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Bronze Star Awarded Posthumously To Alfred Hill In 1946


10 Years—November 30, 2006 – Bennie Cole Taylor assisted Town and Country Garden Club members, Patsy Humphreys, Margaret Daum, and Julia Taylor, with Christmas decorations on the tree at the Railroad Park Pavilion.

  A holiday tour of five homes in Oakland was planned. Lee Faust, Margaret Jean Ross, Joy Mullen, Flora Vance, Sylvia Grant, Mahaley Hames, and Sharon Few, were pictured on the porch of one of the tour homes owned by Flora and Sam Vance.

  City Electric Department employees Robert Walker and Ricky Ragon were pictured putting up the City’s Christmas Decorations.

  Mary Kathryn Smith of Oakland is among 155 fall 2006 initiates into Phi Kappa Phi academic honors society at the University of Mississippi.

20 Years—December 5, 1996 – Even though Kris White, Arreleous Holmes, and Durrell Clark, ganged up to stop a Shannon ball carrier early in the North Half Class 3A final play in Water Valley Friday night, Shannon defeated the Blue Devils, 35-7, to advance to the state playoffs. The Valley team closed the season with a 12-2 record.

  Lannon Franklin has been named the new manager of the Water Valley Chamber of Commerce. The announcement was made jointly by Chamber president, Joe Black, and Snooky Williams, president of the Economic Development Foundation.

  Water Valley fifth graders who won the “Drug Free” Poster Contest were Megan Jones, first place; Ashley King, second place;  Angela Rodela, third place; and Andretta Gatlin, honorable mention.

30 Years—December 4, 1986 – Elected post officers for the Water Valley High School Career Awareness Explorer Scout Post were: Eric Morgan, Pat Baker, Audra Morgan, and Darrin Hairston.

  The Water Valley Elementary School’s Christmas Program will be broadcast live on WVLY Radio Station. Kindergarten through sixth grade will present the program entitled, “The Sights and Sounds of Christmas.” The program is coordinated by Mrs. Phyllis Goodwin, Mrs. Daliah McLeon, and Mrs. Vivian Gilley.

  Northwest Junior College students from Yalobusha  County, Tommy Lee Fondon, Melissa Melton, and Jennifer Yarbrough, all of Water Valley, and Billy Scott Martin of Coffeeville, have been named to Who’s Who among students in American Junior Colleges.

 40 Years—December 2, 1976 – John Easley killed a four-point, 100 pound buck, with one shot from a .44 Magnum Ruger Super Blackhawk pistol.

  Dr. George A. Brown, much loved physician, died Tuesday.

  Water Valley native, Bob Tyler, who coached the 1976 Mississippi State football team to its best record in 36 years, will coach the South in the North-South Shrine Game to be played in Pontiac, Michigan.

  Clovis Steele has resigned the superintendent’s post at Water Valley Schools, effective at the end of the school year. Mr. Steele came to Water Valley from Batesville in 1960.

  Morris George of Coffeeville has been elected secretary  of the University of Mississippi chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a professional music fraternity for men.

  Bailey Walker and Robert Akins were shown with a nine-point buck they killed hunting in the Billy’s Creek Area.

50 Years—December 1, 1966 –  John Cox enlisted in the U.S. Army. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence “Doc” Cox.

  Several Yalobusha County students were listed on the Northwest Junior College Honor Roll. On the  President’s List were Margaret Jane Abernethy of Water Valley, Virginia Tindall of Coffeeville, and Nancy Little of Oakland. On the Dean’s List were Janis Childress,  Mary Bess Shoemake, Deborah West, Larry Woods, and George Xidaris, all of Water Valley; and Ronald Smith of Oakland.

  Pvt. Jesse Adams,  son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Adams of Route Three, Coffeeville, completed a 14-week automotive repair course at the Army Ordinance Center and School at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland.

   60 Years—December 6, 1956 – Mr. and Mrs. W. M. “Bud” Blount will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house.

  Dr. Charles Burney Moore of Water Valley was the recipient of the Oschner Foundation for  Excellence in Medical Writing.

  The Blue Devil basketball team notched their fifth win in six tries  when they downed ancient rival, Batesville. The Devilettes dropped a close decision, 29-26, to the Panola Countians.

70–Years—December 5, 1946 – The Bronze Star was posthumously awarded to Alfred B. Hill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bennett Hill.

  The home of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Harris was partially destroyed by fire.

  The Mayor and  Board of Aldermen of Water Valley granted a 25 year franchise to United Gas Corporation to construct, maintain, and operate pipe lines and gas mains in the city.

  Dr. Ralph Markette, brother of Charley Lowe, was seriously injured and his wife was killed in a wreck 10 miles south of Brookhaven.

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