Pelahatchie News

Good News You Can Use PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID PELAHATCHIE, MS PERMIT NO. 4 Pelahatchie News P.O. Box 771 Pelahatchie, MS 39145 INSIDE THIS ISSUE Performance Therapy Pelahatchie adds staff - pg. 5 Local author writes book for graduates - pg. 15 July 2019 Volume 8 Issue 7 Pelahatchie, MS A Caring & Friendly Atmosphere Treating Children, Adults, and Seniors Cleanings • Fillings Extractions • Whitening Dentures • Crowns Root Canals • Implants and More Special to Pelahatchie News Yogi’s new owners to add amenities by July 4 Muscadine Jubilee set for September 7 The 39th Muscadine Jubilee is set for Saturday, September 7, at Muscadine Park. A committee of citizens headed by Theresa Kenne- dy is organizing the annual event. Mayor Ryshonda Beechem hasn’t announced entertainment yet but did say that Troy Laz, who has performed the last few years, will return this year. The Muscadine Jubilee Pageant will be the weekend before, and, according to Mayor Beechem, the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast is tenta- tively set for August 24. Event t-shirts can be pre-or- dered or purchased at the event. Pre-order t-shirts by go- ing to the Pelahatchie Musca- dine Jubilee Facebook page; email ; or call Theresa Kennedy 228-324-2946. To volunteer or reserve a booth for the Muscadine Jubilee, call Theresa Kennedy at 228-324-2946. Contact Melissa McDonald at 601-732-1780 for more information on the Pageant. By Susie A. Wolfe Special to Pelahatchie News New amenities, including kayaks, pedal boats, and laser tag, are being added to Yogi on the Lake by July 4, with many additional improvements taking place throughout the summer and fall. The Jenkins Organization has ac- quired the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort location in Pelahatchie in one of the real estate company’s first forays into the campground in- dustry. "We love the dynamics and the po- tential growth of the campground industry, and we’re attracted to the Jellystone Park franchise network be- cause they have built a brand based on family fun," said Ricky Jenkins, pres- ident of The Jenkins Organization of Houston, Texas. Although The Jenkins Organization just closed escrow on the Jellystone Park location in mid-May, the com- pany has already started making im- provements to the Pelahatchie park, which has its own lake for fishing and other water activi- ties. "We plan to add a jumping pillow, laser tag, kayaking, and pedal boats in time for the Fourth of July weekend, and we have additional im- provements planned right after that," Jenkins said, noting that aqua trikes — bicycles that float on water — and standup paddleboards will be added as soon as possible this summer. Other improvements in the works in- clude renovating the park’s splashpad and water slide; improving the beach area with more sand and 10 addition- al rentable cabanas; adding heating and air conditioning to the bathhous- es; upgrading the park’s rental cabins with new furnishings; increasing the number of pet-friendly cabins and adding a new three bedroom lodge as a pet-friendly unit; and improving the landscaping throughout the park. The Jenkins Organization also plans to convert an existing cabin into a Bear Cave for enhanced Yogi Bear character interactions and converting the existing party room to a recreation room with shuffleboard, air hockey, foosball, and other games. This fall, the Jenkins Organization plans to remodel the swimming pool area. Other amenities currently available continued on page 3 T-shirts are available to pre-order or purchase at the 39th Annual Muscadine Jubilee on September 7. Sanders gives school construction update As part of the $178,504,389 Rankin County Bond Issue passed in 2017, Pelahatchie High School (PHS) gets $7.2M in improvements, and Pela- hatchie Elementary School (PES) re- ceives $2.7M in improvements. Ac- cording to Shane Sanders, Rankin County School District (RCSD) as- sistant superintendent, buildings and grounds, "Pelahatchie High School (PHS) is moving along and is current- ly on schedule. Work on the multi-pur- pose room, fine arts facility, and secure entry are progressing, and work on the rear access road is also in progress." Special to Pelahatchie News Photo by Pelahatchie News PHS is getting a new entry fine arts facility as well as a new band hall and chorus room addition. There will also be a new multipurpose facility, science lab, two new classrooms, two career academies, among other additions. continued on page 12