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Planning Is Underway For The Valley’s Sesquicentennial Birthday

Mayor Bill Norris holds the Charter for the City of Water Valley which was approved by Governor William McWillie on April 28, 1858.

By Jack Gurner


Water Valley is having a birthday party this spring and everyone is invited.

The city was created on April 28, 1858, when a special charter was approved by then Governor W. McWillie.

A Founders Day celebration will be held April 19 in honor of the town’s 150th year, according to Mayor Bill Norris. A number of activities are in the planning stages, the Mayor added.

“The city is sponsoring a design contest for flag and also a town motto,” Mayor Norris said. Entries for the city flag contest can be as simple as a basic drawing from which an artist will create the final design. The Board of Aldermen will select the winners for both the flag and motto contests, the Mayor said.

Along with the honor of creating the first official Water Valley flag and motto, the winners will receive a prize from city officials. Entries may be dropped off or mailed to the Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce office at 206 N. Main St. or mailed to P.O. Box 726.

Other activities include a softball tournament sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, according to Joe Newman, Chamber president.

The Main Street Association also has several activities in the works, said Jessie Gurner, Main Street manager. “We’re planning a variety of events. One will be an art exhibit and sale in Railroad Park.” The group will also help with a 5K run sponsored by Renasant Bank.

The Herald plans a special edition honoring Water Valley’s sesquicentennial, according to David Howell, editor. “We’re looking for photographs from all era’s of Water Valley’s past,” he said.  

Original photographs can be brought to the office at 416 N. Main Street or digital scans can be sent via email to

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