Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Rankin County Sample Primary Ballots

With the primary election less than one month away, now is the time to familiarize yourself with the ballot and determine your candidate of choice.

Democratic Primary

Republican Primary

Note - These ballots contain all positions for all districts.  Depending on your residence, you will only vote on certain local district races and  your actual ballot will be shortened accordingly.

The Rankin County side of the Rez is generally the following districts:

House District 59 - Brent Powell(R) - Incumbent - Unopposed

House District 74 - This district is generally south of Lakeland Drive and Brandon proper but includes a small portion of Flowood Proper fairly close to the Rez. This is formerly Mark Baker's Seat.  Former State Senator Lee Yancey(R) will face off against Jason McCarty (D) in the general election for this seat.

House 75 - (Northern part of Rez and eastern Rankin County)
Tom Miles (D) - Incumbent v. Vance Cox (R)

Senate - 20 - Josh Harkins (R) - Unopposed

Senate - 30 - This district includes a small portion of Flowood proper near the Rez but is primarily Pearl.  Dean Kirby (R) - Unopposed

County Supervisor District 2 - Daniel Cross - Unopposed
County Supervisor District 5 - Jay Bishop - Unopposed
Justice Court District 2 - See Ballots
Justice Court District 4 - See Ballots
Constable District - TBD

You can look at your voter registration card, this map, or call the circuit clerk to determine your specific district.

Not sure what to make of all the unopposed races.  Congrats to the winners by default, but I would welcome the policy debates that a true race brings.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Flowood Sheraton and Conference Center: Busting Through the Trees Soon

The 10 story tall Sheraton hotel and conference center are under construction and will soon be tall enough to see from miles away.  This is going to be a great addition to the area along with the renovated Refuge golf course.  

According to this WLBT article, its a $50 million project.  

Hotel is scheduled to open in late 2020.  Golf course opens in late 2019.  

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Northwest Rankin High School and other Rankin County School Bond Issue Projects

RCSD is making progress on the new high school and several other schools in the Reservoir Area.  Note the name of the school in the rendering.  Interesting.

RCSD's website has other project Renderings and Progress Photos available.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Coming Soon: Community Place Nursing Home

The Community Place Nursing Home is coming to 116 Lake Vista Place; Brandon, MS 39047. 

Friday, May 17, 2019

Rankin County GIS Tool

Rankin County and the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District (CMPDD) have a great geographical information system (GIS).

The GIS tool is available at http://gis.cmpdd.org/rankinnew/

PRV also has a Reservoir centric GIS tool at http://gis.cmpdd.org/rez/

The interactive GIS mapping tool lets you select various layers to see how the selected layers apply to specific property.  There are several different layers including parcels, which shows general property lines and property ownership (note this is presumably based on older tax information and not a survey), political districts, school zones, regulatory districts, transportation and utility assets, and a plethora of other geographical data affecting the Reservoir and Rankin County.

Here is a screenshot of the "Reservoir Community District", which looks to be the same thing as the Reservoir Overlay District, a county zoning regulation associated with land near the Rez but not in Flowood city limits.

You can select any of the layers and manipulate the zoom to obtain the specific data in which you're interested.

This is a great tool that we'll highlight further in the future.

Friday, May 10, 2019