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

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:

Hidden Hills
Gardens of Manship
Scottish Hills
Windward Oaks
Fox Bay
Farmington Station
Bay Park
Forest Pointe
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.









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:

From the Flowood Compass Website.

Smokin' on the Rez This Weekend

The Barnett Reservoir Foundation has been updating its website with regularity lately, in anticipation of Smokin' on the Rez.   

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Keep the Rez Beautiful Doing Great Things

Philanthropic-Community-Builder-Extraordinaire, Keep the Rez Beautiful, held a ribbon cutting through the Rankin County Chamber of Commerce at the new Turtle Creek Park and Kayak Launch. Pictured above are Board Members of Keep the Rez Beautiful, and Laurie Cutrer on behalf the Chamber. This partnership, I hope, will benefit KRB by helping to spread the good word and better market KRB's events.

Recently, KRB, along with community partners from Lowes Home Improvement, built an outdoor learning center at the Botanical Gardens next to the Spillway Rez Fire Station.  See below:

Kids Night Out in Flowood

The City of Flowood is hosting Kids Night Out again this year on October 31, 2015.  It's a Trick or Treat alternative, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and lasting to 8 p.m. at Liberty Park.  There will be space jumps, a petting zoo, face painting, and, of course, plenty of candy. Best part about it, is it's free for everyone.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Scrap Metal Drive

Here is a great way to support the NWR Cougar Band and get rid of a bunch of junk.

Wirtz Road Bike Trail

I note there is a "groundbreaking" ceremony for the Wirtz Road Bike Trail on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.  This ceremony is taking place at 9:30 a.m. at the Flowood Nature Park next to Winner's Circle Park. I remember hearing rumors two years ago the City of Flowood planned to put a bike trail connecting the Nature Park to the trails on Hugh Ward.

Does anyone know anything more about the trail, i.e., will it be connected to the road a la Old Fannin, or separated like the rest of Flowood's bike trails? Also, does this mean there are no plans to expand Wirtz Road to four lane?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Statewide Burn Ban

This burn ban is for real, y'all.  The Governor just issued a statewide burn ban, and one Rankin County resident has already been arrested for violating the previous countywide ban.

Pumpkin Adventure Info

Another outstanding family activity is the Pumpkin Adventure at the Mississippi Agricultural Museum.

Park After Dark Info

The Children's Museum, Natural Science Museum, and Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks gang up and put on the extremely fun Park After Dark. If you have little trick-or-treaters, consider taking them here.  Both museums are open (the Natural Science Museum is particularly spooky). Enjoy!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Metro Area Haunted Houses

Here is the scoop on area haunted houses.  Please, if you know of any others, let me know.

The Dark Zone, operated by the Exchange Club of Brandon, Mississippi, is located in the soccer fields behind Rogers Dabbs Chevrolet.  October 23 and 24. $10 a person.

Lake Harbor VFD Haunted House.  All the information you need is here.  October 23 and 24. $5 a person.

House of the Haunted Fields at 2744 Fairchilds Road in Raymond. Facebook Page. Webpage.

Auto Burglaries Solved Through Arrest

Quite a bit of news from over the weekend.  Importantly, Macthomas Wilson and Desmond Orlando Daley were recently arrested by Rankin County Sheriff's Deputies for a series of Reservoir area auto burglaries.  Two other juveniles were also arrested. Apparently, the four of them worked as a team, targeting trucks and SUVs, stealing electronics and weapons.  Deputies believe 23 auto burglary cases were solved with these arrests.

Here are links to the news stories on the arrests.

More Ramps Close

Here is the latest media release concerning the ramp closings at the Rez:

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Keep the Rez Beautiful

Regular readers of this blog know I'm a big fan of Keep the Rez Beautiful, it's leaders, and the work it does in the Reservoir community. KRB is not just a show pony, its members do real work to improve the quality of our community, so that we all can enjoy.

Next Thursday, October 22, 2015, is an opportunity for us to support Keep the Rez Beautiful.  At 10:30 a.m., the Rankin Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting for KRB at the Turtle Point Nature Area and Kayak Launch on Spillway Road.  If you have the time, please cut away from work and meet us there to celebrate and support a worthwhile community organization.

Smokin' on the Rez Info

Next weekend is Smokin' on the Rez.  Here is the info on it from the Barnett Reservoir Foundation Webpage:

Free BBQ highlights event at Barnett Reservoir
The 3rd annual Smokin’ on The Rez BBQ and Music Festival will be held Oct. 23-24 at Old Trace Park overlooking Barnett Reservoir in Ridgeland.
On Saturday, the $10 admission to the event will include a big BBQ plate of pulled pork prepared by the competitors, as well as grilled sausage provided by Polk’s Meats of Magee, and sides.
The Music Festival will provide tunes from some of the Mississippi’s most talented and popular musicians performing on the Polk’s Music Stage.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Man Missing in Reservoir Area

From a WJTV story:

Rankin County authorities need your help locating a missing man.
Sheriff Bryan Bailey said Brian Keith Freeny was last seen on August 11, 2015 near his Goshen Lane home in the Lake Harbor community. Sheriff’s deputies said his family officially reported him missing on Monday, October 12.
For pictures of Brian Keith Freeny and more from the news story, go to this link.
Clarion Ledger story.

Boil Water Notice Lifted

NW Rankin HS Girl's Softball Advances in Playoffs

The NW Rankin Girl's Slow Pitch Softball Team is advancing through the playoffs. Yesterday, they defeated West Jones, and are knocking that ball out of the park.  They host Harrison Central this Saturday at 2 p.m.  Please go out and support those girls, they have worked hard to improve throughout the year.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Latest on Boil Water Notice

Here is the latest media release (7:18 p.m. on October 12) from PRVWSD concerning the water line break and boil water notice:

Media Release
For Immediate Release
12 October 2015
Repair to Water Line Completed
Boil Water Notice Issued

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District on Monday, 12 October, experienced a major water line break on the Pelahatchie Bay water system. Repairs to this break are in final stage of completion. Water pressure should return to normal shortly. ONLY the following subdivisions experienced a significant decrease in water pressure that resulted in boil water notice:

Audubon Point Beaver Run
Glen Cove Arrowhead
Paradise Point Forest Point
Sunrise Point Turtle Creek
Hanover Eagles Point
Waterwood Pine Ridge
Cliffview Bay Pointe
Pelahatchie Woods

This boil water notice will be in effect for at least 48 hours, or until PRVWSD officials receive two consecutive days of clear sampling.

The Mississippi State Department of Health has been notified of the situation.

For updated information, visit PRVWSD online at or on FaceBook at

Monday, October 12, 2015

GOP Photo Op

From the Rankin County Republican Party:


Please Join Us to Help Build Enthusiasm for a Rankin County Clean Sweep on 11/03-2015.
PHOTO-OP for All Republican Candidates & Supporters, Legislative Delegation, County Officials, State & District-wide Officials, Rankin County Republican Party Executive Committee Members, all Interested Republican Voters, etc.
This Thursday morning 10-15-15 at 8:30 AM
Rankin County Courthouse, Circuit Clerk/ Circuit Court Building-on the front steps
Be there to help our Republican Candidates show solid support

across all areas of Rankin County with this picture!!

Audubon Point Boil Water Notice

From the PRVWSD's Facebook page:

Effective immediately, the PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT has issued a Boil Water Notice for Audubon subdivision on streets of Audubon Point Drive, North part of Swallow Drive (Audubon Point Dr to the end of Swallow Drive), Sandpiper Road, Red Start Road, Falcon Court, Audubon Court, Martin Drive, Wren Place, and Pelican Place 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 8 inch main water line. 
There are 300 water connections affected in the subdivision. The Mississippi State Department of Health was notified by telephone and this email. 
We will take the first of the two samples from the affected area on October 12, 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. 
Thank You,

Reservoir Police is on Facebook

The Reservoir Police Department now has a Facebook page.  It's stated purpose:
Our intent with this page is to dissimulate relevant current information our citizens should know or could benefit from. Please like our page and share it with any friends or family you know that are users of the Barnett Reservoir. Our pledge to you is to keep you informed of pertinent information in a timely manner.
Already, they have been busy updating the page with information on happenings involving the police department. With 717 likes, word is getting out.  If you do the Facebook thing, I recommend you like them so you can stay abreast of the latest from the Department.

Right now, the Department is requesting your opinion on whether you like having Reservoir Police cars stationed along Spillway, Northshore, and Bob Anthony Parkway during peaking driving hours, as a method of calming aggressive driving.  Here is a link to their survey.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Boat Ramp Closure Information

City of Brandon Amphitheatre

Yesterday, the City of Brandon announced plans for an amphitheater.  The architectural firm of Wier Boerner Allin posted mock ups on their Facebook page.  It will be in the proposed Brandon Trails park area behind First Baptist Church of Brandon, off Boyce Thompson Drive, and has an estimated completion date of Spring 2017.  An estimated cost of $7 Million, with seating at 7500.

From Kate Royal's May 2015 article in the Clarion Ledger:

The facility, part of the city's master parks and recreation plan funded by the two percent food and beverage tax passed two years ago, will be similar to the amphitheaters in Tuscaloosa and Nashville.
The tax generated about $850,000 in its first year.
"This is bigger than an amphitheater. This is about creating a sense of place," Lee said of the city's recent efforts.
Brandon Trails website.
WAPT story.

Good for the City of Brandon.

NWR Takes on Callaway for Homecoming Tonight

The NWRHS Cougars (4-3) take on Callaway (4-3) this evening at 7 p.m. This is a conference game.

The Chargers, from Jackson, Mississippi, are 4-3 (0-2 in conference), with wins over Ridgeland, Jim Hill, Provine and Terry, and losses to Starkville, Forest Hill and Clinton

Common opponents with NWR so far have been Ridgeland and Starkville. Callaway struggled to beat Ridgeland 6-0 in the first game of the year, while NWR handled Ridgeland easily 30-0.  Both teams lost to Starkville, Callaway just did it 49-7, while NWR was able to keep it within three touchdowns at 30-7.  

NWR has lost three in a row. Tonight is the perfect opportunity to right the ship.

Watch live here.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

NWRHS Homecoming Parade Tonight

The Northwest Rankin High School Homecoming Parade is tonight at 5:30, with a pep rally on the football field afterward. Same route as past years on Vine Drive. Get there early and get a good spot.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

News on Lakeland Drive Expansion

Below is the press release for the Lakeland Drive expansion.  The groundbreaking ceremony is Friday at 10:30 a.m., in front of Lakeland Presbyterian Church. Thank goodness the expansion of Old Fannin Road was completed prior this.

Jackson, Miss.—The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced plans for a lane expansion project on Highway 25 (Lakeland Drive) between Highway 475 and Grants Ferry Road in Rankin County.
 “Using federal aid, this expansion project will improve the road surface to provide smoother and safer travel for the public,” said Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall. “To maintain the safety of the public and MDOT crews and contractors, we ask that motorists use caution during the duration of this project.” The expansion project will begin October 8 and is scheduled for completion in fall 2017. The project will add one lane to each side of Lakeland Drive increasing it from four to six lanes. This will relieve traffic congestion and improve the road surface for the traveling public. The first phase of the project will involve creating a detour for the removal and lane replacement of the second northboundbridge over an old abandoned railroad line, and the preparatory work for the lane increase and shoulder widening. While the work is being performed, motorists should expect some delays; however, lane closures are restricted during peak times. “Out of ease and convenience for motorists, the contract limits lane closures during rush hour,” Commissioner Hall said.“Additionally, the contract restricts all construction during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday weekends.”The approximately $36.3 million construction contract was awarded to Superior Asphalt Inc. MDOT will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 9, 2015 at the Lakeland Presbyterian Church, 5212 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, MS.

Barter Day at Roosevelt State Park

Another natural beauty not far from the Reservoir is Roosevelt State Park in Morton, and Fall is a particularly outstanding time to visit. Next weekend, the Friends of Roosevelt State Park hold their annual Barter Day and Chili Cook Off.  Booths, chili, entertainment, food eating contests. Sounds like fun!  Here are the pics from last year's Barter Day.

Parks Policy and Audit Committee Agendas

Parks Policy Committee
Monday, October 12, 2015, at 4 p.m.

1. Presentation of Barnett Reservoir Foundation conceptual proposal for Dog Park at Old Trace Park wooded area.

Audit Committee
Tuesday, October 13, at 3:30 p.m.

1. Approval of Per Diem and Travel

2. Approval of Cash Balance Report

3. Approval of October Docket

4. Approval of Attorney General contract

Budget and Shoreline Committee Agendas

The next meeting of the PRVWSD Board of Directors is Thursday, October 15, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., at pavilion at Pelahatchie Shore Park.  Certain of the committees meet beforehand to discuss business. Those agendas are posted below:

Budget and Finance Committee Agenda
Monday, October 12, 2015 at 3 p.m.

1. Approval to advertise for three generators for sewer pump stations.

2. Approval of advertisement for seawall project construction.

3. Approval of Mississippi Interactive updated functional specification for mobile application for both IOS and Android platforms.

4. Consideration and approval of board room furniture purchase.

5. Approval of engineering proposal from Southern Consultants for 18” sewer line replacement at Spann Drive.

6. Approval to advertise for construction bids for 18” sewer line replacement at Spann Drive.

(Shoreline Committee Agenda below the jump)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Seasons is Back this Halloween

Seasons is back in the Flowood area. You may have seen the activity at The Park location on Lakeland Drive near the Pearl River. I bet they will put together a bang-up "haunted house" on the banks of the Pearl River. In addition to the Halloween costumes, they have trampolines, wooden playground sets, and other outdoor play equipment.

The Pumpkin Patch is Open

Every Rez parents' favorite rite of passage is now open for 2015.

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Club is Coming to Flowood

The Club 24 is coming to Magnolia Marketplace in the old Shoe Choo location. According to their Facebook page it will be $15 a month with no commitment.

Opening January 2016, The Club 24 at Magnolia Marketplace in Flowood!
No Joining Fee $15 a month (no commitment). Stop by The Club on Lake Harbour to join or call (601) 605-9886.

Pearl River Paddling Guide

The Mississippi Lower Delta Partnership has a detailed map and paddling plan for the ten mile stretch between Spillway Dam and LeFleur's Bluff State Park, complete with google map, gps coordinates, and points of interest.  Check it out here.

I've paddled this route numerous times. It is the Jackson Metro area's most beautiful natural asset. In high water, the entire route can be completed in three hours or less.  In low water, it is a bit more of a struggle. But always worth it.

The Burn Ban Continues

The burn ban we discussed here, has been extended by the Rankin County Board of Supervisors until October 30. This applies to all outdoors burning of tree limbs or debris. Certain exemptions apply in limited circumstances, as detailed in the link above.

Rez Water Levels Continue to Drop

The water level in the Ross Barnett Reservoir is so low, PRVWSD officials are taking measures to warn boaters of the dangers.  Brian Broom, outdoor writer for the Clarion Ledger recently penned an article on the low water levels, stating, in part:

Almost two feet below the normal pool of 297.5 feet above sea level, the lake now has exposed stumps breaking the surface and more just below. According to Reservoir general manager John Sigman, that creates a hazard for boaters who are outside the navigation channels.
"Everybody needs to be careful because they didn't clear this lake of trees and stumps," Sigman said. "It's very dangerous."
So dangerous, a warning was issued in a recent Reservoir newsletter asking boaters to be extra cautious when outside boating lanes.
*     *     *
With October being historically one of the drier months, Burgess said boaters can expect the level to continue to fall. He also noted that Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, which oversees the reservoir, is required to release at least 240 cubic feet of water per second through the spillway to provide water downstream.
"We've got to put out a minimum discharge, and we're going to continue to put out a minimum discharge," Burgess said. "So, it's going to keep dropping until we get some precipitation.

Read the full article here.

Friday, October 2, 2015

How to Make a Public Records Request

Ever wondered how to make a public records request to the Rankin County? The form is below. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Fatal Accident on Lakeland Drive

A young man from Florence died yesterday afternoon on Lakeland Drive by Pinelake Church after his vehicle crashed into a pine tree on the side of the road. A passenger in the car was airlifted and remains at UMMC.

WJTV story on the accident here.
WAPT story here.

Garage Sale Weekend

Big weekend coming up for neighborhood garage sales in the Rez area.  Those I know of are Farmington Station, Huntington Lakes, Regatta, Avalon, Hidden Hills (40 homes participating), and Basswood.  Let me know if any other neighborhoods are having theirs.