Through The Years From The Herald
• 5 years ago, April 23, 2009 – Yalobusha County EMS Director and fire investigator Frank Hyde along with Sheriff Lance Humphreys investigated a blaze that destroyed a mobile home on County Road 90 April 17.
The Herald reported on the 25th anniversary of the deadly 1984 twin tornados that took seven lives and injured at least 75 on the eve of Easter.
Final preparation were being made for the annual Relay For Life fundraiser under chairperson Glenda Gordon.
The Water Valley High School Drama Club was set to present “And Then There Was None” at the Civic Auditorium. Cast members included Aaron Williamson, Jillian Harris, Randall “Peanut” Winkler, Frankie Holland, Jayme Kazzee, Reggie Tenner, Morgan Way, Cassandra Shawk and Shaniqua Wesley.
Coffeeville limited their police department to four officers and a part-timer when needed at a meeting of their board of aldermen.
Donald Gray was pictured throwing out the first ball during opening ceremonies at Crawford Sports Complex. He had served on the board for nine years and coached for more than 15.
The Blue Devils started division play with two solid wins over Leland.
• 10 years ago, April 22, 2004 – Yalobusha Supervisors met in the Water Valley City Hall because court was in session in the Justice Court building where they had been meeting during construction at the Courthouse.
The Sheriff’s Department was asking funeral homes for one-day advance notice for funeral processions that needed officer escort in the county.
Yalobusha General Hospital purchased a state-of-the-art bone densitometer. It was pictured with Scott Lowery, Radiology Director; Dr. Paul Odom, Chief of Staff; and Terry Varner, Administrator.
Two local students, Michael Fonte and Carter White, were inducted into Phi Kappa Phi at Mississippi State University.
Miss Casey Jones Kellie Magee would welcome the national King of the Hoboes Spike and Queen Mama Jo to the second annual Hobo Gathering at the Water Valley Casey Jones Railroad Museum the coming weekend.
Casey Hart received his Bachelor of Health Sciences in Radiation Therapy from Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences in Memphis.
• 20 years ago, April 21, 1994 – Yalobushian Edward W. Stevens was calling on county residents to join the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Saddle Up Horse Ride set for April 30.
Secretary of State Dick Molpus was to be featured speaker at the Chamber of Commerce Banquet.
A story from Northwest Mississippi Community College featured Alan Arrington as he was being named Assistant Football Coach at the school. Arrington rose through the ranks to become a coach at the University of Akron. He died in a vehicle crash while visiting Mississippi on Dec. 23 of last year. His parents Jimmy and Gayle (Wright) Arrington were natives of Water Valley.
Construction was underway on a handicapped access ramp at the Water Valley Post Office.
Students from Coffeeville High Cheryl McCollins of Oakland and Lelia Faye Gary of Tillatoba attended the Student Leadership Conference at Ole Miss.
Three fifty-year members of the Order of Easter Star, Mrs. Corrie Mae Lipscomb, Mrs. Marcella Bell and Mrs. Dolly Shearer, received pins commemorating their years of service. They were also honored as widows of local Masons along with Mrs. Lee Hayles, Mrs. Abbie Barton, Pauline Weaver, Janie Larson, Nell Gholson, Elnor Womble, Clara Stricklin and Nancy McMillan.
• 30 years ago, April 26, 1984 – The big story of the week – and probably the century – was coverage of the tornado damage from April 21. The list of dead included Mrs. Lucille Turner, thought to have been killed when a display case overturned at Jones Super Market; Levi Benson, killed in his car on Central Street; Mrs. Jenie Tolbert and her niece, Mrs. Margaret Mitchell, killed in their home on Greener’s Hill just behind Western Auto; James E. (Jim) Allen, found near his home on Lafayette Street Extended; and Mrs. Ruby Burden and Mrs. Aileen Black, killed in the mobile home in which they were staying just off Lafayette Street Extended.
• 40 years ago, April 25, 1974 – Rev. L. A. Wasson, pastor of First Methodist Church, was pictured with the new eight-pipe organ being installed at the church to replace the 22-year-old electronic organ.
Frances Bolen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bolen of Water Valley, was named as an Outstanding Educator for 1974 at Mississippi State University for Women in Columbus.
Pvt. Willie D. Fox, 23, completed eight weeks of Basic Field Artillery training at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.
Water Valley High School girls’ track team finished third and the boys finished fourth in the Tri-Lake Conference track meet held at Charleston. Beth McMillan was a triple winner for the girls, setting a conference record with a time of 11.7 seconds for the 100-yard dash and 8.9 seconds for the 75-yard dash. She also was a winner of the 50-yard dash. Michael Herod won the boy’s high jump with a leap of five-feet, seven-inches.
• 50 years ago, April 23, 1964 – Mrs. Sandra Quinn was named Mrs. Water Valley for 1964 at the event in the Water Valley Junior High (the old Jeff Davis School). Entertainment was provided by cute little dancers Karen McMillan, Mitch Oliver (Coffeeville), Harriet Fair, Kathy Williams, Tina Tomasino and Melissa Gurner. Also performing were the Water Valley Beatles: Mike Hedges, Barry Caulfield, Harvey Carr and Norman Jones.
The Water Valley Chamber of Commerce came out in support of the new Water Valley Jail and the new County Welfare Department building.
Jimmy McCay received a scholarship in electronics and Rod Childress received a scholarship in agriculture to Northwest Mississippi Junior College.
Kim Horan and Denise Chittom were pictured admiring a prize-winning arrangement by Mrs. Clyde Ray at the annual Daffodil Show show.
Clovis Steele, superintendent of the city schools, installed the new PTA officers including Mrs. James Mathis, president; Mrs. Robert Bland, first vice-president; Mrs. Barron Caulfield, second vice-president; Mrs. Hamric Henry, secretary; and Mrs. Bill Larson, treasurer.
• 60 years ago, April 22, 1954 – Water Valley High School was graduating 36 and schools were closing across the county. Jeff Davis would graduate 18 and Camp Ground, 11.
The Water Valley High tennis team was set to compete in the Chickasaw Conference tournament at the courts on the Ole Miss campus. Mary Bell Spivey and Joe Pegram would compete in singles, Carolyn Mays, Ed Mays Jr., in mixed doubles and Jim Bell and Tommy Swearengen in doubles. Still fighting in out for the girls’ doubles births were Patsy McCulley, Patsy Hart, Margaret Spivey and Patsy Nell Gray.
The WVHS annual king and queen were Elsie White and Don Brown. Mary Louise Sartor and Julia Fite were first and second alternates, respectively.
Nan Shaw, eighth-grade student at Water Valley Junior High represented county schools at the Mid-South Spelling Bee at Tech High School in Memphis.
New officers for the PTA were Mrs. Oliver Wiley, president; Mrs. Kyle Skinner, vice-president; and Mrs. Ivan Edwards, secretary.
• 70 years ago, April 20, 1944 – Lt. Ben Evans, former physician of Water Valley, was assigned to duty at Scott Field, Illinois. He served with the Army Medical Corps as a dispensary surgeon.
In the want ads: LOST–One 200-pound black Jersey bull yearling. Short horns. Reward. Arthur “Coot” Harris.
• 80 years ago, April 27, 1934 – Monday, April 30, was the official closing date for planting melons for the Melon Association. Approximately 2000 acres had been planted in “Cuban Queen” and “Tom Watson” melons.
Mississippians began drinking legal beer seven week prior and had already contributed more than $63,000 in taxes.
• 100 years ago, April 23, 1914, The City Itemizer – In the want ads: LOST-–Last week between Mr. J. I. Vaughn’s residence and my home, a white linen hand-embroidered, lace trimmed flounce with belt attached. Finder will please return to Mrs. Mary F. Woods.