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Hatchery Manager Presents Paddlefish Program

    When it comes to odd-looking fish, they don’t get much stranger than the paddlefish.

    Its name comes from a distinctive snout, which is elongated and flattened, forming a paddle shape. Also known by many anglers as a spoonbill, this primitive fish is one of the largest freshwater fishes, reaching lengths in excess of six feet and weights of more than 200 pounds.

    On Saturday, May 15, at 1:30 p.m., Justin Wilkens, Manager of the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery, will present a program about paddlefish. He will explain how and why hatcheries culture this species.

    The North Mississippi Fish Hatchery, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is one of the primary paddlefish producers in Mississippi. The North Mississippi Fish Hatchery and Visitor Education Center is part of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and is located off I-55 at Enid Exit 233 east.

    This program is free with the price of admission. For more information about this program, and future events, call 662-563-8068 or visit the NMFH website at

Class Of 1990 Seeks Information From Classmates

    The Water Valley High School Class of 1990 is planning a reunion on August 28. Organizers are working to collect addresses and information from all class mates. If you have not been contacted, please e-mail your address to or You may also contact Tanya Bowen Thweatt at 662-832-1417 or Tonya Ward Eubanks at 662-609-7370 for more information.

Vietnam Veteran, Retired Lawyer Is Speaker At Historical Meeting

    Yalobusha Historical Society will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 20, in the Presbyterian Church in Coffeeville. The speaker will be Arnold Dyre of Madison, a Vietnam veteran, author and retired lawyer. He will review his latest book, “Home Again.” The public is invited to all YHS meetings. For additional information contact Betty R. Miller at (662) 226-6975.

Mathis/Edwards Family Make Plans For June 19 Reunion

    The Mathis/Edwards family will have a reunion at the home of Claud and Nancy Anthony on June 19. The home is located at 345 Mathis Rd. (CR 106). “Bring a dish, photos and any family history information you may have. Let’s have a nice day of visiting and sharing,” says W. A. McCormick.

Junior Football League Recruits Players For Upcoming Season

    The Titans are still accepting registrations for the upcoming 2010 football season for ages 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12 year olds. A registration fee is due upon registering for all players, along with an equipment fee of $130 for all new players. It is due no later than June 30.

  If interested in playing, or coaching, please call Bobby Phillips, (662) 473-6363, Bam Person, (662) 614-9759, Dee Johnson, (662) 816-2571, or Luther Folson, (662) 832-3833.

  Send forms, along with the $50 fee (new players may pay balance in full of $180).

Awards Day Program Is Friday

  The Water Valley High School Awards Day will be Friday, May 14, beginning at 9:30 a.m., in the Multi-Purpose Building on the high school campus. The awards committee would like to make sure all scholarships awarded to the students are announced at this time.

    If any parent or community member has information about scholarships, please bring that information to the WVHS Office by May 10, so that students can be recognized for their achievements.

Pleasant Agers Host Monthly Meeting, Potluck Lunch

    Pleasant Agers will have their monthly meeting Wednesday, May 19, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. The church is located on County Road 231 in Calhoun County, across the railroad on the left. The guest speaker for this meeting will be Todd Cospelich, Director of Calhoun County’s Rescue Dive Team. A potluck lunch will be served at noon. Pastor Ron Jenkins invites everyone to attend this meeting.

VFW Announces Bingo Action

    VFW Bingo will be played Friday night, May 14. Everyone is invited to come out 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 begin at 6, and the first of 24 games will start at 7 p.m. You must be at least 18 years of age to play.

Masonic Chapters Schedule Monthly Meeting On May 13

  McConico Chapter No. 96 RAM & J.J. Melton Council No. 50 will hold its regular scheduled meetings at the Masonic Temple on Champion Circle on Thursday, May 13, beginning at 7:30 p.m. All  members of these two masonic bodies are encouraged to attend.

Southern Country Band Performs At Saturday Night Dance

    Saturday night, May 15, VFW Post 4100 welcomes everyone to a musical night of entertainment by the Southern Country 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 Commander Sam Phillips. For more information, call Mr. Phillips at (662) 578-1544.

Chamber Seeks Old Pictures Of Businesses For Carnival Program

    The Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce would like to have as many previous and past Water Valley building pictures on file as possible. If you will share a picture bring it by the Chamber Office, it will be scanned, and immediately returned to you. Office hours are 10 a.m.-noon, and 1-3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and 10 a.m.-noon on Wednesday.

Hospice Offers Grief Support Group At Azalea Gardens

  North Mississippi Hospice sponsors a grief support group that meets monthly. The group meeting is open to anyone who has experienced loss. The upcoming date for the meeting is Thursday, May 13, from noon to 1 p.m. at Azalea Gardens in Oxford. A light lunch will be provided at the meeting. For information, call (662) 234-0140 or toll free at 877-234-0140.

Pine Management Workshop Scheduled May 25

    A pine thinning workshop:  Are My Pine Trees Ready to Thin?” will be held Tuesday, May 25.  This five hour workshop will start at 8:30 a.m. in Coffeeville at the Yalobusha County Multi-Purpose Building.  

    The program will cover pine bark beetles, how to prevent beetle attack through thinning pines, and the pine-thinning cost share program.  It is sponsored by the MSU Extension Service and the Yalobusha County Forestry Association.          Also, all forest landowners are encouraged to attend the Yalobusha County Forestry Association regular meeting. This meeting is scheduled May 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Building.  

    Several forestry items of interest will be discussed.  Please call the Extension office at 675-2730 to make reservations for either or both events.

Freshwater Fish Cooking Challenge, Tasting Buffet Is May 20

    The “Catch of the Day” Freshwater Fish Cooking Challenge and Tasting Buffet and tour of the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery in Enid will be Thursday, May 20.  This is the first time ever for this event. Tickets are $2 in advance and $3 at the door.  Admission includes a catfish dinner.  Tickets are available at the Fish Hatchery, the Yalobusha county NRCS, Yalobusha County Extension Service at the Multi-Purpose Building and the North Mississippi Herald.

Learn How To Draw Horses With Local Artist Pat Rodrigue

    Learn how to draw horses with local artist Pat Rodrigue on Thursday, May 27.  The free art class for kids will be held at the Yalobusha County Multi-Purpose Building in Coffeeville.  The age-appropriate class will be offered as follows:  ages 13 through 18 – 9 a.m. to noon; Ages 8 through 12 – 1 to 4 p.m.  If you like, bring any horse-related drawings or photos to discuss with Mrs. Pat.  Classes are limited to the first 20 to pre-register.  Register by Monday, May 24, by calling the Extension office at 675-2730.

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