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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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.