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Five Decade Milestone Will Be Marked At Chamber Banquet


By David Howell

WATER VALLEY–It’s been 50 years since the Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce was chartered, a milestone that will be commemorated during the annual banquet on April 24.
    Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) Director of Tourism Malcolm White will be the speaker at the event, which gets underway at 6:30 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall at the First Baptist Church.
    As director of MDA Tourism, White is responsible for the overall management, development and implementation of Mississippi’s story along with the creation of economic growth and opportunities for Mississippi through tourism.
    “We are excited to have Mr. White speak at this year’s event,” Chamber President Tyler Hill told the Herald. “With the publicity Water Valley has received and growth on Main Street, tourism has become a huge deal for Water Valley,” Hill explained.
    The annual banquet also marks the starting terms for new board members as others rotate off and their service to the community is recognized. Other highlights each year include the annual State of the City Address from Mayor Larry Hart and the presentation of the Braswell Hatcher Community Service Award. The identity of the award recipient is kept secret until the banquet, but Hill said the the award will go to a deserving citizen in the community.
    This April also marks three decades since the devastating 1984 tornado swept through town that year on April 21, claiming seven lives.
    “We are going to pause and honor those victims, we do not want to forget this tragic part of our community’s history,” Hill said.
    Tickets are $15 and available from any Chamber director or officer. Tickets are also available at Mechanics Bank, Midtown Auto Parts and J’s on Main. Tickets may also be purchased at the door, but Hill said it helps with planning if they are purchased prior to the event.

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