Thursday, June 22, 2017

Green Market and Craft Fair at Dogwood

Every Saturday, 11 a.m. through 3 p.m., through August 26, 2017, Dogwood Festival Mall hosts the Green Market and Craft Fair.  From their Facebook Page:

The Dogwood Festival located at 150 Dogwood Boulevard in Flowood MS is hosting its annual Green Market and Craft Fair beginning Saturday June, 10th. Every Saturday, beginning June 10th and extending through August 26th, this market and craft fair will be held from 11am-3pm. Shoppers have an opportunity to browse among the areas best produce, baked goods and local crafters in one unified location.

There is a lot of foot traffic in this shopping center! This invitation extends to a variety of local vendors and crafters. This would be a great opportunity for you to sale your goods in an established market and promote yourselves in the community.

We are encouraging you to set up a display of your crafts, baked good or other cottage industry items, as well as your produce.

If you would like to join us to bringing your goods to the community, please contact Brandi at 775-224-3231 or brandi.sonicboomnv@yahoo.com, or Eric at 775-250-7908 or sonicboomnv@yahoo.com.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Area Independence Day Celebrations

Here are some area Independence Day(ish) festivities:

June 29 -- The City of Brandon hosts its United We Stand: Tribute to God & Country in Shiloh Park. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m.  Area church choirs will provide the music.  Fireworks as dusk.

Mississippi's Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest.  The Balloon Glow in Ridgeland is Friday, June 30, 2017, at 6 p.m.

July 1 -- The Barnett Reservoir Foundation has their Classic Car Show and Independence Day Celebration all day at both Old Trace Park in Ridgeland and Lakeshore Park in Rankin County.

The Mississippi Braves are at home Friday, June 30, 2017, through Monday, July 3.  Fireworks on Friday, Saturday and Monday after the games.

Jackson Mayor-Elect Chokwe Antar Lumumba's inaugural festivities coincide with Fourth of July Weekend.  Find out all about them here.

The City of Clinton has a fireworks show on (gasp!) the actual Fourth of July.  5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Traceway Park.  Meet the Press will entertain the crowd prior to fireworks.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Feathered Cow is Open -- Enjoy!

I predict The Feathered Cow will be a long-standing success in the Reservoir.  My wife and I ate lunch there yesterday.  Every new restaurant has kinks; however, management was on top of everything. The set up, the atmosphere and food were all good.  My wife ordered Wings and Things -- the fried chicken was as good as Julep's was.  I ordered the Stupid Burger -- I should have saved half for supper, it was so big.  The Rez needed this.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Look For The Feathered Cow to Open Monday



Rezidents patiently wait the opening of The Feathered Cow. According to ownership, all they are waiting on is the State Department of Health to give them the green light, and are anticipated to open Monday the 19th.  A sneak peak at the Rez menu below.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Proposed Changes to Rental Ordinance

Below are the proposed changes to the PRVWSD Rental Ordinance.  The PRVWSD meets tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. at Timberlake Campground if you are interested in voicing your opinion, or just to hear the discussion.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

PRVWSD Board Meeting Agenda

Below is the agenda for the upcoming PRVWSD Board Meeting.  Note the discussion on proposed changes to the regulations affecting vacation rentals.  I'll see if I can't get a copy of those proposed changes and post them.

AGENDA FOR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF
DIRECTORS OF THE PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER
SUPPLY DISTRICT HELD IN THE DISTRICT’S
TIMBERLAKE CAMPGROUNDS OFFICE, BRANDON MS
AT 9:30 A.M. ON THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 2017

1. Opening prayer
2. Pledge of Allegiance – W. C. Gorden
3. Request for acceptance of Minutes from the regular meeting held on May 18, 2017
4. Committee Recommendations:
    Shoreline Development Committee:
     I. Approval of changes to regulations regarding vacation rentals.
    II. Approval of Memorandum of Understanding with MS Department of Transportation for the                Upper Spillway Road Overlay.
Law Enforcement, Asset Protection & Emergency Management Committee:
     I. Approve engagement of independent contractor for reporting of HB1520 review with a not to              exceed amount of $3,000.00.
Audit Committee:
     I. Approval of GM Declaration of Emergency.
     II. Approval of Per Diem and Travel Report for Board of Directors for May 2017.
     III. Approval of Cash Balance Report.
     IV. Approval of June Claims Docket.
5. Committee Minutes and Miscellaneous Correspondence
6. Executive Director’s comments
7. Next Regular Meeting July 20, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at PRVWSD Main Office.
8. Meeting adjourned.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Audit Committee Agenda

AGENDA
AUDIT COMMITTEE
Monday, June 12, 2017 4:15 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of May 15, 2017 meeting.

2. Review of delinquent lease collections report.

3. Ratify General Manager’s declaration of emergency concerning Monday, June 5th 2017 water line break in the main office and subsequent employment of clean-up contractor.

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

5. Approval of Cash Balance Report.

6. Approval of Claims Docket for June 2017.



Parks Policy and Law Enforcement Committee Agendas

AGENDA
PARKS POLICY COMMITTEE
Monday, June 12, 2017 3:00 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of May 15, 2017 meeting.

2. Discussion of Down River Cleanup efforts.

3. Discussion of squirrel hunts on District property.


AGENDA
LAW ENFORCEMENT, ASSET PROTECTION
AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Monday, June 12, 2017 4:00 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of May 15, 2017 meeting.

2. Police Report for June 2017.

3. Outline discussion for reporting Section 9, HB1520 Study.

PRVWSD Board Call and Shoreline Committee Agenda

From the PRVWSD:

The regular monthly meeting of the PRVWSD Board and its committees will be held next week at TIMBERLAKE CAMPGROUNDS.  The PRVWSD main office experienced a water line break and is currently in the process of cleanup and repair, which makes the change of meeting location necessary. The following committees will meet on Monday, 12 June.3:00 p.m.             Parks Policy Committee3:30 p.m.             Shoreline Development Committee4:00 p.m.             Law Enforcement, Asset Protection and                       Emergency Management Committee4:15 p.m.             Audit Committee The Board of Director’s regular meeting will meet Thursday, 15 June.


Shoreline Committee Agenda Below:

AGENDA
SHORELINE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Monday, June 12, 2017 3:30 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of May 15, 2017 meeting.

2. Agreement with MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

3. Consideration of regulation for vacation rentals.

4. Approval of Memorandum of Understanding with MS Department of Transportation for the Upper Spillway Road Overlay.

5. Executive Session: Discussion of lease termination.


Monday, June 5, 2017

Vacation Bible Schools

My favorite annual list.  They are free and they are fun.  Take advantage of these local offerings.

River of Life -- Galactic Starveyors, 6/4 through 6/8
Lakeland Pres -- 6/5 through 6/8.
Fannin Baptist Church -- 6/5 through 6/8
Oakdale Baptist -- Galactic Starveyors, 6/11 to 6/16.
Pinelake -- Sports Camp, 6/12 through 6/15
Lakeside Pres -- Mindcraft, 6/12 through 6/16
Flowood Baptist -- Galactic Starveyors, 6/18 through 6/23
Liberty Baptist -- 6/19 through 6/23
St. Mark's UMC -- Adventure to Rome, 7/10 through 7/14
Vineyard Church -- 7/17 through 7/21

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Sunset Concert Series is Still ON!

MEDIA RELEASE
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
1 June 2017
Sunset Concert Series finale still on for tonight
Chris Gill starts at 5:45 and Lisa Mills follows at Lakeshore Park

Tonight’s season finale of the Sunset Concert Series event will go on as scheduled, the Barnett Reservoir Foundation announced this morning. With diminishing rain chances forecast for the 5:45 start, the private non-profit group decided not to cancel.

Chris Gill, whose original concert on May 4 was postponed due to heavy thunderstorms, will start with his music that has made him one of the most popular local acts.

Hattiesburg native Lisa Mills, who now lives in Mobile, will close the night and the 2017 spring season.

“The combination of these two talents provides the perfect close to our first season,” said Foundation spokesman Bobby Cleveland. “We’ve had a great series, and have provided reservoir residents and visitors not only with great tunes but also a neighborhood feeling.”

Series sponsor The Crawfish King of Flowood will sell crawfish and shrimp dinners and the Foundation will sell beverages and hot dogs. No outside food and beverages will be allowed.
Admission is minimal —just $5 a carload and free to cars that have Reservoir tags. Walk-ups and bike-ins pay just a $1.

For more information on PRVWSD and Barnett Reservoir, visit www.TheRez.ms.gov.
For information on the Barnett Reservoir Foundation, visit its website at www.barnettreservoirfoundation.org.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Church Burglars Sentenced

Good reporting by Tom Hill in the Rankin County News.  The two women who burglarized St. Mark's United Methodist Church last June (remember this and this), made the delayed, but correct, decision to plead guilty.  On the eve of trial, Elizabeth Lauren Guy and Anna Paige Smith pleaded guilty and received 14 years, with 12 suspended.  Upon release, they will receive five years of probation.  Plus, they must each pay $2,500 in fines, of which $1000 will go to the church.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

New Pinelands PID Board

I can tell you the winners of the Hugh Ward/Pinelands PID election last night, though I don't have details at this point.  The candidates were:

  -- Lori Voss of Pinebrook
  -- Marion Alford of Gardens of Manship
  -- John Everitt, Jr. of Turtle Ridge
  -- Marti Morgan of Turtle Ridge
  -- Kevin Prince of Huntington Lake
  -- Nathaniel Landfair of Turtle Ridge
  -- Candy Hutchison of Turtle Ridge
  -- Robert Parrish of Huntington Lake

Voss, Alford, Everitt, Morgan, and Prince were elected.  Hutchinson and Parrish, both current members, were not re-elected.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Info on the Overturned Tanker

That overturned tanker truck was not fun for a lot of folks.  Traffic was rerouted from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day.  Below are links to all the stories about it.

MSNewsNow story (with video).
Clarion Ledger (with video, once you get through all the annoying pop ups, commercials, and other ads).
WAPT story.
WJTV story.

WJTV called it a crash, but everyone else called it an overturned tanker.  How on earth does that happen?


Monday, May 22, 2017

Bad News. Old Fannin at Flowood Drive Closed

An overturned fuel truck (or some kind of wreck involving a fuel truck) has shut down the intersection of Old Fannin Road and Flowood Drive.  Not a good time for that.  Take Hugh Ward and Lakeland.

Litter May Close Public Areas Below Spillway

The PRVWSD is looking to make a dramatic move to curb littering below the Spillway.  Anyone who has walked the rocky shore on either side of the Pearl below the Spillway should -- if they are a decent person -- be disgusted by the amount of litter.  The District has experimented with different methods to control the problem, but to no avail.  It appears the District will now return to the playbook that worked so well with upriver camping -- peer pressure.

PRVWSD will post large banners across the access roads for thirty days warning of imminent closure if things don't change.  If that doesn't reduce the littering, the area will be closed, temporarily.  During this time, the area will be cleaned up by the District and volunteer groups.  After clean up, the area will be reopened and monitored.  If there is no significant improvement in the amount of litter, the area will be closed again.

Gates have already been installed across the access roads in anticipation of closure.  Article on the closure in the Clarion Ledger.

Any one have thoughts on this plan of action?


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Dog Park Opened, Another On the Way

MEDIA RELEASE
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
18 May 2017
One dog park opens, another planned at The Rez

An hour before a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new dog park at Old Trace Park in Ridgeland, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board of Directors approved a conceptual plan for a similar venue to be built at Lakeshore Park in Rankin County.

The Old Trace Dog Park was two years in the planning and funding stages, prior to construction in April and May. The Park, which includes separate fenced areas for large and small breeds, watering stations, and benches, is open to the public free of charge. The exception is on weekends between May and September when a park entrance fee of $5 per vehicle is required. Walk-ins are still admitted free.

The RCAAF, through the Barnett Reservoir Foundation, presented a formal request for the Lakeshore Park Dog Park to the PRVWSD Board at the Board’s May meeting earlier Thursday morning. It received unanimous approval.

The timeline for construction of the Lakeshore Dog Park appears much shorter, since the Rankin County Animal Adoption Foundation (RCAAF), already has secured the construction costs through donations.

“We are fortunate that we have two substantial donors that love animals,” said Nancy Blanton of the RCAAF. “Due to their generous nature, we currently have funds in the bank to fund a dog park in Rankin County and we feel that Lakeshore Park at Barnett Reservoir is an ideal location.”
The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District is a state agency that oversees operation of the 33,000-acre Ross Barnett Reservoir and about 17,000 acres of additional properties surrounding the lake. The Barnett Reservoir Foundation is a separate non-profit organization that supports the PRVWSD and its residential and business communities.

For more information on PRVWSD and Barnett Reservoir, visit www.TheRez.ms.gov.
For information on the Barnett Reservoir Foundation, visit its website at www.barnettreservoirfoundation.org.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wild Game Banquet

Sportsmen, sportswomen, this event deserves your attention.  The United Methodist Men Coalition does great work in Rankin County.  Not to be missed, not even by Emmett Quincy.

Weekly Leader Articles

Rez-centered articles in the latest edition of the Weekly Leader, include:

  - House burns to ground.  Sad details of the under-construction home that burned to the ground in Woodbridge Estates on Mother's Day.  "It looked like the homeowner had several piles (of old construction materials) burning at once," said Deputy Chief, Josh Swales, of the Reservoir Fire Department.

  - Road rage related charges filed in Flowood.  A 64 year-old Brandon man allegedly displayed a weapon while driving on Medical Parkway in an aggressive driving incident.  We was arrested and released on $5000 bond.  More news here, including video.

  - Fifth auto burglary suspect jailed.  Jackson resident, Curtis Wilson, was arrested in connection with several auto burglaries in the Castlewoods neighborhood.  Further news here, and here (with mugshots).

  - Sunset concert series final two shows.  Prior post here.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hidden Hills Parkway Closed This Morning

Hidden Hills Parkway will be closed from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. today as the City of Flowood lays a water line.  If you are trying to get in or out of Hidden Hills, you must take a alternate route.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Lakeland Entrance to MillCreek I-III Closed Tomorrow Morning****UPDATE

*** TURNS OUT THIS IS NOT TRUE***

Tomorrow, the City of Flowood will close the Lakeland Drive entrance to Mill Creek Subdivision, Parts I-III, for the purpose of laying a water line in the right-of-way.  They will only close it for a brief window of time (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.).  During that time, no one will be allowed in or out of that entrance.  All ingress and egress to Mill Creek must be done via the Grant's Ferry entrances.

Sunset Concert Series Continues This Week

MEDIA RELEASE
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
15 May 2017
Sunset Concert Series prepares for final 2 shows
Dual artists on Lakeshore Park stage on May 18 and June 1

The Barnett Reservoir Foundation’s first Sunset Concert Series will resume on May 18 featuring two popular local artists sharing the Lakeshore Park Stage beginning at 6 p.m.

Guitar phenom/songwriter Barry Leach of Brandon and second-generation entertainer and keyboardist Andrew Pates of Madison will combine their talents for what promises to be an entertaining evening.

The Foundation also announced that it has been able to keep Chris Gill on the schedule, after his original show on June 4 was postponed due to weather. The guitarist and front man for the popular local group Chris Gill and the Sole Shakers will join Hattiesburg native Lisa Mills for a show on June 1 that will close the spring season.

“We’re excited that Chris and Lisa have agreed to share the night, and we’ll start the show a little early at 5:30 and close a little later to accommodate them,” said Foundation Sunset Series coordinator Jeff Roberts. “Having Chris open that evening with Lisa at the end gives us a great show to end our first series. We’re excited about both of these two final shows.”

The Crawfish King of Flowood sponsored the Sunset Concert Series and will continue to sell crawfish and shrimp at the final two shows. The Foundation will sell beverages, hot dogs, nachos and popcorn. No outside food or drink is allowed.

Admission is $5 per car, but cars with a Reservoir tag get in free. Walk-ups or bikers pay only $1.

Hugh Ward PID Vote

If you live in the Hugh Ward PID, you have an important vote coming up.  On May 23, 2017, homeowners within the PID will vote on 5 new PID Board members.  The vote is facilitated by PID attorney, David Morrow, and will take place at the Flowood Library.  My friend, Kevin Prince, has a website that offers additional information.

Presently, the PID is involved in a lawsuit concerning lack of transparency and possible missing money.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Flowood Family Fest Tonight!

Tonight is Flowood Family Fest.  It's free and fun for the entire family.  Chris Janson is the headliner. Only a 5% chance of rain -- the weather will be perfect (75 degrees at 4 p.m. to mid-60s during the fireworks.

From the MyFlowood.com website:

This is the BIG ONE!  Come join about 10,000 of your closest friend for the biggest FREE PARTY!   
The Flowood Family Festival is surely the most prominent and popular.  Held at Flowood’s Liberty Park and coordinated by Flowood Parks and Recreation Department, the Festival is probably the largest free event held in the entire Metro area.  This year the grounds will open at 4:00 pm for family and kids activities - Space Jumps, Slides, Obstacle Courses, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Train Rides, Kids Karaoke, Children Dance Routines, midway-style food and games.  A large static display by the Army National Guard features combat and support equipment for kids of all ages to learn about and enjoy. 
Under the lights of Liberty Park, those festivities for the kids carry on through the evening.  At 4:00, the musical events get underway with a local band to warm up the stage.  At 6:00 a regional band takes over with a high energy show that will get you up and keep you on your feet. 
By 8:00 the crowds will be warmed up and ready for the feature act - and Flowood has a reputation for bringing in some of America’s top headliners!  
 To top it off, the Grand Finale Fireworks Display is one of the largest in the area.  Nationally-known pyrotechnic companies compete for the Flowood Show, and its always a truly dazzling finish to one of the Metro's most exciting affairs.
It won’t be a party without you... Be there!
For more information call Flowood Parks and Recreation Department: (601) 992-4440

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Here Are Your Lunch Plans for May 18

     The Story of Hot Tamales and Comeback Sauce in Mississippi

Featured speaker Malcolm White will share how hot tamales and comeback sauce gained popularity in the Magnolia State at "Let's Do Lunch" on Thursday, May 18, 11:30 am at the Mississippi Craft Center in Ridgeland. Hot tamales and comeback sauce will be among the menu items served. "Let's Do Lunch" is an annual event hosted by the Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi who operates the Mississippi Craft Center as a craft museum, education center, visitor center, event venue and as administrative headquarters for the Craftsmen's Guild. The event will also honor the Guild's volunteers and Sheri Cox, Director of Operations, for her ten years of service. Cox oversees the Guild's retail galleries, venue rental, educational programs and volunteers.
Lunch is $20 for the general public; free for 2017 Guild "Friends" members and those not opting for lunch. Reservations may be made online at www.mscrafts.org or by calling the gallery at 601.856.7546 during regular hours. Reservation deadline is Tuesday, May 16 at 5 pm.

"Let's Do Lunch" is supported by a grant from The Mississippi Humanities Council. Other sponsors include Lefoldt & Company and Trustmark Bank.

                   Malcolm White
White returned to lead the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) as Executive Director in 2016. He previously held the position from 2005-2012, after which he became director of the Mississippi Development Authority's Tourism Division. While there, White developed and implemented plans to create economic growth and opportunities through tourism, the creative economy and promoted the state as a travel destination and film location. Prior to his tenure at MAC, he worked in the hospitality industry, running a popular restaurant and founding special events and festivals throughout the state.
A native of Stone County, Mississippi, White holds a bachelor's degree in social studies from the University of Southern Mississippi. Throughout his career, he has been a member of and served on the committees of numerous civic organizations. White is involved with South Arts, the Mississippi Blues and Country Music Trails, Downtown Jackson Partners and he is past chairman of the Mississippi Blues Commission. In 2015, he published Little Stories: A Collection of Mississippi Photos, a book of images he created from visits covering the state over several years.

   
Register for the event here.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Longtime PRVWSD Board Member Passes Away

The obituary for Jim Carraway is below.  Jim served his state in many capacities.  He served our area as a member of the board of directors for the PRVWSD.  Note, the visitation is tomorrow evening.

James Woodard Carraway
Jim Carraway, 82, passed away Saturday, May 6th at his home in Brandon, MS.
He was born November 7, 1934 to Wood and Lela Carraway of Bassfield.  Jim was a graduate of Bassfield High School and the University of Southern Mississippi, where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.
 Jim had a long and active work life with both private and public service, which included:  Director of Wildlife and Fisheries, MS State Air and Water Pollution Board, MS Manufacturers Association Board, Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board, BIPEC Board, USM Executive Committee Alumni Association and USM Foundation Board.  He worked for St. Regis Paper Company in Monticello and then retired from Champion International in Stanford, CT.  He was active in the Jeff Davis Country Forestry Association in retirement.  He was an active member at Fannin United Methodist Church.
 Jim is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Catherine Carraway, two sons Kirk Carraway (wife Cindy) and Ken Carraway (wife Beth), both of Brandon.  He is preceded in death by his oldest son, David Carraway (wife Mary Lynne) of McLean, VA.  Jim had nine grandchildren who he loved dearly – Clinton, Amanda, Graham (wife Olivia), Molly, Kristina, Coleman, Carson, Brandon and Hannah.
 The family would like to express heartfelt appreciation to Jim’s sitters for the loving care they gave during his last few months.
 Visitation will be Tuesday, May 9th from 5-7 pm and Memorial Service on Wednesday, May 10th.  The location for both is Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Brandon.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Fannin United Methodist Church (2851 Hwy. 471 Brandon, MS  39047) or Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital.

Sunbathing Trespasser Escorted Out of Millcreek Pool


Saturday, Rankin County Animal Control removed this guy from the pool area.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Park Fees Are in Effect


And by "TODAY", that means April 22, 2017.  I'm just now catching up on a couple of weeks worth of posts (my apologies).

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Dog Park at the Rez Grand Opening

In case you haven't been following the creation of the Dog Park at Old Trace Park, things have been going well.  The individuals who have labored long and hard will soon see the fruits of their passion. The Park became fully funded in December of 2016; construction started in January of 2017.  There is a grand opening slated for Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 10 a.m. From the Facebook page:

Come check out the dog park! We'll have a Veterinarian to micro chip and give rabies shots, a rescue group with adoptable dogs and many more guests that dogs and dog owners love.


Sunset Concert Series Tonight CANCELLED

BRF Sunset Concert Poster 2017 - final
***UPDATED***


The Sunset Concert Series, sponsored by The Crawfish King in Flowood, May 4th brings local favorite CHRIS GILL to our 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.
Gate opens at 4:00 p.m.
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.

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.
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