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Look Back In Yalobusha History

Jones Supermarket Reopened In 1984 After Tornado Hit

    A two page newspaper spread 30 years ago featured the reopening of Jones Supermarket. The new store had been rebuilt on the same location after the April 21 twister reduced the earlier store to rubble and killed one customer. The ad showed pictures of several generations of grocery stores operated by Jimmy Jones, including Jones Supermarket that replaced Jones Grocery that was destroyed by fire in 1957. In 1978, Jones constructed the bigger store that the tornado destroyed. Jones reported he had been meeting the grocery needs for more than 37 years in Water Valley and listed a number of firsts in the ad, including: first locally-owned supermarket in town to operate on a strictly cash basis, to provide background music for more pleasant shopping, to offer complete carry-out service and to have all employees uniformed.

Through The Years From The Herald

    • Five years ago, Nov. 5, 2009 – The Water Valley School District was ordered to cease all expenditures after an audit report showed the district was over $200,000 in the red. The state appointed a financial advisor to oversee the school’s finances until it was back in the black.
    The Mississippi Department of Health reported 223,800 doses of the 2009 H1N1 vaccine had been allocated for the state. The vaccine doses were available at health department clinics for priority groups including pregnant women, children from six months through six years old, and anyone living with an infant under six months of age.
    The eighth grade Blue Devil team finished the season undefeated and team members were honored with a banquet.
    Multiple law enforcement agencies joined forces to apprehend an Iowa fugitive wanted by the feds. Calvin Moore was taken into custody at his girlfriend’s house on Kimmons Street without incident by officers with the sheriff’s department, police department, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and the FBI.
    • 10 years ago, Nov. 11, 2004 – The county’s role in the Oakland beef plant was winding down with final payments made to contractors. The company had hired 280 people during the previous month, 70 short of their goal of 350 to meet state requirements triggered with grant money.
    The state received an extra 50,000 doses of flu vaccine and a front page picture showed a line at the First Baptist Church as 200 doses were available locally. The supply was depleted in just over two hours, forcing health department officials to turn away some people.
    Local 4-H member Kayla Kimber of Yalobusha County claimed national honors when she finished third at the 54th Annual National 4-H Engineering, Science and Leadership Event in Indiana. Zachary Brower also took top showmanship honors in the 14 year-old Beef Showmanship Competition at the state fair.
    Terry Varner wrapped up a season of reporting on the Blue Devil football season with a loss against the Booneville Blue Devils in the first round of the playoffs, marking the team’s second consecutive losing season. The 20-14 loss gave Water Valley a 5-6 season, while Booneville moved into the second round of playoffs with a 10-1 record.
  The Casey Jones Museum received over 50 new items for its collection following the closing of the museum at Vaughn. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks announced the closure at Vaughn due to low attendance. Mayor Larry Hart reported the city got everything they asked for except for the locomotive, which went to Terry. An original photograph of the Water Valley #402 of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers which included member Casey Jones was among the newly acquired items most valued.
    • 20 years ago, Nov. 3, 1994 – Mayor Larry Hart visited the Water Valley Elementary School for the Balloon Rally concluding Red Ribbon Week, a project to help make the school drug free.
    William Jeffreys almost stole the show at the State Feeder Pig Competition as he won the Weight Group III and these five duroc gilts went on to be named the Reserve Champion Pen of the entire show. William’s other pens placed second in the heavy weight class and seventh in the weight group III class. Floyd Holland’s crossbred pigs placed third in one class and sixth in another class. Also placing were Vernon Foxx’s crossbred pigs. Steve Cummings reported this was the best the county had done has as a whole in several years.
    Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Odom’s home at Pleasant Circle in Water Valley was selected as the November yard-of-the-month. The Garden Club of Water Valley reported that the Odom’s love and care for the beauty of nature, along with their harvest theme should cause us to pause and count our many blessings at this time of year.
    • 30 years ago, Nov. 8, 1984 – Outdoor columnist Stan True reported on a successful mule deer hunt in Colorado by Randy Groner, who was pictured with a nice three-point buck. Youngsters Beau Nelson and Harley Camp were also on the tailgate with the buck. True also reported there was a lot of bragging about the upcoming deer season in Yalobusha County. “If all that have told us get the deer they say they are, then there won’t be many left,” True joked in his column.
    The Soil Conservation Service established a temporary Engineering Field Office in Water Valley consisting of three, five-men survey parties. The group collected engineering data to assist the O’Tuckalofa Creek Drainage District in development of a watershed work plan that would hopefully solve the severe flooding problems along O’Tuckalofa, Town and Johnson creeks. Soil Conservation Chairman Larry Kimzey urged everyone to cooperate with development of the watershed work plan.            
    • 40 years ago, Nov. 14, 1974 – A strike by Tennessee Valley Authority workers had depleted the coal supply and the agency warned that electricity would have to be conserved. In a telegram to Water Valley Mayor Watson Hunt, TVA requested at once the following measures:
    An immediate cutback in street lighting to 50 percent of normal; the immediate elimination of all outdoor decorative and advertising lighting; the reduction of commercial business hours to 60 hours per week; and the immediate reduction of all electric heating thermostats to 65 degrees. Mandatory cuts could follow, TVA warned, if the strike continues.
     Postmaster Paul Parker reminded customers that effective November 17, the post office would discontinue delivering mail on which there is no postage. Parker said the new policy was being instituted because of the high costs being incurred by the postal service in its attempt to deliver the mail.
    Fourteen girls in Brownie Troop 189 received pins at a ceremony at First United Methodist Church. The group included Julie Thompson, Missy Hayles, Julie Ingram, Susan Burress, Shelby Singleton, Marla Sharp, Michelle Newman, Angela Pass, Angelia Stepp, Lee Ann Todd, Jayne Massey, Shelia Kelson, G.G. Mayo and Stacy Banks.
    Cecil Brower was appointed as director of a new emergency squad in the county and sheriff L.A. Jones reported that a meeting is scheduled in the near future to organize the squad. Jones said the desire was to have a county-wide group with several units from different sections of the county.
    • 50 years ago, Nov. 12, 1964 – Frank Burl Brooks was selected as Yalobusha’s first Outstanding Young Farmer by the Water Valley Jaycees. Brooks was scheduled to compete in the statewide contest, co-sponsored by the Mississippi Electric Power Association and the Mississippi Jaycee organization.
    Martha Carroll of Water Valley represented Yalobusha County in the Homecoming Parade at Northwest Mississippi Junior College. Carroll’s costume portrayed an outstanding (and unnamed) feature of the county. Also participating in the parade were Sara Abner of Oakland, featuring the latest in hair styles; and Sue Ann Hyde and Carol Bell, both of Water Valley, as members of the Northwest Misses.
    • 60 years ago, Nov. 4, 1954 The Blue Devil team ended their 1954 season with a win over Olive Branch, 19-0. Team members listed under the front page picture included: manager Don Edwards, James McCluskey, Sambo Hart, Charles Bynum, Phil Mayo, George Gafford, Fonda Wilbourne, Stan True, David Vaughn, Bobby Gore, Coach Robert Cire, Ronald Pass, Jimmy McCluskey, Binford Turnage, Bill Lantrip, Jimmy Langford, Baxter Jones, Ralph McCain, Jim Bell, manager Bill Bruner, Danny Wright, Bill Harris, Bobby Schmitz, Charles Larson, Jimmy McDonald, Pitt Person, Charlie Harris, Houston Goodwin, Tommy Swearengen and Gerald Berry.
            The lovely home of Dr. and Mrs. Rayford N. Edgar was the setting for a Stork Shower honoring Mrs. Pat Holloway, Jr. After several games were played, Mrs. Holloway opened her gifts for everyone to admire. Assisting Mrs. Edgar in serving were Mrs. Howard Holloway, Mrs. Harry Fair, Mrs. Bruce Gurner and Mrs. H.M. Vines.
70 years ago, Nov. 4, 1944 – A visitor in Water Valley last week, Sgt. Agnes C. Ether, enjoyed her stay in the city so much that on her return to Camp McCain she wrote a poem that was shared in Shearings:
Water Valley
There’s a town in Mississippi –
Water Valley is the name–
Just a little country section, with no claim to fame.
But in that little valley,
Like the ripples in a brook,
There’s just the kindest folk
If you but care to look.
People who are sweet and honest
And really make you feel
That hearts, if really kindly,
Are soft–not made of steel.
So if you think of Mississippi,
Water Valley do recall
(For of all its little towns)
Its people make Water Valley
The very best of all.
Census reports showed that 5,968 bales of cotton were ginned in Yalobusha County from the crop of 1944 prior to Oct. 18, as compared with 9,212 bales for the crop of 1943.
Speaking at a P.T.A. meeting, Mrs. Benny Appleton reminded attendees that the chief aim of their organization is to promote the welfare of their children. Appleton was serving as president of the PTA and the topic was working on plans for a lunch room. A committee was appointed to oversee the project and included – Mrs. Charlie Langford, Mrs. Christopher, Mrs. Alvin Holloway, Mrs. Carey Holloway and Mrs. Felix Bagguley.
Game Warden M.M. Wright posted a notice in the Herald reminding hunters when quail season opened.
“Thanksgiving Day for this year, 1944, insofar as Mississippi is concerned is November 23. Therefore, November 23, is the legal date for hunting quail in November. The quail season is November 23 only and opens against December 10 and closes February 20.”

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