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



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:

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:

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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!