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Look Back In Yalobusha History

Blue Devils Took The Conference In 1971

10 Years Ago – May 3, 2001

Governor Ronnie Musgrove addressed the Water Valley Chamber of Commerce Banquet held in the High School Cafeteria.

Musgove said that change should not be resisted. “Change in our society is inevitable and without complying with it we’ll be left behind both economically and educationally.

 20 Years Ago – May 2, 1991

Enid Lake stood at 271.70 feet – the highest since it was closed in 1952 – and it was expected to go 273 feet. Several roads in the area were under water including portions of Hwy. 32 and 7.

Margaret Hill (Higdon) was selected Watermelon Queen.

 30 Years Ago – May 7, 1981

The fifth annual Polk Sallet Festival was held Saturday, May 9. Deanie Denley of Coffeeville was Miss Polk Sallet for 1981.

Kenny Vaughn was honored as Most Valuable Player at the annual Spring Sports Banquet. Lavert Hawkins was the Best Offensive Player and Michael Newman the Best Defensive Player. The WVHS Cheer-leaders for 1981 were Louise Benson, Teresa M. Dowsing, Debbie Person, Lisa Jaudon, Patricia Keith and Shelia Turner.

 40 Years Ago – May 6, 1971

Among the kindergarten graduates shown on the front page were Christy Mayo, Larry Kimzey, Lee McMinn, Rickey Hill, Glenda Henderson, Jeff Mills, and Bill Taylor.

The Blue Devil baseball team took the Chickasaw Conference crown with a win over Coldwater.

 50 Years Ago – May 4, 1961

About 1000 Naval personnel from Millington NAS participated in the Third Crappie Caravan at Enid, Sardis, and Grenada. Around 3000 bass, crappie, and catfish were caught.

Paula Scarbrough, Mike Hedges, and Jan Childress were pictured after winning in the 4-H Talent Contest held in Coffeeville.

 60 Years Ago – May 3, 1951

The Illinois Central Railroad unveiled the “Century of Progress” marker in what is now Railroad Park on Main Street. The marker is currently housed in the Railroad Museum and is one of the few left intact. Judge Kermit Cofer was principal speaker for the event.

70 Years Ago – May 1, 1941

Defense Bonds went on sale at the Water Valley Post Office and Mayor F. B. DeShon bought the first.

The local draft board only received a call for three men for May 12.

Nell Gore was pictured as the Drum Major for WVHS.

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