Bob Tyler was named Head Football Coach at Mississippi State University, the Herald reported on Nov. 30, 1972. Tyler succeeded Coach Charlie Shira.
Elevation to the office of Head Coach of a major university culminates a dream of many years shared by Tyler and his wife, Dale.
Tyler’s appointment came at the conclusion of several years of defeat-laden games for the Bulldogs, climaxed by the most recent defeat at the hands of archrivals, the Ole Miss Rebels 51-14. Fans were hungry for a winning season and, in particular, a win over Ole Miss.
A source close to the school’s administration said, “We’ve got to do something to better our image in athletics.” It was believed by the school’s president and the athletic director that Tyler would present such an image.
• 5 years ago, Nov. 22, 2007 – Popular local physician Dr. Dojan M. “Bo” Milicevic lost his battle with cancer. Friends said that Dr. Bo, a native of the former Yugoslavia, left his war-torn country to find peace.
BorgWarner was named the North Mississippi Industrial Development Association’s 2007 Industry of the Year
Amanda Brooks of Scobey was named Most Beautiful 2007 at Northwest Mississippi Community College.
In an article about Thanksgiving, it was noted that Thomas Jefferson was against the idea of a national holiday for Thanksgiving. He may have been the first president to understand that too many holidays were not good for the economy because of lost productivity.
The site of the 2007 Compassion Ministries Thanksgiving Meal was the Valley Café on North Main Street.
Vandals had once again damaged the City Park gazebo, tearing out expensive spindles.
Devin Kilpatrick, 11, killed his first deer on Nov. 10 while hunting in the area.
Beer was the hot political issue in Yalobusha County with the progressives on one side and the churches on the other.
• 10 years ago, Nov. 21, 2002 – Gov. Ronnie Musgrove and Rep. Roger Wicker visited Water Valley High School as part of the national “Follow the Leaders” program. One student asked the governor how the upcoming beef plant in Oakland would affect the town’s economy. “Very big impact,” the governor said.
Ackerman ended the Blue Devils post-season play with a 21-7 playoff win.
New officers and committee chairmen for the Yalobusha Habitat for Humanity were Kevin Lee, president; Rev. Kenneth Corley, advisor; Clay Ashford, vice-president; Lamar Burgess, secretary; and Leodis Benson, family selection chairman.
Kellie Magee was among the 18 contestants for the title of Miss Northwest title at NWCC.
Kyle Jones, 9, was pictured with his first deer.
• 20 years ago, Nov. 19, 1992 – Amos Sims was elected to the position of Supervisor in Beat 2.
The Blue Devils ended their post-season play after only one game with a loss to Rosedale, 40-14.
Linda Covington, a student at Rusk College, received her public radio non-commercial license during her first week of training with WUPC radio at Holly Springs.
Anchor Club members Callie Cox, Brandy Thomas and Jennifer Whitehead were pictured with a basket of canned goods to be donated to the less fortunate in the community.
Among the young ladies appearing in the elementary school fifth grade American Heritage Program were Kitty Odom, Beth Cobern, Laticia Harris and Julie Jones.
Coloring Contest Winner Ashley Harris was pictured with a new bicycle he won from Take Two Video.
Elizabeth Chinault Cooper graduated from LPN training at Bessemer State Technical College in Bessemer, Alabama.
• 30 years ago, Nov. 25, 1982 – Nine cute little Water Valley girls were invested in the Brownie Scout Program including Cathey Maynor, Angie Person, Kerry Redwine, Tammy Foster, Wendy Lockwood, Pennie Pullen, Samantha Massey, Stacey Avant and Braden VanWinkle. Leaders were Jonnie Person and Jeannie Moxley.
Dentist Dr. Andy Jones recommended fluoridation for the City’s water in a letter to the Board of Aldermen.
Mississippi State standout football player Wayne Harris was set to speak at the Touchdown Club Football Banquet.
The last of the active charter members of the Garden Club of Water Valley, Mrs. J. Roy Bennett and Mrs. C. C. Stacy, were honored at the club’s 45th anniversary luncheon.
Little Mister Bennett Crow, dressed in his camouflage, was pictured with a nine-point buck downed by Billy Moorhead in the Otuckalofa Creek area.
Also pictured was John Mayo, 11, with two, an eight-point and a six-point, killed near Coffeeville. Not bad for his first time.
Air Force Sergeant Jimmy Stewart received the Meritorious Service medal.
• 40 years ago, Nov. 30, 1972 – Photos on the front page showed Water Valley downtown Christmas decorations. The little organist, one of the city’s traditional decorations, had been repaired and was back on his bench after being badly mishandled by vandals the last Christmas season.
Don Adams of Coffeeville was elected president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers at Ole Miss.
James William Beaver, 20, was killed in a hunting accident on the farm of his father-in-law J. T. Coleman in Calhoun County.
Mose Henderson was pictured with a bobcat he killed while deer hunting near Peter Brown Hill.
• 50 years ago, Nov. 22, 1962 – The Blue Devils and Devilettes cagers won their opening with the Oakland Hornets. The boys score was 54-39 and the girls, 35-25. Larry Prestage and Sue Ann Hyde were high scorers.
M. Braxton Harbour, 71, of Coffeeville was killed by an Illinois Central freight train as he crossed the tracks near his home.
Attending the state Farm Bureau convention were Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Ross, Mrs. Bob Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Pittman, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Stone, County Agent W. Y. Parker, Agent John Ashford and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Allen.
• 60 years ago, Nov. 20, 1952 – A mass meeting called by Mayor F. B. DeShon brought more than 1200 citizens to the city auditorium. The meeting, presided over by Edward B. Shearer, editor of the Herald, was to reach an agreement whereby peace and harmony could be restored to the city after the strike at Rice-Stix was settled. “Very little was accomplished,” Shearer said. “A mild resolution was adopted by the gathering calling on law enforcement agencies of the county and city to get together on a method of controlling the situation.”
Earlier, non-striking workers were accosted as they passed up the west side of Main Street at a point directly across the street from the building occupied by the CIO. The renewed violence brought the National Guard back to Water Valley.
Junior high royalty, Miss Junior High Barbara Brown and Mr. Junior High Jimmy McDonald were crowned.
Robert Williams, 4-H Club member at Jeff Davis, was declared the district winner in Junior Leadership.
Census reports show that 12,264 bales of cotton were ginned prior to Nov. 1. During the same period the last year, 8920 bales were ginned.
• 70 years ago, Nov. 19, 1942 – Well-known engineer Charlie Murray was injured in a train wreck between Oxford and Holly Springs near Malone’s Tank. Seven cars of the combination freight and mail train were derailed and smashed. The cause of the wreck was a burned out bridge. A profusion of shotgun shells around the bridge indicated that careless duck hunters might have started the fire. Murray was recovering in the Water Valley Hospital. Conductor Joe Gaffney was slightly injured.
The bridge project over Town Creek near City Hall (now the Main Street Office) would likely be delayed because of war shortages of steel.
New game warden W. M. Wright was already busy at work having taken the place of J. P. Jenkins, who resigned.
Local folks were signing up for gas rationing, which was to be followed by coffee rationing the next week. Pictured with the story were rationing board members Chairman Ernest Walton, W. T. Trusty and W. N. Brown.