Thursday, December 31, 2015

Drone Videos of the Rez

News trickles during this season. How about some YouTube videos of the Rez? I discovered Scott Hall's drone videos. Definitely check them out. They provide unique views of the Rez and life thereabout.

Drone footage taken at the Highway 43 entrance to the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area.



Here's Ratliff Ferry



This past 4th of July

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Randy Ates Insurance Agency

Randy Ates Agency generously advertises with the Rez News. I am grateful for our advertisers and would like to highlight their services.  Below is information provided to the Rez News by Randy. Thank you for considering our sponsors.

Randy Ates Agency has been in business since 1989. We specialize in auto, homeowners and life insurance.
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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Amerigo Flowood Opens January 2016

Amerigo Flowood will be opening the second week of January 2016.

Hat tip to my little brother for that info. vtl

Swearing In Ceremony



The Rankin County Swearing In Ceremony went forward without a hitch. Three new Supervisors were sworn in, including District 2's Daniel Cross.  Also, a new Superintendent of Education, and a couple of new School Board members. The first official meeting of the new Supervisors is Monday.

I spoke with Jack Winstead at the reception following. He informed me the PRVWSD will gain three new Board members in the upcoming weeks as well.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Rankin County Swearing In Ceremony

Below is the agenda for tomorrow's swearing-in ceremony at the Circuit Courtroom of the Rankin County Justice Center in downtown Brandon.  Festivities begin at 9 a.m.


Mudbugs is hiring

Popular Reservoir area crawfish restaurant, Mudbugs, is hiring.  Download the job app here.

PRVWSD November 2015 Minutes

Some highlights:

The Board approved advertising the bidding of the 4 acre parcel down Spillway Road for a restaurant. The Shoreline Committee previously recommended approval of the advertisement.  The entire Board voted in favor except Arledge, Governor appointee and Rankin County lessee.

Additional movement was made on the water taxi proposal, to include constructing a new pier, boat ramp, etc. for the water taxi fleet.

The Boathouse and Pier Policy was amended to allow for 32 foot piers/boathouses, so that larger boats could be accommodated.

A $300,000.00 bath house is going into Timberlake Campground.

The new camping pads at Timberlake -- estimated to cost $1 Million -- should take 6 months to construct on the 4 acre site.

Pelican Cove Restaurant is looking to expand its pier.


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Keys Found

This evening I found a set of keys near the walking trail along Northshore Parkway.  They were in the woods between Fox Bay and Northshore Village, directly across from Countryside; they hadn't been there long.  Two keys on the keychain, one was a replacement key for a Nissan car (labeled Axxess 37R), the second key is a smaller, nondescript key.  The owner should be able to identify the brand keychain. If they are yours, shoot me an email: usmjacksonalum@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Area Christmas Eve Services

I'd like to post below information on area Christmas Eve church services. If you don't see your church below, please post the info in the comments section and I will move up to the post.  Thank you, and everyone have a Merry Christmas!

Lakeside Presbyterian’s traditional candlelight communion service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, December 24.   

Lakeland Presbyterian Church, PCA, Christmas Eve Communion Service will be at 6:00 p.m. 

St. Mark's United Methodist Church will have two Communion services, the first at 4:30 p.m., and the second at 6:00 p.m.

Pinelake Church will have two services, the first at 3 p.m., and the second at 4:30 p.m.

Word of Life Church will have two services, the first at 4 p.m., the second at 5:30 p.m.

St. Peter's By the Lake Episcopal Church will hold the Holy Eucharist with Children's Christmas Pageant at 5 p.m.  There will be Christmas Carols and Holy Eucharist at 10:15 p.m.

Saint Paul Catholic Church has Mass at 7:30 a.m.

Vineyard Church will have a Candlelight Service at 6 p.m.



Monday, December 21, 2015

Officer Redd of Flowood PD Passes Away



From the City of Flowood:

It is with heavy hearts this morning we inform you that we lost one of our own over the weekend. 
 Officer Leonard Redd passed away on December 19, 2015.  
An account has been opened at BancorpSouth if you would like to make donations to Officer Redd's family.  Thank you and please keep Officer Redd's  family in your prayers. 
Funeral details:
Visitation: Monday, December 21st, 2 pm-6 pm at Dean's Memorial Funeral Home, 745 MS-Hwy 468, Brandon, MS 39042
Funeral: Tuesday, December 22nd, 11:00 am at Pinelake Church
Procession, then graveside burial at Dean's Memorial Funeral Home 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Black Rose Production Auditions Upcoming

Below is all the information you need on the upcoming auditions for the Black Rose Theatre's production of Princess Whatsername.  They are looking for talented children and teens currently in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Recent Area Crime

Tis the season, I suppose . . . .

There have been (at least) two robberies in the Flowood/Rez area over the past couple of days. A friend who lives in Oakridge Trail next to Dogwood Marketplace was telling me how his neighbor's jeep was stolen, and various cars were broken into there.  Then I see where Bridlewood had their own fun last night.

WLBT story on the car burglaries in Oak Ridge Trail
WJTV story on the car burglaries in Oak Ridge Trail
WAPT story on the robbery in Bridlewood
WLBT story on the robbery in Bridlewood




Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Thursday Events

You know about Movies-N-Moonlight, and Judge Ratcliff's reception, and we previously talked about the Rez Dog Park Kick-Off.  Looking for more to do on Thursday? Head down to Pearl, for the Pearl Chamber's Open House at the Spring Lake Event Venue from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Catch the Polar Express

From the City of Flowood. Be advised, this movie is in the Nature Park, not Winner's Circle Park. The weather for Thursday is a high of 60 degrees and a low of 36.  That means high 40's at show time. Dress appropriately. Clear skies, no chance of rain (according to weather.com), and a slight breeze.  Perfect.


December 17th Movies n Moonlight > Wear your Snuggly Pajamas and join us for Hot Chocolate & Cookies to catch the “Polar Express”! Gates open at 5:00, Movie begins at dusk. Flowood Nature Park

Monday, December 14, 2015

Reception for Circuit Judge Elect-Steve Ratcliff


Rankin Judicial Swearing In Ceremony

Monday, December 21, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. in the Rankin County Justice Center, there will be a judicial swearing in ceremony for three judges, notably, Rankin County's newest Chancery Judge, Haydn Roberts. The agenda is below, sideways, despite my best efforts to fix it. All are encouraged to attend.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Weekend Activities

Activities for this weekend:

Breakfast with Santa at 8 a.m. Saturday at the City of Brandon Municipal Complex.
Beyond the Blue, Blue Christmas, at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Rankin County Safe Room on Marquette Road.
Small Town Country Christmas is tonight, as we spoke about yesterday.
Santa's Wonderland ongoing at Bass Pro Shop.
Cookies With Santa at the Jackson Zoo from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday.
A Christmas Carol at New Stage Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
At the MS Children's Museum you have, tonight, you have "An Evening With Elves" from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., including a performance by the Jackson Prep 7th grade show choir.  Saturday, you "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus", performed by Florence High School at 2 p.m., and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., you have Hotcakes and Snowflakes.
At the MS Museum of Art, you have Festivus Bottle Tree Orchard.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

AG Museum's Country Christmas

The Mississippi Agricultural Museum's Small Town Country Christmas is tonight and tomorrow. It's from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  No admission fee.  You'll have carousel rides, Mrs. Claus, carolers, crafts, beautiful lights, etc.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Find the Owner of This Ring!


Possible Dog Park Coming to Ridgeland

PRVWSD and the Barnett Reservoir Foundation kick around the idea of a dog park at the Old Trace Park in Ridgeland.  Below is the media release, layout of the proposed park, along with links to various social media sites where you can follow the discussion further.

Attempted Bellegrove Break In

From the Reservoir Area Community Watch Facebook page:

Warning someone tried to break into a home last night in Bellegrove on Cumberland Rd. They tried to pick the lock. Police were called but the guy took off. Only description right now is a tall man in a black jacket. Will update if a better description is available. 

A Lot Going On at Flowood Library

There are three events coming up at the Flowood Library.  The first is a Tween's Only Ornament Decorating Event, sponsored by Fat Cat Art Cafe and Dr. Pepper.  This will be Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at 6 p.m.  I'm told by my wife a tween is a child aged 10-12. The first ornament decorated is free, any additional ornaments are $3.

The second event is the Friends of the Flowood Library Open House. This is Thursday, December 17, at 6 p.m.  Newk's is catering.

Finally, on Saturday, December 19, 2015, at 1:00 p.m., the Library is hosting its 3rd Annual Cookie Swap! From their flyer:

Each year we invite the public to bake up their best and join us in the tradition of swapping Christmas Cookies! The twist, is that the Library hosts an annual contest, awarding the grand prize winner a special spot in the Rankin County News! Our celebrity judge -- That Special Spot -- will be back again! This fun event comes complete with time to meet other bakers, enjoy Christmas music, and eat sweet treats. We'd love everyone to participate, from Grandma to local businesses, and especially the kids.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

95 Year Sentence for Convicted Criminal

Below is a press release from Rankin/Madison County District Attorney, Michael Guest:
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Xavier Collins Johnson was sentenced to serve 95 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. A Madison County jury found Johnson guilty of the 2014 Burglary of a Dwelling and Aggravated Assault of a 75-year old Madison County man and Conspiracy to Commit Credit Card Fraud. Johnson was convicted as a habitual offender and will be required to serve his sentence without the possibility of probation, parole or early release.

Santa at Chick-Fil-A

Bring the kids and a camera to the Dogwood location of Chick-Fil-A.  Santa will be there between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. tonight!

Rankin County Survey

I posted this last week, but because of the importance, I wanted to re-post. This is your opportunity to have a bit of a say in the future of the county.

Attn Rankin County Residents:
Rankin County Seeks Public Input
The Rankin County Board of Supervisors is working with the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District (CMPDD) on an update of the county’s Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance. In order to assist CMPDD planners and county leaders in developing this plan, we are asking citizens to complete a brief online survey. Your input and comments will be a valuable part of this process. Please visit:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/rankinco to take the survey. You may also access the survey from the County’s website, http://www.rankincounty.org

Shoreline Committee Agenda

The Shoreline Committee of the PRVWSD is busy this month.  Below is their agenda:

AGENDA
SHORELINE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Monday, December 14, 2015 3:30 p.m.

1. Property Maintenance Report.

2. Approval to award purchase of three generators.

3. Approval of award construction contract for seawall project construction.

4. Approval to award construction contract for 18” sewer line replacement at Spann Drive.

5. Approval of lease for boat dock parcel at Pelican Cove restaurant (Blue Moon Properties).

6. Mandalay Bay/BankPlus property consideration of revised master plan.

7. Approval of final plat, Lost Rabbit Phase B-1, North, lots 701-740, Madison County, Mississippi.

Monday, December 7, 2015

PRVWSD's Next Board Meeting

Below is the call letter for the next PRVWSD Board of Directors Meeting:

Pics From Ridgeland X-Mas Parade

The City of Ridgeland posted 307 photos from its Christmas Parade this past Saturday.  View them here.  Enjoy.

BBQ Cook-Off



Flag Dedication Today

Late notice, but hopefully, not too late.  Don Hartness is spearheading the below flag dedication in Castlewoods.  Today, noon, at the corner of Castlewoods Boulevard and Bradford.  From Don's Facebook page:
Patriot's, on Monday December 7th, there will be a Flag Dedication to the Military Veteran's at Castlwoods Blvd and Bradford at the flag pole. It will be at 12:00 noon and all are invited. I have Reservoir Fire Chief Scott BerryAsst. Fire Chief Josh Swales, Larry Swales Chancery Clerk, State Senator Josh Harkins, State Legislator Mark Baker, and newly elected Supervisor Daniel Cross, and General Cross and also 172d Airlift Wing . All are invited especially all WWII Veterans who are still alive around the area. WWII Veteran, Fireman First Class Wesley Byrd, who served in the Navy on the ship USS Wadleigh will be in attendance.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Rankin County Map

The Central Mississippi Planning and Development District does a good job keeping Rankin County on the map. If you haven't played around with the interactive Rankin County map, you ought to. It's on the RankinCounty.org website, and has a lot of fun features, like political districts, parcel ownership, and zoning info.

Live Nativities

Nativity Lutheran Church on Crossgates Boulevard in Brandon has their 24th Annual live Nativity Scene Saturday, December 5, and Sunday, December 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. From their press release:
Celebrating its twenty-fourth year as a community tradition, in 2015 the scene will depict all the traditional figures. Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus, shepherds, and the wise men will be portrayed by members of the church. Adding to the authenticity are live stable animals including a cow, donkey, sheep and goats. Even one of the wise men's camels will be present.
Each year the scene is accompanied by narration describing the events that took place over 2000 years ago.
Preparations for the scene begin in the summer when the ladies of the church check, repair and renew the costumes. Then the weekend before Thanksgiving the church men set up the stable and hang the lights for the star. The youth help the morning of the scene filling the 300 luminaries with sand, setting them out and lighting them as evening approaches. Finally the animals arrive and the scene is set for the annual event.
The scene is located in front of the church at the corner of Crossgates Blvd. and Old Brandon Road.  Visitors are invited to drive by or park and walk up and begin the month by remembering the true meaning of the season. Hot refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall.  

Flowood Baptist Church will retell the story of the birth of Jesus with a live nativity Friday, December 11, and Saturday, December 12, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Shiloh Methodist Church puts on a "Journey to Bethlehem and Beyond" on Saturday, December 12, and Sunday, December 13, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

If you know of any more, let me know and I'll post.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Rankin County Zoning Questionnaire

Almost all gripes coming from those who comment on this blog revolve around zoning, the lack thereof, or the copious variances awarded from same.  Got a beef? Now is your time.  The Rankin County Board of Supervisors want to hear from you.

Rankin County Board of Supervisors Seek Public Input
The Rankin County Board of Supervisors is working with the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District (CMPDD) on an update of the county’s Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance.  In order to assist CMPDD planners and county leaders in developing this plan, we are asking citizens to complete a brief online survey.  Your input and comments will be a valuable part of this process.  Please click here to take the survey.  You may also access the survey from the County’s website, www.rankincounty.org

The Coming Rut

Sadly, on the side of Lakeland Drive this morning.


Jingle Bell Market at Trustmark Park


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Richardson Family Christmas Lights

The Richardson Family Light Show is ongoing at 219 Sundial Road, Madison, Mississippi 39110. If you have not driven by the Richardson Home, then you are a Grinch and you need a little Christmas Spirit. From the Richardson Family's webpage:

Richardson Light Show is a family oriented Christmas display located in Madison, Mississippi. Our mission is to inform our guests about the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ. Without Him, we would have no reason to celebrate this wonderful holiday. Additionally, we want to make a difference in our community as well as surrounding community's by providing a "no admission charge" community event. We strive to provide great holiday entertainment, fun, joy, and laughter for everyone during the Christmas season. We hope all of you enjoy our display and we look forward to seeing you and many new guests this Christmas!

Go to their Facebook page for all the information for prep work.

Don't do that Facebook jazz? Just go to their regular webpage.

Silver Carp are Coming to a Rez Near You



Brian Broom, the outdoor writer for the Clarion Ledger, writes the article we all hate to read.  The flying Silver Carp has invaded the Pearl River below the Spillway dam and it is only a matter of time before the Rez is infected with them. From the article:

Magnolia Crappie Club vice-president and Barnett Reservoir regular Bernard Williams said he doesn't think the inadvertent transfer into the lake is a possibility; he thinks it's inevitable.
"That's where everybody goes to get their catfish bait," Williams said. "You can't tell a baby carp from a shad."
The prospect of silver carp disturbing the food chain in Barnett Reservoir is not something Williams is happy about.
"Man, I've seen them ruin a lake," Williams said. "They (crappie) don't have anything to eat.
"That makes the crappie thin. They don't have anything to eat."

Monday, November 30, 2015

The Rez News Radio Debut

Saturday evening, I made my radio debut on Saturday Nite Sessions with Gearshift Gary on EZ 87.7 FM. I presented the "Community Calendar" segment at 7:30 p.m., and we talked a little about the Spillway Road restaurant, City of Brandon amphitheater, and other matters of interest to the Rez News readers. We plan to make this a regular segment on the last Saturday evening of every month at 7:30 p.m.

For those listening Saturday, I will post all of the event information I discussed on the Rez News in the coming days.

Brandon Christmas Parade

The City of Brandon's Christmas Parade is themed "Home for the Holidays", and it takes place this Friday, December 4, 2015, at 7 p.m. The parade starts at Brandon Middle School on College Street. Can't seem to find any more information online other than the Parade Application.

Ridgeland Christmas Parade



The City of Ridgeland will also have its Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 5, 2015, It begins at 2 p.m. at Holmes Community College Campus in Ridgeland. The route meanders through Olde Towne before returning to Holmes CC. The Technology Student Association at Olde Town Middle School will act as the Grand Marshal. The theme is "The Twelve Days of Christmas".

For more info, click here.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Madison the City Christmas Parade

Madison the City will have it Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 5, 2015, at 9:00 a.m.  The parade starts at Ridgecrest Baptist Church and runs up to the red caboose on Main Street in Downtown Madison. The theme is "Believe in the Joy and Spirit of Christmas".  The Grand Marshals are Anna Daniels, Mississippi's Distinguished Young Woman, and Grace Post, Mississippi's Outstanding Teen.  There will be floats, choreographed dancing groups, marching bands, etc.

Go here for more info.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Rankin Record Folds

A Reservoir institution for many years, the Rankin Record is shutting down its printing press.  Too much competition for those advertising dollars out there.  The Rankin Record was owned and published by Emmerich Newspapers, who operates, among other newspapers, the Northside Sun and Scott County Times.

Circuit Court Judge Steve Ratcliff

Madison County Judge Steve Ratcliff won the runoff election for Madison/Rankin County Circuit Judge yesterday.  It was a good race featuring two good men.  The (unofficial) vote totals are as follows:

Madison County
 Ratcliff      3612
 Miller          512

Rankin County
Ratcliff       1445
Miller         3404

          Total
Ratcliff      5057
Miller        3916

Ratcliff pulls 87% of the Madison County vote. Wow. Clarion Ledger article here.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Vote and Pick Up Your Smoked Meat

You have until 7 p.m. to vote and to pick up your Thanksgiving Boston Butt from the NW Rankin High School Athletic Department. When you grab your butt, you will be reminded that the athletic department is already accepting orders for Christmas.  Again an 8-10 lb Boston Butt is $35; and an 8 lb spiral cut ham is $40.

You can order online at www.northwestrankinbaseball.com.  Those orders need to be made by December 14, 2015. The pick up date will be December 22, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Season of Legal Change for PRVWSD, Rankin County, & Flowood

The PRVWSD, Rankin County Board of Supervisors, and City of Flowood all made recent changes in the legal arena.

About a year ago, long-time PRVWSD attorney, Jim Tohill, retired from practicing law. While Jim's old firm, Jones Walker, continued to provide representation for ongoing litigation, the PRVWSD sought a different path on a "going forward" basis. The PRVWSD began utilizing the services of the Attorney General's office, saving quite a bit of money. At that time, the AG named leaseholder, Mack Cameron, as PRVWSD attorney. Phillip Huskey, was brought on as well as co-counsel. Last month, the PRVWSD renewed the AG's services for another year.  However, Mack Cameron is no longer general counsel; Phillip Huskey is now shown as sole attorney for the PRVWSD. 

In similar fashion, a few years ago, the Rankin County Board of Supervisors made the switch from outside counsel to inside counsel. Board Attorney Lem Adams went from private practice, to in-house counsel for the City of Flowood. At that time, Craig Slay was named as in-house Board Attorney. Recently, Slay submitted his resignation, effective January 1, 2016. That means, the Board of Supervisors will need to name a new lawyer. I'll let you know when that occurs.

Finally, Flowood Municipal Judge Ken Fairly recently stepped down and Lem Adams was named as his replacement. Lem had been serving as general counsel for the City of Flowood, with Erica Jo Lloyd as his assistant counsel. With Lem moving over to Municipal Judge, I imagine this means a change at general counsel for the City of Flowood.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Blair E. Batson Donation Box at Millcreek Animal Clinic

From Facebook:
Millcreek Animal Clinic has a donation box set up in its lobby in memory of Campbell Dale.  All toys, gift cards, money, or other items donated will go to Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital (Cancer Floor).  These items are used year round (Christmas, after chemo, after shots, after surgery, etc.) as happy's for the kids.  Please continue to pray for The Dale Family. Come by and show your support! Thanks!
Campbell's father, David, is one of the partner vets at the Millcreek Animal Clinic.

Turkey Day 8K



I love a good Turkey Day Trot. Let me count the ways:

1) It makes stuffing all that turkey, cranberry sauce, pecan pie and, well, stuffing, into your mouth so much more justifiable.
2) It gets you out of the house and away from the in-laws for a little while.
3) It makes the post-turkey nap that much more meaningful.

Amazingly, Fleet Feet hosts the only Thanksgiving day race in the Jackson Metro Area.  It's an 8K (5 miles) in Ridgeland.
Continue a Thanksgiving Day tradition or start a new tradition by participating in the Sixth Annual Turkey Day 8K presented by Fleet Feet Sports.  The race will begin and finish at Fleet Feet Sports in Ridgeland at 7:00 AM.  Proceeds from the race will benefit the Ridgeland Multi-Use Trails. The course is USATF certified, and the race will be chip timed.  There will be a run division, walk division, and free 1/4 mile run for kids.  The entry fee includes a long sleeve tech shirt and post-race food and beverages.  Prizes will be given to the overall winners and age group winners. Packet pick-up will be the day before the race from 10 to 6 at Fleet Feet Sports.
Here is the link to register.



Friday, November 20, 2015

PRVWSD October 2015 Minutes

Below are the Minutes from the PRVWSD Board of Supervisors Meeting in October.  Highlights include:

The PRVWSD renewed the contract with the MS Attorney General for representation for another year. As of today, the staff contact page of the PRVWSD's website indicates the attorneys provided by the AG's office are Mack Cameron and Phillip Huskey.

Nick Trees was approved to sell Christmas Trees in the empty lot by Reservoir Square Shopping Center.

Certain seawall repairs will be made in Sunrise Point and Paradise Point subdivisions.

The Board unanimously approved functional specifications for a mobile app.  Base cost to create said app is $30,180.00, with an annual maintenance fee of $6,036.

The District is looking to purchase new furniture for the board room.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Handworks Market

In anticipation of Christmas, the Handworks Holiday Market is this weekend at the Mississippi Trade Mart.  Admission is $8, children under 12 are free.  It's the 34th edition of this show, featuring "fine art, exquisite jewelry, custom-made children's clothing and unique gifts from more than 150 exhibitors."  Go to www.handworksmarket.com for more info.

Restaurant Vote Passes Full PRVWSD Board

An outstanding resource, Anna Wolfe, just tweeted the following:
The PRVWSD board just voted to advertise the location on Spillway for development. Only one voted Nay.
Residents David Blake and Jim Roberts spoke to the board, expressed concerns that the plans for a restaurant will fail
Follow Anna at Twitter, she is the Rankin County correspondent for the Clarion Ledger.

Sample Ballot for Election

Below is a copy of the sample ballot for the runoff election for Madison/Rankin Circuit Judge.  That runoff is Tuesday, November 24.  Thankfully, the ballot is a tad less involved then the one used November 3. Please vote that day. It will take you a mere two minutes to sign in, show you ID, and vote. Paper ballots only will be used, so it will be clean and easy.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

CL Article on Proposed Restaurant

Anna Wolfe of the Clarion Ledger with an article on the Shoreline Committee's vote to recommend approval of bidding for the four acre tract on Spillway Road near Hwy 471.  From the article:
The Pearl River Water Supply District will consider a recommendation from the Shoreline Development Committee to advertise for development on a 4-acre plot on East Spillway Road in its Thursday morning meeting.
      *     *     *
The PRWSD board will meet Thursday at 9:30 a.m. to discuss advertising the location, which is the first step in getting the ball rolling on plans for new development. Developers could propose anything from restaurants and retail establishments to office spaces and residential buildings.
Developer Niles Bryan presented his plans for a seafood restaurant on the heavily wooded plot to the Shoreline Development Committee on Monday. He is looking at taking an integrated approach to his building by utilizing nature in his design, which includes a playground for children.
     *     *     * 
Sigman said the PRVWSD is more than likely going to approve Shoreline Development Committee’s recommendation. The advertising period would last at least 60 days, after which the board could enact a lease agreement with a developer in February.

Flowood Chili Cookoff and Grand Lighting


Brandon Christmas Parade

The City of Brandon will host its 2015 Christmas Parade, themed, "Home for the Holidays" on Friday evening, December 4, beginning at 7 p.m.  The route begins at the middle school on College Street. Don't just watch, take part in the fun! The application for float is below. There is some serious prize money to be won.


New Website for Flowood

The City of Flowood finally improved their website.  Check out the new design.  Thankfully, the City puts their ordinances online, as well as various applications for variances, and other forms. You can pay your water bill online, pay a court violation, etc. It's a good resource

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Boil Water Notice


Boil Water Notice: ONLY for Streets: Ashland Ave., Brendalwood, Common Wealth, and Pelahatchie Shore Drive.Effective immediately, the PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT has issued a Boil Water Notice for the streets Ashland Ave, Brendalwood, Common Wealth, and Pelahatchie Shore Drive in the Pelahatchie Bay water system PWS# 610036. This notice was issued due to loss of water or water pressure. The loss of water or water pressure was due to a repair on a broken 6 inch saddle on a main water line.There are 100 water connections affected in the areas. The Mississippi State Department of Health was notified by telephone and email.We will take the first of the two samples from the affected area on November 17, 2015. This boil water notice will be in effect for at least 48 hours or until we receive two consecutive days of clear sampling.Door hangers have been posted to alert the water customers to vigorously boil for one minute any water to be consumed.

Severe Weather is Here

Below is an updated map from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.  Sheriff Bailey has the Rankin County Safe Room at 651 Marquette Road open and awaiting folks seeking a secure shelter for the evening.  The National Weather Service in Jackson is already tweeting pics of an 18-wheeler that was blown over by a gust of wind.  Be careful out there folks!


Leadership Rankin Raffle

One of the Leadership Rankin teams is putting on the below raffle.  Proceeds will benefit both NWR Athletics, and will provide a turkey to each Rankin County Sheriff's Deputy.  Great idea.

Bert Case Update on Jackson Jambalaya

Bert Case is one of the Reservoir's most popular (and entertaining) residents and promoters. He's been in the news business a long time in the Jackson Metro area, and is one of the most recognizable figures.  For those unaware, Jackson Jambalaya has been doing a fantastic job providing updates on Bert's condition.  Today, Kingfish posted an update that signals a continued need for prayers.

Report from Shoreline Committee Meeting

Yesterday afternoon, the Shoreline Committee met to discuss whether to authorize the advertisement for bids for the lease of land off Spillway near Hwy 471 for commercial development. Over on the Reservoir Community Watch Facebook Page, a concerned citizen posted the following comments:
Well they [the PRVWSD Shoreline Committee] voted to go through with the next step to start an advertisement for bids for development. There is only a 60 day period once the ad starts. It seems no matter what the community says, Pearl River is going to go through with development.
Only about a dozen from the community [were at the meeting]. There were 2 votes to approve the ad, one no. The rest abstained.
Brackets added for context.

According to information obtained from PRVWSD, the final vote was 5 in favor, 1 opposed, with no abstentions.  There were a number of Board members and other individuals at the meeting who do not sit on the Shoreline Committee that may have appeared to be abstentions.

FYI, the members of the Shoreline Committee are John Arledge, Chair; Trey Bobinger, Vice Chair; Jim Carraway; John Pittman; Samuel Mitchell; Bruce Brackin

Monday, November 16, 2015

Open Letter re Proposed Restaurant

The Shoreline Development Committee meets in less than half an hour to discuss, among other things, the proposed restaurant off Spillway Road near Highway 471. See my earlier post here concerning the PRVWSD's call for comments.

For more posts about this restaurant, see here, here, here (including renderings of the proposed restaurant) and here.  The Change.org petition is now up to 187 electronic signatures.

Below the break is an open letter submitted by a reader:

Community Calendar on Saturday Night Sessions

(I apologize for the delay in posting. Out of state wedding. I'm back and I'm glad Kaelyn Conerly is too.)

Beginning November 28, and on the last Saturday of each month thereafter, I will pop into the Flowood 87.7 FM studio during Gearshift Gary's radio program, Saturday Nite Sessions, and provide a "Community Calendar" segment. The precise time during the segment hasn't been decided yet.  Too hip to own a radio? Never fear, you can listen to it here

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Barnett Rez Arts & Crafts Fair This Weekend!

From the Barnett Reservoir Foundation's media release. More info can be obtained at the Foundation's website:

Barnett Reservoir Arts & Crafts Show

This Saturday from 9am until 4pm.  The Lakeshore Park event offers an ideal location for holiday shopping.  The event is free, opens 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will offer various types of handcrafted merchandise, including woodworking, metalworking, mosaics, painting, knitting, sewn work and up-cycled materials.
“What the show offers is a unique shopping experience, featuring local craftsmen and artists, surrounded by the view of The Rez,” said show organizer Cindy Ford. “The park has a playground for children and ample space for parking, walking and visiting with the different vendors.”
Admission is free, including plenty of parking for the public.


McKay and Sullivan Hook First Prize in Bass Championship


Bill McKay and Corey Sullivan, both of Rankin County, earned first place in the Sunset Marina @ 43 Two Day Bass Championship last weekend.  Ten fish, 34.97 pounds. For their trouble, they take home a Crestliner 17 Storm. Nice work, gentlemen.  Here is Brian Broom's story at the Clarion Ledger.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Parks Policy Committee Agenda

AGENDA
PARKS POLICY COMMITTEE
Monday, November 16, 2015 3:00 p.m.

1. Award of construction bid for Timberlake Campground bathhouse.

2. Award of construction bid for Timberlake Campground pads.

3. Approval of increase to design engineering contract with Neel Schaffer for Timberlake Campground Expansion.

4. Approval to advertise for construction bids of stormwater improvement project at Old Trace Park.

5. Review and approve dog park agreement.

Shoreline Committee Meeting Agenda

PRVWSD Committees meet this upcoming Monday.  The full PRVWSD Board meets Thursday, November 19, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. at PRVWSD headquarters.  I'll be posting the agendas of the committees, beginning with the Shoreline Development Committee.

AGENDA
SHORELINE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Monday, November 16, 2015 3:30 p.m.

1. Property Maintenance Report – Robbie Graves.

2. Approval of advertisement for Bid No. 157 – 4 acre parcel located on Spillway Road, Rankin County.

3. Review Water Taxi Project, approval of letter to MDOT.

4. Review of comments received on Boathouse and Pier Policy.

5. Consideration to rescind the advertisement for Bid No. 158 – Old Rice Road Properties Madison County.







Tuesday, November 10, 2015

NWRHS Baseball Smoke Off

This is the last week to purchase your Boston Butt, Turkey or spiral cut Ham from the Northwest Rankin High School Baseball and Softball Teams.

8 to 10 pound Butts are $35.00.  12 to 16 pound Turkeys are $35.00. An 8 pound ham is $40.00.

The pick up day is Tuesday, November 24, between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the back entrance of the NWR High School Cafeteria.  Delivery can be arranged for orders over $300.  Place your order here. If you want more information, call or email Coach McClaskey at 992-2236/jmcclaskey@rcsd.ms.

Rez Fire Department October Runs

The Reservoir Fire Department recently posted on their Facebook Page a summary of their October runs.

October 2015 Emergency Runs
Residential Fires- 3
Vehicle Fires- 1
Grass/Woods Fires- 20
Motor Vehicle Crashes- 9Automatic Fire Alarms- 11Med/Rescue- 133Total Runs for Oct- 177
Total Runs Jan- Oct- 1749

Monday, November 9, 2015

Two Recent Attempted Burglaries

There are a number of good resources on Facebook for Reservoir residents. One of those is the Reservoir Community District Page, started by Supervisor Rodney Keith and Homer Burns. We've talked about this page before here and here.

Two recent posts on the Rez Community District Page from concerned citizens are troubling.

Alert.
9 hrs
There was an attempted break in last night around 7 pm in the Lineage Lake subdivision. 2 men tried kicking in the front door of a home but were unsuccessful. Police were dispatched but they fled on foot.
.
and



This is frightening stuff.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Free Up Some Closet Space

As seen the Reservoir YMCA. I think just about everyone has a pair or two in their closet.


Friday, November 6, 2015

City of Brandon Military Ball

Info on Proposed Restaurant Site

From the PRVWSD:

A request to advertise for proposals to lease the four acre site on East Spillway Road, to be used for a restaurant, office park, retail or residential development, will be placed on the Shoreline Development Committee agenda for its meeting on November 16 at 3:30 PM in the offices of the PRVWSD.  If approved by the committee, the request will go before the Board of Directors at its meeting on November 19 at 9:30 AM in the offices of the PRVWSD
 Please send comments to Comments@therez.ms If anyone wishes to appear before the Committee or the Board of Directors, please email Cindy Ford, cford@therez.ms

PRVWSD September 2015 Board Minutes

Below are the September 2015 minutes for the PRVWSD's Board of Director's meeting.  Here's a summary: Dams and bridges being inspected, new bathhouses being built, radio systems and bullet proof vests purchased, etc.  The Board did re-elect the same officers for the 2016, so Jack Winstead will be your Chairman for the upcoming year.  Other than that, an unexciting meeting.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Rising Waters

Every day, the Rez rises. Slowly, surely, it rises. With more rain expected tomorrow evening through Sunday, expect the trend to continue. For detailed info on the Rez height, check out the USGS website.


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Veterans Day Ceremony Info

One week from the today is Veterans Day. Yesterday, by voting, I paid tribute in a nominal way, to America's veterans.  Below are details of the War Veterans Memorial Commission's ceremony.

Election Takeaways

Find the complete Rankin County election results here, at the Circuit Clerk's page (for a precinct by precinct result, click here).

The County lists Statewide results by house district, which makes it impossible to determine county-wide how those candidates fared without some calculation.  Needless to say, local boys Phil Bryant and Tate Reeves cruised to victory in Rankin County, as did Stacey Pickering and the rest of the statewide incumbents.

Most local elections were unopposed and merely took up space on the ballot. The races creating the most interest were the judicial races and ballot Initiative 42.  Haydn Roberts, candidate for Chancery Court Judge, surprised many people by drawing over 55% of the county vote in a four person race. That is strong.

Rankin Countian, Assistant District Attorney, Marty Miller, worked his way into a run off with Madison County Judge, Steve Ratcliff.  That run-off election will take place November 24, 2015. Marty will need a high voter turn-out in Rankin County to overcome Ratcliff's numbers.

In a district redrawn favorably for a Republican candidate, Vance Cox took only 59% of Rankin County, not enough to overcome the Scott County turnout for incumbent Tom Miles.

Rankin County showed its love for Brent Bailey, giving him over 15,000 more total votes than his Democratic opponent, Cecil Brown. Brent pulled a margin of victory almost as high as Tate. Cecil, however, took the District-wide vote at the end of the night.

Speaking of 15,000+ vote margins of victory, the people of Rankin County rose up in opposition to the attempt to amend the State's Constitution.  Compare that to Madison Counties margin of only 5,067 votes. Again, (in my opinion) Rankin County flexes its muscles and reminds the State of its importance in deciding elections.


NWRHS ROTC Blanket Drive

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Live Tweeting of Election Results

Again, if you are interested in Rankin County politics, I will be live Tweeting election results from Rankin County Election Central this evening, beginning at 7pmish.  Follow me at @usmjacksonalum.

Election Day

I already voted at the Grant's Ferry precinct.  Long line at 6:55 a.m., which is a great sign. The line is not the only thing long at the polls.  The ballot can take a while to get through.  Remember, you are not only voting on contested statewide races, but also the uncontested local races. So, you will have to slog through voting for District Attorney Guest, Supervisor Cross, and County Surveyor Love.

To prepare yourself, take a look at the Secretary of State's sample ballot, at this website.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Ramps are Reopened

Below is the content of a media release from the PRVWSD concerning the reopening of the previously closed boat ramps.

Ramps reopened at Barnett Reservoir
Barnett Reservoir officials on Monday reopened 10 ramps closed due to low water levels related to the months-long drought.
Pearl River Valley Water Supply District officials announced that only one ramp remains closed — one lane at Rankin County Landing that is scheduled for repair. The problem was spotted while another ramp at the landing was being fixed during the low water conditions. Other ramps at the Rankin Landing are open.
The popular Fannin Landing in Rankin County has reopened, as well as the ramps in the Glen Cove, Bay Park and Harbor View subdivisions in Pelahatchie Bay.
In Madison County, the Twin Harbor ramps were repaired during the closure and are now open. The ramp on the Madison County side of the spillway is also open.
On the upper end of the main lake in the vicinity of Mississippi Highway 43, ramps at Brown’s Landing, Goshen Springs Campground, Lake Harbor Road and Harbor Lane have reopened.
At 2 p.m. Monday, Barnett Reservoir stood at 296.04 feet above sea level, having risen nearly a foot over the last week. The lake remains nearly 18 inches below the target level of 297.5, and users are advised to use caution when boating on the 33,000-acre lake. At the lower level, more obstacles are closer to the surface.
For updated information, visit PRVWSD online at www.TheRez.ms.gov or on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/PRVWSD

Rez Arts and Crafts Fair

The Barnett Reservoir Foundation hosts their annual Arts and Crafts Fair November 14 at Lakeshore Park.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Kids Night Out is Tonight

The City of Flowood moved its annual free trick-or-treating alternative, Kids Night Out, to tonight. This is a great event to take your little ones. It will be at Liberty Park beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Space jumps, petting zoos, fun activities and plenty of candy.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Trick-or-Treating Moved for Many

Please, if anyone has information on whether municipalities or subdivisions are changing trick-or-treating to Friday night, please let me know by comment to this thread, or by emailing thereznewsblog@gmail.com.

I see WLBT is reporting Flowood has changed Kids Night Out event to Friday. Nor does Brandon have a formal announcement.  Based on information coming in, the following neighborhoods are officially trick-or-treating on Friday evening:

Millcreek 
Castlewoods
Hidden Hills
Marblehead
Gardens of Manship
Laurelwood
Scottish Hills
Windward Oaks
Fox Bay
Farmington Station
Bay Park
Forest Pointe
Bridlewood
Regatta
Arbor Landing
the Barnett Bends
Turtle Creek
Reservoir East
Bonne Vie in Ridgeland

It looks like everywhere will be doing it this evening.


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

This Week's Events

Let's recap this week's "things-to-do":

Every day from now through October 31, the Ag Museum throws the Great Pumpkin Adventure and Small Town America.

You can also go out to Nichols-Boyd for a tour of their pumpkin patch, A-Maizing Corn field, pumpkin store, and more.

Or, you can drive up to Flora to the Resting Place Pumpkin Patch.

Thursday, you can:

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Bike Trail and Expansion of Flowood Drive

The Flowood Chamber will hold its own ribbon cutting for the Wirtz Bike Trail on Wednesday, October 28 at 9:30 a.m. at the Flowood Nature Trail.  Immediately after, there will be another ribbon cutting for the expansion of Flowood Drive.  This ribbon cutting will be at the intersection of North Flowood Drive/Medical Parkway and Flowood Drive. [Many thanks to Hwy Comm'r Dick Hall for clearing up my confusion of what the second ribbon cutting was for.]

Shipley Donuts Open; Panera Bread Opens in December

Shipley Donuts at 312 Promenade Blvd in Flowood is now open and ready to do its part to get Mississippi back to the top of the state obesity charts.

Panera Bread Company opens December 9, 2015, in Flowood, at the old El Sombrero location. Thanks to VTL for passing on that tidbit of info.

Article on Rez Restaurants (or lack thereof)

Anna Wolfe's article on Restaurants at the Rez can be found in its entirety at the Clarion Ledger's site.  Snippets of interest:

Residents on the Rankin County side of the Ross Barnett Reservoir should expect to see progress on the area’s first liquor-serving restaurant soon.
John Sigman, general manager for the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, said there are three areas of interest to potential restaurant owners.
Two of the prime sites are owned by banks — the old Rapids waterpark site and a plot on Fannin Landing Circle, between the Arbor Landing and Fannin Landing boat ramps.
But it’s the renderings for a seafood restaurant, parking lot and playground on a 4-acre plot on East Spillway Road that is getting the attention of residents. Some are for the development while others are not.
*   *   *
Sigman said the PRV board hasn’t even authorized the advertisement that will allow developers to submit their proposals, but if they do, the process will take 60 days.
“There will be plenty of time for any party, pro or con, to make their opinions known,” Sigman said.


Monday, October 26, 2015

Voice Your Opinion on Liquor at Rez

Anna Wolfe is the Rankin County correspondent for the Clarion Ledger.  Per a Tweet from 2:13 p.m. this afternoon:

Looking to talk to residents of the Rankin Co. side of the Reservoir about the possibility of new liquor selling restaurants. (769) 257-9100.

If you'd like to share your opinion, or knowledge, give her a call.

Tomb of Doom Info

Add this to the list of area haunted houses: The Tomb of Doom at 151 Old Rice Road in Madison, Mississippi. This house is only open on Friday, October 30, and Saturday, October 31.  $7 at the door, or you can pre-buy for $6.

Benefit for Joe Reeder at the PB Trading Post

Joe Reeder is 52. He has a wife, three children, and two grandchildren. He also has Stage 4 Synovial Sarcoma, a rare cancer, and could use your help. There is an easy and enjoyable way you can provide that help.  Sunday, November 1, 2015, between 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., you could go out to the Pelahatchie Bay Trading Post and purchase a spaghetti plate for $10.  Jay, Roy and Brenda Herrington, the owners of Pelahatchie Bay Trading Post hope you come out and support their friend, listen to some live music by Andrew Pates, Joe Herrington, and Chris Link, and peruse the silent auction. The proceeds will go towards Joe's bills that aren't covered by insurance.

Joe Reeder's Cancer Benefit.

Joe's Journey, below the jump.

Be Careful Out There

David Hartman reports 4 inches of rain in Millcreek.  He also reports the worst is over.  The kids and I witnessed what looked like a new car in the ditch between Grant's Ferry and Lakeside Plaza gas station (the Shell with La Tacqueria), as if it had skidded across the road while making the turn onto Grant's Ferry.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN JACKSON HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR...
  RANKIN COUNTY IN CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI...
  SOUTH CENTRAL MADISON COUNTY IN CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI...
  CENTRAL HINDS COUNTY IN CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI...

* UNTIL 1000 AM CDT

* AT 655 AM CDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE
  WARNED AREA. THREE TO FOUR INCHES OF RAIN HAVE FALLEN SINCE 1 AM.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE...
  JACKSON...CLINTON...PEARL...MADISON...RIDGELAND...BRANDON...
  BYRAM...FLOWOOD...RICHLAND...STAR...FLORENCE...RAYMOND...TERRY...
  PINEY WOODS...GOSHEN SPRINGS...PISGAH...JOHNS...POCAHONTAS...WHITES
  AND CATO.

ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1-2 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN THE WARNED
AREA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TURN AROUND...DON'T DROWN WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS. MOST FLOOD
DEATHS OCCUR IN VEHICLES.


Friday, October 23, 2015

Flowood Euro-Summit

Billed as "a gathering of fine European autos, to be viewed by the public," the Flowood Euro-Summit is Sunday, October 25, 2015, at Table 100 and the Holiday Inn Express & Suites directly behind it. From the Flowood Compass's website:
 Ever since the automobile became ubiquitous in the early 20th century, manufacturers and designers have been pushing its limits to create more powerful, more efficient, and more beautiful machines. This October, a selection of some of their great handiwork will be on display at the inaugural Flowood Euro Summit!
The Chamblee Hospitality Group, Holiday Inn Express Flowood and Table 100 are sponsoring this fun, FREE event where members of the public will be able to view over 25 autos from England, France, Germany, Sweden and Italy.

The show will be held on October 25th, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM, at Table 100 on Lakeland Drive.
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and live music will make for an enjoyable autumn evening for all. Spectators can vote on the People’s Choice Award — all voters will be eligible for a drawing for a $100 gift card from Table 100! Drop by for a beautiful autumn afternoon of European engineering and Southern hospitality!

For more information, contact: mike_marsh@bellsouth.net

From the Flowood Compass Website.