5 Years Ago, Dec. 10, 2004 – Congressman Travis Childers scheduled three stops in north Mississippi with farmers to address crop loss from excessive rain. A number of Yalobusha County farmers made the trip to the Batesville meeting as Childers reported bills had been introduced in the House and Senate to provide relief for farmers.
Authorities were investigating a homicide on Calhoun Street after Jimmy Buford was discovered dead in his home. Buford had been the victim of a robbery four months earlier. The case remains one of the unsolved murders in the county.
Valley Tool was named one of the Top Ten Best Machines Shops for 2009 by American Machinist, a globally distributed magazine for contract manufacturers and job shop leaders. Valley Tool was chosen out of 350 applicants for performing at consistently high levels. The award came as Cayce Washington’s company recorded the biggest sales since the company started in 1997.
The staff at Enid Lake celebrated the 27-year career of David R. Herron as he retired from the U.S. Corps of Engineers.
10 Years Ago, Dec. 16, 2004 – The sheriff’s department received a $23,600 Homeland Security Grant earmarked for a computer aided dispatch system, a case management system software package, and cell phones and service for deputies.
Supervisors accepted a bid from General Contractors Services of Memphis for $17,907.50 for asbestos removal at the Coffeeville Courthouse.
The city announced four new tennis courts will be added to Crawford Sports Complex after Brownie Crawford donated nine additional acres to enlarge the facility.
The National Guard members in the 114th Field Artillery Brigade, which includes Water Valley, were preparing to deploy to Iraq in early 2005. The deployment would be for two years.
20 Years Ago, Dec. 15, 1994 – A 100th birthday party for former Water Valley resident Charlie Badley was announced. Badley turned 100 on January 6, 1995 and family and friends were asked to send him greeting cards at the Southaven Care Center.
Outdoor writer Stan True reported hunters across the county were gearing up for a statewide doe day on Dec. 17.
Yalobusha County Agent Steve Cummings wrote that the 1994 Mississippi Farm Bureau Convention was one of the best he had ever attended. “Perhaps this was largely due to the fact that Jennifer Sartain had been named Mississippi’s ‘Miss Farm Bureau,’” he told readers. Sartain made her first appearance as the State Queen at the banquet.
Valley Tool Named To Top Ten