Look Back In Yalobusha History

Herald Reports UFOs Sighted Over State In ’73

Through The Years From The Herald

• 5 years ago, Oct. 23, 2008 – Supervisors upped the fees for use of the Yalobusha County Multi-purpose Bulding. The new rates are almost 20 percent higher and were needed to offset spiraling utility costs at the facility.
Geraldine Kuykendall, 58, of 400 Blackmur Drive died as a result of injuries she received when her vehicle was struck from behind on I-69 in Desoto County. A passenger, Barbara Kuykendall, was also injured in the crash.
Mary Chandler received a resolution honoring her late husband, former Chancery Clerk Bob Chandler, from Yalobusha County supervisors.
Water Valley High School teacher Linda Glidewell was honored as Teacher of the Month.
The Blue Devils were defeated by Bruce, 33-14.
• 10 years ago, Oct. 23, 2003 – The Blue Devils defeated ancient 3-A rival Senatobia, 28-18, assuring WV of a play-off berth.
Marsha Barbour, wife of Gubernatorial candidate Haley Barbour was pictured visiting with Mary McCormick and her dog, Darby, while campaigning in WV.
Ingram Cattle Company ranked as fourth largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in Mississippi, having recorded 142 head during the fiscal year 2003.
• 20 years ago, Oct. 21, 1993 – The Blue Devils routed Rosa Fort, 38-6, at homcoming. WVHS senior Cathey Maynor was selected 1993 Homecoming Queen by the student body and was crowned in the rain.
The Best Overall Homecoming Float in the recent homecoming parade was built by Water Valley Elementary School in honor of D. A. Hervey, who played on the 1990 state championship team.
The WVHS band earned all superior ratings at the Bruce Invitational Marching Festival.
The new building at the Miles CME Church was dedicated Oct. 19.
Taylor Trusty was named Operations Officer at Bank of Mississippi in Tupelo.
• 30 years ago, Oct. 27, 1983 – The Department of Health and Human Services lifted a ban on the Yalobusha General Hospital that would have disqualified the hospital from being a provider of services under the Medicare program. Corrective actions were taken by the hospital that resulted in the ban being lifted.
The Blue Devils lost a close game to Bruce, 14-6.
Mrs. Prentis (Miss Dixie) Hendricks was honored by the Ford Motor Company in recognition of Hendricks’ Machine Shop’s 50th anniversary as a Ford dealer.
All dressed up for a photo to publicize the upcoming Junior Auxiliary Halloween Carnival were cute little kiddies Leigh Ann Black, Lauren Pullen, Ben Eakes, Bill Pullen, Allison Pullen and Joeli Williamson.
• 40 years ago, Oct. 25, 1973 – Members of the Water Valley Band Flag Team were pictured on the steps of the old Bank of Water Valley: Nancy Cook, Kay Samuels, Patricia Campbell, Lee Ann Berry, Melissa Gurner and Linda Keen. Captain of the team, Jane Grey Treloar, was not pictured.
The Lafayette County Commodores dashed Blue Devils hopes of a second place finish in the Tri-Lake Conference with a 38-12 win.
Editor Edward B. Shearer noted in his column that UFOs had been sighted over Mississippi.
The first registered nursing class at Northwest Mississipi Junior College graduated 29 members including Yalobushians Annie Beeler and Martha Potts of Water Valley and Ernstine Allen of Oakland.
The North Mississippi Retardation Center held a formal opening Oct. 21 at their facility on Hwy 7 south of Oxford.
 • 50 years ago, Oct. 24, 1963 – The Blue Devils moved into first place in the Chickasaw Conference after crushing the Lambert Tigers, 40-0, at homecoming. Three games were left on the schedule before the Devils could claim the title.
Nancy Spears was selected homecoming queen and was pictured with her escorts Jimmy McCay, Andy Myrick and Raymond Steele.
The WVHS Band presented an unusual program and highly difficult show, the diamond drill, during halftime.
The substitutes for the high school cheerleaders missing in action as part of the homecoming court were Mary Pat Skinner and Martha Bess Cooper. The duo had been working hard to learn the cheers, according to The Yellow Jacket.
Candy Stripers attending the second annual teenage seminar in Jackson included Barbara McNamee, president; Rosa Ruth Burns, Patsy Poe, Kay Tyler, Mary Lou Fortinberry, Pam Samuels, Elizabeth White, Barbara Howard ad Claudine Rogers. The young ladies were taught manners, dress and apparel as well as how to care for patients.
• 60 years ago, Oct. 22, 1953 – Little Miss Grammar School winners included winner Mel-anie Roberson, first alternate Jeannie Barron and second alternate Harriet Samuels.
Binford Turnage “modeled” a sample of the new uniform recently ordered for the WVHS Band. The scarlet coat was accented by a white belt and gold buttons. The lapels were underlined with gold and could be worn open or closed. The trousers were royal blue with a scarlet stripe. The hat was also royal blue with gold trim and a scarlet plume.
• 70 years ago, Oct 21, 1943 – Sgt. Leslie Coleman was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in recognition of his courageous service. Sgt. Coleman received the award for a mission over Macassar, Celebes in the southwest Pacific during which his aircraft was attacked by Jap Zeros.
Grenada defeated the Blue Devils, 26-0, in the Water Valley team’s one game for the year.
The local boys were handicapped by a late start in practice and with no scheduled games.
Area stores were being asked to consider staying open one more night each week other than Saturday to accommodate the workers from Camp McCain and Grenada Air Base.

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