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City Cleanup Underway As Town’s 150th Birthday Is Around The Corner

Festivities Will Include Town Flag Design

By Jack Gurner

WATER VALLEY – Preparations continue for Water Valley’s sesquicentennial celebration and city officials are asking for help with city clean-up.

“Keeping the city clean is always important,” Mayor Bill Norris said, “And the 150th birthday celebration provides an opportunity for the community to come together and work toward a common goal.

Mayor Norris praised Luke’s Body Shop on South Main for already starting and “doing a great job.”

A household hazards pick-up day is planned for early spring, he added. This will allow citizens to get rid of materials that aren’t allowed in regular household garbage such as paint cans, batteries, chemicals, construction materials, etc.

The Founders Day celebration will be held April 19 in honor of the town’s 150th year. The city was created on April 28, 1858, when a special charter was approved by then Governor W. McWillie.

“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.

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. Deadline for entries is Friday, Feb. 15.

Other activities include a softball tournament, an art exhibit and sale, and a 5K run.

The Herald plans a special sesquicentennial edition, according to David Howell, editor. “We’re looking for photographs from all era’s 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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