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ASK HERALD: Readers Question Voter Stats, Expenditures At Crawford Complex

In an effort to keep the public informed about matters that affect our area, The North Mississippi Herald encourages readers to submit questions via e-mail, U.S. mail or drop them off at the office. E-mail your questions to or mail them to P.O. Box 648. Each week, questions of general interest will be published in the Herald and will also be posted online at We also have a new, shorter address:

The first question for this week:

How can there be 10,450 voters in the county when there is not many more people than that in the county according to the census (Yalobusha County’s population was 13,051 as of the 2000 census).

Not all people who vote in Yalobusha County live here. A person can be registered in Yalobusha County and vote here as long as they aren’t registered in another county, explains Circuit Clerk Daryl Burney.

Also a voter can’t just be removed from the voter roles if they stop voting, according to Burney. “We have been purging the roles and have taken off over 2500 names,” he said.

Some who haven’t voted in the past two federal elections have been inactivated, Burney added. That means they can be reactivated and returned to the roles.

Now that the most recent elections are completed there will be another round of deactivations that will bring the roles down by Spring to around 9200 to 9300 people, Burney said.

Why would the city spend $1200.00 for trees? Is the Crawford Sport Complex the Soul of this City? New Tennis Court, stadium seating, and landscaping? $250.00 Oak Trees?

The Crawford Sports Complex is a city-owned facility that serves the recreational needs of all citizens of Water Valley, Yalobusha County and the surrounding areas, according to Mayor Bill Norris.

“We haven’t spent any money on trees, yet,” the mayor emphasized. The issue was brought before the board of alderman at the Dec. 4 meeting to get input from the aldermen, Mayor Norris said.

One idea presented by Street Department Manager Mike Scroggins is to transplant trees from other city property such as the area around the lagoon or the backside of the industrial park.

This would not only save money, but also give the trees a better chance to survive since they would have grown under local conditions, Scroggins said.

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