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Look Back In Yalobusha History

Students stand in front of Sylva Rena School around 1912. Many of the students were carrying sticks, apparently with stick ball on the agenda that day. The school burned in 1938, and the students were absorbed into the faculties of the Water Valley Schools when they consolidated that same year.

Farmers Were Planning To Use ‘Furrow Method’ For Planting Kudzu In ‘46


10 Years—January 11, 2007 – Circuit Clerk Daryl Burney administered the oath of office to Chief Deputy Jerry Ferguson. Ferguson was appointed by Sheriff Lance Humphreys the previous week.

  Tubist James E. Shearer, professor at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico was scheduled to present a recital in First Baptist Church on January 15.

  The City of Water Valley was considering the possibility of raising water, sewage and garbage collection rates.

  Lt. Rick McCuan reported that two persons were behind bars following an armed robbery at Rascals Sunday night.

  Zachery Brower, son of John and Carolyn Brower, won BF Frontier 346 Champion Angus Bull and Supreme Champion Bull at the North Mississippi Fair in Verona recently.

  Deer kills reported were: Kody Gilley, son of Les and Misty Gilley, a 5-point buck; Leah Warren, 7-year-old daughter of Leigh and Shana Warren, killed her first deer, a 7- point buck; J. J. Potts killed a 4-point buck on private land; and Mickey Watson got a 10-point red stag on his second hunt at Foxworth.

20 Years—January 16, 1997 – Blue Devil coaches and team members won All-Division honors. Named “Coaching Staff of the Year” in Division II, 3A were: Head Coach Gary Drewery, Cliff Craven, Trea Higdon, Steve Fowler, Murray Dixon, Curtis West and Jeff Bynum.

  Two Northwest Community College students from Water Valley, Sonya Brown and James Parrish, were listed on the dean’s list.

  Emily Madison of Coffeville and Leigh Ann Vaughn  of Water Valley are Delta State University senior social work majors, who are beginning their field placements.

  A history of the Boy Scouts in Water Valley is being compiled by long time Scouter, Jack Gurner, Sr., in honor of the city observing its 70th Anniversary of Scouting.

  The Clifton Smiths have been awarded the honor of  “Yard of the Month” by The Garden Club of Water Valley.

  Featured in the Gurner Photography ad this week is three-year-old Lauren Tyler, daughter of Julie and Cam Tyler. She is swinging on an ivy draped swing and the photo captions is: “I’m thinking of the coming of spring.”

30 Years—January 15, 1987 – Sheila Spence, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Spence, was on the president’s list at Blue Mountain College for the first semester.

  Sheriff Lloyd Defer was urging Yalobusha County citizens to support the Boy’s and Girl’s Ranch, a charity of the Mississippi Sheriffs’ Association.

  Julie Thompson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Thompson, and Ruth Weathers of Oxford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Weathers, were among recent  inductees into Phi Theta Kappa, a national scholastic and honorary fraternity at Northwest Mississippi Junior college.

  Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Hart were honored with a reception, hosted by their children, on their golden wedding anniversary.

  Mr. and Mrs. Mathis Morgan were honored with a surprise celebration on their 60th wedding anniversary by their seven children.

40 Years—January 13, 1977 – Anthony Steele and Mary Beth Knight, both members of the Water Valley High School junior class and officers of the high school band, have been selected to participate in the University of Mississippi New Materials Clinic to be held in February.

  The new Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association Manager, W. H. Saxton, stated that the new rates should cause only a slight increase in bills.

  Bluford McCullar, manager of the Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, died in Yalobusha General Hospital on January 8, where he had been a patient for two days.

  Addressing members of the Water Valley PTA at their first meeting of the year were representatives from Mississippi Educational TV.

  Members from Mrs. Boswell’s third grade class, David Thompson, Shirley Galloway, Larry Sullivan, George Crocker, John Hobson, Valerie Gooch, Randy Potts, and Tony Rockette, were being instructed by an employee of South Central Bell Telephone Company, on how to properly use the telephone equipment.

50 Years—January 12, 1967 – William Winter, treasurer of the state, announces plans to run for governor of Mississippi. Mr. Winter is a nephew of Mrs. Ruby Smith of Water Valley.

  Senator Walter Moore of Oakland has been named to chair a special interim legislative committee studying Mississippi’s Milk Commission and the high cost of  milk in the state.

  J.G. “Buster” Trealoar is seeking the Beat Tree Supervisor’s Post in Yalobusha County.

  A day’s kill for a group of Water Valley hunters, hunting with nine beagles owned by Horace Upchurch, was 21 rabbits and one bobcat. Hunting with Upchurch were Earl Neal, Alton Blaker, Gene Upchurch and Milton Coleman.

  It was reported that the Blue Devil basketball team was still hot, with a record of 13-2. High scorers were Tommy Hudson, Johnny Craven, Wayland Hill, Abe Morris and Charles Green.

  Approximately 250 Explorer Boy Scouts will be thrilled to get an hour flight in a C130. The flight is being hosted by the U.S. Air Force and the Yocona Area Boy Scout Council.

60 Years—January 16, 1957 – Laura Jo Burns, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. “Jake” Burns of Water Valley, was selected to reign as “Miss Northwest Junior College.” She was also named “Most Beautiful” in the Who’s Who Contest.

  The “human Blimp” will be on exhibition in Water Valley Saturday in front of the Main Street Band Stand. A former wrestler and a life-long athlete, the man weighs 763 pounds and is reported to be the world’s largest person.

  A new gas franchise being negotiated with United Gas Corporation would require the company to pay two percent of the gross revenue of sales to the city.

  VFW Post 4100 announced that a dance would be held at the Post Home, located on Highway 315, west of Water Valley. The dance would be held Saturday from 8 p.m. until midnight and admission was $1. Music would be by the Ranch Boys of Coffeeville.

  Leon Benson brought his record player and Christmas records to entertain at the Jeff Davis Home demonstration Club’s Christmas party.

70–Years—January 9, 1947 – W. E. Blackmur announced at a meeting of the Rotary Club that he would give prizes, totaling $150, to the farm boys and girls making the best all around records during 1947.

  In a sweet potato growing contest in the State of Mississippi a 14-year-old boy from Jones County took first place with a net of $583.30 per acre. Second place winner was Edward McMinn from Yalobusha County and also among the winners was Bill McMinn also of Yalobusha County.

  John Throop, Jr. of Water Valley represented Ole Miss at the 26th Bi-annual Convention of the Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.

  Parker’s Ben Franklin was having a big sale on the occasion of their 10 anniversary in Water Valley. One of the sale items was No. 2 & 3 wash tubs advertised for $1.65 up. 

  Many farmers in the Yalobusha County Soil Conservation District were expected to  plant Kudzu by the new “furrow method.”



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