Tuesday, March 31, 2015

City of Flowood Easter Egg Hunt

Here is the skinny on the City of Flowood's Easter Egg Hunt:  It's at Liberty Park (behind the Flowood YMCA) and begins at 10 a.m. this Saturday!  There will be games, prizes, plenty of activities, including an egg hunt.  All are invited, and it is 100% free.


Proposed Bike Trail?

If you check out the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District's online gis map, there is a proposed bike trail that runs from near Fannin Landing to Goshen Springs Campground.  Excellent idea.  Last year, the PRVWSD ran a water line along the path.  They cleared a right-of-way approximately fifty feet wide through the forest.  I've had the pleasure of walking some of the right-of-way, and it is beautiful.  Go to Google Maps to get a better view of the actual right-of-way.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Rash of Missing Dogs

Numerous dogs have gone missing in the Reservoir area.  And while dogs will inevitably run off, it is the opinion of some concerned readers that there have been an inordinate amount in recent times. Evidence of this can be gleaned from any number of Facebook pages created for our Reservoir community.  A recently solved case of a missing dog highlights a disturbing motive:

A St. Bernard went missing from a fenced yard in the Lake Harbor subdivision. Luckily, witnesses saw the abduction and reported it to authorities.  Information obtained from the witnesses led authorities to a home in the Bridgetowne Subdivision, where the dog was recovered.  The motive was to "rescue" the dog from perceived poor living conditions.  Good intentions aside, taking the dog constitutes larceny, and, from what I understand, Animal Control found no evidence the dog had been mistreated by its owners.

Anyone else seeing evidence of this?


Friday, March 27, 2015

University Physicians Health Fest Tomorrow!

In addition to what is listed on the below flyer, the Flowood Rotary Club has teamed up with Mississippi Blood Services for a Blood Drive at the Health Fest.  Come save a life!

Upcoming Events at the Rez

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District posts an Upcoming Events page on their website. Some of these you need to go ahead and mark your calendar for.

4/11/2015  Racin' For the Seed Duathlon at Fannin Landing.  Previously discussed here.

4/18/2015  On the Road to Health Bike Ride at Old Trace Park.

4/23/2015  Project REZway at the Craftman's Guild.  Prior post.

4/25/2015  Cajun Fest Crawfish Boil at Old Trace Park.

5/2/2015   Natchez Trace Century Ride at Old Trace Park.

5/8/2015   Pepsi Pops at Old Trace Park.  34th Annual Jackson Tradition.

5/16/2015 Dragon Boat Regatta at Old Trace Park.

5/30/2015 Gator Bait Hatchling Kids Kayak Race at Lakeshore Park

6/6/2015   Heatwave Classic at Old Trace Park

6/27/2015 Independence Day Celebration at both Old Trace Park and Lakeshore Park

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Weekly Summary from MS House of Reps

Kindly provided by Rep. Brent Powell:

Here is the House Summary for the week of March 23, 2015

This week, conference members were assigned to bills the Senate and House members did not agree or “concur” on changes that the other chamber made to a bill. Conferees from the House and Senate began meeting to work on bill language, in hopes of reaching an agreement.

The deadline to file conference reports on Appropriations and Revenue bills falls this weekend. Conferees must file reports, or final versions, before 8 p.m. Saturday, March 28. Monday, March 30, is the deadline for adoption of those conference reports filed. With deadlines back-to-back, it is likely members and staff will work through the weekend.

On that note, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC,) led this year by Speaker Philip Gunn, met this week to adopt revisions to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 General Fund Revenue Estimate and the FY2016 General Fund Revenue Estimate. Committee members voted to adopt the revisions to FY2015, which was $101.6 million more than the November revised estimate. Committee members then voted to adopt the changes to FY2016 for a total of $5.66 billion, which is $30 million more than the November estimate.

Late this week, House and Senate members will begin wrapping up their discussions regarding the Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) budget. Both sides must agree on how to spend the approximately $6 billion General Fund budget for FY16. At this stage in the conference process until the Saturday evening deadline is met and reports are adopted, exact numbers may change.                                                                                                                                    
Once both chambers concur with the changes and adopt a conference report, that bill is then sent to the Governor’s desk. So far in the 2014 Legislative Session, Governor Bryant has signed 83 House Bills and 44 Senate bills into law. Some of these signed bills originating in the House include:

·         House Bill 389 prohibits texting and accessing social media while driving.
·         House Bill 739 creates the Property Insurance Clarity Act.
·         House Bill 825 revises the Personal Service Contract Review Board
·         Senate Bill 2185 requires CPR/AED to be taught as instructional component of physical or health education curriculum.
·         SB2389 enacts a Compact for a Balanced Budget.
·         Senate Bill 2687 creates the Mississippi Direct Primary Care Act.
  
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.  My email is bpowell@house.ms.gov and my Capitol phone number is 601-359-3770.

Thank you,
Brent Powell
District 59


Future Rez Residential Developments



The website for the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District has a separate page for "Real Estate:Residential" with links to existing subdivisions like Lost Rabbit and Arbor Landing, and some not-so-existing like HarborWalk.  What I found interesting were the links to "Future Residential/Commercial Developments".  The above map demonstrates the proposed sites, including the 600 acres between Fox Bay and Windward Bluff.  While this shouldn't come as any surprise to Reservoir residents, I though it interesting to see the next phases of residential development.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Article Concerning Student Shift in Local Elementary Schools

Sarah Fowler (@FowlerSarah) the new Clarion Ledger Suburban Correspondent for Rankin and Hinds County, wrote an article published in the Clarion Ledger concerning the shift of elementary students in the Northwest Rankin Attendance Zone.  Essentially, 140 students will be moved from Highland Bluff to either Northshore or Oakdale Elementary, and approximately 40 from Northshore will move to Oakdale.  Check out the Clarion Ledger article here.  I published a letter from Dr. Weathersby to Highland Bluff parents shifting to Oakdale here. According to Sarah's article, this will more evenly distribute the population at those three schools to around 750 students.  

Reservoir Community District Social Media Page

Email recently received:

Social media is the ultimate equalizer. It gives a voice and a platform to anyone willing to engage.
_________________________________________________________________________________

OVERLAY RESIDENTS SOCIAL MEDIA GROUP
WORKING collectively TO PROTECT OUR PROPERTY VALUES

If you live close to the Rez or in Castlewoods join the Facebook Group working to protect your property values and more - “Reservoir Community District”.                                                       

To Join the Group You Need to Complete 2 Easy Steps
1st, Submit the required information via email to join the Group (Proper Name, Facebook Name, Email Address, Residence Address, Subdivision where you live, and you're 18 or older) to ReservoirCommunityDistrict@gmail.com

2nd, Click on the Facebook link and “Request to Join the Reservoir Community District Group”   https://www.facebook.com/groups/431671763661164/  

PLEASE COPY AND PASTE AND SEND TO YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH MEMBERS, EMAIL CONTACTS AND ANY OTHER MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATIONS

(More below the jump)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Highland Bluff and Oakdale Elementary Shifting Students

I apologize for the poor quality photo below.  It is a notice from the Rankin County School District stating that children who reside in the Cliffview, Hanover, and Pelahatchie Shores subdivisions would be shifted from Highland Bluff Elementary School to Oakdale Elementary School beginning next school year. 


The Pearl River Valley Reservoir Project

I'm not sure how I missed this.  The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District published on its website The Pearl River Valley Reservoir Project, a 45 page document, complete with footnotes, written in 1962 by James E. Sorrels, of the Bureau Governmental Research at the University of Mississippi.  

From the Summary and Conclusion:

          While water supply increasingly is becoming a national problem, the Pearl River Reservoir will stand as an illustrious example of urban and regional planning independent of Wash· ington. This independence is not easy. The Mississippi taxpayer residing within the district area will have to ((foot the bill." From all indications, it will he money well spent. 

        The immediate future may reveal that aggressive self-interest motivated a few men in backing the reservoir. It seems much dearer, though, that the vast majority of the steps leading to its creation came from enlightened public interest. 

        Out of the collective thinking of leaders in five central Mississippi counties evolved a regional watershed plan designed to grace human life in the area for generations to come. As former Governor Hugh White characterized it, the Pearl River Reservoir was "Big League" thinking. 

Snow Days Pay Off

From the Highland Bluff Elementary School Facebook page, complete with smiley-face emoji:

Rankin County School District received verification today that the State Board of Education HAS agreed to forgive the three days we missed due to inclement weather, meaning that teachers and students will NOT be required to attend additional days to make up these days missed. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Taste of Flowood

An email from the Flowood Chamber of Commerce, who is hosting the event, encourages prospective attendees to purchase their tickets in advance because only a limited amount of tickets will be sold.  


School Board Endorses Idea of Electing Superintendent

Mississippians, for a while now, have debated the efficacy of electing school board superintendents, as opposed to having the county school board appoint them.  Many of our state's leaders have pushed, in recent times, to move Mississippi away from electing superintendents, believing it gives the school boards better options in choosing qualified leaders.  For whatever reasons, those efforts have failed to change the law.

Despite these efforts, Rankin County School District remained quiet until, ironically, an election year. On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, the Board of Education of the Rankin County School District executed the below Resolution, endorsing the idea of electing superintendents.  Obviously, the surprise and timing of this effort has rankled a number of the electorate.  See Clarion Ledger article here.

Suspicious Characters in Farmington Station

Occasionally, readers submit to me information regarding public safety.  For this, I am grateful. Below a reader submitted an email to me over the weekend concerning a pair of suspicious characters:

Troy, I have made Rankin Co aware of this, but trying to get the word out.  I live in Farmington Station.  A friend and I were driving into the neighborhood from Hugh Ward behind a white sedan (new, clean accord-ish car).  2 white males.  One flagged us down and said he needed help with a flat tire (which they did not have) and quickly shifted his story to "We are on our way back from Starkville and need money for gas" etc etc.  I offered to get them a gas can and they popped the trunk.  Obviously something was up.  I drove home to swap out cars to try to go back to the tag but they were gone.

The white male that exited the vehicle had blotches of concealer all over his face.  This appeared that he was hiding speed sores.  They were quite obviously tweaking and looking to jack some unsuspecting passers by.  I have driven around the neighborhood trying to locate the car, but I imagine they have moved on to another neighborhood.  Just looking to get the word out so everyone is on alert.

Friday, March 20, 2015

St. Paddy's Day Schedule

Here is the schedule for this weekend's Mal's St. Paddy's Day Parade!

Friday, March 20, 2015

  • 05:00pm - Hal's Marching MALfunction at the King Edward

Saturday, March 21, 2015

  • 07:00am - Float Lineup begins
  • 08:00am - St. Paddy's 5k Run. More details on the run, here.
  • 09:00am - WLBT Children's Festival on South Lamar in front of the Mississippi Museum of Art
  • 10:00am - Pet Parade presented by MARL on South Lamar in front of the Museum of Art
  • 11:00am - Children's Parade, same place.

  • 01:00pm - PARADE STARTS
  • After Parade, the party moves to Hal & Mal's for the awards ceremony featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Dumpstaphunk, Brown Sabbath and Roxy Roca.  Tickets are $20 through www.ardenland.net.



A Call to Teens to Get Involved

The Republican Women of Rankin County meet Monday, March 23, 2015, at 6:15 p.m. at the Flowood Library.  All are welcome.  The group has put out a call to teenage republicans as well.  Join them that day and learn about getting involved in campaigns, scholarship and intern opportunities, and earning volunteer hours.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Weekly Summary from HS House of Reps.

Local Rep. Brent Powell was kind enough to send this summary of the MS House's dealings last week:

Here is your MS House of Representatives weekly summary for the Week of March 16, 2015

House members passed a variety of bills this week in advance of the approaching final deadlines of the 2015 Legislative Session. Most of the bills were before the House for concurrence or non-concurrence. If the House voted to concur or agree with Senate amendments, the bill was sent directly to Governor Bryant to sign into law. However if the decision was not to concur but to invite conference, the bill is sent to a conference committee of three members each from the House and Senate.

Volunteers Cleaning Up the Rez

Walt Grayson and WLBT highlighting R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company's day of service at the Reservoir:

MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Project Rezway Coming Up!

Keep The Rez Beautiful's major fundraiser, Project Rezway, is April 23, 2015.  The show takes place at the Mississippi Craftsmen's Guild, beginning at 6 p.m.  Tickets are $20 at the door.  If you are crafty, and can design an outfit 75% of which is made from recyclable objects, you can compete for prizes in the fashion show.  Sponsorship information here.


Information and photos from last year's event can be found here and here.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

ZDD Weekend Around the Corner

Not this weekend, but the next, is Zippity Doo Dah Parade in Fondren, benefiting Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital.  Find out all you need to know at the following links:

Official website.
Facebook website.
Sweet Potato Queen website.
Find It In Fondren's website.

Here is the schedule of events:

• Friday, March 27 – The Sal & Mookie’s Sweet Potato Queen Big Hat Brunch – 11am – (ticket required) 
• Friday, March 27 – The Bluz Boys in concert on Duling Avenue and the arrival of the Budweiser Clydesdales – 6pm - Free 
• Saturday, March 28 – The Sal & Mookie’s annual Street Carnival – stadium green behind the restaurant 10am - (armband charge) 
• Saturday, March 28 – Patty Peck Honda Doo Dah Day Blue Car Giveaway – BancorpSouth – 6pm - (tickets available here - $10) 
• Saturday, March 28 – BancorpSouth Zippity Doo Dah® Parade featuring grand marshal, Braveheart writer/director Randall Wallace; the Jackson State University Sonic Boom marching band; “Bravehearts for Batson” – servicemen, first responders and many others who place their lives on the line; and the Sweet Potato Queens® lead by THE sweet potato queen herself, Jill Conner Browne – historic downtown Fondren – dusk (around 7pm) – Free - 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Kyle Brown Fundraiser Tonight


Flowood Rotary Hits Northshore Elementary

This morning, the Flowood Rotary Club delivered dictionaries to each third grader at Northshore Elementary School.  Four class rooms, approximately 80 students.


The above-picture was taken in Mrs. Peeples classroom.  Northshore was a kind host, and the kids enjoyed getting their own dictionary.

Since June of 2014, the Flowood Rotary has delivered dictionaries to each third grader at Flowood, Northwest Rankin, Pisgah, Highland Bluff, and now Northshore Elementary.  Oakdale, you're next.

Standard for Granting Zoning Variance

Perhaps the moon pie analogy was a bit much, though I still want to share the legal standard for obtaining a change in zoning.

"To reclassify property, there must be proof, by clear and convincing evidence, that either: (1) a mistake in the original zoning occurred; or (2) a change occurred in the character of the neighborhood to justify rezoning and a public need."  Edwards v. Harrison County Bd. of Supervisors, 22 So. 3d 268, 274 (Miss. 2009); Old Canton Hills Homeowners Ass'n v. Mayor and City Council of City of Jackson, 749 So. 2d 54, 62 (Miss. 1999)See also Childs v. Hancock County Bd. of Supervisors, 1 So. 3d 855, 860 (Miss. 2009)Cockrell v. Panola County Bd. of Supervisors, 950 So. 2d 1086, 1091 (Miss. Ct. App. 2007)Nichols v. Madison County Bd. of Supervisors, 953 So. 2d 1128, 1130 (Miss. Ct. App. 2006)Byram 3 Dev., Inc. v. Hinds County Bd. of Supervisors, 760 So. 2d 841, 844 (Miss. Ct. App. 2000) .

Clear and convincing evidence (at least according to the case law of the Mississippi Supreme Court) is a stout hill to climb.  Landowners rely on zoning ordinances when deciding to locate their businesses and/or families to a particular location.  Folks should be entitled to rely on the laws (or ordinances, if you will) in place at the time they move their families and make that investment.  On the other hand, change over time inevitably happens, and a balance must be struck when determining the best way to encourage the expansion of industry.  

Nonetheless, the citizens of Rankin County need to know variances will likely be granted unless the citizens protest in substantial fashion.  As in the case of the car wash, one protester will not cut the mustard.  

Monday, March 16, 2015

Upcoming Events in Flowood

There are a number of events coming up offered through the City of Flowood, so mark your calendars:

Saturday, April 4, at Liberty Park, is the Annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Thursday, April 9, at Mirror Lake Plaza, is Taste of Flowood.

Saturday, May 2, at Market Street in the Dogwood Festival Shopping Mall area is the 11th Annual Flowood Arts and Crafts Festival.

Friday, May 8, is the Flowood Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

Saturday, May 9, is Flowood Family Fest at Liberty Park.  Craig Morgan highlights this free event.


Free Cone Day



Dairy Queen celebrates 75 years by giving away a free vanilla ice cream cone, today only, at participating stores.  I don't know if the Chill and Grill on Lakeland Drive is included.  If so, treat your kids to an after school treat.  Donations to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals will be accepted.


Friday, March 13, 2015

More Info on Amerigo-Flowood

This Clarion Ledger article states Amerigo-Flowood will open in a space beside Indianola Pecan House and is expected to open in September of October of this year.

The Patisserie Down the Street

Finally, Kingfish writes something appetizing.

Check out La Brioche Patisserie in Fondren for a taste of authentic, French pastry delights.  It's quite unlike Kingfish to be this effusive with praise, so it must be the real deal.  

New FB Page for Concerned Rez Citizens

Rodney Keith, Supervisor for District 2, created the Reservoir Community District Facebook page for the purpose of providing an outlet for information concerning matters involved in the Reservoir area, and to give residents the power to mesh their collective voice. Public notices for variance requests are the type of thing that will be published on this page. From the page:

JOIN THE RESERVOIR COMMUNITY DISTRICT GROUP PAGE TO STAY INFORMED ABOUT THE DISTRICT AND VOICE YOUR STANCE ON THE ISSUES (Membership is Limited to Those Residing in the Overlay)
→ Proper Name
→ Facebook Name
→ Email Address
→ Residence Address
→ Subdivision (when available)
→ Age Is Over 18
Please send us a Friend request email with the information required above to reservoircommunitydistrict@gmail.com
WE LOOK FORWARD TO ALL OVERLAY RESIDENTS WORKING TOGETHER TODAY TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT TOMORROW .....

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Lake Vista Storage is Back

Remember Lake Vista Storage?  Here is the original post.  The last we discussed, Willie Gavan, Inc., the owner of the property at issue in that matter withdrew its request for a conditional use variance in the zoning laws.  Willie's back.

Willie Gavan, Inc., resubmitted its conditional use and variance application for Lake Vista Storage. The Planning Commission will meet on April 2, 2015, to discuss, and a public meeting will take place on May 4, 2015.  Both of those meetings are open to the public.

New Telecommunication System for the City of Brandon

The City of Brandon and Broadband Voice issued the following press release:



An additional blog post from Broadband Voice about this announcement can be found here.

Volunteer Work at PRVWSD Delayed Until March 21

Here is a follow up email concerning this post.  Volunteers, gear up for next weekend

Due to inclement weather forecast for Saturday, March 14th and the ground being saturated from rain all week, we are going to reschedule our planting for next Saturday, March 21.  Thanks for all who planned on coming and I hope you all can make it next weekend.  We will meet at the Reservoir Maintenance Complex at 2:00 PM.  Please reply to this email if you can attend.  Again, thanks for your time.


Craig
chunt@therez.ms

This Weekend

There is never an excuse for boredom in the Jackson Metro area.

Fondren's First Thursday is tonight.  Previously called Fondren After Five, and billed by everyone's favorite pothole Robin Hood as a "critical mass of dreamers and doers", local vendors and artisans open their doors, many taking to the sidewalks, for a night of shopping and entertainment. According to this website, up to 5,000 will be in attendance. Pack your slicker because the festivities take place, rain or shine.

Saturday morning is the Legal Beagle 5K, in the NE Jackson area.  This long-existing race is organized by the Young Lawyers Division of the Capital Area Bar Association, features plenty of out-of-shape lawyers huffing and puffing in their legal briefs.  It benefits the Mississippi Volunteers Lawyers Project, which is an immensely worthy cause. Large group of runners, fast, flat course, a lot of fun.

Don't feel like donning your lawsuit and embarrassing legal counsel, then go support the Diamond Dawgs Baseball Team down in Florence.  This one is only $15.  I haven't seen a $15 5K race in six years.

Go watch the raising of the 110-foot cross in Florence by Berry's Seafood Barn. CBS Sunday Morning will be there filming, so be sure to wear your finest duds. Those in charge will use a 275 foot crane to hoist the symbol of Jesus' love for us into the sky along Highway 49. Estimated cross raising time is 10 a.m., though it may change due to weather.

Here's something you don't get to see everyday; ancient music.  Corina Marti will perform music from the Renaissance period on flute and clavisimbalum, and similar medieval instruments.  Per the Clarion Ledger, "Marti has extensively performed, recorded and taught late medieval and early Renaissance repertoires internationally, earning praise as "strikingly and expressive" for her live performance." This concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, at St. Philip's Episcopal Church.

The Home Show is taking place all weekend at the Trademart in Jackson.  Homebuilders show off designs, home improvement products, and more.

Tired of the Jackson scene, drive up to Memphis for Santana.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Storm Shelter on Flag Island



This morning, I asked my readers for a photo of the storm shelter on Flag Island.  The PRVWSD was kind to share this photograph.  The shelter's creation emerged from discussions during the Up River Advisory Committee meetings.  Great idea and I'm glad to see it come to fruition.

Amerigo is Coming to Flowood!



Best early bird in the Jackson metro area, especially if you have children with you.  Check out the website here.

Table 100 shall enjoy a monopoly no more.

Photo of Fish Cleaning Station



More on the new fish cleaning station at Leake County Water Park over at the PRVWSD's Facebook page, including a photo of Bobby Cleveland getting his hands dirty.  It looks like a nice amenity.

The same media release from yesterday stated a storm shelter had been built on Flag Island.  Anyone have pictures of that?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

This Week at the Rez

This week's email is below:

·         B.A.S.S. Open starts Thursday
The Bass Anglers Sportsman Society's three-day Central Open begins Thursday at Madison Landing. Daily blast offs at the opening to Main Harbor will begin at 7 a.m. Weigh-ins will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Madison Landing, and at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Bass Pro Shops in Pearl. A total of 199 pros and 199 co-anglers will fish the first two days, but only the top 12 in each division will fish the final round on Saturday. All events are open and free to the public. While Madison Landing will remain open to local boaters, it is suggested that another ramp might make for a more enjoyable experience. Residents should expect extra traffic during the 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. period around the Madison Landing and Rice Road areas.

·         Rez tags good for park entry

Vehicles with the new Barnett Reservoir license plates will get free entry to all parks at The Rez, thanks to action taken by the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District board of directors at its February meeting. The new tags, now available at tax collectors offices throughout Mississippi, cost $31 in addition to normal taxes. Most of the additional costs benefit PRVWSD. Later this spring and throughout the summer, a $5 traffic fee will be charged at Lakeshore, Old Trace and Pelahatchie Shore Parks on weekends and holidays. 

Try the New Fish Cleaning Station for the Halibut

The Pearl River Valley decided the mullet over no more and tackled the challenge of constructing a fish-cleaning station at the Leake County Water Park.  Apparently, the constant carping from local anglers schooled the PRVWSD into action.  This new oppor-tuna-ty includes a concrete pad, roof, and power hookups, among other amenities.  I heard it's a real dive, but let minnow if you sea a better fish cleaning station in the Jackson metro area.

Anticipated Water Level of the Pearl River

Interestingly, the National Weather Service's Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, does not predict many issues with Pearl River flooding, at this time.  At the 26 foot action stage, roads near LeFleur's Bluff State Park begin to flood, that's it. Compare that to April of last year when we approached 35 feet.


Monday, March 9, 2015

Racin' for the Seed

The Second Annual Racin' for the Seed Duathlon is coming to Fannin Landing on April 11, 2015. 5K run/walk, followed by a 15 mile bike ride, followed by a 1 mile run/walk, with proceeds going to one of Rankin County's most loved charities, the Mustard Seed.  Check out their website, here.  It contains all sorts of useful information, including routes, information on volunteering, photos from last year's event, and registration information for this year.

Proposed Pearl River NWR Off the Table?

Two years ago, we talked about the possibility of the Federal Government forming a National Wildlife Refuge between Spillway Road and Lakeland Drive along the Pearl River.  See prior posts, here, here, here, and here.  Things looked good for this development.  The Government even went so far as to establish a website promoting the Refuge.  Then Uncle Sam got quiet.

Brian Broom of the Clarion Ledger notes this in a recent article.  Sadly, it appears the NWR is off the table.  "Last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considered developing an urban NWR on the site, but backed away from the proposal without public explanation."  Now, it appears, a non-profit, Wildlife Mississippi, is negotiating with the land owner, Mississippi Department of Transportation, to manage the 2,700 acres for wildlife purposes.

A few months later, an agreement was reached between MDOT and Wildlife Mississippi that the nonprofit would oversee the land and its uses.
"We see it as an outdoor classroom," James Cummins, Wildlife Mississippi Executive Director, said. "We want to show what outdoors in Mississippi is all about."
Cummins said the location is ideal to connect children with nature and teach them about water, trees and the critters that inhabit the wild. To accommodate educational groups and others, facilities are in the planning stages.

See the full article here.

Wildlife Mississippi's plans include improving the infrastructure for kayaking, building  an amphitheater, and opening the land up for limited hunting opportunities.  

Friday, March 6, 2015

PRVWSD Seeks Volunteers to Improve Habitat

The PRVWSD has worked over at least the past couple of years to improve the wildlife habitat quality on its managed timberland.  This weekend, in conjunction with Keep the Rez Beautiful, the PRVWSD will be planting fruit and nut trees, and they need volunteers.  See the email below from Craig Hunt, chunt@therez.ms.

Keep the Reservoir Beautiful has donated funding for the purchase of fruit and nut trees that will be planted in hunting and recreational areas  to enhance wildlife habitat.  We have ordered 175 trees and need to get these in the ground quickly for good survival rates.  We are seeking assistance in planting next Saturday, March 14th.  If you are able to help, please let me know as soon as possible.  Volunteers are asked to bring their own shovels or spades, etc…and be ready to walk the woods.

We will meet at the Reservoir Maintenance Complex located at 100 Reservoir Park Road at 9AM.

Thanks for your time,

Craig

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

This Week at the Rez

Below is the weekly email from the PRVWSD:

·        Weather Warnings
Residents should take necessary precautions for the expected winter weather Thursday.  Deicer will be distributed on the Spillway, but caution is advised during the period temperatures drop below freezing.

·        Save the Date:
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.  April 23rd at the Mississippi Crafts Center.  For more information visit: https://keeptherezbeautiful.wordpress.com/
 
·        B.A.S.S. Tournament – 2015 Bass Pro Shops Central Open #1
March 12th thru 14th
Madison Landing, Ridgeland MS
Been noticing a lot of out of state boats on the lake and in the parking lots at the ramps the past few weeks and wondering why?

It's because the first event on the B.A.S.S. Central Open tour will be held on Barnett Reservoir March 12-14, out of Madison Landing. About 200 pros and 200 co-anglers are expected, with a mix of national touring professionals and local experts competing for a first place prize valued at about $48,000 and a much-coveted berth in the 2016 Bassmaster Classic.

Blast off will be staged in the waters off Main Harbor/Madison Landing at first safe light each morning, usually around 6:45 or 7. Weigh-ins, which are free to the public, will be held beginning around 2:45 or 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Madison Landing ramp. On Saturday, the field will be reduced to the top 12 pros and co-anglers and after fishing, they will caravan to Bass Pro Shops in Pearl for the final weigh-in. Official times will be posted next week.

While Madison Landing will remain open to the public during the event, it is advised that local boaters seek other launch sites. Traffic will be increased in the afternoon hours on Thursday and Friday as the contestants depart.

The Rez and B.A.S.S. connection:
The March 12-14 Central Open tournament will be the 11th time B.A.S.S. has brought a tournament to Barnett Reservoir. The two share quite a history.

The Rez is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015. It was impounded in 1965, and soon afterward became famous for its bass fishing. Ray Scott, a Birmingham-based businessman, was in town to fish with friends and make sales calls when weather forced him to stay in his Ramada Inn room on Highway 80.

That day, Scott envisioned the formation of a national fishing group, which later became the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society. During its first six years, B.A.S.S. brought an event to The Rez and they were dominated by Bill Dance and Roland Martin, who built that success into TV stardom.

Anticipated Weather Tonight and Tomorrow

Don't panic, but know it's coming.  It's an anticipated 50 degree swing during a 15 hour period.


Local Blood Drive by Flowood Rotary Club

Who can tell this face "no?"  That is local cancer fighter, Andrew Cross, whose treatment depended on the generous donation of blood from others.  The Flowood Rotary Club is putting a lot of effort into having a successful blood drive. We've teamed up with UMC Physicians-Grants Ferry to fill up as many pints as possible. I encourage you to join us on March 28 and help save a life.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cougar Club Smoke-off

From the Cougar Club, the Booster Club for NW Rankin High School Athletics:

Cougar Club Smoke-Off

Boston Butt   $35.00 (8-10lbs)
Ham (Spiral Cut)  $40.00 (8lbs)

Pick Up Dates/Time:

April 2, 2015 -- 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
April 3, 2015 -- 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Pick Up Location:  Back Entrance of Northwest Rankin High


For more information please call:

Athletic Director Jeff McClaskey at 601.992.2236

Delivery can be arranged for orders over $300.00.

I believe the deadline for ordering is March 22, 2015.  Make your check out to NWR Cougar Club. Each student athlete is required to sell 5 tickets each or they're doing burpees.  Seriously, proceeds will go to fund a variety of projects to improve the quality of NW Rankin's athletic facilities.

Reservoir Video

I ran across this 2012 gem from REMAXAllianceMS's Youtube page.



Monday, March 2, 2015

Reservoir Fire Department Runs for February

The Reservoir Fire Department recently posted a general breakdown of the total runs they made in February:

February 2015 Emergency Runs
Residential Fires- 5
Vehicle Fires- 2
RV Fires-2
Grass/woods- 8
MVC's- 7
Medical/Rescue- 133
Total runs for Feb- 157

I believe MVC stands for Motor Vehicle Crashes.  If you haven't "liked" the Reservoir Fire Department's Facebook Page, I recommend you do so.