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Pulled From The Lake

Deputy David Wallis investigates a stolen pickup Wednesday that was pulled out of Enid Lake last Wednesday. Enid Lake Resource Manager Mike Robinson spotted an antenna protruding from the water at McCurdy Boat Ramp, a discovery that led to the recovery of the truck after it was fished out of the water. The Chevrolet pickup had been reported stolen in March from Lafayette County and authorities surmised it had likely been in the lake since then. The truck’s cab had been struck numerous times by boat motor props.

– Photo by David Howell  

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Herald Is First Recipient Of Spotlight Award

Herald Is First Recipient Of Spotlight Award

WATER VALLEY – It is with great pleasure that the Board of Directors of the Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce announces the North Mississippi Herald has been selected as the first recipient of the new Business Spotlight Award. The Herald staff includes David Howell, Editor and Publisher; Betty K. Shearer, manager; and Melody Smith, sales/graphics /bookkeeping.

Garbage Rates Could Increase

WATER VALLEY – Garbage customers in the county could see a rate increase next year following a request from Waste Management for a $1.38 monthly increase per can starting in April when the new contract year begins. 

Supervisors learned of the requested increase during a recessed meeting last Friday at the Water Valley courthouse after Waste Management representative Greg Miley provided an explanation for a letter his company sent to the county initially indicating the company would discontinue curbside garbage pickup when the contract ends on March 31, 2017.

FMS Kicks Off Fall Series With Showcase

Foster Music & Arts (FMA)  is excited to present five shows in its fall series, two showcases, two touring acts and a holiday extravaganza.  These variety shows, produced by Kevin Guyer and the FMA crew, will feature a multitude of the area's finest musicians. Each show will feature guest artists and solo performers as well as a final set by the FMA All Star Revue, the Old School Theater’s ever-evolving and rotating R&B/Soul/Rock dance band.

Band Members Sell Pastries In Fundraiser To Benefit Program

Band Members Sell Pastries In Fundraiser To Benefit Program

Members of the Water Valley school bands are selling Butter Braid pastries as a fundraiser to support the band’s many needs. Students will be contacting their family, friends and neighbors to ask them to purchase the pastries. For every order the group  places they will earn 40 percent profit.

Contact Karen Hamilton at khamilton@wvsd.k12. or call the school office at 473-2468 for more information.  The fundraiser ends October 26 and the pastries will be delivered before Thanksgiving  holidays. Visit to find  information on this product. 

Animal Shelter Is A Step Closer

Animal Shelter Is A Step Closer

By David Howell


WATER VALLEY – The Second Chance Animal Alliance (SCAA) may be a step closer to building a new animal shelter after supervisors tentatively agreed to provide land on Hwy. 32 near the new county jail. Speaking at a recessed meeting last Friday, SCAA member Mandy Beard told county officials that the organization has a donor who will fund the construction cost for a new animal shelter and requested the use of the county-owned property.

Absentee Voting Is Underway

Absentee voting is underway  for the November 8 election. In Mississippi, registered voters are eligible to vote absentee because of age, health or work demands, or their affiliation with the U.S. Armed Forces. For example, voters who will be outside their county of residence on election day are entitled to vote by absentee ballot. 

Ballots can be cast in the circuit clerk’s offices in both courthouse until Nov. 5. Both courthouses will also be open until noon for absentee voting on Oct. 29 and Nov. 5.

Store Front Decorating Contest Is Underway

The Water Valley Chamber of Commerce would like to remind business owners that the storefront fall decorating contest is underway. Businesses are encouraged to compete for cash awards as they help dress up Water Valley for the fall season. 

“Several businesses are already getting their fall decorations out and they look great,” reported Chamber spokesperson Linda White. 

A secret panel of judges from out-of-town will review all decorations during the last week of October.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners on  November 12.

New Website Allows Voters To Change Info Online

New Website Allows Voters To Change Info Online

Mississippians no longer have to leave the comfort of their home or office to change their existing voter registration information. 

‘Y’all Vote’ — located at — launched last week in connection with National Voter Registration Month. The site allows citizens already registered to vote to change their voter-roll information by submitting an online application, and acts as an online voter information center aimed at preparing voters to cast a ballot on Election Day. 

Parade Will Roll Down Main On Dec. 3

Parade Will Roll Down Main On Dec. 3

The annual Water Valley Christmas Parade, "Christmas in the Valley", will be the first Saturday, December 3, starting at 1 p.m. The rain date will be the following Saturday if needed. All churches, businesses, factories, school groups and individuals are urged to participate in the annual Water Valley Christmas Parade.

Contact J.C. Womble @ 473-3190  or email to register your entry for the parade. There is "NO" entry fee. Use your imagination and make plans to participate in the annual Water Valley Christmas Parade. The parade is sponsored by the Tri-Lake Fairground Association.

Disaster Loans Are Available To Yalobusha Farmers

Disaster Loans Are Available To Yalobusha Farmers

CHARLESTON – Emergency loans for Yalobusha farmers, ranchers, and operators are available through the Tallahatchie County Office of the Farm Service Agency, David Durham, FSA Farm Loan Manager, reported last week.

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