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Look Back at Yalobusha History

The Christmas decorations were going up just before Thanksgiving in 1966 as city lineman Arthur Nolen wired one of the displays.

AML Started Production In 1976 In Old School


10 Years—November 24, 2006 – Yalobusha County Supervisor Butch Surrette, Water Valley Chamber of Commerce President Kim Jones, Hatchery Manager Justin Wilkins, and Panola Partnership CEO Sonny Simmons examined plans for the visitors’ center at the Fish Hatchery, located near Enid Lake. Funds were needed to furnish the visitors’ center and the hatchery would begin stocking in 2007.

  It was decided in the Yalobusha County Supervisor’s meeting that Yalobusha General Hospital would continue answering 911 medical emergency calls.

  Attending the grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting of the  new NAPA Store were Barry Westmoreland, Rickey Talley, Arthur Hammentree, Ann Hurst, Barron Caulfield,  Nell Cox, Bill Boydston, Bill Hurst, Gena Lauderdale, Cary Kirk, Randy Terry, Tim McMinn, Mayor Bill Norris, Mary Sue Stevens, Bonnie Cox and Judy Davis.

  Point Pleasant Trail Riders held their annual horseback trail ride on Dr. James Smith’s ranch to raise money for St. Jude Research Center in Memphis.

  Yalobusha Deputy Sheriff Jason Beaver took home a first place win in the Mississippi International Defense Pistol Association Competition.

20 Years—November 28, 1996 – The Water Valley Blue Devils won the second play-off game, defeating the Velma Jackson Falcons, 32-12. The Blue Devils will now advance to north half play. Coaching the team are Head Coach Gary Drewery, Cliff Craven, Trea Higdon, Steve Fowler, Murray Dixon, Curtis West, and Jeff Bynum.

  Announcement was made that Mr. and Mrs. Paul Parker have been named grand marshals of the Water Valley Christmas parade.

  Nancy Margaret Ray, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Ray, will represent Water Valley High School cheerleaders in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

  The Garden Club of Water Valley welcomed two new members, Mrs. Robert Partain and Mrs. Jim Allen. Mrs. H. C. Moxley, president, called the meeting to order and Mrs. Ferman Anderson, after a moment of silent prayer in memory of Mrs. Nancy Goodwin, closed with the club prayer.

  Three Yalobusha law enforcement officers, Jerry Wray Martin of Coffeeville, Bennie Lon Nelson of Tillatoba and Travis Earl Nichols of Oakland, graduated from the law enforcement academy.

30 Years—November 27, 1986 – Mrs. Helen Gean was hostess for the meeting of North Main Street United Methodist Women.

  The Community Thanksgiving Service was held in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church. Rev. Bill Lott, pastor of First United Methodist Church, was the speaker for the service, which is an annual event sponsored by the Water Valley Ministerial Association.

  The Junior Auxiliary is sponsoring a program to finger print children of the area. JA is also requesting help with getting toys for needy local children.

  DECA students Stacy Harmon, Marco Gooch, Belinda Hollowell, and Valerie Phillips, attended the Fall Leadership Conference in Jackson. DECA Sponsor, Mrs. Rosa Ruth Hill, also attended the conference.

  The local Jaycees will distribute food baskets to needy families during the holiday season. Many area citizens are donating to this cause.

40 Years—November 25, 1976 – Sonny Lollar, president of the Bondafoam Company, reported that the plant was expected to be back in operation on Tuesday after fire had caused considerable damage at the plant last Thursday.

  Danny Ross Ingram  was elected vice-president of the Cattle Improvement Group of Mississippi.

  Lamar Burgess was among 40 students at Alcorn State University included in the latest edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

  Mary D. Reese, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert F. Reese of Water Valley, was inducted into Mu Lambda Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda at Mississippi Valley State University.

  Autumn Cooke and Betty Porter of Coffeeville were pictured surrounded by stuffed dolls, rabbits, and dogs, items to be sold at the annual Christmas Bazaar at Yalobusha Academy.

50 Years—November 24, 1966 – Hubert Sanders received a 15-star service pin and Gaylon King was given a five-year service pin at the Big Yank Awards Dinner.

  Water Valley Electric Department lineman Arthur Nolen was pictured hanging one of the Main Street Christmas decorations in preparation for the coming holiday season.

  AML Corporation has moved to Water Valley and started operations in the east side of the old grammar school. The company manufactures janitorial detergent and employees about 15 people.

  Cleve Peacock was pictured with a nice eight point buck, killed only minutes after the season opened. He stated that it was his first successful deer hunt since 1945.

  Hunting in the Holly Springs National Forest, Stanley True and “Butch” Vaughn killed two bucks about a 100 yards  apart  and within 30 minutes of the each other. One was a six-point buck and the other a spike.

  Several units have been added to both Housing Authority Projects.

  Miles Pastry Shop, which was heavily damaged in an October fire on Main Street, has been redecorated and is now reopened. Shields Shoe Shop, completely destroyed in the fire, has been rebuilt and is again open for business.

60 Years—November 29, 1956 – Eight seniors were recognized at the annual football banquet: Bill Lantrip, halfback as Most Valuable Player; George Gafford, guard as Best Scholastic Record; Jimmy McDonald, half-back; Pitt Person, tackle, as Best Blocker; Bobby Schmitz, quarterback and co-captain; David Vaughn, tackle; Charles Miles, end, as Most Improved Player; and Charles Larson, fullback and co-captain, as Best Scholastic Record.

  Members  of the Pee Wee team were also recognized at the banquet. They were: Larry Swearengen, captain; Eddie Ray and Jimmy Miles, co-captains, and their coach, Bobby Tyler.

  Johnson Lancaster joined the sales force of Clark Motor Company.

  The Water Valley High School basketball team suffered their first loss of the season to a strong Bruce team.

70–Years—November 28, 1946 – The Water Valley Blue Devils were defeated Friday night by Charleston, 12-7, in the last football game of the year. During the season, Water Valley had defeated Oakland, 44-0; Senatobia, 7-6; Vardaman, 6-0; had tied Batesville, 0-0; and Vardaman, 6-6; and lost to Grenada, 46-0; Houston, 25-14; and Charleston, 12-7. Coaching the team was Tommy  Gunn.

  Shirley Fair, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Fair, has been named associate editor of The Spectator, student newspaper at Mississippi College for Women (MSCW).

  A suspension of flood control  operations in the lower Mississippi Valley has been rescinded by President Harry Truman’s release of $56,000,000 of impounded flood control funds.

  Births listed in “Tomorrow’s Men and Women” Column are: Ronald Lee Scarbrough, son of Thomas H. (P.G.) and Martha Lee Parsons Scarbrough; David Norris Brown, son of Vernon and Sally Norris Brown; William Russell Bell, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs.  Russell Bell; and James Larry Little, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Little.

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