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County-wide ‘Banquet’ Planned In 1957 To Fight Mice And Rats


10 Years—February 15, 2007 – Reported as a simple twist of fate, former Water Valley High School assistant coach, Chris Yancy, now coaching the North Panola Lady Cougars, in the last game of Region 3-3A, coached against his 4-year mentor, Water Valley High School Lady Devils Head Coach, Shayne Linzey. Water Valley won the game, 52-48, to take the number two seed in the Division Tourney.

Photography and writer, Alexe van Beuren, was added to the Herald staff on a part-time basis.

Deborah Lea Hill, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Robert Hill, has been named to the President’s List at Pensacola Christian College.

  Army National  Guard Pvt. Saronda Rowsey, daughter of Louis Rowsey of Water Valley, and Army National Guard Pvt. Nikki Woodard, daughter of George Woodard of Water Valley, have completed Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

20 Years—February 20, 1997 – Tommy White, representing C. W. White, Inc., presented a check to Becky Jones for use by Valley Clover 4-H Club to help develop landscaping at the new sports complex.

    Deon Hence, son of Barbara Hence, was selected to audition for the Northeast Mississippi Band Directors’ Clinic at Itawamba Community College in Fulton. He attained the position of second chair tuba.

  The Water Valley boys’ basketball team, even though they lost a game to Senatobia in the 2-3A finals, earned a place in the North Half Championship Competition.

  Tyler Hill, son of Toni and Tommy Hill, was selected Mr. Northeast Mississippi Community College.

30 Years—February 19, 1987 – Participating in the Future Farmers of America Senior Livestock Judging Competition at the Northwest District Livestock Show in Batesville were Lance Newman, Jason Sharp, Tom Byars, and John Reynolds.

  Roy Massey of Water Valley retired from U.S.D.A. as a food inspector, after 32 years of service.

  Patricia Keith, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William Keith of Water Valley, will be competing for the title of “Miss University of Mississippi.”

  Angela Hoff, a second grade student at Water Valley Elementary School, is the top fund raiser in the “Read-A-Thon,” sponsored by World Book.

  Wayne Harris has joined the staff of Sunburst Bank in Water Valley.

40 Years—February 17, 1977 – Two Water Valley High School Band Students were rated high in the All-State Band. James Steele, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clovis Steele, is first chair trumpet and Terryl McClaflin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy McClaflin is principal bass clarinet.

Sgt. Robert Schmitz looked on as Vice-Mayor Richard Flowers signed a proclamation designating Feb. 26-March 12 as National Guard Recruiting time for the local unit.

“Buck” Hendricks, Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 250, was presented a service award by Scoutmaster Jerry Foster.

50 Years—February 18, 1967 – Employees of Columbia Gulf Transmission Company’s Banner Compressor Station have worked more than half a million hours without a lost-time accident—more than all other stations on the pipe line. Some of the employees helping earn this honor are Leon Wright, Jack Gurner, Sr., R. V. Gordon, A.P. Coker, W.J. Logan, Mac Brasher, Henry Simmons, A. B. Tarver, Idee Dickey, Bill Keen, Bobby Arrington, and Superintendent W. Y. Bunyard.

  Yalobusha County Hospital Auxiliary (Pink Ladies) and the Candy Stripers have completed their project to identify the hospital. Since its completion in 1961 the hospital  has had no sign.

  Motts, Inc. reported payroll checks stolen and some are being cashed with forged endorsements. Merchants are urged to beware.

60 Years—February 14, 1957 – The county-wide fight against rats and mice begins February 27. Mrs. Elsie Cockran, Yalobusha  Home Agent, advises that persons interested in using rat and mouse bait should place their orders now to get in on the county-wide “banquet” program.

  Blue Devil cagers will play in the Ole Miss Tournament. In girls play, Barbara McCulley’s finest offensive performance of the season, helped eke out a 49-47 upset over Jeff Davis, and Bobby Schmitz and John Person led the Blue Devils attack, with 17 and 13 points, to help earn this honor.

  Miss Julia Mathis was surprised with a birthday party by her Sunday School Class. Among those attending were Mrs. Bruce Gurner, Mrs. Hervis Hamblett, and Mrs. J. W. Mathis, the honoree’s mother.

  Seniors on the Water Valley High School honor roll for the first semester were Tom Bell, Millard French, Jo Edwards, Charles Larson, George Gafford, Julia Fite, Dee Martin, Joan Porter, Mary Louise Sartor, and Barbara Vaughn.

70–Years—February 20, 1947 –  Bill Barrett, son of Mr. Ben Barrett of Water Valley, is now an announcer at Radio Station WELO in Tupelo.

  Billy Blackston, District Boy Scout Commissioner, received the Silver Beaver Award, the highest honor bestowed on a layman by the Scout Council.

  The Water Valley Independent Baseball Team is reorganizing for the upcoming season. The team won 26 games last season, while  only loosing five.

  Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Dollahite celebrated their 59th Wedding Anniversary at a dinner hosted by Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Dalton. Mrs.Dalton is Mr. and Mrs. Dollahite’s daughter.

    During the St. Cyr Commandry No., 6, Knights Templar meeting, a barbecue supper, prepared y J. E. Hale, was served.

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