Thursday, October 27, 2016

No Shortage of Things to Do This Weekend

It begins tonight with the Rankin County Glow Run, or the Purple Dress Run at Hal and Mal's, or Nobel Prize winner, Bob Dylan, or candy at Trunk or Treat in Ridgeland.

Tomorrow you can watch a professional golf tournament at the Country Club of Jackson, or Boo at the Zoo, or Park After Dark (at the Natural Science Museum and Children's Museum), or the Pumpkin Adventure at the Ag Museum.

Saturday is Homecoming at JSU and Southern Miss. The Sanderson Farm's Championship continues. Treat Street and Movie at the Township in Ridgeland.  Boo at the Zoo is back for round two.  The City of Brandon hosts their Trunk or Treat.  There is still time to make Mitchell Farms.

Trick or Treat Monday

A few readers have asked whether the County will move door-to-door trick or treating to the evening of Saturday, October 29, rather than Monday, October 31, 2016.  Short answer is "no".

The County and its various municipalities do not set alternate dates for trick-or-treating. Your respective neighborhood associations wield a different power in that regard, and they may recommend an alternate date.  This has occurred in the past, but not this year.

My neighborhood (Mill Creek) is trick-or-treating on Monday evening. Avalon, Hidden Hills, Farmington Station, Castlewoods, etc., all Monday night. I've heard of no neighborhood that is changing that line up.

Don't forget about your Rez area alternative: the City of Flowood hosts it's big Kids Night Out on Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Liberty Park (behind the Flowood YMCA).

If your church will also have an alternative that night, let us know in the comments.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Big Deal Color Run in Flowood

The Youth at St. Paul's Catholic Church host the Big Deal Color Run in Flowood on Thursday, November 3, 2016. It's only $25 if you register before race day. The money raised goes to a great charity (Palmer Home for Kids).  Local superstar, Rob Oates and his company, Sisu, is providing the race timing.

Go to this website to register.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Another Update on the Rez Dog Park

Six days ago, I gave you an update on the Rez Dog Park.  I have another.  Since October 19, Beneful has donated an additional $3190 in matching funds related to recent donations.  This is through their Dream Dog Park Effect.  Momentum continues.

Veterans Day Ceremony

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Mustard Seed Needs Your Help

Here is another way to do a bunch of good in your community:

The Mustard Seed is about to build a residence home for the boys, and performing other enhancements to their campus.  As part of that, they are having sod being delivered sometime this evening.  Without going into too many details, the sod is being delivered all at once, rather than on different days.  This is where the urgency lies.  They will have nineteen pallets of sod to put out on Tuesday and Wednesday, from 7:00 am until dark.  They could use your help and muscles!

If you or anyone you know might be interested in helping out (even if for just 30 minutes) please contact Erin at

Most of us have visited the campus at least once over the years, and understand how special of a ministry this organization services.  Please forward this on to any person or group you feel might wish to contribute.  If you have no experience laying sod, don’t fret.  It is an unskilled labor task that even I can do.  The Seedsters will be there providing drinks for us.  So, all a volunteer needs to bring is a pair of gloves.

Press Release from Keep The Rez Beautiful

Friday, October 21, 2016

Smokin on the Rez This Weekend!

Below is info from the Barnett Reservoir Foundation website:
The 4th annual Smokin’ on The Rez BBQ and Music Festival will be held Oct. 21-22 at Old Trace Park overlooking Barnett Reservoir in Ridgeland.
Visitors will enjoy the aroma of pork cooking over burning hardwood as pit-masters compete in the Memphis BBQ Network-sanctioned culinary contest.
On Friday night, admission is FREE.
On Saturday, the $10 admission to the event will include a BBQ plate of pulled pork and sides.  The BBQ plates will be served beginning at 12:00 p.m. Saturday until the supply is exhausted.   Saturday’s music begins at noon with Traveling Jane, followed by Chris Gill and the Soul Shakers.
The annual cornhole tournament will be held on Saturday afternoon. Registration begins at noon, with play beginning at 1pm. Entry is $40 per team. 1st place cash prize is 60% of the total tourney entry fees, plus a set of custom-built “Smokin’ on The Rez” cornhole boards. 2nd place prize is 40% of total entry fees.
A children’s area will be located in the grass area near the stage.
Beer, water and other beverages will be sold on site. No outside coolers will be allowed.Smokin’ on The Rez is made possible by the Foundation sponsors, including Southern Beverage, Academy Sports, IHeart Radio, plus a grant from Mississippi Tourism’s Visit Mississippi program.

Get Ready

Thursday, October 20, 2016

School Bus Accident on Lakeland Drive

There is an accident involving a short Rankin County School District bus at the intersection of Lakeland Drive and Luckney.  It appears a yellow mustang ran up under the rear of the bus. Traffic is backed up to Castlewoods as a result.  Consider using alternate routes.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Update on the Rez Dog Park

Below is an update provided to me from a supporter of the proposed dog park at Old Trace Park.  The long as short of it is, every dollar you donate between now and November 15 will be doubled by Beneful:

With only three dog parks in the entire state and none anywhere near Jackson, your dogs are long overdue. The Ridgeland community has been hard at work to raise the funds needed to bring the first-ever dog park in Central Mississippi and Beneful, a Purina dog food company, took notice!
 To help bring the Dog Park At The Rez in Ridgeland, MS to life, the Beneful Dream Dog Park Project team has kicked off their GoFundMe campaign with $5,000 and will continue to match donations, dollar-for-dollar, up to an additional $5,000 now through 11/15. The dog-loving community has already secured the initial funding needed, and these are the final dollars they need to make their dog park dream a reality!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Treat Street and Glow Run

Last year, the Rankin County Chamber of Commerce combined a "trick-or-treat" type event for kids with their annual glow run. They called it "Treat Street and the Annual Glow Run".  The results were wildly positive. This year, they are expanding for the anticipated increase in crowds. It will be the place to be on the evening of Thursday, October 27, 2016.

It takes place at the Clyde Muse Center on Hinds County Community College-Rankin Campus in Pearl. It starts at 5 p.m. Arm bands are $5. Your children will get that much in candy, guaranteed.

At 6:30 p.m., the Glow Run starts in the parking lot. The course meanders through the Hinds CC campus until it reaches Highway 80, then goes through Pearl High School before coming back to the parking lot of the Muse Center.  The weather should be good for the race. There is a 5K race and a 1 miler for kids 12 and under.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

No Tomb of Doom

According to its website, there will be no Tomb of Doom this year.  This Madison County favorite fell victim to the elements.

Also, I can't find any info on the Lake Harbor Volunteer Fire Department Haunted House.  If anyone knows info, good or ill, let me know and I will post it.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Fall Neighborhood Garage Sales

There are some Rez area neighborhood yard/garage sales tomorrow morning:  Hidden Hills, Farmington Station, to name a few. There is also a "Huge 3 Family Garage Sale" in Mill Creek.  If you know of

Thursday, October 13, 2016

RCSD Responds to Threat Against Brandon High

Rankin Countians in Most Influential Top 50

The Mississippi Top 50 is a new thing. It's brought to you by the Y'all Politics Blog and Supertalk Mississippi.  Capitol Resources and Tower Loan have a hand in sponsoring the event.  It was
created to recognize those that help, by virtue of their position and talent, move the conversation in Mississippi forward. Mississippi is graced with tremendous talent in government, the political sphere, business, media and culture.
This is an annual list of the people judged to be the most influential leaders in the state. This bipartisan selection of leaders comes from the ranks of local, state and federal elected and appointed officials; political leaders; government affairs professionals; public policy advocates; economic development professionals; business leaders; media professionals and other leaders. 
Thirty of the Top 50 are within the category of "Elected or Appointed Government Officials.  That list was released yesterday.  Of those thirty, four have Rankin County ties:  Governor Phil Bryant, Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, Congressman Gregg Harper, and State Rep. Andy Gipson.  

It's nice to have that kind of influence in Rankin County.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

PRVWSD Budget & Finance Committee Agenda


Monday, October 17, 2016 3:00 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of June 13, 2016 meeting.

2. Approval of Pickering Engineering proposal for design engineering for the Lake Access Project for Boat Ramp South of Hwy 43 at Goshen Springs.

3. Approval of purchase of Police Records Management Software.

4. Approval of award of sewer system evaluation services contract to Suncoast Infrastructure in the amount of $166,514.00.

5. Approval of proposal by Headwaters, Inc. for monitoring eagle at Arbor Landing. (Greg Burgess)
6. Award of construction contract for Timberlake Lighting Improvements Project to Southern Electric Corporation of Mississippi.

7. Approval of Neel Schaffer’s proposal for construction engineering services for Timberlake Campground Lighting Project.

8. Discussion of water meter improvements program and approval of Southern Consultant’s proposal of engineering services related to purchase of water meter registers and permission to advertise for that purchase.

9. Approval to advertise for bids for a Trackhoe and Vacuum Sewer Machine.

PRVWSD Law Enforcement Committee Agenda


Monday, October 17, 2016 4:30 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of February 16, 2016 meeting and record of September 8, 2016 email and telephone polling.

2. Consideration and discussion of Police Records Management Software.

3. Memorandum of Understanding between Reservoir Police, Ridgeland Police, Madison Police, Madison County Sherriff’s Office, and Flowood Police to create and maintain a network of license plate recognition cameras throughout the collective jurisdictions, to share data collected, and apply for grant funding as a unit to achieve this goal.

PRVWSD Parks Policy Committee Agenda


Monday, October 17, 2016 4:00 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of September 12, 2016 meeting.

2. Approval of project closeout and Final Change Order for construction project with Southern Rock for the Timberlake Campground Expansion Project.

3. Request award of construction contract for Timberlake Lighting Improvements Project to the low bidder Southern Electric Corporation of Mississippi.

4. Approval of Neel Schaffer’s proposal for construction engineering services for the Timberlake Campground Lighting Improvements Project.

5. Approval of Pickering Engineering proposal for design engineering for the Lake Access Project for Boat Ramp South of Hwy 43 at Goshen Springs.

6. Approval of MOU with MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks concerning the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area.

Two Gun Tactical Groundbreaking

My earlier post on Two Gun Tactical's indoor firing range garnered much interest.  The Flowood Chamber is hosting a ground breaking for Two Gun Tactical this Friday at 667 Casey's Lane, Flowood, MS 39232 at 10:30 a.m. If you are curious, check it out.

PRVWSD Shoreline Development Committee Meeting Agenda


Monday, October 17, 2016 3:30 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of September 12, 2016 meeting.

2. Property Maintenance Report for September/October 2016.

3. Approval of request to advertise for bids for:

    a. Trackhoe
    b. Vacuum sewer machine

4. Request award of sewer system evaluation services to Suncoast Infrastructure, Inc. in the amount of total base bid and additive alternate no. 1 in the amount of $166,514.00.

5. Resolution for grant application for resurfacing the upper lanes of the Bob Anthony Parkway/Spillway Road.

6. Approval of proposal of Headwaters, Inc. for monitoring eagle at Arbor Landing.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Sample Ballot

Below is the sample ballot for the November 8, 2016, election.  

Monday, October 10, 2016

House of the Haunted Fields

House of the Haunted Fields is up and running for Halloween.  The metro-area favorite at 2744 Fairchild Road, in Raymond, Mississippi, opened this past weekend.  From their Facebook page:

Horror in the woods of Raymond. This is a unique haunt like no other .You will be touring an antique haunted house followed by a dark , winding trail of terror on over two wooded acres. PG-13 is our suggested rating but we will leave the decision making up to parents.We will be posting Victim Cam photos as well as IR video so that you can tag your friends if you survive . Join us if you dare . Info on certain event nights will be listed under the "Events" tab. Tickets are $10 and include the house tour as well as the trail of terror.
Krad is here and he is waiting. Come to House of the Haunted Fields, 2744 Fairchilds Rd. in Raymond. This is a unique haunt you do not want to miss. The ticket booth opens Friday & Saturday at 7pm. We will be open Halloween night as well. Over two acres of terror await you if you first survive the house. We are waiting for you. Bring your friends and wear depends. See you there.

Here is the blog.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Assisted Living Facility Coming to Lake Vista Way

Remember the battles over the proposed construction of a storage facility off of Lake Vista Way behind Regatta?  Refresh here, here, here, here, and here.

Word on the street is the developer is seeking to build an assisted living home for the elderly, which may be in line with present zoning.  That would fit more in line with the existing neighborhoods (i.e., the Villas, Fred's, MEA).

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Door-to-Door Trick-or-Treating Alternatives

Clown sightings have you creeped out?  Still need that sugar fix?  You have alternatives. Here are a few:

 - St, Peter's By The Lake on Spillway Road is having a Jack O Lantern Jam on the evening of Sunday, October 30, 2016.  Food, games, music, hayride, dancing, storytelling, costume contest, indoor treating, etc.  It's from 4 to 8 p.m.

 - St. Mark’s UMC hosts their Fall Fest on Sunday, October 30, 3-5 p.m., in the Christian Life Center. Inflatables, games, cake walk, snacks, trunk-or-treat, costume parade, Toddler Town. Admission is a bag of candy.

 - Lakeland Presbyterian Church celebrates the Reformation on Sunday, October 30, 2016, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the family life center.  Candy, inflatables, cake walks, games, medieval costumes, etc. 

 - City of Flowood's Kid's Night Out is the evening of October 31, 2016, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.  The City of Flowood’s Parks & Recreation Department hosts this FREE family event every year, drawing kids of every age to Liberty Park on Halloween night.  This event brings the best of the holiday to a well-lighted, well- organized venue.
Everyone at The City plays a part; The Chamber of Flowood, the Fire and Police Departments and many others give time and material to make this event a lot of fun every fall.
Lots of food and drink vendors will be on site.  Regular attractions at Kids Night Out will be Space Jumps, Kid’s Petting Zoo, Kid’s Karaoke, Games and more!
So get the whole family in costume and come on out!

Treat Street, put on by the Rankin County Chamber of Commerce, is Thursday, October 27, 2016, at the Muse Center on Hinds Community College Rankin Campus.  Rankin Businesses sponsor treat stations for all the kids to visit.  Widely popular last year.  Arm bands for the kids are $5.  Get there early.

The City of Brandon hosts their Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at Shiloh Park, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Calling all gobblins, witches, superheros and more! Join the Brandon Police Department for their 3rd annual Trunk or Treat! They will have space jumps, face painting, games and more! Backyard Burgers and Kona Ice will be onsite. There will also be a trunk prize for the most creative trunk! 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Announcements from St. Marks UMC

From St. Mark's United Methodist Church:

St. Mark’s, at 400 Grant’s Ferry Road in Brandon, is offering 2 special seminars to give hope to those who are approaching the holidays with a sense of loss and loneliness.  Griefshare: Surviving the Holidays, for those grieving the death of a loved one, will meet Sunday, November 6th from 1:45-3:45, and DivorceCare: Surviving the Holidays, for those going through separation or divorce, will meet Sunday, November 6th from 4:00-6:00.  Participants will view a video and take part in small group discussion. There is a $5 fee which covers the cost of the workbook. For more information or to register, go to or call 601-992-2131.

Indoor Shooting Range Coming to Flowood

Two Gun Tactical is bringing a 25 yard indoor shooting range into the city limits of Flowood.  The "Coming Soon" sign is on Flowood Drive near Crystal Lake.  The address for the range will be 667 Casey's Lane. It looks like it will be right on the east corner of Flowood Drive and Casey's Lane.

An architectural rendering (replete with Star Trek models) is on the Facebook page link below.

Annual memberships are estimated to cost $300.

Facebook Page for updates.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Burn Ban in Effect

Rankin County Board of Supervisors issued a Burn Ban for all unincorporated parts of the County effective immediately.  The Ban will run for 30 days unless sooner terminated by the Board.

Mississippi State Fair

The Mississippi State Fair begins October 5 and ends October 16.  Trustmark Bank sells discounted tickets, but only until this Wednesday.  You can purchase 6 admission tickets for $18 (normally, they are $5 a piece). Parking is $5 a car within the fairgrounds. Children 5 and under are free.

The $25 all-you-can-rides are Friday, October 7 and 14, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The $27 all-you-can-rides are October 10, 11, 12 and 16th.  Those last until about 10 p.m.

"Family Days" are designated as October 11 and 12th.

Look out for Tone Tone the Clown.

Travis Tritt plays opening night (Wendesday the 5th at 7:30 p.m.) (his best song is a Waylon Jennings cover).

The Rez's own Luckenbach plays Friday at 8 p.m. on the Budweiser Stage.

Jesse Robinson plays Saturday night at 8 p.m. on the Bud Stage.

Boyz II Men on Tuesday the 11th at 7:30 p.m. on the Bud Stage.

American Authors are Thursday, October 13th at 7:30 p.m. on the Bud Stage (who can't get this song out of your head).