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Look Back In Yalobusha History

  DOT employees of the Northern District of the Mississippi Department of Transportation were presented service awards in 1997 from Northern District Highway Commissioner Zack Stewart. The group included (from left) Stewart; Robert Patton, 10 years; Charles Stewart, 20 years; Buster Jackson, 40 years; Earl Hickman, 30 years; and District Engineer Dan Langley.

Coffeeville Captain Was Key Player In 1967 Dogfight – Seven Russian Migs Were Downed


10 Years—January 4, 2007 – The flag was flown at half staff at all city, county, state and federal institutions in the Valley honoring former President Gerald Ford who died December 26, 2006.

  Several candidates had turned in their qualifying papers to run for county offices at the circuit clerk’s office Tuesday, the first day for qualifying. The qualifying period ends March 1.

  Sales tax collections were down five percent for the month of November, compared to the same month the previous year.

  Deer kills reported this week were: Hayden Aston, 9-year-old son of Jeremy and Kerry Sumner, killed his first deer, a four-point, with a .410, while  hunting in the Sylva Rena Community; Ginger Pullen killed her first deer, a 7-point buck, on her “Grampy” George Brandon’s land in Yalobusha County; and Matt Jones, son of Ricky Jones, killed a 10-point buck, hunting in Yalobusha County.

  The Coleman family, Billy Rounsaville, Wayne Coleman, Eldrege Coleman, and Esta Mae Coleman Parker, entertained at the Yalobusha Historical Society meeting.


20 Years—January 9, 1997 – John Ashford retired after 43 years with the Farm Bureau Insurance Company.

  Scott Parsons, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Parsons of Vance, was named Agricultural Legislative Assistant to U.S. Representative Charles Pickering. Scott is a grandson of John Throop and the late Mrs. Carlisle Throop, and Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Parsons, all of Water Valley.

  Toni Hill, president of Tri-Lakes Life Underwriter’s Association, presented Donna Lovelace, a social worker serving Reedy Acres, a check to be used to purchase winter clothing for a child at Reedy Acres.

  David Johnson killed a 16-point buck hunting in Calhoun County.

  Matt Burrowes killed his fist deer, a 10-point buck, while hunting with his dad, Kenny, southeast of Water Valley.

  Water Valley Manufacturing named Beverly Walker their December Employee of the Month. She had 17 years of continous service with the company.


30 Years—January 8, 1987 –  The Garden Club of Water Valley selected the home of Mrs. James E. Larson as their January “Yard of the Month”. 

  Phillip Zampella killed a nice 8-point buck hunting in the Bluford McCullar bottom, near the Lafayette-Panola County line.

  Joe Elliott announced he was a candidate for Superintendent of Education of Yalobusha County. Lloyd Defer is running for re-election as sheriff and Steve Riley is seeking re-election as Justice Court Judge for District Two.

  Melanie Ann Shelly, daughter of Connie and Richard Shelly, was named a United States National Award winner in Business Education.

  Allen Dickey has been named Holley’s December “Employee of the Month.”

  Air Force Major Harry Bethel received a promotion to Lt. Colonel. He is the son of Mrs. Jean Bethel of Memphis and a nephew of Mrs. Ricard Baddley of Water Valley.


40 Years—January 6, 1977 – Alfred Reed, Jr. will succeed Clovis E. Steel as Superintendent of the Water Valley School System, effective at the end of the scholastic year.

  Water Valley Band students attending the State Band Clinic were Terrell McClaflin, bass clarinet; Cheryl Odom, contralto clarinet; Paul Forsyth, trumpet; and James Steele, trumpet.

Northwest Junior College was offering night classes in Water Valley.

  All citizens of Water Valley (both those living in the city limits now and those who will be in the city after the annexation) need to register to vote.

  Mr. and Mrs. Johnny McDonald celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at an open house in their home at 910 North Main Street.


 50 Years—January 5, 1967 –  Yalobusha County was named the 24th county in Mississippi as an exclusive Mississippi Action for Progress (MAP) Area for the development of Head Start Programs.

  Liberty National Life Insurance Company received the NSAA Award, bestowed by the National Association of Life Underwriters. W. F. Mathis, son of Ms. Lloyd Davenport of Water Valley, was one of the representatives recognized.

  Capt. John B. Stone of Coffeeville was a key figure in an aerial dogfight between U.S. planes and Soviet built Migs over North Vietnam. Seven Migs were shot down without a single U.S. loss. Capt. Stone is the son of Yalobusha County Attorney J. P. Stone.

  Bill Allen of Tupelo, one of 50 houseboys now serving in Ole Miss sororities, was pictured accepting his pay (his meals). He was assigned to Phi Mu and among sorority members serving Allen a meal was Patti Axelrod of Water Valley.

  Listed in Tomorrow’s Men & Women column was the birth of Harriett Jill Ross, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ross. Big brother Scott joined in welcoming his little sister.

  The Water Valley Blue Devils basketball team took three games from county rival, Oakland. High scorers were Mike Edwards, Jerry Holt and Brad Van Winkle.


60 Years—January 9, 1957 – Two students at Jeff Davis High School,  Barbara McCain and Norma Harris, attended a safety conference at Mississippi State University.

  Mr. and Mrs. John Strickland observed their 50th wedding anniversary at their home on December 24.

  Southern Bell Telephone Company recorded a record expansion in Mississippi in 1956.

  Dependents of Naval servicemen and veterans will become eligible for medical care after receiving a Medical Care Card.

  Seven members of the Bethlehem Home Demon-stration Club, along with their 10 guests and Home Agent, Miss Cochran, enjoyed a Christmas party in the Extension Building on December 20.

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Larson of Memphis entertained a number of Vallians in their home.

  The annual Christmas reunion of the M. F. Elliott Family was held at their home with children, grands and other guests attending.


70–Years—January 2, 1947 –  In the annual “Babson Report” it was predicted that there would be higher basiness levels in 1947, but foreign troubles would be greater.

  Bob Jones, candidate for Sheriff of Yalobusha County, was the fist to announce that he is running. The headline stated that 1947 would feature politics with offices from constable to governor involved.

  The new 1946 Homestead Law is much more liberal. Should you qualify for a 50 percent exemption you will receive a full exemption up to $1,000 valuation of your home.

  The Yalobusha County Agriculture Workers Organization held its first regular meeting of the year in the Oakland School. Officers elected were: E. L. Sessume, president; Frank L. Trucker, vice-president; and Miss Esther Kerr, secretary.

  Former Vallian Wert Turner Harvey, a professor of piano at the University of Texas, will present a recital, sponsored by the B-Natural Music Club.

  In the Personal Column it was reported that Miss Jessie Wagner left Tuesday for New Orleans, where she joined her sister, Mrs. Frazer Hood. They would travel by plane to Guatemala where they will spend several weeks.

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