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TVEPA Begins 16th Year Of Service In 1954

The Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association began its 16th year of electric service in late April of 1954, pointing proudly to a remarkable record of growth since April of 1939.
Manager W. H. Saxton said that the 15th anniversary was an important event because “the magic of electricity has changed the way of living in the homes and on the farms in this area.”
The TVEPA, owned by its members, began on April 25, 1939 with 700 consumers and about 280 miles of line. In 1954, they were serving 12,500 consumers with 2,460 miles of power lines.
The average home used three times as much power in 1954 as in 1939 and an average cost of $.0175 per kilowatt-hour as compared to $.05 in 1939. Overall, their customers were using more than 30 times as much power than was used in 1939.

Through The Years From The Herald

• 5 years ago, May 7, 2009 – Former mayor Larry Hart took back the city’s top elected position by a 282 vote margin. Alderman Fred White was the only incumbant to remain in office.
The Mississippi Army National Guard 155th Brigade Combat Team, headquartered in Tupelo, was headed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Eleven of the soldiers were from Yalobusha County.
Michael Richardson and Ricky Ragon of the city electric department were pictured hanging a banner on North Main Street promoting the Main Street Market Festival.
Quadero Crump and Clifford Jackson were charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault resulting from an Oct. 7 incident when G. H. Fly was assaulted and robbed at his home in Coffeeville.
Yalobusha County Students at Holmes Junior College Grenada campus receiving awards at the annual academic awards banquet were Rachel Doubleday, Brandon Harrison, Yessenia Nunnelee, Melanie Vanlandingham and Seth Sturdivant.
The Blue Devils under coach Doug Robbins defeated top ranked Hamilton sending them to the North Half finals.
• 10 years ago, May 6, 2004 – New Herald Editor/Publisher David Howell assumed duties as of Monday, May 3.
The Yalobusha County Grand Jury indicted six people for murder including Billy Watson Bonner and Kassie Leigh Beckham; Peter Cook, Christopher Gunn and Clifford Jackson; and Jimmy Dale Story.
Steele Manufacturing Company Plant Manager Brandon Lee announced to employees that the company would cease operations at its Water Valley facility July 1 because of increasing pressures from customers to lower prices. The plant, one of the last “cut and sew” operations left in the state, employed 85.
Construction began on the new wing at the Water Valley Courthouse that would add 3000 square feet to the facility.
Erik Brewer and Jill Terry of Water Valley were inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, a national honor society that recognizes academic excellence, at Delta State University.
SFC Derrick B. White was assigned to the 72nd Signal Battalion based in Mannheim, Germany, as the NCOIC of Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Warning and Reporting Systems.
• 20 years ago, May 5, 1994 – Tommy Lewis and Eric Allen were selected Mr. Water Valley High School and Sholunda Rucker and Cathey Maynor were selected Miss Water Valley High School.
Traci Davis, WVHS senior, received the John Phillip Sousa Award, the highest honor offered a high school bandsman.
Mother and Daughter Vickie R. Morgan and Camille Morgan died as the result of a collision with a log truck at the Hwy. 7 bypass and Hwy. 32 intersection.
WVHS Anchor Club member Sandra Scanlon was pictured holding a poster advertising the St. Jude Bike-A-Thon.
The VFW Post No. 4100 presented a flag to be flown at the courthouse here. Presenters were Robert Norwood and Jack Craven of the local post.
Chamber of Commerce President W. G. Griffin was in touch with state officials regarding the high number of accidents on the Hwy. 7 bypass. He warned the public to be alert when crossing the bypass.
• 30 years ago, May 10, 1984 – As Water Valley recovered from the tornado damage, a large area of the city from Martin Street south to the shopping center on South Main was flooded when 5.65 inches of rain fell in a three-hour period. Water rose to a height of five to six feet in some of the 45 businesses affected. Damage estimates were as high as $700,000.
Vernon Chambers, superintendent of the electric department, announced that with help of several neighboring power distributors, the city’s electrical power system has been restored April 29.
Keith River and Floyd McGehee participated in the School of Banking sponsored at Ole Miss by the Mississippi Bankers Association.
Senior honor students at Water Valley High School for the fifth six-weeks were Lamar Brown, Donna Rogers, Detra McLeod, Tracy Baggett, Melissa Edwards and Ora Lumas.
 • 40 years ago, April May 9, 1974 – The WVHS Blue Devil baseball team beat Hernando, 2-1, in the best of a three game series to become the District One Champs.
Eddie Aune, Valedictorian of the 1974 graduating class at WVHS, received the Reader’s Digest Association Award. He would receive a one-year subscription to the magazine and a certificate.
Cliff Craven would play for the Northwest Community College Rangers football squad.
Phyllis Wood was named to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society at the University of Mississippi.
Receiving the Quill and Scroll Award were WVHS journalists Cherie Chandler, Annie Laura Gooch, Patty Scroggins, Eddie Aune, Cindy Sanders, Jane Gray Treloar, Carolyn Karr, Paul Lassen and Claudia Gaston.
• 50 years ago, May 7, 1964 – New Junior Auxiliary officers pictured on the front page were Mrs. Donald Holloway, president; Mrs. H. B. Howell, vice-president; Mrs. Binford Williams, corresponding secretary; Mrs. William S. Young, recording secretary; and Mrs. Ben Horan, treasurer.
Mrs. J. E. Vick was honored as the oldest Sunday School member in the Yalobusha Baptist Association. She was 101 years old.
Billy Callaway, 15, of Oakland served as a page in the Mississippi Senate for Walter Moore Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Parker observed their 25th wedding anniversary with an open house at their home on Dupuy Street.
Nine Yalobushians were set to graduate at Northwest Mississippi Junior College: Jimmy Dale Dorris, Roy Hill, George James, Gayle McCorrmick and Betty Woods from Water Valley. From Coffeeville were Rufus Purdy and John Criss Williams and from Oakland, Larry Helm and Betty Fly.
In the want ads: Now Open – McArthur Chism Refreshment Stand located behind the housing project. Open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.
• 60 years ago, May 6, 1954 – State Senator Murray Williams of Water Valley was appointed as assistant to the new United States District Attorney Thomas Ethridge.
Mayor O. T. Hamner was warning residents that the careless and irregular parking of vehicles on streets in the residential sections was blocking traffic and could prevent the fire truck from getting to fires. He was asking that vehicles be parked off the streets or in some designated area or face regulation.
At their regular meeting at the Legion Hut, the Jaycees elected new officers: John Hunsicker, president; Jack Gurner, 1st vice-president; Crip Tyler, 2nd vice-president; Billy Hyde, secretary; Bill Nolen, treasurer and Pete Brasell and Louis Riggs, directors.
The Lions Club also elected new officers: L. J. Berry, president; Howard Holloway, 1st vice-president; Kyle Skinner, 2nd vice-president; Dalton Hyde, 3rd vice-president; L. E. Cox, secretary; Dr. Fred Hedges, tail-twister; Ira Gore, lion tamer; and Hon. O. T. Hamner,
New residents in the city included Mr. and Mrs. James McCullar, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Poteete, Mr. and Mrs. Horrace Ward, Mr. and Mrs. Hays Maxwell, Mr. and Mrs. Noel Bell, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, Ed Maler and Eugene Lilly. Mr. Maler and Mr. Lilly would be joined later by their families.
• 70 years ago, May 4, 1944 – Mississippi legislators mandated that harmful stream pollution was to be eliminated within the next 12 months and had put the matter into the hands of the State Game and Fish Commission.
J. L. Wilkins of the Jeff Davis Community was fatally injured while working as a civilian at Camp McCain when a fire extinguisher exploded.
Burglars broke in to the office of Hendricks Foundry and Machine Shop and made their getaway with three new #1 automobile tires. Tires were so valuable during wartime that they were kept locked in the office.
The 38 members of the senior class of WVHS were set to graduate with Myra Quay Barber, valedictorian, and Shirley Fair, salutatorian.
Chaplin (Captain) John B. Shearer was pictured in an official Army photograph administering the ordinance of babtism to a soldier in the Italian war theater. Chaplin Shearer, a native of Houston, Miss., and brother to Herald editor Edward B. Shearer, served in World War I as an infantry private.
• 80 years ago, May 11, 1934 – In an effort to promote temperance among young people, the ladies of the Womans Missionary Societies of the Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches sponsored an essay contest. The boys’ winner was John Throop with Ben Evans, William Ed Fly and James A. Fair Jr. as runners-up. The winner among the young ladies was Elgin Walker with runners-up Dolly Benson, Ruth Worten and Virginia Trusty.

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