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Look Back In Yalobusha History

Gurner Calls Meeting In 1967 To Discuss Reorganizing A Scout Troop In The Valley

10 Years—February 8, 2007 – Yalobusha County officials joined the movement to return Amtrak’s passenger train (the City of New Orleans) back to the Memphis to Jackson line. In 1995 this service had been moved to the Yazoo City Line.

  A front page picture showed the little cheerleaders, “Devil Dolls,” performing with the high school cheerleading squad.

  A bill supported by Rep. Tommy Reynolds would return two million dollars to a fund to construct a group home  in Water Valley by the State Department of Health.

  Civil Air Patrol Captain Richard Albee of Water Valley completed CAP’s Level III Senior Member Training Program on February 2, 2007.

  Army Reserve Pvt. Bobby R. Phillips, Jr. graduated from the Petroleum Supply Specialist Advanced Individual Training Course at Ft. Lee, Virginia. He is the son of Bobby R. Phillips, Sr. and Dale E. White, both of Water Valley.

  In the Cummings and Goings in Agriculture Column, MSU-ES Yalobusha County Director Steve Cummings states that after a light snow it is time for spring.

  Ryan McCurdy collected seven gallons of pop tops for VFW Post 4100’s Ladies Auxiliary, to be donated to LeBonheur Children’s Research Hospital.

20 Years—February 13, 1997 – Miss Kari Litton, “Miss Mississippi”  for 1956, was scheduled to sing at the Wildlife Tasting Buffet.

  New Junior Auxiliary provisionals are Jill Sharp and Sandy Joyner.

  The fifth grade classes at Davidson Elementary School will present an “American Heritage” program. Among participants are Matthew Stevens, Michael Carothers, Wesley McCain and Jonathan Petty, who will be cowboys.

  Mrs. Rebecca Maynor celebrated her 102nd birthday on December 13, 1996, at her home, surrounding by family and friends.

  The  yard of Mr. and Mrs. Wade Upchurch has been selected as “Yard of the Month” by The Garden Club of Water Valley.

  Tara Hayes has been named “Employee of the Month” at Water Valley Manufacturing.

  John Kyle State Park will host a “Valentine Bash” for singles only.

  The third and final round of the Red One Rook Contest at George Cossar State Park is set for March 1.

30 Years—February 12, 1987 –  Mayor Hamric Henry signed a proclamation for Church “Safety Sabbath” in Water Valley. Participating in the observance for church’s annual safety and security check lists are several homemakers clubs, represented by Mrs. Irene Alexander, Mrs. Mildred Bell, and Mrs. Mamie Shields.

  Officers and directors of the newly proposed Jeff Davis Volunteer Fire Department were: John Lewis, president; Sonny Lollar, vice-president; and directors, Ken Fernandez, Buster Jackson, Henry Womble, Bailey Walker and Jim Gholson.

  Jackee Talliaferro and Tisha Covington, Water Valley High School seniors, will attend the Mississippi Achievement Conference.

  Clyde Howard, son of Rev. and Mrs. W. C. Howard, will retire as manager of the Nashville Area Red Cross services.

  Jimmy Treloar, Director of the Oxford B&I Complex, spoke to students at Water Valley High School.

40 Years—February 10, 1977 – Elizabeth Wilbourn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rayford Wilbourn, is the Water Valley High School “Family Leader.” She was chosen by General Mills for scoring highest in the school in written knowledge and attitude on homemaking giving to seniors.

  Preparing to make “Mulligan stew” were Davidson Elementary School students, David Daniels, Paul McNamee, Sandy Stone, Randy Green and David  Mills. Cooking the stew is the conclusion of a 4-H nutrition study in progress for the past month.

  Richard Flowers, City Water Commissioner, has been notified that a grant has been approved to purchase equipment to implement fluoridation to the Water Valley Water System.

  Two Water Valley Band students, Mary Beth Knight and Anthony Steele, participated in the Mid-South Honors Band at Ole Miss.

50 Years—February 9, 1967 –  Former Governor Ross Barnett announced his candidacy for the governorship with the promise to “Keep Mississippi Moving Forward.”

  The County ASC committee was honored with certificates of merit, along with a $280 bonus. Awards were presented to Chapel Sides and “Pete” Reid, committee men; S.A. Swearengen, Chair of the County Committee; and Clyde Pace, Manager of the ASCS office. Also receiving citations and a $200 bonus were office personnel, Sylvia Parker, Polly Lancaster, Sue Arrington and Nell Shaw.

  Edward Rampy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Whitson Rampy, received his BBA degree in the School of Accounting from the University of Mississippi.

  Jack Gurner, Sr., former Boy Scout Master, has called a meeting of parents of  Boy Scouts and others interested in Scouting to discuss reorganizing a troop in Water Valley.

  The City of Water Valley purchased two new police cars from Johnson Chevrolet for $3,127.64, plus the car the City has been using.

  March of Dime leaders are told that it may soon be possible to treat birth defects in the womb.

60 Years—February 7, 1957 –  On the first day of the 1957 sign up for the Soil Bank Program, 120 Yalobusha County farmers signed up.

  Billy Burns opened a store in the building which formerly housed King’s Furniture Store, near the Valley Theatre. Mr. Burns owns stores in Batesville and Coffeeville. His brother, Mack, will manage the Water Valley store.

  William Isaac Shepherd, 79, met  his youngest brother, John B. Shepherd, 64, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, recently for the first time. John made the trip to Water Valley. When William was four weeks old his mother  died. His father moved to Arkansas, remarried and had other children, the youngest being John.

  Listed in the Yalobusha Men in Service Column were: Pvt. Willis G. Gholson, son of Mr and Mrs. W. G. Gholson; and Airman Charles  R. Bolen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bolen.

70–Years—February 12, 1947 – Camp Ground High School boys and girls basketball teams will travel to Pope for a return engagement. Camp Ground has won the earlier games.

  City officials requested residents to conserve water. Because of leaks and residents running water to avoid freezing pipes the water pressure was too low.

  The Curtis E. Pass Post No. 37 of the American Legion entertained members and guest at a buffet supper at the Hut. “There were 125 members and guests present,” stated Commander Roy Barber.

  Charles Bell, reporter for Boy Scout Troop 14, stated there were 21 boys present and seven absent for the weekly meeting. Troop 13 reporter, Johnny O’Bryant, said they had enrolled two new members.

  Miss Delma Barber, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Barber of Water Valley, was among ten students at Northwest Mississippi Junior College to make the honor roll for the first semester.

  The Rotary Club adopted a resolution asking the Army Corps of Engineers to build a crossing over the Yocona Dam Area on a route proposed for a highway from Water Valley to intersect Highway 6.

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