By David Howell
10 Years Ago, May 5, 2005 – An old fan was the suspected culprit in a fire at the Water Valley High School that destroyed the old greenhouse. Students were out of class for approximately 45 minutes as firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze.
VFW bingo supervisor Andy Grass presented a check to Amanda Byars for winning the big bingo jackpot on April 29, 2005. The check was for $1,000.
Water Valley native Tom Bell was the speaker at the April Yalobusha County Historical Society Meeting. Hill reported on his family’s residency in Alaska, a trip he described as a 14-year vacation.
Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. Michael P. Odom was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal. The medal was awarded for his service in Iraq as coalition provisional authority’s spokesperson/trainer. In addition he trained Iraqi leadership on how to perform interviews with the press.
20 Years Ago, May 4, 1995 – Jerry Lawler’s softball team was scheduled to be in Water Valley on May 21 to play a doubleheader against Firefighters of Water Valley.
Brandon and David Wood participated in the livestock shows. Brandon placed first at the Yalobusha County Livestock Show and second at the Northwest District Show. David placed 2nd at the County Show and 1st at the District Show. They are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. John Wood of Water Valley.
A commendation for Distinguished Service was awarded to Mississippi’s highest ranked Tax Assessor/Collector, Guy Dale Shaw, for his “tireless efforts and contributions to the Education Curriculum for Assessors and Appraisers. The award was presented by William Neal, President of the Mississippi Assessor/Collector’s Association.
30 Years Ago, May 9, 1985 – Water Vallians were preparing to cast votes in the Municipal First Primary Election on May 14. The ballot included incumbent Hamric Henry for Mayor against S.F. Martin and former Mayor Garlon Maynor. Seeking the nomination for Alderman-at-large were incumbent Travis Clement and former Alderman Lawrence C. Hale. Newcomer Larry Hart was challenging incumbent Cecil “Buddy” Walley Jr. for the post of Alderman, Ward One. A three-way race developed in Ward Three, with Lowell Edwards and Eddie R. Foster opposing incumbent Gearrell A. Wright. In Ward Four, the candidates were Gerald Bailey, incumbent Bobby J. Cox and Dan Hoillister.
Herald outdoor columnist Stan True reported a lot of folks had not taken his advice about getting stuck on the areas around the lake. True wrote that a lot of folks don’t read, or just didn’t care – as they had to be pulled out this past weekend.
“We said last week and we say again, it’s getting harder and harder to find somebody to pull you out. Be careful and walk a little farther if you are in doubt,” True wrote.
True also reported that only about one-in-four people were wearing helmets while riding three-wheelers around the Boat Landing and in the Park Area, where you are supposed to be wearing a helmet if you are riding.
40 Years ago, May 8, 1975 – Mary Sue Stevens announced her candidacy for the office of Chancery Clerk.
Tragedy struck when James Kenneth Smith and his wife were attempting to move a television antenna at their home at Morris Trailer Park. The antenna came in contact with a hot wire, instantly electrocuting Mr. Smith and severely burning his wife.
Water Valley Mayor J. Watson Hunt submitted a letter to the editor citing his opinion of the importance of enacting an ordinance to rid the city of stray dogs. Hunt wrote the dogs were ruining gardens, destroying garbage bags left for pickup.
Paul Hall and Dr. Bill Brayn were pictured with 40 crappie they caught fishing on Enid Lake near the power line. The fishermen reported they caught the fish within two hours and had to quit because they ran out of minnows.
50 Years Ago, May 6, 1965 – Two honor students of Water Valley High School Class of 1965 were Harriet Samuels and Sidney Elliott.
William Winter addressed the Water Valley Rotary Club during a lunch meeting the previous week.
Mr. and Mrs. Houston Vaughn on Blackmur Drive were awarded Yard of the Month for May.