Through The Years
From The Herald
• 5 years ago, Sept. 11, 2008 – Voters in Yalobusha County’s District Three would vote Nov. 3 on a general obligation road and bridge bond after 489 people signed a petition asking for the vote.
City aldermen granted ad valorem tax exemptions for BorgWarner and Water Valley Poultry.
Billy Brooks, 29, of the Clear Springs Volunteer Fire Department was bruised, but not seriously injured, when the fire truck he was driving to a fire overturned Sept. 4.
School uniforms were the topic of a public forum held in the school cafeteria Sept. 4.
Holly Springs defeated the Blue Devils, 31-0, in the home opener.
• 10 years ago, Sept. 11, 2003 – Improved test scores resulted in the Water Valley School District earning a Level 4 accreditation rating.
The Blue Devils dropped the second game of their season to the Shannon Red Raiders, 14-12.
Sheriff Lloyd Defer resigned his position effective Sept. 30. The board of supervisors appointed Steve Shuffield, Democratic nominee for sheriff to fill the unexpired term.
Cynthia Kimbel was Yalobusha General Hospital Employee of the Month for August.
• 20 years ago, Sept. 9, 1993 – The Blue Devils defeated Bruce, 28-0, for a season record of 2-0.
Postmaster Gary Gray served breakfast to the Water Valley Post Office employees in recognition of Employee Appreciation Day.
Two new busses were added to the Water Valley School District fleet. They would carry the numbers 15 and 16 and be driven by Barnett Gilley and Butler McLeod.
Joeli Williamson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Williamson, took top honors in the state 4-H poultry barbecue contest in Jackson for the second consecutive year. Meanwhile, little brother Corey took fifth place in the 4-H Buck-A-Roo class at the Northwest District Show.
• 30 years ago, Sept. 15, 1983 – Alton E. “Bill” Sellers was found dead in front of his Central Street home about 8 p.m. Saturday. Chief of Police J. D. Watson said that foul play was suspected.
Lafayette County’s Commodores defeated the Blue Devils, 18-6.
Pam Eubanks and Jackie Freeman were named Spirit Award winners by the WV Touchdown Club. The group also named outstanding players for the week including Tony Carmichael, best offensive lineman; Lamar Brown, best defensive lineman; Marc Jefferson, best offensive back; and Lance Clement, best defensive back.
• 40 years ago, Sept. 13, 1973 – Ole Miss All-American Quarterback and former major league baseball player Jake Gibbs spoke to Rotarians at their regular meeting.
Bennie Cole Taylor was pictured with a 49.5 pound beaver that was dug up by a back hoe working Wagner Pond (now referred to as Wagner Lake).
The Devils dropped a non-conference game to Holly Springs, 14-12.
The little Devils were set to open their season against Coffeeville on Sept. 18. James Jones was expected to be quarterback with Hal Clark and Mike Tate at ends, Ollie Clark and Frankie Green at the tackle post. Keith Wright will start at center with Gene Dunn and Danny Odom or Ben Williams at guards.
• 50 years ago, Sept. 12, 1963 – Coach Bobby Clark’s debut as head coach of the Blue Devils was a “complete success” as the team defeated the much favored Houston Hilltoppers, 28-6. Fullback Mac Brown made the first touchdown of the new season. Andy Myrick took a perfect 31-yard Jack Harvey aerial for the second score. WV was rated fourth in the Chickasaw loop.
The little Devils were set to take on Grenada under new coach W. R. Murphree. Quarterback Wayland Hill was on the injured list.
J. Watson Hunt withdrew a protest he had filed with the County Democratic Executive Committee of the nomination of Guy Dale Shaw as Tax Assessor.
Danny Ross Ingram was elected president of the School of Agriculture at Mississippi State University.
• 60 years ago, Sept. 17, 1953 – The Blue Devils were set to play their first game of the season after winning their first two outings on the road, their last win against a stubborn Senatobia, 6-0.
Buddy Boy Gilmore was in serious condition at the Charleston hospital after a shooting fray at Legion Lake between Coffeeville and Oakland. His brother-in-law named Compton was being held in the Yalobusha County Jail pending outcome of Gilmore’s injuries. Family difficulties were believed behind the shooting. Compton had some non-serious birdshot injuries from a gun fired by Gilmore.
A front-page photo showed a fire that destroyed the home of Mrs. J. R. Haynes.
A letter to the editor about the parking meters being considered for downtown mentioned that the majority of the cars taking up all the spaces in the downtown area were those of the merchants and their workers. “No wonder the businessmen don’t want meters,” commented the writer.
• 70 years ago, Sept. 9, 1943 – Yalobusha County’s quota for the biggest war bond drive to date was $390,000.
Rev. W. C. Howard was beginning his eighth year as pastor of the First Baptist Church.
The Hart brothers, Bill and Buddy, were pictured in uniform (Bill, Navy and Buddy, Army) on the front page.
In the want ads, Dr. S. D. Addington was looking to trade his four-door Plymouth for a lighter car and Susie Lee Roberts was trying to sell her Model A Coupe. The big selling point was the “four good, practically new tires.”