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Look Back In Yalobusha History

Presbyterian Church Steeple Removed In 1934

• 5 years ago, March 5, 2009 – A late winter wet snow fell overnight on Saturday and into Sunday morning, but disappeared quickly.
About 30 local veterans attended a flag raising ceremony at Water Valley High School. A U.S. flag, purchased by the Beta Club, and a Mississippi flag, purchased by the student council, were flown over the school.
Longtime school district superintendent Sammy Higdon announced he would retire after the next school year. At the same time, board president Ray Hawkins said he would not seek reelection.
Testimony began Monday in the sexual battery and rape of children trial of Curtis Leonard Sea who is alleged to have molested four young sisters ranging in age from two to eight.
A Second Judicial District Grand Jury handed down 20 indictments during a Feb. 13 session, including one against Yolanda Hawkins in the Nov. 22, 2008 murder of Hugh E. Nicholson Jr.
Four members of the WVHS Band attended the Mid-South Honors Band Clinic held at Ole Miss. They were Marquette Holt, Dillon Dickey, Zack Person and Genna Berry.

• 10 years ago, March 4, 2004 – Supervisors questioned the renovation project costs for Yalobusha’s courthouses, which had risen from $1.5 million to $4.9 million.
 WVHS EAST program students received a superior rating at the 5th Annual EAST Partnership Conference in Little Rock, Ark.
School board trustees named Trent Hammond as head football coach for the WVHS Blue Devils.
Students from Mrs. Betty Sartain’s 2nd grade class, Hannah Story, Kala Reynolds, Kenya Woods, McKenzie Glasgow, Shelby Walton and Harley Sharp planted a weeping yaupon tree at Davidson Elementary School for Arbor Day. Helping the youngsters were Mrs. Dreva Dickey and Mrs. Betty Gurner of the Town and Country Garden Club.
Courtney Mills and Justin Chandler designed a new sign for the Water Valley High School’s front entrance.

• 20 years ago, March 3, 1994 – WVHS Distributive Education Clubs of America members Stacey Avant, Heather Horan and Sholunda Rucker attended the State DECA Career Development Conference in Jackson and earned the privilege of representing the state at the national convention in Detroit.
Kelley Pullen, Karla Hamilton and Deon Hence, members of the WV Jr. High Band were selected to attend the Northwest Mississippi Junior High Band Directors’ Clinic at Itawamba Junior College in Fulton.
Pink Ladies honored at Yalobusha General Nursing Home were Sarah Fry, Nell Cox, Loy McMinn, Lucille Roberson, Mildred Nichols and Jenette White.
Melissa Dennis and Harold Turner, both Delta State University music education majors from Water Valley, presented senior recital at the James Ewing Hall on campus.
Yalobusha County Circuit Clerk Mary Sue Stevens was honored for her work as President of the Mississippi Association of County Officials. She was presented a plaque by Carroll County Tax Assessor-Collector Wilton Neal, current president of the MACO.

• 30 years ago, March 8, 1984 – Improvements were planned to the local BellSouth telephone exchange, according to manager Brent McMahan. Some 9,000 feet of aerial cable will be put out, he said.
Water Valley Police were cracking down on stray dogs after the killing of a child by dogs in a nearby city. Chief J. D. Watson said that the ordinance prohibiting dogs from running loose would be strictly enforced.
Joe Davis was named manager of the downtown branch of the Bank of Water Valley.
Latasha Moore and Markellay Judson were top salesmen for the Water Valley HeadStart fund raising project.
Pretty little Miss Lauren Leigh Pullen was pictured trying out one of the International Harvester tractors on display during open house at B&B International.
Attending the National Library Week workshop and luncheon for librarians, friends, trustees and state legislators in Jackson were Mrs. Margaret Ross, Oakland; Rep. Tommy Reynolds, Charleston; Mrs. Joe N. Bailey and Mrs. Steve Bailey, Coffeeville.
Marc Jefferson and Marc Gooch, both of Water Valley, participated in the National Achievement and Leadership Conference at Ole Miss.

• 40 years ago, March 7, 1974 – Ginger Allen was named Miss Water Valley for 1974. Deborah White was first alternate and Cathy Chandler was second alternate. Winner of the Little Miss Ideal contest was cute little Angie Brooks, pictured with her trophy and basket of flowers. Finalists included other cuties Bonnie Blackwood, Allison Lewis, Tamara Thomas and Paige Williams.
WVHS Band students Terryl McClaflin, Jan Lollar and Malinda Hill were pictured talking with Kent Sills, assistant director of the Mississippi State University Maroon Band. Stills consulted with the band on contest music.
Cheryl Goodwin and Mildred Carpenter spoke to the Rotary Club about Medic Alert bracelets and medallions. Pictured wearing the alerts were Mrs. J. G. Carpenter, John Brandon Mayo and Paul Forsyth.
Don Latham, a 1972 WVHS grad, was among six art majors at Northwest Mississippi Junior College presenting his work in the annual Sophomore Exhibition.

• 50 years ago, March 5, 1964 – Henry Cobern was unhurt after a truck he was driving for Watson Hunt crashed into a ditch on Hwy. 315 (Wise Street) at the North Main Street intersection. The brakes failed and when he tried to gear down, the gears stripped.
Freddie Wilkie won a trip to Europe during a carrier sales contest for new subscriptions by the Jackson Daily News.
Steve Hedges of Water Valley was pictured helping promote Ole Miss Engineering Day.
Mac Burns was pictured dousing a fire in the back of a Water Valley Laundry Truck that heavily damaged the vehicle.
Ethelyne Turnage was named Betty Crocker Homemaker for 1964 after achieving the highest score on the homemaking examination taken by senior girls.
Herald Editor Edward B. Shearer was elected to the board of directors of the Mississippi Economic Council.
Former Water Valley head football coach Charles Peets left Northwest Mississippi Junior College to accept the head coach position at Rolling Fork High School.

• 60 years ago, March 4, 1954 – Baddour’s Bargain Center was a new business about to open in the building between the Merchants Grocery warehouse and the old Grand Theatre lot (the Herald’s current office.).
C. W. Thompson was the only Water Valley resident to score a homesite at Point Pleasant from the drawing held by the Corps of Engineers.
On the Ole Miss honors list were Mary Elizabeth Brown, Carolyn Joe Taylor and William H. Baddley, all of Water Valley.
The E. B. F. Farm located on the Mudline Road was featured with a picture story in the Herald. The farm belonged to Earl Fly and was operated by Mr. and Mrs. Odell Swindoll and their daughter, Annette. The farm produced eggs, berries and fruit.

• 70 years ago, March 2, 1944 – Staff Sergeant James French wrote to his mother, Mrs. D. C. French, that he hoped to return to the US very soon. Sgt. French had spent three birthdays in the South Pacific.
Jesse L. Riggs was discharged from the Army and returned to Water Valley and his old job of running the projector at the Grand Theatre, a position he has held for 20 years.
Howard and Hollis Lee Tutor, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Tutor, were pictured on the front page. Howard was a seaman second class having recently completed boot training and Hollis Lee, also a seaman second class, was somewhere in the Pacific.

• 80 years ago, March 9, 1934 – Workmen were busy razing the high tower and steeple from the Presbyterian Church on Main Street.
The south end of Yalobusha County was under quarantine and Water Valley was strongly enforcing its dog law after a small white dog was found to be infected with rabies. The dog had attacked and bitten a number of farm stock animals and dogs.
Draught and bottled beer was on sale in several places around Water Valley and, according to the Herald, “We have not seen anyone showing the slightest intoxication since beer has been legally sold here.”

• 100 years ago, March 5, 1914 in the City Itemizer – Edison’s talking pictures were being exhibited at Tyler’s Grand Theatre. The Edison Company produced 19 talking pictures in 1913, but by 1915 he had abandoned the experiment. It would be another 12 years before “The Jazz Singer” was released in 1927, bringing in the age of sound motion pictures. Water Valley would be one of only a handful of small towns to see the Edison talking pictures.

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