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Look Back at Yalobusha History

Among visitors traveling Water Valley High School’s nature trail back in 1976 on a Sunday afternoon were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Holly and children. Mr. Holly is District Supervisor of Agricultural Education. Before beginning the trail hike they posed for a picture in front of the fire in the Nature Trail’s featured log cabin. Shown (from left) are: Rodney Childress, vocational agricultural in the Water Valley school; Mr. and Mrs. Holly and their two children; Larry Carr, environmental education teacher; and two of the vo-ag students, Robert Davis and Phillip Carr. Several students acted as guides for the visitors on the Sunday afternoon treks.

1986 Cancer Research Fundraiser Helped ‘Send A Mouse To College’ 



10 Years—November 10, 2006 
Mary Lou Jones and Pat Riley, members of the Town and Country Garden Club, were pictured planting pansies in the pots along Main St. The plantings in these pots, around  Railroad Park and the pavilion are a continuing downtown city beautification project of the garden club.

  The annual Water Valley Junior Auxiliary’s Gala is being held November 11. The Community Inspiration Award will be presented at the event.

  In the school board meeting an announcement was made that the Water Valley School District is rated among the top 20 schools in the state for qualified teachers. Stringent regulations were also passed in the  board meeting on the types of snacks and beverages to be offered to students.

  VFW Post 4100 is planing a weekend of activities, honoring veterans, and there will also be a fund raiser for Amy Wilbourn, daughter of VFW Ladies Auxiliary member, Debbie King.

  Water Valley Cafe owner, Bill Rotenberry, has reopened his restaurant and on hand for the grand re-opening were Mayor Bill Norris, family members, Water Valley Ambassadors and friends.

  The regular football season ends with a 6-5 record, as the Blue Devil fell to the Nettleton Tigers, 21-6.


20 Years—November 14, 1996
The Water Valley High School Cheerleaders won the North Half High School Competition and will compete in state competition at Mississippi College in December. Coaching the cheerleaders is Suzanne Oakley, and team members are Tanya Odom, Amanda Langford, Tracy Sutherland, Nancy Margaret Ray, Jill Hyde, Tammy McMinn, Aliya Ramirez, Christy Wilbourn, Kellie Burns, Ashley Aldy, Courtney Parsons, Pam Sunderland and Bethany Caulfield.

  The Water Valley Blue Devils soundly defeated the Coldwater Cougars, 54-14, and will face Ripley in the first round of the play-offs.

  Wayne Harris, president of Union Planters Bank in Water Valley, spoke to the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th, grade classes at Water Valley Elementary School during Red Ribbon Week on the dangers of alcohol and tobacco use.

  Lacey Harris was the poster winner in the “Promote the Vote” Campaign, held in Water Valley Elementary School. Her poster is now in competition at the state level.

  Mary Nicholson is the October Employee of the Month at Water Valley Manufacturing, Inc.


30 Years—November 13, 1986
The Blue Devils ended regular season play with a 6-4 record, being defeated by the Independence Wildcats, 12-2. The Water Valley team will meet Nettleton Thursday night in the Sweet Potato Bowl, being played at Vardaman.

  Brett King played “Taps” in the Veterans Day Program, held at the War Memorial in Railroad Park. Pictured were Mayor Hamric Henry, along with Tomie Ashford and Charles Simpson, who lowered the flag.

  Water Valley Elementary students are participating in the “Send a Mouse to College”Campaign. For a donation of $1, a mouse can be sent to help with cancer research.

  Rosie Willingham and Rose Beeler, both of Water Valley, were students in evening classes in the Mississippi College School of Nursing, being held in various locations across the state.

  Rev. George Cantin entertained elementary students by playing both the organ and saxophone during a program on blindness. Rev. Cantin is totally blind.


40 Years—November 11, 1976
State Representative for Yalobusha and Panola counties, Harry Bryan, spoke at the PTA meeting Monday night.

  Water Valley Schools hosted one of a series of Parent-Teacher Association Regional Leadership Development Conferences, being held all over the state. Mrs. Peggy Howell, Water Valley PTA president and Water Valley Schools Superintendent Clovis Steele were hosts for the event.

  First United Methodist Church was presented a Certificate of Appreciation from the Board of Trustees of Methodist Hospital for their support. Mrs. J. G. Carpenter of Water Valley, a member of the state Methodist hospital board, presented the certificate to Melvin Ford, Chairman of FUMC’s Hospital Campaign, Charles Simpson, Official Board Chairman, and Rev. R. R. Godbold, pastor.

  Among Water Valley students at Northwest Junior College were: Craig Hart, a freshman majoring in general business; Karen Suther-land, a freshman majoring in intensive secretarial training; and Don Johnson, a freshman majoring in respiratory therapy.


50 Years—November 10, 1966
Mary Kathryn Potts, a Water Valley High School senior, was selected 1966 Homecoming Queen by the student body. She was escorted on the field by Co-Captains Tommy Hudson and Clinton Mooney. Members of her court were: senior maids, Linda Winters and Grace Ann McMinn; and junior maids, Ann Woods and Marcia Michelletti.

  Dr. George Brown has been named to the “Fifty Year Club” of the Mississippi State Medical Association. Dr. D. E. Spears made the presentation on behalf of the North Mississippi Medical Association.

  The Water Valley Blue Devils lost a heart-breaker, 20-13, to their arch rival, Senatobia. Even with this loss, Tommy Hudson remains the top scorer in Mississippi for the 1966 season.

  The city sales tax collections are reported to be up from the previous year.

  “Tad” Smith, Athletic Director at the University of Mississippi, will be the speaker at the Blue Devils’ Banquet.

  Mrs. Caroline Caulfield was presented a Certificate of Appreciation for her efforts in support of the U.S. Army Recruiting Program.


60 Years—November 15, 1956
he Water Valley Pee Wee Team, coached by Bobby Tyler, had a perfect season. Team members were: Don Robinson and Wayland Adams, managers; Charlie Beene, Bobby “Bo” Williams, Dean Wright, Robert Mont-gomery, Larry Hart, James Green, Jimmy “Bull” Miles, Breck Brown, Joe Elliott, Eddie Ray, Bill Thomas, Hugh Wright, Sammy All-red, Larry “Bones” Swear-engen, John Tubbs, Murray Green, J. W. White, Macky Bynum, Frank Romberger, J. D. Thomas, and Chesterfield Brown.

  Workmen were cutting a channel from Yocona River to the Water Valley Boat Landing on Enid Lake.

  Lula Faye Love, 4-year-old daughter of Mae Eliza Love, is the first diagnosed  Polio case in Yalobusha County for the year.

  E. B. Hughes, 75-years-old, stated to the Herald editor, that he has picked 9,625 pounds of cotton this fall. His top picking days were 311, 291, and 207 pounds.

  David Langford was listed in Who’s Who at Mississippi State College.


70–Years—November 14, 1946
The Water Valley Blue Devils will meet the Houston Hilltoppers in the final game of the season. The local team had not played for the past three year and it was reported that this year’s record was a pretty good showing, with three wins, two ties, and two loses. The Water Valley line-up listed: Utley, 155; Samuels, 155; Horan, 150; Craven, 145; Wallace, 140; Jones, 142; Lynch, 145; Bratton, 135; Simpson, 150; Knight, 159; Morgan, 137; Holloway, 140; Bell, 130; Knight, 140; Peacock, 125; and Mitchell, 125.

  Wagner, Magee, and Crocker Lakes, along with Johnson Creek, Long Branch and O’Tuckolofa have had a new stock of bass, crappie, and bream added.

  Yalobusha County Agent  W. Y. Parker reports that cattle lice are costly to cattlemen each year, reducing milk production, retarding growth in calves and weight gain in beef cattle.

  Water Valley 4-H Clubs have elected officers for the 1946-’47 year. High School officers are: Billie F. Brooks, president; Eva F. Brooks, vice-president; Laucene Shaw, secretary; and Mrs. Tommy Gunn, sponsor. Grammar School officers are: Joy Tatum, president; Martha A. Gean, vice-president; Jo Taylor, secretary; and Mrs. Fannie Tarver, sponsor.

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