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Jan. 2: The Day Most Of Yesterday’s Resolutions Are Broken – Tomorrow They Will Be Forgotten


10 Years—December 28, 2006 – The 2006 Water Valley Blue Devils baseball team  will go down in history, after competing for the state title in 3A against the Newton County Cougars. The team came up one game short after losing the third game of the best of three series. This game was played in May and is reported in the year end review.

  Former Yalobusha County Chief Deputy Sheriff Lance Humphreys was appointed Sheriff in October. This was also reported in the year end Review.

  The Enid Lake Fish Hatchery will begin stocking in 2007. Over a dozen ponds have been built.

  Yalobusha  County Agent Steve Cummings reported that 2006 was a busy  year for the Extension Service.

  In Charles Cooper’s “Reflections” Column he stated that yesterday’s entertainment had included reading the comics. This was brought to mind as  he watched his four-year-old granddaughter, Shelby, watching Sesame Street.

  The Valley Sams hosted the residents at Reedy Acres Baptist Children’s Village at a Christmas dinner.


20 Years—January 2, 1997 –
Santa Claus (Henry Reeves) and his helper, Emily Hodge, spread cheer as they delivered gifts to the residents at Yalobusha County Nursing Home on Christmas Eve.

  Angela Carter of Water Valley was awarded the John Howard Shows Scholarship in Law. Congratulating her was Dean William Champion from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

  Chris Shelton of Courtland killed an 18-point buck while hunting in the Pine Valley Area. Chris is the grandson of Mrs. Tisha Shelton.

  A 90 pound deer broke through the glass door of Spring Creek Traders Village. Freddie Martin is owner of the business.

  Valley City Lodge will  install the following officers for 1997: Samuel Edward McCain, worshipful master; James Franklin Bennett, senior warden; Michael Treloar McKee, junior warden; Albert Dollahite, treasurer; Bill Knox, secretary; Robert Lee Smith, junior tiler; Clyde Herron, senior deacon; and Henry Lynch, junior deacon.


30 Years—January 1, 1987 –  J. L. “Pete” Reid, chairman of Yalobusha County Committee Soil Conservation Service,  presented a $20 cheek to Richard Bennett, who won second place in a recent Land Judging Contest and Tony Raley earned a $15 cheek as the third place winner.

  Fourth graders at Davidson Elementary School, Darryl Kuykendall, Benjamin Eakes, Jennifer Whitehead, Patrick Carothers, Russell Bell, and Randy Goodwin sang in the school Christmas program.

  Piggly Wiggly advertised red ripe Tomatoes for 49 cents a pound and ground beef for 88 cents a pound.

  In the Liberty News, written by Ruth Cain, it was reported that Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Pratt had supper with Mr. and Mrs. Kim Hollowell and Stacy of Taylor.


40 Years—December 30, 1976 – Long-time writer for the Herald, Frank Tucker, was putting the cap on his pen after 16 years. Mr. Frank compiled the “Happenings of Yesteryear” Column and also wrote the farm news column.

  Dean Bowles and his son, “Bubba,” are pictured with a large 11-point buck, killed by Dean while hunting northwest of Water Valley.

  Water Valley Electric Department Lineman Roy Bennett Stevens was in the bucket of the “cherry picker” removing the  city’s Main Street Christmas decorations.

  Irma Jean Gee of Route Three, Water Valley, won $625 in Cold Cash Dollars this week at Liberty Cash No. 61.

  Airman Sherry Tatum, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Tatum, has been assigned to Dyess AFB, Texas, for training in the U.S. Air Force Supply Field.

  Many members of the M. L. Elliott family came from far and near for the annual family reunion.


50 Years—December 29, 1966 – Births announced in “Tomorrow’s Men and Women” this week are: Timothy Scott Rutherford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Rutherford, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Haley of Water Valley and Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Rutherford of Batesville;  Michael Scott Sledge, son of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Sledge of Vicksburg, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Henley of Water Valley and Mr. and Mrs. H. I.  Sledge of Senatobia; and Sheryl Denise Tendell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Tendell, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard McCullar of Water Valley and Mr. and Mrs. Willie Tendell of Batesville. 

  Paula Kay Juchheim of Grenada, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Pierce of  Water Valley has pledged Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority at Ole Miss. 

  Jan Childress, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Childress and a freshman at Northwest Junior College, was a delegate to the Intercollegiate Council at Ole Miss.

  Extension Home Economist Mildred Bell, in her weekly column, gave tips  on easy ways to cut costs of food expenditures in the new year.

  Reported in the “Personal Mention” Column: Mr. and Mrs. Henry Baddley spent Christmas day in Raymond with their children, Mr. and Mrs.  Jimmy Baddley.


60 Years—December 27, 1956 –  Julia Fite was named “Miss Water Valley High School of 1956” and Jimmy McDonald was selected “Mr. WVHS” at the annual dance, held in the City Auditorium.

  Mayor O. T. Hamner announced the Christmas lights would be left on until Monday.

  A 24-hour prayer vigil, beginning on New Year’s Eve, would be held in the  Methodist Church.

  Mississippi had 775 fires during November of 1956.

  Christmas Lighting Contest winners are: Overall House Front, Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Gholson; Picture Window, Mr. and Mrs. E. L. McVey; Outside Tree, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Myers; Door Front, Mr. and Mrs. Joel Edgar; Unique Outside Decoration, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Edwards.

  In the ”Want Ads” “Little Jim’s”Restaurant was advertising for a waitress for night work. Phone No. was 9108. J. B. Massie had a good home for sale on Clay St. for only $4,500.


70–Years—January 2, 1947 –  Paul Kiihnl completed a course in embalming at one of the leading embalming schools in the country. He has returned to Water Valley and will be the assistant funeral director at Newman Gardner Funeral Home.

  Politics in Mississippi from constable to governor will be featured in 1947. Bob Jones leads off in the Yalobusha races, as he announces as a candidate for the office of sheriff.

  In the hospital news patients in the Water Valley hospital are: Mrs. Don Holt, Mrs. D. L. Cain, and Odie Vanlandingham, all of Water Valley; Sedric Reese of Marks; and Mrs. Morris Wood and baby of Water Valley.

  Editor E.B. Shearer began his “Shearings” column with: “Today is the day that most of yesterday’s resolutions are broken. Tomorrow will be the day they are forgotten.

  A deputy collector with the Internal Revenue Service will be in Water Valley at the courthouse January 6 to assist tax payers with making the final income tax return of the year. Fourth quarter estimates for 1946 will be due January 15.

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