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Old 03-06-2011, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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I will touch up on the restaurants a little more, because I feel many places have been left out.

Hernando has Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse, 3 or 4 Mexican restaurants, Windy City Grille (Chicago style pizza), Pizza Hut, Lenny's Subs, Colemans BBQ, McDonalds, Subway, Taco Bell, Wendy's, Brick Oven, Velvet Cream, Arby's... i'm sure i'm forgeting some places, and there is much more variety 10 minutes up I55 in Southaven.
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Old 03-06-2011, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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For real food, country cooking, Mama Jeans on Commerce St. is the best for real food.
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Suburbs Of Memphis, TN
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From what I read in the paper, it is all safe. There may be some petty crime or a crime of opportunity (leaving your car unlocked and having some CD's stolen). Nothing major that I can remember.

Yes, they have schools. A family member just moved there and she is almost finished with her teaching degree so she knows about all of the local schools. The Desoto county school district is one of the highest scoring districts in the state.

That is a very subjective question. I grew up in a town of 5,000 which can be considered small. I tease my wife about being a 'city boy' since she grew up in a town of 400. My opinion of Hernando, it does have a small town feel. And there are rural/farm parts of it as well.

There were some county roads south of town that were under water last spring. But those roads run through a very rural area. Flooding when the MS river is high? No. Hernando isn't in the river delta. That is a few miles west. Tornados? Absolutely. This is the South. But everyone lives with them. Last spring I watched a wall cloud go over the top of my house. Not much I could do. That same storm spawned a tornado that hit Southaven and bounced into Memphis. My old office took a direct hit.

There is a Wal-Mart and a few smaller national stores. There are also a lot of locally owned shops. Same with restaurants. You have some of the national chains. But I make it a point of only eat at locally owned restaurants. When you get down there, try the chili cheese tater tots from The Spot. They are fat free (they don't charge for the fat). It is a 15 minute drive north to Southaven which has even a larger selection of stores/restaurants including Target, Kohls and JC Penny. You have to go into Memphis for Macy's.

You get it the same way you get it in any city. You call the local provider and order. My family in Hernando uses the AT&T bundle which includes DSL. You can also get your internet from Comcast. I use that because it is faster but I work from home and need as much speed as possible. If you end up in a rural section of town, you may use services from CenturyTel (a rural phone company based in Monroe, La.). They have DSL as well. Southaven has a city based wireless system. We aren't as backwards as some people think.

-Robert

^^I realize this post is 4 years old, was wondering how much Hernando has changed and if the majority of these great details are still true....Any information would be helpful

Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:44 AM
 
Location: MS
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Some things have changed. A few stores have closed but they have been replaced with new ones. Unlike Southaven, the last time I was at Wal-Mart there were no empty bays in the shopping center. I did get to eat at a great little restaurant on the square when I was on jury duty.

Everything else is the same. Building new houses has slowed to a crawl like all areas down here. But the ones for sale can be had a great price.
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Suburbs Of Memphis, TN
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Some things have changed. A few stores have closed but they have been replaced with new ones. Unlike Southaven, the last time I was at Wal-Mart there were no empty bays in the shopping center. I did get to eat at a great little restaurant on the square when I was on jury duty.

Everything else is the same. Building new houses has slowed to a crawl like all areas down here. But the ones for sale can be had a great price.

^^Thank you, Robert for your response!!

A few more questions...
1) I noticed that there are 2 elementary schools in Hernando but only one middle and one high school? So are the middle and high school jam packed? Is one elmentary school better than the other?

2) How are people when it comes to different races? I see like 70% is white. But is there a lot of racisim? What about interracial families?

3) Any websites or information about sports offered through the town (ie: football, soccer, baseball, softball, etc.)?

4) What apartments are the nicer/better than others? which to avoid? Are there homes to rent?

When we move, I'd rather rent for a year and get to know the area before buying a home.

Anybody with answers to above or any other information about this seemingly quiet, quant town would be extremely helpful!! Thank you in advance!!
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Old 07-24-2012, 05:31 AM
 
Location: MS
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1. No clue. They are all under the same control of the Desoto Country School Board so curriculum and other things should be similar. The rest of the school systems are also like this. Here in Southaven, you can't turn around without running into an elementary school. But there's only one Desoto Central middle school that I know of and definitely only one DC high school.
2. I've lived in Southaven for 13 years and have never seen any signs of racism. You want to live a peaceful life in the 'burbs the same as me. It's our common goal and that's all that matters. In my neighborhood, we are majority white but have black, Asian, Indian and latino families as well. I see the kids playing with each other. My wife and I are the exception. No kids and we are home bodies. I'll chat with my neighbor across the street sometimes but without kids we have little in common with the families in the close vicinity.
3. I'm sure Hernando has a web site as well as the different schools. I know that sports for kids is offered down there. One little cousin played flag football last year and he's hoping to move up to tackle football a year early. He's a head taller than everyone else in his class. He just finished up traveling coach pitch baseball after last year's tee ball. My other little cousin played softball as well as gymnastics.
4. No clue on Hernando apartments. I lived at Church Lake Apartments for almost 2 years after moving here. The family mentioned above stayed at the Civic Center Apartments when they were between houses. Neither of us had issues while living there. I'm sure there are homes to rent but you would probably have to go through a realtor for that.
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:57 PM
 
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Default Still Here and LOVING it!!

Hi! I posted clear back in 2008...hated reading my post. I sound like a dork! haha.

My son is now a 1st grader at Hernando Elementary School and we both love it. The administrators and teachers are all fantastic! The PTA is also awesome. We have some amazing parents in this town!

The schools in Hernando work like this:

Hernando Elementary is Kindergarten and 1st grade only.
Hernando Hill Elementary is 2nd and 3rd.
Oak Grove Elementary is 4th and 5th.
Middle School-6th, 7th, 8th
High School-9th, 10th, 11th, 12th.

I actually really like how it is set up but I could see how it might be a hassle for parents with several kids in all the different school rather than just one, but with that being said I have not heard many complaints. I like it because all the kids get to know each other in their grade so there are no rivalries or competitions among schools. Buses run to all the schools. We have had a great experience thus far and are really enjoying this new adventure of school days

All the new stores I listed are all still there and basically after that not much else has happened. Right after the original discussion is when the recession hit hard. New construction halted. At one point I saw that Hampton Inn and several restaurants put their signs up saying they were coming. But it never happened. However, I don't expect it will be too long before things start moving again. Hernando is very attractive to families and we are growing!!

LOTS of sports opportunities! My son is just starting soccer. He is 6. We have been playing T-ball/Baseball since he was 3. LOVE IT! There is also football, tennis, roller hockey, cheerleading, gymnastics, dance, karate, and I don't know what else available here! So fun! Always something going on to get involved in! Check Hernando Parks and Recreation on Facebook...they stay current on there.

I still adore this place! The square and farmer's market is just wonderful. The Water Tower Festival and the A'Fair are so much fun...and all the vents in between. The proximity to big city activities with the comfort and safety of our smaller, quaint town is just perfect.

You do run into racial comments...it is more cultural comments/attitude comments rather than skin color. All I have ever seen is under the breath comments...never anything physical or scary that I have witnessed in Hernando. Lots of interracial families and I have never seen any negative reactions to them. They seem very commonplace and normal to me.

The Magnolias are considered the nicest apartments in town. Swimming pool, small gym, playground. That also means they are the most expensive. I have not heard very good things about the apartments by Hernando Elementary. I think the owners tried but ended up having all really low income families that don't seem to take much pride in their surroundings. But even with that being said I drive by them everyday and they look fine. No crime...just a preference of people and how they live. We own and run a trailer park in town. Of course trailer parks have a bad rap...and for good reason most of the time. But I do think we have really good tenants. We have cleaned the place up and we rarely have any calls or complaints at all. The only crime we have had in the past few years is someone's gas was siphoned out of their tank and another got their tools stolen out of a shed. Never had a break in or anything violent or weird that I have seen! The police department also does a fantastic job of patrolling and being visible. I have never felt unsafe here. There are lots of nice houses to rent around town for 1200.00 and up. It is very hard to find a house lower than that...they do pop up but are taken in a heartbeat. So you have to be fast.

Tons of apartment complexes in Southaven. I would never choose to live in Southaven UNLESS it was over in the Snowden grove area or a little south of there. That is my preference due to just how busy the town is. Crowded. Lots of traffic. But love to come shop and eat there and then come back home.

I don't know your budget but the houses immediately around the library are so charming and full of character. We lived in a house close there for a year built in 1910. It was adorable!! Loved, loved living close to the square. It is beautiful and quiet and close to the action when festivals are going on. The newer subdivisions are nice too...but I miss the mature landscaping. There is an adorable subdivision being developed called "The Ives" off Holly Springs road and Jaybird...I LOVE the look of it. Like out of a TV show.

I seriously do not think you could go wrong by choosing to live here. You will love it!!!
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Mississippi
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I had also posted a year or more ago. We have been in Hernando for 39 years & have made many friends here especially before the big growth started in the 80s.
Hernando had about 2,000 people in 1973 & is now almost 15,000. Like many of the older folks, I am pleased the growth has slowed but we do have a new development about to get under way. It seems it will be more modest houses than the mini-mansions built in the 80s & 90s
Lot of fast food but no "old fashion" restaurants. The person that mentioned the place near the court house square was probably referring to Memphis Street Cafe. Good sandwiches & salads, but like Windy City Grill, a bit expensive.

All the years we have lived here, I have not seen a racial problem. I know many folks that are other than "White".

We live in an older section of town north of the square & there is an empty rental house on our street. It rents for $1,000.00 @ month.

Overall I think Hernando is Very Good. The city is very lax on enforcement of code violations & leash laws, but violent crime is rare.

Generally speaking, the part of town west of I-55 is older houses, & self owned business', while east of I-55 is Wal-Mart, Walgreen & newer subdivisions.
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