Michael E. Newman and Gary B. Jackson, both members of the WVHS Future Farmers of America chapter, were nominated to receive the American Farmer Degree, the highest degree presented by the national FFA organization.
The American Farmer Degree is much sought after because it is only awarded to approximately one member in 600 out of the nearly half a million members of the national group.
Michael, son of Ed Newman and Norma Dunn, and Gary, son of Buster and Sue Jackson, were pictured receiving their degrees from John Pope, a national FFA officer, at the convention in Kansas City, Missouri.
What makes the awards even more significant is what the two young men went on to do in their careers. Mississippi State University Professor Michael Newman was appointed Director of the School of Human Sciences in June of 2011 and Dr. Gary Jackson was appointed Director of the Mississippi State University Extension Service in January of that same year.
Future Farmers of America, now the National FFA Organization, was founded by a group of young farmers back in 1928. Their mission was to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. They taught us that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting– it’s a science, it’s a business and it’s an art.
• 5 years ago, Nov. 8, 2007 – The Economic Development Authority held its first meeting with members Mack Dudley, Bob Tyler, Jan Dean Wortham, Ray Hawkins, Earl Gibson, Walt Moore and Keith Miller.
The death of philanthropist Brownie Crawford was the topic of a front page story.
The Sheriff’s Department received the nod from supervisors to purchase three new cars.
Jones Supermarket was featured in the Footnotes in History column.
Ethel Morgan was selected by the American Cancer Society as a legislative ambassador at the Cancer Action Network Leadership Summit and Lobby Day held in Washington.
The Blue Devils closed their regular season with a 28-7 loss to Ackerman.
• 10 years ago, Nov. 7, 2002 – The Blue Devils clinched third place with a 27-14 win over Winona.
Kelli Jackson, granddaughter of Buster and Sue Jackson, won the World Champion Pole Bending run at the National Little Britches Rodeo Association finals in Colorado Springs, Colo.
New officers for the Friends of the Library support organization were Missy Avant, president; Andrea Clement, vice-president; Anna Koshanina, and Heather Bynum.
Larry House, popular UPS delivery driver was retiring after 34 years with the company.
• 20 years ago, Nov. 5, 1992 – Career Day was held at WVHS and among the participants were Steven Pryor, Scott Russell and Mike Woodard who were pictured on the front page.
The Clinton/Gore ticket got 2617 votes in Yalobusha County while the Bush/Quayle team got 2179 and the Perot/Stockdale team got 438.
Camille Fly Howell, daughter of the late Earl and Eunice Fly, appeared on the TV game show, You Bet Your Life with Bill Cosby.
Margaret Hill was completing her second year as drum major for the Northeast Mississippi Community College Tiger Band.
• 30 years ago, Nov. 11, 1982 – D. R. Ingram was named to serve a four-year term on the American Polled Hereford Association board of directors.
The Blue Devils fell to Independence, 42-14, in their final contest of the season. Pontotoc defeated the Blue Devils, 7-0, to win the division title. Seniors playing their last game included Dean Cummings, Marc Bryan, Virgil Brown, Bill Taylor, Ray Hawkins, Jeff Mills, Larry Baker, Chris Turner, Mike Brown and Perry Myrick.
Some of the youngsters dressed up for Halloween who won the Junior Auxiliary Halloween Carnival costume contest included John Walker as a Rubik’s Cube, Jinny Fachman as a bunny, Caine Martin as a hobo, Cathey Maynor as Peter Pan, Larry McKinney as a monster and Margaret Hill as a witch.
Members of the WVHS Band Flag Team pictured warming up before the halftime show were Julie Ingram, Sherry Shuffield and Kim Herring.
Yalobusha County officials pictured attending the Mississippi Association of Supervisors’ fall district meeting included L. D. Jones, Wilford Harbour and Doke French. With them was Chancery Clerk Bobby Clark.
• 40 years ago, Nov. 9, 1972 – The Curtis E. Pass American Legion Post held a special dinner on Nov. 11 honoring veterans. Legion Commander Frank Mathis led the Pledge of Allegiance. On Sunday the National Guard hosted a dinner with almost 500 people attending. Preparing food for that many people was the job of PFC Troy Cobern, SP4 Joe Holt, SP6 Wayland Adams, SP6 Jerry Short, PFC Cary Hart and SP5 Billy Person.
Four Gold Star mothers and a Gold Star window were honored by the American Legion including Mrs. Jim Hayles, Mrs. Bennett Hill, Mrs. Arthur Williams, Mrs. Martha Davis and Mrs. Joe Willie Adams.
Awards were made to Blue Devil players during the annual football banquet. The Most Valuable Player Trophy went to Reed Thompson and the Leadership Trophy went to Dennis Hall. Two new trophies were added: Most Tackles, Michael Horan and Most Yards Gained, Cliff Craven.
• 50 years ago, Nov. 8, 1962 – The Blue Devils dropped their first game after eight straight wins Friday to Tunica. They were set to face the powerful Holly Springs Tigers to determine second place in the district.
Fate Davis was pictured with a 6.5-pound largemouth bass he caught “near Water Valley.”
In the Yellow Jacket column was a note about Mrs. Mabel Johnson slipping on the newly waxed floors at the brand new high school building.
• 60 years ago, Nov. 5, 1952 – Eisenhower, Nixon Win Election read the top of the page headline. But, Yalobusha County solidly remained in the Democratic camp.
The Blue Devils finished their season by defeating Olive Branch, 19-13. The junior high was winless dropping their latest outing to Oxford, 35-20.
• 70 years ago, Nov. 5, 1942 – The war has brought on the liquidation of the McCullar-Suratt Co., described as one of Water Valley’s best stores. The announcement came from the remaining partner, Bluford McCullar, who was accepting the tentative invitation of his government to enter the armed services. At 45 years of age, Mr. McCullar didn’t think the army would have need of him.
WVHS Seniors about to play their last football game included Clyde Howard, Rayford Edgar, Sam Knox, James Kelso, Jack Thomp-son, Ray Howard, James White, Earl Miller, Pat Holloway, Jobey Baddley, Trusty Martin, Aubrey Milstead, Bill White and Hubert McCullar.
Among the fighting men pictured in the Herald were Seaman 2nd Class Jack P. Craven and Pvt. Alfred B. Craven. Also, Pfc. Leslie D. Hall, Marine B. G. Locke, and the Few boys, Staff Sgt. William C, Cpl. Charles M. and Tech. Cpl. Jessie O.