Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Boat Ramps Open Until Midnight on Saturday


Public Parks and Boats Ramps to Remain Open until Midnight for
Saturday, 30 JUNE 2018

Pearl River Valley Water Supply regulations prohibit the use of public parks, boat ramps, and other properties after hours posted at those facilities. Many of those facilities are posted to be closed at sunset; some are posted to be closed at sunset unless engaged in fishing activities. Due to the increased activity expected on the water on SATURDAY, 30 JUNE 2018, all parks and boat ramps will remain open until midnight.

Please use these facilities, leave only your footprints, and be prepared for the parks to be closed at midnight that night.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Red Dot Road Closure

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Due to the Independence Celebration activities scheduled for Saturday, 30 June, the North Fishing Jetty will close at 10:00 a.m. and remain closed for the day. North Fishing Jetty will reopen Sunday morning 1 July, 2018.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Vacation Bible Schools Still Going

Still plenty of good Vacation Bible Schools to send your kids off to.

Game on! at Flowood Baptist Church.  July 15 through July 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Ages 3 through 6th grade.

Polar Blast at Vineyard Church.  July 14 only, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Ages 4 through 12.

Shipwrecked at St. Marks UMC.  July 9-13. 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ages 3 through 6th grade.  Cost is a whopping $10, and that includes t-shirt, dinner each night, and plenty of adventure.

If you know of more, please let me know.  I will post the information here.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Independence Celebration at the Rez


Independence Holiday starts with a bang
At Barnett Reservoir

Traditionally, the Fourth of July Weekend usually ends with a bang. Not this year, at least not at Barnett Reservoir where the area’s best fireworks show will be lit at 9 p.m. on Saturday June 30 over the 33,000-acre lake northeast of Jackson.

A highlight of the annual Barnett Reservoir Foundation Independence Celebration and RezFest, the dual - and dueling - fireworks show will be launched from both sides of The Rez, with a patriotic music soundtrack simulcast on MISS 103 FM.

Events are scheduled at both Lakeshore Park in Rankin County and at Old Trace Park in Ridgeland, with both offering the best viewing of the fireworks.

At Lakeshore Park, the Foundation, teaming with the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, hosts the Fenders and Fireworks Classic Car Show beginning at 4 p.m.

The music lineup on the stage at Lakeshore Park has Andrew Pates and Friends from 6:00 to 9 p.m.
At Old Trace Park, the day starts at 8 a.m. with the fun Splash ’N’ Dash run sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of Mississippi. Later, Hairicane will rock Old Trace from 6:00 to 9 p.m.

Another highlight of the event will be a flyby by vintage military warplanes at 6 p.m., with several passes down the lake giving both parks a nice view.

Several food vendors will be present in both parks throughout the event, and each park will have a beer garden hosted by the Barnett Reservoir Foundation. No outside food or beverages will be allowed.

All events are free.

The Barnett Reservoir Foundation is private non-profit organization that supports the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, a state agency that oversees operation of Barnett Reservoir.

For more information on PRVWSD and Barnett Reservoir, visit
For information on the Barnett Reservoir Foundation, visit its website at

Monday, June 18, 2018

Race for Brain Injury Splash n' Dash 2018

It's on June 30, 2018, at Old Trace Park in Ridgeland.  From the website:

Calling all runners, walkers and rollers!  The 2018 "Race for Brain Injury Dash n Splash" will be bigger and better than ever!  More teams, more families and more fun!  Register today!
 AFTER THE RACE enjoy family-friendly activities in the “Splash” Zone!  Including Water Slides, Water Balloons and Watermelons!! 
Bring your own Super Soaker and join in the fun!
 If you wish to Create or Join a TEAM, click on the Register Button and you will be asked if you want to join a TEAM.
Race Day Registration will be $30 for the 5K Run/Walk and the Fun Run will be $20
First 300 people to register for an event will receive a Race T-Shirt.

You can sleep in for this one, the race doesn't start until 9 a.m.  $25 registration fee; only $20 if you are a brain injury survivor.  Register here.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Cotton Candy Heaven

The other day, my kids casually walked into the living room with a $7 bag of cotton candy (as if that is normal).  "Where did you get that", I ask. The response, "Gamma took us to Cotton Candy Heaven."  To myself, I ponder, "what is this new devilry?"

Move over The Jerky Store and Popcorn Palace; welcome Cotton Candy Heaven.  Located in the strip mall on Old Fannin Road near Penn's Fish House and Regatta Subdivision.  Check out the Facebook page here.  They apparently carry all sorts of sweet treats.  I'm way behind the bus here -- 2,700 people already "like" it on Facebook.  They are open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and closed Sunday and Monday.  Best part, they are locally owned.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Construction on Breakwater Project

June 13, 2018
Work begins Monday on Madison breakwater
Boaters, visitors urged to approach site with caution

Construction will begin Monday June 18 on the installation of a floating wave attenuator at Madison Landing at Barnett Reservoir, officials with the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District announced Wednesday.

Also known as a breakwater, the structure will offer protection for the loading and unloading of boats at the popular ramp in Ridgeland on the lower end of the 33,000-acre lake. Work is scheduled to take about a month.

Heavy equipment will begin arriving on Monday and actual installation of approximately 260 feet of breakwater will begin later in the week. The two-piece system involves floating concrete “barges” held in place by steel pilings. After the breakwater is in place, new floating courtesy piers to assist boaters at the ramps will be installed to replace the aging concrete piers.

While public access to the ramp will remain open during construction, the western-most ramp - the one nearest Cock of the Walk restaurant - of the launch’s three sections will be closed for the duration of the work. Boaters launching at the ramp during construction are urged to use caution when launching boats and when returning to the landing.

The new structure is intended as a breakwater only, and will not serve as a pier. At no time during or after construction should boaters tie off to any breakwater structure, including pilings, or access the breakwater in any way.

This project is made possible by the federal Sportfish Restoration Fund, administered through the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

PRVWSD Committee Meeting Agendas

PRVWSD Committee Meeting Agendas are published below.  The meetings will be held at the Reservoir Community Center on Spillway Road (Rez FD Station).  The regular meeting of the PRVWSD Board of Directors will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018, following the Audit Committee meeting.  Are all welcome to join:

Monday, June 18, 2018 3:00 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of May 2018.

2. Award of two (2) timber sales.

      - Madison VIII Turcotte pay as cut clear cut harvest.

      - Madison XIII first thinning pay as cut

3. Permission to advertise Rankin X, a lump sum clear cut harvest.

4. Renewal of personal services contract with David Stodghill for forestry related services.

Monday, June 18, 2018 3:30 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of May 14, 2018 meeting.

2. Property Maintenance Report for May/June 2018.

3. Discussion of street parking within Traditional Neighborhood Development.

4. Approval of West Rankin Utility Authority service agreement as amended and restated.

5. Approval one-year extension for real estate appraisal services from Robert R. Nunley and Jean McCarty.

Thursday, June 21, 2018 9:00 a.m.

1. Approval of minutes of May 2018 meeting.

2. Review of delinquent lease collections report.

3. Approval of amendment for contract with JaniKing for comfort station cleaning.

4. Authorization of staff to submit State Budget to Legislative Budget Committee.

5. Approval of Per Diem and Travel Report May 2018.

6. Approval of Cash Balance Report.

7. Approval of Claims Docket for June 2018.

8. Executive Session to discuss potential litigation.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Stapleton Playing at Amphitheater

Chris Stapleton is playing the Brandon Amphitheater this Saturday.  Local legend, Marty Stuart, and Brent Cobb are his opening act.  The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and is expected to be the largest crowd yet for the new amphitheater. 

Brittany and I have been to two shows so far at the amphitheater: Hank Williams, Jr., and Dave Matthews.  We enjoyed both shows, though the crowds were dramatically different in makeup.  The layout of the stadium is easy to get around, we never felt crowded.  The bathrooms are large and easy to get to -- and I never had to stand in line.  There were always plenty of folks working the concession stands, so we didn't have to wait for food or drink.  And, luckily, the weather cooperated for both shows. 

My advice for Stapleton, get there early.  Take Marquette Road in from the East (Downtown Brandon side), as opposed to from the West (Crossgates).  Far fewer people enter from the East and it will be easier to leave from that way.  Get there early since there will be lines building at the security checkpoint.  Ladies, you can't bring your bag in unless it is see-through (or extra small).  Eighty percent chance of rain is forecast for Saturday evening, so bring your Frog Toggs.

Helpful links:

General Info and FAQs for the Amphitheater.
Parking Info.
Seating Map.
Upcoming Acts.
Amphitheater Facebook Page.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Vintage Rec Opening Tomorrow

Another locally owned business coming to Dogwood.  This one is for the ladies.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Party Primary Results

Rankin County's website has the unofficial results posted from yesterday's party primaries.  You can view the cumulative results here.  This does not include absentee or affidavit ballots cast.  Some takeaways:

  -  23.37% of registered voters cast a ballot.  That's normal for a non-presidential election.
  - About 2,746 folks voted for the Democratic ticket; about 17,151 voted for a Republican candidate. So, Democrats constitute about 14% of the voting population.
  - Democrat voters don't like the establishment candidate.  Three years ago, they made a truck driver who didn't even vote for himself their nominee for Governor.  Yesterday, their establishment's choice (Baria) barely eked out 36% of the vote.  
  - Michael Guest walloped the competition in Rankin County, with 74% of the vote in a six person race.  That almost carried him to victory without a run-off.

The precinct-by-precinct results are here

Tuesday, June 5, 2018


Those poll workers will be mighty lonely unless you get out there and vote.  Doesn't take thirty seconds.  Plus, you get to see all of the new equipment in action!

Leadership Rankin Application

Ten or so years ago, I participated in the Leadership Rankin program, offered through the Rankin County Chamber of Commerce.  Once a month for nine months, the twenty or so participants would board a bus and take a tour of a different part of Rankin County; the National Guard base one month, Piney Woods Country Life School the next, after that, a tour of the Mississippi Baking Company and of Whitfield, etc.  We affectionately called it our "Adult Field Trips", but we saw a part of Rankin County each time that we had never experienced before.  The friendships I made in that program still benefit me today, and have greatly advanced my career.  

If you've ever thought about this type of class, I strongly encourage you to apply.  Here is the application.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Pinelake Sports Camp Tonight!

Parents, the Pinelake Sports Camp starts tonight and runs through Thursday.  It's from 6-8 p.m. at Pinelake's Reservoir campus. It's for kids who have completed K5 through 4th grade.  The cost is free.  Baseball, basketball, challenge course, cheerleading, dance, dodgeball, etc., they have it all. 

More info here.
Register here.
Volunteer your older children to serve here.

Dragon Boat Regatta This Weekend

The 10th Annual Dragon Boat Regatta is this Saturday at Old Trace Park.  There should be a full day of family activities out there.  KidZone, food, arts and crafts vendors, and plenty of dragon boat racing.

Here is the official webpage, but it looks like the Madison County Chamber doesn't update it.  You might have better luck at the Facebook page

Friday, June 1, 2018

5 Below Grand Opening

5 Below opened today in Dogwood.  Apparently, this was the place to be this morning.