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Look Back at Yalobusha History

Bennie Cole Taylor (right), President of the Bank of Water Valley and Mayor Hamric Henry stand in front of the new backdrop for the tennis court in City Park in 1986. The backdrop and new lighting for the court were donated by the Bank of Water Valley to replace those destroyed in the 1984 Easter Eve tornado.

Rep. Whitten Discusses Problems In Congress During 1946 Rotary Meeting


10 Years—October 19, 2006 – After defeating the Byhalia Indians, 55-30, Friday night, the Blue Devils are looking for a win over the North Panola Cougars this coming Friday night to get into the 2006 playoffs.

Matt Loeurke and Catherine Tollison were pictured during a recent Missoula Theater production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Compassion Ministries started their winter wrap drive, to provide warm clothing for those in need in the local area.

Several members of the Water Valley High School Class of 1944 gathered for a reunion in the home of Annis Morgan. Present were Mae Evelyn (Green) Kelly, Ruth (Williams) Hyde, Jimmie Kathryn (Woods) Morgan, Marjorie (Edwards) Reid, and Alice (White) Stogner.

  Tanya Odom, a teacher at DeSoto Elementary School, received the DeSoto County Foundation for Excellence in Education Award.

20 Years—October 24, 1996 – Andy Hall, with the Water Valley Electric Department, was pictured as he worked in the rain just before midnight to disconnect the tornado  siren after it was triggered by lightening.

  The Water Valley Blue Devils defeated the Independence Wildcats, 30-20. Regie Pulley made several spectacular runs during the game.

  The home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mills, located on Highway 315-E, was selected by the Town & Country Garden Club as October’s country Yard of the Month.

  Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated in Water Valley. Students and staffs of the Water Valley Schools will wear red ribbons, showing their support of Drug Free Schools across the country.

  Phillip Dickey,  32-year veteran in the automotive industry and Longistics and Platform Manager of BorgWarner, show products made in the BorgWarner Plant at Water Valley to Water Valley Ambassador President Hamric Henry.

30 Years—October 23, 1986 – Dana Singleton, 16-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Singleton, is the Drum Major of the Water Valley High School Band for the 1986-87 school year.

  Bennie Cole Taylor, president of the Bank of Water Valley, and Water Valley Mayor Hamric Henry, were pictured in front of the new backdrop for the tennis courts in City Park. The back drop and new lighting were donated by the bank to replace those destroyed by the 1984 tornado.

  The Water Valley Blue Devils defeated Holly Springs, 26-12, in a very important conference game.

  Hills and Delta District of the Garden Clubs of Mississippi presented the three garden clubs of Water Valley certificates for their joint project, “Adopt–A–Park,” in which they restored the City Park, following damage by the 1984 tornado. Mrs. Harold Williams of Water Valley, president of the Garden Clubs of Mississippi, presented certificates to Mrs. Travis Clement, president of The Southern Living Garden Club; Mrs. Joe Scott Vance, president of Town and Country Garden Club, and Mrs. Hamric Henry, president of The Garden Club of Water Valley.

40 Years—October 21, 1976 – Pictured was Dana Singleton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Singleton, with some of the Halloween decorations she had helped her mother and other Junior Auxiliary members gather to decorate for the Halloween Carnival, to be held at Country Music World.

  Richard Flowers, chairman of the Water Valley Jaycee’s Haunted  House Project, announced that this annual event would be held October 28-30. Over 14 of motion picture’s most famous horror characters have been assembled.

  Swine Flu vaccinations continue to be given in the county. County Health Nurse Ima Jones, advised all  high risk residents (over 65 or with chronic respiratory illnesses) get a vaccination.

  The Lafayette Commodores defeated the Blue Devils, 31-0, in Friday night’s game. Local players pictured were Buddy Willingham, Gordon Simpson, Randy Simmons and Kevin Horan.

  In Junior High Play, the Blue Devils defeated the Calhoun City Wildcats, 26-8. Pictured were Jimmy Baker and Richie Craven.

50 Years—October 20, 1966 – Ninth grader Nancy Tyler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. “Crip” Tyler, was named Junior High Homecoming Queen. Her escorts were James Cotton and Hugh Gurner. Other members of the court were: ninth grade maids, Lee Ann Mott and  Jane Henry; eighth grade maids, Deneise Chittom and Lu Ann Reed; and seventh grade maid, Bessie Lou Womble.

  Fred Vaughn killed a limit of squirrels the second day of the season, hunting near Pleasant Green Church.

  Local Junior Auxiliary members attending the regional meeting were Mrs. Don Holloway, Mrs. Hershel Howell, Mr. Paul Strode, Mrs. Baxter Jones, Mrs. Tom Oakes, Mrs. Charles Bynum, Mrs. Binford Williams and Mrs. Bill Hall. 

60 Years—October 25, 1956 – Mrs. Eva Mae Wilboun was selected as “Mrs. Water Valley,” for 1956-57 in the pageant held in the City Auditorium. Alternates were: Mrs. Bruce James, 1st; and Mrs. M.E. Webb, 2nd.

  Crowned queen at the homecoming football game was Margaret Spivey, daughter of Mrs. Earl Bell. She was escorted on the field by co-captains, Charles Larson and Bobby Schmitz. 

  Junior maid, Mary Lou Mize, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Golie Mize, was escorted by Pitt Person and Charles Miles. Sophomore maid, Emily Kendrick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kendrick, was escorted by David Vaughn and Bill Lantrip. Freshman  maid, Sue McCullar, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roland McCullar, was escorted by George Gafford and Jimmy McDonald.

  A Halloween carnival, to be held at Water High School on October 31,  is being sponsored by the PTA.

  The Garden Club of Water Valley is sponsoring a “Living Ad” Party  in the City Auditorium. All models are local and they’ll be modeling local merchandise.

70–Years—October 24,  1946 –  Congressman Jamie Whitten, addressing the Rotary Club, told of problems facing congressmen.

  News of Our Men and Women in Uniform Column this week included: Pvt. Rayford Mathis in the Regular Army is stationed at Keesler Field in Biloxi for 18 months; Pvt. Jack Hardy has been transferred from Ft. Monomuth, New Jersey to Camp Stoneman, Calif.; Pvt. V. J. Jennings enlisted in the Regular Army and is stationed at Keesler Field in Biloxi; Sgt. Dennis Mckebben, son of Mr. and Mrs. John McKebben of Water Valley,  is a member of the 25th Medical Battalion in Osaka Honshu, Japan.

  Gilda Lynn Jones, in addition to winning Grand Champion in the Junior Division of the Mississippi 4-H Club Show, has captured many other honors at the All American Junior Jersey Show, held in Columbus, Ohio.

   Jesse Elkin, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Elkin, has pledged Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha social fraternity at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is studying dentistry.

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