• 5 years ago, Jan. 8, 2009 – November 2008 unemployment was up and higher than the previous year, according to the numbers from the MDES.
A brief ceremonial paper-signing was held and pictured on the front page showing Carothers Construction Co. President Ben Logan inking the deal with supervisors to donate property as the company headed for Lafayette County.
Gavin Darby and Hunter Moore were pictured with their deer.
Among the Blue Devils selected to the Region 2-2A Super 22 team were Tank Hervey, D’Ante Rogers, Tommy Lipscomb, Tommy St. Romain, Erick Buckley, Zack Caulder, J. J. Woodard, J. D. Fondon and Josh Johnson. Honorable mentions went to Tyler Jones and Fred McGee.
• 10 years ago, Jan. 8, 2004 – Long-time city landmark building known as the “Pink Palace” was taken down on Dec. 31. It was originally a private residence known as the Cain home, built in 1942. The building was converted into four apartments by Watt Turnage in the 1950s when rental property was needed.
The Davidson School reunion committee was making plans for “Reunion 2004” in July. Members included Dollie Henderson, Alma Nicholson, Rubye Carr, W. F. Hawkins, Willie Ester Folson, Lena Mitchell and Janie Hervey.
In her “Betty’s Week” column Betty Shearer thanked the long list of people who helped her following the death of husband and Herald Editor Ed Shearer III including Mayor Larry Hart and Police Chief Mike King, who came to the office to inform her of Ed’s death and then stayed to help. Others included T. J. Ray of Oxford, Lucia Holloway, Betty Davis, Patti Goodwin, Sammie Corbern, Becky and Stan Crow, Liz Reynolds, and many others.
• 20 years ago, Jan. 6, 1994 – The Water Valley Ambassadors were kicking off their second year with new officers Lucia Holloway, president; Ludie Appleton, vice-president; Barron Caulfield, treasurer; and Tammy Calvert. The group was also underwriting the program, “A Few Minutes With Mark Twain,” at the Civic Auditorium. Planning the program were Jeannie Clement, JA president; Mary Beth Jones, JA publicity chairman; Cecil Ford of the Ambassadors; and Ethel King, general chairman of the event.
Tax Assessor/Collector Guy Dale Shaw filed suit Dec. 23 against the Yalobusha County Board of Supervisors charging that they exceeded the authority granted them by law.
Acteens from Sylva Rena Baptist Church made wreaths for the Yalobusha Nursing Home. Among the teens were Malinda Walker, Lauren Pullen, Kelley Pullen, Melanie Harvey and Deborah Tatum.
• 30 years ago, Jan. 12, 1984 – The WVHS Lady Devils won the South Panola Invitational Tournament. Displaying their trophy on the front page were Marilyn Benson, Theresa Hervey, Sandra Benson, Alma Polk, Linda Townsend, Rena Jefferson, Clara Woodard, Jackie Horton, Rebecca Hawkins, Janet Luster, Jackie Freeman, Kristie Bost, Missy Hester and Wyanda Cox.
• 40 years ago, Jan. 10, 1974 – City government offices moved into their new quarters at the corner of Blackmur and Railroad Streets.
Two candidates had qualified to run for the office of Mayor vacated by the death of Tolbert Maddux: R. L. Riley and J. Watson Hunt.
Mississippi State’s popular head football coach Bobby Tyler was named Major College Churchman Coach of the Year by Churchmen’s Hall of Fame. It was the first time a first-year coach had won the honor.
Dr. Ordie King, dentist, moved his office to Yalobusha County, locating on Tamara Road in the Boat Landing community.
Kenny Redwine was pictured with his first deer, a six-point buck. Stan True was pictured with an eight-pointer and Bruce Gurner was pictured with his catch from a week of trapping: three muskrats, a bobcat, a gray fox, a coon and a mink. His son, a very young Joe Gurner, was pictured holding up what appeared to be a skunk.
• 50 years ago, Jan. 9, 1964 – Mott’s Incorporated began their first day of operation processing some 19,000 pounds of hens. The number of employees had gone up to 72.
The first baby of the New Year was reported by Dr. D. C. French. The year was only 45 minutes old when Judy Turner Phillips gave birth to a girl named Aneace. Mr. and Mrs. Hudie Phillips have five other children.
Yalobusha County officials taking the Oath of Office Monday at Coffeeville were Circuit Clerk Frank Evans, Tax Assessor Guy Dale Shaw, Superintendent of Education Melvin Ford, Sheriff J. G. Treloar, Beat One JP Edgar Parker and Chancery Clerk Gerald Harris. The new Board of Supervisors who began their duties Monday were Frank Pate, beat one; E. Doke French, beat two; Thomas Swearengen, beat three; Vernon Craig, beat four; and Ben Simpson, beat five. Attorneys for the Board were J. P. Stone and Oscar Mackey III.
Mr. and Mrs. Luther Blount of Route Five lost everything when their home was destroyed by fire.
Sisters Miss Hattie Crowell and Miss Laura Crowell at 204 Clay Street had the Yard of the Month. The judges called special attention to the pyracantha espaliered against the front wall. The Herald is offering $2.50 and a wrapped stack of old newspapers to the first person who can tell us what that means and brings a cutting.
• 60 years ago, Jan. 7, 1954 – The first baby of 1954 was Sandra Kay Anthony, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alvis Bennett Anthony of Pope. The young lady was born in Wright’s Clinic and weighed seven pounds.
The population of Water Valley at the end of 1953 was 3,712.
Music teacher Kathleen Lee added accordion to the list of musical instruments she taught along with piano.
Ed Shearer III in his “Brain Storms” column asked the question, “What are you going to do for Water Valley in 1954?”
• 70 years ago, Jan. 6, 1944 – All four sons of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. McCullar were serving in the armed forces. J. D. McCullar, T-5, had been in for a year and was serving in Italy, Carl McCullar, T-5, had been in for two years and was at Camp Roberts, Calif., Billy McCullar, Pfc, had been in for one year and was serving at Fort Ord, Calif., and Hubert McCullar had been in for six months and was an air student in Nashville.
Pink Palace Torn Down In January 2004