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Look Back In Yalobusha History

Water Valley’s first undefeated football team is thought to have been the 1956 Junior Blue Devils. The team members included (front row, from left) Don Robertson, Charles Beene, Bobby Williams, Dean Wright, Robert Montgomery, Larry Hart and Wayland Adams; (second row) Jamie Green, Jimmy Miles, Breck Brown, Joe Elliott, Jr., Eddie Ray and William Earl Thomas; (third row) Hugh Wright, Sam Allred, Larry Swearengen, Coach Bob Tyler, Johnny Tubbs and Murry Green; (fourth row) J.W. White, Mackey Bynum, Frank Romberger, Jr., J.D. Thomas and Chesterfield Brown, Jr. Missing from the picture is Jimbo Thompson. The picture was made on the steps of the old Grammar School on Wagner Street.

Blue Devils Dropped  A Close Game Against C’ville, 6-2, At 1986 Homecoming


10 Years—October 12, 2006 – Mayor Bill Norris, long-time airport enthusiast Jack Gurner, Sr., and city employee Michael Scroggins, inspected the new rotating beacon light at the airport.

  A picture showed Mike Williamson in a cotton picker dumping a load of cotton. The report was, that following the drought, the cotton harvest was coming in short.

  In a 3-3A struggle the Blue Devils beat the Independence Wildcats, 10-6. Head Coach Trent Hammond told his defense before Independence’s final drive that they had to win the game and they did. With the Wildcats on their 4-yard line, on third down and 49 seconds in the game, DeMarcus Wilson tackled Mays for a Blue Devil safety.

  20 Years—October 17, 1996 – Chastity Hollister, a Water Valley High School senior and daughter of John and Vicky Hollister, will lead the Water Valley High School Marching band as they perform in the Bruce Invitational Marching Festival and the Mississippi High School Activities Association Region I Marching Festival in Tupelo.

  The Lady Blue Devils softball team defeated Byhalia in a double-header, 17-7, and 31-19, playing on Tyler-Ritter Field in Water Valley.

  Loy McMinn, chairman of the Town & Country Garden Club’s Crepe Myrtle Project, assisted by club members Arda Joy Thompson and Joy Crow, were checking the replacement pants that had just arrived.

  Girl Scout Troop No. 85 has elected  new officers. They are: Brittany Foxx, president; Jocelyn Spearman, vice-president; Saqueta Henderson, secretary; Miranda Kuykendall, refreshment chairman and Lucinda Walton, reporter. Leaders are Peggy Foxx and Brenda Joiner.

30 Years—October 16, 1986 – Eric Carlisle received  his black belt in karate after studying two years and nine months. A 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Mississippi, he is both a student and instructor for Barker School of Karate in Water Valley.

  Crowned Water Valley High School homecoming queen for 1986 was Tisha Covington, daughter of Mrs. Ida Covington. Other members of the court were: senior maids, Jackie Taliaferro, Lori Fondren and Amy Fernan-dez; junior maids, Dawn Dickey and Faye Hawkins; sophomore maids, Shenetha Hervey and Tracy Scott

  The Water Valley Blue Devils dropped a close game to the Coffeeville Pirates, 6-2, at homecoming.

40 Years—October 14, 1976 – Pictured was part of the cast for the production of The Wizard of Oz: Dorothy (Janet Anderson); Good Witch Glenda (Susan Edwards); Toto (Joey Walker); scarecrow (Brad Brooks); and tin man (Greg Burress). The musical was directed by Ethel  King.

  The Calhoun City Wildcats and the Water Valley Blue Devils, after battling for four quarters, ended the game with a 6-0 victory for Calhoun City.

  Mr. and Mrs. Yalobusha County Academy were Louis Riddick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Riddick of Coffeeville, and Sherri York, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bud York of Coffeeville. Mr. and Miss Junior High Yalobusha Academy were Carolyn Williamson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Bryce Williamson of Water Valley, and Jerry Denley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Denley of Coffeeville.

  Yalobusha County Agent Doyle Varner was pictured checking on cotton crop prospects for the year.

50 Years—October 13, 1966 – Water Valley’s 1966 homecoming queen, Mary Katherine Potts, was escorted by co-captains, Tommy Hudson and Clinton Mooney.

  The Blue Devils shut-out North Panola, 46-0, in their homecoming game.

  Yalobusha Hospital Administrator Paul Strode announced that the hospital is now qualified to participate in all federal programs, including Medicare.

  Ginny Keen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Keen of Route Four, Water Valley, will reign as Queen of National Newspaper Week at Ole Miss. She is a journalism major.

  The program for the Water Valley High School Chorus was being discussed by Ludie Appleton, choral director, Beverly Strode, Junior Auxiliary Projects Chairman, and Jackie Van Winkle, Peggy Simons, and Bessie Lou Womble, choral students.

60 Years—October 18, 1956 – Margaret Spivey, daughter of Mrs. Mildred Bell, was crowned homecoming queen.

  Last Friday night Holly Springs spoiled the Blue Devils’ dream of a possible Chickasaw Conference title with a 19-7 win.

  Water Valley High School’s 12th grade honor students for September were Mary Catherine Dickey, Julia Fite, Joan Porter, Mary Louise Sartor, Margaret Spivey, George Gafford, Tom Bell and Charles Larson.

  Listed in “Yalobusha Men and Women  in Service” were: John L. True, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. T. True, who completed his basic Air Force training; James D. Dickey, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Dickey, who completed his basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas; 2nd Lt. Gene Bratton, who graduated from the Army’s Antiaircraft Artillery and Guided Missel School at Ft. Bliss; and Harry G. Simpson, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. G. Simpson, attached to Com-mand Destroyer Squadron 36.

70–Years—October 17, 1946 – An automobile, a truck, and a pick-up were involved in an accident Sunday, which claimed the life of a 16-year-old girl. Jeannie Mae Chandler died almost instantly after falling from the truck. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Chandler.

  Water Valley’s football team played Batesville to a scoreless tie Friday night.

  The Youth Clubs of Yalobusha County had a fair, with exhibits housed in the Curb Market Building.

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