Thursday, April 30, 2015

Your Chance to Act on Zoning Variance Request

Please - No Later than May 1, 2015

My Vote My Voice to the Rankin County Board of Supervisors 
 Hearing Date Monday, May 4, 2015 @ 9:00 a.m.Supervisors Meeting Room

(If this is a duplicate, please vote only once. We are working from multiple databases)

RE: Willie Gavan, Inc. – Application for conditional use and a dimensional variance for mini-storage buildings and open storage located at 116 Lake Vista Place, Brandon MS 39407

(Your) Resident Name:
Other Resident Name:
Other Resident Name:
Residence Address:
Residence Subdivision:

Please state whether you are  “FOR” or “AGAINST” the application for a mini-storage development consisting of 7 buildings for mini-storage units (1 building climate controlled) and a 43,000+ sq ft outdoor parking facility. Applicant’s subject property is located at 116 Lake Vista Place behind Fred’s and the MEA Clinic on Spillway Road and the proposed development adjoins Regatta Subdivision.

Also, please feel free to state the reason for your position.

Reply to this email address

Thank you,
Homer Burns
President – Federation Reservoir Homeowners

Administrator - Reservoir Community District Facebook Group

New Judges Coming to Rankin and Madison Counties

House Bill 703 was signed by the Governor last week.  This Bill provides for the creation of an additional Chancery Judge position for the 20th Chancery District, composed completely of Rankin County.  This will bring the total of Chancery Judges to three in Rankin County.

Madison County, which shares the 11th Chancery District with Holmes, Yazoo, and Leake Counties, also adds a third Chancery Judge to its ranks.

Qualification for these judicial positions already began, with a June 1 deadline to qualify.  Elections for these positions will coincide with the general election in November since they are non-partisan. Those elected will serve an initial three-year term.

Rankin and Madison share a Circuit Court District. We presently have two Circuit Court Judges in this district. House Bill 703 adds a third.  Qualification and election will take place as outlined above.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Park Entry Fees to be Collected Beginning May 2

See media release below about park entrance fees.

This Week at the Rez

Content of email from PRVWSD below:

·        Natchez Trace Century Ride 2015 – Saturday May 2nd Old Trace Park
The bicycle ride begins Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. at Old Trace Park and will take riders on their choice of 25, 50, 62 or 100 mile routes around the reservoir and Natchez Trace.    Motorist are urged to use caution and watch for cyclists on the roadways this weekend.   Visit:

·        Traffic Control Fee Collection – Old Trace, Lakeshore and Pelahatchie Shore Parks
Officers will begin collecting a $5.00 per vehicle fee beginning May 2nd, 2015 on weekends and holidays from noon until park closing.  Annual vehicle park passes may be purchased for $30.00 at the Permit and Payment offices located at 1865 Spillway Road, Brandon Monday-Friday between 8am and 5pm.  Vehicles displaying the “REZ” custom tag will be given free entry to the parks.

·        Pepsi Pops – May 8th Old Trace Park
34th annual Pepsi Pops takes place Friday evening, May 8th at Old Trace Park.  Gates open at 4:30, concert begins at 7:30.  Picnics are welcome.   No alcohol or glass containers are allowed in park.   For more information and tickets visit:

·        Dragon Boat Regatta – May 16th Old Trace Park

The Dragon Boats return to the REZ on Saturday, May 16th.  Make plans to come out and enjoy a day in the park and on the water.  For more information visit:

Photos from Cajunfest Crawfish Boil

Check out the PRVWSD's photo album from Cajun Fest.  It looks like a good time was had by all.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Meet the Supervisor Candidates

Below is an email from the Federation of Reservoir Home Owners:

The Federation of Reservoir Homeowners (FRH) is hosting "Meet the Candidates for Supervisor in District 2 and District 5" on May 5th at 6:00 p.m., at the Northwest Rankin Middle School. This will give everyone an opportunity to learn what is important to each candidate and what their vision is for the future.

Candidates for District 2 Supervisor: Kyle Brown (R), Daniel Cross (R), and Derrel Palmer (R).

Candidates for District 5 Supervisor: Jay Bishop (R), Milton Brown (D), and Ronnie Garner (R).

Many of us consider the office of County Supervisor as the most important elective office because it impacts our lives on a daily basis. Some of the responsibilities are:
1. Approves the county budget
2. Sets millage rates to balance the budget
3. Contracts businesses to provide garbage pickup, ambulance service, mosquito spraying, and many more services.
4. Approves zoning and land usage for county land. Also serves as the county Planning Commission.
5. Oversees and makes decisions about Nuisance Property
6. Serves as our Long Range Planning Commission in matters that impact our future such as: new Courthouse, new Wastewater Treatment Plant for Rankin County, and many other projects that impact our county as we continue to grow.
7. Roads, bridges and infrastructure
8. Makes decisions about what we can and cannot do in the Reservoir Community District along with the PRV.
9. Works with state and federal agencies and the legislature to improve our daily lives.
These are a few of the reasons why we need to elect candidates that will represent us in a manner that will help the Reservoir Community District continue to prosper.

Mark your calendar:

Northwest Rankin Middle School
Tuesday,  May 5, 6:00 P.M.

Boil Water Advisory Lifted for Lost Rabbit and Northbay

The residents of Northbay and Lost Rabbit can drink easily now.  The boil water notice has been lifted per PRVWSD press release this morning.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Crowdfunding Seminar

The Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office will hold an informational seminar on Internet Crowdfunding on Wednesday, April 29th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Clyde Muse Center in Pearl.  Individuals or small business start-ups interested in raising capital for their business by having their own crowdfunding offering are invited to attend.  The seminar will also be of interest to individuals who want to learn more about how to invest in crowdfunding offerings and companies interested in setting up a registered portal to sell these offerings over the Internet. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and representatives from the Securities Division of the Agency will discuss:  Crowdfunding administrative rules; the law and how to apply for approval of your offering, and the do’s and don’ts of raising capital.  Other speakers will also be added to the agenda.  There will be a Q&A session and supplemental information provided.  For more information call Jessica Long at 601-359-6366.  Please RSVP by April 24, 2015 to if you would like to attend.

PRVWSD Audit report June 30, 2013

I previously posted the Audit Report for the PRVWSD fiscal year ending June 30, 2014.  For even more background, below is the Audit Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.

NWR JROTC Leaders Compete in Leadership Bowl Championship

Pictured are members of the NWRHS JROTC Leadership Bowl Team, from left: Cadets Jacob Bennett, Aaron Ellis, Brady Cole, Cheyenne Miller, Jason Pirtle and Paul Byrne

Flowood, MS – March 6, 2015 -- After advancing through two phases of online competition, the Northwest Rankin High School’s JROTC Leadership Team composed of Jacob Bennett, Paul Byrne, Brady Cole, Aaron Ellis, Cheyenne Miller and Jason Pirtle will compete in person at the final Championship event of The 2015 Army JROTC Leadership Bowl Championship in Washington D.C., on the campus of The Catholic University of America, June 26-30, 2015.  This event is sponsored by the Army JROTC and is conducted by College Options Foundation.

During the initial two rounds of competitive online play, the Northwest Rankin JROTC team earned top scores out of the 1,320 teams that competed from around the world to win a place in the National Leadership Bowl competition and the all-expense paid trip to DC. The team is one of only forty Army JROTC Leadership Bowl teams in the nation to advance to the finals.  In the fast-paced preliminary rounds, cadets were tested on their knowledge of leadership values and skills including leadership tenets from Gen. George C. Marshall.

To put this honor in perspective, there are 53 Army JROTC Programs in Mississippi.  In the seven years that this competition has existed in its current format, six schools have advanced to the Championship Round once, one school has advanced twice, and this makes the fifth time for Northwest Rankin.

The JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl is a nationally recognized competition created exclusively for JROTC students. By participating, cadets learn the values of citizenship, academic competition, and college opportunity. The competition creates tremendous opportunities for JROTC cadets by allowing them to demonstrate leadership and academic abilities.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Brochure on Proposed Lake Usage Fee

The PRVWSD just released the below brochure highlighting some of the expressed concerns.

RCSD Budget Overview

Below is the Rankin County School Board Budget Overview, downloaded from the RCSD Board website.  There is quite a bit of good information contained therein for the curious.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Variance Request for Topsoil Removal

Have you seen this sign at the corner of Hidden Hills Parkway and Lakeland Drive?  A call to the number provided indicates the owner requests a condition use variance in order to perform surface mining operations, i.e., mine the topsoil.

I believe it is 16th Section land.  A search of the MS Secretary of State's website indicates no leases of the surface beyond a 63.8 acre lease to the Rankin County School District (for Highland Bluff Elementary), and nominal leases to various parties for easements, etc.

If anyone has further information, please feel free to provide.

Pisgah High College Signing Day

Outstanding story by Kate Royals of the Clarion Ledger on Pisgah High School's College Signing Day. I encourage you to read it here. There is also a great photo spread on the event.

Props to 12th grade English teacher Lillian Sims on seeing the potential in all her students, and organizing this event.  Congrats also to all the Pisgah student continuing their education beyond high school.

PRVWSD Audit Report June 30, 2014

Included in the recent offerings online from the PRVWSD is an Audit Report dated June 30, 2014. Enjoy.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Rankin County Wild Game Banquet

From Facebook:

Fun for the Whole Family! All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity MS Capital Area.

Join us for a fun night of wild game food, Dickey's Barbecue, door prizes, Wild Game Vendors and our great outdoorsman Guest Speaker Hank Parker.

Tickets are only $25 and can be purchased at any of the following locations:
* Brandon First United Methodist Church 601.825.5958
* Crossgates United Methodist Church 601.825.8677
* McLaurin Heights United Methodist Church 601.939.2163
St. Mark's UMC 601.992.2131
* Shiloh United Methodist Church 601.854.8158
* Marvin United Methodist Church 601.845.7524

PRVWSD 2015-2016 Budget

The PRVWSD posted on its website a bit of financial information.  Below is the Fiscal Year Budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Shooting in Flowood - Jackson, MS
James Bolton was taken under arrest last night for firing 30 to 40 rounds of ammunition, some purportedly aimed at Flowood Police officers.  The incident occured at Bolton's home on Middleton Drive near Women's Hospital.  Police blocked off traffic on Flowood Drive during the hour-long stand off.  Luckily, no one was hurt. Another successful job by Flowood PD.

WAPT's story.
WLBT's story.

Weekend Events

It's never too late to look to the weekend.  The fun begins Friday with:

  -- Touch a Truck at Trustmark Park in Pearl.
  -- Ringling Bros. Barnam & Bailey Circus at the Coliseum.

Then it starts early on Saturday:

  -- MORA Racing for Donation 8K at Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency in Flowood.
  -- Take Adrian Sturdivant's wood turning class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at his studio at 224 Bay Park Drive.  This is offered through the Craftman's Guild of Mississippi, and is $110 for beginnings.
  -- Mississippi Cajun Fest and Boat Show at Old Trace Park begins at 10 a.m. and lasts all day.
Carry it on to Sunday with:

  -- Church of your choice
  -- Circus in the afternoon

Monday, April 20, 2015

Digital Billboard Variance Request

Information was posted on the Reservoir Community District Facebook page this morning concerning the zoning variance requested by a digital billboard company for a sign on Old Fannin Road.  Here is the post:

FYI Capturion Network, LLC is requesting a dimensional variance for an LED billboard on Lot 2 of Avalon Centre. The sign ordinance states no permitted sign shall be placed nearer than 1500 feet from the boundary line of any lot of a platted subdivision. A map is attached with the 1500’ radius shown in red. The billboard would be closer than 1500’ to 6 platted subdivisions. The Planning Commission will meet 4/30/15 in the Board of Supervisors meeting room at 9:00 a.m. and set the public hearing for 5/15/15.

Again, if you have not joined this Reservoir Community District (the Overlay) Facebook Page, I encourage you to do so.  A lot of good information is coming through it.  

PRVWSD Bd of Directors Minutes for March 2015

Below are the minutes from the PRVWSD Board of Directors March 2015 meeting.  Of note:

Timberlake Campground is readying for expansion.  The PRVWSD looks to add 27 new pads to the existing campground.  Construction costs are expected to be $1.5 million, and projected annual income of nearly $200,000.

Cars with the Rez Tag license plate will be granted free entry to the parks.

It appears the PRVWSD will again take part in the Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Rez User Fee Going Into Effect

Below is a Friday afternoon Press Release from the PRVWSD.  Friday afternoon is always a good time to impart bad news.
Barnett Reservoir Board passes lake user fee

RIDGELAND — Beginning Oct. 1 2015, boaters on Ross Barnett Reservoir will be required to pay a lake user fee under a plan passed Thursday by the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board of Directors.
According to Board President Jack Winstead, all funds raised from the user fee will be directed to a special revenue fund and be used only for recreational enhancements on the aging lake.
“Ross Barnett Reservoir is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and while we celebrate this milestone we must also realize that a lot of infrastructure is aging and in need of renovation or repair,” Winstead said. “To this point, our leaseholders have shouldered all the financial burden, but under this plan all lake users will contribute to maintaining and improving our facilities.”
It is estimated that about 30,000 boats are registered within the five counties that surround Barnett Reservoir — Hinds, Leake, Madison, Rankin, and Scott counties. PRVWSD officials estimate that the lake user fee could generate about $250,000 to $300,000 annually.
These funds would be used to update boat ramps, increase or replace navigational aids and improve shore support facilities. When possible, they can be matched with federal funding arranged through cooperation with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
“Two good examples of what $250,000 can do are the recently completed projects at Fannin Landing with a breakwater and new comfort station, and the renovation at Goshen Springs Landing on Mississippi Highway 43,” said John Sigman, PRVWSD general manger. “These were both $1 million projects that required a 25 percent match on our end.”
Winstead and Sigman both said stake holders and user groups would be involved in all aspects of the planning of projects, and added that reservoir officials have discussed the lake user fee with several such groups and have found nearly universal support.
According to PRVWSD officials, boaters paying the lake user fee will be issued a decal to be placed on the bow of the watercraft near the required State registration number and decal. Registrants will have the option of purchasing an annual permit or a three-year permit. A shorter-term 10-day permit will also be available for visitors.
The fees rates are:
* Boats under 26 feet — $35 annual, $90 for three years.
* Boats 26 feet and above — $50 annual, $135 for three years.
* 10-day, any size, consecutive days — $10.
Decals will be good from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.
The only vessels excluded from the user fees are paddleboards, sail boards, kayaks, canoes and approved towable devices, plus boats operated by law enforcement, fire/rescue, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and PRVWSD workboats.
Sigman said that registration would be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
“That way, anybody anywhere who decides, even on the spur of the moment, that they want to fish or boat on Barnett Reservoir will have the opportunity to go online and pay, and our officers on the water will have access to the system to check and say, ‘Yes, you are good to go,’” Sigman said. “They then would receive their decals by mail.”
The Board’s action on Thursday begins a 30-day comment period. To find the proposed rule, visit

Comments may be sent to

Keep the Rez Beautiful Needs You Tomorrow!

Huge volunteer opportunity tomorrow.  Here is a way for you to make a substantial contribution to improving your community.

From Jeannine May of Keep the Rez Beautiful:

TGIF everyone!
We are going to set up tomorrow at Lakeshore Park at 8:00 a.m.
The weather update is showing 35% rain at 8 a.m. until 12 pm 42%.

The Plan
Lakeshore.  Volunteers will register, and must sign the event liability and photo release form first! I will need a few people there to help register people.
So far, I have Nancy, myself and Martha helping with registration at Lakeshore.
Mr. Bob will need some volunteers to help plant ferns and shade plants in front of the restrooms. We will need volunteers to help plant daylillies in the guard station. I looked at the Rain garden yesterday and it is a wetland. I am going to bring my weed eater and at least knock some of the large weeds out. Look out I am dangerous with my weed eater...ha
We will have Reservoir Police Officer, Lt. Wayne Cockrell on patrol tomorrow. His number is 601-750-8662 if you have any issues.(AND WE PRAY WE WON'T)
Turtle Point Nature Area - Jeff Roberts is our leader. Jeff, we may have people show up at Turtle Point NA that don't know they are suppose to go to Lakeshore and register. That's ok, Leigh Anne will be with Jeff at Turtle Point. We could really use another volunteer that knows how to plant trees here with Jeff and Leigh Anne. She will have a clip board with an extra Liability release for them to sign. They must sign this sheet before volunteering. The trees for Turtle Point and the shrubs for the entrances at Bay Park and H. View are all being delivered to my house today. I will put out the orange flags today with the names of the trees on them where they are to be planted at Turtle Point. The oaks and fruit trees are bare root and should be easy to plant. Bring gloves, extra shovels if you have them.
Bay Park and Harbor View Entrances.  Joy and Igor are our leads at these areas. They have volunteers lined up to green up their entrance beds! They will pick the shrubs and flowers (include Butterfly Milkweed! ) at my house this afternoon. Thanks PRVWSD maintenance for your outstanding help!
We will have garbage bags, bottled water and latex gloves at Lakeshore and Turtle Point Nature Area.
We will have litter grabbers for the two subs that have volunteers that will be picking up litter....
We have 100 T shirts that say, Keep The Rez Beautiful. Volunteer. They are all Large, Ex Large and some 2X. The only get a T shirt if they sign the Liability statement the Pledge Card sheet and volunteer.
We have lots daylilies to plant and give out to neighborhoods who want to plant them on their own. So far, some are going to Bridgetown, Waterwood, Camellia Trails, Forest Point, Turtle Creek, Harbor View and Bay Park. I have designated about 100 of these for PRVWSD beds in various locations also to be planted later by volunteers
Sincerely, J
Jeannine May
Keep The Rez Beautiful, Director
601 421-6160
"Treasure the Rez"

Donut Shop Cafe Coming Soon!

It is common knowledge I am a doughnut connoisseur. My love for doughnuts is known far and wide in my household.  Let me shock you: I don't believe the Jackson metro area has many good doughnut places.  Or, at least no place sells doughnuts near as melt-in-your-mouth good as the old Canton Bakery on the Square.  

To my unending sadness, the Canton Bakery went the way of the dinosaur, and its like has not since been seen.  In my humble opinion, nowadays, the best bet for doughnuts is Shipley's in Clinton, then the Donut Shop Cafe in Richland, then Daily Made in Brandon, then Krispy Kreme, then Daylight Donuts, and finally a conglomeration of Donut Palace, Pillow Donuts, Monroe and Scurlock Donuts that all taste the same.

Living at the Reservoir, I suffer from in a constant state of Good Doughnut Desiderata, commonly referred to as "GDT". However, while driving home from Brandon proper the other day, I noticed something that made my heart happy.  A Donut Shop Cafe is "coming soon" to the brand new gas station at the corner of Hwy 471 and Vine/Baker Lane.  Now (fingers crossed), the drive for a good doughnut won't take so long.  

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Boat Show at MS Cajun Fest

There is a boat show coming to Old Trace Park on the Rez not this weekend, but the next.  It is held in conjunction with MS Cajun Fest.  Below is the post from the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District on the show.

For more info on the Cajun Fest, which includes all you can eat crawfish with the $20 admission, a cornhole tournament, and live music in addition to the boat show, go here and here and here.

Join us on Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26 at Old Trace Park for the Barnett Reservoir Boat Show.
This will be so much more than a boat show... we will have recreation dealers displaying all types of boats, jet skis, ATVs, kayaks, bikes and more. All things recreational to do at the REZ will be on display.
Admission on Saturday is included within the $20 gate for the MS Cajun Fest event - which gets you in to the boat show, free crawfish (while it lasts), live music, cross fit competition, cornhole tourney and more.
Admission on Sunday is free.
Come out and see what is new to do at The REZ.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Half Shell Oyster House

A Gulf Coast favorite is coming to Flowood.  Half Shell Oyster House plans to open soon at 115 Laurel Park Cove, Flowood.  That's the same building the Flowood Chamber of Commerce is located in, and which previously housed Mississippi College's Flowood Campus.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

RIP Fannin Mart

Many of you know Fannin Mart closed its doors recently.  I've never seen it want for customers. I will sorely miss the vegetables and fried chicken.  Here is Kingfish's post on the subject.

RIP Fannin Mart, hopefully it won't be forever.  Here is the Clarion Ledger's report on it.

Larry Swales Fundraiser

Better get that RSVP in today.

Monday, April 13, 2015

MS House of Reps 2015 Session Summary

Representative Brent Powell was kind enough to share the official Mississippi House of Representatives Legislative Session Summary.  Long, but informative.  

Lake Vista Zoning Sign Goes Up

Lake Vista Storage Unit coming soon? This sign is tucked away at the end of the barren cul de sac behind Fred's.

Previous posts here, here and here.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Franklin Meet and Greet

Info provided to me over Twitter:

Candidate for Rankin County Superintendent, Dr. Bobby Franklin is having a meet and greet at the Woodlake Condominiums Clubhouse on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jeffcoat Article in Rankin Record

The Rankin Record has stepped up its game under new Editor, Steven G. Watson.  There is a decisive emphasis on community reporting.  This week, the front page features an article by Marcia Oden on Reservoir stalwart, Chuck Jeffcoat.  It's difficult to find someone who hasn't met Chuck.  Good article.  Kudos to the Rankin Record.  Here is the online article.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Possible Businesses Coming to Rez Area

Osaka to the old China Buffet location and Cafe Lagniappe to the old B's Cafe/Jo's Diner location in the Fannin Market strip mall.

Mind you, these are complete and utter rumor.  What we know not to be rumor is Boo's Smokehouse coming soon to the old Spill Grill/Pizza Hut location in front of Revell Ace Hardware.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

This Week at the Rez

Here is this week's email from the PRVWSD:

·        2015 Project REZway!  April 23rd
The Reservoir area’s annual recycle fashion show and gala event that promotes the importance of recycling while raising funds for Keep the Rez Beautiful.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the top designers.  All designs will consist of 75% recycled materials.  Tickets for the event are $20 at the door.  Come be a part of the fun April 23rd at the Mississippi Crafts Center.  For more information visit:

·        Mississippi Cajun Fest 2015   April 25th at Old Trace Park
Over 1000 lbs of free crawfish! Live Music to include Andrew Pates, Jason Miller Band, Spank the Monkey and U.SEvent includes a crossfit competition and Barnett Reservoir Foundation Boat Show.  For more information visit:

·        Barnett Reservoir Foundation Boat Show – April 25th and 26th at Old Trace Park
Local boat and recreational dealers will be at the park displaying the latest in personal watercraft and other recreational vehicles on Saturday and Sunday.  Sunday admission is free.
·        Crappie headed in
While some are already being caught shallow, the peak of the spring crappie spawn isn't expected for another week to 10 days, perhaps on the new moon phase. Experts are still finding the main lake's big females staging in deeper water, 5 to 12 feet, but close to the shallows. Last year, the peak was on the new moon in mid April with another big run on the early May full moon. This year, there's another full moon on May 3, so we've got four more weeks of spring fun.

Numerous Rez Neighborhoods Hosting Yard Sales

Regatta is not alone in having neighborhood yard sales this weekend.  The Avalon, Farmington Station and the Pinelands Subdivisions off Hugh Ward are also hosting neighborhood-wide yard sales.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015

Ribbon Cutting For Barnett Reservoir Foundation

The ribbon cutting for the Barnett Reservoir Foundation is today at 4 p.m. at the main office of the PRVWSD.  The Foundation recently joined the Flowood Chamber of Commerce, thus the ribbon cutting.

Judge Dan Fairly's Obituary

Beautifully written and poignant, below is Judge Dan Fairly's obituary.  His memorial service is today at 11:00 a.m. at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, where he was an Elder.

Daniel Hendrick Fairly, Brandon, MS

Daniel Hendrick "Dan" Fairly passed away Friday afternoon, April 3rd, 2015. He is survived by Jennifer Jones Fairly, his wife of thirty-six years, his son Daniel Hendrick Fairly, Jr. (Stefanie Fairly), his daughter, Christina Fairly Burrage (Ryan Burrage), a grandson, Knox McClain Fairly, a granddaughter, Jane Graham Fairly, and his brother Ken Fairly (Becky Fairly), nephews and nieces Graham Fairly, Rebecca Fairly Blakeney, and Anna Fairly, Chad and Matthew Waldrop, Taylor Greenhill and Cathrine Jones.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Wise Fairly and his mother Clariece Graham Fairly.

Dan was born in Jackson, Mississippi on October 26, 1956 in Jackson, MS and lived in Jackson and then Rankin County his entire life. He attended Jackson Prep, graduated from Belhaven College in 1978 and Ole Miss Law School in 1981. For years, he was a partner with Wells, Marble and Hurst, in Jackson, MS, a firm filled with men he dearly loved and respected. His last years were spent in Chancery Court of Rankin County, where new friendships were built and old ones renewed. He was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, MS and then Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Brandon, MS, where he served for many years.

While we deeply mourn his untimely passing and search for understanding, we are thanking God for what his life meant to us. He gave us all he had. He was a wonderful provider, a loyal big brother, a deeply loving father and husband who raised his children up to be followers of Jesus. He was fierce in his love and protection of his family and friends. For all those whom his passion and kindness touched, we are grateful. He loved helping others. No matter how you came to know him, he left a mark on you in some way. His life was marked indelibly by the person of Jesus Christ and he trusted him fully even when he could not trust himself. Dan always fell at the feet of His Savior, Our Lord Jesus, in whom is our hope and salvation now and forevermore. Dan shared his faith and trust in Jesus Christ with many, many people, and if there was ever a man who trusted his soul to Christ rather than men or himself, it was Dan. He knew what was in the heart of man and he grieved over the sin that enslaves human hearts and separates us from the God of the universe. But thanks be to God for the reconciliation He has provided in the person of Jesus.

Dan wore many hats, almost too many to name: Lawyer, judge, elder, baseball coach, hunter, daddy, papa, lay evangelist, Sunday School teacher, preacher of many funerals and weddings. He was a man of great emotion, tenacity, and humor. He was a talented and impressive man in so many respects, a man who knew how to get things taken care of. His life was filled, mostly, by so much joy and happiness. Words cannot express how deeply he will be missed by us and all those around him. He leaves a void in our hearts that cannot be filled.

Dan died on Good Friday. It was his sin, mine, and yours that drove Our Lord Jesus to bare his cross in agony and defeat, as darkness fell upon Golgotha and the Father placed upon His Son the iniquity of us all. And He will raise us up on the Last Day. We know this because He has raised His Son, and He sits at the right hand of God the Father, making intercession for those who cannot save themselves and oh how grateful we are for the blood, the resurrection, and the life everlasting. He is Risen. He is Risen indeed. This is what Dan would have wanted you to know and where this family puts its trust and hope. In this, he never wavered.

A private graveside service will be held on Monday, April 6, 2015 followed by an 11:00 am memorial service at Lakeside Presbyterian Church.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Rez FD Accepting Applications

The Reservoir Fire Department is accepting applications for the position of Firefighter.  Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, April 15.  Application below.  If you have additional questions, email them to

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Trampoline Park Coming to Flowood

High Heaven Trampoline Park is coming to Flowood.  It looks like it will be opening at the old "The Park" location next to the Pearl River.  Giddy up!

City of Brandon Easter Egg Hunt

Can't wait for Flowood's Easter Egg Hunt? Hop on over to Brandon proper -- Shiloh Park to be specific -- at 6 p.m. tonight for the City of Brandon's Easter Egg Hunt. Petting zoo, space jumps, train, etc.  

Bert Case Targets Dog Snatchers

Bert Case digs into the missing dog phenomena with this report on WAPT news.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Unclaimed Property Coming My Way

Treasurer Lynn Fitch spoke at the Flowood Rotary Club yesterday. Part of what she talked about included her office's shepherding of unclaimed property. "It's so easy," she said, to determine if you have unclaimed property out there. Go to the Unclaimed Property website and click the search button.

When I returned to the office, I took her up on it.  It took all of ten seconds to determine neither my wife, nor I, had any lost money. However, I did see where my law firm, Blair & Bondurant, P.A., did. I filled out the claim form online and mailed it in yesterday. I'll keep you posted. In the meantime, all you reading this should take ten seconds and search for your name. You never know. Just make sure you pass me my 10% finder's fee. 

John Dailey of Brandon had no idea there was $200,000.00 out there for him.