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Look Back At Yalobusha History

10 Years—March 1, 2007 – Brigadier General Roger Shields, a native of Water Valley who now resides in Madison, performed a new role during ULF exercise in Korea.

With one day left to register, the candidates for office in Yalobusha County now stands at 31.

 In honor of Arbor Day, Town and Country Garden Club members Bonnie Cox and  Betty Gurner, assisted by William Beard and Ray White, planted a flowering crabapple tree in Railroad Park.

The Sharecroppers, Daryl Burney, Clay Ashford, Christy Hawthorne and Joyce Carter Aaron, presented pre-dinner music at the agriculture banquet.

Volunteers from Pleasant Green Baptist Church participated in the Enid Lake Clean-Up Day. Pictured were Miller Morgan, Jr., Je’Tavious Turner, Kevin Morgan, Je’Miller Hardy, and Preston Gleeton.

20 Years—March 6, 1997 – Thomas Scroggins presented a check from the Tri-Lake Fairgrounds Association to Water Valley High School Head Football Coach Gary Drewery to be used in the construction of the proposed visitor’s field house at the football stadium. 

The Boosters Club will be selling coupon books to add to the fund for the proposed field house.

Mayor Larry Hart cut the ribbon to officially open Stubbs Department Store on Friday.

Water Vallian Candi Harris is a member of the cast of the musical, “Crazy for You,” presented at Northeast Community College.

The Pink Ladies welcomed their newest member, Margie Dicky, at their regular monthly meeting.

Mr. and Mrs. Colt Doom of New Albany lost their home in the February 28th tornado. Mrs. Doom (Dee Ann) is a daughter of Dee and Bobby  Cox.

30 Years—March 5, 1987 –  Patricia Keith of Water Valley was crowned “Miss University 1987” in the annual pageant. An Ole Miss senior, Patricia is a daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William Keith.

Retiring Water Valley Postmaster Paul Parker was honored with a reception in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church. Pictured with Mr. Parker were his wife, Charlotte, daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and John Turnipseed, and grandsons, Todd and Parker Turnipseed.

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Sartain were selected as the March “Yard of the Month” award recipients. This award is sponsored by The Garden Club of Water Valley.

The Water Valley Lions Club has taken on the project of restoring the old railroad depot. Claude Hayles, Jr. is chairman of the building committee, Dr. R. N. Edgar is finance chairman, and Wilbur Todd is publicity chairman.

Jason Sharp exhibited the reserve champion Angus bull at the 1987 Mississippi Junior Breeding beef Round-Up at the Dixie National Livestock Show.

40 Years—March 3, 1977 – The publicity picture for the upcoming “Miss Water Valley” Pageant was of former “Miss Mississippi” Carlisle Sykes of Aberdeen (now Mrs. John Throop, Jr. of Water Valley), who was crowned in 1938.

Patrolmen Billy Houpt and Lloyd Defer, both of Water Valley, were among 53 Mississippi Highway officers who were presented special certificates by Governor Cliff Finch for maintaining “fatality free runs” during 1976.

 Attending the Northeast Junior High School Invitational Band Clinic in Tupelo were Charlotte Clement, Jackie Hill, Jennifer Jones, Kris Aune, Jim  Shearer, Benjy Gurner, and  Bill Gabbert.

Anthony Steel, son of Mrs. China Kuykendall, and a Water Valley High School junior, was an honorable mention tubist at Mississippi Lions Band tryouts.

Robert Bankston and his dog,  Cricket, took home several trophies in the Mississippi State Fox Hunters’ Field Trials.

50 Years—March 2, 1967 – The cornerstone from the old First Baptist Church was opened Sunday morning in a special ceremony. Inside were found a Bible and several newspapers—all were brittle and in very poor condition.

Chancellor Kermit Cofer was presented a plaque by the Northwest Junior College Chapter of Sigma Tau Sigma for outstanding public  service and notable contributions to the welfare of the community, state, and nation.

Don Holmes, son of Mrs. Drusilla Holmes, has been promoted to Airman Second Class in the U.S.Air Force. He is stationed at Ent AFB Colorado.

Paula  Scarbrough was pledged by the “W” social club at Mississippi State College for Women.

The auction of furniture from First Baptist Church drew a crowd. Auctioneer was Toxey Fortinberry, assisted by church members, Paul Parker and Mrs. Carl Sanson. The auction raised more than $2,400.

Jerry Surrette of Water Valley competed in the “Mr. Future Business Leader” Contest at Northwest Junior College.

60 Years—February 28, 1957 –  Sporting new Navy haircuts were Carl Raymond McDonald, son of Mrs. Govie McDonald, and David Alonzo Harding, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Harding. Carl and Alonzo are members of the Navy’s recruit “Rock & Roll” Company at Navy Recruit Center in San Diego, Calif.

Charles Gardiner and Luke Nolen were hunting rabbits but instead of rabbits they found a bobcat, which weighed eleven and a  half pounds.

The Garden Club of Water Valley celebrated its 20th anniversary with 11 charter members present. The charter members were Mrs. Roy Bennett, Mrs. H.  R. Blackstone, Mrs. R. A. Blackston, Mrs. G. A. Brown, Mrs. B. F. Evans, Mrs. I. S. Houston, Mrs. O. V. Newman, Mrs. C. E. Ringold, Mrs. C. C. Stacy, Mrs. J. S. Throop, Sr., and Mrs. George Wagner.

The Water Valley Blue Devils will meet the powerful Belzoni team in the A-AA basketball tournament.

70–Years—March 6, 1947 – Charles Cooper was judged the winner in the American Legion Oratorical Contest. His subject was the Constitution of the United States.

Mrs. Addie Smith Woods, first Yalobusha County Home Demonstration Agent, cut the birthday cake at the Home Demonstration Clubs’ 30th anniversary luncheon. Several other former agents were also present for the occasion.

After an address by School Superintendent Noel Bell, the Water Valley PTA gave their approval to plans to remodel the grammar school.

Water Vallians J.W. Mauldin, John L.Edgar, and T. O. Gore, Sr. are delegates for the Head Camp Meeting of the Mississippi Jurisdiction of Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society to be held in Hattiesburg.

Water Valley gets new rates on electric service. The mayor and board of aldermen adopted the new rates, which means a reduction of approximately 12 percent in bills of smaller users.

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