From press reports The Legion State Park Lodge was a buzz Monday, February 11 at 10:30. Senator Giles Ward arranged for the Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, Dr. Sam Polles along with the Department Commissioners John C. Stanley, Bryan Jones, Charles Rigdon, Billy Deviney and Jerry Munro to visit Legion State Park and hold their regular monthly meeting. Even though the weather was rainy, it did not keep the members of Friends of the Park from turning out in a large number. The historic lodged housed the commissioners, staff, friends’ members and visitors for a total of 62 guests. The meeting was called to order and Frances Ball welcomed the guest and all members. Park Manager Tim Flake addressed the commissioners and crowd and Senator Ward introduced the Commissioners. The commissioners praised the upkeep of the park due to the great management of Tim Flake, manager. Ball thanked them for the recent renovation of the building, and explained that the friends and park personnel are continuing to collect entrance fees to the park. She reported that 40 people purchased entrance passes and this goes to the Commission to help keep the park going. Entrance fees are $42 a year or $32 for those 65 and older. The park passes can be used at any state Park in Mississippi. After the Commissioners finished their meeting, they went into Executive Session while the crowd munched on home made cookies and coffee. The commission in the regular meeting reviewed license sales in the state, heard a fisheries report, law enforcement report and received a legislative update. There was a nice fire going in the fireplace and everyone mingled and chatted for a while. This was the first time some of the Commissioners had visited the Park and Lodge and marveled at the authenticity and uniqueness of the lodge. “It was a very good meeting and we thank Giles Ward, Tim Flake, Frances Ball and all the ladies who made the cookies and coffee. We encourage everyone to use the park, lodge nd also the RV Park and cabins. Fishing is a pleasure also. One only has to drive a short distance to enjoy the tranquil, peace and beauty of Legion Park,” stated the Friends of the Park.