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Look Back In Yalobusha History

Great Legs Win 1995 Pageant For ‘Roxanne’

            • Five Years Ago, April 1, 2010 – The latest job report was released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security and Yalobusha County’s jobless rate had dropped three-tenths of a percent to 16 percent for February. The rate marked the highest rate in February for the last five years.

            The Water Valley Municipal airport was among 30 Mississippi airports receiving federal funds from the Airport Improvement Project. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker announced the airport would receive $138,684 for runway and taxi-way rehabilitation. 

            • 10 Years Ago, March 31, 2005 – Sheriff Steve Shuffield warned of a county-wide problem with vicious dogs. His report came after a resident complained she was no longer able to receive mail from the U.S. Postal Service because of her neighbor’s dog. Deputies were able to talk to the dog owner and mail service resumed, but this was one of many problems across the county, according to Shuffield.

            The 2005 Legislative Session was like most others with legislators at an impasse on many issues, but House Bill 1058 had passed both chambers. Also known as Logan’s Law, the bill was named for Logan Rumfelt, the Water Valley youngster who, when he was 11 months old, was so severely shaken by his father that he suffered catastrophic, irreversible injuries. Among other things, the law allows Mississippi’s prosecutors to seek life imprisonment for people found guilty of felonious child abuse that causes serious bodily harm.

            • 20 Years Ago, April 6, 1995 – Danny Ross Ingram was nominated for the Mississippi Farmer of the Year Award. He was credited for operating the first purebred cattle operation in the state to run more than one breed of cattle, a method of diversification that made him a leader in the state’s cattle industry.

            Representative Roger Wicker was scheduled to speak at the Chamber of Commerce Banquet. A year earlier, Rep. Wicker received 63 percent of the votes cast to win the Congressional seat vacated by former Representative Jamie Whitten.

            The Water Valley sixth grade chess team recently placed second in the Mississippi Scholastic Chess Tournament. Competitors included Chad Weeks, Carter White, Lee Ann Holt, Clay Whitehead and Justin Brewer. Their advisor was Liz Reynolds. It was the second year the team had competed in the tournament.

            Yalobusha County Tax Assessor/Collector Guy Dale Shaw was shown with a 17.75 pound turkey he bagged. The tom’s beard was 10.5 inches long and he had one and one-half inch spurs.

            • 30 Years Ago, April 4, 1985 – Kimberly Michelle (Kim) Herring was STAR Student and she selected Stanley Crow as STAR Teacher at WVHS.

            Elementary School Students in Mrs. Dollie Henderson’s fourth grade class were studying Japanese culture and customs. Winners in the kite contest were Ron Hart, first; Michael Guarr, second; and Tammy Foster, third. In the dress contest Brandon Pratt was first, Tommy Defer and Kevin Edwards tied for second, and Daniel Little and Ron Hart tied for third. Young ladies winning were Callie Cox, Tammy Duncan and Shalisa Brown.

            Linda Maynor received an Outstanding Service award from the Chamber of Commerce for her work on a new city brochure.

            • 40 Years Ago, April 3, 1975 – Finding the Queen’s Nest in their respective age groups at the Jaycee Easter Egg Hunt were Buster Quinn, Jason Sharp and Susan Lindsey. Golden Egg finders were John Tullery, Keli Quinn and Dawn Turnage. Finding the most eggs was Bonnie Blackwood. The annual event was held at the Tri-Lake Fairgrounds.

            Bonnie Newman, a 7th grade student at WVJHS, won 2nd place in the district science fair held at Cleveland.

            • 50 Years Ago, April 1, 1965 – The Yalobusha County 4-H Junior Livestock Judging Team won first place honors at the District Livestock Show at Batesville. Team members were Marty Langston, Bruce Harding, Donny Burns and Shelby Rogers. They were coached by Associate County Agent Robert Wolfe. The senior team took third place honors. Members were Earl Nichols, Bill Harding, Harold Waller and Steve Moore.

            Tommy Ashford was presented a tape recorder by officials from the Jackson Daily News and Clarion Ledger newspapers for winning third place in the state-wide subscription contest.

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