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Look Back In Yalobusha History

Ole Miss Coach Billy Brewer Speaks Here In ’75

            • 5 Years Ago, March 18, 2010 – Census forms were arriving in the mail and officials reported it was the shortest census form in modern history with only 10 questions. To boost Yalobusha participation the Yalobusha County Complete Count Committee kicked off a drive with free goodies to raise awareness. The estimated cost to count the entire population in the United State was $48 per person.

            A long anticipated move for the county’s health department was underway as the clinic was moved from Simmons Street, next to the courthouse, to the medical facility formerly occupied by Dr. Paul Odom’s clinic. The county purchased the building from the hospital for $270,000.

            Shirley Berry was honored for 40 years of volunteer service with the Yalobusha General Nursing home.

             • 10 Years Ago, March 17, 2005 – Brownie and Dorris Crawford were honored at the 2005 Junior Auxiliary Crown Gala, receiving the community inspiration award for their contributions to civic duty and business in the Valley.

             • 20 Years Ago, March 16, 1995 – Winners in the 11th annual  Wildlife Tasting Buffet and Seminar’s “best tasting” wild game recipes were Sally Spearman, first place with her “Doe Day Surprises with Ticks In It”; Tyler Wortham,  second place with his  “Duck and Dove Gumbo;” and Floyd Holland, third place, with his “White Rabbit Fricassee.”

            Winners of the “Most Unusual” wild game dishes were Dianne Melton, first place with her “Wild Hog Stir Fry;” Nolen Keel, second place with his “Hairy Rotel Casserole;” and Opal Wright, third place with her “German Cabbage Deer Rolls.”

            At a meeting in Columbus, Toni Hill was recognized as the leading Farm Bureau Agent in her district and one of the top ten agents for Farm Bureau Life in Mississippi. Manager John Ashford presented her a check on behalf of the agency.

            Researchers from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries ad Parks and Mississippi State University were working together on a tagging program to study crappie at Sardis Lake. Over 1,200 crappie were tagged with brightly colored tags implanted on the fish through the dorsal spines. Anglers who return the tags from a tagged fish would receive a reward of a limited edition baseball cap.

            • 30 Years Ago, March 21, 1985 – Ole Miss football coach Billy Brewer was scheduled to be the speaker at the annual Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce banquet.

            A year after the historic tornado and flood, city leaders in Water Valley were taking action to provide relief for Main Street flooding. The proposed plan would increase the size of the culvert from the east side of Main Street, which runs under the planned Bank of Water Valley parking area to Town Creek. The culvert, plus increased size of rainwater runoff drainage on the east side of Main Street, should minimize flooding to approximately the 100-year run-off estimates.

            • 40 Years Ago, March 20, 1975 Fire totally consumed one building last Wednesday night and a second, some three miles away, was considered a total loss. 

            The first fire reported was the Blackmur dairy barn, located on South Street near Blackmur Drive. The building was owned by Ernie Aune. The second fire was the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Holloway on Hwy. 315, north of Water Valley.

            A burglar entered Cooper’s Jewelry Store, located immediately north of the Masonic Temple on Main Street, and made off with undisclosed amount of jewelry. An alarm went off while he was in the store, causing him to flee.

            • 50 Years Ago, March 18, 1965 – Poll tax receipts were not required for Water Valley citizens who turn out for a vote on a $500,000 bond issue for improving the city’s water and sewage service. If passed, the revenue bonds would be repaid with revenue from the water department.

            Three Yalobusha students were listed on the Mississippi State University Honor Roll for the fall semester: Larry Sam Swearengen, Water Valley, President’s List; and Joe W. Goforth, Water Valley and Jack T. Peeples, Coffeeville, Dean’s List.

            • 60 Years Ago, March 17, 1955 – The Water Valley Boy’s Pee Wee Basketball Team was declared County Champions on Saturday night, March 4, after defeating Coffeeville in the final game of the tournament by the score of 48-28. Team members included Roy Hill, Roy Lee Prestage, Billy Beck, Alvin Price, Sammie Wilbourn, Jimmie Dale Stark, Billy Jack Davis, Dean Bowles, Carl McDonald, Jim Ed Larson and Coach S.C. Shoemake. 

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