• 5 years ago, April 10, 2008 – City officials were exploring the possibility of a smoking ban for public buildings and businesses because of the proven danger of secondhand smoke. At the regular monthly board meeting Jonnie Mayor, a volunteer with the Relay for Life, and a group of fourth grade students asked for the ban. A large group of smokers also appeared to protest the ban.
The best quote of the evening came from then Mayor Bill Norris. One of the smokers, who believed that a smoking ban was inevitable and probably a conspiracy, said, “It’s a dead issue.” Norris answered, “No, sir. It’s not dead. Only the ones who breathe second hand smoke are dead.”
Aldermen voted to take the issue under advisement for a “study.” It hasn’t come up since.
Brad Embry, a Calhoun County native, was selected by school board trustees to be head coach for the Blue Devil football team.
Jack Gurner Sr. received the Braswell Hatcher Community Service Award at the Chamber of Commerce banquet.
City crews were pictured repairing electrical problems and clearing storm drains after a series of storms moved through the area over the weekend.
• 10 years ago, April 10, 2003 – Jo and Binnie Turnage received the Junior Auxiliary’s Community Inspiration Award at the Crown Gala.
New Chamber officials included Terry Varner, president; Derrick Surrette, vp; Amy McMinn, secretary; John Avant Jr., treasurer; and directors Ora Lee Phillips, Eddie Ray, Mike Brown, Melvin Ford, Craig Hart and Larry Lawler.
Julie Jones, a junior Management Finance major, was elected to serve as vice-president of the Business School at Ole Miss.
Mrs. Josephine Sartain died in a fire which gutted her home at 109 Young Street.
Construction was to start later in the year on the $7 million Fish Hatchery project at Enid Lake.
• 20 years ago, April 8, 1993 – The political scene was heating up with a list of candidates as the deadline for qualifying passed. Since no candidate had more than one opponent a primary election was not necessary, just the general election. For mayor were Larry Hart and Garlon Maynor; for alderman-at-large, Lawrence Hale and Bernice Minor; alderman ward one, Charles Harris and Ray Rhyne; alderman ward two, Fred White; alderman ward three, Lowel Edwards and Phillip Tallant; and alderman ward four, Danny Dickey and Sherry Johnson.
Gary Gray was the new postmaster at Water Valley. Grey, a native of Etta, came here from the New Albany post office.
Among the elementary students attending the regional Odyssey Of The Mind competition in Jackson were Iris Kehoe, Tracie Mathis, Lee Ann Holt, Jill Terry, Melissa Smith, Dawn Baker, Cassandra Hawkins, Ashlee Langdon, Brandon Sims, James Carr, Clay Whitehead, Carter White, Julie Jones, Joy Crocker, Natalie Flippin and Ashley Harris.
• 30 years ago, April 14, 1983 – Mrs. Lucille Chapman was honored by the Chamber of Commerce in recognition for her years of service to the organization. She was librarian and Western Union operator and shared quarters with the Chamber, often doing volunteer tasks.
Joe C. Davis, outgoing Chamber president, was presented a plaque by incoming president Trent Howell.
Johnny Morgan announced his candidacy for the District 9 Senate seat.
New officers for the local youth league program were Tommy Farlow, president; Jonnie Mayor, vp; Sue Hobdy, treasurer; Chuck Newell, secretary; and Darnell Vaughn, publicity chairman. For the softball program were Pete Vaughn, president; Don Lewis, vp; and Chuck Newell, treasurer.
Miss Jennie Langston was pictured on her 101st birthday, March 28. Her secret to long life…keep a smile on your face.
Water Valley’s water treatment plant was about 90 percent completed, according to city officials.
• 40 years ago, April 12, 1973 – Gov. Bill Waller was scheduled to speak to Rotarians the next week.
The deadline for qualifying had passed and office seekers included: Tolbert Maddux and L. C. Stewart for mayor; Dan Hollister and William Robinson, alderman ward one; Lawrence Hale, Jim Kinkennon and Mrs. Houston Vaughn, alderman ward two; Bill Abernethy and Richard Flowers, alderman ward three; J. Carl Cox, Jon Raymond Crook, J. W. Forsyth Sr. and W. R. Gean Sr., alderman ward four; and Ben Arrington, Dave Hollister, Taylor Howard, J. Watson Hunt and E. Earl Nichols, alderman-at-large.
The Blue Devils won the first four games of their season defeating Coffeeville, Charleston, Bruce and Calhoun City.
• 50 years ago, April 11, 1963 – Mrs. W. S. (Billie) Young was named Mrs. Water Valley in a contest at the elementary school (the old Jeff Davis school). Mrs. Brandon (Jonnie) Mayor was first alternate and Mrs. Henry (Faye) Henderson was second alternate.
Several local men were “models” at the Mrs. Water Valley contest and exhibited their loveliness. They were “Brooksie” Chittom, “Donna” Holloway, “Maxie” Burns, “Timmie” Hayles, “Jackie” Craven, “Charlene” Harris and “Paula” Parker.
Mrs. Harold Williams was top exhibitor in the Town and Country Garden Club Flower Show.
The Jaycee Easter Egg Hunt was scheduled for Sunday afternoon with 120 dozen eggs to be hidden and prizes for finding the Queen’s Nest and the Golden Egg.
Kate Johnsey noted in her Fishing column that there is an old saying that when the dogwood trees are in bloom, fish will bite. She said the first must have known because they were really bitting.
The senior play, Finders Creepers, was to be presented in the Jeff Davis auditorium with a cast including John Cox, Freddy Benz, Carol Bell, Sue Ann Hyde, Sister Gore, Peggy Ashmore, Albert Wilbourn, Lucy Kendrick, Mickey Pierce, David Wilson, Betty Woods, Bill Gafford, Marjorie Fortinberry and Steve Hedges.
• 60 years ago, Apr. 9, 1953 – Highway Commissioner Roy Adams said that Highways 32 and 9 are probably the most important secondary roads in the northern district. His remarks were made to Rotarians at their regular meeting here.
In the Shearings column, Editor Edward B. Shearer commented on the spellings of both the Prophet Crossing and the Yocona River. He said that a letter corrected the spelling of Prophet to the original Prophit, the name of the man who built the first bridge. Shearer added that he had recently noticed the signs on both Hwy. 7 and 51 over the Yocona River that spelled it Yacona.
Jeff Davis was leading the county baseball league race with Oakland in second place. The Blue Devils and Camp Ground trail.
In the want ads Sartains Hardware had two good used kerosene refrigerators.
• 70 years ago, April 8, 1943 – Morris D. Hayles was pictured on the front page after reports were received that he was one of the gunners on Flying Fortresses (B-17 aircraft) who shot down enemy aircraft over Decimomannu. He was one of the four sons of Mr. and Mrs. Will J. Hayles who served in the military.
City officials were studying the possibility of building public restrooms to serve the citizens downtown in the interest of public health.
An ad in the Herald touted the office supply division of the newspaper as having a supply of Scotch tape, one of the scarce items since the beginning of the war.
Another item in short supply was the pressure cooker. About 150,000 would be available soon and the first deliveries would be made to the south, where they were needed first for home canning.