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.

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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:

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, 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: to take the survey. You may also access the survey from the County’s website,

Shoreline Committee Agenda

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

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 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,

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."