Friday, May 30, 2014

Alligator on the Causeway

This video was recently posted on WLBT's Facebook page, taken by anchor Howard Ballou's son, Blair.

Post by WLBT 3 On Your Side.

PRVWSD's New Webpage

If you haven't checked out the PRVWSD's new website, I encourage you to.  Huge upgrade.  Here it is. More pleasing to the eye, easier to navigate, and makes important information easier to find.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Reservoir Bluebird


This photograph of a male eastern bluebird was sent in by one of our readers, Rita Hall.  Great shot! and an incredible view of the many colors of nature.

Reader photos are always welcomed.  Send them to thereznewsblog@gmail.com.

Katfishin' Kids Next Weekend

Katfishin' Kids June 7, 2014

June 7, 2014 – 7:00 A.M. – 10:30 a.m.

Turcotte Lab of Highway 43 at the Ross Barnett Reservoir

This event is free to all and no equipment is needed.

Mark your calendar and make plans to join us on June 7th for a fun-filled day at Katfishin’ Kids!

The Mississippi Wildlife Federation, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and ParksThe Mississippi Museum of Natural ScienceSport Fish RestorationAcademy Sports and OutdoorsBrown Bottling GroupAllied Waste Services, and all local Wal-Mart stores are working together to bring this free event to children aged 15 and under to teach them all about fishing.
Bring the kids and join us for a fun-filled day where children can learn the basics of fishing. We’ll teach them how to tie a knot, select the correct lure, bait hooks and cast. In addition, they will learn what a fish is and become familiar with it’s habitat. We’ll stock the pond with catfish and let them try their hand at fishing. Lunch will be provided free of charge.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

This Week at the Rez

From the PRVWSD's weekly email:

A DRIVE THRU AND SIGN” event will take place today, Wednesday, May 28th from noon until 8:p.m. at Scenic Drive Park (between Turtle Creek and Forest Point off of Spillway Rd).  Residents are urged to drive thru the booths set up on site and sign the petition.  The Barnett Reservoir Foundation is assisting in collection of registered voters signatures on the petition to allow PRVWSD lands in Rankin County to qualify for Resort Status.  

·         The Gator Bait Hatchlings Race is scheduled to take place at Lakeshore Park on May 31st.  For more information on the kayak event and the Gator Bait Paddlers organization, visit: www.gatorbaitrace.com

·         Leaseholders are reminded that posting political signs on their lease property is permitted, but no political signs can be placed on public or un-leased properties within the District.

·         Barnett Reservoir Boat Show is scheduled for this weekend, May 31st & June 1st at the Madison Landing Boat Ramp from noon until dusk.  Come out and see the latest offering in water recreation.  Admission is free!

Summer Events at the Flowood Library

More goes on at the Flowood Library than you realize. It's more than just summer reading.  There are cooking competitions, movie showings, quiz shows, and much more. Below is a sampling of just some of the summer activities. Pay special attention to the Mississippi Paranormal Society. I understand they will speak of their exhaustive but ongoing efforts to find a clean political campaign.  Sorry, I can't seem to be able to get it to turn upside down.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Old Intersection Soliciting Post

One topic that never seems to go away is intersection solicitation.  The Drive and Sign post below rekindled this oldie.  Here is a post from January of 2013 that discusses it and links to some of Jim's old posts on the subject.  Enjoy this walk down memory lane.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Independence Day Celebration Information


Folks, there is a lot going on at the end of June here at the Reservoir. I encourage you to frequently check the Barnett Reservoir Foundation webpage for information.  There you will find details on:

-  the ongoing Rez Krewe Virtual Marathon (which helps fund the fireworks display for the Independence Day celebration);

- Water Fest (held in conjunction with Independence Day celebration);

- the Lighted Boat Parade (it gets bigger and bigger every year)

- the Reservoir YMCA Cardboard Box Boat Race (which helps fund their Summer Inclusive Camps);

- the Fenders and Fireworks Classic Car Drive In;

Gatorbait Hatchling Race This Saturday


Friday, May 23, 2014

Movies-N-Moonlight at Winner's Circle Park


Quite a crowd for the Frozen sing-a-long last night.  Great job City of Flowood, Community Bank, Army National Guard, and the other sponsors.  Jumpies, popsicles, ice cream, etc.  I love getting the community together for these type of events.


This Week at the Rez

This week's email verbatim:

·         About 25 Barnett Reservoir bass fishermen recently took 172,000 passengers for short boat rides, and it’s a possible return trip they long to make. It was part of a joint program between the fishermen, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, and the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District to stock pure-strain Florida bass in the 33,000-acre lake. The fishermen were used to transport the 6-week old fingerling fish raised at the MDWFP’s Turcotte Hatchery to favorable habitat in the upper river, main lake and Pelahatchie Bay areas where survival rates will be enhanced. “I just hope this isn’t the only boat ride I share with some of these bass,” said Dudley Salers, one of the anglers who participated. For more on this story, visit http://www.ms-sportsman.com

·         The Barnett Reservoir Foundation is assisting in collection of registered voters signatures on the petition to allow PRVWSD lands in Rankin County to qualify for Resort Status.   A “DRIVE THRU AND SIGN” event will take place on Wednesday, May 28th from noon until 8:p.m. at Scenic Drive Park (between Turtle Creek and Forest Point off of Spillway Rd).  Residents are urged to drive thru the booths set up on site and sign the petition.


·         The Gator Bait Hatchlings Race will take place at Lakeshore Park on May 31st.  For more information on the kayak event and the Gator Bait Paddlers organization, visit: www.gatorbaitrace.com

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Drive and Sign

Movies-n-Moonlight Tonight

Frozen, on the big screen at Winner's Circle Park.  Gates open at 5:30, but it won't get dark until much later. Bring your blankets, chairs, bug spray, picnic supper, . . . oh, and your kids.  See you there.

Fishing Camp at Paul B. Johnson State Park

Camp Fish

The Mississippi Wildlife Federation is proud to partner with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) to host a Camp Fish events. The local one will be held July 21-24, 2014, at Paul B. Johnson State Park.

Any youth ages 11-15 are encouraged to apply.  Because of limited space, we can only accept 20 students at each camp.  To apply for a camp, youth are required to complete and submit the application and liability waivers below or print and mail to MDWFP Camp Fish 2014, Attention: Larry Bull 1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS 39211.  Applications will be ranked based on the quality and content of the essays to determine the 25 camp participants.  

Applications for the Paul B. Johnson State Park camp must be received by July 11, 2014. Selected participants will be notified by July 15, 2014.



Prior fishing experience is not required to attend, however, a desire to learn about fish and fishing is needed.  There is no cost to attend either camp.  Camp participants will need to be onsite by 8:00 a.m. each morning and picked up by 5:00 p.m. each day.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided each day.  Parents/guardians are responsible for daily transportation to and from each camp.  For more information about MDWFP Camp Fish 2014, contact Larry Bull at Larryb@mdwfp.state.ms.us or 601-432-2208.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Press Release re Boat Ramp Hours for Pepsi Pops

I Didn't Think That Would Last

From the Madison County Chamber of Commerce:

Please help us spread the word.

PS to BOATERS:  There has been a change in plans and the Dragon Boat Regatta race course will no longer be set up Friday afternoon. The course will go up Saturday morning.


Thanks so much! 

Madison Chamber of Commerce

PRVWSD Board Agenda for Tomorrow's Meeting



This Week at the Rez

Highlights, verbatim, from this week's email:

Pepsi Pops is rescheduled for Friday evening, May 16th at Old Trace Park.  Residents can expect increased traffic on Post Road and Rice Road during the event.
·         Dragon Boat Regatta is scheduled for Saturday the 17th at Old Trace Park.
·        Barnett Reservoir Boat Show has been rescheduled to May 31st & June 1st at the Madison Landing Boat Ramp.  Come out and see the latest offering in water recreation.  Admission is free!
·         Mark your calendars now - The Independence Day Celebration at The REZ is scheduled for June 28th.  The celebration will take place at both Old Trace Park and Lakeshore Park. 
**Volunteers are needed to help make the event a success.  If you are interested in volunteering for our community event, please contact our volunteer coordinator:  Amber Pope at APope@TheRez.MS or 601-856-6574. **
·         WaterFest 2014 will be held in conjunction with the Independence Day Celebrations at The REZ on the 28th of June.   Old Trace Park will host the event from 4pm until 7pm. 
·         Barnett Reservoir Foundation is distributing petitions for signatures by registered voters of Rankin County that live on PRVWSD property.  House Bill 836, as signed by the Governor, allows the registered voters of Rankin County, who live or reside on Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRVWSD) leasehold property the right to petition for a referendum to allow PRVWSD lands in Rankin County to qualify for Resort Status under Mississippi law.   Upon collection of certified signatures from 20% of the electorate, the Rankin County Board of Supervisors will authorize a referendum vote on the petition.  Visit:  www.BarnettReservoirFoundation.org 

May is catfish time on The Rez, which means getting a quick, easy meal out of the lake can be simple. Channel and blue catfish are two of the most underutilized Rez species and are plentiful. They move shallow to spawn May through June and can be caught casting worms, cut bait and even spoiled shrimp from any bank or sand bar. Anchoring a boat on a big stumpy flat 5-8 feet deep can produce enough action to fill a cooler. It's great fun for kids, too.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Wills for Heroes -- Reservoir Fire Department

This group of local attorneys volunteered their time today to draft Last Wills and Testaments, Powers of Attorney and Advanced Healthcare Directives for the first responders of the Reservoir Fire Department. This was done as part of the Wills for Heroes Program.


From left, Troy Odom, Ronnie McMillan, Lee Hill, Jeremy McNinch, Connie Jones, Justin Saffle, Chris Palmer, Craig Slay, and Tami Munsch.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Judicial Race in Rankin County

Justice Court Judge John Shirley qualified against incumbent, Circuit Court Judge John Emfinger for the 20th Circuit Court District that covers Madison and Rankin Counties.  It's not often an incumbent receives a challenge in a judicial race.  This will make for interesting talk at the coffee klatch.  

Public Service Announcement re Pepsi Pops and Dragon Boat Regatta

Please help us spread the word.

PS to BOATERS:  The Madison County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to share the weekend with Pepsi Pops.  Because Dragon Boat Regatta is Saturday, the race course will be set out on Friday.  This will severely restrict boat traffic for Pepsi Pops and you will not be able to approach within 300ft of Old Trace Park.  The course will be protected by the water patrol.  This might be the year to come by land! We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation. 
Thanks so much! Have a great weekend.

Madison County Chamber of Commerce
618 Crescent Boulevard, Suite 101
Ridgeland, MS 39157
601.605.2554 office
601.720.2043 cell
601.605.2260 fax

madisoncountychamber.com

Scenes From Flowood Family Fest -- Post Deluge





Thursday, May 8, 2014

Press Release Concerning Boat Show

Barnett Reservoir Boat Show RESCHEDULED
RIDGELAND — Due to the forecasted inclement weather, The Barnett Reservoir Boat Show be rescheduled for May 31st and June 1st at Madison Landing in Ridgeland.
Local dealers will display a full range of watercraft — from kayaks to personal watercraft, and pontoon boats to bass boats — on the north parking lot of Madison Landing Ramp.  Admission is free to the public.
Participating marine dealers include Duncan Marine, Jackson Motor Sports, Ride South, RJ’s Outboards Sales and Service, Smith Marine and Sunset Marina.
Action Marine, an on-site boat service company, and SeaTow, a marine rescue company, will also have exhibits.

Show hours are noon to dusk on Saturday, and noon to 5 on Sunday.

Humanist Association Renews Lawsuit Against NWR

WJTV News Channel 12


Remember these posts concerning NW Rankin High Student, Magdalene Bedi, and the American Humanist Association's ("AHA") lawsuits against the School District from last year.  They alleged the District violated the First Amendment by sponsoring Christian programs and mandating student attendance. The parties later settled the lawsuit and entered into an agreed order whereby the District vowed to promulgate policies regarding school sponsored religion, and further promised never to do it again.  The District also paid $15,000.00, according to this report.  

Six months later, M.B. and AHA renewed their lawsuit against the District after Rev. Rob Gill of St. Mark's United Methodist Church gave the invocation during a program honoring those students who scored higher than 22 on the ACT.  AHA seeks contempt damages against the District.  One gets the feeling the AHA had drawn up that contempt motion six months ago.  In light of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision allowing invocation-type prayer prior to governmental meetings, this may be a difficult fight for the Humanists.  Of course, the language of the agreed order settling the prior suit will be important.  Stay tuned.

Clarion Ledger story here.
WJTV story here.
Gulflive Blog here.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Potential Child Abduction at the Reservoir (UPDATED)

After I posted the below email, this blog site received a comment from Raymond Duke, Chief Investigator for the Rankin County Sheriff's Department.  I deemed it important enough to include in the body of this post:

There is some truth to this, but let me give some facts to the story. The Sheriff's office was not contacted directly about this incident but we did receive a call from an officer with Flowood PD in regards to an email sent out by the Foxbay HOA. We started an investigation and have been in contact with the mother of the juvenile. The suspect did allegedly make comments to the juvenile and offer to take her to look at a "tool sale". He never exited his vehicle and she never entered it. Luckily the school bus arrived and she boarded the bus. He was distributing papers door to door throwing them out of the vehicle. The vehicle is a red or maroon 2001 Dodge Neon with Hinds county plates. His employer was contacted by the juveniles parent and he has terminated after he could not give a valid reason for stopping and engaging a juvenile in a conversation. I am still looking for the subject to conduct an interview and explain to him the error of his ways. As always, be vigilant and watch your kids. This is an isolated incident and we are aware if who he is.
Raymond Duke -Chief Investigator, Rankin County Sherrif's Department


Original Post:

See the below email sent from the Fox Bay Board of Directors about a potential child abduction last week. I'm curious as to the outcome of the Sheriff Department's investigation.  Anyone have any news?

Fellow Fox Bay Residents,

We want to make you aware of a frightening encounter that occurred on Wednesday, April 30 at around 7 a.m. While a child was waiting on the school bus in front of her Vineyard house, a man who was either delivering or pretending to deliver the Rankin Ledger newspaper drove up to her and engaged her in conversation. He attempted to lure her into his car. The bus arrived and she boarded it. The man was older, white with short, gray hair and was driving a maroon/purple car. The child’s mother has contacted the Rankin Ledger and the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department.

We will also distribute a flyer in the next few days to make residents aware who are not yet on the email distribution list.

Sincerely,
Fox Bay Board of Directors

Pepsi Pops Postponed

Pepsi Pops has been postponed until Friday, May 16, 2014, due to potential rain!

This Week at the Rez

Here is this week's Rez Update from the PRVWSD.  If you are not already signed up to receive these, email Cindy at cford@therez.ms, and get on it.

This week at the REZ:     May 7, 2014 
·         Pepsi Pops is scheduled for Friday evening, May 9th at Old Trace Park.  Residents can expect increased traffic on Post Road and Rice Road during the event. 
·         Barnett Reservoir Boat Show is this weekend, May 10th & 11th at the Madison Landing Boat Ramp.  Come out and see the latest offering in water recreation.  Admission is free! 
·         The REZ tag presales have reached 205.  Only 95 more needed to complete our 300 goal.  Sign-up now if you haven’t already! 
·         Dragon Boat Regatta is scheduled for next Saturday the 17th at Old Trace Park. 
·         PRVWSD Board of Directors hold their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Thursday, May 15th.  Committee meetings are to be held Monday, May 12th. 
·         BOATERS please continue to operate your craft with extra caution within the ongoing dredge project area.  The dredging operation spans from Pelahatchie Shore Park eastward to Forest Point Subdivision.  Dredge pipe lines are marked, but extra caution is recommended for all boaters within Pelahatchie Bay. 
·         Barnett Reservoir Foundation is distributing petitions for signatures by registered voters of Rankin County that live on PRVWSD property.  House Bill 836, as signed by the Governor, allows the registered voters of Rankin County, who live or reside on Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRVWSD) leasehold property the right to petition for a referendum to allow PRVWSD lands in Rankin County to qualify for Resort Status under Mississippi law.   Upon collection of certified signatures from 20% of the electorate, the Rankin County Board of Supervisors will authorize a referendum vote on the petition.  For more information  or to download petition visit:  http://barnettreservoirfoundation.org/resort-area-petition-drive-underway


Weekend Weather -- Not Looking Good

This is a big weekend coming up for the Reservoir.  Pepsi Pops on Friday, Boat Show on Saturday and Sunday, Flowood Family Festival on Saturday.  There will be no shortage of fun things to do in this your backyard.  Unless, Mother Nature has anything to do with it.

Weather.com breaks the bad news of 70% chance of thunderstorms all day Friday and Saturday.  Might be good to have a back up plan.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

NWR HS Girl's Softball Team Playing for the North State Championship

The Northwest Rankin Lady Cougars softball team is playing for the North State Championship this weekend.  It is a best of 3 game series.  Game 1 is this Friday, 6 p.m., at Northwest Rankin High School. Game 2 will be at Madison Central at 1 p.m. on Saturday.  Game 3, if necessary, will also be played at Madison Central.


The girls advanced after beating Southaven this past weekend. One in which they had to win the last two games to take the series.  The girls need all our support against Madison Central this weekend.

PRVWSD Board Meeting

The next meeting of the Board of Directors for the PRVWSD is Thursday, May 15.  Details below:

Monday, May 5, 2014

(Updated - Found Safe) Press Release Regarding Missing Rankin County Teen



UPDATE (from WJTV News):

After an intense investigation, Rankin County Deputies have tracked down missing Rankin County teen, Hailee Prince.

Rankin County Investigators with the assistance of Sheriff Tyrone Lewis and the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office took Prince into custody at an apartment complex in the Belhaven area of Jackson.

She is in good health and is being transported back to Rankin County at this time. 

Sheriff Bryan Bailey thanks the media, the public, and the men and women of the Hinds and Rankin County Sheriff’s Offices and credits all with locating Hailee so fast. 


From MS News Now.

The Rankin County Sheriffs Office needs your help finding a missing teen.    
15-year-old Hailee Christian Prince was discovered missing Saturday by her step mother.

The last time Prince was seen was around 11:00 p.m., Friday night, May 2 in her room.
The teenager is required to take medication twice a day to keep her blood pressure from getting fatally low, and she does not have the medication with her.

Prince is described as a white female, standing approximately 5'3" tall and weighs between 115lbs-120lbs.

She has brown hair with the left side of her head shaved and the right side chin to shoulder length and was last seen wearing a dark blue Ole Miss T-shirt and gray and pink pants.

Prince left her residence between the hours of 11:00 p.m. Friday and 5:34 a.m. Saturday.

Rankin County Sheriff's Department deputies and investigators are following several leads at this time.
Some information obtained indicates that Hailee Prince could be on her way to Chicago or New York City.

If you have any information please contact the Rankin County Sheriff's Department at 601-825-1480.

2nd Annual Wild Game Banquet

A coalition of Methodist churches in Rankin County is sponsoring the second annual Wild Game Banquet on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at the City of Brandon Civic Center, 1000 Municipal Drive, Brandon, Mississippi. Here is the Clarion Ledger story on it.  It starts at 5 p.m., with interactive exhibits for kids.  Dinner begins at 6 p.m.  Tickets are $25 and it all goes to Habitat for Humanity.  "Last year’s inaugural Wild Game Dinner drew about 435 people and donated just under $25,000 to Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area, event co-chairman Mel Coxwell said."  This year, they are aiming for 525.  

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Pepsi Pops Friday, May 9, 2014

From the VisitRidgeland website:

33rd  Annual Pepsi Pops

May 9, 2014
Old Trace Park on the Ross Barnett Reservoir
7:30 p.m.
On Friday, May 9, the 33rd annual Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s Pepsi Pops concert will take place at the Ross Barnett Reservoir’s Old Trace Park, under the sponsorship of Brown Bottling Group, Pepsi-Cola distributor. The gates to the park will open at 4:30 pm and their will be pre-concert entertainment, which will include performances from top area musicians including hits from the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s.
Children will have their own special activities area, the Pepsi Playground, which will be open from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  In addition to a space jump and slides, children can enjoy a number of other games and activities.
Concessions will be provided for purchase.
The public is also invited to bring their family picnic basket to the event.  An annual contest is held for the “Best Picnic Design”, and prizes are awarded to the winners.
The Jackson Symphony League will be selling glow sticks and 2010 Pepsi Pops posters.
At 7:30 pm, Maestro and the MSO will take the stage for a rousing concert plus patriotic marches culminating in a fantastic fireworks finale.
Tickets may be purchased at Kroger grocery stores, Regions Bank and the MSO office.  ‘Ticket prices are $12 for adults when purchased in advance; $15 at the gate.  Children’s tickets (ages 4-18) are $5. Children under the age of four are free.
For tickets and additional information, please contact the MSO office at 601-960-1565 or visit www.msorchestra.com.

Reservoir Boat Show Coming May 10 and 11

As a follow up to my prior post, see the flyer below for information on the upcoming Boat Show


PRVWSD Email Notifications

The PRVWSD recently instituted a new initiative to keep the community informed of events and other topics of interest involving the Ross Barnett Reservoir.  This initiative involves a weekly email.  If you are not receiving the email, and would like to, contact Cindy Ford, Executive Assistant at the PRVWSD, at cford@therez.ms.

Included in this past week's email is the following:

The Board of Directors has approved a water and sewer rate adjustment.  The adjustment will increase the minimum charge for the first 3000 gallons of water and sewer to $14 (water) and $16 (sewer).  The volumetric charge for water and sewer service over 3,000 will be increased to $4.25 (water) and $5.75 (sewer).   The will also be a 5% annual volumetric increase FY2016 through FY2020.  Customers will see the increase on their July 2014 billing.

·         Discussions continue on the Lake User Permit Fee.  Staff is continuing to coordinate the implementation and take comments on Lake User Permits.  The target date for implementation is January 2015.

·         PRVWSD will exhibit again at the 2014 Wildlife Extravaganza August 1, 2 & 3.  The Special Permit Hunt applications will be ready for distribution at this year’s event.  The Board of Directors approved changes to the hunts to allow for a better experience and a longer season.

·         The REZ tag presales have reached 206.  Only 94 more needed to complete our 300 goal.  Sign-up now if you haven’t already!

·         The vehicle traffic control fee will be collected at the public parks on weekends and holidays beginning this Saturday May 3rd.   The fee will be $5.00 per vehicle for admission to Lakeshore Park, Pelahatchie Shore Park and Old Trace Park after 12 o’clock noon on weekends and holidays.  An annual pass is available for purchase for $30.00 at the PRVWSD Payment and Permit office.


Thursday, May 1, 2014

They Are Back


Every day after work I look to the green patch behind my office to see if the local deer herd has returned. Two or three nights a year, they do.  Good to see Old Fannin Road hasn't obliterated them yet.