Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Busy Weekend at the Rez

Sorry.  Real busy in the office, so postings have been infrequent.  Listen, there are a couple of good events in the Rez area coming up.

Taste of Flowood is tomorrow evening at Mirror Lake at 2829 Lakeland Drive.  Children 10 and under are free.  Adult tickets appear to be $25 a person.  Must be something more than Snobiz.  Party starts at 5:30 p.m. and lasts until 8 p.m.

Keep the Rez Beautiful's Project Rezway, their big fundraiser, is tomorrow evening at the Craft Center.

Bassmaster Classic is this weekend at the Rez.

The Outdoor Expo is at Old Trace Park this weekend, too.

Godfather Cigar's 6th annual Crawfish Boil, Perdormo and Harley Bike Show is this Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m. $20 all you can eat.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Three New Kayak Launches

Media Release
For Immediate Release
20 April 2017
Three kayak launches added at Barnett Reservoir

Three new kayak-dedicated launches have been installed and are open to the public giving paddlers access to more of the 33,000-acre Barnett Reservoir, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District announced this week.

The new facilities are located at Ratliffs Ferry on the upper river, Brown’s Landing on the north end of the main lake just off the Natchez Trace at Mississippi Highway 43, and at Pelahatchie Shore Park in Pelahatchie Bay.

They join the two-year-old kayak launch at Turtle Point in Pelahatchie Bay.

“The existing ramp has become mighty popular with paddlers, and we are proud to add these new sites to give our users more options,” said Jack Winstead, President of the PRVWSD Board of Directors. “Kayaking is a fast-growing user group. Five or 10 years ago, it was rare to see a kayak on the reservoir; now, you see them daily.”

The sites include self-launch systems that are consistent with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The launches allow users to enter their kayaks and slide into the water at the beginning of the trip and an easy paddle up at the conclusion. Handrails are included. All of the new sites are located adjacent to large parking areas.

While most kayakers on Barnett Reservoir do so for exercise and pleasure, fishing from kayaks is gaining in popularity. The lightweight craft can navigate more shallow water that bigger boats simply can’t reach. While it’s true kayaks can be launched basically anywhere, including existing boat ramps, it’s good to have decided sites.

“It does take a kayaker more time to launch, because unlike a bass boat or a ski boat a kayak must be loaded with equipment after it has been unloaded from the vehicle or trailer,” said Brad Case, an avid angler and creator of the MSKayakFishing.com website. “We don’t want to hold up a line of people trying to launch at a ramp any more than they want us, too. Having kayak-dedicated sites is great.”

Media Release re Bassmaster Elite

MEDIA RELEASE
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
20 April 2017
Bassmaster Elite pros catching Barnett at its best
20-pound limits are possible daily, biologists predict

When 110 of the top bass anglers in the world hit the 33,000-acre Barnett Reservoir April 27-30 for the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite Series event, they’ll be catching the 52-year-old lake in near peak condition.

Ryan Jones, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks fisheries biologist whose region includes Barnett, said the reservoir’s bass population is in excellent shape.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Full Slate of Runs this Weekend

Looking for something active to do this Saturday, there are no less than nine races in the Jackson metro area (including three in the Rez area!).  Take you pick:

 - Nate Ruffin Run at 7 a.m. in downtown Jackson
 - *Strides for Seizures Super Hero Run! at 8 a.m. at Lakeshore Park*
 - Healthy Hustle Color Run at Mississippi College at 8 a.m.
 - D1 for Hope 5K at 8 a.m. in Madison.
 - Rally for Roosevelt at Germantown High School in Gluckstadt at 8 a.m.
 - Run for Our Community in Jackson at 8 a.m.
 - *MSOTA Run, Walk and Roll 5K/10K at Holmes Community College in Ridgeland at 8 a.m.*
 - Walk, Run and Stroll at 9:30 a.m. at the Ronald McDonald House.
 - *Run Strong 10K and 5K at the Flowood YMCA at 4 p.m.*

Sunset Concert Series Tomorrow



The Sunset Concert Series, sponsored by The Crawfish King in Flowood, April 20th features Amanda Joullian & John Chappell of Travelin’ Jane on stage. The show is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., on the park’s main point on the east side of the lake.
The Crawfish King plans to serve boiled crawfish and shrimp at each of the events. The Foundation will sell hot dogs, beer, soft drinks and water.
Concerts will be held every other Thursday night — April 6 and 20, May 4 and 18 and June 1.
Admission is $5 per vehicle, with no charge for vehicles with “Rez Tags,” and $1 for walk-ins or bicycles.
No outside food or drinks will be allowed in to the park for the Concert Series, and guests are urged to bring chairs or blankets to the events.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

WAPT Coverage of Board Meeting re Flooding

Mill Creek residents took to the Board of Supervisors meeting yesterday morning, and WAPT was there.

Your Chance to Help Keep the Rez Beautiful

WEATHER PERMITTING;  KRB will host another Great American Clean Up below the Ross Barnett Reservoir Spillway on Earth Day, Sat. April 22 (on the west side of the river), to help alleviate litter that plagues the Pearl River and the Gulf of Mexico.  The heavy rains really flushed tons of litter out of storm drains.      If you would like to reserve a kayak, please contact Angie Webb, Pearl River Kayaks, Inc. at 601 966 5456 and mention KRB.  Volunteers are also needed to pick up litter in the parking lots and on the sandbars.   Let's Polish the Pearl this Earth Day and leave it shining!  
Jeannine May
Keep The Rez Beautiful,  Director
601 421-6160
"Treasure the Rez"


Monday, April 17, 2017

Rez Residents Arrested in Madison County

Two adults and three juveniles were recently arrested in the City of Madison in connection with a number of Rankin and Madison County auto burglaries.  Noah Brian McRae and Austin Payne Bieliauskas, both 18, and both residents of the Rankin County Reservoir area, are the two "adults". The juveniles have not been named.  The police recovered several firearms, one was a shotgun stolen from a car in the Reservoir area; two other firearms were stolen from a car in Flowood.

The press release is below.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Movies-N-Moonlight TONIGHT

I let this sneak up on me.  Tonight is Movies-N-Moonlight at Winner's Circle Park.  Moana is showing.  The movie begins at dusk.  Synergy Myofascial is the sponsor.  Enjoy this beautiful weather!

Rez Easter Services

Lakeside Pres -- Maundy Thursday 7 p.m. -- Easter Sunday 8:30 and 11 a.m.
Pinelake -- Saturday at 6 p.m., Sunday at 6:30, 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.
Oakdale Baptist -- Easter Sunday at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m.
Fannin Methodist -- 10:30 a.m.
Fannin Baptist -- Good Friday at 7 p.m., Easter Sunday at 9 and 10:30 a.m.
Church at Northshore -- Sunday at 10 a.m.
River of Life Church -- Sunday at 10 a.m.
St. Peter's By-the-Lake Episcopal -- Maundy Thursday at 6:30 p.m.--Easter Sunday at 8 & 10:30 am
St. Mark's UMC -- Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m., Good Friday at 7 p.m., Easter Sunday at 8:20 and 10:45 a.m.
Castlewoods Baptist -- Easter Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Word of Life -- Satuday at 5:30 p.m., Easter Sunday at 8:30, 10, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Vineyard Church -- Easter Sunday at 10 a.m.
Lakeland Pres -- Easter Sunday at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m., with an Easter Brunch in between.
Liberty Baptist Church -- Easter Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Flowood Baptist -- Easter Sunday at 10 a.m.
St. Paul Catholic Church
Thursday @ 7:00 pm -- Holy Thursday Mass
Friday @ 7:00 pm -- Good Friday Passion Service
Saturday @ 7:30 pm -- The Great Easter Vigil
Sunday @ 8:00 & 10:30 am -- Easter Sunday

If I got anything wrong (or left anyone out), let me know in the comments and I will update.

No Sunset Concert Series Tonight

Happy Easter Week, all!  No Sunset Concert Series at the Reservoir tonight.  Things kick back up next Thursday, April 20, 2017, with Amanda Joullian and John Chappell.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Farmington Station Neighborhood Garage Sale

Farmington Station's large neighborhood garage sale is this Saturday (April 8, 2017), beginning at 6 a.m.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Flood Meeting Tonight!

There is a community meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Reservoir Community Center, hosted by District 2 Supervisor, Daniel Cross.  From Daniel's Facebook Page:

Due to the recent flooding/storms that occurred Sunday night, I will be hosting a town hall meeting tonight at the Reservoir Community Center on Spillway Road at 6:30 PM. I will have representatives from Rankin CountyEmergency Operations, the MS Insurance Department, Rankin CountySheriffs Department, Reservoir FD and our County Road Manager to answer any questions/issues you may be having. I want to provide all of the assistance needed to the residents of District 2 to insure that we can get through this disaster as efficiently as possible. We will discuss issues on debris removal, insurance policy questions, home clean up efforts and the possibility of State assistance.  Please help me spread the word about the meeting tonight to our neighbors who have been effected by this storm.
Thank you,Daniel

Today's Press Release About Lake Level and Discharge

From the good folks at the PRVWSD:

Media Release
For Immediate Release
5 April 2017
Lake falling, no increase in discharge expected

Barnett Reservoir lake levels began falling Tuesday night after Pearl River Valley Water Supply District officials got ahead of inflows caused by Sunday rain event throughout the Pearl River Basin, and no further increases in the discharge from the dam is expected.

During Wednesday’s 9 a.m. conference call with the National Weather Service Jackson, the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center in Slidell, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the City of Jackson, PRVWSD, it was decided to keep the discharge at 43,000 cubic feet per second for another 24 hours.

The National Weather Service is still forecasting a crest of between 33.5 and 34 feet on the Pearl River at Jackson for Thursday. At 34 feet, some minor street flooding will occur in Jackson but water will not threaten homes or businesses.

“We took the discharge to 43,000 cubic feet per second Tuesday afternoon and at about 9 p.m., the lake peaked, turned around and started falling,” said John Sigman, PRVWSD general manger. “The lake reached 298.6 on Tuesday, the highest we’ve been in over 10 years. Now we can start working to track the fall and bring this event to a conclusion.”

The lake level was 298.4 at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Sigman explained that while the worst of flood threats has passed, high water conditions will continue for two weeks. Inflows into Barnett Reservoir will remain above 30,000 cubic feet per second for at least another 10 days, which means the rate of discharge at the spillway will track at a similar rate.

Spillway Road across the dam remains open in both directions, but the access road to the fishing area below the dam on the Madison County side is closed until further notice.

The public can track river forecasts online.

For the Reservoir: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=jan&gage=jsnm6

For Jackson: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=jan&gage=jacm6

The U. S. Geological Survey offers real-time looks at river gauges. There are 14 real-time gauges in the watershed above the dam that can be accessed online at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ms/nwis/current/?type=flow.

The USGS’s Jackson gauge can be found at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ms/nwis/uv/?site_no=02486000&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060

Water Levels

Below is the info-graphic from the National Weather Service regarding the flood stage of the Pearl River in Jackson, Mississippi.  As you can see, that graph was created at 7:21 a.m. today, so we are right below moderate flood stage.  We are predicted to reach 34 feet later this morning.  Hopefully, the river will peak at no more than 34.

The Pearl River last saw these heights in April of 2014.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Info on Hydrant Testing

Below is information from the good men and women of the Rez Fire Department concerning upcoming tests on area fire hydrants.  Note that you may briefly experience some discoloration in your water.  No worries.

Press Release on Lake Levels

Media Release
For Immediate Release
4 April 2017

Lake rising, but no major flooding predicted

Pearl River Valley Water Supply District officials increased the discharge at the Barnett Reservoir dam to 40,000 cubic feet per second Tuesday morning in an attempt to slow the rise of the lake after Sunday night’s rain event throughout the Pearl River Basin.

The decision to increase the discharge came during a 9 a.m. conference call with the National Weather Service Jackson, the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center in Slidell, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the City of Jackson.

“At 9 a.m., the lake level was 298.49, which is the highest in recent history,” said John Sigman, PRVWSD general manger. “We are holding as much water as we’ve held in at least 10 years, and we must release it, but we can do that without endangering the City of Jackson and other downstream communities.”

During the conference call, the National Weather Service increased its forecasted crest of 34 feet at Jackson at 6 a.m. Wednesday, a foot higher than Monday’s prediction. At 34 feet, some minor street flooding will occur in Jackson but water will not threaten homes or businesses.

“That is a similar level to what happened during the high water event in March of 2016, so residents can expect the same impact,” Sigman said. “If you live in a low area along the river, you need to be aware of your surroundings.”

The increase in discharge was necessary after Monday’s predicted peak inflow into the reservoir was exceeded. The peak inflow is now forecast at 40,000 cubic feet per second at noon on Wednesday.
Spillway Road across the dam remains open in both directions, but the access road to the fishing area below the dam on the Madison County side is closed until further notice.

The public can track river forecasts online.

For the Reservoir: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=jan&gage=jsnm6

For Jackson: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=jan&gage=jacm6

The U. S. Geological Survey offers real-time looks at river gauges. There are 14 real-time gauges in the watershed above the dam that can be accessed online at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ms/nwis/current/?type=flow.

The USGS’s Jackson gauge can be found at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ms/nwis/uv/?site_no=02486000&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060

Monday, April 3, 2017

Flooding Info and Resources

Rankin County EOC Facebook account.  Giving you regular updates, like: "School bus routes will begin at 9 a.m. today", safehouse locations, and closed streets.  Their Twitter account is here, but it contains no additional info.

The Rankin County School District states:  Due to flooding across the county, the Rankin County School District will have a delayed start in ALL schools. Elementary schools will begin at 10 am and middle schools and high schools will begin at 10:30am. Bus routes will begin at 9am.  

The RCSD Facebook page is here.  

WAPT Coverage is found here.

One woman died after her car was swept into a creek down in Florence.

WLBT coverage here.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Weekend Entertainment

You have choices this weekend for browsing art work or crafts.  You can head up to the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival or you can head to the Rankin County Agricultural for Vintage Market Days.

More info on both festivals/shows are below:

Wreck at Manship and Hugh Ward

The only way I can think that it happened is if someone didn't stop at the intersection.  Large SUV rolled over.  Another SUV crumbled, pulled onto the grass.  Non-fatal injuries.  Traffic may be stalled or slowed at that intersection for a while.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Pinelands Neighborhood Garage Sale

The Pinelands Neighborhoods (Deer Park, Turtle Ridge, Pinebrooks, Huntington Lakes, etc.).  This Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to noon.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Are the Reservoir Police Department's Days Numbered?

HB 1520 is the appropriations bill for the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2018.  An appropriations bill comes up every year.   

Total approved for expenditure for the upcoming year is $18,209,440.00.  Of particular interest, however, is Section 9 of the proposed bill.  I include a link to the Conference Committee report that was adopted by the joint conferees on Sunday, March 26, 2017.  Section 9 directs the PRVWSD to provide the legislature with a comprehensive analysis "of the current and future needs of the district and allocation of the funds . . . for the operation and staffing" of the Reservoir Police Department. The analysis is to address the benefit of either maintaining the Reservoir Police Department or entering into intergovernmental agreements with other law enforcement agencies (presumably the sheriff's departments or city police) to provide some or all of the functions of the Reservoir Police.  

Quoted in its entirety is Section 9 of the Conference Report:

Of the funds appropriated herein, the district agrees to provide to the members of the Legislature, the Governor and Lt. Governor, on or before January 1, 2018, a comprehensive analysis of the staffing and manpower allocation of the district. This report shall include an analysis of the current and future needs of the district and allocation of the funds appropriated by the Legislature for duties of the district including the operation and staffing of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Patrol. The report should address the various functions, duties and limitations of the Patrol and the benefit, to the district, in lieu of maintaining the Patrol in its current form, in entering intergovernmental agreements with other state agencies and/or law enforcement authorities to encompass and provide some or all the functions of the Patrol for the district. The report should also address the associated financial and societal benefit, savings, and relative improvement of services for leaseholders, tourists, visitors and other parties in interest. 

What are your thoughts?

Monday, March 27, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Good College Baseball in Pearl Tonight

Southern Miss baseball sits at 16-4, and comes off a three game sweep of No. 23 La Tech. Mississippi State holds a more modest 12-9 record, themselves swept this past weekend by Arkansas; still, they've won their last 5 non-conference games.

Tonight, they face off at Trustmark Park in Pearl.

Southern Miss will throw Taylor Braley (1-0, 3.38 ERA).  Mississippi State is more coy in announcing their starter.

First pitch is at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased through the Mississippi Braves website, or at the ticket window.  $5 for po' folks; $14 for field level; $18 for dugout level; and $25 for big shots.  Good tickets still available.

Purchase tickets and get more info here.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Rez Sunset Concert Series Starts Thursday!

From PRVWSD publicity boss, Bobby Cleveland:

Barnett Reservoir Foundation's Sunset Concert Series presented by the Crawfish King debuts Thursday night at 6 at Lakeshore Park, featuring Jay Herrington. Six concerts over 12 weeks -- every other Thursday with differing genres of music at Lakeshore -- open to all but designed to give Rez residents an enjoyable neighborhood event at sunset. $5 per car but free for Rez tags; $1 walkup or bikes. There are $20 patron passes available to help sponsor the series.
Tunes, cold beer, hot boiled crawfish and shrimp. Hot dogs for kids.
Bring bag chairs, or blankets but leave coolers at home. 
Show some Rez pride and get behind this unique series and let's let it grow.
Here is a prior post about the concert series.  

Racin' for the Seed Around the Corner

The Mustard Seed raised over $35,000.00 through this race last year.  Check out the website here.  


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Coupon for Vintage Market Days

Check out the prior post here about the upcoming Vintage Market Days in Brandon.

If you are interested in going, Living Social has a coupon for you, here.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Road Work on Bob Anthony Parkway Finished

Media Release
For Immediate Release
15 March 2017
UPDATE

Upper Road Temporary Closure on Bob Anthony Parkway
Effective on Wednesday, March 15

The repair work that caused the northwest-bound upper lanes of Bob Anthony Parkway, also known as Spillway Road, to close at 9 a.m. on Wednesday was completed ahead of schedule and both lower and upper roads are flowing normally.

Rez Articles in the Weekly Leader

Pick up your copy of the Weekly Leader from the foot of your driveway and you'll see the following articles concerning the Rez:

 - Pearl man dies in Reservoir accident.  Concerns the fatal car wreck on the Causeway.  Rami Hausey lost his life.

 - Hartfield Academy announces plan for expansion & renovation.  A new high school building, science labs, 300+ seat theater and enhancing parking/traffic flow are all part of the plans.

 - Rez app ready for Apple devices.  See here.

 - Registration underway for Flowood golf tourney.  The Mayor's annual golf tournament is May 17 and 18.

 - Register now for Flowood Clay Shoot.  The Flowood Chamber wants you to bust some clay pigeons on March 30.

 - Flowood Chamber hosting Blood Drive April 7th.  At Chamber headquarters.

 - Keep the Rez Beautiful's 2017 Great American Cleanup.  See here.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Bob Anthony Parkway Will Be Two Lane Tomorrow

Media Release
For Immediate Release
14 March 2017
Upper Road Temporary Closure on Bob Anthony Parkway
Effective on Wednesday, March 15

The northwest-bound upper lanes of Bob Anthony Parkway, also known as Spillway Road, will close at 9 a.m. on Wednesday with all traffic rerouted to the lower road. The lower road will be converted to accommodate two-way traffic during this time. This closure is expected to end by 4 p.m. that same day. This closure is needed due to new equipment being delivered to and installed at the Reservoir Control Tower.

Drivers should plan ahead and expect delays. Please be careful, slow down and respect the workers in this area.

Hammond Playing at Cerami's

Rez Resident Dan Hammond will play live at Cerami's on Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 6 to 9 p.m. In honor of St. Patrick's day, he will play Irish songs along with some favorite oldies.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Armed Standoff at the Rez

There was an armed standoff in the Bellegrove subdivision on March 6, 2017.  It began as a domestic incident, where Anthony Todd Payne, a former Marine, held his estranged wife and two-year old child at gun point in their home.  The wife contacted police by dialing 911 and then hiding the phone with an open line.  When Rankin Sheriff's officers arrived, Payne threatened to shoot them.  Eventually, Payne released his wife and child, then peacefully surrendered.  According to the Rankin County News, "When the suspect was patted down, it was found he had numerous magazines for an AR rifle on him."  His home contained numerous weapons and a gas mask.  The suspect was wearing a ballistic vest.  

This could have been much worse.  Hats off to the brave men and women of law enforcement for resolving this matter without bloodshed.  

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Flowood Municipal Races Set

The qualifying deadline for municipal races passed last Friday.  In the city of Flowood, all incumbents qualified for re-election, and only one will face a challenger.  Mayor Rhoads and Aldermen Donald Flynt, Kathy Smith, Kirk McDaniel, and Dusty Rhoads are all unopposed.  Alderman Deron Harmon will face a challenger in Ebony Marshall.

137 total votes were cast in Deron's Ward during the last election (2013).  He didn't pull a majority of the total votes cast, but he had more (67 votes) than his two challengers (47 and 23, respectively).

Clarion Ledger article.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Out of the Earth Book Signing at Rez Library

Rez local, Pete Heard will be at the Spillway Reservoir Library on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. to sign copies of his book, Out of the Earth.  This memoir chronicles Pete's achievements, including his 52-year career devoted to furthering the goals of the modern conservation movement.  He is recognized as a role model for natural resource professionals and has been honored as an action-oriented, knowledgeable leader with a passion for resource management and exemplary public service.

Bringing Awareness to Bad Driving

There is this app called Nextdoor.  It can be described as a localized Facebook/Craigslist.  You can sign up for updates, or message to folks in your subdivision.  One resident in the Northshore area had enough with bad drivers on Northshore Parkway and sent this message to the bulletin boards of all Reservoir subdivisions.

STOP BAD DRIVING ON NORTHSHORE PARKWAY


After the wrecks that have happened recently and the speeding with near miss accidents I have witnessed in the last few years on Northshore Parkway, Action Must Be Taken!!!
I would like to to gather a group of interested persons, set a date to stand together for a few hours on Northshore Parkway holding signs about driving safe, in an effort to encourage drivers to slow down and be more careful on this road. 
Who can meet this Saturday at the Lakeshore Park at 10am for about 30 minutes to organize dates for holding the signs and coordinate sign making? All interested parties, please respond to this post. If this is not a good time please respond with your interest and a few times that work best for you.
Edited 2h ago · Shared with Lakeshore + 21 nearby neighborhoods in General


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Northshore Causeway Closed

The Causeway was the scene of a bad traffic accident today.  The Reservoir Police Department put out the following announcement 5 hours ago.  The last time we checked (about an hour ago), traffic was still closed and the authorities did not know when it would reopen.  Apparently a head-on collision with a fatality.  Prayers lifted up for those involved.  MSnewsnow story.  **** A commentor indicates the Causeway has reopened****

NORTHSHORE PARKWAY TEMPORARILY CLOSED BETWEEN WINDROSE DRIVE AND BRIDGEPOINTE BLVD
THE RESERVOIR POLICE DEPARTMENT IS WORKING A SEVERE CAR CRASH THAT HAS ALL LANES OF NORTHSHORE PARKWAY BLOCKED WHERE IN CROSSES PELAHATCHIE BAY. PLEASE AVOID THIS AREA AS EMERGENCY PERSONNEL WORK TO CARE FOR THE VICTIMS AND CLEAR THE SCENE.

Breaking Down the Bond Victory

For the bond vote, 12,700 folks cast ballots across Rankin County.*  In the school district, there are 73,561 registered voters, so 17.27% cast a ballot.

73.81% of voters favored the bond.  26.18% voted against it.  The law requires the favorable votes break the 60% threshold, which they did comfortably.  It was a well-run campaign; impressive, actually.  The School Board consolidated the community behind the bond.  Kudos to those that planned and implemented the campaign.  Dr. Townsend, and her able staff, exhausted every opportunity they had to get the word out.

I was also impressed with the short amount of time it took for the County to post results.  The new election equipment apparently works!

The East Crossgates Precinct had the most votes cast, with 719.  It also had the second highest percentage of voter turnout, with 25.04%.

My home precinct of Grant's Ferry had the second most total votes cast with 638.

The Shiloh Precinct gets props for having the highest percentage of voter turnout, with 27.42%.

The precinct with the lowest amount of votes was West Pearl, with 11 (all "for" the bond).  That's a 4.82% turnout.

As for the Reservoir area, the vote favored the bond immensely.  At the Grant's Ferry precinct, 88% of the votes cast were favorable.  87% at Castlewoods East and 86% at Castlewoods West, respectively.  Reservoir West had the lowest percentage vote for the bond in the Rez area, and that was still a respectable 71%.  The rest of the precincts were comfortably in the 80% favorable range.

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* This limited analysis is dependent on unofficial results.  Absentee and affidavit ballots were not included in the unofficial results.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Shooting on Luckney Road

Not much to report on this at this time.  The shooting appears to have occurred this morning in the Brandon City limits.  The victim was hit multiple times, though the injuries appear to be non-fatal. The instigation was domestic.

Clarion-Ledger story.

Lord, please don't let this turn into a crime blog.

Sno Biz in Flowood

I note where SnoBiz is coming to the old Cookie Store (which was the old Bops) on Luckney Road (across from Hartfield Academy).  Must be good money in flavored ice.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Updated Press Release on the Sunset Concert Series at the Rez

MEDIA RELEASE
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

28 February 2017

Barnett Reservoir Foundation announces
Sunset Concert Series

Good tunes, great sunset views and spicy shellfish are coming together at Lakeshore Park this spring, courtesy of a new neighborhood music series announced this week by the Barnett Reservoir Foundation.

The Sunset Concert Series, sponsored by The Crawfish King of Flowood, will debut on March 23 with the reservoir community’s own Jay Herrington on stage. The show is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., on the park’s main point on the east side of the lake.

“It is the ideal place to view the gorgeous sunsets that The Rez is known for,” said series coordinator Jeff Roberts of the Foundation, a private non-profit organization that supports the Barnett Reservoir Community. “We think this is an ideal way to give our residents more of a neighborhood or community feel, and of course a new way for visitors to enjoy the lake.”

The Crawfish King plans to sell boiled crawfish and shrimp at each of the events. The Foundation will sell beer, soft drinks and water.

Concerts will be held every other Thursday night:

March 23: Jay Herrington.
April 6: Sid Thompson of DoubleShot.
April 20: Amanda Joullian and John Chappell of Traveling Jane.
May 4: Chris Gill.
May 18: Barry Leach and Andrew Pates.
June 1: Lisa Mills.

Updates will be posted throughout the series on the Foundation’s website at barnettreservoirfoundation.org.

Admission is $5 per vehicle, with no charge for vehicles with “Rez Tags,” and $1 for walk-ins or bicycles. No outside coolers will be allowed.

“We are also offering a $20 Patron Sponsorship for those interested in showing support for the Foundation and for the series,” Roberts said. “Their families will be admitted free.”

No outside food or drinks will be allowed in to the park for the Concert Series, and guests are urged to bring chairs or blankets to the events.

Deaton Merciless On the Run

UPDATE:  Deaton has been captured alive by Kansas Highway Patrol.

The news worsens concerning Alex Bridges Deaton. His time of terror, started in Rankin and Neshoba Counties, Mississippi, spreads across our country.  The Clarion Ledger reports Deaton is suspected in the kidnapping and aggravated assault of a couple in New Mexico.  He then led authorities on a high speed chase.  Get this, Kansas law enforcement apparently disabled Deaton's vehicle with stop-sticks, but he escaped, on foot, only to later shoot a store clerk and steal his car. That clerk is in critical condition.  Deaton remains at large.  

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

Rez Murder



The Reservoir area is making national news for all the wrong reasons.  Authorities continue to search for Alex Bridges Deaton, suspect in two murders and one drive-by shooting.  Two of the acts, including the murder of Heather Robinson and the seemingly random drive-by shooting of a jogger on Castlewoods Boulevard, happened here at the Rez.

Hold your children tight and hope they find this guy soon.

Clarion Ledger article.
ABC News.
WAPT News.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Mayor Lee Fundraiser

The deadline for municipal election qualifying draws near.  Therefore, fundraising kicks up.  Below is a fundraiser mail-our for Brandon Mayor Butch Lee, who will have a primary challenger.


Friday, February 24, 2017

Here Are the Proposed Changes to the Zoning Ordinance

Oh boy, you asked for it.  Below is the "Track Changes" version of the Rankin County Zoning Ordinance.  This will tell you precisely what is being changed from the old ordinance.  Enjoy.

Zealand Worship at Lakeside Pres


Info on the Pinelands PID Lawsuit

Jackson Jambalaya posts info on the ongoing lawsuit affecting the Pinelands PID.  Check the link here.  The over-the-top answer from the Defendant PID Board's lawyer may be a precursor to an extensive battle.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

More Info on the Zoning Ordinance

A couple of days ago, I linked to Rankin County's proposed Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance, informing the reader that I know of no specifics.  Luckily, Charles Bailey, journalist with the Rankin County News, does.  Check out this week's Weekly Leader/Rankin County News for more details, including:

  -- The public hearing is March 6, at 9 a.m. at the Courthouse Annex Building at 211 East Government Street.
  -- "The most significant proposed change to the county's Zoning Ordinance would set minimum home sizes in 10 recreational zones."
  -- Pearl remains Rankin County's largest city, with 25,092 souls; Brandon has 21,705.
  -- In the next three years, 23,000 more folks are expected to move into Rankin County.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Scholarship Opportunity for Graduating Seniors

Scholarship Applications Being Sought
Deadline: Friday, March 3, 2017
Each year, through a private gift, Rankin County Chamber of Commerce awards (9) $1,000 Scholarships; one to each high school in the Rankin County and Pearl Public School Districts.
These scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors who plan to attend the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College in the fall.

Only complete applications will be considered and must be postmarked no later than Friday March 3, 2017.

Changes at Lakeland Dr and Grants Ferry Intersection

Please be careful at the intersection of Lakeland Drive and Grant's Ferry Road!  MDOT changed the lanes, so they are not the same lanes you are accustomed to.  Just make sure you are in the right lane to do what it is you want to do.

Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance Revisions

Rankin County, through the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District, published revisions to the comprehensive County Zoning Ordinance.

Here's the link:  https://www.rankincounty.org/egov/documents/1486563905_24966.pdf

It's 163 pages of zoning Shangri-la.  Don't ask me what is revised from the ordinance presently in force in this copy, because I don't know.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

PRVWSD Board of Director Minutes for January 2017

January 2017 minutes are below. The Board authorized a Request for Proposal for a commercial lease on a 2.5 acre tract at the Rankin Ramp.  The intended purpose is to eventually construct a restaurant on that tract.

The Rankin Ramp is the boat ramp on the north side of Spillway Road across Spillway Road from the Northwest Rankin soccer fields. The proposed development would not affect the existing handicap fishing pier, comfort station, or boat ramp.  Questions about that?  Feel free to contact Executive Director John Sigman (jsigman@therez.ms) or his Executive Assistant Cindy Ford (cford@therez.ms).

Friday, February 17, 2017

Mayor Lee Elected Chair of Metro Area Planning Org

I realize this is old news to some, but, as they say, better late than never . . . .:
Butch Lee, Mayor of the City of Brandon, was elected Chairman of the Jackson Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) at the February 8th Jackson MPO Policy Committee meeting.  The Jackson MPO is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the three metro-area counties (Hinds, Madison, and Rankin).  Under federal legislation, MPO’s provide a forum where local officials, public transportation providers and state agency representatives come together and cooperatively plan to meet the region’s current and future transportation needs.  The Jackson MPO oversees regional transportation planning efforts and allocates spending millions of Federal Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funds for local projects. 
“A well-functioning transportation network is essential to our quality of life here in the metro-area,” said Lee, who joined the MPO Policy Committee in 2013.  “I look forward to working in my new capacity as Chairman to improve mobility and infrastructure throughout the region.”
The MPO Policy Committee is comprised of elected and appointed representatives from the counties and cities in the Jackson Urbanized Area.  The Policy Committee provides guidance and leadership on a wide range of planning, policy, and administrative transportation issues.  Butch Lee replaces Mayor Knox Ross of Pelahatchie who served as MPO Chairman since May 2013.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Press Release on Fatal Accident on Spillway Road

RESERVOIR POLICE

PRESS RELEASE

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
February 15, 2017


Traffic Accident Claims the Life of a Reservoir Resident

Reservoir Police responded to a two-car collision this morning at approximately 6:50 am at the intersection of Spillway Road and Spann Drive in Rankin County.  Reservoir Fire Personnel had to extricate the most seriously injured victim for treatment and transport to Merit Hospital in Flowood, Mississippi where he was pronounced deceased.  He has been identified as Howard Carlton Lowther, 61, of Brandon (Reservoir Area).  The driver of the other vehicle had a report of pain and a laceration but was taken to the hospital by private vehicle.

Chief Perry Waggener of the Reservoir Police Department stated “The preliminary investigation indicates that one of the vehicles turned across Spillway Road from Spann Drive in the path of the other vehicle.”


The accident is still under investigation at this time.

Fatal Accident on Spillway Road This Morning

This is not good.  I don't know much, other than it occurred at the intersection of Spillway and Spann Road.

WLBT Story.

This is the Good Stuff

From the Reservoir Police Department Facebook Page:



HEROS COME IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES
It was almost 10 months ago that Taylor Hartwell came to the Beach at Lakeshore Park for a day of fun with his Mom, Dad & Sister. On the way home that Memorial Day weekend tragedy struck on the Spillway Bridge. When Taylor's Dad slowed for a traffic delay a speeding motorist slammed into them giving Taylor a critical brain injury. I could tell from the moment he was removed from the car he was a fighter and he didn't let me down!
After weeks in a coma, Taylor put on his favorite batman shirt and when to work in rehab to get better. He had to learn how to walk again but as you can see in this video his Mom sent me this week, he is getting faster and stronger by the day. I know he is an inspiration to me and our officers of how you can overcome whatever obstacle is in your way with a lil' grit and a lot of determination.
Thanks Taylor for showing us all how its done!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sunset Concert Series at Lakeshore Park

Nice!  Below is the media release from the Foundation:

MEDIA RELEASE
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
14 February 2017

Barnett Reservoir Foundation announces
Sunset Concert Series

Good tunes, great sunset views and spicy shellfish are coming together at Lakeshore Park this spring, courtesy of a new neighborhood music series announced this week by the Barnett Reservoir Foundation.

The Sunset Concert Series, sponsored by The Crawfish King of Flowood, will debut on March 23 with the reservoir community’s own Jay Herrington on stage. The show is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., on the park’s main point on the east side of the lake.

“It is the ideal place to view the gorgeous sunsets that The Rez is known for,” said series coordinator Jeff Roberts of the Foundation, a private non-profit organization that supports the Barnett Reservoir Community. “We think this is an ideal way to give our residents more of a neighborhood or community feel, and of course a new way for visitors to enjoy the lake.”

The Crawfish King plans to sell boiled crawfish and shrimp at each of the events. The Foundation will sell beer, soft drinks and water.

Concerts will be held every other Thursday night.

After Herrington opens in March, Sid Thompson of DoubleShot follows on April 6, and Amanda Joullian and John Chappell of Traveling Jane will play on April 20.

Chris Gill will headline on May 4, and artists will be named later for May 18 and June 1, and will be posted on the Foundation’s website at barnettreservoirfoundation.org.

Admission is $5 per vehicle, with no charge for vehicles with “Rez Tags,” and $1 for walk-ins or bicycles. No outside coolers will be allowed.

“We are also offering a $20 Patron Sponsorship for those interested in show support for the Foundation and for the series,” Roberts said. “Their families will be admitted free.”

No outside food or drinks will be allowed in to the park for the Concert Series, and guests are urged to bring chairs or blankets to the events.

Vendor App for the Outdoor Expo

There do not seem to be any restrictions.  Here is the application:



More about the Outdoor Expo from the Barnett Reservoir Foundation webpage:

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Law Enforcement Committee, Forestry Committee and Audit Committee Agendas

AGENDA
LAW ENFORCEMENT, ASSET PROTECTION
AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Monday, February 13, 2017 4:00 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of October 17, 2016 meeting.

2. Consideration and discussion of Police Daily Reporting Software specification proposal from Mississippi Interactive, LLC.


AGENDA
FORESTRY AND WILDLIFE COMMITTEE
Monday, February 13, 2017 2:45 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of November 14, 2016 meeting.

2. Approval of contract for beaver control services on District property.



AGENDA
AUDIT COMMITTEE
Thursday, February 16, 2017 9:00 a.m.

1. Approval of minutes of November 17, 2016 meeting.

2. Review of delinquent lease collections report.

3. Renewal of Lock Box program at Trustmark National Bank.

4. Approval of Per Diem and Travel Report January 2017.

5. Approval of Cash Balance Report.

6. Approval of February 2017 Docket.

Parks Policy Committee Agenda

AGENDA
PARKS POLICY COMMITTEE
Monday, February 13, 2017 3:00 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of 17 January 2017 meeting.

2. Approval contract for Timberlake Campground Street Repairs.

3. Request for permission to advertise for annual landscape maintenance contract for Goshen Springs Campground, Timberlake Campground, Pelahatchie Shore Park, Old Trace Park and Lakeshore Park.

4. Acceptance of grant from MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks for improvements at Madison Landing Boating Facility.

5. Consideration of proposal for engineering design services from Neel Schaffer for floating breakwaters for Madison Landing Boating Facility.

Shoreline Development Committee Agenda

Below is the agenda for the Shoreline Committee of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District.  The next meeting of the full board is Thursday, February 16, 2017.

AGENDA
SHORELINE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Monday, February 13, 2017 3:30 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of January 17, 2017 meeting.

2. Property Maintenance Report for January 2017.

3. Consideration of request from West Rankin Utility Authority for sewer service in Rankin County.

4. Renewal of contract for shoreline herbicide spraying contract.

5. Approval of travel for three (3) board members and General Manager to Washington DC to meet with congressional delegation.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Vintage Market Days Coming to Rankin County

Check out the Facebook page.  They go out of their way to market themselves as a high-end, completely hand-made traveling market.



This is from their Facebook description:
Vintage Market Days® is an upscale open air market featuring vintage and vintage inspired collections for all ages. The very best of Vintage vendors gather together with their unique items. Vintage Market Days® is a weekend of shopping, food & music in a charming atmosphere.
Please visit our website at www.mississippi.vintagemarketdays.com to learn more about Vintage Market Days® !
We are looking for vendors to include:

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

NWRHS Soccer Dominates

Congratulations to the Northwest Rankin High School soccer teams, both boys and girls.  They took home the 6A state championships this past weekend.  Outstanding!

WLBT story with video.
Sun Herald perspective.

Monday, February 6, 2017

My Review of Lost Pizza-Flowood

Odom Family Fun ate at Lost Pizza Saturday evening.  Every table was occupied by diners, so we saddled up on stools at the counter in the bar area.  It was bustling inside, like a bee hive.  There were more workers than necessary, but that is to be expected during training.  We walked in, ordered our food, paid for it at the time of our order, and grabbed our chairs.  Our fried ravioli came out quickly, which the kids devoured.  I was surprised at how quickly our pizzas came out. I expected a much longer delay.  Everyone was courteous and helpful.

We enjoyed the atmosphere.  Space is at a premium inside the restaurant. There is no getting around how small it is inside.  But I think that adds to the fun of eating there.  It was cozy. It felt like a genuine neighborhood pizza den.  We enjoyed it and will return, frequently.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Outdoor Expo at the Rez

MEDIA RELEASE
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
3 February 2017

Outdoor Expo at The REZ
Presented by MDWFP

The eyes of the competitive fishing world will be on Barnett Reservoir April 27-30 when the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament is staged at Madison Landing and Old Trace Park.

While 111 of the best bass fishermen in the world are battling on the water, spectators will be able to enjoy the Outdoor Expo at The Rez, presented by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. Free to the public, as are all Elite-related events, the Expo will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, and feature fun and entertainment for the entire family.

The MDWFP will fill Old Trace Park with many of its assets, highlighting the great heritage of outdoor sports in Mississippi. In addition to providing information on the many hunting/fishing opportunities in the state, the agency will have hands-on fun for children.

“The MDWFP’s involvement in the Outdoor Expo at the Rez is perfect, since it is responsible for the efforts that have made our state a desired destination to fish and hunt,” said Bobby Cleveland of the Barnett Reservoir Foundation, which is the site-coordinating host for the Elite event. “All that we have to enjoy in Mississippi’s great outdoors is to the credit of the MDWFP. They manage the resource that is the envy of other states.”

The agency is still building its plan for the Expo but has many assets to bring to the event, such as a youth archery range from its Archery in Mississippi Schools Program, exhibits from the Museum of Natural Science, hunting, fishing and boating safety instruction, environmental and wildlife conservation programs and much more.

The Barnett Reservoir Foundation will also present live music on the main stage at Old Trace Saturday and Sunday, scheduled around the weigh-ins. The music line-up will be announced soon. The Foundation will also operate a beer garden at the event.

Vending - food, arts and crafts, etc. - and exhibit space is available for the Outdoor Expo through the Barnett Reservoir Foundation. For information, visit BarnettReservoirFoundation.org or call Cindy Ford at (601) 605-6898.

Sponsors for the event include Ridgeland Tourism Commission, Visit Mississippi, the Barnett Reservoir Foundation and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Public Opportunity to Be a Marshal During B.A.S.S. Elite Series

MEDIA RELEASE
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
3 February 2017
Barnett Reservoir Foundation
Announces BASS Elite Marshal Raffle

The Barnett Reservoir Foundation, site-coordinating sponsor of the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament, is raffling two Marshal positions - unique “ride-along” opportunities with pro anglers - for the event April 27-30 at Madison Landing and Old Trace Park in Ridgeland.

Raffle tickets are $20 each, or three for $50 or eight for $100, and will be sold during February. The drawing will take place on March 1.

The Marshall program is an important facet of the Elite Series, with the public serving as official observers and non-fishing partners of the 111 professional anglers in this top echelon of pro bass fishing. Marshals not only act as rules observers but also as contacts providing up-to-the-minute reports to the BASS media back at the weigh-in site.

It is an opportunity for true bass fishing nuts to learn by spending at least two days in the boat with an Elite angler. The Marshal positions are normally filled on a first-come, first-serve application process held each year prior to the Elite season. The cost to be a Marshal is $150 per event, and the waiting list is long.

“The only two remaining open Marshal spots are the two that BASS assigns to the local sponsor,” said Foundation president Dale Sheppard. “The City of Ridgeland’s Tourism Commission forwarded them to us to raffle to help offset our costs of hosting the Elite and the accompanying Outdoor Expo at The Rez, presented by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.”

The Foundation is a private, 501(c)(3) organization that supports the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, the state agency that manages Barnett Reservoir.

The raffle is only open to people 18 years of age or older, and winners of the Marshal positions must meet BASS requirements, mainly being BASS members. Entrants may purchase as many tickets as desired but are only eligible to win one position. Winning tickets cannot be transferred to another person once the paperwork has been submitted to BASS, and the position cannot be shared.

Marshals must be prepared for two full days of duty, Thursday April 27 and Friday April 28. There is no guarantee of being selected for the third day. That discretion lies strictly with BASS. The full field of 111 anglers will be cut to 50 on Day 3.

Tickets are available at Pearl River ValleyWater Supply District office at 115 Madison Landing Circle, Ridgeland MS; at the Annual Barnett Reservoir Bass Fishery Update Meeting Feb. 9 at Turcotte Lab or by contacting Bobby Cleveland at (601) 506-0739 during normal business hours or emailing bobbyc7754@yahoo.com.

St. Mark's Offers Community Resources

St. Mark's has provided this program to our community for a number of years.

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church at 400 Grant’s Ferry Road in Brandon is offering the following resources: GriefShare: A Grief Workshop—Journey to Healing is for those who are grieving the death of a family member or friend, and it will take place on Sundays from 1:45-3:45 starting February 12th.  
Also, we will offer DivorceCare, a support group for those going through separation or divorce, from 4:00-6:00 on Sundays, starting February 12th.  Both groups will last for 13 weeks and include helpful videos and small-group discussion.  Both have a registration fee of $20 for all the sessions. Partial Scholarships are available. For more information or to register, go to saintmarksum.org or call 601-992-2131.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

RCSD Bond Issue Event



Supporters for the Rankin County School District Bond issue are publicly stepping forward.  The Foundation for the Rankin County Public Schools is hosting a reception benefiting the students of the RCSD on Monday, February 13, 2017.



The Foundation is the private, non-profit, fund-raising arm of the RCSD. If you are curious about the bond issue or you have questions, this is the place for you.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Pizza and Chicken and Fannway

After being reproached recently by two avid readers, I figured I had better improve service.  My apologies.  I promise to make a better effort to regularly post.


Lost Pizza is opened.  They had a bit of a rough start with the cold opening. So, they closed down and revamped to improve service.  Enjoy!

The Feathered Cow build-out continues.  Check for it soon.  In the meantime, check out Jim Albritton's promotional video about it.  Here's the link!

Speaking of, check out this new website, www.fannway.com.  Interesting!