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Look Back In Yalobusha History

Grand Jury Gave New Jail, Hospital High Marks During Annual Inspection in ‘67


10 Years—January 25, 2007 – Roofer Michael Smith is pictured as he hauls a load of shingles to the roof of the Episcopal Church. Smith and Mack File have been working on this project for a week.

  Just two weeks into 2007, the first murder of the year has been recorded.

  The high school baseball field remains in the spotlight. The problem currently being discussed is the field maintenance—whether it is the school’s or the city’s responsibility.

  First responders from across the county participated in a drug training program. The program was sponsored by Yalobusha County’s Sheriff’s Department and was taught by agents of the Mississippi Department of Narcotics.

  County Agent Steve Cummings reports that winter has arrived and it is  no surprise because it is time for the livestock shows.

  Brittany Barton killed a five-point buck while hunting with her step-dad, Greg Varner, in Lafayette County.

20 Years—January 30, 1997 – Three Water Valley High School Band students, Alicia Spouse, French Horn, Kathryn Burgess, clarinet, and Jason Bland, alto saxophone, earned “Superior” ratings at State Solo and Ensemble Competition.

  J. H. (Ham) Baker is pictured holding the plaque presented him at his retirement from the Water Valley Street Department. Pictured with Baker are Mayor Larry Hart, Street Commissioner Sherry Johnson, and his wife, Mary Baker.

  Yalobusha County students listed on Mississippi State University’s fall honor roll included: President’s List, Kenneth B. Poteete of Coffeeville; Dean’s List, Derrick Surrette of Water Valley, Amanda Edyth Link of Tillatoba, and Steflen Lee Bond of Water Valley.

  Mathis and Ioda Morgan celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary December 28, 1996. They were pictured with their children, Ola Faye Morgan, Willis Mathis Morgan, Jr., Carlean Rogers, Gladys Hunt, Miller R. Morgan, Sr., Lena Marshall, and Thomas Morgan.

  Former Blue Devils playing for the Mississippi State University Bull Dogs are Jordan White and Eric Allen.

30 Years Ago, January 26, 1987– Jack Harvey, son of Mrs. Bailey (Paulette) Baddley of Water Valley, has been named president and CEO of Econocon-USA,  headquartered in Memphis.

  Mrs. Shirley Moore is pictured with Blondie, Lucy, Monkey, and Rambo, four baby goats. The birth of these quadruplets has created much interest in the area.

  Water Valley Head Football Coach Terry Allen has been named “Coach of the Year” in the Tri-Lake Conference. Two Blue Devil players were also recognized, senior Marvin Holmes was  selected as All-Conference Linebacker and Most Offensive Lineman, and junior Kerry Morris was named All-Conference Offensive Guard.

  Big Yank’s expansion will bring 40 new jobs to the city.

  The Water Valley Piggly Wiggly Store, owned by the Summers family, has moved to Batesville.

40 Years—January 27, 1977 – Five Water Valley Eastern Star Chapter No. 5 members were presented “Fifty-Year” membership pins. They were Mrs. Ozie Dalton, Mrs. Grace Bennett, Mrs. Gertie Worsham, Miss Kate Johnsey and Mrs. Ethel Addington.

  Citizens Savings and  Loan resumed full operations in Water Valley with Floyd McGehee as vice-president and office manager, Holly Edwards as the company’s secretary, and Tommy White, Charles Sharp, Pat Holloway, Jr., and Arnold Wayne Carothers as directors.

  The Mississippi Economic Council is recommending that a law be passed requiring compulsory school attendance.

  Chelle Wilson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Wilson of Arlington, Texas, was crowned Miss Starlight of America for Arlington. She will now advance to the Miss Starlight of American Texas pageant.

  The United Methodist Women of North Mississippi Conference has endorsed “Turn Off TV Week” for the week of February 21-March 5.

50 Years—January 26, 1967 – Mrs. L. C. Cook has accepted the position of Administrator at Yalobusha General Hospital. Named to the post by the hospital board, Mrs. Cook took the job following the resignation of Paul Strode, Jr., who has been the administrator since the hospital opened.

Southern Bell Telephone Company announced that phones in Water Valley will go to dial in 1968. Work is now beginning on the new telephone office building.

  A loan in the amount of $150,000 has been made by the Farmers Home Admin-istration to Yalobusha Country Club, Inc., for the construction of facilities. Pat Holloway is president of the country club, Mrs. Don Holloway is secretary and John S. Throop, Jr. is the club’s attorney.

  Included in the grand jury report was that Yalobusha General Hospital has been inspected and the county was complemented on providing this valuable service to the citizens of the county. Also included in the report was a complimentary statement on the new jail, which members of the grand jury  proclaimed a valuable asset to the county.

  Shields’ Shoe Shop has been appointed an authorized dealer in Water Valley for Mother Goose Shoes.

60 Years—January 24, 1957 – Among the more prominent high school administrators attending a conference on education at Northwest Mississippi Junior College in Senatobia was J. N. Bell, long-time superintendent of Water Valley Schools. Mr. Bell was being greeted by R. D. McLendon, president of the college.

  The Blue Devils boys’ basketball team defeated Sardis, 62-42, with outstanding shooting by Bobby Schmitz, Jimmy McDonald, James Person and Ed Mays, Jr. The girls’ team defeated Cren-shaw and high scorer for the game was Sue Wright with 20 points.

  High winds caused damage at the Harold Cook home located north of the city, at the Frank Boydston place, and at the O.T. Parsons’ farm.

  Louis Riggs, chairman of the March of Dimes Fund, announced the “Mothers’ March” would be held January 31. He urged citizens to turn on porch lights as a signal that they would be willing to give to help with the fight against polio.

  In a photo the Bell Telephone Laboratories showed a demonstration of the “picture phone,”still in experimental stages, which is able to transmit recognizable images coast to coast.

70–Years—January 30, 1947 – E. L. Womack has been promoted to the position of chief dispatcher for the Illinois Central Railroad at Jackson, Tenn. He is succeeding L. S. Houston, who has worked for ICRR for 46 years, the last 30 as chief dispatcher. Both men are former residents of Water Valley.

  Pfc. William C. Lakey, son of Bob S. Lakey of Water Valley, joined the 88 Blue Devil Division in Venezia Ginlia July 20, 1946, and is now serving with B Company 349 Infantry.


 of the 88th Division.


  The Game and Fish Commission has opened a season on game fish during March and April.

  At a meeting of Boy Scout Troop 14, four patrols were named, and the patrol leaders were Billy Greer, J. D. Bell, Ralph Mitchell, and Charlie Bell. Ray Milstead was elected librarian, and Charlie Bell, was selected to be reporter for the troop.

  A basketball round-robin was scheduled at Taylor. Playing will be: Camp Ground Boys vs Water Valley; Water Valley Girls vs. Jeff Davis; and Taylor Boys vs Jeff Davis.

  In the political announcement column the candidates included: Sheriff, Bob Jones and Frank Hyde;  Superintendent of Educ-ation, Herman White;  Supervisor Beat Two, F. E. Barber; Supervisor Beat Three, W. B. Williamson; Justice of the Peace, Beat Three, Everett Brooks.

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