• 5 years ago, April 18, 2008 – Mike Martin, Bubba Ealy and Paul Burney were injured when their vehicle and an 18-wheeler crashed on Hwy. 7 just north of Coffeeville April 15.
The old Water Valley Bank eagle was featured on a commemorative postmark that was issued Saturday during the city’s sesquicentennial celebration at a temporary postal station in the Casey Jones Railroad Museum.
Cam Tyler became President of Mechanics Bank after Eddie Ray stepped down to become chairman of the bank’s board.
The Town and Country Garden Club took top honors at the Garden Clubs of Mississippi annual convention for two downtown projects. One was “Best Historic Preservation” for the Railroad Pavilion makeover and the other was for their “Adopt a Park” project in Railroad Park.
Shanique Wesley, a junior at WVHS, was runner-up in the Poetry Out Loud state finals in Jackson.
• 10 years ago, April 17, 2003 – Rev. Raymond Aven received the Braswell Hatcher Community Service Award at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet. Also at the event, outgoing chamber president Melvin Ford was honored along with outgoing economic council president Pat Ray. More than 300 people attended the event held in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church.
Former resident Vincent Judson was promoted to Staff Sergeant at Schriever AFB in Colorado.
Rodney Eubanks and Miss Scott won prizes at the Otuckalofa Fire Department Fishing Day fundraiser.
• 20 years ago, April 15, 1993 – Mississippi Governor Kirk Fordice spoke at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet commenting on welfare reform. New officers and directors were presented including Cam Tyler, Linda Maynor, Eddie Ray, Dr. Barry Weeks, W. G. Griffin, Dr. Rayford Edgar, Bob Chandler, Bob Tyler, Richard Baird, Eddie Foster, Melvin Ford and Barbara Brown. Foster was honored as outgoing president by incoming president Weeks.
Attending the Rotary Youth Leadership Conference were WVHS students Sholunda Rucker, Heather Horan, Stacey Avant, Kevin Edwards, Eric Allen, Tommy Lewis and Jordan White.
Members of the FFA from WVHS attending the FFA Legislative Breakfast in Jackson included Lance Newman, Chad Moore, Caleb Beard and advisor Larry Carr.
William Ramon Turner won first prize in the T-W-L pre-school age coloring contest. “The best Easter ever,” said William.
• 30 years ago, April 21, 1983 – Rodney Childress was named STAR Teacher by STAR Student Bill Taylor.
Tim Anderson was ordained during a service at First Christian Church.
The Pilot Club Health Fair committee members were Margaret Eubanks, Rachel Walker, Shirley Hall and Jayne River.
The city was preparing for the annual Polk Sallet Festival and Supper scheduled for May 7.
Members of the staff of the WVHS newspaper, “Devils Hotline,” included Chris Vick, Tracy Baggett, Lee Pullen, Christy Ashford and Andy Grass, attended a conference at Ole Miss.
Steve Shuffield fought Berry Grizzard of Huntsville, Ala., in a Professional Karate Association main event at the Howard Coliseum on the NWJC campus in Senatobia.
Pvt. James Owens of Water Valley was named as “Outstanding Soldier” at the annual Weapons Qualification at Camp McCain.
• 40 years ago, April 19, 1973 – Gov. Bill Waller spoke at the annual Rotary-Ann Banquet telling attendees that if all the appropriation bills passed there would be a deficit in the state.
The first annual JC “Trade Day” was held in City Park offering everything from brand new merchandise to junk.
Pvt. Jim Dickey completed basic training at Fort Polk, La. And Airman Nina R. Rockett completed basic at Lackland AFB, Texas.
Hershel Howell retired from the State Game and Fish Commission.
Water Vallians Marcia Wasson and Ronald King were pictured at Ole Miss in their introduction to advertising class.
Mrs. Mattie Spencer was chosen Cook of the Month by her fellow Water Valley Progressive Homemakers Club members.
• 50 years ago, April 18, 1963 – The board of supervisors entered into a contract with Mississippi Federated Cooperatives to open the poultry processing plant. Pictured were board attorney Pitt Stone, Chancery Clerk Gerald Harris and supervisors Vernon Craig, Thomas Swearengen, Luther Harrison, E. Doke French and Ira Pittman.
The WVHS Band won a Superior and an Outstanding rating at the State Band Contest in Jackson. Drum Major Eleanor Nelson won a Superior for her direction of the marching band and her individual performance as drum major. The band was one of four featured in the Jackson Daily News.
The 4-H Livestock Judging Team placed third in the district show held at Batesville. Members included Joe Farmer, Frank Brooks, Hubert Clark Jr. and Larry Kimsey.
Sprint ace Andy Myrick bettered his North Mississippi A-AA 100-yard dash record of 10.2 won last year with a blazing 10-flat run for a new Chickasaw record.
• 60 years ago, Apr. 16, 1953 – Thirty-six WVHS seniors were set to get diplomas during an era when school lasted less than eight months of the year.
Of the 22 men sent to the Armed Forces Examining Station, 11 passed both physically and mentally. This was considered an above average group.
Three hours and five minutes after umpire Lawrence Berry barked “play ball” at Hendricks Field, Jeff Davis overpowered the Blue Devils, 21-12.
A mix-up in the Want Ads caused the “WANTED-Experienced operators, apply Rice-Stix” ad to include the line “Nice fat fryers.”
• 70 years ago, April 15, 1943 – Young servicemen pictured on the front page included Corporal Mabry Leo Few, Pvt. Cecil Simpson, Coporal Clifford Rampy, S. Sgt Durley H. Bratton and Pvt. Edward R. Blackston.
Yalobusha County was $2,200 over the Red Cross quota of $3,900, having raised $6,137.64.
Lt. Jack Peebles received an oak leaf cluster for his Air Medal for his continuing heroics in the Southwest Pacific battle area.
Herman White was elected to serve a second term as president of the WV Rotary Club.
• 100 years ago, April 17, 1913 – In The City Itemizer personals it was noted that Mr. Roy Moyer spent a few days in Memphis viewing the high water.
Mrs. Kuykendall received a new shipment of hats and ribbons at her millinery shop. “Prices to suit the times.”