Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Free Rides Home Tonight

Below is from the WAPT website:

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, The McCoy House for Sober Living and American Medical Response will offer a ride to holiday revelers who do not have a designated driver.
From 11 p.m. Dec. 31 to 3 a.m. Jan. 1, those needing a ride can call 601-368-2323 to schedule a ride. The service will travel as far east as Brandon, west as far as Clinton, north as far as Madison and south as far as Terry.
Volunteers from NCADD and The McCoy house will take calls and will ask for the caller's name, location, number of riders and those riders' destinations.
AMR will provide drivers from the ambulance company's workforce and six 15-passenger vans. The drivers will only take revelers home, not to another party, bar or club, organizers said.
The project mainly focuses on patrons of bars and restaurants, such as those on State Street in downtown Jackson, organizers said. The vans will also respond to parties at private homes when the drivers aren't busy transporting restaurant and bar patrons.
"By focusing first on bar and restaurant partiers, we will keep a larger number of alcohol-impaired folks from getting behind the wheel," said AMR operations manager Stan Alford. "In recent years, more requests for rides have come from establishments than from private parties."
Alford urged party hosts to have a plan in place to prevent intoxicated guests from driving.
This is the 17th year for the project. Last year, 237 people were given rides as part of the Safe Ride Home project.

Ruts Through Farmington Station

Hey, Farmington Station.  You looking for the vehicle that just tore up your neighborhood by putting deep ruts all over the grass adjacent to Farmington Station Boulevard?  White truck.  Fairly new and in good condition.  Probably an F-150, non-crew cab.  First three digits on the license plate, RCP.  I couldn't get a positive ID on the last three digits.  It ran the stop sign and took off at a very high rate of speed through Huntington Lakes towards Avalon.  I lost him, sorry.

New Years Eve Menu at Table 100

Reservoir Area New Years Eve Parties

Shucker's is having its big New Years Eve bash beginning at 6 p.m. tonight.  Jenny, Jenny will be on the Mainstage; Doubleshotz will be on the deck (bundled up, I hope).  The cost is $15 to get in.  Best part about it, Shuckers has a shuttle to take you home.

Pelican Grove Grill is having a New Years Eve Party from 5 p.m. to midnight.

Bonny Blair's will have Tightrope Escapades playing at 7 p.m.  This will be your best option to ring in the New Year on the Rankin side of the pond.

Mississippi Legend's Grill says, "WING in the New Year with your friends at Mississippi Legends! We'll have all the bowl games on all day including State. We'll have wing specials all night and a champagne toast tinting [?] in the new year!"

If you want to venture outside the Reservoir area, check out the Blastin' the Blues New Years Party at Duling Hall:

Enjoy music from Grady Champion, the Southern Komfort Brass Band and Eddie Cotton, heavy hors d'oeuvres and a Champagne toast at midnight. All-ages event; adults must accompany children.

And while you are at it, put this in your phone:

Veterans Cab:  601-355-2222
Jackson Taxi: (601) 292-1100
A Taxi Ride and Couriers: (601) 720-2971
Deluxe Cab: (601) 948-4966
Yellow Cab: (601) 922-3783

Monday, December 30, 2013

Elvis Sings at Flowood Library

Elvis would only have been 79 this Saturday?  Impressive.  He's performing at the Library.  I wonder if this is a mime performance since this venue threatens to throw you out if your cell phone so much as beeps.  


Polar Bear Jump is Wednesday!


Get ready.  The Weather Channel says a high of 61 and a low of 45, not bitterly cold at all.  You got this. All for a great local charity.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Hot Chocolate 5K

Great race/run coming up.  The Hot Chocolate Classic benefits the Rankin County School District.  All the information you need to know is below, on the registration form.  The run is down the Spillway and back.

Ceramis is Open for Lunch

Ceramis, one of my favorite locally owned, Reservoir area restaurants, is now open for lunch.  They will also do catered lunches.  Nice.

The link for the lunch menu does not work.  Nor does the website seem to have it on there either.  Oh well, I guess I'll just have to check it in person.

Friday, December 20, 2013

St. Mark's Nativity Walk

From St. Mark's Church:

Experience Christmas in an entirely new way.  You will travel to eleven different stations of the manger that will engage your senses, emotions, thoughts and beliefs of Christmas.  Each stop highlights a specific event surrounding the birth of our Savior and you will be challenged, inspired and invited to respond.  You travel "alone" and at your own pace.  Reading is required.  Approximate travel time is 45 minutes.  Light refreshments will be available in the Christian Life Center.  Childcare is not provided.  Reservations are not required.  Everyone is welcome.

Friday, December 20 through Sunday December 22
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Susannah Wesley Hall.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Williamson v. State; Assault at The Dock in 2003

During the slow news days, I will brief Mississippi appellate cases involving some aspect of the Reservoir. Today, we start with a criminal case involving an assault in the parking lot of The Dock, Williamson v. State, 999 So. 2d 1281 (Miss. Ct. App. 2009).

The unfortunate Brian Canton bartended at The Dock.  On April 12, 2003, he arrived at work at 8 p.m. to begin his shift.  As he pulled his cell phone and back pack from the passenger side of his truck, we was assaulted by a certain Timothy B. Williamson from the Free State of Jones.  This assault included a punch to the face and repeated kicks to all parts of his head as he lay on the ground unconscious.  Brian's crime, you ask? Nothing more than being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Witness, James Boyd McGraw, saw the assault from Island Cafe.  McGraw stated

he never saw Canton in an offensive position; instead, he said Canton was walking backwards with his hands up when Williamson struck Canton.  McGraw testified that Canton fell on his back and Williamson continued to strike Canton in the face.  At that point McGraw said he told someone to call the police, and he went downstairs with some bouncers to approach the scene.  Williamson fled the scene in his truck with a friend, but he was stopped not far from The Dock by a Ridgeland policeman.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Table 100 Helps the Mustard Seed



Now through Christmas Eve, ten percent (10%) of all gift card purchases from Table 100 goes directly to the Mustard Seed.  This makes an already popular Christmas stocking stuffer all the more meaningful.  Props to Table 100 for giving back to our community yet again.

Santa is Making the Rounds

Friday, he'll be at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.  From the HoF website:

Bring your children, your camera and your Christmas List, and come visit with Santa Claus at the place where sports legends come alive.
The date: Friday, Dec. 20. The time: 2-4 p.m. Take a tour and see some Mississippi’s greatest athletes or show your own skills in the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum’s brand new interactive sports stadium. You might even see Santa Claus try to strike out a batter.
Come play football, baseball, basketball, soccer and much more. Free popcorn and drinks will be available.  Admission is $5 for adults and $3.50 for children ages 6-17. (5 and under are FREE!)
Also, to celebrate our new interactive sports station we will offer a special rate to visitors from Saturday Dec. 28 until Saturday Jan. 4. All visitors — adult or children — can tour the museum and play the games for $3 admission. One catch: You must wear the jersey or T-shirt of your favorite team
Museum hours are from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. We will be closed on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

The Polar Express at the Flowood Nature Park


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Gift Idea for Men



Women, looking for a good Christmas gift for that man in your life?  Here is a reasonable suggestion: Reservoir resident, Joe Mac Hudspeth, is a heck of a photographer.  As proof, his photos have graced the Mississippi Sportsman's License and Mississippi Duck Stamps for many, many years.  Ever eaten at Trace Grill in Madison?  That's Joe Mac.  Nearly everyone in Mississippi is familiar with the quality of his work.  

Joe Mac has two books out, In the Southern Wild, and Return to the Southern Wild.  Either, or both, make great Christmas gifts.  Joe Mac sells prints and canvases of his work.  I have one in my office.  

Joe Mac also makes a great speaker for your group or civic organization.  He sets up a slide show of his most famous pictures, and tells the story of how he started in the business.  

We in the Reservoir are blessed with many talented characters.  I am happy to recommend this one.  

Santa is Coming to Cozy Outfitters

Cozy Outfitters ("CO") is a retail store in the Dogwood Festival shopping center, next to Great American Cookie Company (that's how I know where it is).  CO is owned and operated by local boy Mark Jefcoat. It sells "lifestyle" items like K2 coolers, upscale outdoor apparel, backpack hammocks, etc.  It's a nice store. 

This Saturday, Santa is coming to Cozy.  This is from the CO Facebook Page:



Look who will be at Cozy Outfitters this Saturday for FREE picture day!!! Mark your calendars from 1:30-3-30 pm! Make sure your little ones have been good and have their list put together for the Big Guy. Pics will be emailed out Monday, December 23rd!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Obituary for DeWitt "Buddy" DeWeese

Rez stalwart, Buddy DeWeese, passed away Saturday, 86 years young.  Buddy established Main Harbor Marina and owned The Dock, among other contributions to the Reservoir.  His obituary is below:

DeWitt (Buddy) DeWeese, Jr. born July 1, 1927 in Chautauqua, NY left this life December 14, 2013.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday December 18, 2013 at 3:00 PM from the Ridgeland Chapel of Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday between the hours of 5 and 7 PM and after 2 PM Wednesday. Internment will follow the service in Parkway Memorial Cemetery. 

Preceded in death by his parents, Harriett and DeWitt DeWeese, sisters Shirley Black and Joan Nelson, and son Dan DeWeese. Buddy is survived by his wife Karreen DeWeese; son DeWitt DeWeese, III; sister Dawn Chimes of Sarasota, FL; aunt Elizabeth Neilson of New Orleans, LA; grandchildren, Dillon DeWeese, Demi DeWeese, and Daniel Harrison DeWeese; step-daughter Lynne Edwards Oliver (Bruce); step-sons Boyd Edwards (Lisa) and Andrew Edwards; step-grandchildren Elaina and Lindsey Edwards; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Buddy was a member of the Neshoba County American Legion and he served his country during World War II aboard the USS Chicago, returning to Phildelphia, MS to be involved in the family lumber business. He later moved to Jackson, owned and operated Lake Hico Marine. In 1966, he established Main Harbor Marina at the Ross Barnett Reservoir. Buddy had many enterprises with developments in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and New Mexico. He was truly a visionary. He was an avid sportsman, fisherman, hunter, and sporting dog enthusiast. He only found the best in people and was known for his quick wit and humor, and lived a full and blessed life.

The family request that in lieu of flowers please consider donations to MADCAAP, 1341 South Liberty, Canton, MS 39046 or Friends For A Cause, P.O. Box 2912, Madison, MS 39110.

PRVWSD Committee Meetings Today

The various committees of the PRVWSD meet this afternoon at the PRVWSD headquarters in Ridgeland. Here is the rundown:

Audit Committee meets at 2:30 p.m. -- Benign agenda

Parks and Policy Committee meets at 3 p.m. -- The agenda includes an update on the Rez Y fundraising efforts.  FYI, the Rez Y is considering launching a capital campaign to expand, thus leasing more of Lakeshore Park from the PRVWSD.  This will allow the Rez Y to more fully control the makeup of Lakeshore Park (read: have more of a say the next time the PRVWSD thinks about putting a campground in Lakeshore Park), and to better develop its popular child care facilities.  The Parks and Policy Committee is also looking at changing the rates for campground use.  

Shoreline Development Committee meets at 3:30 p.m. -- They will look to adopt the comprehensive Master Plan and discuss proposed changes to Pelican Cove Restaurant's lease.  

Executive Committee meets at 4 p.m. -- They will discuss personnel changes, Rez Patrol, and a Memorandum of Understanding between PRVWSD and the Department of Interior regarding the Natchez Trace.

The full Board meets Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:30 a.m., with the staff Christmas Party afterwards.  Who wants to crash it?  

Polar Bear Jump and Chili Cook Off

Support the local YMCA and take part in the upcoming Polar Bear Jump and Chili Cookoff.  It happens 11 a.m. on New Years Day at Lakeshore Park.  It's 27 degrees out there right now. Imagine what it's going to be 2.5 weeks from now.  Talk about Hair of the Dog.  

Folks, this is for a great cause.  $15 bucks gets you: 1) a shirt, 2) a big steaming bowl of chili, 3) the right to call yourself a man or wo(man), and 4) a warm, fuzzy feeling knowing you are helping special needs children experience joy.  The money raised goes to support the Reservoir YMCA's Inclusive Camp for Special Needs Children.  The summer camp is a vital addition to our community, and provides so much for the children able to take part in it.  Do it.  Registration forms can be obtained at the Rez Y, or for more info, contact Corey at 601.992.9118.  


Here is a link to an article about the Polar Bear Jump from last year.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Christmas Program -- Fannin Baptist Church

Fannin Baptist Church.  The adult choir at Fannin Baptist Church has their Christmas Special on Sunday evening, December 15, 2013, at 6 p.m.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Mustard Seed's Bells of Faith Holiday Schedule.

The Bells of Faith choir from the Mustard Seed is an absolute blessing and joy to hear perform.  From the Church at Northshore's website:

Since 1981, Bells of Faith, the Mustard Seed handbell choir, has ministered to area churches and groups across the south. The bell choir offers an opportunity for the ringers to share their faith through leading worship and educating listeners about their abilities rather than their disabilities. The choir is directed by Northshore’s own Debbie Burnham, trained musicians and music therapists and plays at churches, civic, and community gatherings. There is no fee for the bell choir to perform; however, many churches generously give a love donation to the Mustard Seed in honor of the bells to help cover the cost of transportation.

I strongly encourage you to make the effort to hear them perform, and to visit with them about their faith.  Here is the remaining schedule for the Christmas season:

Thursday December 12 – St. James Episcopal Church – 12:00 noon luncheon
Thursday December 12 – Friends of the Library / Flowood Library – 6:00p.m.
Sunday December 15 – Riverside Methodist Church – 10:30 morning worship
Sunday December 15 – First Baptist Church Carthage – 6:00p.m..
Monday December 16 – Mississippi College Flowood – Christmas Open House – 3:30p.m. Address: 115 Laurel Park Cove, Suite 101, Flowood, MS 39232
Tuesday December 17 – Saint Paul’s Women’s Guild Christmas party – St. Paul’s Family Life Center – 5971 Hwy 25, Flowood, MS / 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday December 18 – Brandon Baptist – 6:00p.m.


Christmas Program -- Lakeside Presbyterian Church

Lakeside Presbyterian Church.  Jesus, Hope of the World, is the theme of Lakeside's Christmas Program.  It takes place this Sunday, the 15th, at 6 p.m. in the main sanctuary.  It will be a combined musical program, featuring the children's choir, adult choir, and praise band.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christmas Program -- Jackson Churches

The larger, Jackson churches all have popular Christmas music specials where folks from all around the Jackson metro area come to worship through song.  Below are just a few.

First Baptist Church of Jackson.  The popular Carols by Candlelight program offered through FBC of Jackson begins this Friday, December 13 and runs through the 15.  Through music and drama, Carols by Candlelight shares the Christmas story and the importance of experiencing the message of Christmas through the love of Christ. For more than 40 years, First Baptist Jackson has offered this Christmas celebration as a special gift to all who attend.  This year, Carols by Candlelight's theme is "Hope for Christmas." Join FBC of Jackson for this Christ-centered musical presentation of His love, our true Christmas Hope.  Go to this webpage for all the information you need, including how to livestream the program if you are unable to attend in person.

First Presbyterian Church of Jackson.  The Music of Christmas program takes place on Sunday, December 22, 2013, at both 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Both services are always SRO, so get there early.  

Christ United Methodist Church.  Christ United Worship Arts presents the Annual Christmas Music Festival. Join us as the Worship Arts ministry team portrays the timeless story of Christmas through music.  Featured Groups: Sanctuary Choir, Sanctuary Orchestra, Vibe Band, Synergy, One Voice Youth Choir, and Children's Choir.  This is an amazing time of worship for the Advent season.  Go here for more info.  

Friends of the Flowood Library Open House Tomorrow

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Pounding the Pavement for Cure 5K this Weekend at Liberty Park

The Senior Class at Jackson Prep has organized the 2nd Annual Pounding the Pavement for a Cure 5K. The website for better information and registration is www.ppc5k.com.

The event was started last year by Anna Grace Buchanan and Cara Lee Crawford, both of who's lives had been touched by cancer.  Many in the Reservoir area knew Anna Grace's father, local dentist, Doug Buchanan, who died of pancreatic cancer last year.

Read this article about Anna and Cara's efforts.  

Details are as follows:

Date: December 14, 2013

Location: Starts at Liberty Park next to the Flowood YMCA (694 Liberty Road, Flowood, MS 39232)

Time: Race starts at 7:30 a.m.; please be there approximately 45 minutes early.

Purpose: Raise money for cancer research at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Cost: Pre-register online - $25.00 (guaranteed a t-shirt if registered by November 25) or register at the race - $35.00

Read the girls' story below.

Christmas Program -- St. Mark's UMC

Over the next few days, I'll try and post information on the Christmas Cantata's/Specials/Programs in the local churches.  If you have info from your church, send it on to me at usmjacksonalum@yahoo.com.


ADVENT and CHRISTMAS EVENTS 

December 15  ~ 4pm   “A Christmas Carol Special Report”
     Children’s Christmas Musical
December 18 ~ 6pm “There is a Rose”
     Sanctuary Choir Christmas Cantata
December 22 ~ 4pm Christmas Communion
     5pm Youth Nativity Walk
December 24 ~ Christmas Eve Candlelight Service (Sanctuary)
      4:30pm ~ A child-friendly service of music and the Christmas story  
      6:00pm ~ Christmas Eve Candlelight Service (Sanctuary)
                   ~ a traditional service including music and Christmas message
      6:00pm ~ Christmas Eve Candlelight Service (Christian Life Center)
                   ~ a contemporary service including music and Christmas message

Photos from the Grand Lighting of Winner's Circle Park



MISS103 has a good photo album of pictures from the Grand Lighting of Winner's Circle Park/Annual Chili Cookoff.  Visit it here.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Arbor Landing Marina Slips Available


Rankin County Republican Club Christmas Party

The Rankin County Republican Club will have their Christmas party on Monday, December 16, 2013, at 5:30 at El Potrillo Restaurant in Flowood.  It's a free event with appetizers and cash bar (for those not driving).  All are invited for appetizers, fun and Christmas cheer.  

Update on the Draw Hunts at the Reservoir


The Clarion Ledger published some great advertising from the PRVWSD on Saturday.  The paper highlighted the above crossbow kill of Patrick Hinson, a 17 3/8 inch spread, 19 3/8 inch main beam hoss.  If I'm reading the story correctly, it was taken below the Spillway, on the Rankin County side of the river. Congratulations to the hunter.  

According to the report, a grand total of three deer -- count them -- three, have been harvested so far this year on the draw lands.  Bear in mind we are over half way through the year (though the rut hasn't started in our neck of the woods).  For the sake of continuity of the program, I imagine the PRVWSD want their hunters shelling out $300 a pop to come away with a little more than empty woods and fond memories.  Full story here.  

The good news is, a few slots were not filled by the draw.  For those interested, you can call Craig Hunt, Director of Parks and Recreation for the PRVWSD at 601-856-6574.  Perhaps you can best Patrick Hinson during the rut!

I'm eager to hear more stories from those who hunted the PRVWSD draw hunt lands. Shoot, I'd also like to hear from those who had success on non-draw PRVWSD lands.  

PRVWSD Draw regulations here.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Jackson Zoo Celebrates Christmas, Too!



Bring your family to the zoo for dazzling holiday lights, live animal encounters, gourmet Christmas treats, rides on the carousel and the Polar Express Train, and photos with Santa in his workshop!

The Zoo will be open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday in December from 12:00-8:00 pm.  (Note that the zoo will not open until noon on these dates, and will stay open late to view the lights!)

Special admission price of $5.00 for all ages!  Children under the age of two are free, and zoo members are also free!


Friday, December 6, 2013

Santa is in the Rez Area This Afternoon!

From an email sent by Apple Annie's:


Ho Ho Ho!! Guess who's coming to Apple Annie's Brandon...Santa will be here Friday, December 6 from 3:00-6:00pm. Come have your kiddos tell Santa what they want for Christmas. This is a BYOC (bring your own camera) event...perfect time to snap a pic or two.

Call for Volunteers for "Shop With a Doc"

Request from the local Chamber of Commerce:

Good Afternoon,

The MS Burn Foundation host “Shop with the Doc” each year at Pearl Walmart. This is a “shopping” time for recovering pediatric children who have been through the burn center. We are looking for volunteers to come help the kids shop! Some have lost homes, clothes, parents and just need a little time spent with them! Please let me know if you would like to come help out for a few minutes! This will be next Thursday, December 12 from 5:30 until 7:30 at the Pearl Walmart. Walmart will provide dinner for all Volunteers!!!

Also, we are in need of donations to help buy gift for the children! Anything helps!

Thanks,


Ashlee Coley
Rankin County Chamber of Commerce
101 Service Drive
P.O. Box 428
Brandon, MS 39043

(601) 825-2268

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Southwest Airlines Says Sayonara to Jackson

Southwest Airlines announced they are pulling out of Jackson, Mississippi.  From Southwest's press release:

“Southwest Airlines announced today its decision to close three cities in the airline’s network. On June 7, 2014, Southwest will cease operations at Branson Airport (BKG), Key West International Airport (EYW), and Jackson-Evers International Airport (JAN). Southwest began service to Jackson-Evers International in 1997. The airline added Branson Airport and Key West International Airport to its route map in 2012 as part of its integration with AirTran, a wholly-owned subsidiary.”

See the WJTV story.

See Mississippi Business Journal story.

Clarion Ledger's Fishing Report

The Clarion Ledger recently opined on the fishing conditions at the Reservoir.

The conditions at Barnett Reservoir are about as tough as they get. Last week’s rain brought fluctuating water levels, lots of current and plenty of mud.
To make a bad situation worse, high winds have made the main lake almost unfishable. On Wednesday, only a handful of boat trailers were in the parking lot at Goshen Springs, and what little boat traffic there was was seen was upriver.
While Pelahatchie Bay offered protection from the wind, anglers are said to be struggling to put fish in the boat because of the muddy water.
The only silver lining that can be found right now is below the spillway. The water has dropped about 13 feet since last Friday, but there is still plenty of current.
Read the entire article here.

Proposed National Wildlife Refuge Can Co-Exist With the Proposed One Lake

Engineering consultant tells Jackson City Council the proposed national wildlife refuge between Jackson and Flowood will not conflict with the proposed One Lake plan.  From the Jackson Free Press:

Mike Dawson, a consultant working with the FWS, addressed the Hinds County Board of Supervisors Dec. 2 and quelled rumors that the urban refuge threatens One Lake.
"There's no conflict. ... They can co-exist," Dawson told supervisors.
See the entire article here.  

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Do You Know This Dog? [Update: Owner Located]



He is looking for his lost owners.  Found with hunter orange collar near New Hope Learning Center, which is near the corner of Grants Ferry and Manship.  Call Richard at 601.506.7274.

Tis the Season . . . for Open Houses

But I can't think of a better one to attend than The Mustard Seed's.

Open House Email 2013

City of Flowood Open House


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Movies N Moonlight, December Edition



The City of Flowood is revising its popular Summertime Movies N Moonlight during December.  On Thursday, the 19th of December, the City of Flowood will show The Polar Express at the Nature Park (to the East of Winner's Circle Park).  The movie will begin at 5:30 p.m.  There will be hot chocolate and cookies.  Pajamas required.  Great idea, City of Flowood!

Grand Lighting of the Park and Chili Cookoff

This Thursday is the City of Flowood's Grand Lighting of Winner's Circle Park and Chili Cook-off.  The festivities officially begin at 5:30 p.m.  Santa will be there, train rides, hot cocoa, music, beautiful lights, and plenty of warm chili.  Like last year, various corporate teams will compete for the title of best chili in Flowood.  There will also be a raffle for charity.  This year's charitable beneficiary is the Flowood Kiwanis Club.

Right now, the weather forecast looks like a high of 75 degrees on Thursday, with a low of 56 degrees.  A 40 % chance of rain in the evening.

Below is the official info from the Flowood Chamber:

2013 Grand Lighting of the Park & Chili Cook-Off
FREE Team Entry-contact Amanda at 601-932-8007
$10.00/ticket allows a tasting of each chili along with
one full bowl of your choice.
$5.00/ticket for children 12 & under
5:30pm-8:30pm 

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Blake Open House

There is food and drink!


House on Fire in Mill Creek Place Subdivision

I can't tell which house it is due to the heavy firetruck traffic.  It is on Waterford Road, about three to five houses in on the right, as you enter from Grant's Ferry Road.  It's not good.

Update:  The fire started over the garage portion of 461 Waterford Road.  Luckily, no one was hurt.

Pelicans in the Reservoir

It's hard not to notice all the pelicans in the Reservoir lately.  They are American White Pelicans and have a wingspan of nine feet, making them one of the largest birds in North America.  Here is a fun fact I didn't know: they breed in the great plains and Canadian west.

Jim Albritton has a nice cache of photos on his Newsocracy Facebook page.

Various news stories about the white pelicans:

Clarion Ledger
Previous Rez News post.
The Rez's own, Berrrrrrrrrrrrt CASE.
Snippet from William H. Turcotte's, Birds of Mississippi
Wikipedia.org page
Random Youtube video: