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After Four Year Lull, Football Games Resumed In 1946


10 Years—September 28, 2006 – Beginning next week Water Valley Electric Department customer will notice a slight decrease in their utility bills. This lower bill comes after TVEPA’s board voted in July to decrease their wholesale rate by 4.5 percent.

A well attended picnic, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, was held Monday night at the pavilion downtown. Hot dogs and hamburgers were served and Karen Turnage drew the name of the business to be featured in the Herald for the month. This featured business, along with a monthly business mixer, are some oF the events the CofC is sponsoring to promote business.

The Junior Auxiliary was planning to publish a new 2006 cookbook.

A MIA-POW Flag was presented to VFW Post 4100, to be flown at the Post Home on Highway 31. The presentation was by members of Rolling Thunder, Inc., Chapter 1, located in Oxford.

The Blue Devils, playing with several injured team members out, lost 20-0, to the Holly Springs Hawks. Several more members of the team sustained injuries during this game.

20 Years—October 3, 1996 – Newly elected Anchor Club officers are: Nancy Margaret Ray, president; Robin Keisling, vice-president; Allison Pullen, treasurer; and Chastity Hollister, secretary.

Paris Baptist Church will have a 100th birthday on October 6, 1996.

Water Valley’s new radio station, located on the Highway 7 by-pass south of Water Valley, will hold an open House on Saturday.

Gary Fachman, who has fired the cannon before and after every football game and after each Blue Devil score for many years, is retiring. He assured the Herald that a replacement was being trained.

The Blue Devils defeated the Senatobia Warriors, 41-0, on the home field as  they entered division play. Blue Devils pictured gaining ground against the Warriors were senior Back Reggie Pulley and junior Kris White.

Bob and Eva Williams were selected as Town and Country Garden Club’s “Yard of the Month” for September.

30 Years—October 2, 1986 – Yalobusha County Sheriff Lloyd Defer is pictured congratulating the new Sheriff’s Department Inspector, Dewitt House, on his promotion from Deputy Sheriff on October 1.

The Water Valley Blue Devils defeated the North Panola Cougars, 11-8, in an overtime period. Michael Stevens sacked the North Panola quarterback on one play and broke up two potential game winning bombs. Quarterback John Ingram made the touchdown that tied the game, forcing play into overtime.

Dr. and Mrs. Andy Jones have the October “Yard of the Month,”  selected by The Garden Club of Water Valley.

Yalobusha County Horse Club compiled an impressive record at the state show. The state show had 1,567 entries, representing 11 associations. The Tri-Lake Club had 198 entries, of which 103 were from Yalobusha County. Yalobushians placed in 39 classes, with Sara Lynn Tartt being named High Point Gaited Exhibitor in the state.

Airman Mark Vanlandingham is a missile maintenance specialist at Malmstron Air Force Base, Montana.

Rotary Club President, Rupert Kolb, discussed club plans at a recent meeting.

40 Years—September 30, 1976 – New car and pick-up tags, which will be good for five years, are being issued. A new decal, depicting the year, will be issued each of the five years. The tag features a magnolia.

Cathy Webb, daughter of Mrs. Mary Lou Webb, was selected homecoming queen for 1976-77 by popular vote of the WVHS student body. She was crowned by Student Government President Terry Anderson.

The Blue Devils defeated the Coffeeville Pirates in the homecoming game, 26-14. Outstanding offensive performances were by James Jones and Steve Judson. Great defensive action was by Terry Anderson, Brennan Horan, Wayne Harris and Stevie Shaw. Linemen were Frankie Green, Mike Deaton, Keith Wright, Bubba Defer and Buddy Willingham.

  Julie Ingram exhibited her Grand Champion Polled Hereford Heifer at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair, held in Tupelo. Julie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Danny Ross Ingram.

50 Years—September 29, 1966 – Pictured were half-dozen tools on display at city hall that will be manufactured by Ram Tool Corporation in Water Valley,  if the bond issue to build the plant to house this factory, is approved in the election to be held Saturday.

Coach Bobby Clark’s Blue Devils were defeated, 28-12, by a strong Olive Branch Eagles team.

Approximately 250 people attended the Anti-Communist Rally held in Water Valley Tuesday night.

The Girls Scout fund drive will be held in Water Valley during the first two weeks of October. Presently there are six Girl Scout troops  in the city.

Water Valley pharmacist, Binford Turnage, the Mississippi State Phar-maceutical Association’s 1966 recipient of the A. H. Robins “Bowl of Hygeia” Award for outstanding community service, has accepted an invitation to visit the A. H. Robins’ Richmond, Virginia headquarters.

  Awards presented in the Magnolia Youth League for the summer program included: Kitty League, Woody Strode, Water Valley Grasshoppers; Class AA, Sam Pace, Coffeeville Hawks; and Class A, Tommie Smith, Oakland Reds.

60 Years—October 4, 1956 – The Water Valley Blue Devils suffered a 27-19 loss to the Batesville Trojans, slipping them into a tie for second place in the 1956 Chickasaw Conference race. Leading the loop, with a 4-1 record, is Sardis. Water Valley, Tunica, Holly Springs, and Senatobia, all at 3-1, are tied for the second slot.

In the Yalobusha County Men and Women in Service Column it was reported: Crew Chief Benny Moore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Moody Moore, is stationed at Smoky Hills AFB in Salina, Kansas; John Frank (Buddy) Adams, son of Mrs. Russell McDonald, is receiving basic training at Keesler AFB, Biloxi; James Bell, machinist’s mate fireman, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Bell, arrived in Newport, R.I., after a 15-week cruise aboard the USS William C. Lawe in the Mediterranean; PFC David Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Jones, recently participated in a tactical parachute jump in Germany, the first since World War II.

The Pee Wee Football Team defeated Marks by a score of 6-0.

The Oakland Hornets crushed Crenshaw, 43-0, in last week’s play.

The new 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Series, four door Victoria, was on display at Hendricks Machine Shop.

70–Years—October 3, 1946 – The first football game, played in Water Valley since 1942, will be played Friday night. The opposing team is Oakland, also playing for the first time since 1942. The locals played Grenada and lost 45-0, playing on Proby Field in Grenada, last week.

  Parker’s 5c-$1.00 Store is this week announcing a grand opening of their  newly enlarged store. A full page ad, announcing a special sale for this event, was included in this week’s edition of the Herald.

A meeting of Ole Miss students was to be held at the American Legion Hut to discuss car pools for students living in Water Valley and making daily trips to Oxford.

Curtis Stacy pledged Phi Delta Theta fraternity and Barbara Fly pledged Phi Mu social sorority at Ole Miss.

In an announcement of a fair to be held in Water Valley there was listed exhibit categories for all ages. In the crop department listed was cotton, corn (white and yellow), sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, peanuts, sorghum syrup in glass containers, and soy beans. For girls, listed was clothing, foods, yard beautification, gardening, canning, and seeds. Other exhibits were included for women, as well as many other categories.

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