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Look Back In Yalobusha History

1,300,000 Gals. Of Water Used One Day In 1954

Through The Years From The Herald

• 5 years ago, July 23, 2009 – Sheriff Lance Humphreys used a Power-point presentation to unveil a plan to supervisors for a $2.5 million jail that would house 56 county and pretrial inmates and 25 joint state-worker inmates. Now, five years later, work finally has started on this project that includes just over 60 county and pretrial inmates with plans to build a metal building adjacent to the jail for the state-worker inmates.
Martin Street resident Emma Gooch appeared before the Planning Commission as part of her 10-year quest to clean up some properties in her neighborhood.
Supervisors were still having problems replacing a bridge on County Road 2 near Tillatoba. They voted to take court action against two heirs who hadn’t signed off on property deeds.
Halla Lanay Odom, 4, won the title “Little Miss Water Valley” at the Magnolia State Pageant held in Grenada.
Animal Control Officer William Beard and WV Police Officer Steve Story were pictured searching for what was reported as a large snake, but was actually a large lizard, according to Beard who spotted the creature. Area residents planned to take a petition to the Board of Supervisors asking that something be done about the problem.
Carson Sharp played in the USSA World Series in Gulf Shores, Alabama, with his team, the North Mississippi Rebels. They placed 7th among the 94 teams competing from all over the southeast.
Tori Beth Jenkins was part of the winning cheer squad, the DeSoto Starz, at the Universal Cheerleading Association National Championships at Disney World.
• 10 years ago, July 22, 2004 – Dr. Dee Milicevic was about to join her husband in the practice of medicine at the Family Medical Clinic. She has just completed her residency and was looking forward to working especially with female patients who might feel more comfortable with a female practitioner.
Meanwhile, her husband, Dr. Bojan Milicevic, along with other residents of the Panola Street and Kimmons Street area, were asking city officials to slow down traffic in their neighborhood.
Yalobusha County had the highest millage rate of any county in Mississippi at 137.56 mills in 2003. Jefferson County was next followed by Noxubee County.
Sara Nell Champion and Clay Ashford were pictured as two of the performers in the upcoming Watermelon Carnival Musical Festival.
The Water Valley 11-12-year-old all-star team finished post-season play with a 17-3 record. Team members included Adam Langham, Josh Mills, Kyle Jones, Jordan Fondon, Leo Daniels, Rasheed Money, McKendrick Bounds, John Mister, Walt McCullough, Brody VanWinkle, Barrett Larson, Drew Pratt and Montreal McGee. Coaches were Joe Holt, Charles McCullough and Brad VanWinkle.
Norma Newman Dunn retired after 30 years of service as a certified court reporter for the Third Chancery Court District. She served with Chancery Judges Kermit Cofer, Dennis M. Baker and Mitchell M. Lundy.
• 20 years ago, July 21, 1994 – Rick Parson was named Mississippi “Farmer of the Year.” The Water Valley native and graduate of WVHS lives in Vance.
The 13-year-olds won in their age group for the first time in District II at the State Tournament in Tupelo. Team members were Drew Dickey, Heath Horan, Buck Bounds, Larry Owens, Andy Parrish, Jarred Thomas, Jonathan Bass, Correy Burns, Ivan Brooks, Tremaine Spearman and Jacob Pryor. Coaches were Jeff Bynum, Trea Higdon and Terry Burns.
Lawler Grocery in the Sylva Rena community celebrated their grand opening featuring Jerry “The King” Lawler, famous Memphis wrestling star and brother of store owner, Larry Lawler.
Garry Melvin, president of Concept Mold, Inc., spoke to Water Valley Ambassadors.
The annual “Hee Haw” show, benefiting the American Cancer Society, was in rehearsals and among the cast members were Kenny Taylor (Grandpa), Brownie Crawford (String-bean), Wayne Harris (Junior), Ida Lee (Toni Hill), Garland Gholson (Lavern), Bailey Walker (Doc), Lou Ann Brooks (Nurse Goodbody), Minnie Dickey (Minnie Pearl), Jimmy Parrish (Gordy), Bill Norris (Goober), Mike Scroggins (Sheriff), Joyce Merriman (Lu Lu), Jill Clark (Southern Belle) and Jim Gholson (Charlie Farkarson).
• 30 years ago, July 26, 1984 – The Yalobusha County 4-H Horse Club won the High Point County at the Northwest District 4-H Horse Show for the fourth consecutive year. Members included Leigh Ann Ross, Tanya Bowen, Missy Anthony, Stephanie Foster, Paul Craig, Lisa Stark, Tammy Foster, Joan Farmer, Lisa Harbour, Christy Anthony, Laurie Craig, Jackie Craig, Randy Foster, Ronnie Stark, Bubba Nelson, Tim Farmer, Sara Lynn Tartt, Lee Tartt, Craig Cook, Shane Cook, Mike Ross, Jason Purdy, Art Fielder, Mark Fielder and Eddie Jarrell.
William F. (Bill) Taylor was awarded the W. P. McMullan Scholarship at the University of Mississippi. The award is presented to outstanding freshman banking majors.
Mississippi Insurance Commission Chairman Bob Nolen and Insurance Commissioner George Dale presented an “arson sniffer” to Fire Chief Bob Ward.
Angela Gordon and Kristie Bost attended the Ole Miss Lady Rebel Basketball Camp.
Christy Ashford attended orientation at Mississippi State University.
• 40 years ago, July 25, 1974 – Jayne Edgar and Denise Wright, both seniors at WVHS, were attending cheerleader camp at Ole Miss.
Longtime Water Valley merchant Jasper Barron passed away after a long illness. He was a partner in People Wholesale Company.
Linda Ross, former chief of the Commercial Appeal news bureau in Clarksdale, was named staff writer for the Mississippi University for Women public information office.
Jim Gay was pictured with a cucumber 22.5 inches long that weighed 2.25 pounds.
Pvt. Tommy Dorris was selected to be a hometown recruiter for the U.S. Army at the Grenada office.
Francis Clark was named county sanitarian for the Yalobusha County Health Department.
• 50 years ago, July 23, 1964 – Charles Bond of Michigan City, Ind., was fined $700 and sentenced to one-year at Parchman for the hit-and-run death of a Memphis youth on I-55. The charge of manslaughter was remanded to the files.
The Junior Auxiliary raised more than $130 during their mail solicitation campaign in the community.
Shields Shoe Shop became the 100th member of the Water Valley Chamber of Commerce.
A Herald editorial urged the state Democratic party to endorse Republican candidate Barry Goldwater for President to avoid being perceived as supporting Lyndon Johnson.
An FBI yearly report showed that the crime rate in Mississippi was at 393.2 per 100,000 – the lowest in the nation – compared to the national rate of 492.3.
Attending Camp Wren Wood from First Christian Church were Carol Jane Smith, Marilyn Sager, Teresia Vaughn, Barbara Wilbourn, Joyce Stone, Viola Hughes and Ann Woods.
• 60 years ago, July 22, 1954 – Marshall Forest Barber arrested a man giving the name of Ward V. Smith as he attempted to pass a bad check at Wiley’s Drug Store. He was charged with passing bad checks on a non-existent account at the Bank of Water Valley. He had already cashed checks at Peoples Wholesale ($7), Lowe’s Drug Store ($5) and Simmon’s Store ($3). About $5 was recovered.
Mayor O. T. Hamner was warning citizens that one of the city’s pumps was either not doing its job or the water log was sinking. (Don’t know what that means, but it sounds serious.) So, city officials were asking general water users to refrain from using water unsparingly; such as flooding lawns, irrigating gardens and water spraying amusement. Just the day before 1,300,000 gallons ran through the system. An extravagant amount, according to the mayor.
Former resident Robert H. Allen, 24, was killed in a motor cycle crash in Trenton, Michigan. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Allen of Water Valley.
Blues singer Mary “Diamond Teeth Mary” Smith appeared with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels here as part of their tent show circuit before she became famous. The big “waterproof” tent was set up by Spencer’s Garage on South Main.
• 70 years ago, July 20, 1944 – Tech. Sgt. Wayne Wilson received the Bronze Star medal.
In the second primary for alderman of Ward 3, J. P. Kees and Lawrence Berry each received 66 votes. A drawing was held and Mr. Berry’s name was drawn making him the nominee.
Bond was denied for A. L. Shaw, charged with complicity in the murder of Camp McCain soldier James Deskins of Texas. The plea for bond was on the basis that confinement was impairing Shaw’s health.
Seaman 2nd Class Wilson Camp of Pine Valley was serving in New Guinea.
• 80 years ago, July 27, 1934 – A half-page ad on the front of the Herald touted Oakland’s contribution to the watermelon trade with a photo of 14 railroad boxcars being loaded at Oakland. Yours For A Better Day, read the depression-era Oakland Bank ad.
Although it didn’t have anything to do with Water Valley or Yalobusha County, a front-page story detailed the shooting of bank robber John Dillinger by federal agents in Chicago.

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