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Look Back In Yalobusha History

Water Flowed Over Spillway In July 1991

Water poured over the spillways at the four north Mississippi lakes on July 4, 1991 as the Corps of Engineers opened the outlet gates to “drawdown” the lake levels after heavy spring rains caused flooding. This was only the second time since the lakes were built that all four were overtopping their emergency spillways at the same time.

Enid Lake went to 271.75 feet, well above the 268-foot level of the spillway. Peo-ple were parking their cars and fishing from the road on Airways Drive in front of the airport.

The Corps was working toward getting the lakes down to their normal operations levels by January 1992.

Through The Years From The Herald  

• 5 years ago, July 6, 2006 – School District Trustees adopted the $9,719,036 budget for 2006-2007. It was just under $80,000 more than the 2011-2012 budget for the system.

Suzanne Fischer was selected as Miss Casey Jones for the Water Valley Casey Jones Railroad Museum.  

Paul Parker was recognized for having perfect attendance at Rotary Club meetings for 70 years.

• 10 years ago, July 5, 2001 – Newly elected City officials took the oath of office July 2 including Mayor Larry Hart and Aldermen Tommy Swearengen, Sherry Johnson, Charles Harris, and Bill Norris.

James Gordon was elected Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Mississippi at the annual convention in Jackson.

The Devil Dolls were set to hold a cheerleader camp.

• 20 years ago, July 4, 1991 – Professional bicyclist Keith River presented a program to local youngsters at a bicycle safety rodeo. His question, “what wins, pavement or skin?” received rave reviews from the kids.

John Ingram got the prize of a lifetime, a free subscription to the Herald, for bringing in the first cotton boll.

Mary Sue Stevens was elected first vice-president of the Mississippi Circuit Clerks’ Association.

Wendy Hollinger and Jennifer Link received the “Super Student” trophy during the annual WVHS Awards Day program.

The Water Valley Police Department installed two video cameras in two of their vehicles to aid in DUI enforcement.

• 30 years ago, July 9, 1981 – Another batch of City officials took the oath of office July 6 including new Mayor Hamric Henry and Aldermen Bobby Cox, Buddy Walley, Junior Nicholson, Gearrell Wright, and Travis Clement.

Brandon Webb and Luther Folson were winners of the Bicycle Safety Rodeo held by the Highway Safety Patrol.

Lisa Odom attended the National FHA Leadership Meeting in San Francisco.

Sartain’s Home and Auto was selling Hunter ceiling fans.

• 40 years ago, July 8, 1971 – The Circuit Clerk reported that there were 7,128 voters in Yalobusha County.

Mrs. Creekmore Pipkin of Coffeeville won the most number of blue ribbons at the flower and vegetable show held at the Legion Hut in Coffeeville.

Winners at the recent Jaycee Fun Day fishing rodeo included Jim Gay, Bobby Allred, Johnny Blackwood, Jimmy Holloway, Al Reed, and David Dickey. Bubba Gibson won a rod and reel as a special prize.

 Airman Carmel Johnson was stationed in Korea for a 13-month tour.

• 50 years ago, July 6, 1961 – Kay Kay Wilbourn, who had just graduated from WVHS, was selected Lady of the Lake at Sardis on July 4.

New Jaycee officers were Don Holloway, Jimmy Walker, Baxter Jones, and Junior Cook.

The first cotton bloom was brought in from the John A. Cooper farm and the second by Robert Taliferro.

The new City officials were Mayor Stanley Perkins and Aldermen Watson Hunt, Frank Tucker, Houston Vaughn, Bill Abernathy, and Carl Cox.

In the classified ads a company was looking for a “woman who can drive.”

• 60 years ago, July 5, 1951 – The Yalobusha County 4-H Meat Judging Team consisted of Fella Armstrong, John Kim-brough, Harold Purdy (all of Coffeeville) and Tommy Vick of Water Valley.

Everett Cock, 76, longtime local insurance agent, was buried July 1.

Little Miss Beverly Allen was the happy honoree at a party celebrating her third birthday. Guests included Jo Hudson, Ann Langdon, Patsy Hutchins, Annie Maude Edwards, Patsy Pendergrass, Richard Walker, Jimmy Walker, Eva Chapman, Dwight Tatum, Nell Nolen, and Becky Pendergrass.

Mr. and Mrs. “Crip” Tyler and Mr. and Mrs. “Tuffy” Williamson spend the 4th holiday at Enid Lake.

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