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Homemakers Announce Program

The Yalobusha County Homemakers are sponsoring a program entitled “Earth Boxes” on March 17 at the Yalobusha County Multipurpose Building, beginning at 10 a.m. Stanley Wise, Union County Extension Director, will demonstrate how to make an Earth Box, which is a container to grow a few flowers/vegetables in. This educational program is free and open to the public.

Tri-Lakes Horse Show Season Kicks Off March 13

The Tri-Lakes Western Horse Show season opens Friday, March 13. Training barrels start at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.  As usual, all horse shows are free and open to the public.  If you are looking for cheap entertainment on March 13, come to the Multipurpose Building and watch the horses run, said an event coordinator.

Water Association’s Finances Are Available For Review

    Billy’s Creek Rural Water Association has its balance sheet for 2008 on file at Blackmur Memorial Library in Water Valley. Members of the Water Association are invited to view this at the library.

Helping Hands Celebrates Six Years

    The Helping Hands Organization will have its sixth year anniversary singing program on Saturday, April 4, beginning at 6 pm. in the Masonic Hall in Oakland. “We are asking that everyone in and around the community come and be a part of this occasion,” stated Bro. Willie Coffey, President of Helping Hands.

WV Class Of 1999 Plans Class Reunion

    Members of the Water Valley Class of 1999 are planning their 10-year class reunion during Watermelon Carnival weekend. Please contact Bethany Hembree for more information at

Luminarias Are Available

    Luminarias can be purchased at Mechanics Bank, or by seeing Pat Holiday. They are also available at the Yalobusha Country Club from Glenda Gordon, Event Chairman.

    Luminarias that are purchased are a symbol of remembrance and hope. It symbolizes a time to grieve for those we have lost, to reflect on our cancer experience, or that of those closest to us, and to find hope that tomorrow holds the promise of a cancer-free world. Luminarias purchased in memory of a cancer victim or in honor of a cancer survivor cost $10. “Help us light the track during Relay For Life on April 24, 2009,” says Gordon.

Coffeeville Native Will Speak On War Experiences At Historical Meeting

The Yalobusha Historical Society will meet in the Presbyterian Church at 2 p. m. on Thursday, March 19 in Coffeeville. The speaker will be Robert Owen “Red” Riddick, a Coffeeville ‘hometown boy,’ now of Batesville and Birmingham. He will speak on his World War II experiences. The public is invited to all meetings

Chamber Seeks Contestants For Hospitality Contest

    The Water Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Miss Hospitality Tea Pageant Saturday, March 28, and is looking for participants. Eligible applicants must be between the age of 18-24, unmarried, and with no children. Miss Hospitality Water Valley will participate in the state Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant July 31-August 1, 2009, in Hattiesburg.

    Applications may be picked up at Regions Bank in Water Valley and the Water Valley Chamber of Commerce. For further information, please contact Joy Crocker, (662) 473-3144, or Bonnie Cox, (662) 473-1122. The deadline for applications is March 13.

Youth League Hosts Fundraiser

    The Magnolia Youth League will host a fundraising tennis tournament on Saturday, April 4. The tournament will be for men’s and women’s doubles. The cost to enter will be $50 per team. Anyone interested in signing up can contact Jeff Bynum at 473-3269 or Lance Clement at 473-2582.

VFW Hosts Bingo Action  

    VFW bingo will be played Friday night, March 13. Come and join VFW Post 4100 for a fun-filled night of bingo at their Post Home, located at 11535 Highway 315, west of Water Valley. The building opens at 5:30 p.m., sales start at 6, and the first of 24 games begins at 7. You must be at least 18 years of age to play.

Rolling Thunder Entertains At VFW

    Saturday night, March 14, VFW Post 4100 welcomes you to a musical night of entertainment by the Rolling Thunder Band. The band starts at 8 p.m. and plays until midnight. “Join us in listening or dancing to country music at the VFW Post Home, located at 11535 Highway 315, west of Water Valley,” stated Senior Vice Commander David Rhines.

Homemakers Host Children’s Workshop

    The Yalobusha County Homemakers will host a children’s workshop March 28, in the Multi-purpose Building at Coffeeville. There will be no age categories. Parents are invited to attend the Coffeeville Health Fair, which will be held at the same location and time, and bring your children to the children’s workshop, where a carving class will be taught.

Cossar Organizers Plan Egg Hunt

    Friends of Cossar will sponsor their annual Easter egg hunt on April 11, beginning at 10 a.m. There will be a coloring contest, where first, second, and third place prizes will be awarded. Businesses where art to be colored may be picked up will be announced in next week’s paper.

Meeting Date Set For Masons

     McConico Chapter No. 96 RAM & J.J. Melton Council No. 50 will hold their regular scheduled meetings at the Masonic Temple on Champion Circle on Thursday, March 12, beginning at 7:30 p.m. All members of these two Masonic bodies are encouraged to attend. We need your help and support during this Masonic year.

Mark Your Calendars For Pageant

    The 27th Annual Watermelon Pageant will be held Saturday, March 28, in the Water Valley Civic Auditorium. The Pageant, sponsored by the Junior Auxiliary of Water Valley, Inc., will begin at 6 p.m. Contestants must be a resident of Yalobusha County or live in Water Valley. Contestants will be judged solely on stage personality. Each Watermelon Queen Candidate will be asked to introduce herself, and will not have to answer a question. In addition to Watermelon Queen, contests will be held to select Petite Mr., Tiny Mister, Petite Miss, Little Miss, Miss Pre-Teen, Junior Miss, and Miss Teen Age Watermelon Royalty. Judges will be informed that formal pageant wear is not required. The Civic Auditorium will be available for practice from 9-11 a.m. the day of the pageant.

    Entries must be turned in by 6 p.m. on March 24. No late entries will be accepted. Entries forms may be returned to the Family Hairloom, Hair Trendz, or mailed to Hope Stovall, Pageant Chairman, 209 North Main St., Water Valley, MS 38965. If you need a form, one can be picked up at Family Hairloom, Hair Trendz, or from Hope Stovall.

 Sylva Rena Announces Bake Sale

    Sylva Rena Community’s Relay for Life team will have a bake sale Saturday, March 14, starting at 8 a.m. The sale will be held in front of Larson’s Piggly Wiggly.

 Bob White Program Offered Thursday

There is a lot of interest in returning the bob white quail back to the numbers it once was in the county.  Dr. Wes Burger, Mississippi State University Wildflower Professor, will present a program on March 12 at 6:30 pm at the Yalobusha County Multipurpose Building.  Dr. Burger is one of the top quail specialists in the nation.  If you are a hunter or just want to see the quail population grow in Mississippi, you will want to attend this meeting.

Tillatoba Fire Department Schedules Fish Fry Fundraiser

  The Tillatoba Volunteer Fire Department will have a fish fry on April 4, starting at 4 p.m. Fish plates are $8 and are available for dine-in or carry out. All proceeds will go towards the building fund and the purchase of new equipment for the fire department.

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