Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Press Release from PRVWSD about Bassmaster Tournament

Media Release
For Immediate Release
27 February 2018

Plenty to see at Bassmaster Open at The Rez
Event opens Thursday at Madison Landing in Ridgeland

Winners of the last three Bassmaster events on Barnett Reservoir highlight the field of 180 pros entered in the three-day Central Division Open that starts Thursday on the 33,000-acre lake near Jackson.

Sponsored by the City of Ridgeland Tourism Commission and the Barnett Reservoir Foundation, the event’s takeoffs and weigh-ins will be free to the public at Madison Landing in Ridgeland. The pros will be fishing for about $250,000 in prizes, including a first place package worth $52,000.

Among the top competitors are Dustin Connell of Alabama, winner of the 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series tournament in April, local angler Gene Bishop of Ridgeland, winner of the 2015 Central Open, and Randall Tharp, winner of the 2013 Central Open in October.

The field includes many other entrants from the Bassmaster Elite Series, and many of the reservoir’s top local talent. All 180 pros and assigned amateur partners will fish Thursday and Friday, but only the top 12 pros and amateurs will compete on Saturday.

All events related to the tournament are free.

After launching at Madison Landing, the boats will enter Main Harbor where they will stage before the 6:15 a.m. single-file takeoff. Pelican Cove restaurant will open at 5 a.m. Thursday through Saturday for coffee and a light breakfast, providing a perfect observation post.

Boats will return to Madison Landing in flights for the weigh-ins beginning at 2:15 Thursday and Friday at the Landing parking lot. The Barnett Reservoir Foundation will operate a concession area, and limited bleacher seating is available. The public is invited to bring folding chairs to view the weigh-ins.

Saturday’s final weigh-in is scheduled to move to the Bass Pro Shops store in Pearl, where the show begins at 3:15 p.m.

While the Madison Landing parking lost is closed to the public from midnight Wednesday through 8 a.m. Saturday morning, ample parking will be available around the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District office, as well as at Old Trace Park, just a short walk away. Visitors are asked to observe parking and no-parking signs, and not block entrances to neighborhoods, restaurants and roadways.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Note on School Walk Outs from RCSD

Here is another note from RCSD Superintendent, Dr. Sue Townsend.  This time, it involves safety issues, disruptions and loss of instructional time inherent in anticipated walkouts.

School Safety

Note from RCSD Superintendent: Dr. Sue Townsend

  • Dear Parents and Guardians,
    There has been some conversation at various schools across the country about planned student walkouts or other activities in response to the tragic Florida school shooting. We are all heart broken over the Florida event and students are concerned but our priority is to keep our students safe.
    Each principal at our schools has the discretion to work with their teachers and student organizations to decide on ways to remember the victims from Florida and ways for students to share their concerns in a safe manner.
    Any student that participates in activities that may cause a safety issue, cause a disruption at school, or cause a loss of instructional time will be subject to disciplinary action. Again, the safety of our students is top priority and school will operate as normal each day. Please discuss this with your student.
    Thank you for your support, cooperation and understanding.
    Serving you,
    Sue Townsend, Ph.D. Signature
    Sue Townsend, Ph.D.

Letter from RCSD to Parents Concerning School Safety

Rankin County School District Superintendent, Dr. Sue Townsend, sent out the following letter to parents regarding the recent school shooting.

Letter from Dr. Sue Townsend, Superintendent
Rankin County School District
February 23, 2018
Dear Parents,
In light of the recent horrific school shooting in Florida, I want to take a moment to reassure you that the Rankin County Board of Education, the district administration, principals, and teachers are committed to providing the safest school setting within our capabilities for our students and all employees. Safety is our top priority. The RCSD has a long history of being proactive related to school safety and we strive to improve daily.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

PRVWSD Press Release About Bassmaster Open

Media Release
For Immediate Release
22 February 2018

Madison Landing closed March 1-3
for Bassmaster Open tournament

Residents and visitors should expect increased traffic

RIDGELAND — The Madison Landing boat ramp and parking lot at Barnett Reservoir will be closed to public traffic during the Bassmaster Central Open tournament March 1-3, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District announced.

Residents and visitors to the area are also advised to expect increased traffic in the immediate area of Barnett Reservoir and Ridgeland in the predawn and late afternoon hours.

About 180 pro fishermen and a like number of amateurs will compete in the event, which is being hosted by the Ridgeland Tourism Commission at facilitated by the Barnett Reservoir Foundation.

To accommodate that many vehicles and trailers, parking for the amateurs, and the Bassmaster stage and other equipment, the launch will be closed from 12:01 a.m. on Thursday March 1 through 7 a.m. Saturday March 3. Only the top 12 pros and anglers are scheduled to fish the final round and public access will resume after those boats launch on Saturday. However, if weather forces a postponement of either Thursday or Friday, and the full field fishes on Saturday, the ramp will remained closed to the public until sunrise on Sunday morning.

This is the 13th Bassmaster event on Barnett Reservoir, and the fourth in five years, and it creates an economic boost to the area.

Weigh-ins are free and open to the public beginning at 2:30 on Thursday and Friday at Madison Landing. Saturday’s final weigh-in will be held at Bass Pro Shops in Pearl, unless weather forces a postponement on either Thursday or Friday. In that case, the final weigh-in on Saturday will be held at Madison Landing.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Jambalaya Post on the Rez Fire

If you are not checking Jackson Jambalaya every day, you should be.  Mr. The Kingfish usually has information the normal news outlets do not.  In the past, he has published interesting info on the Gold Coast, he's been keeping us up to date on the recent change in leadership in Pelahatchie, etc.

Yesterday, he published information on the April 28, 2000, fire at Main Harbor on the Rez. Check it out here.

Monday, February 19, 2018

PRVWSD Special Board Meeting February 2018

Below are the minutes from the Special Meeting of the PRVWSD Board of Directors, held February 1, 2018.  Highlights include:

  - The Board considered bids on the Madison Landing Boating Facility Breakwater Project. Hemphill Construction Company was awarded the bid for steel pilings, in the total amount of $395,000.00. 
  - The Board voted to increase the Executive Director's salary to the maximum amount current available under Mississippi State Personnel Board guidelines.

PRVWSD January 2018 Special Meeting Minutes of Board of Directors

Below are the minutes from the PRVWSD Board's Special Meeting on January 25, 2018.  Highlights include:

  - The shoreline herbicide spraying contract with Weed Pro, in the amount of $9,300.00, was renewed for 2018.
  - The Barnett Reservoir Foundation got all its beer permits approved for the upcoming season.
  - P & P Beaver Control, LLC's contract, in the annual amount of $4,500.00, was renewed. 
  - The District received that highest opinion available for its recent audit.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Project Rezway is March 1

From the fine folks at Keep the Rez Beautiful:



Feb 9, 2018 Brandon, MS…Keep The Rez Beautiful is about to show off its seventh annual event, Rezway , a recycling fashion show and volunteer awards program that features the importance of keeping the Ross Barnett Reservoir a clean and fun place to be.

The recycle fashion show features a runway show in which designers and models make fashion statements.  Seventy-five percent of each outfit must be made of reusable, recyclable or repurposed items.  Cash prizes are awarded to winners! 

Project Rezway runs from 6:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Craft Center in Ridgeland.  Tickets are $20 for each person 13 years and up. Tickets for children from 5 to 12 are $10.    Kathryn’s Steakhouse of Jackson will provide heavy hors d’ oeuvres. A crowd of approximately 250 typically attends, and the event will also feature the Rezzy Awards presented to outstanding volunteers and a silent auction. 

“This is our 7th year for the event and you would not believe the commonly discarded and vintage items that can be incorporated into fashionable clothes,” said Debbie Veeder, Chairman of Keep The Rez Beautiful. “We will also be presenting the Rezzy Awards to volunteers who have given of their time to help make the Ross Barnett Reservoir a cleaner and greener environment.” 

 Master of ceremonies host will be Kim Allen from Miss 103.    Sponsors include Kathryn’s Steakhouse, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, and Nucor Steel, Mississippi Department of Transportation, PRVWSD, Craftsmen’s Guild, and others.

Proceeds from the event help sponsor clean ups, promote educational events and landscaping opportunities for a cleaner and greener Ross Barnett Reservoir and Pearl River.   As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, Keep the Rez Beautiful makes sure to help other groups as well. 

“Recycling is one of the things we stress,” said Jeannine May, KRB Director.  “ We work to reduce sediment in the water from urban construction…”We have a lot of litter----water bottles, aluminum, plastic, paper, a lot of things that can be recycled.  It’s about education…putting litter in its place.  It’s about recycling what we can.   Our volunteers assisted us in 2017 in immeasurable ways such as cleaning up the Reservoir Lower Spillway area and other areas that are constantly plagued by people who litter.  Some will be honored at our event.”  

 KRB is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the Reservoir watershed and its shoreline communities and neighborhoods.   KRB covers all areas of the Reservoir, Upper Pearl River including Rankin and Madison counties and is staffed by solely by volunteers.  For more information on volunteering,  attending or entering the Rezway fashion show, email KRB at, visit, follow us on Twitter at;TreasuretheRez, on Instagram,  or find us on our Keep the Rez Beautiful fan page on Facebook. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Upcoming PRVWSD Committee Meeting Agendas

Monday, February 12, 2018 4:30 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of November, 2017.

2. Request to advertise timber sale Madison County MXIIIa-50 acres Pay-As-Cut first thinning Section 13, Township 9 North, Range 5 East.

3. Approval of Management Plan Amendment for Madison compartment MVIIIa to include clear-cut harvest to maintain forest health, financial gain, stewardship and improve wildlife potential.

4. Request to advertise timber sale Timber Sale Madison County MVIIIa-54 acres Pay-As-Cut final harvest Section 7, Township 8 North, Range 4 East.

Monday, February 12, 2018 3:30 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of December 18, 2017 meeting.

2. Property Maintenance Report for January/February 2018.

3. Approval of Lost Rabbit Phase II Amended final plat.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Simple Burger is Open

Simple Burger is now open and a trusted friend told me it is divine.  It is in the old Lenny's Sub Shop location in Dogwood (near Dickey's BBQ).  No freezer in the building.  Everything is shipped locally.  Grass fed beef.  Yum, yum. 

Here is the Facebook Page

Like its name connotes, the menu is bare-boned: