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Look Back In Yalobusha History

Smoke Blowin’Political Rally At Fairgrounds

An old-fashioned political rally was held forty years ago on July 3, 1971, at the Tri-Lake Fairgrounds on Hwy. 315 as part of the Jaycee’s Fun Day. Gubernatorial candidates Charles Sullivan and Bill Waller were mixed in with the district and local politicians who spoke at the event.

Fun Day Chairman Guy Dale Shaw and Jaycee Director Bennie Cole Taylor were pictured with 75 trophies that were given to winners in the horse show and fishing rodeo held in conjunction with the event. Shaw told the Herald, “It will be just like the old-fashioned July 4 rallies with handshaking, back slapping, baby kissing, and just plain old ‘blowing the smoke’ as candidates mount the stump.” Admission to all the events was 50 cents for kids and a dollar for adults.

Through The Years From The Herald  

• 5 years ago, June 29, 2006 – Yalobusha General Hospital treated six cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, according to Hospital Administrator Terry Varner.

Unemployment was at eight percent in Yalobusha County.

• 10 years ago, June 21, 2001 – Pamela Redwine, daughter of Joe and Joyce Snider of Coffeeville, was selected as the new Home Economist for Yalobusha County.

D. R. Ingram brought in the first cotton bloom of the season from a field being worked by his son, John.

Barry Joe Minor qualified as an Aviation Warfare Specialist with the U. S. Navy.

Ashley Armstrong was set to compete in the Miss Mississippi Ten Pageant.

FFA officers Allison Lambert, Bryon Surrette, and Brandon Wood attended the Mississippi FFA Legislative Breakfast in Jackson and were given a tour of the capitol by Rep. Tommy Reynolds.

• 20 years ago, June 27, 1991 – Eleanor Evans retired from the Mechanics Bank after serving on the staff for 27 years.

New officers for the Junior Auxiliary were Laurie Howell, Cathy Aldy, Jeanene Fonte, Charlotte Alexander, and Dawn Edwards.

Sgt. Charles E. Truly retired from the Water Valley Police Department having served since 1979.

A want ad offered a $25 reward for the return of Fern. The ad didn’t mention whether Fern was a plant or a person.

• 30 years ago, July 2, 1981 – The Watermelon Carnival Court was shown standing up to their knees in water at the home of Linda Maynor. In the photo were Missy Davis, Ginger White, Caroline Anderson, Trina Riley, Bonnie McNeil, Mary Ann Walker, Regina Martin, and Suzanne Davis.

Cookin’ fish for a city employee picnic were Barnett Gilley, Michael Scroggins, Dalton Rogers, and J. D. Watson.

Calvin Sellers, manager of WVLY Radio, was Chamber of Commerce Member of the Week.

Fire Department officials ordered an evacuation of an area of Hwy. 7 North after a chemical leak. There were no injuries.

• 40 years ago, July 1, 1971 – Patty Peacock was crowned Poppy Queen at a banquet honoring young people who attended Boys ad Girls State sponsored by the American Legion.

Perry Myrick, 7, was pictured with a five-and-one-half pound turnip from his garden.

Dorothy Caulfield and Debbie Wilkey played with the Mississippi Lions Band that was judged first in the nation at the Lions International Convention in Las Vegas.

Jane Henry was pictured among the Miss Hospitality Contestants for 1971.

• 50 years ago, June 29, 1961 – A thrifty Scotsman towered above the just opened Thrift Courts of America motel on Hwy. 7 South. The new 16-unit facility was built by J. T. and Kathryn Williamson.

Boys Scouts spending the week at Camp Yocona included Eddie Cofer, Ronnie Scarbrough, Mike Sartor, Barron Caulfield, Bill Ray, Tommy White, Luther Fortinberry, John Hunsicker, John Cox, Bill Gafford, Joe Spence, Jack Harvey, Gene Walker, Bill Humphreys, and Jimmy McKay.

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