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Look Back In Yalobusha History

Valley Post Office Raised To First Class In ’53

Through The Years
From The Herald

• 5 years ago, June 26, 2008 – Police were searching for burglars who struck Dupuy, Wagner and Wood Streets taking mostly electronics from residences.
The electric department was making improvements to the system including the installation of a transformer at the north substation near the old Big Yank plant. The 33,000 pound behemoth was a gift from the University of Mississippi.
The official Watermelon Carnival t-shirt from the Chamber of Commerce went on sale and Mary Sue Stevens, carnival program editor; Bonnie Cox, chamber manager; and Jessie Gurner, Main Street manager, were pictured with the new shirts.
Madison Hill and her Mom, Carole, were pictured modeling the latest Junior Auxiliary Watermelon Carnival t-shirts. They were also promoting the upcoming Art in the Park.
The Wizard of Oz was opening in Sardis at the Panola Playhouse under the direction of Water Vallian Tom Latham. Water Valley cast members included Susan Hart, Samantha Allred, Vaughn Hart and Hannah Higdon.
• 10 years ago, June 26, 2003 – Tina Hill was among 40 graduates of Mississippi State’s 2003 Senior Executive Development Institute. She was a special assistant attorney general for the State Personnel Board.
Brent Rogers of Water Valley received the Mechanics Bank Endowed Scholarship at Northwest Mississippi Community College.
Three Water Valley High School Cheerleaders, Maresha Harmon, Brittany Mills and Krystal Mister, were named All-Stars at the Old Miss Cheerleader Camp.
• 20 years ago, June 24, 1993 – Stephanie Dickey-Paccasassi was pictured on the front page receiving the Mississippi Dental Association Achievement Award during Honors Day at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She was a graduating dental hygiene student.
Receiving awards at the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) reception were Eric Allred and Regina Turner, service awards; Tony Austin, most diligent worker; Perry Rowsey and Angela McNatt, most hours worked by Co-Op I students; Sundra Brown and John Vance, most hours worked by Co-Op II students.
The “spec building” in the Gardiner Industrial Park had been completed and the 48,000 square-foot structure was ready for an occupant.
Members of the Garden Club of Water Valley who attended the Hills and Delta District meeting at Drew were Mrs. J. L. Reid, Mrs. H. C. Moxley, Mrs. Paul Parker, Mrs. Harold Williams and Mrs. John Alexander.
• 30 years ago, June 30, 1983 – After protests from Yalobusha citizens, the proposed prison to be built in Oakland was scraped and instead would be built at Parchman. The State Building Commission said that the move would cost state taxpayers more than $1 million less than the Oakland site.
Miss Trina Riley was chosen Watermelon Queen at the annual Watermelon Pageant. Alternates were Jennifer Jones, Ginger White, Jody Grass and Charlotte Clement. Other winners included Regina Savage, Little Miss; Bill Pullen, Tiny Mister; Tina Hill, Miss Pre-Teen; Amy Fernandez, Junior Miss; and Dawn Martin, Miss Teen Age.
Sartain’s Home & Auto was offering customers the opportunity to have their picture taken with the World’s Largest Vacuum Cleaner, a Hoover.
The Soil Conservation Service agreed to help repair damage to local bridges and roads caused by heavy rains since December of the previous year. Interestingly, one of the damaged bridges that was in danger of possible collapse was pictured with several trucks parked on it.
• 40 years ago, June 28, 1973 – Laura Parsons, 18-year-old Ole Miss junior and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Parsons, was selected Miss Hospitality.
The Water Valley Jaycettes were pictured painting at the old fairgrounds on Hwy. 315 north just west of town. They were preparing for the “Fun Day” scheduled for July 4.
Patty Scroggins was crowned Poppy Queen by Rebecca Maynor, president of the American Legion Auxiliary. She sold the most poppies during Poppy Day.
William Talbert Hardy, car inspector for the Illinois Central Railroad, was fatally injured in an accident while at work in Memphis.
Paula Knight and Becky Reid were members of the 200-member Ole Miss Rebel Marching Band, “The Pride of the South.”
J. C. Womble was shown with 35 crappie he caught fishing in Enid Lake.
• 50 years ago, June 27, 1963 – Bena Lou Kendrick and Ethelyne Turnage represented the Water Valley Oddfellow Lodge at the 14th annual United Nations Pilgrimage For Youth in New York City.
New officers for the Garden Club of Water Valley were Mrs. L. L. Mathis, president; Mrs. Carey Holloway, vice-president; Mrs. W. C. Ray, secretary; Mrs. Arthur Walker, treasurer; Mrs. C. C. Stacy, Parliamentarian; and Mrs. Charles Allen, historian.
New American Legion officers were H. G. Brister, commander; Roy Fly and Garlon Maynor, vice-commanders; Earl K. Fly, finance officer; Barron Caulfield, adjuntant; Ben Horan, service officer; L. C. Stewart, chaplain; and Edd Bankston, sergeant-at-arms.
• 60 years ago, June 25, 1953 – Water Valley’s Post Office was to become a first class office on July 1, according to Postmaster Annie Kee Mauldin. The raising of the office to first class was due to increased receipts during the past fiscal year. The total for fiscal year 1951 was $48,194.65, an increase of $8,399.87.
Tennis ace Ruby Mays, 17, won her sixth straight tennis tournament by downing Donna Floyd of Atlanta for the Alabama State Open junior title.
Herman White brought the first bloom of the season to the Herald office. He was followed by Lewis Sims with the second and Raymond Pullen and J. C. Allen. Many Yalobusha farmers were reporting an infestation of boll weevils as well as flea hoppers.
Most of the stores were postponing the July 4 holiday because it fell on Saturday. They were instead letting their employees off the following Monday.
• 70 years ago, June 24, 1943 – Boll weevils were a concern around the state, but Yalobusha only had a light infestation, according to the State Plant Board. Hot, dry weather had helped keep down the bugs, but farmers really needed the rain.
Westside Grocery operated by Rhoma Thweatt and T. C. Goodnight was sold to Peoples Wholesale Co.

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