Students of Diana Hin-ton’s 7th grade reading class were given an assignment to write about what they were thankful for Thanksgiving 2003. This prayer by one of the young ladies sums up the feelings of many:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for keeping us safe at night when we are asleep. I also thank you for the food on my table and the clothes on my back. I thank you for letting me live in America and have freedom. I’m thankful for having such a loving family and a caring parent. Thank you for providing the money that buys me things I need and sometimes the things I want. I’m thankful for my education and for my ability to learn. Last, but not least, thank you for letting our troops be so brave when they’re fighting for our county. Amen.
• 5 years ago, Nov. 20, 2008 – Two ambulances are sufficient for Yalobusha County, said Yalobusha General Administrator Terry Varner. A recent accident had caused some questions about the need for a third ambulance. The price for operating two was $750,000 per year.
• 5 years ago, Nov. 27, 2008 – BorgWarner got a new plant manager, Hans Werner, amid rumors and speculation that he had come to Water Valley to close the plant.
Natasha N. Woodard, 24, was killed in a one-car rollover crash on Hwy 7 just north of the city limits.
• 10 years ago, Nov. 20, 2003 – The Blue Devils were headed to the third round of the playoffs by defeating Belmont, 31-7.
Create A Brighter Tomorrow poster winners at Davidson Elementary School included Tori Peterson, Brodie VanWinkle and Kristin Tidwell. Winners at Faith Christian Academy were Samantha Allred, Rebekah Hill and Mary Hill.
• 10 years ago, Nov. 27, 2003 – Eupora defeated the Blue Devils, 21-0, in the third round of playoffs to end the WV season.
Halloween kids from the Gurner Photography shoot included Garrett Bynum, Superman; Tori Beth Jenkins, Jessie from Toy Story; Ta’Nia Hawkins, Princess; Zachary Dickey, Raggedy Andy; Hannah Higdon, Dora the Explorer and her little brother Dalton, Pirate.
• 20 years ago, Nov. 18, 1993 – Former Water Valley police officer Charles Clinton Jenkins was in serious but stable condition in Baptist Hospital after being shot three times in an Oxford housing project.
Water Valley Police were investigating an incident during which shots were fired into a home occupied by WVHS Principal Alan Wallace. The shooting was one of several alleged harassment incidents against Wallace.
• 20 years ago, Nov. 25, 1993 – Habitat for Humanity was preparing for their first home to be built in Water Valley. The lot was donated by Mechanics Bank.
DECA Club members including Russell Bell, Ronald Burgess, Chastity Eubanks and Jenny Griffin were preparing a Thanksgiving food basket as one of their community service projects. Members sponsoring the “Great American Smokeout” at WVHS were Wendy Lockwood, Teresa Walton and Angie Person.
• 30 years ago, Nov. 24, 1983 – Frank Brooks was named to the board if trustees of Northwest Mississippi Junior College.
New Junior Auxiliary officers were Lori Williamson, president; Cynthia Pullen, first vp; Nancy Burress, recording secretary; and Shelly Howell, second vp.
• 30 years ago, Dec. 1, 1983 – Mrs. Mamie H. Shields, Extension Home Economist for Yalobusha County, was recognized for her 25 years with the service.
Amy Chandler of the WVHS DECA Club was pictured pinning a “no smoking” badge on fellow member Kelly Williamson as part of the “Great American Smokeout.”
• 40 years ago, Nov. 22, 1973 – James Tolbert Maddux, 63, Mayor of Water Valley, died Nov. 17 at the Montana Deaconess Hospital in Great Falls, Montana, apparently of a heart attack. Maddux was elected Mayor the past June.
The Water Valley High School Band was pictured marching in the Grenada Christmas parade under the direction of Drum Major Jan Lollar. Majorettes were Lori Hardy, Bea Bryan, Malinda Hill and Suzanne Davis.
Jeff Tubbs and sister Julie were pictured after receiving their six-year attendance pins at Camp Ground Baptist Church.
• 40 years ago, Nov. 29, 1973 – Pictured displaying articles for the Yalobusha Academy Bazaar were Mrs. Bobby Williams, Mrs. Jack Myrick, Mrs. Harold Williams and Mrs. Brandon Mayo.
Representative Jamie Whitten opened an office in Oxford under the direction of Mrs. Jack Watson.
• 50 years ago, Nov. 21, 1963 – Seven WVHS Band members were selected to play in the Colonel Rebel All-Star Band at Ole Miss including Larry Edwards, Freddy Wilkey, Dana Riley, Janice Dollahite, Barron Caulfield, Jimmy Mitchell and Jimmy Goodwin.
• 50 years ago, Nov. 28, 1963 – Herald Editor Edward B. Shearer wrote in his “Shearings” about the assassination of President John Kennedy. The Herald’s editorial page pictured the flag at half-mast.
The poultry plant was about to go back into operation after weeks of reconditioning equipment under the direction of plant manager Jerry Loper. The facility would be operated by Motts, Inc. under an agreement with the supervisors.
• 60 years ago, Nov. 26, 1953 – Santa Claus to visit Water Valley, read the headline. The jolly gent would come to town with his live reindeer thanks to Grady Carothers of Goldthwaite, Texas. They would appear in the Christmas Parade on Dec. 16.
The new building for Motor Service Company was completed and E. E. Spencer would reopen his Studebaker dealership with state of the art scientific devices to better service automobiles. It was located on South Main Street across from the football field (the area around the Sonic).
Ruby Lee Mays, daughter of Herald sportswriter Ed Mays and a freshman at Northwest Mississippi Junior College, would represent Mississippi in the Orange Bowl tennis tournament in Miami, Florida.
• 70 years ago, Nov. 18, 1943 – Servicemen pictured on the front page included brothers Pvt. Roy Lee House and Pvt. William Earl House, Sgt James Warren Ray and Pfc. Ira J. Marrs, Jr.
Peoples Wholesale Company posted notice that grocery delivery service would be restricted to two deliveries per week per house in accordance with defense department transportation rules. The same ad was posted by West Side Grocery.
• 70 years ago, Nov. 25, 1943 – Forty-one from Yalobusha County entered the military service the past week.
Pictured on the front page was brother-sister team James H. White, seaman second class in the Navy, and Marguerite L. White, seaman first class in the Coast Guard.