Friday, January 31, 2014

$18.43 for W/R?

Every month I get my water bill from the City of Flowood (I don't live inside the city limits, but they provide my water).  It's always a reasonable amount.  However, this month (for service from 12/16/2013 to 1/14/2014), I had an additional $18.43 tacked on there for "W/R" (which, from what I understand, means "West Rankin"), bringing my total bill to over $50.  Based on my conversations with others in the Reservoir area, I'm not alone.  Some got it worse.  For those on a fixed income, this could be devastating, especially when it comes Summer time.  

Apparently, everyone within the West Rankin Utility Authority ("WRUA"), which includes, Pearl, Brandon, Flowood, Richland, parts of PRVWSD, the Airport and Whitfield, is enjoying the benefit of helping pay for the City of Jackson's water troubles.  It's been explained to me like this:  The City of Jackson is the water supplier for the WRUA.  The EPA fined the City of Jackson because its water system was so bad, and those of us that use Jackson water must foot our share of the fine and upgrade requirements.  How long this increase will be in place, I don't know.  I note the WRUA issued a Notice of Intent to Sue the City of Jackson over this issue back in October of 2013.  I also note that according to news sources, around the same time, the WRUA began taking steps to service their own water, rather than rely on the City of Jackson. According to Mayor Rhoads, a Federally mandated study is being performed at the City of Jackson's water treatment plant.  Once that study is completed, the City of Flowood will hash out alternatives to its Jackson reliance.  In the meantime, I see no need to wait; inform the customers on the status of these possible alternatives.

According to WJTV news, the new charge equals $3.91 per thousand gallons used.  Referring to the rain as "liquid gold" just took on a whole new meaning.  Here are some of the news stories from October of 2013, when the decision was initially made by Jackson City Council to share the wealth.  Story 1.  Story 2.

Any other water bill horror stories?  




College Baseball Games at Trustmark Park

The Mississippi Braves and Spectrum Events announced their college baseball schedule at Trustmark Park for the 2014 season. Tickets go on sale to the general public Monday, February 3 at 9:00 AM. First pitch for all games is schedule for 6:30 PM. Gates open at 5:00 PM. 

Date
Game
Club Level
Dugout Level
Field Level
General Admission
March 25
Ole Miss vs
Southern Miss
$22
$15
$10
$8
April 8
Southern Miss vs
Mississippi State
$22
$20
$12
$10
April 22
Ole Miss vs
Mississippi State
$52
$52 / $32
$25
$12

*Home teams are listed second and will be located in the third base dugout. 

Tickets may be purchased in person at the Trustmark Park Box Office or by calling 888-BRAVES4. Fans may also purchase tickets online through Ticketmaster. For sponsorship opportunities, suite and party deck rentals, please contact Laura Kestenbaum with the M-Braves at 601.351.2078.  

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bert's Last Day

Today is Bert Case's last day.  If you are home for the 5 p.m. report, be sure to catch it.

MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS
MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Link to videos.

Football Signing Day Parties

Southern Miss:  The Central Mississippi Eagle Club will host a Signing Day Social on Wednesday, February 5th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in Madison Hall located behind Huntington's Grill on the Hilton Jackson property at 1001 E County Line Road in Jackson.  Southern Miss coaches will be in attendance with Head Coach Todd Monken making a special appearance from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. 

There is no charge for admission and a cash bar along with heavy hors d'oeuvres will be available.  A limited number of Eagle Club golf shirts will be available for $25 (cash or check only).  Parking will be limited but extra parking is available in the UBS building lot east of Madison Hall. For more information, please contact Benjie Barham at (601) 421-4060 


Ole Miss:  The Central Mississippi Ole Miss Rebel Club’s Signing Day Party will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Burgers & Blues at 1600 County Line Road in Ridgeland.  

We will have a live web stream of the Ole Miss Athletics Signing Day Dinner featuring Director of Athletics Ross Bjork, Head Coach Hugh Freeze and members of the football coaching staff.  Admission: $25.  Food will be provided and a cash bar will be available.  For questions or more information, please contact Bob Box at 601-927-8544.

Mississippi State:  State fans can tune into “Signing Day Live,” a two-hour webcast sponsored by Ford, Mississippi Farm Bureau and Regions Bank on HailStateTV from 8-10 a.m. CT Wednesday. Hosted by Bart Gregory, Matt Wyatt and John Correro from the Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex, the online show will feature highlights of Bulldog signees and live interviews with head coach Dan Mullen and assistant coaches. The show will also highlight key aspects of the Bulldog program and feature interviews with current players. 

Fans are encouraged to get involved with the webcast on social media. Tweet to @HailStateFB, the official Twitter account of MSU football, with the hashtag #HailState. HailState beat writer Bob Carskadon will answer selected questions during the webcast. 

Coach Mullen will travel to Jackson for an event at The South Warehouse on East Silas Brown Street. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the program begins at 5:45 p.m. Admission is free, and hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

Fifteen Minutes of Paddling on Pelahatchie Creek (with soundtrack). Enjoy!

You can find about anything on Youtube.  From this guy.  Check out his blog, backwoodsms.com.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Fundraiser for Hudspeth

There is a fundraiser for Hudspeth Rankin County Group Home.  It appears that a portion of all sales from Table 100 will go to the group home.  Later that night, beginning at 5:30 p.m., there will be a party with music, a silent auction and hors d'oeurvres to celebrate the money raised.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Rankin County School District Closed Tomorrow (Wednesday)

  • UPDATE: All Rankin County School District Schools and Offices will be CLOSED once again
    on Wednesday, January 29,
     due to severe weather conditions. 

Link.

Flowood Chamber Annual Awards Luncheon is On!

The Flowood Chamber just announced the annual awards luncheon is still on today.  11:30 at NW Rankin High School Performing Arts Building.  With no school today, there will be plenty of parking at the school. The shuttle will be running within the parking lot.

Meet Your New Head FB Coach at NWRHS



On January 21, Northwest Rankin High School hired Tyler Peterson as its new head football coach. Previous coach and athletic director, Pete Hurt, stepped down recently as head coach, though he will continue as AD until at least the end of the school year.  Coach Peterson will have his work cut out for him as the Cougars finished 4-8 in 2013.  

As young as he is, Peterson already comes with an impressive resume.  (I'm trying to piece this resume together from the internet in my spare time, so cut me some slack if I get some of this wrong):

He graduated from Louisville High and played quarterback at the University of North Alabama, where he started as a freshman in 1997.  He guided the Lions to impressive winning seasons before taking a job at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga in 2004.  One year later, he was back at North Alabama as a graduate assistant.  Thereafter, he took the job as offensive coordinator for the University of Arkansas-Monticello before going back to his alma mater, Louisville High School as its linebacker's coach in 2007. He was named head football coach at Noxapater in 2009.  There, he had an overall 23-15 record and coached Noxapater to a Class 1A championship in 2011.  Kosciusko High School hired him as its head coach in 2012.  He turned around the 0-11 team he inherited to a 7-6 winner.  On January 21, 2014, Coach Peterson begin forming his legacy at NW Rankin.  

Good luck, Coach Peterson!

Clarion Ledger story.

School's Out!

Rankin County School District, Pearl School District, Hartfield, and Jackson Prep are closed.  Madison County says they are open, and, as a result, are getting no love on Twitter.  Be safe!

Below is a photo taken by Jackson Jambalaya's Kingfish at around 8 a.m. today on Flowood Drive.  How fast are you going in these conditions that your car turns on its side?  Follow Kingfish on Twitter and get these types of photos quicker.


Monday, January 27, 2014

Weather Alert From MEMA

The following is the text of an announcement from MEMA concerning the upcoming weather.  Prepare yourself accordingly.
PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is asking residents to prepare themselves and their homes for a dangerous developing winter weather situation. The National Weather Service says the forecast for Tuesday calls for:
  • Ice accumulations up to three quarters of an inch along the Gulf Coast.
  • Snow accumulations of up to four inches along the Highway 84 corridor.
  • Perhaps up to an inch of snow along and south of the I-20 corridor.
  • Temperatures statewide are expected to remain below freezing from Tuesday morning through late Thursday morning.

Black Rose Theatre Presents M*A*S*H

Rez Car Tag Update



The Barnett Reservoir Foundation has been selling pre-orders for the unique Reservoir car tag since May of 2012.  300 must be sold before the plates are manufactured by the Tax Commission.  Right now, just shy of 200 have been ordered, with 2 or 3 applications coming in every week, so there is a long way to go.  The Foundation will soon come out with some incentives to close the deal, i.e., prize packages, preferential numbers, etc.  All those who ordered before a certain date will be eligible for the package.  So, those who have already sent in your applications, you are good.  Look for details in the next edition of Gator Tales.  

Go here to apply for the tag.

Friday, January 24, 2014

NWRAA Spring Baseball and Softball Signups

Spring Baseball and Softball is around the corner.  Here is the information from the website:

BASEBALL REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN.
Registration will be open until February 7th
Evaluations will be February 15th (Ages 6 through 15)
Practices will begin February 22nd
Games will begin March 29th
End of the Year Tournament is May 15-18.


McClain Lodge Bringing Hunting Preserve to Reservoir Area

Props to Chris Merck over at the Merck Team for directing me to this news story affecting the Reservoir.

Not long ago, Buddy McClain took over ownership of the old Luckett Lodge, renaming it McClain Lodge, 214 Clark Creek Road, Brandon, MS 39047.  Buddy continues to operate the facility as a wedding/event destination, as well as a bed and breakfast type establishment.  Recently, Buddy has sought to add pay hunting to the menu.  Buddy is presently "high-fencing" the entire 390 acres, and plans to stock it with non-native species.  He's already started a website with the address mcclainlodgehunting.com.  Said address is currently under construction, but it invites you to call 601.940.0010 or email info@mcclainlodgehunting.com for more information.

Bert Case of WLBT recently ran with a story about local residents' displeasure with the high-fence construction.

Some Rankin County residents upset about proposed game preserve

RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
Fenced-in property to hunt native and exotic animals in Rankin County; it's a proposal that is not going over well with residents of the Reservoir East subdivision. The area surrounds McClain Lodge, off Holly Bush Road.
The owner of a 390 acre parcel of land, Buddy McClain, started building a high fence around some of it. He is proposing to provide a place to raise and hunt native and exotic animals near his McClain Lodge. He discovered he needs a permit from the U. S.  Army Corps of Engineers to build the fence, after it's construction was already underway. The area is in a wetlands.
See the full story here.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Team Andrew is Winning

Our friends/neighbors, the Crosses, are featured in this video.  These are the types of folks that make the Reservoir great.  We are so proud of Andrew and his ongoing battle with childhood leukemia.  Kudos of Jim Albritton for producing and creating another outstanding video for Blair E. Batson.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Look Out for Runners This Saturday Morning

Express Clydesdales Coming to Jackson

Express Employment Professionals is a local temporary staffing agency.  They are bringing their hitch of Clydesdales to Jackson, Mississippi, in conjunction with the Dixie National Rodeo.  At a ton each, that is a lot of horse.  Press Release below.



The Express Clydesdales Visit Jackson, Mississippi 

Jackson, MS January 8, 2014 – The Express Clydesdales of Express Employment Professionals are coming back to Jackson, MS February 7-9 making special appearances at Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital and the Dixie National Parade and Rodeo, according to Tim Dillard, local Express Employment Professionals franchisee. 

New Facilities for the NWRHS Girl's Softball Team

Below is the picture of the new softball batting cage for the NW Rankin High School's Girl's Softball team. There are more pictures at this website.  This is also a picture of community effort (through sponsorships) coming together to help build strong facilities for our schools.  The project is not completed, though.  The Lady Cougars are still seeking financial assistance to install turf and lighting to this facility.  Contact Coach Mike Armstrong at mike.armstrong@rcsd.ms if you are interested in helping these girls (2012 State Champs, by the way) compete.  The girls are most grateful for all support received from their fans/boosters.  Here is a link to the 2014 Schedule.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Old Rapids on the Rez Site

BankPlus obtained lessor status on the lease at the Old Rapids on the Reservoir through foreclosure. Lately, you may have noticed work being conducted on the site.  It appears BankPlus is getting it in shape; perhaps to market it for development.  The bank has been clearing trees, tearing down structures, and cleaning up concrete and other debris to get it in shape.

NW Rankin Stadium Project

Northwest Rankin High School Baseball Team initiated the Press Box/Bleacher Project to make improvements to the baseball stadium.  The website for this project is here.  I encourage you to check it out. There are architectural renditions of the finished work that look fantastic.  To raise funds for the stadium project, the school is selling bricks, nameplates, and press box naming rights.  

The NW Rankin Baseball team has had six players drafted to the pros in the last ten years alone.  Four Metro Players of the Year in the past 10 years.  I can tell you from watching Southern Miss's teams, no one fought harder for the win than Todd McInnis.  Coach McClaskey produces warriors.  His record at the school (beginning in 1990) is a sick 639 wins to 170 losses.  This is a community project worth getting behind.  

Indoor Firing Range Coming to Old Fannin Road

Word on the street is there will be an indoor firing range built behind the pawn shop off Old Fannin Road.
Here is a link to a map of the potential spot.  It may be similar to the Magnolia Rifle and Pistol Club in Byram.

Monday, January 20, 2014

News Reports on Upriver Squatters

I noted the PRVWSD's upriver clean up efforts in an earlier post.  WAPT has a story.  WJTV briefly mentioned the efforts here, while linking the Clarion Ledger's story on it.  112 tons of stuff.  Dang.

New regulations related to camping have been proposed by the Park and Recreation Committee.  Those regulations are published below.  Now is the time for public comment.  According to the article, this will be done through a series of meetings over the next few months.  I imagine there will be plenty of comment on this subject.  These proposals add significant change to the present regulations, including the requirement that a permit be obtained.

Proposed Rule Changes Below

Law Day Art Contest for K-12 grades

The Mississippi Bar Association facilitates an art contest every year in conjunction with Law Day USA (May 1).  The winners have their art displayed at the State Capitol and in the MS Bar magazine.  I remember when I was in grade school, these type of contests would display the winners at the local mall. That was a big deal back then and encouraged my creativity.  I hope you will encourage your kids to participate.  


From the MS Bar:

More Bert Case Gold

Classic Bert Case Reporting

Bert's Resume
Bert Case Facebook Fan Club
Adorable Baby Doing Bert Case Impression
WLBT News Opening in 1990
WLBT Sign Off in 1989, narrated by Bert
Previous Rez News Story on Bert's Trains
Walt Grayson Covers the Train Angle
The City of Jackson Honors Bert


Friday, January 17, 2014

Bert Case, WLBT

Jackson icon, and Rez resident, Bert Case, is in the paper today.  WLBT is asking him to retire, or he's voluntarily stepping down, depending on who you ask.  Forty years on our television screens.  As with the passing of Woody Assaf, local TV will not be the same.  Marshall Ramsey has a gallery of his favorite Bert Case cartoons over at the Clarion Ledger.  Below is classic Bert from YouTube:

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Spillway Flyover

Found an interesting video on YouTube this morning entitled "Spillway Flyover" from username 2350Ace. There are a number of interesting videos posted on YouTube from 2350Ace; check them out here.  The photographer appears to be using a GoPro, or similar type camera, on his vehicles.


Interstate Exit Onto Lakeland Drive Permanently Closing

The Mississippi Department of Transportation will soon close the exit from Interstate 55 to Lakeland Drive (west, towards St. Dominics, not the east exit to Flowood).  This is one of two exit ramps to Lakeland Drive West.  Eventually, MDOT will build an additional lane on the exit ramp heading east which will allow those wanting to go to St. Dominics and other points west to turn onto Lakeland Drive.  The entire project is expected to conclude in November of 2014.  It's all confusing if you are not looking at an aerial.  The Clarion Ledger write-up has the best explanation of it.  Read its article here.  The article makes an interesting observation: that the stretch of I-55 between Woodrow Wilson and Lakeland Drive is the most "highly traveled place" in the entire State.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014

Rez Area Dog Fighting Ring Shut Down


WJTV News Channel 12
Saturday evening, the Rankin County Sheriff's Department busted a dog fighting ring right down the road from my hunting camp.  Nathaniel Cooper, Kyre Cooper, and Sedrick Lyles were all arrested.  However, there were apparently many more individuals out there for the fights.  Those fugitives managed to escape into the nearby woods.  Unfortunately for them, they left their cars at the scene.  Those cars were towed by the Sheriff's Department so that their owners can be identified.  Surprise, surprise, drug paraphernalia and other contraband were found in the cars.  


Above is Nathaniel U. Cooper, the owner of the house where the bust was made.  In addition to the dog fighting charges, he was also charged with a number of other crimes, including a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Three dogs were seized.  Deputies found equipment used to train the dogs for fighting, including modified treadmills to strengthen the dogs.  The suspects will go before Rankin County Judge Kent McDaniel Tuesday for arraignment.  Jackson Jambalaya has a lot of original content on its site, including videos and pictures taken from the Sheriff's facility.

Map to the location of the dog fighting ring.
Clarion Ledger link.
WAPT link with video.
WLOX link.  Video link here.
WJTV link with video.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Public Service Announcement of the Day

I just received (6:52 p.m.) a phone call on my cell phone from the following number, (473) 456.1846.  I usually answer my cell phone, whether I recognize the number or not.  Thankfully, this time, I did not.  An online search for the location of the area code uncovered the phone call was a scam.  It originates from St. George on the Caribbean country of Grenada.

According to a news outlet from Utah where this scam previously took place:

SALT LAKE CITY — Calling back this unknown number may lead to unwanted cell phone charges.
Officials from the Utah Valley Dispatch Special Service District warn against picking up calls from 473-520-9734. The number is from a Grenada and apparently from a caller who claims to be in distress.
Those who call back are charged by the minute. Spanish Fork police and Utah Valley Dispatch reached out to their communities via Facebook and Twitter to warn people to not pick up the phone.
The scam doesn't appear to be new. News reports as far back as 2002 say answering or returning the call can lead to thousands of dollars in cellphone fees.

I assume the callers are trying a number of phone numbers in our area code, so beware.

New Exhibit at Museum of Natural Science



On January 19, Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly closes and the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science prepares for the next two traveling exhibits, A Forest Journey and Nature's Numbers.  Per the Museum's newsletter, A Forest Journey is an "interactive tromp through the world of forests [and] sheds light on the history of the use of wood, explores the many forest produces we rely on, and explains the relationship between forests and the benefits of trees."  Nature's Numbers "is a graphically lush, tactile environment that offers infinite opportunities for children to discover the many shapes and patterns found in nature.  Light, color, gravity, weather and many other natural phenomena are playfully explored through creative puzzles and hands-on interactive units."  

The Museum opens at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday, 9 am on Saturday, and 1 p.m. on Sunday.  It closes at 5 p.m. every night.  Admission: Children $4; Adults $6 (60 years or older $5).  

Agenda for Upcoming PRVWSD Board Meeting


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Spring Gets Pushed Back a Week

Is this the equivalent of the groundhog not seeing his shadow?  Mudbugs Crawfish and Catering issued the following announcement:

We are sorry to make this announcement, but it will be one more week before we open! Due to the extremely cold weather this week, the crawfish catch is very low. We are going to open regardless (with or without crawfish) next Friday the 17th @ 3:00! Look forward to seeing everyone!!

In the The Matter of the Guardianship of Thomas E. Baker

Tuesday, the Mississippi Court of Appeals handed down its decision in the Zebert v. the Guardianship of Thomas E. Baker; Case No. 2012-CA-01480-COA.

Jason Zebert was a Rankin County lawyer.  I say "was" because he is presently suspended from practicing law, and will likely be disbarred.  If I'm not mistaken, he currently sits in the Rankin County Jail until he "purges himself of contempt".  

The facts are these:  In 2000, the Rankin County Chancery Court appointed Zebert as guardian over the person and estate of Thomas E. Baker.  Whether from age or incapacity, Mr. Baker could not manage his own funds or take care of himself.  As guardian, Zebert handled Mr. Baker's funds.  Mr. Baker had approximately $164,910.00 in a bank account.  Every year, Zebert was required by Court Order to provide a simple accounting to the Chancery Court.  For many years, this was done without issue.  

However, for the year 2007-2008, Zebert failed to produce an accounting.  In 2009, Chancery Judge John Grant III issued a show cause order, directing Zebert to appear before the Court and produce the accounting.  Zebert was able to stall the Chancery Court for a couple of years.  Eventually, Judge Grant ordered Zebert incarcerated, but suspended the sentence for one week, to give Zebert one last chance to wake up and produce the accounting.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

How You Can Help the Salvation Army in the Rez Area

From the Salvation Army:

Friday, January 3rd, 2014 at around 6:00 a.m. our Family Store in Jackson, MS caught fire.  The fire spread throughout the entire building, destroying what looks to be everything the building entailed.  At this current time, the building is too dangerous to enter in order to see if anything can be salvaged.  We are asking for constant prayer, donations of any kind, and your continued support.  

Locations taking ALL Donations

Market Street Store (Previously Migi's) is taking donations between the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and tomorrow.  

Flowood Chamber Annual Luncheon and Top of the Community Awards

The Flowood Chamber's Annual Luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on January 28 at the Northwest Rankin High School Performing Arts Building.  In conjunction, the Chamber is seeking nominations for its annual awards.  Below are the awards and their criteria.  If you would like to nominate a person or business, use the nominating form, found here.  

Nominees for all awards must be a member of The Chamber of Flowood and have exhibited extraordinary business or community leadership skills.  They must be an active participant in a metro business and/or community organization.

Nominations are being sought for the following categories: Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year and Service Organization of the Year.

Large Business of the Year:  The Flowood business whose volunteerism, deeds and actions have had the greatest impact on the Flowood community (26+ employees).


Small Business of the Year:  The Flowood business whose volunteerism, deeds and actions have had the greatest impact on the Flowood community (1-25 employees).

Entrepreneur of the Year:  
The businessperson who owns and/or manages a business in Flowood whose volunteerism, deeds and actions have made a difference in the Flowood community.

Service Organization of the Year:   The Flowood service organization, non-profit, whose deeds and
actions have contributed to the betterment of the Flowood community. 

Seasonal Employment Opportunities With the M-Braves

As the Mississippi Braves gear up for another season, temporary employment opportunities arise.  These may be good for students or retired folks.  Here is the body of an email recently sent out by the M-Braves:

It's time for the Mississippi Braves to get geared up for another spectacular season. We are looking for energetic, hard working people with outgoing personalities and who know how to SMILE to add to our part-time staff. Stop by the M-Braves Front Office located at Trustmark Park to fill out an application today. We accept applications from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. Below is a list of positions that we'll be filling for the 2014 season. For more information, call 888-BRAVES4 or 601-932-8788. 

Positions Available

Monday, January 6, 2014

Next PRVWSD Board of Directors Meeting

The next meeting of the PRVWSD Board of Directors is Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., in the main board room at PRVWSD headquarters, 115 Madison Landing, Ridgeland, Mississippi.

Captain Obvious Reporting For Duty

It's cold.  Please be safe.  Here is the weather advisory from the National Weather Service, issued for Jackson, Mississippi, for Monday, January 6:

.. WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY...
A WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY.
* WIND CHILL VALUES: 0 TO 10 DEGREES WITH NORTH WINDS GUSTING UP TO 30 MPH AT TIMES.
* TIMING: NOW THROUGH MIDDAY TODAY.
* IMPACTS: PROLONGED EXPOSURE OF UNPROTECTED SKIN TO COLD WIND CHILLS COULD LEAD TO FROSTBITE AND HYPOTHERMIA.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS... MAKE SURE EXPOSED SKIN IS COVERED... WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES.

And bring your pets in, too.  Marshall Ramsey nailed it on the head this morning with his frozen to the fire hydrant cartoon.  Check out his website and Facebook Fanpage for more hilarity.  

Friday, January 3, 2014

Thin Mint Sprint 5K


A 5K race in honor of the greatest Girl Scout cookie?!  I'm in.

This is the first ever Thin Mint Sprint 5K, to benefit the Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi.  It takes place on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at the Old Trace Park in Ridgeland.  Check-in begins at 7 a.m. and the race kicks off at 8 a.m.  The cost is $20, which includes a t-shirt.  It would be a whole lot cooler if they would throw in a box of cookies, too.  Registration closes on January 19.  You can register here.

P.S., unless you are affiliated elsewhere, indicate Troop 5577 on the Registration Form.  My daughter greatly appreciates it.  

BTW, the debate is over; in fact, it never started:  A frozen Thin Mint is the best type of Girl Scout cookie. Boom!

PRVWSD's New Rankin County Office

The PRVWSD recently opened a Rankin County satellite office.  It's located in the old Bank Plus building next to Polk's Drugs, at 1864 Spillway Road.  The purpose of the office is to better serve Rankin County leaseholders. According to General Manager John Sigman, water, sewer, and lease payments can be made at that office. Further, building permits and code enforcement issues will be handled there.  Future plans for the building include a drive-thru window for convenience.  The hours of operation will be 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to accommodate after-hours payments.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Interactive Map of PRVWSD Property

On its website, the PRVWSD posted an interactive map of all PRVWSD property.  Here is the link to the map.  There is found on this map an amazing amount of information. I encourage you to check it out.

Snakes On a Rug



There is an interesting article in this week's Weekly Leader (yes, I actually read it), headlined: Cleaning Up Pearl River Campsite Spooky.  The article details the PRVWSD's efforts to clean up the refuse upriver left on sandbars by squatters.  You may remember the numerous posts and warnings in August provided by the PRVWSD to remove property from upriver sandbars.  The PRVWSD gave an October 1, 2013, deadline to do so.

True to their word, cleanup work has been progressing.  PRVWSD workers found abandoned campsites with running water, latrines, functioning kitchens, among other things.  From the article: "[PRVWSD Executive Director John] Sigman said the cleanup has been slow going for a couple of reasons.  First, workers encounter much more than they had expected.  Secondly, workers could only go upriver and work when things were slow at the PRVWSD shop."

Apparently this type of trash attracts snakes.  PRVWSD workers indicated they had been cleaning up large amounts of carpet used to line the sandbars.  See the picture above for a couple of piles of used carpet. "You would not believe the number of snakes that made their homes under that carpet," Sigman said.  Yikes!