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Taking The Oath – Yalobushians Watch Inauguration

Students at Davidson Elementary School watch America’s 44th President take the oath Tuesday morning.

Snow On Inauguration Day – Snow fell over Yalobusha County on Tuesday, but even with the big, fluffy flakes there was little or no accumulation. Karen VanWinkle of Lilly Bells on North Main Street braved the cold as stuffed a large load of Inauguration themed balloons into her small car. In was only about two degrees warmer in Water Valley than in Washington as temperatures hovered around freezing during the swearing-in ceremony for President Barack Obama. – Photo by Jack G

WATER VALLEY – Washington may be 772 miles away, but for youngsters in the Water Valley School System the Inauguration of President Barack Obama was as close as the classroom.

Students at Davidson Elementary School watched on televisions in the library, gym, and in some classrooms. “This is something they’ll remember for the rest of their lives,” said Principal Chester Drewery.

At the high school, students watched on TV and on the Internet. One junior high class even listened on the radio after having problems with their television, according to school officials.

“It looks cold up there,” said a third grade student as a television commentator announced that over a million people packed the National Mall and parade route. “It’s warm in here,” she added with a grin.

Meanwhile in Washington just after noon, the 44th President lay his left hand on the same Bible that President Abraham Lincoln used at his first inauguration in 1861.

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