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Girl Scouts Sent Handmade Christmas Cards To Vietnam Soldiers In 1966


10 Years—December 14, 2006 – At the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Water Valley, Mayor Bill Norris called attention to the pay scale for city employees, stating that it is below neighboring cities. Because of this, key personnel are being lost. His suggestion was to consider a pay  increase.

  At the Water Valley School Board meeting, discussion included several small additions to the schools. This led to a broader discussion of long-term school renovations that could result in a bond issue.

  Employees of BorgWarner were treated to a holiday meal and helping serve were Mark Moore, LaQueda Faustin, John Broussard and Plant Manager Bill Liacone.

  Pictured were Betty Gurner, Mary Lou Jones, Lucia Holloway, and Bonnie Cox, in “Rags to Riches” costumes at the Town and Country Garden Club’s annual Christmas party. Cox took first place prize for  her rags garb.

  Announcement that Corey Lowery, son of Jackie and Scott Lowery, has been named the United States Achievement Academy winner in Architectural Design.


20 Years—December 19, 1996 –
The Water Valley High School cheerleaders earned a second place finish in their division at State Cheerleading Competition. Members of the squad are Tanya Odom, Amanda Langdon, Tracy Sutherland, Nancy Margaret Ray, Jill Hyde, Tammy McMinn, Aliya Ramirez, Christy Wilbourn, Kelly Burns, Ashley Aldy, Courtney Parsons, Pamela Sunderland, and Bethany Caulfield.

  The Water Valley Band Boosters recently purchased a new instrument trailer for the band’s use.

  Dustin Cole, age 13, was pictured with a 200 pound buck, his first ever kill.

  Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Chamber will be honored on their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception hosted by their children.

  New Junior Beta Club members recently inducted include Justin Brewer, Kathryn Burgess, Kelly Burns, Jarrod Dickey, Michael  Fonte, Lee Ann Holt, Starla Gooch, Dekesha Jenkins, Iris Kehoe, Amanda Lovelace, Ashley Sims, Will Taylor, Jill Terry, Dustin Welch, Carer White, and Lauren York.

  The Colonial home of Mrs. Herman White and her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Tyler, was chosen for The Garden Club of Water Valley’s December “Yard of the Month”.


30 Years—December 18, 1986 – Frank Macher, General Manger of Ford Motor Company’s Electrical and Electronics Division, presented Ford’s Q1 Preferred Quality Award to Travis Clement, plant manager of Holley Automotive Division’s Water Valley operation.

  Yalobusha County Sheriff Lloyd Defer presented Investigator Dewitt House a certificate, following his successful completion of Mississippi Law Enforcement Association’s Drug School.

  Rev. and Mrs. Paul Kiihnl were selected as the 1986 grand marshals of the Jaycee’s annual Christmas parade.

  Ingram Cattle Company  of Water Valley has been elected into membership of the American Angus Association.

  Over 10,000 books were circulated in the area from Blackmur Memorial Library during the 1985-86 fiscal year.

  Inger Meyn of Hamburg, Germany, helped decorate the Bank of Water Valley’s authentic German Christmas tree. Inger is the sister of Lars Meyn, who spent a year in Water Valley as a high school exchange student. Inger was visiting with Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Taylor.


40 Years—December 16, 1976 – Deborah Upchurch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernard Upchurch of Water Valley, has been selected for technical training at Chanute AFB, Illinois, in the Air Force Aircraft equipment maintenance field.

  Winners in the annual Jaycee Christmas parade were: First Place Religious, “Christmas Then and Now,” was First Baptist Church; First Place Theme, “Parade Theme,” by the Water Valley Jaycees was ridden by Debbie White, “Miss Water Valley,” and featured a riverboat; Most Original, First Place was captured by Bondafoam.

  Also included in the parade were the Water Valley beginner, junior high, and high school Bands; the Calhoun City high school band; the Bruce high school band; and the Air Force ROTC Unit from South Panola High School.

  Christmas music in the Valley scheduled included a cantata at the Presbyterian Church; First Baptist Church would present a New Service of Praise; First Methodist would present a cantata and the youth would also have a Christmas program; and a Christmas Tableaux would include a program of music and Christmas scenes at Friendship Baptist Church.


50 Years—December 15, 1966 – Handmade Christ-mas cards for U.S. soldiers in Vietnam were the Christmas service project of Girl Scout Troop 226. Mrs. Hubert Weaver is the troop leader and her assistant is Mrs. Roy Massey. Troop members, who made the 18 cards, included Paige Jones, Ellen Hyde, Harriett Fair, Terry Hill, Karen Young, Sherry Richards, Anita Williams, Cindy Massey, Janet French, Cheryl Jaudon, Lynette Childress and Gina Weaver.

  Freddy Wilkey and Jack Hughes, members of the Water Valley High School Band, attended the annual Mississippi Music Educators Clinic. Wilkey was first chair tuba and Hughes was first chair baritone. They were accompanied by Band Director Janie Hammond.

  Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hughes were honored on their 50th wedding anni-versary at an open house.

  Harriett Samuels, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Fly, was on the honor roll at Mississippi State College for Women (MSCW).


60 Years—December 20, 1956 – W. S. (Shine) Tyson was pictured with his annual Christmas sensational display. It featured a snowman and a snow man.

  The Water Valley Blue Devils’ basketball team defeated University High of Oxford, 44-35, to close out play before the holiday break.

  In the annual Mr. and Miss Water Valley High School Contest, Julia Fite, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Fite, was named Miss Water Valley High School; and Jimmy McDonald, son of Mr. and Ms. Johnny McDonald, was selected Mr. WVHS. Both are seniors.

  Included in the Water Valley Christmas decorating contest were: Door-ways, Miss Julia Fite, the Doyle Sartain Home, and the Bill Trusty Home; Picture Window, the W. M. Vines Home; Housefront, the W. C. Quinn Home; Outside Tree, the T. H. Myers Home, the Lee Edwards Home and the W. B. Mauldin Home.


70–Years—December 19, 1946 – Leon Rountree, manager of the Grand Theatre which had burned a few years ago, states that work on the new Valley Theatre is nearly finished and a grand opening will be held January 1, 1947.

  James Dixon Sizemore, 20, son of T. D. Sizemore, has been selected for training in Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at the Georgia School of Technology in Atlanta.

  Special Christmas services are scheduled at First Baptist Church, First Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, the  Christian Church, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, The Church of the Nativity, and North Main Street Methodist Church.

  Nylon Hose! Genuine Dupont Nylon, America’s most wanted item, is available at Rusk 5c&10c Store on Main Street..

  The Garden Club of Water Valley held their December meeting in the home of Mrs. E. L. McVey. Co-hostesses were Mrs. Frank Hyde and Mrs. F. H. Poteete.

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