• 5 years ago, Feb. 12, 2009 – Brush fires plagued the county with five reported over as many days.
City aldermen voted to overturn a veto by Mayor Bill Norris of their amendment to an amendment that would lower water rates for industrial customers. Aldermen did not lower the rate for residential customers. According to figures from the Mississippi Rural Water Association, Water Valley’s industries were paying only 77 percent of just the cost to bring the water to the surface. The difference would be made up by the residential customers.
Flu cases were beginning to show up at the hospital’s medical clinic.
J. J. Woodard and Antonio Hoskins made college commitments, Woodard to Delta State and Hoskins to the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
Katie Naron, fourth grade language arts teacher at DES, was selected Teacher of the Month for January.
During Enid Lake’s Habitat Day volunteers constructed 530 fish shelters.
• 10 years ago, Feb. 12, 2004 – Valley Tool was expanding to the laundry area of the old city-owned Big Yank Building.
Water Valley native Gaylon Booker was honored as the recipient of the 2004 Harry S. Baker Distinquished Service Award for Cotton at the National Cotton Council’s meeting in New Orleans. Booker was formerly president and chief executive officer of the NCC.
Water Valley could be home to second and third tier suppliers for the new Nissan plant in Canton, according to J. C. Burns of Burns Development Group.
Law enforcement officials found a meth lab near Coffeeville, the second in less than a month.
WVHS seniors Matt Jackson and Russell Phillips signed with Northeast Mississippi Community College as defensive linemen for the Tigers.
Two brothers from McAllen, Texas, were killed when their 18-wheeler left I-55, struck a bridge and burned between Oakland and Tillatoba.
• 20 years ago, Feb. 10, 1994 – Five Water Valley High School Band members were selected for membership in the Interstate-55 Band Clinic at NWCC, Senatobia. They were Leah Ann Norris, Emily Gurner, Chad Inman, Traci Davis and Karen Person. Junior high band members attending were Bethany Caulfield, Kelly Pullen, Kellie Burns, Courtney Parsons and Deon Hence.
Water Valley Junior BETA Club members placed second in the feature talent competition at the second annual Junior BETA Club convention in Jackson. Putting on a clogging performance were Jill Hyde, Christy Wilbourn, Leigh Ann Black, Amanda Langdon, Alicia Sprouse and Tracey Sutherland.
Gary Tippett of Coffeeville was elected president of the Mississippi Justice Court Clerks Association.
First Methodist Church adopted a two-mile stretch of Hwy. 32 West to keep clean as “part of our stewarship,” said Rev. James Twiner, minister.
James Johnson, an orderly at the Yalobusha Nursing Home, was voted Employee of the Month by the Resident Council.
• 30 years ago, Feb. 16, 1984 – Representing Yalobusha at the Northwest District 4-H Show at Batesville were Christine King, Ladonna Yarbrough, Art Fielder, Mark Fielder, John David Allen and Jason Purdy, all of Coffeeville; Davey Robinson, Bart Robinson, Jonathan Buford and Robert Buford, all of Oakland; Paul Craig of Tillatoba; and Tanya Bowen of Water Valley.
Ronnie Stark was presented the Eagle Scout award by Scoutmaster Jerry Foster during the annual Boy Scout banquet. Mayor Hamric Henry also proclaimed Scouting Week with scouts James Clayton, Stewart Spence, Lanie Humphrey, Stephen Spence and Scott Spence present for the ceremony.
Brownie Troop 123 planted cypress trees on the grounds of the Yalobusha County Jail for Arbor Day. Participating in the event were Shaquita Martin, Angie Person, Tammy Foster, Braden Van Winkle, Stacey Avant, Cathey Maynor, Kerry Redwine, Leah Ann Norris, Wendy Lockwood, Cora Lynn Turnage, Pennie Pullen, Jennifer Whitehead, Alicia Marshall, Candi Harris, Hannon Jensen, Lara Smith, Elizabeth Goodwin, Audrey Cotton and Jinny Fachman.
• 40 years ago, Feb. 14, 1974 – WVHS band members who were accepted at the district band clinic in Tupelo were William White, Elizabeth Chinault, Anthony Steele, Cindi Pittman, Lynda Sartain and Mary Beth Knight. The WVHS also participated in the state solo and ensemble contest. Taking superior honors were the woodwind quintet Jan Lollar, William White, Lorrine Wilbourne, Nancy Shafer and Mary Beth Knight and the clarinet quartet Lori Hardy, Suzanne Davis, Missy Davis and Elizabeth Chinault.
Brenda Lantrip, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lantrip, was named Yalobusha County winner of the “Ability Counts” essay contest sponsored by the Governor’s Committee on Employment of the Handicapped.
Patty Scroggins was named WVHS 1973-74 Betty Crocker Family Leader of Tomorrow.
Water Valley Blue Devil cage teams were eliminated from annual tourney contention in opening round play. The Devilettes dropped a 40-22 encounter to the Bruce Trojan sextet while the Devils lost to East Tallahatchie by a 71-61 margin.
• 50 years ago, Feb. 13, 1964 – Two children died in a house fire on East Lee Street. The victims were Henry Johnson’s son, five-year-old Bobby Johnson, and grandson, Emmett Booker.
Rick Tutor of Water Valley designed the sets for the University of Mississippi production of “Rigoletto” that included Babs Chittom of Water Valley in the role of Countess Ceprano.
Plans were being made to organize a chamber of commerce in Water Valley with a visit by M. B. Swayze of the state chamber.
Dwight Clark, 17, was granted a junior membership in the American Angus Association.
Girl Scout Troop 110 held a party celebrating their first anniversary. Members included Nell Edwards, Libby Hardy, Paula Bratton, Teresa Campbell, Kathy McMillan, Jennie Moxley, Rebecca Reid, Becky Bland, Camile Fly, Susan Hart, Ruth Throop, Ginger Allen, Lou Ann Reed and Cindy Ashford. Leaders were Mrs. Nancy McMillan and Mrs. Polly Reed. Mascot was Al Reed.
• 60 years ago, Feb 11, 1954 – Bennie Cole Taylor and Binford Turnage, local youths, were to be pages in the state House of Representatives under Yalobusha Representative Hubert Edwards.
Dr. A. E. Ramay, 40, died of a heart attack at his home. Ramay served with mobile medical units of the 101st Paratroop Division for four years during World War II and participated in the invasions of Normandy, Norway, and Bastogne.
Boots Carpenter, a sophomore at Millsaps College, was elected president of Phi Mu at the school.
W. R. Thompson, Extension Agronomist, scheduled a sorghum meeting for the Oakland school building.
In the Want Ads: FOUND – Tire and wheel on Hwy. 315.
• 70 years ago, Feb. 10, 1944 – Private Earl F. Cook, 25, of Water Valley is one of a group of soldiers sent to England to train troops preparing for the invasion of occupied Europe.
Four Boy Scouts attain the rank of Star Scout including Henry Baggett, Jack Powell, Bill Powell and Jack Gurner.
Brothers-in-law Pfc. William E. Rushing and Pfc. Sherman “Buck” Coker met recently in Italy while serving there. Rushing was married to Coker’s sister, Marion.
In the Want Ads: LOST – Studebaker hubcap. Reward if returned to Will Tarver.
• 80 years ago, Feb. 16, 1934 – The McCullar-Suratt store was burglarized of $300 to $500 in merchandise between 10 and 11 p.m. Feb. 10. The front door was broken out by the thieves to gain entry. Two Marshall County deputies took two men from a freight train who had several hundred dollars of the merchandise in their possession and who admitted to breaking into the store.
Three Memphis men were sentenced to hang after being found guilty in Hernando of the brutal assault of a 17-year-old Holly Springs High School girl. The jury took but six minutes to deliver the verdict. The trial took three hours because attorneys for both sides worked to keep any errors out of the trial record. Although the men had pleaded guilty, District Attorney Jamie Whitten ordered the state to present its case.
During the trial, 400 guardsmen ringed the courthouse and twice repulsed mobs of aroused citizens from gaining custody of the three men. The strain of the trial was blamed for the death of Desoto County Sheriff W. M. Birmingham who died of a heart attack.
• 100 years ago, Feb. 12, 1914 in the City Itemizer – The front page of the issue was completely taken up by a speech given by Richard Pearson Hobson, member of Congress from Alabama, on the evils of drinking. Hobson said that a red man subjected to the regular use of alcohol will be speedily put back to the plane of the savage he once was. A white man, he continued, normally considerate, tender-hearted and who would not willingly harm an insect, will degenerate by regular use of alcohol to the point where he will strike with a dagger or shoot to kill with little or no provocation. Hobson didn’t mention, Asians, African-Americans or Eskimos.
Upcoming at the courthouse was a talk by Phillip Reilly, government lecturer, on the topic, “The Safe Handling of Explosives.” The lecture was to be illustrated with Stereopticon views.
New automobile owners were listed, including Dr. J. C. Armstrong, Messrs. C. M. Davis, S. C. Metcalf, J. R. Tarver, Will Frost and T. A. Addington.
Burglars Hit McCullar-Suratt In February 1934