending, now is the time to take action if you want to sponsor.  Be advised a good portion of the proceeds from this banquet will go to local conservation efforts.  All the information you need is on the flyer posted below the jump.

Farm to Table 100

In my opinion, Table 100 is an asset to the Flowood/Reservoir area of Rankin County, Mississippi.  In addition to the great food and unique events, it brings a large number of people into the Dogwood area who otherwise would not come.  It is also a success story from the "if you build it, they will come" mantra the City of Flowood advised trying to get liquor-by-the-glass passed.  

Table 100's big annual event, Farm-To-Table, is coming up Wednesday, September 4, 2013.  It is a fundraiser for Farm Families of Mississippi and features a number of local Mississippi farmers, some of whom supply product to Table 100.  The menu will consist of four courses uniquely designed by Executive Chef Mike Roemhild and his team, with each course paired with a glass of wine and beer by “The Wine Guy” Paul Ruiter.

With tickets going for $110, you'd better go on an empty stomach.  Buy your tickets here.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Monday, August 12, 2013

Pinelake Church's Identify Baptism Service at the Reservoir

On Sunday, August 25, 2013, at 3 p.m., Pinelake Church will hold a baptism service at Lakeshore Park.

From the Church's website:

As we heard Sunday, one of the ways we identify with Christ is through believer's baptism.  If this is a step that you have not yet taken, I invite you to participate in our upcoming Rez Identify Baptism service on Sunday, August 25, at Lakeshore Park (Behind Reservoir Y) at 3:00 p.m.  This is a powerful day each year as 100's of "children of God" make a public confession in Jesus, follow His example, and identify with Him through baptism.  If you are reading this, you are invited to come and celebrate with our church family our new life in Christ.  If you need to be baptized yourself, simply let us know [. . .] so we can serve you in taking this step. 
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Jay Fletcher, Guest Services and Membership Pastor, or myself [Steve Campbell] at 601-829-4524.  

Overlay Informational Meeting Tomorrow

Numerous laws, ordinances, interlocal agreements, and PRVWSD Rules and Regulations have been passed over the preceding year or so concerning this Overlay District/Reservoir Community District.  If you have questions, or are simply curious about its affects, there is a meeting of the Federation of Reservoir Homeowners tomorrow.  It is likely the PRVWSD and at least one supervisor will be there to field questions and concerns.  Information below.

Federation of Reservoir Homeowners\ 
Discussion on the Reservoir Community District (R.C.D.) 
Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at 6:00 P.M. 
Northwest Rankin Middle School 

Discussion Topics:

     1. County-wide Utility Permit and Inspection 
     2. Inter-local agreements 
     4. Map of R. C. D. 
     5.Timetable for Implementation 
     6. Procedures for addressing Violations 
     7. Other questions

Friday, August 9, 2013


Thanks to the rubberneckers, traffic was at a standstill on Old Fannin Road after work this afternoon.  However, it was worth it when I saw the glorious shiny black asphalt layer.  This.Is.Progress.  Just in time for school to start.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

CMPDD Master Plan

Quinn and Shawn Rossi, who administer the Ross Barnett Reservoir Facebook Page, had a good pick up on their feed (if you haven't already "liked" their page, I encourage you to do so).  The Central Mississippi Planning and Development District recently (yesterday) posted a short blurb on the Master Plan they are developing for the PRVWSD.  There is no meat to the blurb, but an indication more information will follow, including GIS maps, etc.  The entire content of the post is as follows:

CMPDD is developing a Master Plan for the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRVWSD). The PRVWSD Master Plan will include all elements commonly found in a comprehensive plan, as well as integrate elements of local comprehensive plans in the study area, to better facilitate planning and land use controls in the entire area.
Since initiating work on the Plan in February, the District prepared a digital Geographic Information System (GIS) base map, using ArcGIS software, of the entire PRVWSD area, which includes portions of Hinds, Leake, Madison, Rankin, and Scott Counties. CMPDD has also completed the land use inventory and photographed all structures in the entire PRVWSD area.
As part of the public outreach element of the plan, the District developed an online survey that was launched on April 1. District staff presented the information gathered from the survey, as well as a report of work related to the Master Plan, at a public hearing held on May 13.
District GIS staff are collecting data and digitizing building footprints for the development of the web-based GIS Mapping Application and Viewer and District planners are preparing a Public Facilities Plan, Regional Economic Impact Analysis, and Transportation Plan. Population and employment estimates and projections, as well as the Land Use Plan, are currently under development.

PRVWSD Committee Agendas (Continued)

The various committees of the PRVWSD meeting Monday, August 12, 2013.  Below are the agendas for the Parks Policy Committee and Shoreline Development Committee:

Upcoming PRVWSD Committee Meetings and Agendas

The various committees of the PRVWSD meeting Monday, August 12, 2013.  Below are the agendas for the Budget and Finance Committee, Executive Committee, and Forestry and Wildlife Committee:

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Upcoming Area Runs

There are a couple of Run/Walks taking place in the Reservoir area between now and August 17.  I post information on both these runs below the jump.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Make A Wish 5-K Walk/Run Fundraiser

Morgan Stanley hosts a 5-K Walk/Run for the Make A Wish Foundation on August 24, 2013, at Old Trace Park, Ridgeland, Mississippi.  The race starts at 8:00 a.m.  The cost is $20.00, with t-shirts going to the first 75 registrants.  Registration form below:

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Search for Abigail Bonner (Updated Yet Again)

                                 "O Gertrude, Gertrude,
When sorrows come they come not singles spies,
But in battalions."

****** 8/16/13


We were blessed and our lives enriched to have Abigail for 17 years. Abigail was joyful, pensive, generous, and a source of joy in our family. She loved the Lord and her family. She had joy in music, and loved to play and sing hymns - whether at home or in the congregation. She often found ways to do special things or to make special gifts for a sister or brother. Abigail was also drawn to the lonely and forgotten. One of her favorite activities was spending time at The Home Place in Madison, helping with the choir, and visiting with the residents there. Abigail would want everyone that knew her to look to the Savior, Jesus Christ, who with abundant mercy and grace forgives and receives all who trust in Him for righteousness. She will be greatly missed by us and her siblings, Hannah, Emily, Andrea, Andrew, and Rebekah, and her grandparents, James and Brenda Kennedy of Slaughter, Louisiana, and Joe and Barbara Bonner of Oklahoma City, and extended family. Abigail will be buried in a small private family burial. The visitation is Friday, Aug 16 at 9:30am at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi, followed by the funeral service at 11am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be sent to First Presbyterian Church for the work of international missions.

***** 8/14/13 update from Looking for Abigail website

UPDATE - 8/14/2013 8:50 AM Central

With heavy hearts, while we are still waiting on the Madison County Coroner’s final report, from what we have been told we are now confident that the body found yesterday was Abigail.

We are stunned, heartbroken, and grieving.
Please pray for the peace of God that surpasses all understanding for Lance and Rachel and all of the children. Abigail loved Christ with all her heart, and we know that she is with Him now. While we are left here in grief and sorrow, we cling to Christ’s promises that Abigail is now where He has wiped away every tear and where there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. We are completely overwhelmed and humbled by the countless number of individuals that have donated their time searching for Abigail, putting up signs, calling friends, bringing food, providing encouraging words, offering up many prayers, etc.

We cannot thank you enough.

**** 8/14/13 update from WAPT

Investigators indicate the body found in the woods across from Madison Elementary is that of Abigail, though a positive ID has not been made public.  WAPT's coverage here.  So sad and tragic.

*** 8/8/13 partial update from Looking For Abigail FB Page

- In order to clarify some questions many of you are asking, we do not know where she is, if she is with anyone, if she is hurt, in need or even still alive. We have not had communication with her or anyone on her behalf. It appears she did leave voluntarily, but to the best of our knowledge, she did not take her purse, her money, her debit card, cell phone or clothes. 
- If you have specific questions, message us here on this page or email us at

Thank you all for these great questions. Please do not give up. Please share and re-post. Together will find Abigail. If anyone has any information, please contact the Madison Police at 601-856-6111.

** 8/7/13 update from WAPT News

St. Mark's DivorceCare Group

St. Mark's United Methodist Church is providing a DivorceCare Weekly Group, with the first meeting Thursday, August 22, 2013.  The program will be 13 or 14 weeks long, and will consist of group discussion, seminars, and counseling.  The group will meet every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Childcare is available.  The brochure is below.  You can also go to for more information, or you can contact Jo Hebert of St. Mark's, at 601.259.1749,

PRVWSD at the Extravaganza

Ran into a cast of characters at the Wildlife Extravaganza.  Ex. Dir. Sigman indicated there was still a chance (albeit, slight) the 400 acres below the dam could be opened to hunting this season.  We talked about the new gates blocking ATV access, and the possibility of a user permit system to help take some of the burden from the shoulders of the leaseholders.  Changes are occurring at PRVWSD.  

Friday, August 2, 2013

This Weekend

There are a few things going on this weekend:

Ready to Roar Reading Time at the MS Children's Museum at 1 p.m.
The Wildlife Extravaganza  begins today from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Kids 12 and under get in free today only.
Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, 5:30 at the Jackson Hilton.

First Baptist of Jackson's Run for the Son at 7:30 a.m.
NWR Softball has a pancake breakfast fundraiser at Applebee's.
Flowood's Back to School Health Fair at 9 a.m. at Flowood Library.
Back to Zool day at the Jackson Zoo, beginning at 10 a.m.
Bob The Builder Day at the MS CHildren's Museum.  Kite building begins at 10 a.m.
Special Reptile Exhibit at the MS Natural Science Museum.
Drawdown of Champions 6:30 at the MS Sports Hall of Fame.
Laugh Away SMA, comedy fundraiser at Hinds CC-Rankin Campus. 7 p.m.
Ganza Get Down at Hal and Mals, 7:30 p.m.

Eudora Welty New Plays Series at New Stage. 2 p.m.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Rankin County Republican Club Social

The Rankin County Republican Club meets Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at El Potrillo in Flowood, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  There is usually food and drink specials, and lively conversation.

Rankin County Democrats July Newsletter

A couple of political posts today, but I spread the love across the aisle.

The Rankin County Democrats recently released their July newsletter.  It can be accessed here.